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The second biggest match on the card, and probably the one most fans are the most excited for, is the Hell in a Cell match between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker, with the control of Monday Night RAW at stake. The specifics of that stipulation are important; Shane would not win control of WWE with a win, just RAW, which opens up a lot of theories about a potential brand split and different ideas about what WWE’s roster could look like moving forward.
I have personally found the whole build of the feud bizarre. Vince McMahon’s son has randomly come back to WWE and is challenging the most iconic star on the roster in the most iconic match in company history, at WrestleMania. Shane has not really blown anybody away with his performances on RAW, flubbing lines and throwing some god-awful punches. He got a huge pop from the Brooklyn audience on Monday for jumping off the turnbuckle and through a table onto The Undertaker, which masks the fact that the most physically unqualified non-celebrity to ever have a big match at WrestleMania is going toe-to-toe with the freakin’ Undertaker.
With that being said, even if I don’t personally care that much for the feud, there is no argument against the idea that it hasn’t been successful. The feud has gotten by far the largest loud reactions at every RAW since Shane returned and it is certainly the most anticipated match on the card, despite not being the main event. The build-up might lack logic, but none of that has mattered at all, the crowd is eating up the storyline and a majority of the audience is extremely excited for the match Sunday. WWE has hit a homerun so far with this feud, end of story.
While The Undertaker is past his physical prime and Shane hasn’t wrestled in seven years and has not flashed that much in-ring ability since his return, the match will still probably be very strong. You don’t have to be a great wrestler to have a good Hell in a Cell match, and similar to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, the stage and the stakes of the match will make an average match look exceptional. I guess the big question is will Shane jump off of the Cell? Nobody has done it since the Hell in a Cell was increased in size in 2006, but considering Shane’s history and the fact that it is at WrestleMania, some fans think it is in the cards. I wouldn’t bank on it, but if it were to happen, I imagine it would be in a stunty fashion, not organically like Foley’s fall of the Cell but more like Rikishi’s fall off the Cell in 2000. Some truck or big box or something will somehow end up near ringside and Shane will fall onto that.
Because the booking of this match has been so bizarre, pretty much anything could happen in the match and I will not be surprised. Ideally, Shane wins and takes over RAW as a soft babyface leader and brings a merciful end to the overdone Authority angle. Worst case scenario is that Shane and Vince turn out to be in cahoots, they screw The Undertaker, and The Authority angle starts all over again with Shane as the evil chairman. Any number of stars could run-in, either Shane or The Undertaker could likely win the match, it’s all up in the air at this point.
The intrigue in the match is similar to the Shane/Undertaker match in that it matches up a physically dominant wrestler with a scrappy underdog, and the fans are left speculating just what the underdog will do to gain an edge. Will Shane jump off of the Cell?