Breaking news: The Undertaker has just started his ring entrance in time for the November 15th episode of Smackdown Live.
That episode will take place in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Pennsylvania, who have tweeted:
“BREAKING NEWS! The Undertaker returns to Wilkes-Barre on 11.15 for the 900th episode of @WWESmackDownLiv at @MoheganSunArena #WWEWILKESBARRE”
The Undertaker is making his return to WWE!
…but before you bust out the urn, this hasn’t been announced by WWE themselves at the time of writing. Which is strange, considering how big an event an Undertaker return is. The last time he was seen on WWE TV was Wrestlemania 32 making sure Shane McMahon didn’t get control of Monday Night RAW (that went well) and you would assume WWE would save this kind of reveal for themselves. So maybe the arena jumped the gun?
Also, the tweet tags ‘@WWESmackDownLiv’. This is problematic for a few reasons, like Smackdown Live not having its own separate Twitter account from WWE’s and the fact that it’s missing an ‘e’ anyway. These big announcement tweets aren’t just written in between Sudoku puzzles on the toilet. They often go through several people checking the wording and correct Twitter handles and hashtags.
However, this isn’t just a random episode of Smackdown. It definitely will be the 900th episode of the show (cheers Wikipedia) and it’s the final episode before Survivor Series that Sunday. So an Undertaker appearance could be more than likely to celebrate the landmark, but it could also be to include him in a Survivor Series angle, or start the build to his Wrestlemania 33 match.
PWInsider reported that Taker had hip surgery last month, so you’d assume he won’t be getting too physical.
Someone who is definitely appearing at Survivor Series, though, and who some might argue shouldn’t wrestle either – given his over 12 year break from the business and how he fell over trying to Jackhammer Rusev on this week’s RAW – is Goldberg. The poor guy spoke about stumbling at an ESPN live Q+A:
“Here’s the thing… it’s been 12 years, bro. It’s literally the second time I’ve stepped inside the ring, it’s no excuse, it happens and it is what it is… so all you guys out there on social media you can kiss my butt, because there’s nothing you can say to make me feel any worse than I’m making myself feel.”
Speaking of guys on social media, one fan on Twitter asked Chris Jericho how he was getting along with Goldberg backstage. The two have real-life heat going back to when Goldberg allegedly refused to work with Jericho in WCW. And on Goldberg’s first day in WWE back in 2003, the two infamously confronted each other in the locker room, with Y2J getting Goldberg in a front facelock.
So now, 13 years later, Jericho had this to say about getting along with Goldberg:
I’m not going to do the New Day thing.
Jericho could just be staying in character, or there could be a bit of truth in there. Or maybe, like how most of the best wrestling is, it’s a mixture of the two.
How would you book Undertaker’s WWE return ahead of Survivor Series? Tell us about how he should face Shane McMahon for control of Smackdown Live this time, and then ignore the result, in the comments below.