Wrestlemania is less than a week away and it’s almost certain that we are not getting to see The Undertaker wrestling in it. It comes as an utter surprise for the WWE Universe where the Phenome is not appearing for the showcase of immortals’ 35th edition that has become synonymous with his name.
However, Wrestling Observer has reported that The Undertaker will be back to in-ring competition for the Saudi Arabia event on May 3rd. It is going to be the first PPV following Wrestlemania 35 in the middle eastern country just like last year. WWE has been able to book The Deadman for this evening in a contest, yet to become official.
But it comes as a huge surprise for the fans why’d The Undertaker has chosen to wrestle in Saudi Arabia but not in Wrestlemania 35. It was quite odd to have the Wrestlemania buildup without him who’s a must-see for the audience. Apparently, money might have played a big role in this context.
As per the source, The Undertaker has chosen Saudi Arabia over Wrestlemania 35 because of money. The payday is far bigger for May 3rd in comparison to the April 7th show. Hence, he decided to choose Saudi Arabia ahead of the biggest pro-wrestling event of the year. Here’s what veteran Dave Meltzer has said on Wrestling Observer Radio,
“He’s going to be wrestling in Saudi Arabia this year — he’s coming back. You know I guess that money was just too big to turn down and I get it. That’s why he’s doing everything that he’s doing and God bless him. He worked really, really hard for decades to build a name and to he kept his mystique which is pretty hard to do in this business.”
The source mentioned how The Undertaker has become smart to take on smart bookings. Apparently, this was part of that process where he’d like to earn more in a smaller scale appearance be it a fan-feast. This is why he has recently increased the meet and greet sessions outside the WWE. He gets a handsome amount with each of such show-ups.
We have also reported that The Undertaker was present at the WWE performance center a few days ago. This started speculation whether he is preparing for Wrestlemania or the Saudi Arabia show. But the source clarified that he alongside Michelle McCool were present at the center to give some advice to the youngsters.