The Undertaker’s return looks to be on the horizon, as WWE continues to tease a match between him and Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31. While the WWE superstar continues to taunt the Phenom, fans might have to wait until after the next pay-per-view to see the Deadman back on TV.
It doesn’t appear that The Undertaker will return to “Monday Night Raw,” before the WWE Fast Lane on Feb. 22. Dave Meltzer recently surmised on Wrestling Observer Radio that the wrestler will be back after the PPV that falls in between the 2015 Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 31, and recent history would indicate as much.
Last year, The Undertaker made his return to WWE TV on the episode of “Raw” immediately following Elimination Chamber. He ended the show by challenging Brock Lesnar, who had been demanding a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 30.
In 2013, The Undertaker didn’t make an appearance until a few weeks after Elimination Chamber. The PPV took place on Feb. 17, and The Undertaker finally returned to “Raw” on March 4, a month before WrestleMania 29. That night, CM Punk defeated Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show for the opportunity to conquer The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak.
If The Undertaker returns on “Raw” the day after Fast Lane, it will leave WWE with five weeks to build a feud between the Deadman and Wyatt. He hasn’t been on WWE TV since he lost to Lesnar at WrestleMania 30.
WWE has positioned Wyatt as one of the company’s top heels in recent months. After a brief hiatus, he returned at Hell in a Cell and began a feud with Dean Ambrose, beating the Lunatic Fringe in three consecutive matches. Wyatt tied Roman Reigns with six eliminations in the Royal Rumble, and he spent more time in the ring than any other wrestler. On the last two editions of “Raw,” Wyatt has gotten clean victories over Dolph Ziggler, before delivering cryptic promos.
Wyatt’s resume doesn’t compare to that of The Undertaker’s recent WrestleMania opponents. Before breaking The Streak, Lesnar was coming off consecutive PPV wins over Triple H, CM Punk and Big Show, having already been a WWE and UFC champion in his career. Punk lost the WWE Championship to The Rock before facing The Undertaker, but his title reign lasted 434 days, the longest such reign in the last 25 years.
Before beating Punk, The Undertaker defeated both Triple H and Shawn Michaels, twice in a row, at WrestleMania. In 2007 and 2008, he beat Batista and Edge, respectively, to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Below is Wyatt’s most recent promo, seemingly targeted at The Undertaker.