The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Updates From The Rumormill on Taker’s WM32 Plans
Backstage Notes On WrestleMania 32 Plans For The Undertaker
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE officials have finalized the WrestleMania 32 main events and they have decided on who The Undertaker will face but we don’t know who that person is. It was said that Taker’s opponent is not someone on the roster right now.
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Current WrestleMania 32 Plans for The Undertaker, Top Names Ruled Out as Possible Opponents, Could Sting Be an Option?, More
As of this writing, the top of the WrestleMania 32 card is said to be finished, and The Undertaker does indeed have a match. Previously, it was said that John Cena vs Undertaker was a lock for ‘Mania this year, but those match plans have been scrapped due to Cena’s injury. While The Undertaker’s opponent for ‘Mania has not been revealed, the planned name is not John Cena, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman, and is said to be someone who is not on the roster right now.
From a speculative standpoint, Sting would come to mind as Undertaker’s potential opponent at WrestleMania, but the soon-to-be WWE Hall of Famer has spinal stenosis in his neck, needs neck surgery, and he’ll be 57 by the time of the PPV. That doesn’t rule out, however, the possibility of a loser must retire match, which could be the send off for either or both legends.
source: Wrestlezone.com and Wrestling Observer Newsletter
I suggest taking anything Dave Meltzer says with a grain of salt. That said, the “Taker’s opponent is not someone on the roster right now.” bit has me interested though I really cannot believe WWE would have their top WM draw face someone who’s not even in the company. Regarding the word, roster, it’s not stated specifically if that pertains to just the main roster or WWE in general which would include NXT. If not in WWE, the only two options there I can think of are Goldberg and Kurt Angle. Of those two, Angle would be the better match. But he’s been clear on taking a break from pro wrestling so I don’t think him facing Taker this year is likely. Shinsuke Nakamura isn’t yet on the roster, but he’ll make his NXT debut during WM32 weekend. I’d love to see him vs Taker. NXT has good options for Taker. New to WWE, yes, but wrestling veterans nonetheless in Samoa Joe and Finn Balor. Plus there’s Kevin Owens from the main roster who reportedly requested the match, but got turned down.
Then there’s Sting. I believe Sting’s still in WWE. I don’t believe he’s retired yet though he hasn’t wrestled or made any TV appearances since NOC. He’s been very vocal over the years of wanting a match with Taker. If I were Sting or WWE, I’d wait till he’s fully healed and would pass on WM32 despite the fact that the window for the match is not wide open. I’m sure Taker would be up for it as I can’t remember him ever turning down a challenge so if Sting could be convinced to face Taker at a later date, preferably Summerslam this year or WM33 next year (sooner the better), then that’s good. I get the list of options for Taker at WM32 is very small and is even smaller with a good amount of talent injured. But that doesn’t mean they have to get an over 50 year old who’s not fully healed to compete when he may not be ready for an actual match. Taker’s WM matches aren’t short. And I know what WM is. But at times, Summerslam has been the better show from a quality standpoint.
Considering everything, no better time for Taker vs Jericho. Nevermind the Taker/Lesnar 4 obsession as that fantasy in the minds of Taker marks who are so desperate to see Taker get a clean PPV win over Lesnar, it’s as if their lives depend on it LOL. Fact is Taker’s been there, done that. He faced Lesnar at WM. He had a concussion. Who’s to say of he did face Lesnar again at WM, the same would not occur? He never Jericho despite the fact both have been in WWE since 1999. Jericho can be free from AJ Styles after Fast Lane.
- eric on February 19th, 2016 says:
I sound like a broken record…I think it’s Sting…I hope it’s Sting.
The words “not currently on the roster now” certainly applies because he isn’t right now……those words also apply to Randy Orton and Seth Rollins…..but also could apply to The Rock,Goldberg,Angle.
Bottom Line….if this report is true I say it’s Sting…..I know the suspense is killing me…..I think we find out on raw…and maybe during the Legacy Award Ceremony.
- ST on February 19th, 2016 says:
honestly I couldn’t care about taker vs Jericho, I don’t think Jericho has that star power anymore and his character seems bland and quite frankly, dead. yeah hes still a great technician and entertainer and all but the thought of the match doesn’t get my adrenaline pumping. it should be very interesting to see who will face this year because this is the first year where I can honestly say I have no clue. every year there are at least a few names that come to mind to speculate on but this year I have receieved no hints. if its true that its someone not on the main roster, well that doesn’t help narrow it down at all. there were some confontations between HHH and lesnar so maybe that could happen. for all we know rock vs HHH may not happen and it could be rock vs taker(?) rock isn’t on the main roster atm as far as I know. I would also guess finn balor but who knows I have no evidence to support it. I believe in the thought that taker will fight a more seasoned wrestler with major star power like rock, cena, even kane. balor is very very new, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it wont happen but given his opponents in recent years when they certainly could have had young blood challenge him makes me doubt it will be such a newcomer. but it certainly could happen. I would say cena (if he returns in time) rock maybe, and a small chance for balor/kane/rock. other than that I am out of ideas at the moment. also I don’t necessarily think this will be his final wrestlemania, I think there would have been more hype but theres been dead air. theres no evidence as far as I know that this will be his last dance and honestly for over a decade now every year people speculate on this wrestlemania being his last. but who knows. sure will be exciting
- JDilone84 on February 19th, 2016 says:
In my honest opinion, I think it will definitely be Sting. Maybe Sting already had his neck surgery and is slowly recovering and keeping it very quiet. There are no more possible opponents for Taker like I stated before with WWE’s top talent out with injuries. Sting is the only name that makes sense right now and fits in with this opponent that is not currently in the main roster.
- Anan on February 19th, 2016 says:
Orton and Rollins are injured and will miss WM. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on the roster. It just means they’re inactive. I believe this applies to Sting. He’s on the roster, but inactive as a wrestler right now and inactive wrestlers won’t be wrestling at all at WM.
I disagree about Jericho. So he loses. Big deal. Taker loses too. Doesn’t mean his star power’s gone. Both are at a point where their roles have changed. When they win, it’s foe the fans, not their career validations as that’s already been done. Even if Jericho, who by the way beat AJ Styles if I;m not mistaken on Smackdown, did lose star power, doesn’t mean he and Taker won’ have a great match and build up together.
- Mark Petrick on February 19th, 2016 says:
I also think, it is going to be Sting vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 32. We will find out on Monday Night Raw because that’s when, the Undertaker returns to TV. He might appear at FastLane but does he need too, I don’t think he does. We will probably have to wait until Monday Night to see him. Cannot wait!
- Mike b on February 19th, 2016 says:
Love it if sting taker is a go match, but allll depends on one man and that’s Vince. He could of had those two fight last year but Vince thought about those two time to time. But soooo far Vince’s mind still hell no in he’s mind world. Soo unless someone idk sting and taker some how convince Vince change he’s mind then I don’t see this happing but I know never say never
- Jess on February 19th, 2016 says:
Because Batista has already faced Taker at WM and he’s quit anyway????
Also, I definitely think it will be Sting, it literally just screams Sting. Unless it will be Finn Bálor maybe?? Who knows? Like Mark said, we will have to wait and see.
- dhanish1979 on February 20th, 2016 says:
@Yousif : The rock has now signed a new sequel to san andreas and rock cannot i mean he is not allowed to wrestle due to baywatch’s insurance provider,case closed,he will be there at wrestlemania but backing roman reigns at corner.
@Thy serpent:You along with Eric and other want taker to face the sting so badly,making a dream match a reality,If sting loses here it will be one of the biggest slaps to sting fans across the world,I have no problem nor i am fan of sting,0-3 mind you,i have said 1000 times if these two guys wanna face each other it should not be WM.
@JESS:taker facing batista,i never thought of it in my dreams,According to rumors,He has already turned down the offer from wwe but the relation is still healthy,wwe is still working out way to make him appearance but its guarantee he will not be wrestling.
I wanted personally the undertaker to face brock lesnar and get that damn pin in his career but now its all over and dusted, according to Ibtimes has confirmed the undertaker will make appearance at monday night raw,wwe also felt the undertaker presence is not required at fastlane,so thats assured me the undertaker vs brock not happening,Anyways my life’s biggest regret is the undertaker never pinned brock lesnar,I have hope those who opposed the match are happy now including anan and others,congratulation and i am done here.
- Anan on February 20th, 2016 says:
Vince leaks info on the net to generate buzz and throw people off by having them believe what they’re reading. Has anyone considered this could be another one of those instances? This whole “not on the roster” thing, while intriguing considering the possibilities, may not turn out to be true. I’ll believe it when I see it.
@Jess and Mark:
Yeah, but it’s fun to speculate in the meantime while waiting.
Batista…no I haven’t thought of him because I don’t want him to face Taker anymore. As Jess said, Taker already beat Batista at WM, but other times too, to the point of where he’s not really a threat at this point in time because his best days in the ring are behind him. They had a great rivalry that went from 2007-2009. But Taker vs Batista, been there, done that. Taker doesn’t have 10 matches left, probably so I rather they use his remaining matches for matches he’s never had at all or at WM and Batista does not belong into either of those lists.
He says he wants a retirement match with HHH, but also said he’d like to work with Taker again. He’s turned down WWE and said the company’s so disorganized and tried to get Titus O’Neil to request his release from WWE. All this considered, I doubt WWE would consider Taker vs Batista unless they really literally had no other option.
Sting….I’m with Thy Serpent on this one. He basically said what I said in another past comment post. Sting may be feeling better. But is he better enough to get in the ring for the typical Undertaker match at WM length of time? At near 60 years old with the kind of injury he’s had, I’d say no. Plus he’s going in the HOF and I can’t see WWE having him compete one night after his induction. If he wrestles again, it won’t be for a while. Maybe Summerslam this year (my personal preference) or maybe at the latest, WM next year unless they have Taker vs Angle, Cena or another opponent then.
No need to contact anyone. Post the link to the Goldberg report here. I’ll post the report and credit you.
- Thy Serpent on February 20th, 2016 says:
@dhanish1979 – First off, I don’t see anything wrong with you or anyone hoping for ‘Taker vs Brock. I actually enjoyed reading different posts stating why it should or should not happen. I too hate the fact that ‘Taker never got a clean win over Brock. I hate that the streak was broken. But, let’s face it, if it hadn’t been Brock, it would have been someone else. WWE may have given ‘Taker a clean win if this had happened like 10 years ago. It’s different now. The main reason the feud happened was to make Brock the unstoppable force . ‘Taker was exactly that when he was dominant. Just like how ‘Taker made Brock look indestructible, others would have made ‘Taker look the same by putting him over. It’s just how the business works. ‘Taker most likely felt it was time for him to put over the guy who would be the next dominant force and agreed to the whole thing. I personally feel they should’ve stopped it with the controversial win over Brock with Heyman coming out the next day on RAW stating everyone including ‘Taker knew he couldn’t beat Brock clean and then moved on. But no, they needed to rub it in by having ‘Taker lose again at HIAC. Anyway, The Undertaker is just doing what many others have done towards the end of their career . I earlier did not agree about ‘Taker passing the torch cos I thought the feud was just for Undertaker to have another opponent and get the upper hand once again rather than pushing Brock. Now, I agree. ‘Taker has passed the torch to Brock. We need to accept that and move on. I am not against ‘Taker vs Brock. I know they can give us a great match. I am just not eager to see it, nor do I feel it will happen with a clean win for ‘Taker. It will be like WWE undoing what they did for Brock which is why I feel if it happens again, it will end with a Brock victory once more. Point is giving ‘Taker a clean win over Brock will be like doing it for the sake of his character which means they will be putting his character before the business. Continuing the way things are is taking the business / WWE forward. Final conclusion – Taker vs Brock is done. Let’s just be thankful that The Undertaker is still going good and hope that he gives us some more great matches against some new opponents and also hope that he never loses at WM again ;). As for Sting being 0-3 if he faces The Undertaker, I don’t think anyone including Sting cares. It’s a match that was virtually built up for years. It’s only fair that we see a conclusion. You do have a point though with Sting being winless. WWE messed it up. He should have won against Triple H and shouldn’t have even faced Rollins. Anyway, what’s happened has happened. Hoping for the best.
- Anan on February 20th, 2016 says:
I partially disagree with you. I agree with the Taker/Lesnar feud being done to pass the torch to Brock and make him unstoppable/unbeatable. No one’s unstoppable or unbeatable and now that pertains to Taker at WM. I believe by passing the torch to Brock, he has indirectly put someone over, the someone that beats Brock Lesnar to the point of maybe even retiring him whenever the day of Brock’s retirement comes. That is what those in his generation does – use their legendary status to put someone over. Taker’s old school and professional which pretty much made the possibility of him putting others over very much a surefire reality. As Jericho said, Taker’s passed the torch time and time again, but he still had more torches to pass if the talents and timing are right. The Streak ending is not popular, but still is a good business decision. Why? Because it happened after Taker’s WM dominance was established. Think about it. Taker lost after 21 wins. No one’s gonna reach 10-0 at any one event including WM. Taker’s legacy is his respect, professionalism, in and out of the ring character, contributions, longevity, all things that matter more than the very impressive WM Streak because while WWE took The Streak away from him, they cannot take any of those aforementioned accomplishments in their own right away.
Taker’s been at the point for quite some time now, even before he came the ABA in 2000 where winning was not for his career as by 1998-1999, Taker and his career had long been validated as one of the greatest. His wins for either for the fans or for rivalry progression purposes. I believe this even pertains to the fans. 21 WM wins, no doubt, the later wins was for the fans’ sake of happiness although I also believe The Streak wasn’t originally intended to be The Streak or to reach 21 wins and happened because at WM30, they found what they believed to be the right guy in Brock Lesnar. Does it make sense for a part-timer to break The Streak? No. But people have to go beyond that and realize that the talent who gives a big time defeat to the man who broke The Streak will be given a sky rocket boost to their career.
Sting….I agree that although he should have defeated HHH at WM, he doesn’t care about wins/losses.
What I disagree with is the match with Rollins shouldn’t have happened. Sting was happy to put Rollins over as he himself has stated in interviews. He praised Rollins too and called it an honor to get in the ring with him. It was nice for Sting to get a deserving WWE Title shot as well. All that considered, I was happy the match happened, but wish the unfortunate injuries did not occur. I originally thought Rollins injured him. According to Sting, that’s not the case so I no loner hold Rollins accountable. I applaud Sting for finishing the match and applaud his reason(s) for doing so. It made me respect and appreciate him more and is just a testament to Sting.
- Anan on February 20th, 2016 says:
If a veteran is gonna end Sting’s career, Taker is a good choice. However my belief is that while Sting’s been open for years about wanting a match with Taker, Sting would want/prefer to be retired by a young talent who he deems worthy of doing so. Then again, he may not want a retirement match. Sting, Taker, Kane, all are from Jericho’s era and Jericho recently stated he just wants to ride off quietly, not have a retirement match or ceremony. It’s possible and would not surprise me if Taker, Kane, Sting all felt the same way. I do believe WWE may feel like Taker deserves one last match to retire with even if Taker doesn’t want one so they may give it to him regardless of whether he wants it or not. And yes for the record I feel like he’s probably the most deserving on the roster if a retirement match.
Do you hate Sting?
- yousif on February 20th, 2016 says:
No I don’t hate sting
But I don’t like him being compared to taker
For me Taker is superior and can’t be compared to sting
And I was so upset when I heared that there s possibility of retirement match for both..!!+
That’s real nonsense to me
Because I feel taker retirement moment can’t be shared with one
Again…. no I don’t hate sting as a wrestler. He is good . But I don’t like people comparing him with takers career
Taker is 25 years in wwe . The bigger wrestling company ever . He is worldwide legend . I am from middle east and I know the difference.
Sting belongs to WCW the company which was closed before 15 years
Yes till 2001 taker vs sting was something like 2 similiar legends
Taker and only taker is the true dark legend
- Anan on February 20th, 2016 says:
That’s your opinion. But fact is they are very similar.
1. Taker is loyal to WWE as Sting is to WCW, even after all these years.
2. Both are loyal to their fans as well as wrestling fans.
3. Both put on WM closing HOF worthy main event performances.
4. Both are humble, professional, respected, and I do not remember anyone ever saying one bad thing about either of them.
5. Both have done as they were told or asked to whether they liked it or not.
6. Both put the business agenda before their own, do what is best for business, got to where they are without backstabbing or playing politics.
7. To illustrate the first two points of #6, both have elevated future talent more than once.
8. Both are future HOF’ers. Sting’s going in this year.
9. Both have a rare attribute for a wrestler/ports athlete – legendary status, longevity.
10 Both are remembered (mostly) as it relates to their on screen characters for their darker days – Taker’s dark side character in it various incarnations as well as Sting’s Silent Crow in the rafters days.
I don’t think I have to go on. In WWE, Taker may be bigger. But WWE, as big as it is, is just one wrestling company. When you consider the entire industry, IMO, neither is better than the other. If you asked Taker or Sting who’s better and who’s the bigger legend, I can see them saying neither is bigger than the other. You’re entitled to your opinion and I’m not saying you’re wrong. But as you can see by this comment, I disagree. Facts are facts. Sting and Taker shouldn’t be compared. No because one’s better than the other. But because they’re too similar IMO for any fair, justified comparisons. Who’s to say Sting would have had a great WWE run if he came in earlier? For all I know, he may have been untreated like WCW talent was during the Invasion angle and how former WCW talent, Goldberg was during his 2003-2004 run.
- Mark Petrick on February 21st, 2016 says:
There was a poster out a couple hours ago that someone posted about Undertaker’s Wrestlemania 32 opponent and it has John Cena. Now, a lot of people are saying it’s fake because the poster doesn’t have the WWE Network Logo on there. If you guys look at it, let me know what you think. Thanks.
- Thy Serpent on February 21st, 2016 says:
I agree with Anan about Sting. There are quite a few similarities between him and ‘Taker. As for Cena vs ‘Taker, if it does happen, I hope Cena is 100% fit. I read somewhere that ‘Taker will be on RAW after Fastlane. So, we may get to know by then. If we don’t, then I’m still fine cos even though the suspense is killing, I love it.
- yousif on February 21st, 2016 says:
thanks for your replay and comment
after reading it , i can say actually we agree on many things , the only difference is the way you see it and the way i see it ,
what i mean is taker due to sustainability of wwe surpassed sting career and almost everything.
loyalty to wwe was more beneficial to taker than loyalty of sting to wcw the company todays young kids dont even know what it is!! and they know sting only from youtube.!
the comparison we are talking about was more than 15 years ago when we were talking about two big similar superstars and last 15 years taker didn’t stopped nether his company was shutt down like wcw he was there in major league and built more than a new career itself for many superstars today.
this is only after wcw was closed , 15 yeeeears which is almost stone cold and the rock active wrestling career combined
on the other hand sting went to TNA for period of time and managed to do things there that nobody even talk about now and it will not be mentioned even in his hall of fame
thats the reason i think taker is much much bigger than sting ,
today.. kids from 6 years old and above till the age of 50 + they all know who is taker
even if they are not even wrestling fans!
but who is sting for a 10 years old kid !! nobody
we should be fair when we compare
for me there is no comparison , taker is huge
make a graph and measure it ..
- Anan on February 22nd, 2016 says:
As I said, I’m not ruling Cena out as he’s made earlier than expected returns before. If he does compete at WM32, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell he’s gonna be 100%. How could he be with such an injury? And returning early, especially for a match at WM will only delay the recovery process. If anything, it may risk further damage. Taker vs Cena is WM bound. But I rather they wait till Cena’s at a definite 100%.
You’re using today’s fans and some 10 year old kid to illustrate your point? I won’t even dignify that with a response. Did you see Survivor Series 2014 at WM31? The crowd popped big time for a guy you claim they only know from youtube.
- yousif on February 22nd, 2016 says:
i am not using todays fans or 10 year old kid
that was just an example to explain how taker is different than sting.
i can explain in many ways why taker is much bigger than sting and how he sustained .. and its not fair to compare him with sting whos peak time stopped 15 years ago! while taker was in form and kept winning titles and bein in main events all these years . built amost a new career for himself!
this comparison is too old , stuck in our mind from past days only.
what i ment by kids and today fans , is that they dont feel what we feel about sting unless they read and watch youtube because they dont know !
i am 34 i can understand .i dont know how old are you , but i am sure you know sting very well .
forget about 10 years old ,, lets say even 20 years old fan ,, will not feel the same way unless he go back to youtube and search .. thats obvious because he was 5 years old when wcw shutted down..
and today wwe is focusing on a strategy where most of the target audiance are teens or even younger
sting is an alien to them without youtube. on other hand undertaker is an active brand now before and might be forever all ove the world.
i hope i made myself clear now .. and my point
and …wrestlemania 31 and SS , the crowd reaction was not that good for sting as him being babyface and facing heels
peeple were chanting even for triple h and dx … and even for rollins
we heared the loud 1 2 3 count by the crown when sting got pinned buy his opponets
it was just 60-40 percent only
this is not 1990s and not WCW ..