Shane McMahon is the prodigal son of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, but he is also one of the hardest working wrestlers to ever be a part of WWE.
Shane had to fight through the stereotype of being the son of the owner of the company and proved that he deserved his place in WWE. He was one of the most fearless wrestlers that WWE had during the early 2000s, and some of his crazy stunts include being thrown through a glass pane by Kurt Angle (the second time after Kurt failed to break the glass the first time and dropped Shane on his neck).
Even though Shane left WWE five years ago to prove that he had what it takes to be a successful businessman outside of wrestling, he became the president of You On Demand, something he retained for many years before he was called back to the company this year.
The following is a list of 15 things Shane McMahon has managed to do during his time in the spotlight that WWE fans would like to forget.
15. Steve Austin Screwjob?
Back at Survivor Series in 1998, Shane McMahon was back on WWE TV and had been given back his referee shirt.
Shane refereed the Women’s Championship match the correct way and it seemed that he was just doing his job, until the main event when Mankind faced Steve Austin in the semi-finals of a tournament for the vacant WWE Championship. Stone Cold had Mankind down for the three and Shane made the count, but stopped at two and swore at Austin. Gerald Brisco then attacked and Shane counted the win for Mankind, and joined his father in the corporation.
14. 17 Years at WrestleMania
As already stated, Shane McMahon faced The Undertaker at this year’s WrestleMania with both the company and Undertaker’s WrestleMania career on the line. (The Undertaker won the match).
Shane is no longer the young man that he once was – he is 46 years old and he hadn’t stepped in a WWE ring for a match since 2010. Shane ended up shocking fans by throwing himself off the top of the cell, only to crash down on an empty table as the Dead Man moved out of the way just seconds early.
13. ECW Manager
Back in 2005, WWE revived ECW after they found that their “One Night Stand” event was actually a success. There was talk about the show making an online return and Shane McMahon being at the helm.
When executives discovered the plan, the idea was then changed and the TV deal was instead offered to Sci-Fi and ECW/WWE had a short run on cable TV. Of course it was considered a slight failure of a return, but it was an expected failure since ECW were famous for pushing the boundaries and WWE were already under the PG banner at the time.
12. Shane Wanted UFC
When he was much younger, Shane used to pester his father into buying him promotions to play with. One that caught his eye was UFC back in the early 2000s.
WWE could have brought UFC for much cheaper back then, especially considering it is now worth billions of dollars. Shane McMahon doesn’t know a lot about UFC or Mixed Martial Arts for that matter, so it would have been interesting to see how WWE handled a non-wrestling promotion. Although, it would mean that UFC wouldn’t have become the phenomenon that it is today.
11. Commentator Shane
Much like his father before him, Shane was given the WWE microphone and allowed to commentate on WWF’s Sunday Night Heat episodes.
Of course this run didn’t last very long and many fans have already forgotten all about this, but it showed that Shane really was more than a triple threat – he was a great referee, wrestler, commentator and a behind-the-scenes businessman as part of the company. Shane later climbed the ladder of WWE further and became Executive Vice President of Global Media within the company before his departure in 2010, when it was made apparent that he wanted a promotion and failed to receive it.
10. Shane Fluffed His Lines
Shane McMahon is considered a WWE veteran. He made his WWE debut back in the early 1990s and even though he has left the company many times, he has also returned many times as well.
That being said, Shane still manages to fluff his lines on live TV. Shane was talking to The Undertaker on Raw a few weeks ago when he said “You’re gonna hit me, I’m gonna miss” (when he meant that Undertaker would miss). He tweeted about it later but it was a slightly embarrassing scene for someone with his experience in delivering promos.
9. Kiss My Ass Club
Another McMahon story that perhaps isn’t talked about during family parties, Shane McMahon is actually a member of one of WWE’s most exclusive clubs.
Back when Vince was a part of a feud with Shawn Michaels, Shane rushed out to beat Shawn down and force him to join the Kiss My Ass Club. But at the last minute, Shawn fought back and forced Shane’s face into his father’s rear end. Vince didn’t know about it until after because he thought it was Shane. Even though he was forced, he is still in the record books as a member.
8. Shane Left Because of Vince
Shane McMahon walked out of WWE in 2010 because he claims his father refused to promote him. At the time Shane was the Executive Vice President of WWE Global Media, which meant that he was handling live event bookings, digital media, consumer products and publishing. He was very good at his job.
After his mother stepped down to try her hand at politics, there was an opening as a CEO in the company, but Vince gave the job to himself since he was already Chairman and left Shane in the same job he had always been in. Shane was unimpressed and resigned from the company in 2009 before WWE made it official in 2010.
7. WCW Manager
It was one of the biggest wrestling stories in WWE history when Shane McMahon defied his father and “bought” WCW. But it seems that Shane was actually set to run the company at one point as well.
There were real life discussions behind the scenes about WCW having a weekly slot on TV and Shane going on to run the show after WWE had legitimately bought the company in 2001. It was all put into place and ready for Shane to take over, but one bad match between Booker T and Buff Bagwell on Raw changed WWE’s idea all together.
6. When Kane Electrocuted His Testicles
WWE hasn’t always been PG – there was a time when the company could deliver rather explicit storylines and no one battled an eye. Back in 2003, one of these story lines was tested.
Kane had finally unveiled his real face and he embarked on a feud with Shane, mostly because Kane attacked his mother, Linda. On an episode of Raw, Shane was in the ring when Kane attacked and during the assault he handcuffed Shane to the ring post and trapped him using the steps whilst he electrocuted his testicles. Rob Van Dam made the save, but he was too late to save any embarrassment.
5. King of the Ring Spot
Back at King of the Ring in 2001, Shane McMahon proved beyond any doubt that he was destined to be a part of WWE when he and Kurt Angle stole the show.
One of the spots of the match saw Shane thrown through a glass pane. The only problem was that someone ordered Plexi glass instead of sugar glass and when Kurt tried to belly-to-belly Shane through it, it failed to break and he landed on his head. The second time, it did manage to break, but the injury had already been caused and both men ended up staying in hospital that night.
4. Shane Stevens
Back in the early 1990s, a young, shy Shane McMahon was set to learn the wrestling business from the inside in an unusual way.
Vince decided to give Shane the job as a referee on WWE TV, but because Vince was a regular commentator at the time, he didn’t want WWE fans to know that Shane was his son. So he gave him the name Shane Stevens.
Shane only kept the job as a WWE official for a few years before he then headed off to school at Boston University, and didn’t return to the ring for almost five years.
3. First Time Running WWE
It was rumoured that Shane was given the opportunity to run WWE once before and it was a complete failure. Fans are speculating this since Shane made his WWE return in February 2016 and has made it clear that he wants to run WWE.
It was said that Shane failed so badly that Triple H was forced to take over and has been running most of the company ever since. This could just be speculation, but it doesn’t bode well for Shane if he is hoping to once again take the reins of the company once owned by his grandfather.
2. Coast to Coast Wasn’t Original
One of Shane’s most famous moves is his Coast to Coast, which sees him jump the length of the ring and usually collide with a trashcan that would be propped up against a seated opponent’s face.
This move was made famous by Shane McMahon, but it turns out that it was actually done by Rob Van Dam first. RVD unveiled the Van Terminator at ECW in 2000 before Shane McMahon showed it off a few months later. RVD was allowed to use the move after he signed for WWE, though, so it seems there are no hard feelings there.
1. Personal Affairs?
Vince McMahon is one of the most creative wrestling minds in the history of the business, but sometimes even Vince has some bad ideas. This one is probably his worst.
Vince had the idea that his daughter Stephanie would become pregnant and at some point, he then could be revealed as the father in an incest story line angle that would shock the WWE Universe. Stephanie refused, so Vince then pushed for Shane to be the father and both McMahon children turned down the idea. And rightly so, that would not be a great topic at family parties.