WWE shocked the world with the surprise return of Shane McMahon on this past week’s episode of Raw. Even more shockingly, Shane appears to be anti-authority and has been booked in a match at this year’s WrestleMania against The Undertaker… inside Hell in a Cell!
Shane-O Mac has not competed in the WWE since 2009 and even then his in-ring abilities aren’t remembered that fondly. However, Shane’s return was greeted extremely warmly by WWE fans who remember the son of the boss for his risk-taking moments and captivating storylines.
The element that if Shane does win that he will gain control of the Raw, adds a spanner into the works.
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In Shane's returning address, he mentioned that injuries to many top superstars and the drop in ratings and stock since he left is all due to the faults of Triple H and Stephanie.
Nevertheless, Shane vs The Undertaker is definitely a match that places Undertaker as heavy favourite, so how do WWE book the angle to give Shane a chance?
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Shane has made the claim that he hasn’t lost his place in line with the WWE management since his departure due to a deal he cut with his father. The deal was supposedly ‘best for business’ and whatever Shane does have over Vince should be exciting TV for the lead up for Wrestlemania.
WWE need to have Shane use this as leverage over Vince to give him some advantage going into his belt with the Deadman. On paper, Shane doesn’t stand a chance, however with no streak in the WWE, there could be an opportunity for the upsets of all upsets.
With the a hostile Texas crowd expected to be behind their hometown boy, allowing Shane to gain the upper hand will give fans a reason to get behind him. How do you do this… give him a backup.
Shane is no stranger to playing dirty when he needs to, and aligning him with a credible top alumni superstar may help even up the score. WWE should look at a ‘Texas Hero’ like Shawn Michaels or even Stone Cold Steve Austin as somebody to back up Shane. The crowd will be happy just to see them and it makes it possible for Shane to win the match.
Another potential ally could be The Icon, Sting. Sting vs Taker is the feud fans have been dreaming and wanting for years. But with age and poor recent in-ring performances, it’s unlikely we will ever see this matchup, nor want to see it. By having him provide backup for Shane it brings up the old WWE vs WCW war and fans get to see the two icons share the ring together at WrestleMania.
WWE should also look to book this match last on the card at WrestleMania. The control of the company is more important than who is the world champion and with the fans most likely going to get behind the heel Triple H no matter what, this would be a smart way to close out the show.
It being a Hell in a Cell match and possibly the Undertaker's last WrestleMania also gives more reason for it go on last. Undertaker is the master of the Hell in a Cell and Shane’s best WWE performances have come under extreme stipulations, so there’s no doubt these two could finish WrestleMania with a bang.
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