I made a video about The Undertaker’s return being announced for the 15th November episode of Smackdown Live yesterday. Which is super exciting, but I was skeptical. Because a) it hadn’t been officially announced by WWE, and 2) the arena’s tweet that did announce it had quite a few spelling mistakes and errors.
This is what you’ve done to me, Internet. I question everything now! Like was Cody Rhodes leaving actually a work? Are the TNA ownership issues just a Broken Matt Hardy storyline? And who really is Byron Saxton?
Anyways, as many of you helpfully pointed out, the WWE app confirmed Undertaker’s return literally minutes after my video went live. It had all the bad timing of an overbooked Hell in a Cell women’s match.
In WWE’s announcement – because, you know, why have surprises anymore? – they referenced that edition of Smackdown Live being the 900th episode and it being just days before Survivor Series. They also mentioned that the last time we saw The Undertaker was facing Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania 32. So expect an interaction there. Actually, here’s a preview of their backstage confrontation:
Undertaker: In just six months, I’ve risen from the certain grave of Hell in a Cell once again. I’m back. I’m the Deadman. I’m the Undertaker.
Shane: Hey, Taker! How’s it going, man?
U: Shane? How have you recovered? It’s only been six months since Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania and you’re not even an athlete.
S: Oh, dude, no. They don’t mean anything anymore. We have literally already had three this month. And everyone was totally fine on Raw the next night.
U: Why are you still here?
S: I’m the commissioner of Smackdown Live now! I’m the one who’s been emailing you about your return.
U: Michelle deals with the electronic letters. So you’re Smackdown Live commissioner because I beat you at Wrestlemania, which meant you couldn’t take control of Monday Night RAW…
S: Taker, man! Where have you been? No! Like literally the next night dad said, ‘ah who cares, you’re in charge of RAW!’
U: The next night…?
S: Yeah, and I’ve been around ever since.
U: Ever since…?
S: Cool. Yeah. Great chat!
The belief backstage is that WWE will possibly now start building towards Undertaker’s Wrestlemania 33 match next year as his last.
But what about more immediate plans? F4WOnline are reporting that the current idea backstage is for Kevin Owens to have a feud with Roman Reigns in a champion vs champion program in December. They do note that the way Vince McMahon’s mind works, this could change every other day. So it’s no surprise that there are also rumours Owens and his best friend forever Chris Jericho will start their break up angle at Survivor Series for a match at December’s Roadblock event.
Yep, that’s the second Roadblock event this year, and it’ll mark the eighth pay-per-view since Summerslam four months prior. So it’s great news WWE are planning even more programming! I can just about fit in Raw and Smackdown every week…
Along with the weekly, hour-long Cruiserweight-only show called ‘205 Live‘ WWE have already announced, which is starting later this month, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter are reporting that a women’s tournament similar to the Cruiserweight Classic will begin taping in January or March. Former TNA star Angelina Love tweeted in response to the news:
So I hear @WWENXT will be hosting a Women’s Tournament!! This 6 Time champ is veerrryyyyy interested…..BASHFULL FACE EMOJI KISS EMOJI
And finally, here’s awesome wrestling story of the week…
Shawn Michaels is currently working as a coach at the WWE Performance Center, and because he’s a stand-up guy (now, at least, not back in the 90s. Ask Bret Hart) he rented out a local movie theatre and took a load of the NXT talent and coaches to a special screening of Mel Gibson’s new movie Hacksaw Ridge.
Actually, that might be a punishment.
I’m kidding, apparently it’s a pretty good movie, and I love Mel Gibson. Especially when he’s not engaging in drunken hate speech.
Uncle Shawn tweeted a picture of the evening, which reveals nobody wants to sit next to Prince Albert.
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