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Undertaker Returns to WWE Raw, Chokeslams Roman Reigns

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: The Undertaker recovers during his fight against Brock Lesner at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
JP Yim/Getty Images

The Undertaker re-emerged on WWE programming at Raw on Monday, as the road to WrestleMania nears the stretch run.

After Braun Strowman called for Roman Reigns, The Deadman emerged, via WWE:

WWE @WWE

The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman just called out @WWERomanReigns, but he's getting The #Undertaker! #RAW https://t.co/Lho2tU4zkJ

The two giants proceeded to stare at each other, beforeย Strowman would back down and Reigns appeared.

After another intense stare down, Undertaker then delivered a chokeslam to Reigns without having to say a word, per WWE:

WWE @WWE

After a glance at the @WrestleMania sign, The #Undertaker sends a CLEAR MESSAGE to @WWERomanReigns! #RAW #Chokeslam https://t.co/G8ogsLkFFR

Bleacher Report's Kevin Berge and CBSSports.com's Adam Silverstein provided their takes on the segment:

Kevin Berge @TheBerge_

If Undertaker was just 5 years younger, he and Roman Reigns could have had a classic. Probably too late now with or without Strowman. #Raw

Adam Silverstein @SilversteinAdam

Hopefully WWE books a true Reigns heel turn here. If not, it's another wasted opportunity. Strange move to have Strowman cower at Taker.

The Phenom was last seen at the Royal Rumble in January when he entered at No. 29 and eliminated four Superstars prior to Roman Reigns entering the fray as a surprise at No. 30.

Reigns eliminated The Deadman, which led to a staredown between them and some speculation that they could potentially lock horns at WrestleMania 33.

While The Undertaker was off television for the next several weeks, Reigns feuded with Strowman, who cost him the Universal Championship against Kevin Owens earlier on the Royal Rumble card.

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Although it was unclear when Taker would resurface, the WWE Universe eagerly anticipated his return since he always makes his presence felt around WrestleMania time.

Despite being 51 years of age, The Undertaker can still go in the ring when called upon, and WWE relies on him heavily with regard to its biggest show of the year.

The Undertaker holds a career record of 23-1 at the Showcase of Immortals with his only loss coming against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30.

He hasn't missed a WrestleMania since 2000 when he was out of action due to injury, and his appearance suggests he is set to take part in his 17th consecutive WrestleMania this year.

The Undertaker was in a show-stealing match on the Grandest Stage of Them All in 2016, as he and Shane McMahon did battle in a Hell in a Cell match that featured Shane-O-Mac leaping from the top of the cage.

While Taker may be hard-pressed to be part of a moment as memorable as that one at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, his return creates a great deal of excitement for the show.

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