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Old 02-23-2016, 02:30 AM
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So what we've been waiting for for over a year has finally happened, and no one saw it coming... The Money has come back and while the match he's been put in we'll get to in a moment - the most interesting part of Shane's return last night was the interaction with Vince and Steph...

Six years ago, Shane cashed out of WWE legit - no more working with the company, took his stock out... many speculated as to a falling out with Vince over Hunter and Steph's seeming "promotion" over him in the line of succession. Some of us thought differently however...

Shane used his money to enter into a major VOD market, China and also became a director at one of the worlds largest talent agencies, working with top-line sporting talent like Rory McIlroy.

A couple of years ago, Steph started shipping stock, supposedly "to build a house", however it is far more likely that this was Shane buying "back in" to the company he'd ostensibly left. Since then he's been in the background, not directly involved other than as a shareholder...or so we thought.

The interesting part of his return was the talk of a deal with Vince... when this first happened I wrote that this could be the case, that Shane was going off to "get the skills needed to be Chairman of WWE" outside of the Wrestling Bubble... he was using his own money, much as Vince had to do so to buy the conpany from his own father.

Since then Shane has been somewhat of a success, if not a billionaire in his own right, he certainly has the financial clout to buy up more stock than Steph and Hunter can... most importantly though are his years in China.

This is a massive untapped market for WWE, one they are itching to get involved in, and they are suddenly becoming a very sport led nation, Soccer clubs there are currently offering upwards of $400,000 per week for what could be considered average players, and more for the top guys... WWE could be massive in China, but it's notoriously hard to get in there...

Oh that's right, Shane has been doing business there for the past 6 years! he has the "in", and it's likely that if WWE was going to do anything in China he would HAVE to be involved... and for him to be involved he has to be... The Chairman..

This is the beginning of Vince's retirement lap... the day we thought wouldn't come is now coming... the recent issue with Titus has brought things to a head, the sudden change in opponent for Taker kinda shows this... they weren't planning on using Shane until very recently, something has changed at Titan Towers... either Vince does have that health issue that's long been rumored, or Shane has hit the magic number to be able to "buy him out", let's face it with Chinese backers, any shortfall in Shane's own bankroll could easily be gone...Perhaps the chance to get into China has finally arrived, but it comes with the condition that Shane is the guy they are going to do business with...no way Vince would be that entrenched as to stay and cost the company...especially when he'll still make money on the backend.

On the other side, NXT and Trips side of the company is blossoming, while Steph has spent a lot of time on other ventures in recent years, that big internship thing she did for example... Perhaps in preparation to take Linda's role, perhaps to prepare for life outside of WWE - after all, it's Paul who has the true "value" to the business side, while she is best as a performer... she knows it and a lot of the perceived problems are in her departments.... Hell, she might just want to be a mom for a while...

The more sinister side is the SEC investigations and accusations of manipulating stock prices by shareholders, those too have caused unrest and Vince and Steph would be implicated if there was any wrongdoing found or pending, while Trips would likely escape. Shane however? He wasn't there, he wasn't involved. At it's most cynical, Shane taking over is a way for McMahon's to retain control in the event of any scandal hitting big, as he's not viewed in the same way by Wall Street as his father and sister... he has a track record in the "real world" of making money the right way.

So it seems the vehicle for this change or the start of it, is a match at Wrestlemania 32. On paper it's one Shane can't win...HIAC with Taker... is a done deal... yet from a storyline perspective, not only can he, but he will win it.

Think about it, everyone who EVER had a beef with Hunter, Steph or Vince onscreen or off it has their chance to finally get even by making sure Shane wins... While CM Punk would be highly unlikely, it's not impossible to pop the crowd, especially if it was played as shoot... Austin, The Rock, Cena any or all of those guys could get involved...and then there's the lower card... guys like The Social Outcasts, The Wyatts... a Shane led NXT invasion led by The Bullet Club (most likely) literally anyone could show up cos they want Vince and the authority out...

From Taker's side, the streak is gone, this loss won't hurt him character wise as it's not a match he has asked for, made or challenged... he's been made a pawn by Vince for the first...and last time... all that needs to happen to cover his loss (and end Vince's onscreen career forever) is for Taker to tombstone him for costing him a second loss at Mania... You know it'll ultimately be Vince's interference that costs Taker, either botched or intentional... tombstone on RAW... Rest In Peace Mr. McMahon and we have a whole new set of Shane vs Steph angles possible while backstage... Shane takes his rightful place over the next year or so...and perhaps we see Taker v Hunter in a retirement match next year.

This wasn't even on the cards a month ago, something has happened to make this happen... long term I can see Shane, Trips and Steph all running the company but Shane as that figurehead guy... and it starts now.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:17 AM
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:41 AM
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I enjoyed the return and the potential it holds for him shaking up the WWE.

What I don't enjoy is him vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania because either result of the match is bad.

Either Shane somehow wins in BS fashion meaning Undertaker takes a Wrestlemania loss in his home state, in what is likely his last match ever.

Or Undertaker wins and then Shane's whole return and the potential it has gets flushed right down the toilet after 6 weeks.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:38 AM
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It's a good story, very well put together. But I fear that you are making mountains out of mole hills. As much as your story makes sense, it is very much conjunction at this point. And as much as well know that Vince is a shrewd business man, I really don't see him stepping aside any time soon. I mean, honestly, there is a chance that Shane is only there to sell Mania. The WWE knows it had its worked cut out for it selling this WrestleMania to fans, especially after the fiasco that is the WWE Championship. So it brought out some of the big guns to help. Personally, that's the way it comes across to me. I don't see The Undertaker losing at WrestleMania, even to someone who ends up representing Shane in the cell. Whether that is Cena, Rock, Austin; I think they come up short. And whilst I would like to see Shane stick around for a while after Mania, I don't think he will. I think he's there as a one off gig and then he'll disappear into the sunset again.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:09 AM
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I enjoyed the return and the potential it holds for him shaking up the WWE.

What I don't enjoy is him vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania because either result of the match is bad.

Either Shane somehow wins in BS fashion meaning Undertaker takes a Wrestlemania loss in his home state, in what is likely his last match ever.

Or Undertaker wins and then Shane's whole return and the potential it has gets flushed right down the toilet after 6 weeks.

I agree with both the outcomes you mention, but I think this match will end in a clusterfuck. No way are we to believe shane can beat Taker. But I bet at some point Shane will get the upper hand and Vince will panic and have someone interfere. From there people will come out for both sides and everything kicks off but it will end with Taker getting the win (possibly one of his lowest in my opinion) but then Shane will have something to fall back on come Monday night.

They won't blow this story in 6 weeks and leave it after WM. Shane losing is probably bottom of the list of results I expect, but can't see him beating Taker clean. Interference is the only way to go
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yeah Shane will lose, no way Taker loses, but the post WM he will reveal whatever he has on Vince forcing Vince to give him control.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:32 AM
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Who cares? Shane is garbage. I really hate the way the WWE is heading with bringing all these boring old farts back.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:43 AM
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Good on Shane, being able to thrive for 6 years in China. For me personally, I don't think I could survive One Night in China, I mean I've (unfortunately) seen what it's like, and I'll pass on that.

That business acumen would definitely help him, but I'm not quite sure it's going to be the real-life hostile takeover that you think it will be, in which he needs Chinese backers to buy out his own father.

I do think what you're saying will happen, just not in the scandal-y way that you're proposing.
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Wow, this is a whole lot of nonsense.

Vince is trying to set an indoor attendance record, and brought back his super over son for one more match.

As far as the rest of it goes, I think that this is the way to bring back the brand split. I think that Shane loses at WM32, but gets control of Smackdown. Smackdown then goes live, they split the belts back up, and there's 2 equally good Wrestling Shows on cable again.
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:02 AM
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I see people making assumptions that he is going to take over this show or that show, or this begins real change in the WWE.....what evidence besides a TV wrestling segment do we actually have he is really back?


There is nothing about this that isn't bizarre.


No news or rumblings, he hasn't (as far as anyone knows?) sold his stake in his company in China, so I am hesitant to buy him being back in the fold in a non-kayfabe sense. So the match and the stip is dead in the water from that.....and not just that, from the point of....How do you have Undertaker play a heel role in one of his last Mania matches in his home area of Texas?





Not to mention.....He is a 46 year old father of three and a CEO of a non wrestling company, surely he is not going to work a "Shane McMahon match" with the fucking Undertaker in HIAC.
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