The 2023 Royal Rumble coming up in in January and fans are already speculating which WWE legends could could up at the event. Last year saw the one-off return of Shane McMahon to the company and the former Tag Team Champion lasted until the final four of the match eventually won by Brock Lesnar.
Previous years have proven to be chocked full of legends making their one-off returns to the WWE. 2021 had Christian, Carlito, Kane and The Hurricane making huge appearances, while previous years have given legends like Roddy Piper, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus and Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) the chance for one-off appearances and one final pop from the crowd that adored them for so long.
2023 is likely to have many more legends returning to the fold, but one (dead) man often talked about is the legendary Undertaker. Winning the match in 2007 after last eliminating Shawn Michaels, will The Undertaker be at the 2023 Royal Rumble and could he enter the match and win it all?
Will The Undertaker Be At The Royal Rumble?
The Undertaker will be at the Royal Rumble as he is performing in his one man show, 1 deadMAN Show, on January 27th 2023 in San Antonio, Texas on the right night before the Royal Rumble match. He is likely to be backstage for the show, as he has been for many different WWE events although whether he will step back into the ring is up in the air at the moment.
The Deadman has not wrestled since 2020. His last match was against AJ Styles at Wrestlemania 37, where the two men fought in the cinematic “Boneyard Match”. The Undertaker won the bout and rode off into the sunset on his motorbike in what would be his final outing in the WWE. The next year, he released a documentary on the WWE Network called “Undertaker: The Last Ride” where he would announce his retirement from wrestling.
He has not wrestled since then but his appearance at Royal Rumble weekend has revived discussion about him coming out of retirement. While it is possible, it seems unlikely that The Undertaker will come out of retirement at the 2023 Royal Rumble. He seems content in his retirement and now that he has broken “kayfabe” with his one man show and various sit-down interviews, podcast appearances and Hall of Fame induction, the mystery of the Undertaker character has largely diminished since he hung up his hat and his coat.
Also in attendance for his one show will be the Deadman’s wife and former WWE Diva Michelle McCool. The former Divas champion will be available for a meet and greet after the show, leading to speculation she will be included as a legend in the Women’s Royal Rumble this year.
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