WWE was able to pull off a huge shock last night when The Undertaker made his return to Monday Night Raw for the first time in almost a year. The Deadman was last seen at Super ShowDown a few weeks ago when he was part of the main event match against Goldberg, that has since gained attention for all the wrong reasons.
Last night, Undertaker was the man who stepped in to stop Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre destroying Roman Reigns as part of their handicap match.
The lights went out, Undertaker appeared and attacked McMahon and McIntyre before it was later announced that The Deadman will be Roman Reigns’ partner at Extreme Rules when he takes on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a standard tag team match.
The Undertaker wasn’t expected to be part of WWE for a long time after Super ShowDown, but according to Cagesideseats’ rumor roundup, The Undertaker made his return to the ring because WWE needed some kind of buzz heading into Extreme Rules.
It’s no secret that WWE’s ratings have been at an all-time low over the past few months and Stomping Grounds’ low ticket sales showed that the company could be in crisis.
Undertaker could help the company to push forward heading into Extreme Rules and is a big enough name that he could carry the show, but the question here is whether or not it’s really enough.
Undertaker headlined Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia and the match wasn’t one of his best. The same can be said for his tag team match with Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Kane last year at Crown Jewel. This means that The Deadman may not be enough to carry Extreme Rules into next month and WWE could be forced to look for a better plan than their usual M.O. of bringing back legends.