Bengaluru, Nov 17: A blockbuster announcement was made during Smackdown Live, last week.
While the show was closing, the General Manager of the show declared that Baron Corbin will not be able to compete due to the injury suffered at the hands of Kalisto. Instead, it will be Shane McMahon who will be replacing him to represent the Smackdown brand.
The crowd was on cloud nine after hearing such a big announcement of Shane returning to the action after Wrestlemania 32.
Nobody is better to hype up the show than everybody's beloved McMahon. The Smackdown commissioner also showed his gratitude by saying that it will be an honor to represent his own brand by competing inside the ring.
Now, a report from Cagesideseats.com reveals that the first reason for including Shane into the Smackdown squad is obviously Corbin's injury. But, WWE also wants to sell more tickets for the show in Toronto, Canada.
The inclusion of Shane has already been a great boost to ticket selling and the WWE Network subscription.
Baron Corbin's legit injury was not proved and we're still not sure if he's really unable to compete or not. It is also should be noted that Corbin performed in live events in the European tour of WWE, the same week after Smackdown Live.
Hence, Shane's inclusion to the Survivor Series card was perhaps a master stroke for the WWE. He will be aligning with the WWE World champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
This, in turn, would set up a beef between The Lone Wolf, Baron Corbin and Shane McMahon post-Survivor Series.
This would give some real competition to him that he wanted thus far from the show-runners and further bring him to the top of the roster.
Corbin has tremendous potential to be one of the best heels of the company who can deliver big time.