Shane McMahon has taken some legendary (and ridiculously dangerous) leaps in his WWE career, and on Monday Night Raw the 46-year-old proved he’s still got it ahead of a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% sure Shane was going to make the leap on Monday night. I’m glad he did, I’m glad he’s okay, and it did, finally, get me a little pumped for what we might see on Sunday.
I did notice a little detail too, that impressed me just as much. As Shane got up after his flying elbow, the bottom of his shirt came up with his hand, just for a second, revealing a ridiculously cut six-pack. I don’t recall Shane ever being in such great shape before.
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Since I just learned Shane is a self proclaimed “Sneakerhead”, and I am also a huge fan of wasting money on “rare” sneakers, I decided to start cataloging the various hypebeast-level pairs Shane’s been wearing to the ring since his return, in case anyone else is interested.
There’s a table and everything. This may seem silly, but it’s no sillier than Apple bloggers caring about untucked shirts during Keynotes. Details are delightful.
Joey Hayden, speaking to Mark Henry:
Henry: You know, Shane has never disappointed. He’s always been a guy that was able to rise to the occasion. And when I say rise to the occasion, Shane likes to do the unbelievable. You’ll see him jump off of stuff that you wouldn’t think a human being would jump off of. The Undertaker, we don’t even have to talk about his legacy. He’s carved out a WrestleMania history that nobody can even get close to. I’m just looking forward to seeing what’s next, just like the rest of the fans.
I think this is one of those cases where hardcore week-to-week fans might think Shane McMahon vs Undertaker is insane, implausible, and ill-fated. But every casual fan I’ve talked to thinks it’s obvious, will probably rule, and is a nice creative move out of left field. The general feeling is “Why not? Shouldn’t pro wrestling be kind of weird and fun like this?”
Jack G King:
The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon is not going to be a straight one-on-one match. Even with the Hell in a Cell stipulation in place (to supposedly ward off interference), it’s obvious that Shane O’Mac and The Phenom will not be the only two men at ringside come the final bell.
One quick note: I’ve decided to leave Vince off this list, as his appearance during the match seems something of a given. I’ve also been talked out of including Steve Blackman, which genuinely breaks my heart.
Not a bad list, but more to the point, King brings up the most obvious point in the room: this is going to be the big gimmick match of the show, and I bet they’re going to try to out-do Sting vs HHH from last year. Expect multiple run-ins and well-choreographed schenanigans. Should be a lot of fun.
As his WrestleMania Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker fast approaches, Shane McMahon continues to work out relentlessly in the gym with acclaimed trainer Ajarn Phil Nurse. In his most recent social media post, Shane-O-Mac reveals a very impressive Saenchai kick that even caught Nurse off guard!
See? Shane can do a kick. Wrestlemania’s going to be fine.
The CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA has officially announced that both Shane McMahon and The Undertaker will be appearing at the arena’s Monday Night Raw on March 14. This marks the first time the WrestleMania 32 opponents will come face to face since their match at the show was announced.
I have a feeling this is going to be a series of episodes where a lot of things will change. It’s also a series that may play a lot better in highlight reels before matches than three hours at a time.