With a father like Vince McMahon, CEO and owner of WWE, it’s obvious Shane and Stephanie McMahon have lead lives unlike most children. Not only is their father fantastically rich, the method through which he earned his fortune is a circus pumped full of testosterone, pouring with blood and sweat, and that’s the environment the McMahon children found themselves growing up in. Of course, their father was able to send them away to the finest schools around, but wrestling is in the McMahon family’s blood, and the seeds didn’t fall far from the grapefruits, if you catch our drift.
Frankly, neither McMahon sibling has a life as crazy as their father’s, probably because of the stabilizing effect access to money can have on even the craziest life. Still, born into a million dollar empire that rapidly turned into a billion dollar empire before either kid hit 30, there’s a lot more to the McMahon family than what we’ve seen on TV. Stephanie remains in WWE to this day, while Shane’s career continues taking interesting new twists, but regardless of where they work, McMahon family trivia is something most WWE fans are always ready to hear.
15. Stephanie Was Essentially Raised by Shane
Shortly after Stephanie was born in 1976, the McMahon family was on the rise, with WWE constantly growing and expanding. Especially by the mid 80s, Vince and Linda McMahon were constantly busy with working, leaving the young Shane and Stephanie to their own devices. According to Stephanie, Shane, being a few years older, picked up the slack when it came to raising her. With the parents out of the house until late at night, if at all, it was Shane who taught Stephanie about the world and helped her grow into the woman she would become.
14. They’ve Both Written for WWE
The McMahon family have controlled wrestling for decades, and Shane and Stephanie have been a part of that control virtually their entire lives. Many fans probably don’t realize just how much control the children had, however, considering it at points equals that of their father. Shane’s writing position actually ended long before his on screen role, and he is only known to be responsible for minor but important stylistic and atmospheric influences (and he created Kai En Tai’s Evil gimmick). Stephanie, on the other hand, plays a huge role in WWE’s creative process to this day.
Stephanie has been a member of the WWE writing staff since at least 2002, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Creative in 2006. The next year, Senior became Executive, but the job was the same—she oversaw the entire creative process of WWE. Stephanie’s official role is now WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, although obviously she, her father and her husband, still essentially control WWE creative to this day.
13. Shane Originally Designed WWE.com
In the digital era of entertainment, it feels strange to say any one person is responsible for a major company having a website. However, as a founding member of WWE’s digital media department, Shane is often given the credit for creating the framework for WWE.com. Shane would use his business and media savvy when he was promoted to Executive Vice President of WWE Global Media, a position he held for nearly a decade. While holding that title, Shane was responsible for greatly expanding WWE’s television distribution in a variety of foreign countries, including Mexico and Brazil.
12. Stephanie Hosted A Fitness Program
WWE released a series of DVDs called the WWE Workout Series in December of 2014. Two sets were released, one focused on male body workouts, and the other, naturally, focused on the female body. It’s probably not a surprise that one of the biggest and baddest wrestlers in WWE would host the male workouts, which is why Triple H was chosen to do so. However, Stephanie McMahon is likely the only billion dollar heiress to take even a temporary side gig as a personal trainer, hosting the WWE Fit Series for women. McMahon is actually a solid choice for the host, as her body remains fantastic even after three pregnancies, and her training regimen after giving birth is what inspired the series.
11. Stephanie Has Worked For WWE Since She Was 12
It’s obvious she was surrounded by wrestling since she was a baby, and Stephanie McMahon claims she’s been a fan of WWE since she was 3, so it isn’t totally surprising to learn her father’s company would give her first job to her. Stephanie started by modeling various superstars’ apparel for WWE magazine, and also answered the phones and performed minor reception duties at WWE’s corporate office. She studied Communications at Boston University only to return to WWE and officially begin her career as an Account Executive after graduating. Her career would only skyrocket from there.
10. Shane Started As A Referee
Shane-O-Mac’s 20-year career working for WWE began in the late 1980’s, and although the young McMahon was regularly on camera, most people probably didn’t even notice him. Shane started as a referee, debuting at Survivor Series 1989 and working at least until the 1991 Royal Rumble. Shane was competent as a referee, and thus announcers never acknowledged him to the viewing audience at home. Shane finally debuted as Vince’s son in 1998, and one of his first storylines revolved around Vince forcing him back into his previous job as a referee. The demotion turned out to be a ruse, however, as Shane used his referee position to force Vince’s rival Steve Austin to lose a match against Mankind.
9. Shane Constantly Partied with Raven
It shouldn’t be that shocking to learn a young Shane McMahon was rather friendly with quite a few wrestlers, especially in his early 20’s, when he was nearing the end of his collegiate years and partying like, well, a rich kid nearing the end of his college years. Countless stories over the years prove that certain wrestlers party like rock stars, and it’s well known that one such wrestler was Raven. Working for WWE as the smarmy and obnoxious manager Johnny Polo in the early to mid 90’s, Raven claims he and Shane would regularly party until extremely late at night, leaving Vince furious with his son for staying out so late and drinking time with Polo, a known alcoholic. The friendship dissolved when Raven left WWE for ECW.
8. Shane Was A Commentator
Following in his father’s footsteps, after spending several years as a referee and then a backstage agent, Shane McMahon started announcing, performing color commentary on Sunday Night Heat. He debuted as a commentator alongside Jim Ross and would call the show for most of its first year of existence, primarily with Kevin Kelly. The duo of Shane and Jim Cornette were even tasked with calling commentary for an episode of Monday Night Raw on September 21, 1998, for unknown reasons. Shane eventually left the commentary booth to take on a more active authority role with his father in the Corporation.
7. Stephanie Stole Triple H From Chyna
As with most relationships dissolving, the whole story behind the Triple H-Chyna breakup may never be fully known. What is known is that they dated for some time, and shortly afterwards, Triple H began dating Stephanie McMahon. Triple H claims the relationship with Chyna ended before he started dating Stephanie, but according to Chyna that wasn’t the case, and Stephanie admitted on The Howard Stern Show that the two were still living together when Triple H asked her out. Stephanie claims she was also dating someone else at the start of the relationship. Ultimately, things seemed to have worked out in the favor of Triple H and Stephanie, regardless of what sordid affairs may have been involved at the start of their relationship.
6. Shane’s Wife Worked for WWE
Stephanie McMahon’s husband Triple H is well known to the entire WWE Universe, but far fewer fans are familiar with Shane McMahon’s wife. Marissa Mazzola-McMahon would later become a film producer, but at one point, she was one of the co-hosts of WWE Livewire. Shane and Marissa were married in 1996. Though Mazzola never stepped into the ring, she also appeared on various episodes of Raw, SmackDown and Sunday Night Heat as a backstage interviewer. Though her role in the McMahon family is surely huge, her appearances on screen were always extremely brief, and her on screen role lasted less than a year.
5. Shane Was the First McMahon To Win A Title
Although the McMahon family had been involved in the wrestling business for almost a century, no one in the McMahon family held a wrestling title until 1999. On the February 15, 1999 episode of Raw Is War, Shane McMahon and Kane defeated X-Pac and Triple H, with the winner of the fall winning the WWE European Championship. Shane won the match and the title, starting a feud with X-Pac, the previous champion. The feud would culminate in a match at WrestleMania XV, in which McMahon retained the title. He eventually awarded the title to Mideon, ensuring he would be undefeated as champion. Not so. A year later he won the WWE Hardcore Championship, only to lose it back to Steve Blackman.
4. Vince Went Back and Forth on Stephanie and Triple H
The idea of the boss’s daughter dating an employee is a touchy subject in any business, let alone the macho ego-driven world of professional wrestling. Stephanie knew that dating a wrestler would be highly questionable to the industry, but to her surprise, when her relationship with Triple H began, her father Vince seemed completely accepting. However, as the relationship became more serious, Vince took away his blessing and told the two to stop dating. Eventually the two broke Vince’s orders and returned to one another, and Stephanie later claimed she believed it was her father’s way of testing if the relationship was real.
3. Stephanie Started A Charity
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, along with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, were both devastated to learn of the passing of 8-year-old WWE superfan Connor “The Crusher” Michalek. Diagnosed with a rare tumor affecting his spinal cord and brain when he was only 4 years old, Connor never gave up the fight against his horrible disease. Inspired by the WWE wrestlers and other athletes he admired, Connor’s courage circled back to inspiring millions of fans around the world to never give up the fight against terminal illness. After Connor tragically lost his battle with cancer, Triple H and Stephanie founded Connor’s Cure, a charity helping fight pediatric cancer.
2. Shane Left WWE For “You”
After 20 years working for WWE, on October 16, 2009, Shane McMahon announced his resignation from WWE, effective January 1st of the next year. Shane has still yet to give a huge deal of insight into his resignation, only saying at the time he felt it was “the opportune time in my career to pursue outside ventures.” Shane has since primarily worked in China, first founding and acting as CEO of You on Demand, the first on-demand and Pay-Per-View service available in China. McMahon founded the company in 2010, but stepped down as CEO in 2013, although he still is a Vice Chairman of the Board with the company.
1. Stephanie Said No To Vince’s Two Craziest Ideas
If you ever need any further proof that Vince McMahon is a genuinely insane person, look no further than the idea he pitched his daughter the first time she was pregnant. As in, actually, really, for real pregnant, with her husband’s baby, not a storyline Vince created from the start. Upon hearing his only daughter was welcoming her first child, Vince pitched to Stephanie an angle where he, her father, would also be announced as the father of her baby. When Stephanie said no, Vince suggested Shane be the father of the demon spawn. Again, Stephanie told her father absolutely not. This ridiculous angle almost occurred in 2006, only a few years before WWE was completely PG.