WrestleMania 33: A defeated, dejected phantom, an all-time great and an icon synonymous with WWE for entire generations walked back from the ring, leaving behind his signature hat and coat, indicating that this time when he leaves with his hand raised, it might be the last time we ever see the Deadman walking. The streak had ended back at WrestleMania 31, but the legend died at 33, and that legend was none other than the Undertaker.
As soon as The Undertaker left with his hat and coat in the ring, thousands of fans at the ringside and many more watching at home were in an obvious but troubled shock, when they realised that their favourite Phenom could possibly be never entering the squared circle ever again.
Even while celebrating the Raw’s 25th anniversary, The Undertaker surprised everyone with one off appearance in almost six months, where he laid down a cryptic message for all of his fans and rivals alike, asking them to finally Rest in Peace. Speculations were still made about his possible return at WrestleMania and a dream match with John Cena, but Cena put it all to rest when he made it clear that he wasn’t going to take the easy way out to a WrestleMania match, which he’d rather have attended as a fan instead of taking an easy way out.
However, due to his repeated failures, both at Fastlane and Elimination Chamber, the Cenation leader, made his intentions clear when he called out the Undertaker in a spectacular promo, which have become something you’d associate with him. He said that he just wants Undertaker to say yes or no, instead of cryptic messages and if he is retired then he should be retired and not post pictures of his training on his wife’s Instagram account. But if he isn’t, he is either too coward to face him, or too self-centred too give the fans what they want.
In the following weeks, he continued this personalised assault on the Undertaker, through means of various promos, that is until Kane, Deadman’s brother came to answer in his stead. The answer? A vicious chokeslam. In the episode that followed Cena and Kane fought in a No-disqualification Match, where he mocked several of the Undertaker’s moves, like chokeslam and even his trademark, sitting upright from the dead.
He again cut a promo on the Phenom, after his match where he said that he couldn’t even be there for his brother who instead cared enough for him to come out and answer John Cena’s call when he insulted the Deadman. He further added that the Undertaker has insulted him by not giving him a reply and begged for the fabled gong to strike, for the light’s to go out and for a slightest hint that the challenge has been expected.
With WrestleMania just around the corner, Taker is yet to answer John Cena’s call for a match on the Grandest stage of them all. The tickets are getting sold at just hints of confrontation of these two in the ring, and a match of such a magnitude is surely going to be a crowd puller. Following all the insults and name calling, Taker might probably answer John’s Cena’s call on next week’s edition or on this week’s Smackdown, both of them being free agents and representing ither of the brands at the same time.
It is going to be a blockbuster for sure, but the bigger question is when will we see Taker’s acceptance and what will happen in the Mania, the crowd would love a fully-fledged feud but that seems out of question now as Deadman isn’t responding. But a one off clash is also sure to send the sparks flying when we see these two legends loved across generations, lock horns and compete for nothing but each other’s respect at Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans. Coincidentally this is the same stadium where the streak had ended. Could we see one extension to the fabled streak, or will it be a new feather in crown of Cenation leader, when he pins Taker, 1,2,3! That remains to be seen at WrestleMania!