Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Status Forces Plan B?
Added by DieHard Derek on February 20, 2013.
Will The Undertaker Miss Wrestlemania This Year?
Every week there seems to be buzz going around the locker room concerning The Undertaker’s status for a match at Wrestlemania 29 – which for those who are counting, is only 47 days away.
Since Taker’s yearly participation is always up in the air, it’s become a tradition to wait until after the Royal Rumble to start his build up. But this year, not only is the Rumble behind us, so is the Elimination Chamber…and just a reminder for the people in the cheap seats, “WRESTLEMANIA IS 47 DAYS AWAY”!
So what does this mean for the Dead-Man? Is it too late to get the ball rolling? Of course not! Undertaker can show up the day before Wrestlemania to announce his match, and fans would go banana-flavored ape shit. But in all likelihood, I don’t see that happening.
After his epic End of An Era match with Triple H at last year’s Mania, many thought Undertaker would ride off into the sunset with an undefeated streak at 20-0…until Triple H gave false hope the fans during the Slammy Awards by promising the WWE Universe that they hadn’t seen the last of the Phenom. Now his words echo throughout the universe, and fans anxiously await Taker’s arrival…which I’m betting, won’t happen.
Undertaker has undergone a handful of surgeries since we last saw him, and those close to the situation have stated that he is currently in no shape to perform at the event, let alone have ample time to get himself in condition to compete.
With the pre-planned rematch between John Cena and The Rock already set in stone, Taker was penciled in to work against former champion and top antagonist, CM Punk. It made perfect sense. Punk was coming off the most successful title reign in modern history; he has positioned himself among the elite in the company; and other than John Cena, Brock Lesnar or The Rock – all of which already have their Wrestlemania storylines fleshed out – he was the only guy capable of working that caliber of a match.
But if you’ve been watching RAW recently, it certainly appears that the WWE is going in the direction of Plan B…oh, did I not mention Plan B?
Apparently, there has been word that The Undertaker has decided to pass on this year’s event. Although it is not 100% confirmed, it is almost a certainty. Given his age and the condition of his body, sources are stating that Undertaker will take another year to recover and rebuild for one last match, to be celebrated at the 30th anniversary of Wrestlemania.
As it has been discussed, the WWE will plan a full out media blitz to commemorate the Undertaker’s farewell tour. With confirmation that The Rock has already committed to performing at next year’s event, some have speculated that his Hollywood stroke could bring more buzz to the event. There has also been talk of a potential title match against John Cena – a match that has never been performed on a Wrestlemania stage. And of course, there is also the possibility of the UFC-style grudge match against Brock Lesnar – which could also bring a swarm of media buzz through the sports –wire outlets.
But as far as this year goes, Plan B seems to be gaining steam. CM Punk’s heat with The Rock is getting hotter than the concept of a rematch between The Rock and Cena, and all creative direction seems to be pointing towards turning the main event into a threesome for the championship. Not necessarily a bad match, but not necessarily what Plan A was calling for.
At this point, I don’t think it makes any sense to build up the return of The Undertaker with only a month left. And the idea of seeing another singles match between The Rock and Cena, doesn’t really have me as excited as it did last year with the year-long build up that led to it.
Wrestlemania 29 is now suffering from, “Oh shit, we only have 47 days left”. As much as creative wants you to believe that this was the plan all along…it really wasn’t. Other than Rock/Cena and the soon to be announced Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, they don’t have a clue what to do in such a short period of time – thus, Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the “other” heavyweight title. Uggh, really?
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