Rusev vs. Undertaker at WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Back on After Lana Changes Mind

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Rusev during WWE Road to WrestleMania at the Lanxess Arena on February 11, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)
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Rusev's casket match with The Undertaker at the Greatest Royal Rumble is back on, WWE announced Monday.

The Bulgarian Brute was originally slated to take on The Undertaker in Saudi Arabia on April 27, but Chris Jericho replaced him after his wife, Lana, raised some objections. She subsequently relented, opening the door for Rusev to challenge The Deadman:

CJ (Lana) Perry @LanaWWE

After much thought, I have notified @WWE officials that I have changed my mind. @RusevBUL will celebrate #RusevDay by burying The Undertaker in the sands of Saudi Arabi and will win the Casket Match at #WWEGRR ! #RusevCrush ! Have a Happy Rusev Day !

Rusev reacted to Monday's announcement on Twitter:

Rusev @RusevBUL

It’s on now !!!! #GRR https://t.co/v1BlfxZAD5

Rusev vs. The Undertaker joins what is a loaded card. Seven different championships are on the line at the Greatest Royal Rumble, John Cena is wrestling Triple H and the headlining match is a 50-man Battle Royal that includes Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle.

Rusev will clearly be an underdog against The Undertaker, especially in a match made famous by the seven-time world champion. He alluded to his long odds last week:

Rusev @RusevBUL

Bury me softly, Brother https://t.co/IWnBvL20Ez

Still, wrestling The Undertaker in a singles match should be considered a big honor at this stage of Rusev's career. Even in a losing effort, he can come out of the Greatest Royal Rumble looking stronger.

Granted, getting locked in a casket would be a bad way to celebrate Rusev Day.