A new report has suggested that The Undertaker will be in attendance at the 2022 Royal Rumble.
The Undertaker hasn’t wrestled since defeating AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 in a Boneyard Match. While The Phenom formally retired from in-ring action at Survivor Series in 2020, three decades after his WWE career began at the same event.
But maybe, just maybe, that might be about to change.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider has reported that The Undertaker is slated to be at the Royal Rumble in St Louis, Missouri on January 29th. The report explains that while the WWE legend will most likely simply be supporting his wife Michelle McCool who will be competing in the women’s Royal Rumble match, anything is possible.
There is also the possibility that The Deadman will be filming content for the WWE Network/Peacock, as the company will be filming content over Rumble weekend.
While The Undertaker formally retired in November 2020, wrestling retirements have always been notoriously flimsy. Just ask Terry Funk, Mick Foley or Ric Flair. Even Shawn Michaels, who was adamant that he would be staying away from the ring after losing to Taker at WrestleMania 26, was eventually tempted back to the squared circle.
The Deadman himself has also been tempted back into action more than once in the past, perhaps most famously after his defeat to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33.
Despite this, the sure-fire Hall of Famer continues to insist that he won’t be returning to the ring. Speaking at the end of 2021 while promoting WrestleMania 38, he stated that while his passion remains, his time in the ring has been and gone.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Royal Rumble will be the first time that Michelle McCool has competed in the ring since WWE Evolution in October 2018. McCool effectively retired in May 2011, after losing a ‘Loser leaves WWE’ match to Layla. Over the last decade the former Women’s Champion has only wrestled twice. First at the 2018 Royal Rumble and then in a Battle Royal at Evolution.