After being gone for nearly six years, Shane McMahon made a surprising and triumphant return to the WWE on this past week’s episode of Raw. For those of you who are old wrestling fans, you’re well aware of some of the crazy stuff he’s done in the past, but if you’re new to sports entertainment, you may be wondering who this guy is and why were people so happy to see him?
His on-screen role started in humble fashion as both a referee and a backstage official - you know, those guys who run out and attempt to break up brawls, failing miserably - that was Shane for awhile. Then in 1998, his role grew to becoming a member of The Corporation, a stable led by his father, Vince McMahon.
During the next few years, Shane would be involved in some hellacious matches, putting his body through punishment in a few short years that most wrestlers endure over a full career. Part of it was to gain respect from the other wrestlers (he wasn’t just the boss’ son) and he wanted to do as much as possible to help make every show he was on that much better.
Was he the most technically sound wrestler? No way, in fact, his matches were fairly sloppy and sometimes a bit dangerous, but the fans took to them in a big way and thanks to all his efforts, people applauded the heck out of him when he made his big return. Excited to see what he’s done in the past? You should be, because it includes gravity, electricity, glass, and pure destruction - let’s check out some of Shane’s most insane moments!
12 Jumping Off The Titan Tron
If there was one moment that would define Shane McMahon’s in-ring career, it would be that time he willingly jumped off the top of the Titan Tron scaffolding to take out Big Show at the 2001 Backlash PPV. If Shane wasn’t already receiving enough punishment from other wrestlers, he would constantly do it to himself with stunts like this.
This particular match was under “Last Man Standing” rules and Shane was having a tough time keeping the big man down. So he decided to take to the air, which caused both men to be initially knocked out from Shane’s leap, but Test (who was in Shane’s corner) helped him up, thus giving him the win.
11 Falling Off The Titan Tron
At one point in his career, Shane became the Hardcore champion, which put him in multiple matches that had basically no rules, fitting his style quite nicely. At the 2000 SummerSlam PPV, McMahon took on martial arts extraordinaire Steve Blackman for the Hardcore title.
During the match, Blackman brought out a kendo stick, Shane decided not to stick around and began climbing the scaffolding. The only problem was Blackman followed him all the way to the top and began whacking Shane in the back over and over, until Shane fell backwards forty feet to the stage below! It was a crazy spot that cost Shane the match, who was also (not surprisingly) written off TV for the next couple months.
10 Shocked In A Bad Way
One of Shane’s more notable (and, of course, insane) feuds was against Kane, who caught Shane’s ire when he gave his mother, Linda McMahon, a Tombstone piledriver because she wouldn’t make him the number one contender for the World Heavyweight championship.
Their matches included a Last Man Standing Match, an Ambulance Match, and a crazy segment where Shane got handcuffed to a ring post, jumper cables connected to his twig and berries, and getting repeatedly shocked by The Demon. Luckily, Rob Van Dam made the save so Shane could still have kids in the future; he was eventually stretchered out of the arena, holding his burnt berries. Shane got his revenge in the end by pushing Kane in a dumpster fire - yes, a dumpster fire.
9 Coast To Coast
A move popularized by Rob Van Dam in ECW, Shane made it his own in the WWE, typically putting a garbage can in front of his fallen opponent (who’s in the corner of the ring). Across the ring, Shane climbs the ropes, leaping all the way over, kicking the garbage can into his opponent's face.
It is typically used in bigger matches like WrestleMania 23 against Bobby Lashley, and at WrestleMania 17 against his own father, Vince McMahon. For most wrestlers, this move may not be that big of a deal, but keep in mind Shane’s training and wrestling career is quite short in comparison, so it's pretty impressive for him.
8 Chokeslammed Through A Table
At the 2000 King of the Ring, the main event pitted Triple H, Vince, and Shane McMahon against The Rock, Kane, and The Undertaker. The stipulation in this match was whoever got the pinfall would become the WWE champion, so even though there were “teams” they didn’t last long.
Midway through the match, Taker ran wild clubbing Kane (in retaliation) with a chair, then hopping up to the apron where Shane was, grabbing him by the neck, and throwing him down through an announcer table. The Rock ended up pinning Vince to become the new champion, but in typical fashion Shane had the bump of the match.
7 Turnbuckle To Announcer Table
Shane became known for performing elbow drops from crazy locations, so eventually it was aptly named the "Leap of Faith." Here he’s seen taking the big leap from the top turnbuckle all the way through the Spanish announce table, taking Kane down with him.
He performed this move many times on different episodes of Raw, and even against Vince (who he ended up missing) at WrestleMania. This is not an easy move to perform as many wrestlers have crashed and burned attempting it, usually coming up short. One of the prettier recent performances was when Seth Rollins dove off the ropes and through Brock Lesnar at the 2015 Royal Rumble.
6 Thrown Through Glass - Twice
If there was a match that embodies Shane’s in-ring career, it would have to be against Kurt Angle at the 2001 King of the Ring PPV. To put it plainly, Kurt Angle beat the hell out of Shane for 26 minutes, including a viscous spot that included glass.
Kurt was supposed to perform a release suplex on Shane through glass, but it didn’t break on the first attempt, sending Shane crashing down head first onto the concrete. The second attempt worked. Kurt then attempted to do the same thing (this time throwing Shane back on stage), but the glass failed to break two times! Finally, on the third try, Shane was blasted through the glass in dramatic fashion. The match could be classified as a car wreck that you just can’t turn away from and Angle ended up winning in the end.
5 Fighting Undertaker In Hell In A Cell
Although this match has not yet occurred, if Shane does indeed fight Undertaker, it could easily be his most insane moment yet. Not only is it at WrestleMania (typically a tough place to defeat The Undertaker), but it’s Hell in a Cell, which gives Taker the edge in experience.
The match came about when Shane made a surprising return, letting everyone know he wants to get the business back in order. Years ago, he made a deal with Vince that he would eventually take over (not Stephanie), but Vince wasn’t so willing to go along with the plan. So, for Shane to take control of Raw, he’ll have to beat Taker, a tough task indeed, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he took a dive off of the cell.
4 Purchased World Championship Wrestling
When WCW went up for sale, the WWE was there to pick up the pieces as Vince McMahon bought them (and their entire video library) out in quick fashion. Of course, this would make for a fantastic wrestling storyline, so Vince demanded that Ted Turner sign the contract at WrestleMania 17.
Because Vince decided to stall, this allowed Shane to swoop in and sign the contract with WCW, taking that company away from his father. All of this led to an "invasion" angle where people from WCW (and eventually ECW) took on those from WWE. This moment has become one of those all-time great moments in the history of pro wrestling, and is still talked about to this day.
3 First-Ever Ambulance Match
Although there have only been four in history, Ambulance matches aren't the most popular with fans, it's just too gimmicky with the sole focus on putting your opponent in a vehicle. The match between Kane and Shane was slightly different though, because it was the first-ever Ambulance match. In terms of quality, it wasn’t that great, but Shane did his usual thing by getting destroyed for most of the match.
He then climbed up on the roof of the ambulance, and flew off it all the way to the ground where Kane was laid out. Shane did come up a bit short though, and basically landed on a cardboard box that was painted black, not one of his better spots, but being the first of its kind makes it (sort of) insane.
2 Kissed Vince’s Behind
Vince McMahon took on Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 22 in a No Holds Barred match, the fight initially started one-on-one until Michaels had to fought off not only the entire Spirit Squad, but Shane McMahon.
Part way through the match, Shane and Vince were able to get the best of Michaels, pretty much laying him out on the mat. Vince couldn’t ignore the opportunity to add Michael’s name to “Kiss My A**” Club, so he dropped his pants, and told Shane to shove Michaels face up against his buttocks. Michaels suddenly woke up and threw Shane’s face up against it instead - ew!
1 Taking A Stunner From Austin
Most wrestling fans know that The Rock is the best performer to ever sell “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Stunner, but this one by Shane has to be an all-time great. Over the years, Shane took quite a few Stunners, so it’s fair to say he got a lot of practice on how to make it look as devastating as possible.
In the one linked above, he was lulled into thinking him and Steve were celebrating, until Austin turned to him, beer dribbles out of Shane’s mouth, eyes widen, realizing he’s about to go down. Not only does he bounce away from the impact, but spews beer out in dramatic fashion, making the move look that much more devastating.