More on Shane McMahon’s Surprise Return
Shane McMahon’s return was apparently only finalized in the last few weeks after it became clear John Cena was not going to be able to wrestle Undertaker at Wrestlemania this year.
As of now, Shane is simply an on-air talent and is not working for the company in any other capacity. Before leaving to start his own business ventures, Shane was heavily involved in WWE.com and other digital ventures. He was also a confidant to his father, especially in the late-90s.
Shane’s return got one of the biggest surprise pops in a long time. The ratings for the segment were tremendous and it blew up social media. There’s a lot of intrigue to this storyline, but I still find the choice of opponent curious. For me, the most interesting match would have been Triple H vs. Shane, because the story would mirror reality. Triple H has assumed the role in the company that Shane was supposed to have at this point, and now Shane is back to fight for it. Unfortunately, they had already committed to Triple H vs. Reigns and there wasn’t much way to get out of that plan.
Raw averaged 3.8 million viewers, with 4.2 million tuning in for the first hour. TNA’s Lockdown special did 210,000 viewers, a big drop from the previous week. Lucha Underground’s viewership fell to 99,000 for the first run, down from 152,000 the previous week.
Dada 5000 Health Update
Bellator fighter Dada 5000 suffered serious health complications following his debacle of a fight against Kimbo Slice last Friday. He reportedly suffered renal failure and severe hydration and remains hospitalized.
Unfortunately, this mess of a show that Bellator put on did a great rating with 2.5 million viewers, so we can expect more trainwrecks like it in the future. Extreme weight cutting is a serious issue in MMA and I hope to see it addressed. It’s not responsible to have guys cutting 20, 30, 40 pounds to make weight for a fight.
UR Fight Card Approved, Shamrock’s Status in Question
The Arizona State Athletic Commission has sanctioned the March 20th UR Fight Card, which is set to feature Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio, Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn, Roy Jones Jr. vs. a fan in a boxing match, and Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping. However, Shamrock may not be able to fight. He was knocked out by Royce Gracie at the Bellator show last weekend and will likely receive a 30 day medical suspension as a result.
WWE to Hold “Daniel Bryan Night” at Madison Square Garden March 25th
Daniel Bryan will be honored at the March 25th Madison Square Garden house show. The card will also feature: Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles, Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, and Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt. Wish this one was airing on the network.