Following speculation that The Undertaker may appear at WWE Crown Jewel, The Deadman has made an appearance in character in Saudi Arabia.
On the eve of WWE’s massive pay-per-view event in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Undertaker made an on-stage cameo to introduce rapper Pitbull at a sold-out concert in front of 250,000 people at The Boulevard in Riyadh to officially launch the 2021 Riyadh Season Festival.
WWE thus far has kept any official appearance at Crown Jewel under wraps, with The Deadman not featured on the star-studded card for the event. While the veteran bode his ‘Final Farewell’ to WWE at Survivor Series 2020, 30 years after his debut, The Deadman has worked four of WWE’s five events in Saudi Arabia thus far.
Undertaker defeated Rusev in a Casket Match at Greatest Royal Rumble 2018, teamed with Kane for a loss to DX in 2018, defeated Bill Goldberg at Super ShowDown 2019, and then won a Gauntlet Match for the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy at Super ShowDown 2020, defeating Styles after another “surprise” appearance.
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It is worth noting that, while The Deadman is in Saudi Arabia, he also was for the Crown Jewel 2019 event, but did not wrestle. The WWE legend merely represented WWE at the Riyadh Season Grand Parade Opening – an appearance similar to the one made alongside Pitbull this year.
Following his ‘Final Farewell’ at Survivor Series almost one year ago, Taker has not appeared in a WWE ring, seemingly concluding the Last Ride series in which he seemed to finally retire from in-ring action following a vicious cycle of either having a great last match and wanting another, or being dissatisfied with his last outing and needing one more good one to retire on. As it stands, Undertaker’s last match was a cinematic match with AJ Styles, named a Boneyard Match, at WrestleMania 36.
Meanwhile, the card for Crown Jewel is stacked with the matches confirmed as follows:
- Roman Reigns defends the WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar
- Becky Lynch defends the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks
- Seth Rollins and Edge clash inside Hell In A Cell
- Big E will defend the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre
- Goldberg and Bobby Lashley clash in a No Holds Barred Match
- RKBro, Randy Orton and Riddle, will defend the RAW Tag Team Championships against AJ Styles and Omos
- King of the Ring Tournament Final – Finn Balor vs Xavier Woods
- Queen’s Crown Tournament Final – Zelina Vega vs Doudrop
- Mansoor vs Mustafa Ali
Watch WWE Crown Jewel 2021 live on the WWE Network – and via Peacock in the United States – on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.