WWE News: Date Confirmed For The Undertaker’s Return — Real Reason He’s Been Off TV For So Long

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Nov. 3 2016, Updated 11:07 a.m. ET

The Undertaker last appeared at WrestleMania back in April, and he hasn’t been seen since. Sure, that’s not typically uncommon, but many have wondered if he had truly retired. It certainly seemed that way, but now, WWE has officially announced the return date for the “Dead Man,” and everyone is wondering just what he will do. Making matters even more interesting is the true reason he has been absent for so long.

The 51-year-old superstar has not been seen since April 3, 2016, when he took on Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell. At the end of that match, which was won by Taker, he set his gloves down in the middle of the ring, posed, and slowly walked out of the arena.

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A lot of people saw it as his quiet and very Undertaker-like way of retiring. Well, fans can now rest easy in knowing that he has not retired (not yet), and he is coming back to the ring and the world knows when that will happen.

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Rolling Stone confirmed that Taker will return for the 900th episode of SmackDown, which is now called SmackDown LIVE. The event will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and it is happening a mere five days before that Sunday’s Survivor Series.

At this time, no one knows if he is going to be shown on TV at that episode of SmackDown LIVE or making an appearance after cameras stop rolling. One thing is likely: Taker probably won’t be wrestling on TV or in a dark match or anything anytime soon.

Within the last month, Taker had hip surgery, according to WrestleZone, and that’s part of the reason he had been seen out and about on crutches. Many fans began speculating that he was just in poor shape, getting older, and wouldn’t ever be in condition to wrestle again.

Sure, he’s getting older, but that doesn’t mean his career is over.

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