Shane McMahon was one of WWE’s big surprises at the 2022 Royal Rumble, but now reports are out that Vince’s only son is out of the company at least for now.
Shane McMahon entered last Saturday’s Royal Rumble event as the 28th entrant in the match. Shane eliminated former rival Kevin Owens and lasted until the final three when the eventual winner Brock Lesnar dispatched Shane from the match.
Since the Royal Rumble, stories have come out about WWE’s planning of the Rumble with Shane working as a Producer of the match just like had in past years. Shane apparently had “a lot of heat” due to pushing ideas that would make himself look good in the Rumble match instead of necessarily making the match better.
While on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that Shane upset a number of people with his actions in planning the Royal Rumble match. In addition to that, Shane was going to be part of the Elimination Chamber event later this month and a featured match at WrestleMania 38 as well, but apparently, those plans changed. They are not happening now.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson added that Shane wanted to wrestle Austin Theory at WrestleMania and others were pushing for Shane to face Seth Rollins. Johnson added that Shane was pulled from the Raw roster because “the direction has changed.” It was also added while Shane is receiving a lot of heat post-Royal Rumble, some people believe he’ll eventually return to WWE in some form in the future.
Shane McMahon had a lot of different roles in his WWE career. His first on-screen role was as a referee named “Shane Stevens” (since his father Vince didn’t want people knowing it was his son) in the late 1980s/early 1990s. In 1998, he became a regular on-screen character, then he started wrestling in 1999 and wrestled consistently for the next decade.
In 2009, Shane left WWE to pursue other business interests. Shane returned ahead of WrestleMania 32 in 2016 and had a Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker on that show. When WWE did another brand split in 2016, Shane became the Commissioner of Smackdown and remained a key figure in storylines for several years.
Other than his Royal Rumble appearance this past weekend, Shane’s last match in a WWE ring was at WrestleMania 37 last year when Braun Strowman defeated him in a Steel Cage Match.