The Undertaker is widely regarded as one of the most successful and iconic characters to ever set foot in the WWE ring. After a few unsuccessful gimmicks, Mark Callaway debuted his famous gimmick at the 1990 Survivor Series driving fans all over the planet crazy.
When three long decades have passed embellished with successes and awards of all kinds, the 'Deadman' has chosen to permanently hang his boots in 2020. Many colleagues wanted to pay him a beautiful tribute to greet one of the legends that allowed wrestling to increase its popularity even outside the United States.
During his exceptional career, the 'Phenom' became world champion seven times, as well as winning the Royal Rumble in 2007 and being a symbol for the tag team division as well. His 'streak' at WrestleMania obviously remains unforgettable, made up of 21 consecutive triumphs, before it was interrupted by Brock Lesnar at Mania 30.
In a recent interview with Rewind Recap Relive, The Great Khali, fresh from being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, recalled his assault on Taker in the SmackDown episode following WrestleMania 22. "Vince McMahon told me that he intended to make my debut, but he did not reveal who my opponent would be," said the Indian giant.
"He just explained to me that I was supposed to show up on SmackDown a few days after WrestleMania. That same day, Michael Hayes told me it was going to be a great day for me. I should have intervened in the match between Mark Henry and The Undertaker to destroy the latter.
I was really over the moon, that moment was fantastic for my career. The whole world had learned who The Great Khali was. I want to once again thank Vince McMahon and WWE for giving me such an opportunity. I have never stopped appreciating the work they have done in these decades," he concluded.
Will Brock Lesnar return to SummerSlam?
We haven't seen the legend of this business Brock Lesnar in WWE and in any wrestling ring for over a year now. The last time we saw The Beast Incarnate in the ring is even dated Wrestlemania 36 when Brock Lesnar was defeated quite sharply by The Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre.
Since that day Brock Lesnar has not set foot on the ring of the Stamford company anymore, the contract has expired and despite several rumors about a sensational return (especially rumors about Wrestlemania 37, then never realized) Brock Lesnar is still absent from the McMahon family shows.
During the last episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, the well-known colleague Dave Meltzer took stock of Brock Lesnar's future: one of the best known insiders in this field spoke about the possible return of Brock Lesnar to the ring in Pay per View of SummerSlam seen the latest rumors regarding The Beast.
Here are his words: "I haven't heard anything in particular about SummerSlam, maybe I would have thought more about his return to Wrestlemania but at the moment we have to remember that he is not under contract.
I suppose that's quite plausible but I have no whispers in that direction. AEW? Absolutely not, to my knowledge it's not something he's really interested in." For Brock Lesnar's return to the wrestling world, however, it seems very important that there is definitely an agreement to always see the public in the stands, which certainly helps the return of the former WWE Champion.
Recently also WWE Mad Genius Paul Heyman (former manager of Brock Lesnar) was unbalanced on a possible return of Brock Lesnar in the company, perhaps to challenge Roman Reigns, WWE Tribal Chief. Here are his words about it: "Brock Lesnar only does what he wants, even if we talk about this possibility I don't think it's real because at the moment I don't think he wants to face Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Champion."