Here comes the money!
24 hours after causing a majority of wrestling fans to fume, the WWE pulled another rabbit out of their hat when Shane McMahon returned last night on Monday Night Raw after being away from the company since 2009. And oh yeah, he will be facing the Undertaker in Hell in a Cell.
The surprise return happened during the opening segment of Raw, which saw Vince McMahon presenting the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award to his daughter Stephanie. Before Stephanie came to the ring to accept the honor, Vince told the audience in a bit of foreshadowing that “this will be a night you will remember forever”. As Stephanie congratulated herself to thunderous boos, a walkout song that had not been heard in WWE for many years was played and out came Shane McMahon.
Shane slammed his father and sister for running the WWE into the ground and cited legit reasons such as struggling television ratings (they hit an all-time low in 2015), injuries to key wrestlers (Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins just to name a few), and even slumping stock prices. What does Shane want? He wants creative control of Monday Night RAW and in Vince McMahon’s mind that means he wants control of the company.
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And as these sorts of things typically play out in professional wrestling, Shane will get everything he wants if he’s able to win one match; against The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania.
In other Wrestlemania news: Brock Lesnar accepted Dean Ambrose’s challenge to a “no-holds-barred street fight.” Ambrose and Lesnar were both in the main event at Fastlane against Roman Reigns so it makes sense that these two will continue their feud. Featuring two of WWE’s most popular wrestlers, this match is fueled by raw emotion and passion, which should make it the most exciting and engrossing bout of the night.
Welcome to Wrestlemania season indeed.