Shane McMahon has called himself the "best in the world" for about a year. He entered the Best in the World Tournament at the last minute and won it without putting in much effort. Since then, each time he calls himself by that title, many fans groan. It's one they don't feel he deserves.
While Shane may be far from the best wrestler on the planet, that doesn't mean he's bad at what he does. Shane has put on some great matches throughout his career. From surprisingly solid technical encounters to hardcore spectacles, Shane has done it all and tangled with the best. Here are our picks for his best matches ever.
10 Shane McMahon Vs. Steve Blackman - SummerSlam 2000
The Hardcore Title was kind of a perfect fit for Shane McMahon. He's usually at his best in an environment where he can have wild matches filled with weapons and wacky stunts. Capturing the title made him the target for the former champion Steve Blackman and set up this battle.
This wasn't a long match but it was a fun one. Blackman was the tough guy and McMahon was the coward. Each time Blackman got his hands on his foe, he beat him down. The most memorable part was when McMahon scurried up the side of the entrance stage. Blackman followed and knocked him some 50 feet to the ground. It was an incredible moment.
9 Daniel Bryan And Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens And Sami Zayn - WrestleMania 34
For just about two years, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan ran the SmackDown brand. They butted heads at times, but it was mostly civil. When it was time for Bryan to return to the ring, Shane was the man he wanted to be his partner against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
The match went down on the grandest stage of them all. As soon as things got started, Bryan was taken out of action. That left Shane on his own to do his best against two tough opponents. Bryan eventually got back into the fray and the two combined to overcome the odds and win.
8 The Miz And Shane McMahon vs. The Usos - Fastlane 2019
The team of Shane McMahon and the Miz was a duo that worked out way better than anyone ever expected. Their chemistry was on point and putting them up against arguably the best tag team in wrestling history was the perfect recipe.
The Usos got a shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against Shane and the Miz in Miz's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The action was great and this match was about 15 minutes of strong tag team wrestling. The Usos prevailed and Shane responded by turning on Miz.
7 Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon - WrestleMania X-Seven
Sometimes, you don't need fancy offense or crisp wrestling skills to have a great match. At WrestleMania X-Seven, Shane McMahon faced his father in a clash filled with hatred. Shane wanted revenge for everything his dad ever did.
The family members waged a war in front of over 60,000 fans at the Astrodome. It was sports entertainment at its finest. Weapons were used. Mick Foley was the guest referee. Trish Stratus brawled with Stephanie McMahon. Linda McMahon stood up and made her husband pay for his actions. Eventually, Shane won with an impressive coast to coast dropkick.
6 Shane McMahon vs. Test - SummerSlam 1999
This was the first time we really got a sense of how accomplished Shane McMahon was as a performer. To this point, he had just played the role of a phony tough guy who was in over his head. When Test began dating his sister Stephanie, Shane didn't approve and challenged Test to this "Love Her or Leave Her" match.
Again, this was a brawl, and that's where Shane is at his best. He was outmatched against the seven-footer but didn't back down. Shane threw everything he could at Test to stop the wedding. Alas, Test proved to be too much for him, but Shane earned his respect and that of everyone who watched.
5 Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon - Hell In A Cell 2017
For most of 2019, Shane McMahon has been at odds with Kevin Owens, but this isn't their first time playing rivals. In 2017, the roles were reversed. McMahon was the fan favorite and Owens was the hated villain. Their feud took them to a dangerous place inside the Hell in a Cell structure.
What followed was a battle that nearly lasted 40 minutes. The action was relentless throughout and the fight moved to the top of the cell. Once there, viewers were terrified that the cage would break, adding a level of tension that was almost unheard of. McMahon tried his signature diving elbow off the cell, only to crash and burn, which led to his loss.
4 The Miz vs. Shane McMahon - WrestleMania 35
After Shane McMahon brutally attacked Miz in front of his father and hometown, they embarked on a lengthy rivalry. The high point came at WrestleMania in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
These matches, needless to say, are usually best when the competitors are barely in the ring. Sure enough, McMahon and Miz spent next to no time in the ring, taking their scuffle all around the arena. They fought through the crowd, into the concession stands, and more. Miz risked it all with an astonishing superplex off a scaffolding. It backfired, though, because McMahon landed on Miz and got the win, even though his opponent was out cold.
3 AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon - WrestleMania 33
As noted, Shane McMahon is someone you want to see have a crazy match. A situation where he can use weapons or jump off of someplace high is what we want from him. His feud with AJ Styles didn't set him on a course to do any of those things. Their match officially opened WrestleMania 33 and was a straight wrestling match.
No nonsense, no frills, and no gimmicks. Just AJ Styles and Shane McMahon going at it in a pure wrestling match. AJ clearly had the upper hand, but Shane proved that he could more than hold his own. He kept coming at AJ and nearly won on a few occasions. AJ was ultimately too much for him, but this was another case of McMahon earning respect in defeat.
2 Team WCW vs. Team WWF - Survivor Series 2001
There were a lot of problems with the infamous invasion angle from 2001. WCW and ECW teaming up against the WWE (then WWF) was a dream for many fans. It became a reality after WWE bought the other two companies, but this feud lacked the star power we all wanted from it. Things ended up just being more McMahon family drama.
That being said, the storyline ended with a bang. Team WCW (Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Shane McMahon) took on Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show) put on an incredible show in a stellar match. It remains one of the best Survivor Series matches in history.
1 Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon - King of the Ring 2001
This isn't just the best match of Shane McMahon's career. It might be a top five match in Kurt Angle's career too, which is saying something considering Angle's place among the greats in history. You might expect Angle to get a straight wrestling match out of Shane the way AJ Styles did in 2017.
Nope. Angle and Shane had one of the most violent matches in WWE history. Watching Angle dump Shane on his head repeatedly while trying to suplex him through glass was sickening. Both men proved how tough they were in this unbelievable outing.