Shane McMahon and The Undertaker: Hell in a Cell

In the days leading up to this year’s “Grand Daddy of Them All,” WWE has undoubtedly lead the company to the proverbial crossroads of the industry that they built into mainstream culture over the last 30 years. They are simply standing on the corner of rebirth and redesign or destruction and demise. Where this year’s WrestleMania card seems thrown together and mediocre at best, WWE has managed to create one great match in which ALL fans have, at least, some semblance of excitement and interest, Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. This match is a do or die. This one match will either be the foundation on which the WWE will have the ability to redefine and reinvigorate their brand, or it will be the accelerate that will light up the McMahon kingdom into a ball of raging flames. Shane McMahon and The Undertaker is a money match that the WWE doesn’t want to waste.

The Undertaker has shortened many careers inside Hell in a Cell

The Undertaker has shortened many careers inside Hell in a Cell

Shane doesn’t necessarily have to win the match but he does need to become a mainstay regularly on WWE programming. The company has ridden a wave of inconsistencies up until this point. If Shane disappears from television just as fast as he appeared, then the WWE will just be creating another high tide of problems bringing even more wild waves of detriment for them to round-up all of their lifeboats and ride as they break and roll back into the deep unknown, or they will have the chance to create their own tsunami of exciting and organic wrestling material. In my opinion, Shane’s return has been the biggest surprise since Seth Rollins‘ backstabbing of his Shield brethren, which wasn’t even close to the same level as the reemergence of Vince McMahon’s prodigal son to collect on his entitlements and the debts of his father. I can compare these two instances because the Rollins’ heel turn was not only shocking and completely unexpected, but it also made total sense and felt real. The difference lies in the fact that Seth’s sellout was able to shock the WWE Universe but Shane’s sudden return took the entire wrestling world, turned it upside down and gave it an emphatic tombstone piledriver right on the top of its cranium. Shane McMahon and The Undertaker is a rivalry people never expected.

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Shane returns to RAW and shocks to world

With this historic Hell in a Cell match only 7 days away, WWE must realize that they are comfortably grasping a handful of gold that they may use to solidify and “buy” the company’s future instead of flushing it down the toilet like they have been with much of the greatness that’s in their possession. There is no doubt that Shane McMahon and The Undertaker will be in the great shape for this match but it’s up to the creative side of this saga to deliver on April 3rd. There are many different directions this story-line can take but if they keep riding this mighty crest of inconsistencies the only direction they’ll be going is down, with the rest of the sinking ship. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter at all how this match ends and what direction is taken from there as long as, one, it’s a story that is consistently unfolding and has some sense of mystery to keep us interested and at the edge of our seats and, two, Shane McMahon has to be on RAW every single week in some way. The Undertaker doesn’t even need to be around necessarily because Shane is the true focus—HE is who the people care about ultimately. I mean, sure it would be great to have Taker on the show often but his age and availability may be a problem. Whatever the case is we need to see some real progression then, and only then, this can work.

Shane McMahon and The Undertaker both hate Vince McMahon

Shane McMahon and The Undertaker both hate Vince McMahon

I feel as though this angle and match has been built up enough to keep the interest of wrestling fans, although I’m not too sure when it comes to the casual fans and viewers. Regardless, this is the biggest thing to happen in a long, long time not only in the WWE but in the entire wrestling world! As a fan, I’m anxious and totally stoked to see this match however, as a critic, I’m skeptical but curious. I wonder if WWE will hit a home run on this one or if they’ll just strike out like they have been in recent memory because, truthfully, they’ve pitched themselves a meatball that’s just hanging right over the center of the plate with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker.

Shane is fearless and will bring the fight to The Undertaker

Shane is fearless and will bring the fight to The Undertaker

At the end of the day, my mind is racing over this one and my interest has been steadily rising. Shane McMahon and The Undertaker are on the brink of having a special match. The sheer enormity of this conflict has gripped the wrestling scene and the feeling of greatness in the air is palpable, but it’s a matter of these feelings culminating and coming to fruition next week. When this match was first announced I initially didn’t like it however, the WWE has managed to turn me right around quickly so they’ve done something right. Now let’s see if the WWE can hit me upside the head with the finisher and pin me down, 1-2-3.

The Undertaker leaves no doubt inside Hell in a Cell

The Undertaker leaves no doubt inside Hell in a Cell

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On next Sunday, wrestling fans need to celebrate the resurrection of the WWE.

By: Ian Patrick Gagnon | March 27, 2016

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