The real reason Shane McMahon is set to be in town for WrestleMania 38 this coming weekend appears to have been revealed.
When the news came to light a couple of days ago, it obviously started a whole whirlwind of speculation, with the leading theory being that he could be involved in the Seth Rollins WrestleMania match somehow – either as a fake-out to introduce Cody Rhodes as Rollins’ opponent, or actually as a swerve and as Rollins’ opponent himself.
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that the WWE creative team and people high up on the food chain believe Shane is simply coming in so he can be at the Hall of Fame, and he’ll probably hang around at Mania, but he’s not expected to actually be involved with anything or appear on-screen.
“He was gonna go no matter what. He goes to the Hall of Fame every single Hall of Fame, he’s always at the Hall of Fame. Of course he’s gonna go with Vince inducting Undertaker.
“There’s always a chance that Vince is kayfabing everyone and there’s gonna be something, but from what I was told, and this was from actually multiple people who are pretty high on the food chain – and it’s like, look, you never know 100% because it’s wrestling and Vince can change everything – but as far as Shane McMahon on WrestleMania or something like that, on the creative team his name has not been spoken about since January, it’s never been brought up, and they’re under the impression that he’s just going to the Hall of Fame, he’s gonna hang out at WrestleMania like he does every single year, and it’s a non-story, and people are making way too much of it.”
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Shane McMahon was originally supposed to be wrestling at WrestleMania, with discussed opponents including Bobby Lashley, Austin Theory and Rollins himself, but all plans for him were dropped after the Royal Rumble, where he made enemies for his role in producing the men’s Rumble match and the way he conducted himself.
Of course, as Meltzer mentioned, plans can always change and maybe Vince will wake up on Saturday morning and go “You know what, Shane McMahon vs Seth Rollins would be good s**t pal!”, but basically, it doesn’t seem to be the plan right now and don’t count on it happening.
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