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The Undertaker Doesn't Show Up for John Cena's WWE WrestleMania 34 Challenge

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - Undertaker gazes at the crowd after what could be his final WrestleMania match on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for WWE)
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The Undertaker wasn't around for John Cena's challenge Monday once again, so it appears the two legends will not square off at WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in New Orleans.

WWE shared Cena's final attempts to lure The Undertaker out of hiding:

WWE @WWE

"Hey #Undertaker, it's obvious that you left your hat in the ring, but it's clear to everybody here that you left your balls at home!" - @JohnCena #DoSomething #WrestleMania #RAW https://t.co/2jVD2gwauH

WWE @WWE

He said he all he could...and still no answer. @JohnCena will see YOU, the @WWEUniverse, THIS SUNDAY at #WrestleMania! https://t.co/f8oS0ypW5S

The Deadman last competed at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, last year in a match that saw him lose to Roman Reigns.

It was only the second defeat of The Undertaker's career on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and it seemed as though it would be his final match.

Following the loss, The Phenom left his hat, gloves and jacket in the middle of the ring and saluted the crowd before descending under the stage.

That led to a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Gary Stonehouse of The Sun) that Taker was set to undergo hip surgery that would effectively spell the end of his career.

In the weeks and months following WrestleMania 33, the announcers were careful not to say definitively that The Undertaker had retired. While they would often say that Reigns may have retired The Undertaker, it seemed like nothing was set in stone.

Nine months after his WrestleMania loss to Reigns, The Undertaker appeared on the 25th-anniversary episode of Raw and cut a cryptic promo.

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Little could be gleaned from the promo, and there were still question marks galore regarding whether Taker was done for good.

In the weeks leading up to that, expectations of a potential WrestleMania 34 showdown between The Undertaker and Cena surfaced.

Many opportunities to begin the build toward the match came and went, but Cena finally laid down the gauntlet a few weeks ago on Raw out of desperation since he didn't see another path for himself to be part of WrestleMania.

Although The Undertaker didn't respond at first, many expected a few weeks of goading on Cena's part would lead The Phenom to answer his challenge.

Instead, Taker apparently decided that he did not want to compete in another match on the heels of what looked like a fitting farewell last year.

It is difficult to argue with The Undertaker's apparent desire to ride off into the sunset after a long and fruitful career; however, it creates some huge questions with regard to what Cena will do on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

     

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