Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or just completely avoiding Internet wrestling sites), then you know The Undertaker is returning to WWE Smackdown on the November 15, 2016 episode. It’s in celebration of the blue brand’s 900th episode, which will air live on the USA Network.
The appearance will mark Undertaker’s first appearance in a WWE ring since he beat Shane McMahon, the storyline commissioner of Smackdown, in a match at Wrestlemania 32. With the appearance taking place on the go-home to Survivor Series episode, some are questioning if that means he will work the pay-per-view itself.
That’s a question that will remain unanswered until he appears but we’d be skeptical of him returning with little build for a bout. However, advertising Undertaker for Smackdown could get “team blue” some buzz going into the “big four” show, which Goldberg has done for Raw.
The rumor is WWE may setup a match between Undertaker and Randy Orton on Smackdown, which could be the reason WWE had Orton align himself with The Wyatt Family against Kane recently, as a possible return opponent for Taker at a later date.
Regardless of what happens, Undertaker being announced for a Nov. 15 return to WWE is good news for his future. The chances of him working Wrestlemania 33 got a lot better and we have certainly not seen the last of him in a WWE ring, as he told people after his match against Shane McMahon that he was finished. Undertaker remains under WWE contract that pays him a downside guarantee.
Undertaker was advertised for WWE’s post-Wrestlemania 32 tour of Europe but he pulled out after a conflict with Vince McMahon.