As reported earlier, Shane McMahon made his return on this week’s WWE RAW broadcast. Shane O’ Mac returned during the opening segment and it was eventually revealed that he’ll face The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32. If Shane wins, he’ll control WWE Monday night RAW. Here is a recap from the WWE Monday night RAW report:
A video recaps the events from last night’s WWE Fastlane event. Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar to become the #1 Contender for Triple H’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship. They’ll fight at WrestleMania 32.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. The ring is decorated with a red carpet. In the center of the ring on a table is the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. This will be awarded in a few moments. The commentators talk about the WrestleMania main event before showing footage of Brock Lesnar attacking Dean Ambrose in the parking lot earlier today. Lesnar attacked Ambrose as he got out of his car and slammed him onto the hood of a limousine. They show all this footage before the commentators break it down some more.
Vince McMahon’s music hits, and he powerwalks down to the ring as only he can. McMahon says tonight will be a night no one will ever forget. Tonight, we present the first ever Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. McMahon says the award is very special. For over 100 years, his family has been presenting sports entertainment. His grandfather started in 1914, and the legacy went on to his father, who was the greatest of all time. His father left a great legacy. McMahon talks about what a great and generous person his father was. The person receiving this award is truly a warm, good-hearted soul. The recipient of the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award is Stephanie McMahon. The crowd absolutely groans as she makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie McMahon hugs her father and looks pleased. McMahon says she embodies all of the great qualities of his father. She is holding a thick folder of “prepared remarks.” Stephanie says she didn’t expect to win, but had these prepared just in case. Her husband, Triple H, is preparing to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. It’s unclear which name got the loudest boos.
All of a sudden, Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage to a thunderous applause. Shane dancing around and soaking in the cheers. A loud “YES” chant breaks out followed by “Shane O’Mac,” “Holy shit,” and “This is awesome.” Shane looks truly taken aback by the reception. Stephanie does not look happy. Vince goes in for the hug, but Shane holds him back with one hand. Vince extends his hand, and Shane puts it down. Shane says, “First off, thank you so much for that.” The crowd loudly cheers him as he says, “What’s up, Detroit?” Shane says Vince just had to do it. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award is a great idea and should be given to a worthy recipient, and that’s not Stephanie.
Vince suggests they talk backstage. Shane says they could have done that days ago. Vince always told him as a child to “man up.” Shane says everything is getting done right here and now. Stephanie says this isn’t Shane’s moment. This is her moment and legacy. Shane says Stephanie hasn’t earned it. She asks what he knows about earning anything when he hasn’t been here in six or seven years. She and her husband have been successfully running a billion dollar business whether the people appreciate it or not. Shane asks Vince, “She doesn’t know, does she?” Shane says her and Triple H have been running this company into the ground. Shane says the stock and ratings are down while injury rates are up on their watch. Stephanie says he’s nothing more than a quitter, and he should get the hell out of her ring. Shane says it’s her father’s ring before asking Vince if he wants to tell her. She wants to know what’s going on. Several years ago, their father messed up big time and he saved the day. They cut themselves a deal. In that deal, he was able to take time off and build businesses. Shane says he never lost his place in line. Stephanie says nothing happens in WWE business that she doesn’t know. Shane says the reason she’s climbed so high so far is because he let it happen. Stephanie asks Vince if this is really true. A “YES” chant breaks out. Stephanie says she’ll get Shane a WrestleMania ticket. Vince tries to diffuse the situation, but she asks if it’s true. Vince is being evasive. Vince finally says there is some truth to it. Shane says at the time, it was “best for business.” Shane holds the ropes open for her as she exits. Stephanie says, “I will never forgive you for this.” The crowd sings as she leaves.
Vince asks what this is all about. He has his checkbook because that’s all Shane wants. Shane says this isn’t about money. Shane left a lot of money on the table just to get out from under him. Sometimes he can’t believe he did it, but then he realizes that he has freedom. This is about legacy. Vince’s grandfather and father. Vince is third while he’s fourth and his children are fifth. Shane wants this business around for the fifth, sixth, seventh, and so on. The way it’s going right now, it won’t be. Vince asks what he wants. Shane says, “It’s simple. I want control of Monday Night RAW.” The crowd explodes and starts a huge “YES” chant. Vince guffaws and says if he were controlling the show, he would be controlling the company. Vince says things have changed. This is a public company. You can’t just come in and pick things up where he left off. Shane says he’s here to make sure there is generational continuity. Vince says Shane just came here for a fight and to embarrass them. Vince says he’ll make him a deal. Vince will give him what he wants. Shane asks what the catch is. Vince says he has to have one match on one night. If he wins his match, he gets his wish. If he doesn’t win, then Vince gets the key to the lockbox Shane has so he can’t hold anything over his head ever again. The match will happen with an opponent of Vince’s choosing on a night of his choosing. Shane thinks about it for a few moments. A “You still got it” chant breaks out. Shane says this isn’t his first deal with the devil and shakes hands with his father. Vince says something, but it’s censored. Shane says he remembers the beatings Vince gave him very vividly, but all they did was make him stronger.