So, what did our writers think?
The WWE did an amazing job with Shaneâ€™s return in my opinion. When I first heard about the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award, I thought it was going to be a lame promo segment. When Vinnie Mac announced that Stephanie was the winner, I rolled my eyes and thought, â€śanother 20-minute boring promo to open RAW.â€ť I was wrong, and I loved it. Keeping Shaneâ€™s return hush-hush, and then having his music hit was golden. Iâ€™m still walking around this week thinking, â€śdid that really happenâ€ť. Oh yes, it did. Furthermore, the February 22nd edition of RAW in general was pretty incredible (especially the closing segment), but they couldâ€™ve had parading elephants in the ring after the McMahon promo and the crowd wouldâ€™ve gone crazy. It really set the tone for the rest of RAW, and Wrestlemania season in general.
Overall, it was handled well. Hard to dislike it, and the crowd was super into it. I think we had four or five chants between the time he stepped into the ring and the time he actually started to talk. It was amazing to finally see him back, considering the angle they are going with has pretty much been something so many people have suggested and speculated about.
I did have a few gripes, but in the grand scheme, they have to be largely minor, or graded as incomplete.
The minor? First, I’d have had this go last. If for no other reason that this was a tough act to follow. A very tough act.
The other minor one? As much as I remember his music, there were likely a bunch of fans at the arena or listening who had never heard it before. It might have been neat to hear completely new music, but this is super minor.
The incomplete grade? That would be how Undertaker fits in this puzzle. I was not, and am not, a fan of how he was sort of an afterthought out of the entire segment. It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple weeks, as that will drive this grade.
I was absolutely shocked to hear Shane McMahonâ€™s (always catchy entrance) music as he made his way down to the ring. There were no rumors of his return to WWE; really, there hadnâ€™t been talk about anything regarding Shane in months; maybe even a year. Shane is never in the news as his wrestling chapter seemed closed. Thatâ€™s clearly not the case.
Now, Shane is back fighting for control of RAW and must battle Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. All this happened within minutes of the opening RAW segment. It was the hot start WWE needed, and have been missing, for WrestleMania. The storyline is a little strange with how everything fell together so quickly, but itâ€™s still interesting.
The WWE kept Shaneâ€™s return a complete surprise, which is challenging in todayâ€™s world. So good for WWE at keeping fans on the tip of their toes. Weâ€™ll see where this storyline goes and hopefully it delivers. As of now, Shane â€“ Undertaker is the most interesting angle going into WrestleMania. It might save a show plagued with injuries or could be a total bust. I canâ€™t wait to see how WWE handles everything.