The WWE pulled a huge surprise out of the bag this past week on Monday Night Raw when Shane McMahon made a shocking return after six years away from the company.
He returned to the company after stepping down as a CEO in 2010 and interrupted Vince McMahon when he was presenting Stephanie McMahon with the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award.
They big blockbuster announcement that was made in the segment was that Shane would be taking on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 inside of the Hell in a Cell. A win for Shane means he gains control of the WWE as a deal with his Father resulted in him never losing his place in line’.
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Vince does gain something from the match, although it didn’t seem like it based on the announcement. While a win for Shane means he gets control, a win for The Undertaker means Vince gets the contents of the lockbox.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio provided WWE fans with an update on this story, and he revealed that this was originally scheduled to take place two years ago with Triple H wanting control of Monday Night Raw.
This means Triple H would have gone up against an opponent of Vince’s choosing and at WrestleMania we would’ve seen Triple H vs. either The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, Vince cancelled the story as he didn’t want to be on television at that time and the storyline we saw instead was Daniel Bryan going up against The Authority, and we all know what happened on that night.
He’s also reported that Shane’s return to the WWE was agreed a few weeks ago and despite the fact that he’s gunning for control of Raw, he doesn’t hold a managerial position with the WWE right now, but that may not be the case in the long run.
Regarding this storyline merging with real-life events, Shane genuinely believed he was going to be taking over from Vince as the fourth generation McMahon to run the WWE but we all know Stephanie McMahon surpassed him.
The reason for this was that at the time – and even now – she had more knowledge of the product, and a lot of the WWE personnel knew this apart from Shane himself. In what would have been a heated conversation, Vince had to inform Shane that Stephanie and Triple H would be taking over and running the company.
This created a real-life rift which saw Shane leave the company in 2010, and it’s believed that most of what he said on Raw was true. It could get tense yet again, if Shane is given another managerial position, then Meltzer reports that many believe another rift could begin over who controls the business.
Another thing Meltzer noted was that although Shane received a ridiculous reaction and fans want him to gain control, they wouldn’t want him in charge if they knew about his booking ideas. This is the reason Vince opted with Stephanie and Triple H running the business and not him.
So despite the fact that Shane was very well liked by everyone, but his wrestling angles and ideas were light years behind Stephanie and Triple H.
If that’s the case, then we shouldn’t get our hopes up of Shane ever taking real-life control of the WWE.
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