It looks WWE fans can expect at least one non-WrestleMania pay-per-view appearance from The Undertaker in the next year.
Per Bryan Alvarez in this week's (subscribers-only) F4W Newsletter, there is talk within the company that The Undertaker will work an extra pay-per-view event this year:
Undertaker may be back at Survivor Series or Royal Rumble depending on his health. He had agreed to do one non-WrestleMania PPV this year, which was supposed to be SummerSlam teaming with Kane vs. Shield, but he was injured when Shield put him through a table in the post-WrestleMania angle and hasn't been back since. He met with HHH last week and they presented some ideas to him, but again, when he chooses to return will be dependent on how his body feels.
It nearly goes without saying that the star could be a huge boon to the Survivor Series event.
The Undertaker showing up in the New Year and announcing he intends to enter into, and win, the Royal Rumble match could also greatly boost interest in the show.
Helpfully, the way the Rumble match is structured means it would be very easy for WWE to protect the physically wrecked veteran and disguise his weaknesses.
Although I personally think the Survivor Series show could use his presence a lot more—let's face it, the Royal Rumble will likely do a very strong number, regardless. It could use him sure, but it doesn't really need him.
Survivor Series, however, has struggled to remain relevant in recent years. It's hard to believe it was once considered one of the top pay-per-view events of the year.
Maybe it's the stale elimination-style format or maybe the name just doesn't mean what it used to, but the show could surely benefit from The Undertaker's presence a lot more than any other pay-per-view.