TJR Tuesday News (02/23): Shane McMahon Returns To The WWE, Lesnar Vs Ambrose Confirmed For WrestleMania 32, Updated WrestleMania 32 Card And So Much More!

Yup! You read the headline right! Shane O Mac is back and is vying for control of WWE in the only way things are settled on the corporate side of the WWE……in a match against the Undertaker, at this year’s Wrestlemania, inside Hell In A Cell!!

It was during the opening segment of Raw as Stephanie McMahon was accepting her Legacy of Excellence award from her father that Shane McMahon made his triumphant return, interrupting her mid-speech. John Canton wrote about it in more detail for his live Raw Deal column, which you can read right here, but if you want the visual, then here is a compressed highlights video right below.

Shane McMahon returns to WWE: Raw, February 22, 2016

I’m still in awe of the reaction Shane received. The crowd went nuts for 3 minutes solid, it definitely was a moment to behold. Echoing John’s comments in his Raw Deal, I don’t think Shane can win the match against The Undertaker. In my opinion, the only way it can happen is if Shane has some outside help. Someone like a John Cena, who in a limited role to protect himself from his shoulder injury, can help Shane defeat Taker and vanquish the Authority, and thus setting up a potential match against him at some point down the road.


Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar Set For WrestleMania


Earlier in the day, before Raw had even begun, WWE posted a video onto their Facebook page showing Brock Lesnar attack Dean Ambrose as he arrived at the arena. The attack was vicious enough to warrant Ambrose to be taken away in an ambulance, as you can see from this photo that WWE posted onto their Instagram account.

Not one to let a brutal beatdown to get the better of him, Dean promptly arrived at back at the arena to retaliate and challenge Brock as seen in the video below.

An injured Dean Ambrose retaliates against Brock Lesnar: Raw, February 22, 2016

So with Brock accepting Dean’s demands for a No Holds Barred Street Fight at Wrestlemania 32, the card is beginning to take shape and currently looks like this.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns

Hell In a Cell
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker
If Shane wins, he gets control of RAW

No Holds Barred Street Fight
Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose

Five weeks away, and so far, to me that’s not a pretty bad card so far. I’m expecting a stacked card as it is a four hour PPV, and the WWE keep billing this as the biggest Mania ever. I’m hoping that any musical/guest appearances can be kept to a minimum otherwise the queue to my bathroom is going to be longer than the length of Damian, as we all rush for our obligatory bathroom break.

More On Shinsuke Nakamura Heading To WWE

shinsuke nakamura pose

As is well known now, Shinsuke Nakamura has now officially signed with WWE. During a WWE press conference in Japan yesterday, Japanese wrestling writer Enuhito tweeted some interesting nuggets of information straight from Shinsuke’s mouth….

There is so much in those tweets that make me so happy. For starters it looks like he’s keeping name and costume. That is huge news! The costume is just an extension of Nakamura’s personality, and I’m thinking that’s why WWE signed him. He has such an amazing personality and it comes across in his ring work. Also hearing from Triple H himself that Shinsuke can “do what you like to do” fills me with belief that we will see the original Shinsuke Nakamura, not some watered down western version of himself. The future looks incredibly bright for Nakamura and NXT.


In Other News

* It was announced on yesterday that the March 25th live event from Madison Square Garden will now be “Daniel Bryan Night.”

Daniel Bryan will be in attendance for the show and will be honored just days ahead of WrestleMania 32.

– Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus (with Triple H)

– Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose (30-minute Iron Man match for the IC title)

– Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio (US Title match)

– Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt

– AJ Styles makes his MSG Debut


* Remember me talking about Japanese wrestling writer Enuhito above? Well yesterday he reported that New Japan Pro Wrestling could be losing another star in the coming weeks. Kota Ibushi, who is a three time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion has been absent from the ring for a few months due to a serious neck injury, is leaving both NJPW and DDT to become a freelancer. According to his sources, Ibushi is leaving due to the mental and physical toll that comes for working for two companies. Word is also rife that Kota will be starting a new promotion called Ibushi Wrestling Research Institute, and can still work for both NJPW and DDT but not under contract.

With the loss of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, this news couldn’t come at a worse time. Rumor was that when Ibushi was back, he was scheduled for a huge push, but with yesterday’s news breaking from Enuhito, obviously those plans will be changed.


* Chris Jericho was asked on Twitter what his thoughts were on Nakamura joining NXT. Here is his tweet reply.

Is this a sign that if and when Nakamura joins the main roster that Jericho will be waiting? Just like he did with AJ Styles? I wouldn’t mind seeing that match, but at the moment excuse me, as I’m salivating at the prospect of Sami Zayn v Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas on April 1.


Read Our Stuff

I plugged it in my opening story but as it’s a major part of the site, I’m going to shill it again. If you didn’t get chance to watch Raw last night then don’t worry! Super John Canton can hook you up right here with his in depth and detailed analysis of last night’s Raw with his Raw Deal Column.

Matty J Douglas is back with a great new read all about how the morale of not only the talent, but the fans is at a low right now. Read it by clicking here.

Wins and losses count right? Not according to some people in power at WWE HQ in Stamford. Read Ron Pascari’s column as he tries to educate and inform said officials that YES YES YES, results do indeed count.

Closing Time

Well that’s about it from me today. Mark will be here tomorrow to get all you lovely people up to speed with the Wednesday TJR Daily news column, John will be covering the news update on Thursday and my illustrious self will return (like that bad penny) on Friday. If there’s any breaking news, rest assured it will be covered by us here at TJRWrestling. So until then…….So long folks!