Reports of The Undertaker’s imminent retirement from WWE may have been wide of the mark, if the latest twist in this ongoing saga is to be believed.
When the Phenom, real name Mark Calloway, lost to Roman Reigns in the main event at Wrestlemania 33 many fans viewed it as the curtain coming down on an illustrious wrestling career.
In what many saw as a telling gesture, The Undertaker left his gloves, hat and coat in the centre of the ring, kissing his wife and disappearing into a cloud of smoke before the bell tolled three times.
Rumours of Calloway’s impending retirement were further stoked when the Deadman was spotted at David H Koch Pavillion Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
The clinic is renowned for treating bone and muscle injuries with many suspecting the veteran grappler was undergoing surgery with a view to embarking on a career with WWE outside of the ring.
However, despite the many assumptions and claims of those within the industry, The Undertaker’s employers, WWE, have stayed silent on the issue.
And by not confirming the end of The Undertaker era, they have seemingly left the door open for a return. That much was confirmed during the most recent episode of Monday Night RAW when Michael Cole dropped a massive hint that all may not be as it seems.
Commentating on the match between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt, Colle claimed that the former had “perhaps” sent the Undertaker into retirement.
But “perhaps” this has been the plan all along for WWE. After all, even the video chronicling his most recent Wrestlemania entrance comes with the added caveat that it is “perhaps his final” one.
The plan is simple: WWE appear to show The Undertaker retiring, allowing him enough time to undergo surgery and a lengthy rehab period, before bringing him back to the ring in a shock few would have seen coming.
Granted, it requires some wishful thinking on the part of most fans, with The Undertaker’s advancing years meaning he’s far from the force he once was, but even If it’s only for a handful of Pay-Per-View appearances, it would be foolish to dismiss the idea.
With The Rock returning, intermittently, since departing the WWE, a similar setup could work well for The Undertaker who was always unlikely to follow the root of fellow veterans like Booker T and JBL with a move into commentary.
Either way, fans may not get a definitive answer any time soon.
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