The Undertaker returned in dramatic fashion to kick off Monday night’s edition of WWE Raw at the First Niagara Center, Buffalo.
The WWE will hold a Fatal Four-Way between CM Punk, Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus, with the winner receiving the honor of fighting the WWE legend at WrestleMania.
UPDATE: Monday, March 4, 11:05 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
CM Punk walked out of Monday’s Fatal Four Way match on Raw as the winner—beating Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show—and has earned the right to take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
The Undertaker would not go gently into that good night, though, appearing after the match and setting the tone for what should be an amazing WrestleMania matchup.
While Punk and The Undertaker have fought before (worked together in 2009), Punk is a much larger draw now than he has ever been during his career, and this match will be a hardcore wrestling fan's dream.
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After beating Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 28, The Undertaker was only seen on television once (Raw 1000), but The Phenom returned to a WWE live event in Texas two weeks ago week (h/t WWE’s YouTube page.)
As great as WrestleMania 29 was setting up to be without an Undertaker match on the card, the fact that The Deadman will be added to the show to defend his streak (20-0 at WrestleMania) will make this one of the most anticipated events in WWE history.
There were serious questions about whether or not The Undertaker would work WrestleMania 29 (via PWInsider h/t Wrestling Inc.), but Monday’s return has put all of the talk concerning The Deadman missing the WWE’s biggest show to bed.
Not only will the return of The Undertaker likely reflect great television ratings—the WWE purposely leaked the footage of the former world champion’s entrance to build the hype for Monday night—the legend has saved WrestleMania.
The 47-year-old star has become synonymous with WrestleMania and the road to the event, and that is the only reason he returned. After reportedly coming off two surgeries (h/t Wrestling Inc.), it is clear that Undertaker still wants to be part of the action.
The Undertaker has five weeks to get into great shape for his match, but as seen from the veteran’s long history in the WWE, there is no doubt that he will be ready.
The days of putting on five-star matches are over, but that doesn’t mean The Undertaker won’t put on an amazing show worthy of the WrestleMania stage.
It’s just good to have The Deadman back.