WWE is officially on the road to WrestleMania, which leads to natural speculation of a return by The Undertaker.
But regardless of whether or not The Undertaker makes an appearance at WrestleMania 35 this April, he will be a part of the wrestling scene this spring
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, The Undertaker has officially come to terms to appear at the Starrcast II wrestling convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 25.
“I know people might assume this is an AEW event, but that is not true,” said Starrcast founder Conrad Thompson, whose convention is a weekend-long event featuring more than two dozen live wrestling-themed shows. “We have wrestlers appearing from every promotion from all over the world, and Starrcast isn’t just for All Elite Wrestling fans, it’s for all wrestling fans.”
The “Double or Nothing” show is also set to take place on May 25 in Vegas. While that will certainly lead to rumors that The Undertaker could make an appearance at “Double or Nothing,” there is no direct link between the two.
“The Undertaker experience is its own standalone experience at Starrcast,” Thompson said. “We are so proud to bring The Undertaker experience to fans this Memorial Day weekend at Starrcast II.”
The convention will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end on Sunday, May 26. Starrcast bracelets will go on sale to the general public at noon Eastern time tomorrow (February 15). Sports Illustrated noted that Undertaker’s event will go on sale later this month.
Starrcast’s graphic advertises the WWE legend as “Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker.”
The Undertaker has appeared at a few conventions in recent years, but those were comic conventions (and he was billed as “The Undertaker”). This is his first appearance at a U.S. wrestling convention not involving WWE.
Numerous websites reported last week that Undertaker began accepting non-WWE bookings after removing all WWE references from his social media profiles. This is somewhat incorrect. He’s actually been accepting bookings and business inquiries since launching his Instagram account in May. He also didn’t remove any WWE references since his Instagram and Twitter accounts still refer to him as “Undertaker” and “The Deadman” — which were the only WWE references in the first place.
The Undertaker is also booked in the U.K. for non-WWE appearances in late April and early May, including a wrestling convention and four talk show appearances from April 28 to May 2.
Dave Meltzer reported last week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “one person attempting to book [Undertaker] said he is charging $25,000 per hour for appearances within the U.S.”