But that wasn’t enough, so we got more. Shane sees how bad things are, and is returning to save the company. In order to do that, he needs and wants control of RAW.
And, he can have it.
If, that is, he beats Undertaker at WrestleMania, in a Hell In A Cell match.
I’ll be honest, folks. As I watched the segment, I was in disbelief when Shane’s music hit. We’ve all speculated for his return at some point-I think my last time was ahead of last year’s WrestleMania. We all pretty much guessed the appropriate angle: Shane versus his family, for control of the company. I don’t know that anyone expected him to be back now, or to be heading into such a match.
So, what next?
On one hand, we could keep the match as-is. The fan reaction was hot for Shane, and didn’t really go south with the announcement of Undertaker or the Cell match. Shane, though obviously not a full time wrestler at any point, has performed in the ring.
But, that was years ago. He’s a full-on businessman now.
So I am coming around to what many people are thinking. That at some point, between now and that fateful April day, Shane will appoint a proxy. Vince didn’t say he couldn’t, though it was pretty much implied that this was Shane’s fight. So we shall see.
But what about that other guy involved in this?
No, not Vince. The Undertaker.
Here’s a man who has worked for WWE for decades. He’s an instant main event star. His matches, especially over the last several WrestleManias, have been one of the big draws each year.
And virtually all of those matches were heavily built up. Usually we got an appearance, or teased appearances, or cryptic messages. There was some manner of buildup to the big reveal.
This time, there was none.
The other thing most of his last bunch of matches have in common? All were against future Hall of Fame wrestlers. As a McMahon, Shane is surely going to be enshrined, but no one would ever confuse his in-ring accomplishments for that of Shawn, Hunter or Brock.
Now, I am not knocking Shane. But after the epic battles he has recently had-2 each with HBK and HHH, the Streak-breaker against Brock and his rebound against Bray Wyatt-do we really want to see The Phenom do battle with Shane? It feels like a significant step down, regardless of the stakes.
And, more importantly, would Undertaker really even want that match? He’s spent the twilight of his career enjoying adored babyface status. Fighting for Vince, against Shane, absolutely puts him firmly in the heel camp. Would he want to do this?
There are many ways this can shake out. I’ll throw some out there…
Option 1-Undertaker appears and refuses to do Vince’s bidding. Vince “fires” him, and declares that Bray Wyatt will replace Undertaker. If not Bray, someone from The Wyatt Family, in all likelihood. Shane shows up at ‘Mania, prepares to enter the Cell, and then the gong hits.
Option 2-We get all of option 1, but well ahead of the show, so that WWE can market it to death.
Option 3-It stays as is, and we see Undertaker battle Shane
Option 4-Undertaker does the bosses bidding, but Shane does get a proxy.
WNZ readers, I myself am still not sure which way this goes. About the only thing I feel strongly about, is I doubt the match stays as Shane versus Undertaker.
What do you think?