This week on Raw, The Undertaker shockingly returned to WWE, making the save for Roman Reigns during a two-on-one handicap match against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
Many people have speculated that Vince McMahon called The Undertaker to return to WWE as a result of poor ticket sales and the general apathy many fans now been towards the product.
However, speaking on his ‘Hall of Fame Podcast’ after Raw, Booker T has suggested that Taker’s return was actually caused by his woeful match with Goldberg at WWE Super ShowDown a few weeks back.
Speaking on the topic of that match with Goldberg, Booker T claims that Undertaker would have been left with a “bad taste in his mouth”, causing him to want to return before too long.
“The Undertaker made his return back to the ring tonight on Monday Night Raw, saving Roman Reigns from Shane-O-Mac and Drew McIntyre, ‘The Scottish Psychopath’. No one thought that they would see The Undertaker this soon after Super ShowDown, in what we would call, ‘the incident.’ No one thought we would see him this soon, but me personally, I think Undertaker was thinking, ‘Man, I gotta go get this bad taste out of my mouth. I gotta get rid of it and do something to make me forget.”
Booker T then revealed that after a bad match in Washington years ago, he wanted to get back into the ring and start impressing fans again:
“Marcus Bagwell and I are good friends, but after him and I had that match in Tacoma, Washington, it happened to me as well, and I wanted to get that bad taste from my mouth and I wanted to get it out of my mouth as quickly as I could. I wanted to redeem myself. I knew that I could do better than that. I knew I was better than that, which I got the chance to do that with myself and Dallas Page. We got the chance to go out there and beat each other up. It wasn’t a classic match or anything like that but we got to redeem ourselves, and I was able to put the past me and move forward, never to think about it ever again. Unless people bring it up.”
Booker T would go on to say that this is the perfect way to bring “The Deadman” back after such a woeful match with Goldberg:
“I am sure The Undertaker was feeling the same way I was feeling knowing that people were going to bring it up until the rest of his wrestling career. And they probably still will. But just for himself, after going out there tonight and watching The Undertaker just a few minutes ago, it felt like The Undertaker of old. I’m going to tell you that Shane-O-Mac got it big-time on that chokeslam. I’m serious.
Now he is going to be in a match. This is the perfect way to bring The Undertaker into the fold, because Roman Reigns has been going through a lot of trouble with Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, so what better way to sell this than to bring someone to back him up? Who is bigger? Who is the biggest name you can get in this business than The Undertaker? So I say come back out, and wash that little dirt off of you, and give the people what they want to see. Is this The Undertaker’s last match? That is the one thing. If it is the last match then you don’t want it to go down like it did at Super ShowDown. You don’t want that for yourself, or for your kids, or legacy. So you say, ‘Hey man, I have to go out here and do a re-do.’
While Booker T is not saying that this is officially why Undertaker returned, it certainly seems plausible.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription.
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