Wrestling / Shane McMahon

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Shane Brandon McMahon is the eldest of Vince McMahon's children, and like his sister Stephanie, has been heavily involved with Professional Wrestling ever since young adulthood. He spent over twenty years with WWE, working his way up from ring crew to referee to wrestler to GM-figure.

He is one of the only fourth-generation wrestlers, and was the former head of Global Media for WWE before leaving in early 2010 to become the CEO of an Asian internet company as well as part of the Board of Directors of a sports management firm. In 2016 he returned to the company and the spotlight, initially being put in charge of WWE Raw together with Stephanie, before Vince decided to split the brands, leaving Stephanie in charge of Raw and putting Shane in command of WWE SmackDown!.

That Other Wiki has an article about his life and career here.

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  • Action Survivor: Despite wrestling in a few matches, Shane doesn't consider himself a wrestler and while he's best known for jumping off high places, his best actual skill is probably getting out of holds.
  • Badass Family: The McMahons.
  • Badass Normal: The son of the boss who can hold his own in the ring against trained wrestlers, and sometimes even win? Yeah, he qualifies.
  • Benevolent Boss: The word from inside the industry is that Shane is easily the best member of the McMahon family to work for.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The one guaranteed way to piss Shane off is attack his mother. He attacked Triple H when he tried to Pedigree Linda, despite them both being on the side of the McMahon-Helmsley Regime; turned on Vince after his abuse had left Linda catatonic; and was out for Kane's blood when he tombstoned Linda.
    • As a face, he's generally portrayed as protective of his family—though not unwilling to confront them on their BS.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's usually protective of his baby sister, once saving her from Randy Orton's Punt Kick by taking it with his back.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Stephanie as owner of WCW during the Alliance storyline.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a long hiatus, he finally returned to the WWE and called out his father and sister on the February 22, 2016 edition of Raw, challenging them for the control of Raw. Vince would grant him control, but as always, there was a catch — he had to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Inside Hell in a Cell. With Taker's career on the line.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Vince if they're not on the same side.
  • The Cameo: Has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it part in the 2002 film Rollerball. He's the CEO Paul Heyman's character says hello to when coming into the arena for the first time.
    • Has made a lot of these at recent PGA championships; his company is a major supporter of certain PGA golfers.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He was considered for giving the Hong Kong Dub to Taka Michinoku's famous Kaientai promos, but it ultimately went to Brother Love and Tom Pritchard.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: When he's a heel.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: February 22, 2016, the night he came back to Raw.
  • Dance Battler: One of his signature taunts - which he freely admits he stole from Muhammad Ali - is dancing and weaving from side to side, swinging his arms, and then punching whoever he's fighting in the face. The dance, which he does during his entrance as well, has been dubbed "The Shane-O Shuffle".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shane doesn't even need to talk to get this aspect across. His utterly deadpan reaction to Vince calling out God was to give Vince a "WTF" look and take a single, but significant, step back.
  • Death from Above: Shane probably could've been a great cruiserweight in another life. From elbow drops off the top rope onto the announcer's table, to coast-to-coast missile dropkicks to an elbow drop off the top of the titantron.
    • Taken to its absolute with his performance at WrestleMania 32: Jumping from top of the Hell in A Cell cage - 20 feet! He missed his mark though, but goes to show how ballsy he can get. This is five feet higher than the one that almost killed Mick Foley and Shane was 13 years older when he did it.
  • The Dragon: To his father when both are heels.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Pulled it off on his father twice, first, in The Corporate Ministry, and second during the InVasion storyline.
      • It was actually subverted with that first example, as it was later revealed that Shane was actually still The Dragon to Vince the whole time, as Vince was the Higher Power that masterminded the whole plot to kidnap Stephanie just to show "Stone Cold" Steve Austin how far he was willing to go to screw with him.
    • This was actually an aspect of Shane's character in the early days, as he was built up to be the "heir" to Vince's throne in the future in kayfabe and in real life. It wound up being apparently subverted though as Vince is still running WWE and Shane has resigned from his position, though only time will tell whether this is truly the case.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Harming Linda is his biggest Berserk Button. Case in point in one storyline when Stephanie and Linda exchange slaps, and then Triple H tries to put the Pedigree on Linda. Shane immediately attacked Triple H, though they were both on the same side against her.
  • Family Business: Wrestling, until he left to pursue outside ventures, at least.
  • Finishing Move: Both of his involve jumping from high places: The Coast to Coast, a missile dropkick from the top turnbuckle in one corner to an opponent in a neighboring corner (generally done by kicking a trash can in front of them), and the Leap of Faith, a diving elbow from any high place.
  • Garbage Wrestler/Spot Monkey: He pretty much did crazy spots and big bumps and not much more...
    • ...up to a certain point. By the time he came back in 2016, he was willingly showing his age (46). Then he was shown training to prepare himself to go up against the nearly-unbeatable: a Wrestlemania Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker. By the time the match ended, he showed himself to be legitimate, reversing Hell's Gate into a sharpshooter, and then the Tombstone Piledriver into a chokehold.
  • Genius Bruiser: A much better GM than his sister and a significantly better wrestler, he's also responsible for much of the development in the 2000's of the WWE's online presence, which has been noted to be cutting-edge and innovative. WWE.com was doing streaming video and forums right well before many other websites.
  • Good Counterpart: Behind the scenes, Vince is still booking the show. Except now he's appealing to the hardcore fans—while pretending that Shane is behind it all. (Wrestling.)

    It's a brilliant move: They decided to take a risk in 2016 and change the direction of the show, so if for some reason this doesn't work, on TV at least they can blame it on Shane.
  • Groin Attack: One of his more infamous WWE moments involved a rather unfortunate encounter with Kane, a car battery, and a set of jumper cables.
  • Guy Posse: The Mean Street Posse. They'd wanted Shane to have an entourage for his feud with Test and were going to use some indy wrestlers. Shane convinced the bookers that his actual high-school best friends could be more annoying than anyone they cast. He was right.
  • He's Back: Shane returned to the WWE after a nearly seven year absence and returned in a huge way and with a huge pop.
  • High School Sweethearts / First Girl Wins / Victorious Childhood Friend: Married the first girl he'd ever dated, Marissa. They actually used to live across the street from each other.
  • How Much More Can He Take: Pretty standard in Shane matches. His Street Fight with Kurt Angle in 2001 was a double How Much More Can He Take, considering the spots with the glass.
    • To elaborate, "the spots with the glass" refers to Kurt attempting to Belly to Belly-suplex Shane through the panes of glass used for the set. Apparently, they hadn't gotten the right type of Plexiglass and the glass refused to break. Shane took a hellacious Belly to belly suplex and landed on his head. He told Kurt to suplex him again, and the glass broke. Then when they tried to do the same spot back out onto the ramp, the glass didn't break again. Kurt reportedly tried to stop the match, but Shane (who was close friends with Kurt in real life) told him they'd never get the chance to do this again. Kurt suplexed Shane through, and that shot of Shane going through the glass the final time has become iconic, used for years as the very first shot of the Smackdown video package.
    • To elaborate further: When Shane was bouncing off the Plexiglass, he was landing neck-and-noggin first on the concrete floor.
    • Then came his Hell in A Cell match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 where he tried to do his elbow drop through the announcers table onto Taker, willingly doing it from the top of the 20ft cell. But as Shane jumped, Taker managed to roll out of the way, causing Shane to crash onto the table, literally silencing the 100,000+ in attendance who was just cheering for him as he made the jump, enough to make them sincerely worry he might have gone too far and killed himself as the refs and medics went to check him out. Even THE UNDERTAKER was in shock at this till Shane finally showed signs of life and even gave him two "Bring it on" hand gestures, even knowing he was clearly out of it.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Right-handed, but throws left-handed punches. Opponents get a nice surprise when they attempt to grab his left hand, and Shane goes and uses his actual dominant hand.
  • I Have the High Ground: Ranging from a simple turnbuckle to the top of the big-ass screen used as WWE's set, the Titantron. Jumping off high places is Shane's hat.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a trash can for his Coast-to-Coast Van Terminator.
  • It Runs in the Family: You might not know this, but there were other McMahons in wrestling. Some of them were even related to this one.
  • Keet: Especially in his younger days. There were many, many jokes made about Shane needing to switch to decaf.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: At various points in time in regards to Stephanie. It depended on the era if Shane would take the unlucky sod who hurt his baby sister and beat him to a bloody pulp, or if he'd watch from the sidelines and leave her there.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In his early Corporation days, he was a carbon-copy of Vince.
  • Long Bus Trip: Resigned from WWE to "pursue other interests" (becoming the CEO of an Asian internet corporation, a short foray into producing with UFC), his absence hasn't been explained on television.
  • Manly Tears: He wipes away a few during his return in 2016, due to the overwhelmingly warm response from the crowd.
  • Momma's Boy: Generally, as a face.
  • Money Song: Here comes the money!
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Before his final confrontation with Kane at Survivor Series 2003, he invited Kane to a fancy restaurant so that they could issue their final threats over dinner.
  • Older Than They Look: Always tended to look about 5-10 years below his actual age, and still would today if he hadn't let his hair fully gray out.
  • Only Sane Man: As a face, usually toward Vince. Taken to hilarious, Screw This, I'm Outta Here! extremes during the "McMahon Family Portrait", where Shane simply bailed rather than witness any more of what was going on.
  • Overlord Jr.: In-character.
  • Power Stable: The Corporation, and the Corporate Ministry.
  • Put on a Bus: Left the company in 2010, and didn't return until 2016.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The most reasonable of the McMahon family, in or out of character.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When he's a heel.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When he's a heel.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: When he's not wrestling. Shane can wear the hell out of a suit.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Both in and out of the ring, Shane is the more level-headed businessman to Stephanie's spotlight-loving occasional Yandere.
  • Smug Snake: Can get this way as a heel.
  • Spanish Announcers Table: His elbow-drop from the top turnbuckle onto a prone Test on the table has become synonymous with the Spanish Announcers Table bump, and one of the most infamous examples.
  • Spot Monkey: Shane is famous for this in his matches, doing all kinds of outlandish things that only the most extreme wrestlers would do (including jumping off the very top of the Titantron). Probably hits Doing It for the Art considering his role with the company during all his biggest moments was as the Executive Vice-President of Global Media, which means he didn't have to go even half as far as he did just for the sake of the product.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: In a fit of genre blindness, thought he had finished off Kane after kicking him into a dumpster that was lit on fire.
  • The Starscream:
    • His Wham Line kick-start to the InVasion storyline, revealing he'd bought WCW right out from under his father.
    • Subverted during the Higher Power storyline, when it seemed at first that Shane had turned against Vince to join forces with The Undertaker, only for it to be revealed that Vince was the Greater Power giving them orders and it was all part of his plan.
  • Villainous Underdog: Like most McMahons, Shane is a performer and businessman rather than a proper wrestler. However he stands out among the others just for the sheer valour and legitimate skill he shows in the ring against the actual roster, often even when he's a heel. Sometimes fans are actually left rooting for Shane just for all the extreme measures he takes just to get some upper hand.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice has deepened noticeably since his 2016 return.
  • Warrior Prince: Being the son of WWE's owner, he can be considered as such.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: What Shane was rumored to be for several years, at least up until he departed from the company. A lot of wrestlers talk about how they somewhat resented Shane for his ridiculous spots because it raised the bar to impossible heights. At the same time, they pitied him because Shane, as the boss's son, was just trying to get the respect of his father. Considering how much of a workaholic Vince is and reports of how favored Stephanie is with their father, that's hardly surprising.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: His signature weapon are Singapore canes, which he freely admits he embraced due to Mick Foley's use of it.
  • Worthy Opponent: After his unbelievable plunge from the top of the Hell Cell onto The Undertaker (sadly just missing him) he continued to tell the stunned Undertaker to Bring It even when he was obviously completely done. Undertaker lightly patted Shane on the cheek before planting him with the Tombstone to end the match.
  • Wrestling Family: Randy Orton's Legacy tried to get on his good side on the basis they were all from wrestling families. Shane was having none of it, and reminded them that they might be third-generation Superstars, but he's fourth-generation.

Alternative Title(s): Shane Mc Mahon

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