It’s absolutely possible the Undertaker makes a surprise return for the Rumble; and the end of the day, any surprise entrant is ‚Äėpossible‚Äô. Still, on the cusp of Wrestlemania 32, it wouldn‚Äôt be shocking if the Undertaker showed up at the Rumble (disclaimer: now, anything he does during the match or pay-per-view – any attacks made, any back stabbings – may be surprising) ‚Äď but him being there per se, would not be.
Honestly, with the cluster that has been the buildup to the Rumble this year? This would absolutely be an acceptable and needed surprise. Of course, as I wrote elsewhere, I would not just have the gong hit and have him wave his hand, smile and be tossed out. Nope. Not me. If you have ‘Taker show up-and be involved in-Sunday’s Rumble…you have him win the whole thing.
Having him just be there, to be seen and adored? Many people could consider that a really good night.
But I have no doubt that, should Undertaker be out and about come Sunday night, it would be to set up something big. Something for WrestleMania. And what would be bigger for ‘Mania than a WWE Championship match where one of the combatants is arguably the most popular wrestler over the last 2+ decades?
Putting it simply? If Undertaker becomes one half of the WrestleMania main event, almost regardless of who he’d be facing, that becomes a really strong, and incredibly marketable, main event. McMahon and company would no doubt love to sell fans a WWE Championship match of ‘Taker and Lesnar, or ‘Taker and just about anyone else.
Plus, considering that the Rumble is generally an hour of chaos with the entrances and eliminations, one could only excitedly imagine the reactions as Undertaker’s gong hit, the arena lights go down, and the Dead Man makes his eerie entrance, time be damned. The crowd would pop, and I’d imagine there would be some hilarious in-ring responses as well.
Seeing Undertaker in the Royal Rumble would be a nice surprise, though unnecessary. Undertaker retiring this year is debatable; maybe ‚ÄúThe Deadman‚ÄĚ doesn‚Äôt even know and he‚Äôs playing it by ear. For the Undertaker to make a rare appearance, he needs to win and I don‚Äôt see him walking into WrestleMania 32 with any title or leaving with gold. The belt could be used to elevate someone else, like Roman Reigns. The WWE could do an angle where the lights go out and the gong sounds to distract someone in the match (an angle the WWE has successfully done in the past). That would make an easy setup for WrestleMania. With Reigns, Chris Jericho, and Brock Lesnar already in the match, there is credible talent to feature. I‚Äôm always glad to see Undertaker appear, just not this Sunday. Build the Rumble match around the planned winner and use that momentum to make them a bigger. Undertaker is already a super-star with a Rumble win to his name and is not needed to sell Sunday‚Äôs card.