Those disappointed by the short duration of the Undertaker’s return at WrestleMania 34 will be pleased to hear that ‘The Deadman’ is set to re-enter the squared circle later this month.
Earlier today, leading UAE newspaper The National reported that the 53-year-old is set to compete at the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia on April 27. In keeping with the magnitude of the occasion, it won’t just be an ordinary singles contest, either: in a follow-up press release, WWE confirmed that ‘The Phenom’ will face off against Rusev in a casket match.
The Undertaker made short work of John Cena this past Sunday, being goaded out of the ‘retirement’ he teased last year to defeat the popular superstar in just two minutes, 45 seconds. It seems fans will now get the opportunity to see the 28-year WWE legend in a ring for a more prolonged period of time, via the WWE Network-exclusive event.
The casket match, in which the goal is to put your opponent in a full-sized coffin and close the lid completely, marks a big step up in competition for the popular ‘Bulgarian Brute’. Rusev was reported to be unhappy with his WWE status prior to being inserted, albeit in a losing effort, into the United States championship match at WrestleMania, as this move is sure to at least temporarily appease the 32-year-old.
The Greatest Royal Rumble is being held in conjunction with the Saudi General Sports Authority, and will be held at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In addition to the event’s showpiece contest, the first-ever 50-man Royal Rumble match, it will also feature Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns in a steel cage for the WWE Universal championship, with a number of other titles also on the line.
The Undertaker-Rusev contest will be the first casket match held by the WWE since Daniel Bryan defeated Kane on an episode of Smackdown in 2015.