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WWE will rejoice the 25th anniversary of the inaugural Raw this January, and with that monumental event comes the return of The Undertaker to tv in what might trace at additional involvement in WWE programming.
The Deadman’s upcoming re-emergence just isn’t the one rumor floating across the web wrestling world, as AJ Styles’ WWE Championship match with Jinder Mahal was additionally a subject of dialogue.
Capping issues off is Chris Jericho, his battle with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kenny Omega, and precisely when WWE knew Y2J can be taking part within the bout.
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The Undertaker’s Raw Return
Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats reported this week on the potential of Undertaker’s return to the squared circle.
“There’s once again speculation that Undertaker could be coming back for another match at WrestleMania 34. We’ll likely know more after his appearance on Raw 25 next January.”
The Deadman’s final look contained in the squared circle was an uninspiring loss to Roman Reigns in the principle occasion of WrestleMania 33. He seemed gradual, mistimed spots and was visibly in ache. While hardly an ideal efficiency to exit on, the imagery of Undertaker leaving his gear within the ring earlier than making the lengthy stroll up the ramp is strictly the form of iconic goodbye he deserved.
Why smash that for another dance on the mbadive stage when, realistically, he has nothing left to show?
For almost three many years, he proved himself a Phenom. He was the measuring stick on the grandest stage in wrestling. Let go and benefit from the serenity of retirement relatively than coming again and diminishing an otherwise-sterling status.
AJ Styles: Next WWE Champion?
Ortman additionally mentioned hypothesis revolving round Tuesday’s WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal, which can air on USA Network at eight p.m. ET throughout SmackDown Live.
“There’s also a lot of speculation that WWE rushed into AJ Styles getting a title shot so they could put the title on him and do Styles vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.”
WWE went by way of the difficulty of manufacturing a relatively prolonged video bundle on the November 6 episode of Raw devoted to the Lesnar-Mahal storyline. It feels as if that might be an entire waste of time and sources if the plan is to modify the title simply 24 hours later.
Of course, that video bundle might very nicely be intelligent misdirection on the a part of administration, a crimson herring to distract from the truth that Styles will win the title and battle Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Still, with a grand tour of India nonetheless upcoming, it is smart that WWE would need Mahal to be its champion.
Especially contemplating how Mahal has been on the forefront of selling efforts there.
Did WWE Know About Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega?
Chris Jericho could also be one of many best Superstars in WWE historical past, however that doesn’t imply Vince McMahon and Co. knew he was planning to set foot in a New Japan Pro Wrestling ring towards Kenny Omega, as Nick Hausman of WrestleZone.com reviews.
“WWE didn’t study Jericho’s problem till it aired at NJPW’s Power Struggle on Saturday night time. Jericho just isn’t at present underneath contract to WWE and didn’t have to offer them a heads up.”
Given how acclaimed his most up-to-date run in WWE was, and the quantity of religion the corporate put in him to be a prime star on the Raw model in the course of the second half of 2016 and early months of 2017, it ought to be attention-grabbing to see if this newest enterprise choice hurts his standing with the promotion he has referred to as “home” since 1999.
One factor is for sure: Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January four figures to be one of the vital hotly anticipated reveals of the 12 months, thanks largely to the elevated legitimacy and star energy Jericho brings to the present.