IS the Undertaker really retired?
Some big names in the wrestling world – including former WWE official Bruce Prichard and DX member X-Pac – have said he’ll be back.
Though Roman Reigns defeated him at WrestleMania 33, can the greatest force in WWE history ever truly be conquered?
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Can “The Deadman” really die?
With shadowy speculation lingering over the future of The Undertaker, we look at 10 ways he could return.
Number 30 in next year’s Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble is THE place for epic returns.
And after Roman Reigns entering as number 30 and eliminating Taker in this year’s match – which the naturally fans hated – The Deadman could do the same and return the favour.
It would go down as the greatest surprise in the history of the Royal Rumble.
At the Hall of Fame
There’s no question that Undertaker will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame – and many fans believe it will happen next year.
Picture the scene: Taker comes out to make his speech, the Tombstones all the other inductees (even the old timers) and says that he will never retire.
Now, the Hall of Fame is just his own personal wing in hell.
In the House of Horrors
With the soul of Sister Abigail burnt/desecrated/whatever that was all about, Bray Wyatt says Randy Orton will meet another family member in the House of Horrors – “Uncle Mark”.
In the final moments of the match Uncle Mark arrives and reveals himself as The Undertaker – a member of the Wyatt Family all along and the key to Bray’s supernatural powers.
When John Cena says “I do”
Cena and Nikki Bella make the stupid mistake of marrying in a WWE ring (which never ends well).
Just as they say “I do” the vicar pulls off his robes to reveal he is in fact The Undertaker.
He then kidnaps Cena’s would-be bride and marries her himself at a demonic black wedding – like he tried with Steph years ago – to set up the WrestleMania match we never though we’d see: Undertaker versus Cena.
During Knoxville mayoral elections
Undertaker’s storyline brother Kane AKA Glenn Jacobs has announced he will run for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee.
But is there unfinished business between the Brothers of Destruction?
As the election results are read – and Kane is named new mayor of Knox County – the lights go out.
The Undertaker appears and chokeslams his brother through the ballot table. Political payback for all Kane’s betrayals.
On his bike
The Undertaker has had many incarnations over the years – who’s to say that the past version couldn’t make a return?
It would be an incredible if WWE staged a repeat of Judgment Day 2000.
In the final moments of a huge pay-per-view match up, his old Rollin’ theme hits and he races to the ring on a souped-up motorbike.
It turns out that while The Deadman is buried, the American Badass is still alive and well.
As a dark angel from the heavens
One of Taker’s most iconic entrances was at Survivor Series 1996, descending into the squared circle with bat wings.
“The Phenom” could take a leaf from Sting by lingering in the rafters – causing fans to ask whether they’d really seen the Deadman or if it was an illusion – before shocking the WWE Universe with another bat-like descent.
In the White House
Perhaps Kane’s not the only one in the family with political aspirations.
The real-life Undertaker – Mark Calaway – follows Linda McMahon by joining the Donald Trump cabinet (Administrator for Funerals perhaps).
But during a televised address from the White House, Calaway turns heel – or babyface, depending on your politics – and hits Tombstone on Trump.
Taker then reveals he’s been working for the “Higher Power” AKA Vince McMahon – setting up Trump versus Vince for control of the United States at WrestleMania 34.
As the Anonymous Raw GM
The mystery of the anonymous Raw general manager has never been solved.
And though Kurt Angle’s currently in charge, it’s only so long before he’s tempted back into action – leaving the position open, if only temporarily.
Could the anonymous GM be reinstated?
And could that familiar sound of a message alert be replaced with the toll of the Deadman?
After years of it being “his yard” it’s only fair that he calls the shots.
All the way from hell
It’s one of the classic Undertaker signatures: emerging from beneath the ring to terrify his enemies.
And there’s a perfect opportunity for him to do it one last time – during the Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns main event at WrestleMania 34.
It would be his final revenge on Roman (supposedly), emerging from the fiery depths beneath “his yard” and dragging Reigns straight to hell…