Many long time fans know various chunks of the "family past" that Undertaker, Kane and Paul Bearer all share on-screen. A fire at the family funeral home, Kane suffering massive burns to his face to hidesously deform him into looking like Glen Jacobs, Paul having some sort of extramarital affair to extend the freaky family, so on and so forth.
Many of those same long time fans also remember what past Undertaker promos have looked like to hype his previous returns and they really haven't gone this way. This one's extraordinarily vague nature, only showing the bottom half of what we're assuming is a man (it's not Awesome Kong, just stop that), walking through the rain in a trenchcoat and boots into a decrepit house suggests far more to this story than we're examining.
Of course, many of these vagaries have led people to believe the mystery person in the promos is Sting, the symbolism being that a humbled man of enough prominence to own a coat long enough to reach his feet is trying to find any place of shelter, and WWE might be that very place.
However, let's set that aside for now as well.
Perhaps what we're seeing is a reintroduction of The Undertaker. After all, Undertaker has gone through quite a few manifestations along the years, like the traditional Deadman, the Minister of Darkness cult-leader, and of course, Bikertaker, or how I read him referred to just today...ABA Undertaker, or American Badass Undertaker. First time hearing that one.
Some have speculated that the Undertaker is going to return to said biker gimmick on February 21. To that I ask the following question: could you imagine Sons of Anarchy airing on ABC Family instead of FX? It'd be a trainwreck of useless, unbelievable crud. Bikertaker worked in the Attitude Era because he embodied attitude. I'll explain how it might work in a second, though even my scenario is kind of unbelievable...
The reignited rivalry between Undertaker and Kane last year really brought up a lot of old bones, forcing many long time fans to reminisce about what they remember about both Kane and Undertaker. So, if there's so much to remember, how does WWE keep Undertaker fresh enough for even long time fans to enjoy?
After all, the guy's done just about everything to do in wrestling except get married. Wait, no...he tried to marry Stephanie McMahon once. Okay, so he's done pretty much everything.
But maybe a reinvention is still in order. One last transformation before he bids the ring goodbye? Brief nerd moment, think back to what happened to Gandalf the Grey, after falling from the stone bridge during the battle with the Balrog. He returned as Gandalf the White! Same bearded wizard, new minty freshness!
Maybe picturing Undertaker entering the arena draped in white robes is pretty out there, though to be honest, Undertaker and Sting are in really similar positions in that neither one really needs to do all that much pure wrestling to give fans an amazing show full of effects, theatrics, lights, sounds, smoke, fire, etc.
What's the worst that could happen? Undertaker comes to the ring with long white hair, people underestimate him and they get Tombstoned for their trouble? I don't know about you, but I'd much rather see Undertaker with long white hair than Kevin Nash. Whatever's in Kevin's future with WWE, he needs to keep dying his hair as long as he's getting in that ring to wrestle. Big Kev is awesome, but he doesn't have the power of the darkside behind him...
And speaking of the darkside...