Despite some rumors of him appearing at the Royal Rumble, The Undertaker was not at the event. In fact, Undertaker has been away from WWE television since competing with Roman Reigns against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre at Extreme Rules on July 14, 2019. At the conclusion of the match, Undertaker’s gestures certainly seemed like he was proverbially passing the torch to The Big Dog. However, could The Deadman be making another appearance at WrestleMania, or was Extreme Rules his swan song?
According to Dave Meltzer via the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Undertaker is currently not scheduled to appear at WrestleMania 36, although “the sides are in discussions regarding his participation.”
Undertaker did not make an appearance at WrestleMania last year, which was his first time missing the event since 2000. If this is the second straight WrestleMania that The Undertaker misses, this would be the first time ever since his WrestleMania debut in 1991.
Despite missing WrestleMania 35, Undertaker did appear at the next night’s Raw, interrupting Elias.
Undertaker mentioned on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions that his wrestling timeline is certainly dwindling down. He sometimes thinks if he has overstayed his welcome, but he continues to come back because his enjoys the live crowd and he still feels that he can go in the ring. There have been several occasions where it seemed like The Undertaker was going to retire, but his came back for another match. The most recent time was WrestleMania 33, where he lost to Roman Reigns, and ceremonially laid his gear in the middle of the ring as he walked away.
At the June 7, 2019 Super ShowDown event, Undertaker competed against Goldberg for the first time ever in a singles match. Both Undertaker and Goldberg, as well as the WWE Universe, had a very negative review of the match, mainly as a result of Goldberg suffering a concussion early in the match. However, Undertaker redeemed himself a month later by an impressive showing at Extreme Rules.
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