BLOG: Showstopper Spillings: Is ‘Taker Following HBK’s Footsteps?

Photo of The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels staring each other down at WrestleMania XXVI.

Legends collide! The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels stare each other down as the prepare to do battle at WrestleMania XXVI.

Our official editor Scott, has wrote an awesome article exclusively for the site looking at the recent return of The “Phenom” The Undertaker. Don’t worry there is mention of Shawn Michaels! Scott analyses ‘Taker’s return and looks at how it could mean the beginning of the end for the Deadman, as Scott compares this to Shawn’s final return at SummerSlam 2009.

Is taker retiring and telling us in the same way HBK DID………….

With the recent return of the Undertaker to WWE TV, it does begin to make you think about the future of the Dead Mans long career. With the seemingly hurried return to TV to confront Brock Lesnar at WWE Battleground the Undertaker’s sudden return might be telling us something similar to what Shawn Michaels told us, without actually telling us, back in 2009.

Photo of Shawn Michaels and Triple H celebrating their victory at SummerSlam 2009.

Triumphant return! A returning HBK stands tall with HHH as they celebrate a win at SummerSlam 2009.

When HBK returned for SummerSlam 2009 as a part of DX it was set to be his last SummerSlam appearance, just without anyone really knowing it at the time. Much like the Undertaker, SummerSlam had been a key part of Shawn Michaels career and perhaps one more outing at the event was what the beginning of the end of his career was going to look like. HBK had carefully mapped out a road plan for the beginning of the end, it started at SummerSlam and it would end at WrestleMania…

If this is the beginning of the end for the Undertaker it would be a wonderful way to start the final bell toll on his legendary career and at an event which has been very important to him over the years and in a rivalry that arguably is easily the biggest and baddest he has ever been involved in against the monster that is Brock Lesnar.

Come win, lose, rain or sunshine the dead man will rise again for WWE after SummerSlam in an overseas tour to Mexico in October, this may be just a non TV appearance, ala…Chris Jericho, or this might be a signal that from Battleground until we enter Texas Stadium in 2016 we may be seeing a lot more of the Undertaker, a final run towards the end of a legendary career that could and perhaps should culminate at a legendary weekend in Arlington, Texas when Undertaker should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and have his final match at WrestleMania 32 in his home state of Texas, what could be better.

Photo of the Undertaker staring down Brock Lesnar at WWE Battleground 2015.

Beginning of the End? The Undertaker returns at WWE Battleground 2015, to seek vengeance against the “Beast” Brock Lesnar.

This programme with Brock Lesnar is clearly the beginning of something big for the Undertaker who has not worked a match, apart from WrestleMania, for a number of years mid way through the year. Perhaps SummerSlam is ear marked for a big encounter with Brock Lesnar and perhaps Survivor Series is earmarked for Undertaker vs. Sting. The Survivor Series event is extremely important to both the Deadman and Sting. Both made their debuts at the show, with the two men both locked on a collision course for one more outing at WrestleMania it makes perfect sense for this match to take place at the Survivor Series.

So if WrestleMania 32 is the end of the Deadman’s illustrious WWE career, then who might it be, who has the chance to face the Deadman on the grandest stage? I predict John Cena, I predict Undertaker passing the torch to Cena in a way that may not involve him actually losing to the current US champion at Texas Stadium, but in a WrestleMania moment none of us will ever forget.

If, like Shawn Michaels, this is the Undertakers last run into retirement, then every single time we see the Undertaker on TV it should be a worth while segment and no moment should be wasted. The way Undertaker was used on RAW Monday was a perfect way of how to make every second count. We are just left to wonder, are we now on an unofficial retirement of the Undertakers wonderful career, with the picture perfect, forever calling WrestleMania moment in Texas stadium waiting in the distance…

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1 Comment

  1. Pam
    01 Aug 2015, 6:19 pm

    Thank you Anthony