WWE has announced The Undertaker will be appearing at the November 15th edition of Smackdown Live in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
This is the final episode of Smackdown before Survivor Series, and is also the 900th episode of Smackdown.
It’s possible Undertaker is being brought in for a one-night only appearance to celebrate the landmark episode of Smackdown, but speculation is also that his appearance could be the beginning of his WrestleMania 33 angle.
The Undertaker was last seen on WWE TV at WrestleMania 32.
Back on October 18th we reported that The Dead Man underwent hip surgery, so it’s unknown how limited Undertaker might be when he appears on Smackdown Live.
‘Taker did appear at the Cleveland Cavaliers opening game last week and was described as walking with no issues.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump stuck to the script in being his usual bullish, uncompromising and controversial self.
For many observers looking on, his campaign had all the hallmarks of a pantomime villain or WWE heel.
In the latter, at least, Trump has previous, having had a number of runs in the WWE that culminated in a “Battle of the Billionaires” showdown with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23 that will live long in the memory of the WWE Universe.
And after America voted Trump its new leader, we look at four moments he stepped foot inside the squared circle.
TRUMP MEETS THE BOOGEYMAN
These kind of spots became a familiar sight on Monday Night RAW during Trump’s feud with McMahon but it is the meeting of the minds between the man running for president and the Superstar with a taste for worms that stands out.
An awkward looking Miss USA contestant sitting next to Trump makes much more sense than the rest of the segment, which doesn’t flatter either of the two main antagonists’ acting skills.
On show are those famous Trump staples of pout, no-nonsense demeanour and arrogance – matched with the Boogeyman’s own penchant for shock.
In all fairness, they probably got on and have far more in common than they think…
TRUMP BUYS RAW
Back in 2009, The Donald was announced as the kayfabe new owner of Monday Night RAW as the show entered life as a three-hour entity.
In a typically brash show of power and financial clout, Trump announced the show to be advert free for the first time and had money rain down from the ceiling as he said every ticket holder would be reimbursed.
His time at the helm was all for show and his presence as the new owner was fleeting, the storyline determining that Trump was able to sell the WWE back to McMahon a week later for double the price he paid for it.
We expect it’s still on his CV…
TRUMP IS HALL OF FAME
It must be said that Trump’s relationship with McMahon and the WWE goes a long way back, well beyond his sporadic guest appearances.
Back in 1988, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City added WrestleMania IV to its list of prestigious hosted events as Trump jumped on the success witnessed by the early years of ‘Mania.
The same venue would host WrestleMania V the following year and establish the relationship between Trump and WWE.
By the time 2013 rolled around, Trump’s place in wrestling history was assured as he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame – Celebrity Wing.
BATTLE OF THE BILLIONAIRRES
We have truly saved the best for last here.
In 2007, Trump began a long-running feud with McMahon that culminated in the pair pitting two of their biggest bruisers against each other at WrestleMania.
Umaga was in McMahon’s corner, Bobby Lashley in Trump’s and Stone Cold Steve Austin the guest referee.
Trump’s aide eventually emerged victorious, McMahon had his head shaved and Stone Cold gave Trump a stunner.
The highlight, however, is the moment Trump “attacks” McMahon with some of the worst play acting you will ever see in a wrestling ring.
WWE Superstar Mark Henry was in Dubai last month to promote the new video game WWE 2K17.
While The World’s Strongest Man got around to trying out the game himself and spoke about the advantages of selecting John Cena, he also found time to show off his vocal skills.
In an interview with Virgin Radio, Henry was a great sport as he was seen belting out a few lines from ‘Let It Go’, the hit soundtrack of the 2013 animated film Frozen.
What do you think of Henry’s attempt at singing? Have you gotten your hands on the new game yet?