Speculation coming out of the WWE suggests that the Undertaker may be facing a long period on the sidelines following surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Some suggest that his recuperation may be as long as 4-6 months, depending on the extent of the surgery/injury and rehab.
With arguably one of the biggest draws in Wrestlemania history now possibly out, it threatens the economic success of the entire event. Given that Taker/Shawn dominated the last two WM's, this coming March spectacular is in danger of having a relatively weak card.
Gone are Jericho, Shawn, Batista and now, possibly, Taker. It could be offset with the return of Triple H, but its clear that someone needs to have their Wrestlemania moment sooner than expected. Morrison, Miz, Danielson, Gabriel or Barrett?
If the Taker is indeed out of WM, it means that the WWE needs to create all new storylines for the important Rumble to Wrestlemania period. Starting at Survivor Series in two weeks, the road to Atlanta will be a long one and, perhaps, one of the most unpredictable in history.
Faced with uncertainty, what will the WWE do, to ensure that Wrestlemania remains the monumental event that we are accustomed to?