News hit the web today through PWINSIDER, that the Undertaker has been confirmed to face former WWE Champion CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 on April 7th at MetLife Stadium. The match which has been rumored for months, was recently in doubt with questions about whether or not Undertaker would be fit to wrestle due to several serious injuries he has been rehabbing. This past Saturday at a non-televised live event in Waco, Texas The Undertaker made his WWE return and was successful in a tag match where he teamed with Sheamus to defeat Wade Barrett and Damian Sandow. The surprise return match was reported to be a “test” to see ‘Taker’s surgically-repaired shoulder could hold up after being out of the ring since last year’s violent Hell in a Cell match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, Florida.
Undertaker is expected to return to WWE TV in the coming weeks, which may likely be this Monday March 4th with WWE RAW. Punk and Undertaker have feuded before in 2009 over the World Heavyweight Championship, this will be the first time they have faced each other at Wrestlemania.
Pro Wrestling Examiner’s Perspective:
Other Pro Wrestling insiders including Examiner’s own Fight Sport Examiner Rick Rockwell are questioning whether or not their will be enough fan interest in this Pay Per View showdown between Punk and ‘Taker considering Punk’s recent series of high-profile losses to the Rock and John Cena in the past two months. Punk’s recent decline is supposedly the reasoning for this lost in interest, because it’s supposedly hard to believe that the Chicago wrestler has what it takes to beat the 20-0 undefeated Wrestlemania streak of the Deadman.
This Examiner says that’s just an outlandish argument when you consider how skilled both the legendary Undertkaer and the egomaniacal CM Punk are. The Undertaker may only have one big match a year with his defense of ‘the Streak’, but if he comes back for match he would want it to be the best possibly match-up. CM Punk is the best opponent for the Undertaker, when you consider couple clear logical narratives that can play into the story leading into the match at MetLife Stadium.
Punk is outraged that he is being trumped at Wrestlemania once again by the Rock and John Cena, and the WWE Championship is far from his tattooed hands. With this seething hatred of the WWE Universe, he will go after the one thing that is more precious and even more desirable than the WWE title, a title he can never lose: the man who beat the Streak.
Punk’s wild psychological quest for ‘respect’ will drive him to face the most respected WWE character of all time, the Undertaker with ‘the Streak’ hanging in the balance. With this story and this match, Punk is capable of creating more than an ounce of the ‘suspension of disbelief’, the golden standard of any Pro Wrestling performance. This past Monday on RAW, Punk and John Cena had the millions watching on TV and a sold-out arena in Dallas believing the match could go either way, and it was not a simple forgone conclusion that Cena was going to stroll into Wresltemania 29 to face the Rock. Punk can do that again, and he can suspend the disbelievers, just as he has silenced his detractors. Punk vs. Undertker should be an exciting match for the ages.
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