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Undertaker could be Raw’s trump card at Survivor Series

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Kurt Angle didn’t even get the chance to finish his sentence.

The last segment on the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw was supposed to consist of the general manager announcing which five superstars would represent the red brand at Survivor Series. “I have our five best men right now, and I’m about to announce… the first… is going to be…”

Shane McMahon’s music interrupted Angle before he got the chance to utter a name, and the show would go off the air with the former gold medalist looking shellshocked in the middle of the ring due to an invading SmackDown LIVE roster.

The segment launched dozens of questions and possible storylines for Survivor Series. One that seems to have flown under the radar a bit is this: who was Angle about to announce as the first member of Raw’s team at the Network Special?

Would it be Finn Balor, who’s looking for a direction after losing clean to Kane on Monday night? What about Roman Reigns — assuming he’ll be healthy enough to compete come Survivor Series. Could we get the Sheild reunion we were hoping for at TLC just a few weeks later at the next Network Special?

The options are seemingly endless, but one stands out as particularly interesting: the Undertaker.

His retirement has never felt permanent, and announcers and wrestlers alike have gone out of their way to make sure fans don’t forget about the Deadman. He isn’t spoken of like a talent who has hung up his boots for good. Instead, it only seems like a matter of time before he’s back in the squared circle doing battle.

What better place to do that than at Survivor Series?

It’s evident that the WWE is looking to put on a monster show here. Burning up one of Brock Lesnar’s dates to have him face Jinder Mahal is one indication of that, and creative is doing everything it can to up the ante between the red and blue brands.

Outside of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, no noteworthy male Raw superstar was involved in the backstage clash during SmackDown’s invasion this past Monday. This could be by design, as some of the show’s top stars emerge in the coming weeks.

Adding the Undertaker to the Raw team would allow him to answer callouts from Reigns and John Cena — perhaps even while fighting on the same side. How interesting would that be? It could also set up that long-rumored match between Cena and ‘Taker at WrestleMania. There are multiple rumors floating around about how Cena will be involved at Survivor Series, but it seems like only a matter of time before he injects himself back into the picture as we approach ‘Mania season.

Maybe Undertaker is feeling well enough after his hip surgery to play a role in a 10-man battle royale like Survivor Series. He’s had some of his best matches during the pay per view, and it would supply the WWE yet another big draw for one of the biggest shows of the year.

We’re speculating about this, but it seems like there is a real opportunity for Undertaker to get involved in a monster match without being asked to perform a 15- or 20-minute bout.

What do you think the odds are of the Undertaker returning in time for Survivor Series? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what you think.

Franklin Steele is the assistant editor and featured writer of FanRag Sports' NHL side. He also covers the WWE for FRSSLAM.com. Steele, who joined FanRag Sports in October 2013, has been watching and playing hockey since the age of 6. His work has also appeared on TheHockeyWriters.com, FanSided.com and Bleacher Report. All told, he has more than 3,000 bylines to his name and more than six million people have read his work since 2011. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @FranklinSteele (NHL) and @SteeleTheHeel (WWE).

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