By Kevin Christian L.Santos
Professional wrestling fans lost their damn minds and possibly peed themselves a little when Shane McMahon returned to the WWE on Monday Night Raw after six years. If you don’t know who Shane O’ Mac is, just check out the pop and reaction he receives from the crowd:
Seriously. Listen to that crowd reaction. The prodigal son is back. Shane confronts his dad Vince and sister Stephanie on the piss-poor job on how they’re handling the WWE. The segment was a lot to take in and he was able to address the real-life problems plaguing the WWE: the drop in viewership and stock, constant injuries among talent and so on. Things went full throttle when Shane declared he wanted control of the WWE, and Vince said he could on one condition. Win his Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker in Wrestlemania. If you think about it, the match is about guy with a lot of heart but not a lot of skill and he has to beat the final boss in a videogame. Yet, it’s also match pitting a fan favorite against another fan favorite that both guys can’t afford to lose.
Shane resigned from the WWE in 2009 to pursue his own interests, namely a video-on-demand company in China. Shane’s return to the WWE shows great hope in the company, as a lot of viewers have been complaining on what has become to the product they grew up watching and loving. Everyone’s hoping for the best and Shane’s return holds greater promise and hope for the WWE. Shane likewise thanked the WWE universe with his nipples hard:
Shane endeared himself to fans for being a “non-wrestler” who wasn’t afraid to take incredibly brutal beatings and put his body on the line for the sake of entertainment. After getting his ass kicked so many times, he still comes back for more. He’s like a turd that won’t flush. Or a piece of meat stuck in between your teeth that won’t just go away. So with the return of the Mac, let’s take a look at just some of the insane moments he’s had as part of the company.
8. Superplexed Off A Ladder onto a Table
Granted, this was a terrible gimmick of a match and may have been in poor taste. It was basically a glorified handicap match between Vince and Shane against Shawn and “God.” Shawn Michaels opened a can of whoopass on Shane McMahon in this clip from Saturday Night’s Main Event in 2006. This was already in the mid-2000s, and Shane has already received a lot of insane bumps and endured a ton of punishment in the years prior but he keeps coming back for more. This would be his last big stunt, and hopefully Shane will make us cheer HOLY SHIT come Wrestlemania.
7. Undertaker Delivers a Flying Chokeslam
It’s only fitting that we feature Shane’s next opponent in this list. The scene was King of the Ring 2000. It was a six-man tag team match between Kane, The Rock, and The Undertaker against Vince, Shane, and Triple H. Shane was about to do a dive from the top rope, when the American Badass Undertaker caught him by the throat and delivered a flying chokeslam all the way to the announce table outside. In this match, we saw Shane as not just the boss’s son and an entitled billion-dollar heir, but as someone willing to endure all the pain just to be able to hang with the company’s best wrestlers.
6. Father Versus Son
This was one of the best matches in the already stacked Wrestlemania X-Seven card. You’d think this match between two “non-wrestlers” would be an excuse to go to the bathroom, but think again. This was a very competitive and emotionally charged match that saw a lot of violence.
Shane had two big spots here. One, was when he attempted to do a dive onto his dad on the announce table, only for Stephanie to move the senior McMahon away, causing Shane to just crash onto the announce table. The big spot here was when he attempted a Coast-to-Coast on his dad. Shane beats Vince into a corner and puts a trashcan on his face. Shane then goes to an adjacent turnbuckle, and dropkicks the trashcan into his dad’s face.
Skip to 13:53 of the video to check it out. Icing on the cake? Mick Foley as the special guest referee adding insult to injury by beating up Vince.
5. Kurt Angle Suplexes Shane Through Glass
Shane McMahon took on Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle in the 2001 King of the Ring in a Hardcore Match. It was already a particularly brutal match that spilled outside all the way to the Titantron. Angle set up Shane for a huge spot in the match, where the Olympic champion would throw Shane through the glass and set up the pin. The glass had other plans though. As Kurt did a belly-to-back suplex on Shane towards the glass, the glass didn’t break. Shane ended up getting slammed on the glass on being dropped on his head. Did they end attempting this spot? Hell no. This is Shane we’re talking about. Kurt set up Shane once again and successfully suplexed Shane through the glass.
This match once again proved that Shane O’ Mac can hang around with the legit guys in the wrestling business, and he’s willing to take a lot of bumps to prove it.