Scourge of the Deadman
SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stunned the WWE Universe when she made the announcement that the legendary Undertaker had been reinstated and would face her husband, Edge, in a Hell in a Cell Match at SummerSlam. Although the Phenom's main target will, without a doubt, be the Rated-R Superstar, what could the reawakening of one of sports-entertainment's most dominant Superstars mean to WWE?
And, while it might be more fitting to compare the reemergence of Undertaker to the rise of Hell on Earth, the only thing with more "fury than a woman scorned" will be the vengeful rage of the Deadman. WWE.com caught up with a handful of Superstars to find out how they feel about Guerrero's astonishing announcement.
The GM's nephew, Chavo Guerrero, expressed no regret over his aunt's latest executive decision. "It's exciting to have Undertaker back," the self-proclaimed "Mexican Warrior" said. He was also quick to add his intentions of washing his hands of the consequences. "I don't want to be involved in doing Edge's dirty work for him anymore. Edge dug his own hole and he's going to have to crawl out of it himself."
"How would you react if someone told you that the Four Riders of the Apocalypse were on the horizon?" was the response Montel Vontavious Porter gave, a Superstar not usually at a loss for words.
One-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Zack Ryder, a Superstar who played a key role in helping Edge banish the Deadman, commented by saying, "I don't know why Vickie would do it. She promised us that she would never bring him back. She was thinking with her heart and it backfired because now we have to deal with Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell at SummerSlam."
Big Show made sure to point out the catastrophic effects of Undertaker's return. "The competition level just went up big time," admitted The World's Largest Athlete. "I'm just glad I'm not in his sights right now. I'd like him to work off some of that frustration on Edge so he calms down a little bit. One thing you do not want," warned Big Show, "is the Deadman walking and having you in his sights."
"I, for one, think it's a great thing," said Shannon Moore, showing that some Superstars don't see the Phenom's reinstatement as an omen of destruction for the WWE Universe. "I don't think Undertaker should have had an absence to start with. So, for him to come back and seek revenge, I think it's terrific."
ECW Diva Eve offered a female's perspective on why Guerrero may have gone to such extreme measures. "I am not that surprised, actually. Most of us have never seen Vickie as upset as she was with Edge. But, it's great for WWE. If that's what it takes to get him back, so be it."
The Miz was not in agreement, expressing his condolences for the Ultimate Opportunist. "I feel sorry for Edge. He has been involved in every kind of match other than Hell in a Cell and Undertaker, as angry as he must be, is the king of Hell in a Cell."
A smiling Shelton Benjamin is looking forward to Undertaker once again stepping into the WWE ring. "My thought is, I sure feel sorry for Undertaker. Eventually, he's going to have to go up against the Gold Standard. Then he will rest in … pieces."
Ranjin Singh -- the man who will stand by The Great Khali as he challenges WWE Champion Triple H at SummerSlam -- also feels the Undertaker is not invincible and could end up victim to the very scourge that most believe he will be unleashing. "Undertaker has all the pain in the world coming to him. I personally hope he and Edge destroy each other."
Which ever way you look at it, a dark cloud of peril has cast itself over all who dare enter the squared circle. Undertaker's reinstatement and the impending Hell in a Cell Match at the Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer could rock WWE to its very foundations. While the Deadman is walking, none of the living are safe, most of all Edge.