Shane O Mac is back! From out of nowhere, Shane McMahon interrupted the Vincent McMahon trophy ceremony to open the February 22nd Raw in Detroit, Michigan. Let the family squabbling begin! It was great to see him back but the gray hair makes him look older than his father. What’s important is that Shane didn’t miss a beat with his shuffling and solid mic skills. The Shane O Mac swagger is still there.
It was nice to see Shane McMahon back in the ring. His pop from the Joe Louis Arena crowd rivaled the Daniel Bryan’s “Yes!” chants, The Rock, and Steve Austin’s pops. For those of you who are too young to remember or never saw Shane McMahon wrestle in the past I highly recommend you Google and watch them!
Shane’s opponent will be The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania 32. Whether it was a last minute decision or months in the making, it seemed that a decision was made to add a match with Oomph due to the potential bland card with the current top level roster. The retirement of Daniel Bryan and the injuries of John Cena, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins hindered management to produce the big matches to take place in the biggest stadium in the United States. Was Shane McMahon brought in to save Wrestlemania 32?
Wrestlemania 32 is more important than past Manias because of the size of the stadium and the number of seats needed to fill it up. It got for the WWE that HHH had to step in and grab the WWE Title holding onto it until Wrestlemania or sometime after at a time of his choosing (Actually Vince McMahon’s choosing) to the proper WWE Superstar.
I’ve mentioned before my annoyance with the consistent involvement of The Authority in everyone’s life that it has hurt rather than help their roster. The McMahon family will pull out all stops for their respective company. This match is a classic example. This could have the makings of another Shane McMahon “Holy S*it!” match. But for that to happen, let’s hope both combatants are in good enough shape and limber enough to deliver the feud.
In a weird way this could be a blessing in disguise for The WWE. Next year will the 25th Wrestlemania match for The Undertaker. It would be a nice number to wrap up his career. His opponent would be none other than John Cena. They never met at Wrestlemania. Next year could be the right time. The match will sell itself and it could quite possibly be The Undertaker’s last match.
But back to 2016 we’ll be seeing a title match between HHH vs. Roman Reigns where Reigns will likely get booed just like past Manias while dealing with the usual Cerebral Assassin stuff from HHH. Two matches that will create a buzz will be Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt vs. whomever. What may define this year’s Wrestlemania is Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker. In one corner you have a man who will risk his body for the family business and the other man in the twilight of his career who will try to keep his Wrestlemania loss at one. Let’s hope the buildup and match will exceed whatever we expect.