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Reason why Undertaker wrestled a short match at WrestleMania

Undertaker vs John Cena

The buildup for the Undertaker- John Cena match at WrestleMania was one of its kind and the fact that their match ended in less than 3 minutes was even more surprising.

In the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer talked about this and revealed the reason why the former World Champion wrestled in such a short match.

According to him, the match between these two legends was planned well in advance and it was supposed to be one of the top two matches going into the Show of Shows.

However, sometime before the event, Officials realized that the Phenom couldn’t work any match of a real length so they wrote the feud the way it played out.

The idea was that fans would know that the Dead Man would be there but they downplayed the match as one of the top bouts going into the show so it wouldn’t disappoint people.

No word yet on what were the complications but it could be anything from Taker’s health to him not being in ring shape or even a possible injury.


  • Solid

    He’s supposed to be working a match at the greatest rumble, which is going to be on the network so we’ll soon see if they’re just pulling stuff out of their butt again.

  • How can both careers be on the line when Taker was already supposed to be “retired”?

  • blkwolf13

    There is no reason to be disrespectful we were having a conversation of opinions. But I’m friends with a grandfather who had hip surgery and did quite well too. There’s nothing wrong with that. Fact of the matter is for the past 3 WrestleManias the man could hardly move. There’s nothing wrong with that either it’s okay. Superstars literally handle him more gingerly. I know that this was a setup for next WrestleMania but that’s the point. The next WrestleMania will show Undertaker slow down and be winded and exhausted once again IF its dragged too long. I believe that this match was short and sweet so he can appear powerful (short enough for him to stay strong) for fans like u who will eat it up. Lol I love Undertaker he’s always number one but I hope he stops before it’s so obvious even YOU can notice lol.

  • Soulshroude

    Too old? I beg to differ… he JUST got out of HIP surgery. Give the guy a break, it takes up to and beyond a few months to recover from something like that. Keep your foot in your mouth.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    It not like it going to hurt John Cena legacy it would have been different if it was a new comer.

  • blkwolf13

    The man is simply to old to carry out a fulll match. Just admit it and say it like it is. We all saw his stamina and the past 3 WrestleMania . If this man keeps going he’s going to end up ruining the appeal of The Undertaker. He looked fairly strong in this lst short match they should Retire the man now. Age, and move on gracefully.

  • Soulshroude

    That was not a reason. That was pure speculation… good job.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    It was a fix to set up a Wrestlemania 35 match were both careers will be on the line.

  • oppa

    They’ll probably have this headline next year’s Mania in New York.