SmackDown Live commissioner, Shane McMahon, has recently replaced Baron Corbin in the Survivor Series five-on-five match against RAW’s top five. While Shane-O-Mac’s inclusion in the bout has inspired a worldwide backlash from the WWE Universe, it might end up being a desirable situation from WWE’s perspective.
McMahon’s association with the match, can inspire a rush of nostalgia for avid fans, and take them on a sweet trip back to the Attitude Era. While The Lone Wolf possesses a lot of potential, he has been underutilized to the core and does not have the same drawing power that Shane-O inspires.
Let us take a look at five reasons why Shane McMahon is indeed a perfect replacement for the allegedly injured Baron Corbin:
#5 It could end up catapulting Shane McMahon to his next feud
While Shane is not on the SmackDown Live roster, he isn’t a shoddy performer and can bless his fans with a shot infested spectacle, occasionally. Shane’s presence at the brand vs. brand match can witness him initiating a feud with one of the superstars on his roster.
Dean Ambrose seems like a good candidate, as his turning on James Ellsworth could trigger the rivalry between The Lunatic Fringe and the Commissioner of SmackDown Live. WWE has subtly been teasing tension between Ambrose and Ellsworth, if the later costs his team the match, it could envisage Ambrose turning on the no-chin Ellsworth.
Shane’s sympathy towards Ellsworth could enrage Ambrose and could thus culminate this feud. Dean Ambrose being the top face of the Blue Brand makes this theory a bit far fetched.
Nevertheless, WWE would not shy away from a double turn. AJ Styles as face anyone?