WWE brilliantly hypes Monday Night Raw with Undertaker return at weekend house show

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What's the best way to hype an episode of Monday Night Raw? Why teasing Undertaker's return with an appearance at a house show, of course!

You may or may not have heard -- if you didn't click here and here for all the details -- but the one and only Undertaker made his return to WWE at a house show this past weekend in Waco, Texas, teaming up with Sheamus to take on the team of Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow. He got some ring work in and showed off that glowing bald head of his to a raucous ovation from the crowd.

But why would the company bring him back like this?

It's simple, really. A surprise return is certainly something special but it doesn't lend itself to promotion. What does are easy teases like this. Undertaker has no reason to work a house show other than to get a quick match in to knock the rust off and allow WWE to get some video to distribute to work fans into a frenzy and get the word out that "The Deadman" is back.

What better way to get us all tuning in to Monday Night Raw tomorrow night (Feb. 25) from Dallas?

If the rumors are true that Undertaker will be working a match against CM Punk at WrestleMania 29 this year, then it's fair to assume he could play a major role in the planned number one contender match between Punk and John Cena. He could very simply interfere to cost "The Straight Edge Superstar" the match, setting up their date, while allowing Cena to win to set up his date with The Rock.

Easy peasy.

As a side note to all this, we're looking at a Raw that will feature Punk vs. Cena, the likely return of Undertaker, Paul Heyman vs. Vince McMahon, and Brock Lesnar. It's also heavily rumored that Triple H will be back on this show as well. Who needs The Rock anyway?

Also, it's a good time to be a pro wrestling fan, isn't it?

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