WWE Summerslam Preview: The Return of the Deadman?

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIJuly 19, 2010

With Money In The Bank in the books, we now move to the summer blockbuster known as Summerslam.

This will be the 23rd annual WWE Summerslam and the second year in a row it has been located at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

We saw a new World Heavyweight Champion crowned, Kane.

Kane won the Smackdown Money In The Bank ladder match to open the show, and later in the event, he cashed in his title shot on a wounded and tired Rey Mysterio to capture the belt.

This is only the second time Kane has won a major championship in the WWE.

The first one was the WWE Championship on June 28 way back in 1998, beating Steve Austin in a first blood match. He would lose the title the next night on Raw.

Twelve years later, he is a champion again.

However, if my thoughts are correct, this is all setting up for an Undertaker return at Summerslam and the beginning of his eighth title victory.

We all know the story by now. Kane is trying to find out who put his brother in a "vegetative" state. It is obvious to most of us that this person could be revealed as Kane himself, a little too obvious in my opinion.

All of this sets up perfect for a clash of the big men to settle the score once and for all.

These two are no strangers in the WWE ring.  Once partners and once enemies, both have now went separate ways in their WWE careers, teaming up once and a while along the way.

Until this current storyline, Kane has vowed to find the one who attacked his brother and strike revenge like we have never seen.

The Undertaker and Kane actually fought at Summerslam ten years ago. The match never got underway as Kane attacked The Undertaker on the aisle way. The match ended in a no contest when The Undertaker ripped off the mask of Kane as he ran towards the back.

At Survivor Series 2003, The Undertaker lost a buried alive match to Vince McMahon due to the interference of Kane. The Undertaker was out of action for several months after this, and Kane claimed that Undertaker was, " buried and gone forever."

At the beginning of June of this year, when the whole thing started, Kane said that, "The Undertaker would rise from the dead no more. Gone, is The Undertaker."

It reminded me very clearly of the end of 2003 when Kane announced the end of his brother's career.

This lead to The Undertaker defeating Kane at WrestleMania XX in 2004.

If The Undertaker returns at Summerslam this year, it won't be the first time.  In 1994 in Chicago, The Undertaker returned to Summerslam after being out since the 1994 Royal Rumble, when he lost a casket match to Yokozuna.

Ted Dibiase announced at WrestleMania X that The Undertaker was back. However, it wasn't the real Undertaker that Dibiase managed.  This set up Taker's return at Summerslam where he defeated the imposter Undertaker. I still think of this every year Summerslam rolls around.

So let it be known that the chances of The Undertaker returning are greater then the odds of him not. As for the new World Heavyweight Champion Kane, I'd watch out if I were him.