Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker to appear on Raw in JanuaryBy Dave Meltzer | @davemeltzerWON | Dec 31, 2016 11:21 am
WWE officials have confirmed that Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker are being advertised locally for the January 9th Raw episode in New Orleans and will be appearing on the show.
The appearance is expected to build something for the Royal Rumble three weeks later in San Antonio.
Undertaker was largely expected on the show in some form, perhaps in the Rumble itself. The only other role that would make sense, a match with A.J. Styles, seems to be set for John Cena instead. The destination for WrestleMania was as of a few days ago most likely Undertaker vs. Cena, but at the time Vince McMahon was not 100 percent with that match but leaning in that direction.
A Michaels appearance at the Rumble in some form was expected because it was being held at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Michaels is the biggest wrestling star who is a native of San Antonio, and is currently working for WWE as a coach in Orlando, Florida.
It is unclear what role Michaels will play in the show. Michaels retired in 2010 after losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania and has insisted for years that he wouldn't wrestle in another match. There are a number of different roles, from referee to enforcer to a second where he could be a major part of the show if he's not wrestling. Styles had said that he would have liked to face Michaels, but with Cena earmarked for that match, that doesn't appear likely.