In what can only be described as one of the biggest surprises of the year, Paul Bearer has returned.
In a stunning turn of events in what has been a lackluster feud between The Dead Man and his brother Kane, Bearer popped out of a casket that had been brought to ringside by some of The Undertaker's mysterious Druids.
Like many others, I was already becoming bored with this storyline that began months ago with Kane trying to hunt down the person who was responsible for attacking his brother over the Memorial Day weekend. We all knew it would end up being Kane.
But the twist was that by the time this information had been revealed, Kane had become the World Heavyweight Champion.
This being added motivation for The Undertaker to go after Kane before he was fully healed from his “ordeal.”
After Night Of Champions and Kane’s victory, I was curious about how they would go about making a rematch at Hell In A Cell even remotely interesting. I guess we all got that answer last night.
Paul Bearer hasn’t been seen in WWE in years, and his presence, along with the Urn, seems to have been just what the doctor ordered to get Taker back in shape.
Bearer, of course has managed both of the brothers, so it is no wonder that Kane had fear in his eyes upon seeing the duo reunited.
But putting the storyline aside for a minute though, what exactly does all of this mean? Many are already speculating that this could be the career of The Undertaker coming full circle.
Even though it was Ted DiBiase who brought Taker into WWE, it was Paul Bearer who was the man that managed him for years, leading him to the top and building a legacy that some say will never be duplicated.
Now he is back, and so is The Survivor Series pay per view, that was dropped just last year.
As you may recall, it was at Survivor Series in 1990 that The Undertaker made his debut. Is this just a coincidence, or are the plans for Taker to leave WWE at the same pay per view that saw his debut?
Perhaps it’s a little of both. Many fans, such as myself were not happy to see Survivor Series dropped, especially in favour of one of the many new “themed” events.
And even if the storyline is to have Taker make some form of exit at S.S., I wouldn’t expect it to be permanent.
While he is starting to wrestle less and less, I don’t think Taker is ready to hang up the boots just yet.
He still has one or two more Wrestlemanias left in him. And who wouldn’t want to see him hit the magic number 20 before he is done?
But whatever the future holds, it is just great to see the pasty-faced sidekick leading The Undertaker once again.