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Shane McMahon wants a better WWE for fans.

Shane McMahon tells WWE fans 'You deserve better'

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Since WrestleMania, with its grand spectacle and underwhelming results, there seems to have been an attitude shift in WWE.

This has come in the form of Shane McMahon 'running' RAW, despite losing a match which stipulated he wouldn't be doing so if he lost.

Ok, there are clear storyline and continuity issues but for once that's all WWE fans have to complain about, the matches have been fantastic.

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Shane has introduced a fresh approach based on giving talented individuals a chance to wrestle. 

What this appears to translate to is, giving individuals with an independent background a chance to shine.

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In the opening segment of Monday nigh RAW Shane was a guest on the Ambrose Asylum. When asked about his agenda while in charge, McMahon responded:

"It's all about the WWE fan's because you deserve better."

He talked about a new era, demanded by fans, where superstars such as AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks (all of whom had independent careers before coming to WWE) were given chances they otherwise wouldn't get.

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He talked about a new era, demanded by fans, where superstars such as AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks (all of whom had independent careers before coming to WWE) were given chances they otherwise wouldn't get.

This is music to pro wrestling fans' ears, but it's too early to tell if we're just being teased with a change in attitude which will disappear once the Authority return. 

One thing is clear , though, there is a definite switch to WWE being more open about the previous careers of their superstars.

AJ Styles came into WWE already over with large sections of the crowd, so his long international career has been part of his WWE persona from the start. Last week Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows arrived on the scene and this WWE video gave a brief explanation of where they came from and why the crowd were excited to see them:

It's a recent development. Historically WWE have been reluctant to mention the previous careers of their superstars.

It has also been unusual (although not unheard of) for people to be able to keep their ring names when they sign with WWE, most have been forced to adopt a new name even if their indie careers are acknowledged.

Finn Balor, Asuka, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose all examples of this. 

However, recent additions to the roster have bucked this trend as well; AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa and Karl Anderson have all been allowed to keep the names which built them their considerable followings.

Side note; Luke Gallows was Doc Gallows but used Luke as part of the Straight Edge society in a previous stint with WWE.

This focus on indie talent carries over into the upcoming WWE Payback pay per view in two weeks time. The confirmed matches for Payback are looking good, and strongly feature wrestlers with an independent career behind them.

Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, AJ Styles and Natalya all have pre-WWE wrestling careers.

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The current champions Roman Reigns and Charlotte do not. Interestingly both WWE champions are superstars with a family legacy in wrestling including hall of fame inducted fathers.

These second and third generation stars have always seemed to be highly prized by Vince McMahon, although still not always well used. The final participant of those matches, Miz, is a largely home grown superstar, having come up through the 'Tough Enough' TV show with limited prior experience.

A shift towards a more open minded, pro wrestling focused, WWE would certainly be welcomed by fans.

The episodes of RAW under Shane McMahon have produced some of the best matches we've seen in a while, and the storyline has still been delivered beautifully.

It remains to be seen if it is really the dawning of a new era for WWE, or merely a post-Wrestlemania payoff for the fans before The Authority return to retake control.

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