Despite losing to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 32 a few weeks ago, Shane McMahon has been in charge of Monday Night RAW for the past two weeks. Now, it appears that he may be reprising that role tomorrow night.
In a preview of tomorrow night’s RAW, WWE.com issued the following teaser.
“For two weeks, Shane McMahon has assumed control of Raw, and for two weeks, the show has been astounding, bringing us new Superstars, unexpected returns and even a No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament sponsored, naturally, by Booty-O’s.
“We haven’t seen The Authority on Monday night’s hottest show since WrestleMania, and Triple H and Stephanie McMahon surely have some strong opinions about Shane-O-Mac’s job performance. Will we see WWE’s Prodigal Son reign once more, or might The Authority put a stop to Shane’s tenure as Raw showrunner?”
McMahon is currently not advertised for tomorrow night’s RAW show set to emanate from London, England. However, “Shane-O-Mac” is scheduled to appear on the SmackDown tapings the following night, as the WWE announced just a few days ago.
As the teaser mentions, The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon) have not been seen on WWE television since Triple H lost his WWE World Heavyweight championship to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 32. The company appears to be teasing a possible Shane McMahon vs. Authority angle and Triple H will certainly not be far from the action during WWE’s current tour of Europe.
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 15, 2016
As part of the stipulation in Shane McMahon’s Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, if McMahon won he would assume control of RAW if he could defeat “The Deadman.” When Undertaker pinned McMahon’s shoulders to the mat following a Tombstone Piledriver — in a match that featured an outlandish 20-foot dive off the top of the cell — it appeared that “Shane-O-Mac’s” brief WWE return was over.
However, the following night, seemingly against his better judgement, Vince McMahon decided to allow Shane to run RAW. Then, last week, despite not even being advertised to appear, the WWE announced early in the morning that due to the fans’ demand for Shane, he would be running the company’s flagship television show once again.
— WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2016
While McMahon running the show has been questioned due to a lack of continuity and WWE honoring a stipulation, his appearances following Wrestlemania 32 have also been praised for bringing in a fresh feel to the overall product.
love @ShaneMcMahon is doing to the product,I love watching Shane just turn everything upside down,”upside down” it’s like he’s my son HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 12, 2016
As the Inquisitr has reported on multiple occasions over the past few months, there have been major rumblings of a brand split happening in the WWE. The RAW and SmackDown brands — much like they were from 2002-2011 — would once again become their own entities, with their own superstars, and their own vibes. With several NXT superstars added to the main roster over the past few weeks, the roster is quickly expanding.
Initial rumors were that Shane McMahon would defeat Undertaker, this leading to a brand split. Then, once he was given control of RAW for the second consecutive week, there were rumors that he would eventually be given a full-time role on television.
With each additional appearance from Shane McMahon, it appears that WWE has more serious plans in place and a brand split is one of the most frequently discussed plans over the past few months.
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