Road to Wrestlemania: Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker
The Bumpy Road to WrestleMania 32 So Far
The Vincent J McMahon Legacy of Excellence award had been built up as a major award on WWE television throughout the month of February. The weeks of continuous build, in the form of vignettes, displaying the prestigious award named after the second generation promoter and father of current WWE owner, Vincent K. McMahon, and constant product hawking announcer, WWE RAW Michael Cole, culminated on Monday Night RAW on February 22nd, 2016, the day after WWE Fastlane from Detroit.
“My dad was a very cunning businessman, but he was very kind. He had a very warm heart and he was a very generous person. The person that we honor tonight has those qualities”
says Vincent K. McMahon.
The winner of the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence would end up being Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon’s daughter and perennial heel character. As Stephanie McMahon prepares to give a lengthy acceptance speech, “Here Comes The Money”, the theme song of the prodigal son Shane McMahon blares from the speakers and he makes his first appearance on WWE television in almost seven years.
Shane, looking at his younger sister, tells her,
“you and your husband have been running this company into the ground lets take a few indicators lets look at the stock, the ratings, lets take a look at the plethora of talent injuries all under your watch.”
All great wrestling promos are rooted in some form of truth and Shane McMahon acknowledges legitimate struggles that WWE as a company has been facing as of late.
“Several years ago, your father messed up big time and who was there to save the day? Me!”
says Shane McMahon.
Shane goes on to tell Stephanie that he never lost his place in line in the McMahon wrestling monarchy. Shane then clearly states his intentions. He wants control of Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon says that he will grant his only son’s request and give him what he wants as long as he defeats the Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas,Texas on Sunday April 3rd, 2016.
Shane McMcMahon is not an active pro wrestler. To say that he has not appeared in a WWE ring in quite some time is an understatement. The Undertaker boasts a 22-1 record at pro wrestling’s Super Bowl, and despite appearing sporadically on WWE TV over the last six years he has had more ring time than Shane McMahon.
Shane McMahon did allude to injuries in his opening promo, but at this writing we are 26 days away from WrestleMania and I am not sure why this match is important besides the WWE marketing machine telling me it is.
Is the Undertaker now aligned with the McMahon fueled Authority? Is the Undertaker a heel? Why would the Undertaker be willing to take a match against Shane McMahon? With regards to Shane, what did he bail Vince McMahon out of? Does the WWE forget that WWE fans watched Survivor Series 2014 where they attached a stipulation that the Authority would vanish only to return three weeks later. The most important question is does the Undertaker do a job for Shane McMahon?
The following week on Leap Day Raw, the Undertaker confirms that he will face Shane McMahon at the Show of Shows and tells Vince McMahon that Shane McMahon’s blood will be on Vince’s hands and not his. While it was good to see the Undertaker make the appearance on RAW it still a tricky proposition because for a match that is prominently displayed on the marquee at this stage in the build for this match leads to more questions going to Texas as opposed to definitive answers as we hit bumps on the road to WrestleMania.
Stay Tuned As we look at the build toward this match, Wrestlemania and a lot more in the world of the Squared Circle!