This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw marked the third consecutive show Shane McMahon has taken control of - that’s despite losing to The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania.
Although it's the writing team pulling the strings backstage and making the decisions, it's Shane that's taking the credit for pulling out all the stops in making the past few episodes memorable.
We've seen call-ups in Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, The Vaudevillians and Apollo Crews, whilst also seeing the return of Cesaro as well as the arrival of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
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Booking-wise, it’s a poor decision as it made his encounter with The Deadman feel pointless. He lost the match but in the end, he got what he wanted anyway and that’s to take control of Monday Night Raw.
Fans won’t mind that though, plus it’s a fresh change from seeing The Authority open the show with a long-winded promo every single week.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon haven’t been seen on television since The Game lost his WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Roman Reigns earlier this month at WM32, but it’s only a matter of time before they come back to create another power struggle. It’s no secret that The Authority were going to take some time off television following WrestleMania.
However, recent rumours suggest their return could come sooner than expected and it could have further implications on who controls Raw, and potentially Thursday Night SmackDown for that matter.
PWMania.com are reporting that their return will lead to a feud with Shane which could lead to a match between Triple H and his brother-in-law.
It remains to be seen whether it could mark the end for The Authority, or whether we could finally see a brand split between the two powers.
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The rumoured plan right now is to split up the McMahon family, with Shane running one show and The Authority running the other. This means Vince could potentially play the competitive card on Stephanie and Shane, leading to SummerSlam, which will reveal who controls what brand.
Although it’s an interesting scenario and it could add more depth to both shows, WWE would be running a risk if they chose to book it in that manner. If it’s booked to have the winner control Raw and the loser controlling SmackDown, it already suggests that the WWE aren’t giving their B show much importance, a complaint the WWE Universe already has.
The good thing is, whoever controls SmackDown could do a great job of establishing it as a top brand yet again, but if this does come to fruition, it will be interesting to see which stars jump ship and whether the World Championship is split into two again.
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