Will The Undertaker Show Up On Raw? A Way Too In Depth Analysis
WWEDOTCOM – Bray Wyatt’s obsessive need to battle and subsequently attempt to take down The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 has yet to elicit a response from The Phenom, but that hasn’t stopped the enigmatic Superstar from continuing to raise the stakes. Thursday night on SmackDown, The Eater of Worlds revealed The Deadman’s sacred urn to be in his possession. Will this latest move by The New Face of Fear finally prompt a response from the legendary Superstar? And, what does The Man of 1,000 Truths have in store for the urn on Raw?
The WWE Universe knows the history of Undertaker’s urn and the significance that it holds to his eternal legacy. It’s also no secret that the sacred urn has some mystical connection with The Demon of Death Valley. Wyatt knows having the urn in his hands is sure to get under The Undertaker’s skin. So, will Wyatt’s SmackDown reveal compel The Deadman to finally rise from the ashes of his WrestleMania 30 defeat?
If the sight of the urn in Wyatt’s hands doesn’t bring The Undertaker back, maybe whatever the creepy Superstar has planned for this Monday night will. Wyatt professed that he will unleash the urn’s spirit on Raw, making us wonder what he could possibly have planned. Will we witness the “power” of the urn come to life? And, if so, will we finally see The Deadman in the flesh on Raw?
The Bray Wyatt/Undertaker WrestleMania buildup has been an interesting one, and one squarely on the shoulders of Bray Wyatt. WWE fans should be used to this kind of feud during WrestleMania season, as legends of yesteryear like The Rock, Brock Lesnar, HHH, Batista and The Undertaker are part timers who show up sporadically to help build their feud leading up to Mania. What makes this feud different is the fact that we haven’t seen or heard from The Undertaker at all. Taker hasn’t appeared at all, and the only gong we’ve heard came from Wyatt at Fast Lane, as he pretty much tricked everyone into thinking The Undertaker was making his triumphant return to the WWE. While it’s custom for The Undertaker to be off of WWE TV for most of the year, this is also unchartered territory. The Undertaker has always returned to the WWE after a WrestleMania win, but now that his streak is broken, how and when should he come back?
The Undertaker has been a WrestleMania only performer since 2011, and has always returned to WWE TV prior to the show to help promote his feuds. In 2011, he first appeared on the 2/21 episode of Raw, well over a month before his match with HHH at WrestleMania 27. In 2012, The Undertaker first appeared on the 1/30 episode of Raw, over two months before his rematch with HHH at WrestleMania 28. In 2013, he first appeared on the 3/4 episode of Raw, over a month before he defeated CM Punk at WrestleMania 29. Finally, in 2014, Taker first appeared on the 2/24 episode of Raw, over a month before he lost to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30.
What do these dates tell us? Not much, considering we’re talking about the unpredictable world of pro wrestling, but with WM 31 only 20 days away, it does you show that the Undertaker has never appeared on a Raw for the first time this late into WrestleMania season. While his real life health and the fact that he lost at WrestleMania 30 have to be factored into the equation, it still is strange to not have The Undertaker back yet. While Wyatt is more than capable of carrying a feud with his excellent promo skills, I’m hoping for something to happen tonight; maybe a Titantron message, a dimming of the lights, his signature gong or an actual appearance from the Deadman. This could be the feud that officially puts Wyatt back on the map as a future main eventer, and the Undertaker’s presence alongside the ‘new face of fear’ will only enhance his image.