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Undertaker Out, Rey Mysterio In At WWE Fatal 4-Way

The UndertakerTwo weeks after Randy Orton suffered an injury, the Undertaker has now also succumbed to the injury bug. A freak set of injuries will sideline the Undertaker until SummerSlam. Rey Mysterio will step in for the injured Undertaker and compete in the SmackDown Fatal 4-Way main-event.

Last week in a match taped for WWE SmackDown, the Undertaker suffered several injuries in a match with Rey Mysterio. The Undertaker was 50/50 following the match for the WWE Fatal 4-Way show. The WWE instead decided to jump the gun and officially put the Undertaker on the fence until SummerSlam.

Plans were put into motion at this week’s SmackDown tapings to put the final plan in motion. Rey Mysterio won a Battle Royal that will air this week on SmackDown to take the Undertaker’s spot. The Fatal 4-Way match will now pit Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk vs. Jack Swagger vs. the Big Show for the WWE world heavyweight title. An angle was also done at the tapings that looks like Kane will seek retribution for his brother and feud with Rey Mysterio at some point. My guess is that when the Undertaker returns, Kane will be his first opponent at SummerSlam.

The change only adds to the difficulty that the WWE has had in the last few weeks in keeping their stars healthy. Randy Orton was injured two weeks ago and is still not a lock for the WWE championship Fatal 4-Way match. The angle on WWE RAW with Evan Bourne was likely done in case Randy Orton can’t go. It can be challenging for the WWE creative team to have to change a main-event last minute. I can’t imagine having to change two main-events with only a few weeks to go.

Ironically the changes would greatly improve the Fatal 4-Way matches. The addition of someone young and fresh like Evan Bourne would really give a nice boost to a match that is featuring the usual suspects. As much as I still enjoy the Undertaker, Rey Mysterio unquestionably raises the level of action in the WWE world heavyweight championship Fatal 4-Way match.

Now if only the Big Show could trip over a banana peel.

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