One of the illustrious absentees of this year’s Wrestlemania edition was certainly The Undertaker. Rumors until the last hours before the show gave for certain his presence to the Grand Daddy of Them All, but none of these had confirmation.
Speaking of this absence was Dave Meltzer during the Wrestling Observer Radio reporting what were the original plans for the Deadman:
“The main idea was to make it intervene at the end of the match between Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin, in the guise of American Badass, something that would have sent the whole audience in a bad mood. The idea was certain until the day of the show, but then it was decided not to implement it in order to give Undertaker the chance to return to Raw in the role of the Gravedigger. “
A return of the American Badass that everyone would surely have liked in a context like that of the Olympic hero’s farewell match, but that perhaps would have been wasted, given the possibility of being able to raise a new wrestler like Elias the following evening.