ByMichael Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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When it was announced that WWE's resident Phenom, The #Undertaker would be returning to #TV on Monday Night RAW, many of us — myself included — found ourselves wondering why he had chosen the red brand to return to, and why he was resurfacing a little earlier than usual for his annual return. But all was revealed when the Undertaker showed up on #RAW and announced that he would be officially entering the 2017 Royal Rumble match.

Check out the monumental announcement below:

But with his shocking announcement, we now find ourselves faced with so many possibilities regarding his future, and where he just might show up next. Despite many people's doubts, we now know that one way or another, he will be at #WrestleMania. But now, it seems that there is so much more than just that on the WWE horizon for the Undertaker in 2017.

A Second Royal Rumble Victory

In his nearly 27 year-long WWE career, the Undertaker has only entered the Royal Rumble match 10 times. He ended up winning the contest in 2007 and went on to defeat Batista at WrestleMania 23 to claim the World Heavyweight Championship. His shocking announcement means that he will not only appear at the Royal Rumble event for the first time in seven years, but that he will make his first appearance in the Rumble match in eight years.

The Undertaker was crowned victorious in the 2007 Royal Rumble. (via WWE)
The Undertaker was crowned victorious in the 2007 Royal Rumble. (via WWE)

His sudden participation in this year's contest has us wondering why he has decided to return to it now, and what the WWE has planned for him. With these being the last few years of the Undertaker's active wrestling career, you can bet that WWE will not waste an appearance. Thus, we should expect something significant from him at the #RoyalRumble. And perhaps that significant outing will be in the form of another victory.

If the Phenom outlasts the other 29 men and claims that coveted main event spot at WrestleMania, either the WWE Champion of the Universal Champion will be in major trouble when the reaper comes calling. There's no doubt about it, we want one more title run for the Deadman, and it looks like he's well on his way to achieving that through his participation in the Royal Rumble match.

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A Face-Off With Lesnar Or Goldberg

In recent years, the Royal Rumble has received criticism for the lack of star-power in the Rumble match and its predictable winners. In fact, the past two events have seen the fans overtake the show and the arena descending into overwhelming boos when the predictable winner starts dominating. However, it seems WWE have finally combated that this year as we have the most star-studded Royal Rumble match in a very long time, and there has been little talk of predictable winners.

2017 'Royal Rumble' Poster featuring Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. (via WWE)
2017 'Royal Rumble' Poster featuring Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. (via WWE)

Now that the Undertaker has joined the Rumble match, he will join the likes of Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin and Chris Jericho. However, he will also join the #WCW legend #Goldberg and the Beast Incarnate #BrockLesnar. With these three huge stars in the match, it's imperative that they all come face to face.

Lesnar was the man who broke the Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania and boasted about it until the Phenom got revenge. Moreover, fans have long hoped to see a confrontation between the Undertaker and Goldberg.

Undertaker has history with Brock Lesnar.
Undertaker has history with Brock Lesnar.

Thus, in order to keep the fans happy and ensure that they don't overwhelm the event this year, we must see these three headlining monsters coming face to face. Without a doubt, they are the performers that everyone will be looking forward to seeing, and we must see them colliding in the same ring, at the same time. Moreover, there's always the possibility that one of them could end up costing the others the match, which could always lead to a WrestleMania bout between two or three of the men. You know what they say — anything can happen in the WWE.

Another Decade, Another Championship At WrestleMania

They say history has a way of repeating itself, and it seems that not even #WrestleMania is exempt from that theory. Over the past two decades, the premier event has seen its fair share of unique moments. However, an eerily similar event occurred in both 1997 and in 2007 — the Deadman struck gold. While the Undertaker has won a major championship three times at WrestleMania, it is his wins in 1997 and 2007 that are especially significant this year.

History repeats itself: The Undertaker won gold at 'WrestleMania' in 1997 and 2007. (WWE)
History repeats itself: The Undertaker won gold at 'WrestleMania' in 1997 and 2007. (WWE)

Two decades ago, the Deadman defeated Sycho Sid in the main event of WrestleMania 13 to capture the WWE Championship. A decade later in 2007, he defeated Batista in one of the main events of WrestleMania 23 to win the World Heavyweight Championship. So the question is, will winning the Royal Rumble allow him to replicate that same success in this decade by main-eventing WrestleMania 33 in 2017 and walking out the WWE Champion? Let's hope so!

He's Not Brand Exclusive

When the Undertaker returned for the 900th episode of #SmackDownLIVE in November, he referred to the blue brand as his home — rightly so, he's dominated it for almost two decades. And because of this, so many of us were confused by his sudden return to RAW. But it didn't take the Deadman long to clear things up as he chillingly told us that he goes where he wants, when he wants and answers to one — a reference to the recently revived brand split.

"No one controls the Undertaker": The Deadman is NOT brand exclusive. (via WWE)
"No one controls the Undertaker": The Deadman is NOT brand exclusive. (via WWE)

He then eerily approached Stephanie McMahon and reiterated that he answered to "no one". And with that confirming that he isn't exclusive to either RAW or #SmackDown and thus, could show up on any of them at any time. This could also have Royal Rumble implications, meaning that in the lead-up to the event, he could attack any of his fellow 29 superstars whether they're from the red or the blue brand.

Moreover, we're not sure what happens if a brand exclusive individual were to win — would they have to fight for their brand's championship at WrestleMania, or would they be free to choose the other brand's champion? If it's the former, then it won't apply to the Undertaker as he isn't brand exclusive. And the thought of seeing the Deadman turn up on any brand when you least expect it is one that fills my heart with joy.

He's BACK!
He's BACK!

The Undertaker is back, and perhaps more deadly than ever. Not only did he answer all of our questions regarding his return by proving that he answers to no one, the Phenom also confirmed that he will indeed be entering the Royal Rumble match. With many sites already placing him as the odds-on favorite to win, you can bet that the Deadman will be raising some hell in San Antonio — the same city in which he won the Rumble match in a decade ago.

The entire WWE locker room has been put on notice — The Undertaker is back, and he's hunting for gold. 29 holes have been dug for 29 souls!

Check out his surprise appearance at the WrestleMania 34 press conference:

Are you excited that the Undertaker has entered the 2017 Royal Rumble? Let us know in the comments!