The Undertaker made his surprise WWE return on the June 24, episode of Raw. Taker came to the aid of Roman Reigns during a two-on-one beatdown at the hands of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
The return angle was used to set up a No Holds Barred tag team match at Extreme Rules, with Roman and ‘The Deadman” teaming for the first-time-ever to take on McIntyre and McMahon.
Since then, reports have emerged suggesting that the return of Undertaker was not a rushed move and had actually been planned for a number of months.
It was even reported that The Undertaker had “hand-picked” Drew McIntyre as someone he wanted to work with before he eventually hangs up his boots.
This led to speculation that the tag team match at Extreme Rules would be used to build towards a singles match between The Undertaker and the former NXT Champion at WWE’s next pay-per-view, SummerSlam. Rumours were exemplified when the match between the pair was actually advertised for SummerSlam in the local Toronto markets.
However, Dave Meltzer is reporting in the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that despite the local advertisements, there are no plans to have Drew McIntyre take on The Undertaker at SummerSlam next month:
“WWE is advertising Undertaker vs. McIntyre for SummerSlam on 8/11 in the Toronto market. We’re told that is typical local market advertising and that is not the actual plan right now for the show”
However, Meltzer says that WWE has been pushing The Undertaker too hard right now for him not to be featured on the SummerSlam card next month in a “big match”:
“But in pushing Undertaker so hard, that would seem to indicate he’ll be featured on the show, which makes sense. If Undertaker was only working one summer event, it would be SummerSlam, so him coming back for Extreme Rules only made sense to set the table for a big SummerSlam match. The problem is that given the Extreme Rules match, the big match being built would seem to be against either McIntyre or Shane, unless somebody new (Wyatt?) gets involved in the Extreme Rules match”.
This comes after it was reported yesterday that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff will not have to keep to any of the previously planned matches for SummerSlam when they take control of Raw and Smackdown respectively next week.
If The Undertaker doesn’t face Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, who would you like to see “The Deadman” take on? Let us know in the comments.