Bengaluru, March 13: Now that Fastlane PPV event is over, the lineup for Wrestlemania will start being finalized from tonight's Smackdown Live. The championship matches seem to have been finalized, but there are some non-title bouts which are yet to be confirmed. This brings us to the topic of who will be Shane McMahon's opponent at this year's Wrestlemania.
For the past few months, there has been a big rift between Daniel Bryan and Shane-o-mac in a storyline perspective. This was believed to lead to a big match at the grandest stage of them all. But, WWE doctors have blocked the Smackdown general manager from in-ring competition. Hence, there's no way he will be involved in a match.
So, it seems evident that there should be a backup plan for the Smackdown commissioner. It is almost certain that we will learn about the potential storyline tonight as Wrestlemania is less than 4 weeks away. A recent report sheds some light on this speculated topic.
The reliable source, Brad Sheperd spoke on Shane McMahon and his Wrestlemania status in a recent edition of Backstage in WWE and he revealed that Dolph Ziggler will be pitted against Shane in a singles match. The backstage plan is headed towards this angle, as per the below quotes from Sheperd, (courtesy ringsidenews.com)
“It looks like plans have recently changed and now Shane McMahon’s match, it sounds like his opponent will be Dolph Ziggler. From what I’ve been told, that’s what they are looking to do."
WWE Universe might not like this one-on-one match since Dolph Ziggler is not a marquee superstar on Smackdown Live. Plus, there isn't enough room to set up this match in a big capacity. However, the show-off has not competed in a singles Wrestlemania match so far in his career. If you consider that, he may deserve this opportunity. And, it doesn't look like the creative team have any other alternatives.
"Shane has got to have his match and Dolph has never had a singles match at WrestleMania. It will be a good match, that’s fine. Not everything I am dying to see but... That will be something to watch for if they do go with that — we should start seeing that build soon.”
Shane McMahon is considered to be a major attraction in any of the PPV events that he performs in. This often helps to sell out the arena. So, there's no way that the commissioner of Smackdown Live will sit out the biggest event of the year on April 8th.
The only alternative might turn out to be in the form of Kevin Owens who super-kicked Shane at Fastlane. But, probably, a repetitive angle will not be suitable for Wrestlemania. So, in that case, Dolph Ziggler is going to get his big match after signing the new multi-million deal with the WWE.