Several news outlets have reported that two major WWE superstars will be making their returns to Raw on Feb. 24, which is coincidentally the same day that the WWE Network launches.
It’s been reported that The Undertaker will make his return to television for the first time since April 26, 2013 when he was taken out by all three members of the Shield on Smackdown.
Undertaker usually makes his return around this time of year to select his opponent for Wrestlemania. Last year, after CM Punk won a match to decide who faced Undertaker, their feud began when Punk stole the urn that carried the ashes of the late Paul Bearer, who died in March.
The year before that, the future Hall of Famer came back to demand another match with Triple H inside Hell in a Cell, despite barely beating him the previous Wrestlemania.
Undertaker’s legacy at Wrestlemania is well-known. The Phenom is 21-0 in Wrestlemania matches, and has put away superstars such as Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista.
Rumors have been pitting Brock Lesnar as Undertaker’s next opponent going back as far as last fall. But with Lesnar’s interest in the WWE Championship, it’ll be interesting to see if Taker’s legacy will take precedence over that.
Taker isn’t the only Legend set to return to the WWE. After a six-year absence, Hulk Hogan has reportedly signed a contract with WWE and will make his first TV appearance since Dec. 10, 2007. Hogan has been in talks with the WWE since his contract expired with TNA last October and has been rumored to be involved in Wrestemania XXX in some way.
Hogan’s return will garner some serious buzz from the crowd. Hogan, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, holds a permanent place on WWE’s version of Mount Rushmore if there ever was one to exist.
And any involvement in Wrestlemania by Hogan will be a huge plus. No one is expecting him to put on a 15-20 minute match with someone. But he will surely grandstand, hot dog and Hulk-up for old-time’s sake at one some point in New Orleans, guaranteed.
Daniel Bryan’s “Night Off”
The Authority discussed the face of the WWE during the opening segment of the WWE. While they are considering Daniel Bryan for that role as well as the other four challengers at Elimination Chamber, the current WWE Heavyweight champion Randy Orton wasn’t too pleased with those remarks. He came down to the ring, apologized to Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, and attempted to re-stake his claim as the face of WWE.
Bryan’s music hit, interrupting Orton and The Authority’s discussion. McMahon wasn’t too thrilled with the interruption and told Bryan he should schedule an appointment if he wants to be evaluated. After Bryan’s snarky response about evaluating The Authority, and some exchanged threats with Orton, Triple H decided to give Bryan the night off due to his agitated state.
Bryan didn’t necessarily take a night off. Later in the night, Kane came out to accept his administrative leave dished out by The Authority. He reassured the people that his attempt to attack Bryan had nothing to do with their wish, but his own. Bryan came out and attacked Kane. After Bryan avoided a choke slam, he tossed Kane out of the ring, hit a suicide dive and a drop kick that sent Kane over the barricade. Bryan led the crowd in a “Yes” chant, but surely this won’t be the end of this feud, and potentially lead to repercussions from The Authority.
Let’s look at a crazy theory for Mania since this is that time of year. There is potential that Bryan’s actions could lead to him being taken out of the Chamber match. The Authority could kill two birds with one stone and make Lesnar happy and put him in the Chamber. Bryan would then challenge Triple H at Mania, while Undertaker finds a way to prevent a Lesnar win at the Chamber, setting up their Mania match.
WWE Hall of Fame
The newest inductee to the Hall of Fame was announced during the third hour of Raw. Lita, a four-time WWE Women’s Champion, joined Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the Class of 2014.
Three Questions for Next Week
1. Will Daniel Bryan receive repercussions for attacking Kane?
2. How will Alberto Del Rio respond to Batista’s attack on Raw?
3. Will Randy Orton shake the losing ways?