WWE has been using SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon in a more prominent role lately, giving him plenty of television time, marquee matches as well as a main event push.
McMahon won the WWE World Cup at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view back in November, much to the chagrin of countless WWE fans and pundits. He and The Miz later teamed up and briefly held the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and the push has only gotten bigger from there.
It's good for Shane and the McMahon family, but his big push apparently hasn't been sitting well with other talents, according to a report from Fightful Select (h/t Ringside News).
The report outlines that although Shane hasn't been "criticized personally," it's been "infuriating" for other superstars to see Shane O'Mac constantly take up one of the four wild card spots on Monday Night Raw.
That was the case again this week, where McMahon, Drew McIntyre and The Revival met in a VIP room backstage. The SmackDown commissioner held a small party, and throughout the night, he was featured aplenty on television. McMahon was later attacked by Roman Reigns but rescued and escorted out by McIntyre.
When McMahon returned to WWE in 2016, he was mainly used as the babyface authority figure on SmackDown. He would wrestle a handful of matches, but up until early 2019, WWE didn't give him much of a push.
After his reign with the Tag Team titles came to an end, McMahon turned on The Miz and defeated him in a singles match at WrestleMania 35. Shane has since been feuding with Reigns, whom WWE is trying to push as their main event star. Thanks to help from McIntyre, McMahon defeated Reigns at the Super ShowDown event. And given how much time he's had on television over the past couple of months, there's no sign that WWE is about to stop pushing him.
What This Means
Fair or not, the McMahon family has never hesitated to give themselves the big pushes when they've wanted it. This includes Triple H, who was recently criticized by a WWE source for regularly booking himself in top matches. WWE's TV ratings have gone down in recent months, and perhaps the belief is more television time for Shane can help change all of that. It hasn't worked up to this point, however.