When it was announced that The Undertaker would be appearing on tonight's Raw, it raised questions about what that meant for his place on the SmackDown roster.
But it turns out that The Undertaker can go wherever he wants in storyline. And he chose tonight to announce that he would be entering the 2017 Royal Rumble.
WWE played up that it was only rumored that Undertaker would be appearing on the show, with Stephanie McMahon putting pressure on Mick Foley to deliver the appearance or else potentially lose his job. When he appeared, Undertaker noted that he was in New Orleans where the streak was broken. He said that he's dug 29 holes for 29 souls and would be bringing the dark side to the Royal Rumble match. He vowed to return to the main event of WrestleMania.
Next week will see more build to the Royal Rumble, with Brock Lesnar appearing in person on Raw for the first time since his Survivor Series loss against Goldberg.
The Royal Rumble will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 29th. The current entrants in the Rumble match are:
- Brock Lesnar
- Big E
- Kofi Kingston
- Xavier Woods
- Chris Jericho
- Braun Strowman
- Baron Corbin
- Seth Rollins
- The Undertaker