Shane McMahon's Rumored Wrestlemania 33 Opponent

You may not want to admit this, but Shane McMahon is still one of the biggest stars in the WWE. [...]

You may not want to admit this, but Shane McMahon is still one of the biggest stars in the WWE. His match with The Undertaker at this past year's WrestleMania 32 was the show's true main event, as it drew the most interest from casual fans. Not only does Shane remind many of the Attitude Era glory days, but his willingness to put his body on the line has gained the respect of even the most cynical smark.

After this year's Summerslam, it appeared as if the WWE was working towards a Wrestlemania 33 program with Shane and Brock Lesnar.They began the angle back at SummerSlam in August, when Lesnar laid out Shane after he destroyed Randy Orton in the show's main event. But, thanks to the success of Goldberg's return, Wrestlemania 33 will likely feature the 3rd and final battle between Lesnar and Goldberg.

On last week's SmackDown, the WWE may have gave us a hint for the new direction they are taking with Shane when Dean Ambrose deliberately disobeyed the Smackdown commissioner's orders to leave the building.

The WWE loves to recapture the magic of old storylines, so it would not be surprising to see them try to try to recreate the Austin vs McMahon, disgruntled employee vs boss storyline with Dean and Shane.

If Dean were to face off with Shane at Wrestlemania, would he finally get the heel turn that many have thought was coming for some time? With the lack of top tier faces on Smackdown LIVE, it's hard to imagine Dean being able to jump sides at this point without another fan favorite to fill his shoes.

While appearing on the Live Audio Wrestling Podcast, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter said that another possible opponent for Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 33 is Triple H. Of course, it does look like WWE is building towards Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, so that scenario seems unlikely

Also during his appearance on the Live Audio Wrestling Podcast, Meltzer said that WWE could be heading towards a Dean Ambrose vs. James Ellsworth match at some point.

Will the Shane McMahon and Dean Ambrose saga gain more traction on Tuesday's SmackDown? Could the Smackdown LIVE commissioner and the Lunatic Fringe recapture some of that old McMahon/Austin magic?

After seeing Shane literally risk his life in his last two matches, let's all just be thankful he'll be avoiding a trip to Suplex City at next year's Wrestlemania.