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Ask WNZ: How Did WWE Handle Shane’s Return?

In case you missed it-and I hope you didn’t-Shane McMahon returned to WWE on the February 22nd edition of RAW. His storyline reason for coming back was him being insulted by Stephanie being awarded the VJM Award. And it gave us one of the hotter show starts in recent memory.

So, what did our writers think?

Dorathy Gass:

The WWE did an amazing job with Shane’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, “another 20-minute boring promo to open RAW.” I was wrong, and I loved it. Keeping Shane’s return hush-hush, and then having his music hit was golden. I’m still walking around this week thinking, “did that really happen”. Oh yes, it did. Furthermore, the February 22nd edition of RAW in general was pretty incredible (especially the closing segment), but they could’ve had parading elephants in the ring after the McMahon promo and the crowd would’ve gone crazy. It really set the tone for the rest of RAW, and Wrestlemania season in general.

John Deegan:

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.

Joseph Lisnow:

I was absolutely shocked to hear Shane McMahon’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 hadn’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. That’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 it’s still interesting.

The WWE kept Shane’s return a complete surprise, which is challenging in today’s world. So good for WWE at keeping fans on the tip of their toes. We’ll see where this storyline goes and hopefully it delivers. As of now, Shane – Undertaker is the most interesting angle going into WrestleMania. It might save a show plagued with injuries or could be a total bust. I can’t wait to see how WWE handles everything.

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  • Steve Jones

    Really??? Why in what could potentially be the ‘Taker’s last ‘Mania would WWE put him up against Shane?

    Extremely poor planning IMHO

    • MikeLo #NewNation

      It won’t be his last

    • Fat Owens Fat

      The old man will wrestle another 10 Manias. In 5 years it will be Hell in a Cell Wheelchair match, and then his last match 10 years from now will be a Buried Alive in a Stretcher match. The first person to knock down any opponent off his wheelchair in the HIAC wheelchair match wins the fight. For the stretcher match you just throw your opponent onto a stretcher and dump him in the huge pit.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    Since Shane McMahon was not seen for the rest of the night, this segment should have closed RAW is Santa’s option. Would have left a bigger impact.

  • That boy Alejandro

    Nothing against shane but i hope undertaker wrestles someone else at wrestlemania.

    • Joseph Lisnow

      hard to believe Taker loses at WM to Shane after all those epic battles.

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