The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Shane Training For WM and News Regarding His Current Deal With WWE
Shane revealed on Twitter that he’s doing Muay Thai training with Ajarn Phil Nurse in New York City. It will be interesting to see what kind of shape he’s in for Hell In a Cell at WrestleMania 32 with The Undertaker.
Dave Meltzer noted in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer that the current plan is just for Shane McMahon to be a performer until WrestleMania, however that can always change.
“But even those closest to the family and near the top recognize the way Vince thinks,” he wrote. “Already people are noting that the family soap opera behind the scenes is likely to become far more interesting than the one playing out on the screen.”
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Regarding when and why Taker vs Shane was made….
The deal was made four weeks ago after it became apparent that the planned John Cena vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania wouldn’t be happening. It was noted that Vince McMahon was “devastated” because he planned on the match between the two legends to carry the event.
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Training will help Shane, who let’s not forget was a decent worker. Summerslam against Test, KOTR against Kurt Angle, his matches with Orton, Big Show and Kane are all proof of that. The thing is though he’s older now, hasn’t been in the ring since 2009 if I remember right and it’s now 2016. Training is so substitute for ring rust which he has and needs to shake off before his match with Taker.
Provided the above is true, the match with Shane was made after it was clear Cena won’t be ready for competition by WM. That is my suspicion as to why Taker vs Shane was made.
- ancientrites on February 26th, 2016 says:
Yeah What ever Shane will conquer the undertaker just like our client the true phenom brock lesnar conquered the undertaker 3 pins and I swing through Bike.This will Be one of the Saddest Wrestlingmania for Taker 2nd loss,Shane will pick up the win by Roll 1-2-3 face it Guys Shane mac is on muay thai training,i hope the undertaker does not suffer another concussion when he gets kicked.The undertaker is laughing stock nOw
- Etienne on February 26th, 2016 says:
Ok so I haven’t had time to chime in on my thoughts on this… First off I’d like to say I was shocked and kinda ticked off as this was a straight serve ball, and I truly do think this was a desperate decision on Vince’s part… I was expecting a returning wrestler….Kurt angle, Goldberg, Jeff Hardy… Was hoping Sting , but Shane o Mac?!!!… Wow!
So I calmed down and thought about it,… Considering the lack of talent they had to face Taker due to injuries, this probably isn’t the worst they could’ve done… Definitely better than having the inevitable failure match with Braun strowman….
And actually when I thought about it Shane has had some pretty memorable matches considering he’s not even a wrestler….
Another factor is that Taker does well with opponents of Shane’s size, so this actually may be a good thing for this match…
Now I can’t see them handing Taker a loss here, even tho the stipulation suggests it ,but it will be interesting to see how this plays out…. I’ll be watching raw to see how things are going to unfold.
- eric on February 26th, 2016 says:
When it’s over…..I hope Vince gets a tombstone…I don’t think Taker loses and I also think Shane might take a mankind like flite from 20ft……or thrown right thru the side of the cell…..as for all this “control of raw” stuff…..any control is just cosmetic…..Vince is in charge on and off screen….as long as he is alive,it’s his company.
- Anan on February 26th, 2016 says:
You’re bringing up things from The Attitude Era. I don’t see a non-wrestler who’s much older now in Shane McMahon, especially in this PG era tasking such a bump. Foley took it, Vince yelled at him and told him never do it again. So I doubt he’ll allow his own son to take such a fall. And I doubt Taker would even wanna do it. Taker said Foley had to talk him into throwing him off the Cell. You really think Shane could convince Taker and Vince to allow it at WM32?
I agree this isn’t the worst they could have done. While I’m not for it, not against it either. It hasn’t played out yet. Maybe it’ll be better than we all think, maybe not. That is why I wish they went with Taker vs Jericho. At least that would have been a guaranteed top level performance considering it’s Taker and the only guy or one of few guys on the main roster who could give him that kind of match. I would’ve taken Taker vs KO too but reportedly Vince turned KO’s request for the match down. KO’s looking a little bigger so I’m of the belief they are or were concerned about his weight and I suspect as some kind of punishment or sorts, they rejected his request.
Yes Taker does well with guys of Shane’s size. But you have to remember who of that size were his opponents. HBK’s a great example. HBK did his load of the work so with him doing his share and Taker did his, the matches turned out great. Same goes for Edge went he had the best rivalry of SD in 2008 with Taker. As the old saying goes, you’re only as good as your opponent. Shane’s not the wrestler HBK was, clearly.
I wanna analyze a bit your aforementioned names….
Jeff Hardy – Great athlete. But he just resigned a new deal with TNA. If he did return to WWE, I think they’d have him in an IC Title or ladder match, not against Taker. It’s not something I personally would wanna see. Jeff Hardy’s not reliable. So for him to get a run from facing Taker, he’d end up being out of wrestling, going to rehab….we’ve seen it happen so many times….just when things look good, they go bad. I’m not knocking him. Just saying he has bad habits and demons of which I’m not convinced he’s completely permanently overcome.
Goldberg – His relationship with WWE is not good. He stated he’d come back for one match for his son to watch him wrestle. Knowing how WWE treats WCW talent, it’s clear Goldberg would lose. Would he be ok with losing his front of his son at a big stage? Or would he not care? On top of that, there’s the ring rust issue and going by what he did to Bret Hart, he’s unsafe. Yes it was an accident. But if it wasn’t so stiff and unsafe, maybe, just maybe Bret Hart would have been safer.
Kurt Angle – Should’ve happened at WM22. Angle’s stated he’s taking off from wrestling. He stated he talked to WWE, but wanted a part-time schedule which WWE won’t give him so his return for a match is up in the air while a HOF Induction should definitely be more than likely.
Sting – You know how I feel about this one. Sting’s in the HOF this year. I don’t feel WWE would give him a match at WM32, not just because it’d be one night after the HOF, and not just because he’d probably lose at his 2nd WM (They had HHH beat Sting so no way will they have Taker lose to Sting) one night after being inducted into the HOF (no, Sting probably wouldn’t care, knowing him. But the fans would.) Plus there’s the question(s) of can he compete, does he want to, how healed up is he from his injury and surgery? On top of that, the man who has the final say, Vince is against this match thinking it won’t draw or live up to expectations. What it proves is Vince cares about Vince and does whatever Vince wants. If he doesn’t think it’ll draw at WM, it doesn’t mean it’ll never happen as there’s always Summerslam. WM and Summerslam are the biggest PPV buys of the year for quite some number of years now. I do prefer it happen there honestly because I believe it has a better chance of happening, it gives Sting to perform at Summerslam, chance to win which he won’t have at WM, and if he does win at Summerslam and it draws, knowing WWE’s love for rematches, they’ll have a rematch at the following WM where Taker would win.
- Mark Petrick on February 27th, 2016 says:
I’m not going though, lol. I live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. I just said, the Undertaker was coming to my hometown in Pittsburgh!!! Like, it’s cool that he will be there!!!
- Mike b on February 27th, 2016 says:
Yea whole thing with Shane and wwe was on yahoo .com the family power struggle is just a story, thou bits and pieces what they said was real cheap shots of each other. Most stuff are scripted but Vince allows little here and there but their too personaitly how they really feel in the story. Other big part Shane owns wrestling company in China and wwe is trying reach that direction and with Shane made since for Shane be part of story expanding China and wwe together.. So it may seem that looks like he in takers fav..to win but this wwe. Vince finally had put nailed in the coffine on takers streak. So who knows
- yousif on February 27th, 2016 says:
Logic is taker beating Shane easily and Shane out of the picture .
But of course . There will be many twists in this storyline
The logical and reasonable match for this scenario is triple h vs Shane
We all know that!
I just dont get it . Why undertaker is here ?!
There must be something big behind this .
If nothing the sorry to say. WWE SUX
- yousif on February 27th, 2016 says:
Then sorry to say*