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Vince and Stephanie Lash out at Shane:

Following the surprising return of Shane McMahon on last week’s RAW, Vince and Stephanie McMahon needed to do some serious damage control to try to wrench back some semblance of order in their company. In doing so, they proved why the McMahons are still the best at cutting promos (and telling stories in relation to these promos) in the WWE. Stephanie was the first McMahon to take the ring, finally accepting the award that she missed out on the previous week.  She proceeded to throw something of a tantrum, lashing out at Shane and the fans through a barrage of insults. Vince came out next, introducing The Undertaker. As Vince was talking up how The Deadman is doing his bidding, Taker took Vince by the throat and told him that Shane’s blood would be on Vince’s hands. As Taker left, Vince officially renounced his son. Although Undertaker’s involvement doesn’t make a ton of sense (his statements seem like he is just an employee listening to his boss) the McMahons immensely helped in getting this feud over with the fans. It seems Shane was a “break in case of emergency” player; a product of the injuries that have plagued WWE this year. However, Vince and Stephanie helped to make this feel even more important, making everyone more excited to see what happens in Dallas.

Dean Ambrose Won’t Stay Down:

This guy is the best, and the WWE Universe seems to think so too. Interrupting Triple H’s opening promo, Ambrose came down to ring and challenged Triple H to a match for his WWE title. Throughout this, Ambrose continued to prove why he is the best full-time worker they have on the mic, selling his injuries sustained last week from Brock Lesnar and cutting a great promo. Ambrose would end up getting his match, but only after being destroyed by The Authority supported faction “League of Nations.” In this sequence, WWE unfortunately highlighted the problem they have with Reigns. In the closing segments of the past two RAWs, top babyfaces were left in a heap. However, only one of which had the support of the fans, and its the guy who isn’t in the main event. There’s little WWE could have done about this, but it becomes even more obvious that Reigns will not get over at Wrestlemania (he’ll win, just not with the fans). This does, however, continue to make Ambrose look fantastic as s never-say-die character. He’ll put on a great match against Triple H in the upcoming WWE Network special and will go on to look even better against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. This guy is the future.

WWE Mirrors NXT in its Booking of the Divas Division:

Here we go, looks like we are going to have our triple threat match at Wrestlemania for the Divas title. The #1 contenders match between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks ended in a double pin draw, meaning that we will eventually see both women announced as opponents for Charlotte at Wrestlemania. On NXT (WWE’s promotional division), there was a similar finish between two wrestlers as a means to prolong their feud. This has the same effect here, and sets us up for what will surely be one of the best matches of the night between these three women wrestlers. If only they could go back to the Women’s Title instead, then everything would be perfect.

Other Notes:

  • The Big Show defeated Kevin Owens and I’m going to pretend like I didn’t just write that. This isn’t worth the time or attention to talk about, as this would be a disaster of a feud if it came to fruition.
  • Ryback destroyed Adam Rose, and it seems like WWE is committed to turning Ryback heel. I actually like this quite a bit, as Ryback is always better as a heel than he is as an inspirational babyface.
  • Y2AJ (Chris Jericho and AJ Styles) beat The New Day in a non-title match. After the match, Y2AJ challenged the champs to a match next week for their title. While I like these matches now, I hope that Y2AJ doesn’t become an actual thing. That being said, Y2AJ is the kind of name that makes WWE Creative giddy. Ugh.
  • Lana and Brie Bella seem to be having some issues, which seems like it might lead to the in-ring debut of Lana. This would be interesting only in that we haven’t seen it yet.

Kyle Kirby covers wrestling for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @couch_qb.

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