If it seemed like Raw General Manager Mick Foley has been on unusually thin ice with Stephanie McMahon lately, that’s probably because, low-key, he was. As a result of Braun Strowman’s earlier, unchecked rampage, Stephanie McMahon cautioned that The Hardcore Legend — who was coincidentally due to be evaluated right when Strowman broke loose— would need to make The Undertaker’s rumored return a reality to save his job.
Facing termination, Foley all but begged The Phenom to appear, but when the legendary Superstar remained in the shadows, Stephanie began to dress down the WWE Hall of Famer for his management gambles and allowing SmackDown LIVE to defeat Raw in the ratings. At that point, Foley was quite literally saved by the bell — or gong, as it were — as The Deadman finally made his grand return to the city where The Streak was snapped. He came with an announcement, too: No longer beholden to any man (or woman) in WWE, Undertaker revealed he had “dug 29 holes for 29 souls” and would be entering the Royal Rumble Match to lay them all to rest. ... It was a development that Braun Strowman, observing on a monitor backstage, seemed veerrrryyy intrigued by.