Will There Be A Match?
While many of us were excited about the idea of Undertaker coming back for another WrestleMania showdown with John Cena, at this week’s go home episode of Monday Night RAW, Undertaker once again never appeared to answer John Cena’s challenge.
This is one of the most interesting setups for a WrestleMania match in years and it shows how much confidence the WWE has in the show that they feel they do not actually have to advertise this match.
While nothing is certain in wrestling, the smart money is Undertaker making an appearance this Sunday in New Orleans. If it will be a match, a fight or just a showdown is not known yet, but the major speculation for quite some time now is that when Undertaker does come back he will be The American Badass.
From 2000 until 2003, Undertaker breathed life into his character as he became The American Badass. On the Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard podcast, he mentioned that Undertaker thought he was going to stay as The American Badass forever, but that was never Vince McMahon’s plans.
One of the coolest things about The American Badass incarnation of The Undertaker was the way he was able to get his personality to shine through. You could also argue that as well as changing the character, he also changed up his move set a bit. While some wrestling fans were not super into The American Badass, there were many who were and who have wanted to see Undertaker fly down the aisle on his bike once again.
I’m An American Badass!
Undertaker returned to the WWE after a short hiatus at the end of 1999 during the Judgement Day 2000 PPV, he interfered in the iron man match between The Rock and Triple H. Fans went nuts with the “Are You Scared?” and the Kid Rock American Badass entrance music, not to mention the bike. He had a long back coat and there was no mistaking that this was The Undertaker.
Fans bought into this new Undertaker really quickly and he was super over with the fans. Forming The Brothers Of Destruction with Kane and having a real tear the house down kind of match with Triple H at WrestleMania 17. He even turned heel and won another WWE Championship.
Then in 2003, he took some time off, not returning until WrestleMania 20 where he was once again the Dead Man and while he was the Dead Man version of The Undertaker, there is no denying that he looked like a real badass when he was standing at the top of the ramp.
The Undertaker returns as The American Badass: Judgment Day, May 21, 2000
A Long Dead Run
So from 2004 all the way until last year’s WrestleMania in 2017, we had the same kind of Undertaker. This was the longest he went without reinventing his character. While he never changed the character, you could argue that during 2006 to 2010, we saw some of the best in ring work of his career.
While the matches had improved, some fans felt that Undertaker was getting a little stale and even as long as five years ago, some folks wanted the return of The American Badass and it was certainly a rumor that would often pop up.
One Last Ride…. On A Bike
We all know that father time is coming for Undertaker’s career and it does suck. Him getting one last send off in a match against John Cena at WrestleMania where he gets to be the character that he thought he would always be, back in 2000, would be a real fitting end for The Undertaker.
The way that the WWE has handled this whole John Cena vs Undertaker scenario is very interesting and one of the most intriguing subplots of this year’s WrestleMania. One thing that is for sure is that many fans will be very excited to see The Undertaker. With Kid Rock getting inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, having him play The Undertaker to the ring with, American Badass would be a real WrestleMania moment.