Is it possible that the massive crowd reaction Shane McMahon received upon his return is actually hurting WWE?
I ask this because I continue to be baffled by the Shane McMahon character that's currently being portrayed on WWE programming. I don't have any insider knowledge or information regarding WWE creative, but I can't help but wonder if they saw how hot Shane's return was and changed his character. Or, is Shane buying into his own hype and going over the line thinking it’s what fans want?
Before I continue, I have to make it clear I'm a fan of Shane McMahon. I was as excited as anyone to see him back in WWE. His match against the Undertaker in Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania is the match I'm most looking forward to. The problem is, WWE is telling the wrong story.
Right now it's made to look like Shane is on the same competitive level as the Undertaker. He showed zero concern when Vince told him he had to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. He single handedly took out a group of security guards half his age. Then, on this week's RAW, he was getting the better of the Undertaker until Vince McMahon pushed him into a ‘Taker choke slam. The dance routine after a flurry of punches to the Undertaker’s midsection just looked ridiculous. Not to mention prior to the physical exchange, Shane McMahon called the Undertaker Vince’s “bitch.” I don't care if you're Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, nobody should be calling the Undertaker a “bitch.” Not only is it disrespectful to the character, but fans don't want to see the Undertaker spoken to in that manner.
Shane's crowd reactions seem to be waning week to week. That's due to the fact most fans don't want to see “Super Shane” take it to the Undertaker as if he is his equal in the ring. Shane should be portrayed as the ultimate underdog. Someone who knows damn well he has no business being in the ring with someone as dangerous as the Undertaker. He should be telling us he expects to get his ass kicked, but he's not going to give up because he has more heart than anyone else.
Everyone loves a good underdog story. An example being Holly Holm’s knockout of Ronda Rousey. It's an easy story to tell and Shane and WWE have the ability to tell it well. So instead of losing the crowds week after week because they don't believe Shane is ‘Takers equal, Shane should be rallying the crowds behind him as the underdog who's going to shock the WWE Universe by beating the Undertaker. It's an easy story to tell, unfortunately WWE is choosing not to tell it.
What do you think? Do you like the story WWE is telling in the build to WrestleMania?
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