Earlier this week, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon mentioned in a conference call that his son Shane McMahon is only working as talent in WWE. According to Vince, Shane hasn’t assumed any backstage responsibilities since his return to the company earlier this year. Shane is only an on-screen talent at this point.
In another update on Shane, it was reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer that plans changed. Dave Meltzer explained it this way:
“The original plan was for him to be involved only through WrestleMania, but the reaction he got and the way tickets moved once his match was announced led to the idea of keeping him as a weekly television character and this post-Mania feud with Stephanie.”
That makes sense. If they took Shane off TV post WrestleMania it would have been understandable since he did lose to Undertaker, but the crowd response to him has been great and tickets for WrestleMania did move significantly after that Hell in a Cell match was announced. Clearly he’s well liked by the WWE Universe and he seems pretty happy to be back.
Regarding Shane’s “tell all” interview on WWE Network on May 23, the reason it’s Mick Foley interviewing him is because Steve Austin recently had shoulder surgery and will be in a sling for the next month. There’s no heat on Austin or anything like that. It’s just a matter of Foley filling in to do it.
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