WWE SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon has done an amazing job since coming back to WWE, but could he be biting off more than he can chew by joining SmackDown Live’s men’s team at WWE Survivor Series? Obviously, Shane has a history in WWE, usually of being a daredevil with no thought of his own life and only the thrill of doing something nuts. Truly, Shane is an adrenaline junky who may know when enough is enough from a storyline perspective.
However, there was a reason that WWE removed Baron Corbin and replaced him with Shane O’Mac. According to Ringside News, the change was done to help Survivor Series numbers. Obviously, Shane McMahon has not wrestled since his loss to The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 32. However, he did sort of steal the show with his amazing jump from the top of the cell, which kept people interested.
The feeling is that this change will help draw attention to the men’s match more on top of the numbers that will come in due to Shane wrestling. Of course, the event is being sold a lot on the Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg main event match, so numbers may not go up a ton with Shane McMahon returning to the ring. Although, many fans are all for it.
The weird part about this is that they took Baron Corbin out of the match. Most feel that this is odd considering the company being so high on the young star. They had him win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 and have given him a relatively good platform since joining SmackDown Live. That said, the goal has been to ready him for championships by next year. With this being November and a Big 4 PPV, it is odd that WWE would not want to feature him in a major match.
It is being said though that WWE has no issue with Corbin and still have big plans for him. The removal was only done for business reasons and had nothing to do with how they felt about Corbin. That is good news for Corbin fans of course. Meanwhile, it does seem weird the way he was removed. He hurt himself and Kalisto just sort of made his own injury worse. People say Kalisto got his revenge but did he really when he didn’t even do anything other than hit the leg a few times AFTER Corbin went down?
The weird part is that we’re somehow supposed to believe Shane McMahon is an upgrade in some way to this team. Corbin was a young beast of a man who had size, strength, and youth on his side. Shane is in his 40s, and while he may be in the best shape of his life…he is by no means an upgrade to the team. Consisting of some great workers such as WWE World Champion AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Dean Ambrose.
While the respect for Shane McMahon is felt throughout the team, not just due to his Commissioner status, but also due to his history with WWE….there is some doubt among fans. Will Shane be helpful in this environment? This is not even the first time he would wrestle for his own team at WWE Survivor Series. Years ago during the Invasion angle, Shane wrestled for Team Alliance as they took on Team WWF for supremacy.
Shane felt like a liability in the match considering the talent on both sides. Keep in mind, names like The Rock, Chris Jericho, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Kurt Angle were part of this match. Shane McMahon was just sort of there. While people respected that he was willing to fight for his team and put his destiny in his own hands…Team Alliance also lost.
The question we have to wonder now is, will history repeat itself yet again? Will team SmackDown Live go down now that the curse of Shane McMahon is on their team? They’re already at odds even when they had Baron Corbin around. Team WWE RAW consists of WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman. Will the addition of Shane McMahon make the loss worse?
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