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At WWE Payback, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon will decide who controls Raw going forward: His son, Shane, or his daughter, Stephanie.
The long-term stewardship of WWE’s flagship program has been in question since the night after WrestleMania, when Mr. McMahon installed Shane at the helm of Raw. Originally intended as a one-night experiment, Shane-O-Mac’s rule of Raw — which has ushered in a new era of Superstars and featured many first-time matchups — continued in the weeks that followed due to the overwhelming support of the WWE Universe on social media.
A principal owner of WWE and member of The Authority, Stephanie returned to Raw on the April 25 edition, in the McMahon family’s home state of Connecticut, to make the case for why she deserves to be in power. It was Stephanie’s first time appearing before WWE cameras since her husband, Triple H, lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.
Stephanie claimed it was because of The Authority’s vision that WWE celebrated the biggest WrestleMania ever, not to mention launched WWE Network. Stephanie then went a step further in her argument against her brother, saying Shane abandoned the WWE Universe years ago. Shane, meanwhile, has stated that Stephanie’s leadership contaminated the WWE locker room, and he credited the passion of the WWE Universe — not The Authority’s vision — for WWE’s success.
Who will Mr. McMahon put in charge of Raw at WWE Payback? Will Shane’s fan-friendly approach continue past this week? Or will Monday nights return to the control of The Authority?
|Payback 2016 previews|
Kalisto v Ryback • Roman Reigns v A.J. Styles • The Miz v Cesaro • Sami Zayn v Kevin Owens • Dean Ambrose v Chris Jericho • Charlotte v Natalya • The Vaudevillains v Realest Guys • Dolph Ziggler v Baron Corbin • Mr. McMahon announced who controls Raw