As I already reported via my dirtysheets.net sources, Vince McMahon was heavily involved in making changes on Tuesday at the SmackDown taping. However, our sources have now informed us about a major angle story-line that was scrapped, with WrestleMania implications- centering around his son Shane’s WrestleMania plans.
Shane is currently embroiled in a feud with Kevin Owens, whom he he will face in a Hell in the Cell match at the Hell in the Cell PPV. This was announced by the chairman of the board last Tuesday, however, the initial plans were for the stakes to be MUCH higher.
The original plans were NOT for Vince McMahon to be so confrontational towards Owens, as he was initially set to negotiate with him and make him an offer. The offer was to face Shane McMahon in a match where Shane’s WWE shares would be at stake. After Owens agreed, McMahon would have informed him that it would be a Hell in the Cell match. The story-line was set to play out with as follows:
- Vince would set up the Hell in the Cell.
- Owens would face Shane and defeat him with the help of Triple H.
- Owens would give his shares to Triple H who would replace Shane on SmackDown- leaving Shane with zero stake in WWE.
- Shane would return a few months later to begin a WrestleMania program with Triple H.
After scrapping BOTH the Horsewomen vs Horsewomen angle and reducing the stakes of Shane vs Owens, McMahon decided that he would have to take a beating from Kevin Owens, feeling that the show needed a big angle. The beating we saw was added at the last minute.
Shane and Owens will meet in a Hell in the Cell match on October 8th. It is unknown if Triple H vs Shane is entirely scrapped or why Vince decided to change plans.
Despite previous issues, our sources tell us the relationship between Shane and Paul Levesque has vastly improved in the last year or so. Triple H is heavily involved in SmackDown and regularly works with Shane. It appears they were completely fine with working with each other, however, despite clearing the story-line initially months ago, McMahon has changed his mine.
McMahon’s indecisive nature is something we are becoming all to familiar with. Full articles can be written on changes he’s made to story-lines, possibly even books. This why the likes of Dave Meltzer are often left with egg on their face when they report plans that never materialize on TV.