With less than two weeks to go until WrestleMania 32, Vince McMahon has raised the stakes for the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon. Vince announced on “Monday Night Raw” that the Deadman will never have another WrestleMania match again if he can’t win at AT&T Stadium on April 3.
Vince set the WrestleMania 32 match when Shane returned to “Raw” on the night after WWE Fastlane. A win for Shane would give him control of “Raw,” while a victory for The Undertaker would keep Vince and The Authority in power. The Undertaker accepted Vince’s proposal without putting up a fight, leaving many fans wondering why he would willingly fight on Vince’s behalf. But now the Deadman has more incentive to defeat Shane.
“If there were some sort of a miracle of some kind and Shane were actually to win his match, it means that Shane McMahon would be running ‘Monday Night Raw.’ And it means that in all likelihood my son-in-law and my daughter would probably quit the business. Even more unfortunate, it means that you’ve probably seen the last of me,” Vince told the crowd in Philadelphia on Monday night.
“Will Undertaker defeat Shane? Well he damn well better,” he continued. “If Undertaker does not defeat Shane then this WrestleMania will be The Undertaker’s last."
The idea of Shane winning has seemed plausible. The Undertaker wouldn’t suffer a clean loss, but the Hell in a Cell stipulation allows for the possibility of interference by another wrestler to help Shane. But now that Vince has said a loss for The Undertaker would mean no more matches at WWE’s biggest pay-per-view, is there any way that the Phenom won’t win?
For months, there had been speculation that WrestleMania 32 would be the site of The Undertaker’s final match, against maybe Sting or John Cena. But injuries will prevent either one from wrestling at the PPV.
With the possibility of WWE having The Undertaker vs. Cena or The Undertaker vs. Sting on the card for next year’s WrestleMania, it’d be hard to imagine that a match against Shane would be the last of the Deadman’s career. He’ll be 51 years old when WrestleMania 32 arrives, but he’s had more matches over the last year than he did in recent years, wrestling at SummerSlam, Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series in 2015.
Just because The Undertaker might not be done having matches at WrestleMania doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to defeat Shane. Because a victory for Shane would give him control of WWE, it’s conceivable that he could win, and overturn Vince’s decision.
It's certainly possible that The Undertaker has informed WWE he plans to retire after WrestleMania 32. No one expected The Undertaker to lose at WrestleMania 30, but his streak was ended by Brock Lesnar in maybe the most shocking moment in WWE history.
After beating Bray Wyatt last year, The Undertaker is 22-1 at WrestleMania. He’s had a match at every WrestleMania since WrestleMania VII in 1991, with the exceptions of WrestleMania X in 1994 and WrestleMania 2000.