Sadly, my gut is saying that Undertaker loses this match. Everything this year has been pointing to Taker retiring after Wrestlemania 32, and since SummerSlam it has felt like The Deadman has been on a â€˜farewell tourâ€™ of sorts. Still, I see him losing because of Vince. As in, I could see Vince at ringside, barking orders at Taker to â€˜finish the jobâ€™ (or something along those sorts), pushing him, the way he has lately, and rather than pinning Shane, Taker attacks Vince; and loses the match. Still, there is also this nagging feeling for me that Shane really is only here for WM season (short-term), so winning would mean that he would have to play a more prominent role within the company and RAW post-WM 32, and I just do see that happening. Sure, Steph and HHH need to put The Authority to rest, and it would be nice to see Shane back on a regular basis, but Iâ€™m not sure his plans were to be on programming permanently. I feel flip floppy on who will win this match because of some these factors.
This one, especially because of the new additional stipulation, is screaming to me “swerve”. I’m sorry, I mean I know Ric Flair went out in similar fashion, but it would just seem so incredibly wrong for Undertaker to have himself retired in this fashion. That being said, I think things are going to get interesting on April 3rd. Ever since the match was announced, many were just waiting for someone to jump to Shane’s aid. That we have not seen someone yet, makes me feel it’s a virtual certainty that we are going to get some run-ins on Sunday. Now, there are several options as to who runs in, and to what end. Now, with Shane, we always have the Mean Street Posse. But they don’t quite feel big enough for this moment. If they come down to the ring, I expect them to serve as sacrificial lambs, and thats OK. But we still do have huge stars that are either confirmed to be there, or strongly expected to be there. Specifically, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Why is this important? Well, those two have both spent time working for and against Vince McMahon. Why wouldn’t they do it one more time? Now, I am not super fond of the match ending in DQ, but that is more palatable than a clean loss by ‘Taker and, with it, his retirement.
For some reason, I donâ€™t see the Hell in a Cell going down without interference. Once Vince announced the stipulation of Undertaker losing and being banned from WrestleMania, the outcome seemed obvious. For Undertaker to keep wrestling, he needs to always compete at WrestleMania. If the WWE is going to stop booking Undertaker at WrestleMania, then he should retire. He might have debuted at Survivor Series, had some unforgettable moments at SummerSlam and won the Royal Rumble, but heâ€™s best known for WrestleMania. Since Undertaker needs to win in my mind, the final sequence will be a tombstone for Shane. Then, Undertaker does the same to Vince, proving heâ€™s nobodyâ€™s b—–. The lights go purple as Undertaker does his kneeling gesture. The crowd cheers as two generations of the McMahon family lay before WWEâ€™s greatest superstar; unable to slay the dragon at their familyâ€™s own creation.