The Undertaker won’t land on either “Monday Night Raw” or “SmackDown” during Tuesday’s WWE Draft. Despite the upcoming brand split, the Deadman won’t be relegated to either show.
WWE recently released the rules for the draft, as well as the list of names eligible to be selected. Having only appeared with WWE as a part-time performer for the last several years, The Undertaker was not a part of the list.
The company’s top part-time performer, Brock Lesnar, will be a part of the draft, but he shows up much more frequently than the man whose WrestleMania streak he ended. Lesnar hasn’t made an appearance since WrestleMania 32, but he’s scheduled to face Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2016, and he’ll likely have at least one more match before WrestleMania 33. The Undertaker hasn’t appeared on WWE TV since he defeated Shane McMahon in their Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32, and he probably won’t return until 2017.
There had been speculation that The Undertaker would have his final WWE match at WrestleMania 32, but since such an announcement was never made, it’s hard to believe he won’t be back for the company’s top pay-per-view next year. He was expected to face John Cena in April, but the 15-time world champion was kept off the card with shoulder surgery. That match could be moved to WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.
A match with Cena next year might be a fitting end to The Undertaker’s legendary career, though he made more appearances in 2015 than he had in the last five years. After beating Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31, he interfered in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Battleground, setting up a showdown with Lesnar at SummerSlam. The Undertaker went on to face Lesnar again at Hell in a Cell before teaming up with Kane at Survivor Series.
The Undertaker has primarily appeared on “Raw” since his run as a full-time wrestler ended in 2010. He last wrestled on “SmackDown” in 2013 when he defeated Dean Ambrose.
Triple H was also left off the list of wrestlers that are eligible to be drafted. He hasn’t been on WWE TV since he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 32, though he’s likely to have plenty of more matches in the future.