The Undertaker has had his WWE WrestleMania plans for this year changed at least twice as far as we know at this point. Dating back to the fall and winter of 2016, the WWE’s Deadman was finally scheduled to face John Cena on the grand stage. That was the plan last year, too, before Cena suffered a shoulder injury. Those plans were scrapped in December (when Cena returned from a separate hiatus) as Vince McMahon decided on a new direction.
That direction would have seen the Undertaker take on another demonic persona in recent WWE call-up, Finn Balor. However, once Balor wasn’t cleared to compete in the Royal Rumble, Vince and other WWE officials changed course again. This time they settled on Roman Reigns, and seeds were planted for the eventual showdown during the over-the-top challenge at the end of January.