The Undertaker returned to Raw the night after WrestleMania, interrupting an Elias concert and seemingly setting up a feud for the two that will culminate with a match at WWE’s Saudi Arabia show in June.
“The Deadman” was set to take part in an appearance for Inside The Ropes’ “Rise of the Taker” show. Part of the appearance was set to be a Q & A. However plans have changed and The Undertaker is no longer taking part in the Q & A portion of the appearance. He has been replaced by Mick Foley, but will still be in attendance for a ‘Meet and Greet’
Dave Meltzer has said that the change of plans could be down to The Undertaker’s new WWE contract. He said that Undertaker is “gonna fulfil his commitments, but I don’t think he’s gonna do new ones because that’s the new deal he signed with WWE. WWE doesn’t want him doing it anymore.”
This certainly seems plausible as WWE Hall of Famer and good friend of The Undertaker Jim Ross said on his ‘Jim Ross Report’ podcast that Undertaker’s decision to start taking non-WWE appearances was not a “popular front office decision”. This would certainly make it seem as if WWE would have wanted to prevent Taker from making such appearances, hence the new deal.
Undertaker’s replacement, and his opponent for that infamous Hell In A Cell match, Mick Foley has said that people should not place the blame at the feet of Taker. The hardcore legend said that “The Phenom” actually flew to Stanford to convince management to “let him do the tour in some way, shape or form.”