WWE Rumors: Talk of the Undertaker Skipping WrestleMania 29 Is Laughable

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Due to the fact that The Undertaker is getting up there in age, it seems as though there is constantly doubt surrounding his status for WrestleMania. That is once again the case this year as 'Mania is just over two months away, but there is no reason to think that the Deadman won't be at MetLife Stadium in an effort to extend his record to 21-0.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, there are concerns regarding Taker's ability to wrestle a match at WrestleMania, so he may not be available despite reports that he has already committed. I don't doubt that The Undertaker is dealing with some physical ailments, but I can't imagine that anything short of a debilitating injury will keep him off the grandest stage of them all.

The main assumption going around currently is that The Undertaker will face CM Punk at WrestleMania. Punk dropped the WWE championship to The Rock at the Royal Rumble and all signs point to The Rock vs. Cena II at WrestleMania XXIX. That leaves Punk without an obvious feud, but it would be very easy to bring back Taker and immediately put him in a rivalry with Punk.

Maybe I could fathom The Undertaker skipping WrestleMania to further mend his injuries if there wasn't a good match on the table, but facing Punk is about as good as it gets right now. Taker and Punk feuded previously, but they have never gone toe-to-toe at 'Mania, and Punk is a much bigger star than he was then.

Punk is coming off a 434-day title reign and is the hottest commodity in the company aside from Cena and The Rock.

I don't want to speculate on The Undertaker's ego since I don't know him personally, but he would be crazy to turn down the opportunity to enhance his legacy. Taker is a legend no matter what, but he becomes more mythical with every big WrestleMania win he adds to his resume. Punk may very well go down as one of the greatest WWE champions ever and he still has plenty of momentum, so a match with Taker will be marquee in every sense of the word.

Things can change at the drop of a hat in WWE, but Triple H announced to the fans at the Slammy Awards that we hadn't seen the last of The Undertaker.

I suppose that could mean that we'll see him next year or the year after that, but in all likelihood Triple H was talking about WrestleMania XXIX. The Undertaker is essentially money in Vince McMahon's pocket come 'Mania time, so the WWE brass will do everything possible to ensure that Taker is able to compete.

Another thing that must be taken into account is the fact that WWE pays The Undertaker good money to wrestle one match per year. I don't know the exact particulars regarding Taker's contract, but my guess is that he earns more than the vast majority of the roster. Being able to use his likeness for merchandise is obviously a big part of his appeal, but that one WrestleMania match is huge for the company.

The Undertaker has to realize that he has a commitment to WWE and that he is desperately needed come WrestleMania time.

Although WrestleMania XXIX will sell big regardless because of matches like The Rock vs. Cena and Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, The Phenom is the straw that stirs the drink. WrestleMania doesn't feel the same without him and there is no way WWE can proceed without him on the New York/New Jersey stage.

Since Taker is 47 years old, it's only natural that nagging injuries are going to stick with him longer than they used to. With that said, though, he hasn't wrestled in nearly a year and his only WWE appearance during that time came on the 1,000th episode of Raw when he helped Kane fend off some attackers. That means he has had essentially no physical involvement since his Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XXVIII.

There is no question that his match with Triple H was grueling and it wouldn't surprise me if he was hurting afterwards, but I have trouble believing that it took such a toll on him that he won't be able to wrestle a single match one year later. Even if Taker is in significant pain, he's enough of a warrior that he'll likely be willing to go into battle anyway.

Once WrestleMania XXIX has come and gone, The Undertaker will have another year to rest, so I feel like people are severely overestimating his condition. Taker is a veteran and an absolute pro who knows how to take care of himself and his opponents. He can be careful while still putting on a spectacular show, so we shouldn't be worried about him bowing out.

It's natural to worry about The Undertaker since he's a very private person and you don't hear from him unless he's on WWE programming. There is no telling what he's feeling or what he's going through, but he always finds a way to get ready and elevate his game come WrestleMania. This year will be no different.


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