The Undertaker hasn’t been seen on WWE television since WrestleMania 32, when he avoided a Shane McMahon elbow from the top of Hell in a Cell and ran his record at the biggest show of the year to 23-1. Since then, Undertaker terrified everyone by showing up around his native Texas using crutches (reportedly as part of rehab from a hip surgery). But then last month, he popped up in Cleveland to hang out with the Cavaliers before their season opener and looked fantastic, albeit slightly like a Madame Tussaud’s version of himself.
Word got around that Undertaker would be making his grand return to WWE television on Tuesday’s special 900th episode (not actually the 900th episode) of Smackdown, which is also the go-home show before Sunday’s massive Survivor Series pay-per-view. Rumor had it that Undertaker might start teasing a program for his next WrestleMania opponent, but this return ended up being a lot more than that.
Not only was this Undertaker’s return to WWE, it was his first appearance on Smackdown in three and a half years, which is totally nuts.