UPDATE: Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre has now been made official for WWE Extreme Rules 2019.
After recently defeating Goldberg at Super ShowDown, The Undertaker made a surprise return to WWE Raw, laying out Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. Debuting in WWE way back in 1990, Undertaker is no doubt an instant WWE Hall of Fame inductee if and when he decides to hang up the boots for good. For now though, Taker continues to wrestle a handful of matches per year, usually at big pay-per-view events. 2019 has proven to his least active year in a while, as the aforementioned Goldberg match is his only one so far.
Still, despite Undertaker's advancing age and years of wear and tear on his body, when the bells toll to signify his appearance, WWE crowds still explode with excitement. Somehow, Undertaker still carries with him a certain mystique, even if he's clearly not the imposing athlete he once was. After getting dropped on his head during a botched Goldberg jackhammer at Super ShowDown, most fans thought it would be some time before he was seen again. It turns out, they were dead wrong. Pun fully intended.
On tonight's edition of WWE Raw, Roman Reigns was squaring off against heel rivals Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a handicap match. Unlike most handicap matches, this one was even more unfair, as McMahon and McIntyre didn't have to tag in and out. Just when things looked hopeless for "The Big Dog" though, the lights went out, the bells tolled, and when they came back up, Undertaker had appeared. The Deadman quickly laid McMahon out with a chokeslam, before felling McIntyre with a big boot. Taker then cleared the ring of the bad guys. Watch a clip of the segment below, via WWE's Twitter account.
While a surprise appearance by a legend like The Undertaker is always a fun thing to liven up one of WWE's weekly TV shows, one wonders what this is setting up. Undertaker has been wrestling at all the Saudi Arabia shows, but there isn't another of those until the fall. Perhaps Undertaker will team up with Reigns against McMahon and McIntyre at July's pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules, or August's SummerSlam. However, while WWE has never been known for its attention to long-term continuity, one would hope they would at least try and provide some storyline basis for such an odd tag team pairing.
Undertaker and Reigns most famously shared a ring in the main event of WrestleMania XXXIII in 2017, which ended with Reigns becoming only the second man ever to defeat Taker at WrestleMania. Many assumed it would be Taker's last match before retirement, although that obviously turned out to not be the case. Undertaker and Reigns have no history of friendship or allegiance onscreen, and it's hard to imagine why Undertaker would be inclined to assist him at all.