It was announced on Monday afternoon on WWE social media channels that The Undertaker will face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 on April 2 in Orlando.
The match has been expected since early January when the lineup first appeared online as a rumor. At the Royal Rumble, Reigns eliminated The Undertaker and had a long staredown with him.
In the WWE.com post about the match, it doesn’t say who announced the match. It just said that it’s on. Here’s what they wrote in their post.
The showdown between The Phenom and The Big Dog, now confirmed for Sunday, April 2, brings into conflict the most dominant force in WrestleMania history and arguably the most powerful competitor in recent memory.
The Undertaker has been WWE’s unofficial gatekeeper, enforcer and overseer for more than a quarter-century, regardless of his championship status at any given time. However, after Reigns ousted The Deadman from January’s Royal Rumble Match and then told the imposing legend that WWE is now his yard on the March 6 edition of Raw, it became clear that The Undertaker took issue with Reigns’ emboldened outlook. The evidence came in the form of a ring-shaking chokeslam that nearly put The Big Dog through the canvas.
Reigns has achieved a stunning number of accolades in WWE at a breakneck pace, but defeating The Undertaker at The Show of Shows would launch him into WrestleMania infamy and solidify his status as “The Guy.” Over the course of his 24 WrestleMania appearances, The Deadman has lost only once, against Brock Lesnar in 2014, and as the WWE Universe knows all too well, The Undertaker takes on an almost supernatural power when competing at The Showcase of the Immortals.
Can Reigns usurp WWE’s Phenom at WrestleMania, or will The Undertaker prove he is still the biggest dog in the yard? Find out when The Ultimate Thrill Ride, WrestleMania 33, airs live on WWE Network Sunday, April 2, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.
The match is considered one of the three biggest matches on the show along with Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
In addition to those three matches, the other WrestleMania matches are:
United States Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens
Raw Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Smackdown women not yet named
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
More matches will be made official in the coming weeks.