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5 Superstars who should replace Shane McMahon at WrestleMania

Gary Cassidy
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Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens attack Daniel Bryan on SmackDown

Well, it's been a crazy week - even by WWE's standards. After Daniel Bryan was finally cleared to return to in-ring competition after over two years, it looked like we were heading for a WrestleMania Tag Team Match featuring Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Last week's SmackDown only solidified that idea, too. With Shane McMahon sidelined after a heinous attack by Owens and Zayn, Daniel Bryan was left with no choice but to fire the pair - and he then faced the brutal consequences, even being powerbombed on the apron.

With Owens and Zayn turning up at WWE Live events and cutting a promo on Shane after being fired, all signs pointed to WrestleMania - but WWE today released a statement on Shane's condition. While many would expect to hear about the "injuries" sustained at the hands of Owens and Zayn, WWE confirmed that, among other things, the commissioner is suffering from diverticulitis - the same condition that plagued Brock Lesnar's UFC career.

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It looks like there'll be no Shane McMahon at Mania

So, who could partner Daniel Bryan if he still goes up against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn? Here are my top five choices...

#5 Batista

A returning Batista would be HUGE news

Now, how would this be for a story? When Batista returned to win the Royal Rumble back in 2014, he wasn't greeted with the best of receptions - and not because he's Batista, but because he wasn't Daniel Bryan.

The WWE Universe had been clamoring for Bryan to win the Royal Rumble and headlining WrestleMania, and it was a wrong that got put right when Daniel Bryan defeated both Batista and Orton at WrestleMania XXX - but things didn't quite work out as planned for WWE.

Batista has gone on to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and reportedly even refused a Hall of Fame induction as he wants to return to WWE - and on a full-time schedule. Teaming up with Daniel Bryan would definitely be redemption in the finest form for The Animal, and there's no doubt he'd get an incredible pop this time round!

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Gary Cassidy
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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