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So, things happened this weekend in the WWE, didn’t they? Well, actually the biggest thing happened on Monday night so let’s start there. Last night, while awarding the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award to his daughter Stephanie, Vince McMahon got a shocking surprise — the return of his prodigal son, Shane McMahon.

After literally cheating death on numerous occasions during his original stint in WWE, Shane at 46 returned to a more than thunderous ovation. It brought him to tears how powerful the emotional response was from the crowd and Vince only responded in kind. The usual RAW opening segment stretched thirty minutes and by the end of it, Shane wanted control of RAW because he’s noticed the ratings cratering and Vince agreed to giving him control. Only thing was, he had to face The Undertaker. At WrestleMania. In a Hell In A Cell match.

Shane coming back and the crowd’s reaction got his nipples hard (his words). It even prompted his father to drop an F-bomb on live television, awkwardly coming weeks after he fired Brad Maddox for using the word “pricks” at a house show and suspended Titus O’Neil for 60 days for trying to pull him away from walking in front of Stephanie McMahon during the Daniel Bryan tribute.

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Elsewhere on RAW, the Mania card became a bit more fleshed out. Brock Lesnar is going to fight Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred match which in all actuality means Dean’s going to die for our sins at the hands of our Viking Space Lord, Brock Lesnar. And Triple H went back to a biker jacket and T-shirt combo to lay down one Attitude-Era style beatdown on his WrestleMania opponent, Roman Reigns. How Attitude-era? Reigns was a bloody mess and fans were cheering for more ultraviolence. That’s gonna be a problem seeing that the heel is this is supposed to be Triple H but nobody’s going to boo him because they want him to effectively end this amazingly forced Roman Reigns playing the role of 1993-94 Lex Luger push.

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NAKAMURA SIGNS WITH WWE

Oh, and this guy signed an official deal.

The second major piece of the NJPW talent raid (or biggest depending on who you ask) was Sinsuke Nakamura. The King of Strong Style will make his official WWE debut at NXT Dallas in April to face former NXT Champion Sami Zayn. The best part of all this? Unlike the Hideo Itami name change, Sinsuke Nakamura is keeping his name. He’s also going to continue to be “Swagsuke” and maintain that flamboyant, knee-you-in-the-back-of-the-head style that made him a legend in Japan.

“Talent is the lifeblood of our company, and the signing of Shinsuke Nakamura further demonstrates NXT’s commitment to bringing in the best talent from all over the world,” Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative said in a statement. “His explosive style will make an immediate impact to an already dynamic NXT men’s division.”

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GODFATHER ELECTED TO 2016 WWE HALL OF FAME CLASS

Charles Wright had many gimmicks during his time in the WWE. He was originally a voodoo priest named Papa Shango who’s most famous feud was with the Ultimate Warrior. He was Kama Mustafa, the Supreme Fighting Machine who was most famous for melting the Undertaker’s urn and turning it into a gold chain. Yeah, they weren’t the most spectacular of race friendly gimmicks. But his turn as The Godfather, a pimp who was perfect for the Attitude era that gave away “hoes” to opponents for victories, won a couple of Intercontinental titles and let it be know he was “pimpin’ hoes nationwide” turned out to be his best.

Its also the gimmick that landed him in the WWE Hall-Of-Fame this year so congrats to him. Even though it was misogynist and slightly racist, it still managed to be a microcosm of the entire era really. With Jerry Springer ruling daytime television, why wouldn’t you have the nerve to put a pimp on there (c. Dave Chappelle)? Wright was charismatic, no doubt and to be recognized for making a voodoo shaman and a pimp work as characters is quite a feat.

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