The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon: Winner and Reaction from WWE WrestleMania 32

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2016

WWE Superstar Undertaker during WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, April 3, 2011. (Paul Abell/AP Images for WWE Corp.)
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The Undertaker improved his career WrestleMania record to 23-1 and preserved his career in the process Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, by defeating Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match.

In addition to that, Shane's defeat prevented him from taking control of Raw. WWE provided a photo of Undertaker after the win: 

Despite the loss, the clear highlight of the night was McMahon jumping off the top of the Hell in a Cell cage, via WWE.com:

Another highlight from McMahon was a coast-to-coast inside the Hell in a Cell, via WWE:

After the match, McMahon received medical attention, per WWE Universe: 

Questionable Critics' Kevin Berge provided his knee-jerk reaction to the match: 

It was another chapter in McMahon's book of dangerous spots, as WrestlingINC.com noted: 

WWE legends Jim Ross and Mick Foley weighed-in with their thoughts: 

Shane-O-Mac shockingly returned to WWE for the first time in more than six years in February when he interrupted Vince while he attempted to present the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence award to Stephanie McMahon.

The Prodigal Son voiced his displeasure with the direction of WWE as well as his desire to take over Raw. His father agreed to give him that opportunity on the condition that he could beat The Phenom in a Hell in a Cell match on the grandest stage of them all.

Shane accepted and immediately began to train for the biggest fight of his life. While Taker undoubtedly had the size and experience advantage, the Boy Wonder showed off some impressive athleticism on the road to WrestleMania:

Unfortunately for Shane, he also had to combat the mind games of Vince. That included a scathing promo in which the chairman disowned his son and called him his greatest failure.

Vince attempted to control The Undertaker as well, and while that seemed to anger The Deadman more than anything, he took his frustrations out on Shane by laying him out with a chokeslam just a couple weeks before WrestleMania.

Shane was undeterred, and he made his intentions clear for the show of shows and beyond, according to WWE's official Twitter account:

Vince, on the other hand, remained confident that his greatest creation—The Undertaker—would continue his dominance at WrestleMania and maintain the status quo within the company's power structure in the process, per WWE Universe:

The odds certainly seemed stacked against Shane due to The Undertaker's excellence at WrestleMania and the fact that the match was taking place inside Hell in a Cell, which is a stipulation that Taker is synonymous with more so than anyone else in WWE history.

Shane is among the most resourceful figures the professional wrestling business has ever seen, though, which led most to believe he would have a trick or two up his sleeve Sunday night.

Despite that, he was unable to overcome arguably the greatest performer in the history of WrestleMania, which leaves his WWE status up in the air.

The biggest question related to Shane since his return has been regarding his long-term future with the company. A victory almost certainly would have seen him become a fairly consistent presence on WWE programming as Raw's power broker.

The notion of Shane simply coming back for one more match due to WWE's desperate need for an Undertaker opponent always seemed like a possibility as well.

A loss doesn't necessarily mean that Shane is gone for good since he could conceivably engage in a power struggle with The Authority regardless, but it certainly muddies the waters and leaves plenty of unanswered questions entering Monday's edition of Raw.

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