WWE Rumors: Undertaker WWE Return Schedule Updates

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The Undertaker's WWE return was a huge moment on SmackDown Live and set him up for some big storylines leading into WrestleMania in 2017. During the Undertaker segment on this week's show, the Dead Man said that he is not letting his career just be defined by WrestleMania appearances and is actually back as a regular WWE superstar, "digging holes and stealing souls."

According to Wrestling Inc., Dave Meltzer noted that the Undertaker WWE return is basically just for televised events and WWE Network specials and that Undertaker will never do a full-time schedule again, meaning no live events and limited appearances on television.

The WWE rumors going around now are that this is the Undertaker farewell tour and will culminate at WrestleMania in 2017 with his final retirement match. However, Undertaker has a lot of people he can help put over on his way out of the company.

Ignoring the previous week's collapse against the presidential election, this episode saw the show jump from a 0.67 rating in the same demographic on a show that saw 2.187 million viewers tune in. That is a huge jump, and The Undertaker's WWE return likely had a lot to do with it.

So, the next question is what is next for The Undertaker? Since his appearances will be limited to specific SmackDown Live television shows and WWE Network appearances, expect him to wrestle in at least a handful of special events, including The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.

One mode of thought is that Undertaker wins his final world championship at that show and then puts his title on the line against John Cena at WrestleMania. It would be a monster main event that could see Undertaker put the title on the line against his own career.

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If John Cena wins, Undertaker retires and Cena matches Ric Flair's record for most world title wins. It could result in the most watched WrestleMania in history.

Expect The Undertaker's WWE return to also see the Dead Man make his presence known at the Survivor Series this Sunday on the WWE Network. From there, he has a lot of options when it comes to his future, and hopefully if this is his farewell tour, The Undertaker goes out in style.

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