WWE is returning to Madison Square Garden after a long time, and the return is being hyped to ensure the best possible show for the WWE Universe. Steve Austin is set to return to RAW to oversee the Universal Championship contract signing between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman. Meanwhile, The Undertaker is making a return to SmackDown Live, for the first time in almost a year.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that Undertaker’s return is merely a one-off thing, and doesn’t have any storyline implications whatsoever. The Undertaker’s return at SmackDown was merely a special attraction for the MSG show, which is historically known to be one of the biggest events on WWE programming.
“I was told that’s not the case [that Taker will wrestle at Clash Of Champions]. I thought that myself and I was told, ‘No. He’s gonna be on this show.’ Basically, the gist was going to be on the SmackDown show because they hoped that he would help sell tickets because they thought the [RAW] show would be an easy sell-out and the second show [SmackDown] would need help.”
WWE put Undertaker on SDL simply because they felt that the blue brand will need help selling more tickets, and the Deadman’s appearance will make things better. Undertaker last appeared on SmackDown during the Smackdown 1000 episode last October. He delivered a quick promo about his match with DX, which was scheduled to take place a few weeks later.
The Undertaker last wrestled in WWE at Extreme Rules, teaming with his former nemesis Roman Reigns to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. The Undertaker appeared at an MSG show last July, in which he defeated Kevin Owens, Elias, and Baron Corbin in a 6-Man Tag Match, with Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns as his partners.
The Undertaker will surely have something interesting to say next week, and we can’t wait to find out what it is!