For years now, WWE fans around the world complained about the constant presence of the McMahon family on television, most recently with ‘The Authority’ angle that ran on Raw because it gave Triple H and Stephanie McMahon so much screen time that could have been given to up and coming performers, so that raises a question, why is Shane McMahon getting so much spotlight with no backlash from fans? Ever since the beginning of 2017, Shane has been involved in every episode of Smackdown Live, and he was featured in two high-profile feuds. He was given major angles at WrestleMania 32 as well and Survivor Series 2016, and yet he receives no criticism like Triple H, Stephanie, and Vince have copped for the last several years. With any issue in wrestling, there are both positives and negatives to issues, so let’s take a look at both sides of this story.
On the plus side, Shane McMahon is a very exciting performer, as he is willing to take any risk to make himself and his opponent look good. Having him feud with the likes of AJ Styles and Kevin Owens makes us believe the WWE is very high on those two performers, so there is a major benefit to Shane-O Mac having these high-profile matches. The upcoming match at Hell in a Cell will likely be great, just because these are two fantastic performers, but in the case of Shane McMahon, we strongly believe the negatives heavily outweigh the positives of having him being in the spotlight so often.
As we’ve said, Shane McMahon is a great performer, but the WWE shouldn’t have to turn to him to make big stories so often. They’ve got talented performers like Tye Dillinger, Sami Zayn, Mike Bennett, and even Breezango who could use more time to flesh out their characters because there will be no future if the company can’t move on from part-timers. With Daniel Bryan playing a perfect role as SmackDown Live General Manager, we don’t even understand the need for McMahon to be there at all, but the company insists on feeding his ego and having him perform as often as possible, and it just isn’t needed.
To get to the issue at hand, why does Shane get a pass for this when so many others don’t? Shane McMahon is a baby face through and through. Fans respect what he does as a mostly untrained wrestler, and he earned their respect with so many death-defying stunts in the WWE, so fans are going to like him. But the WWE just replaced the heel authority with a face authority, so where is the outrage here? When it comes down to it, the story that The Authority was telling against Daniel Bryan was much better than anything Shane has done since his return in 2016, yet fans don’t criticize him for hogging the spotlight.
While we respect Shane, we think it’s time to stop pushing him into the big matches so often. At the end of the day, good wrestling and good story telling is something that the WWE has struggled with on a consistent basis, so if Shane can be a part of good stories, we can accept it for the most part. However, Triple H and Stephanie were also a part of great wrestling stories during their reign from 2013-2015, so it has to go one way or the other. Either fans need to be okay with all of the involvement from authority figures, or they have to be okay with none of it, and while we think Shane should definitely not be involved as much as he is, it’s very harsh for him to escape the criticism that has so often been hoisted in the direction of the rest of the McMahon family.
There is another issue to be written on at some point, and that’s the constant need for WWE to have their authority figures featuring so heavily in storylines, but there’s too much to write about that to be able to cram it all into one article, so we will leave it there in regards to Shane McMahon and the fans perception of him in comparison to his family and other authority figures.
So looking back on all these points, the question still has to be asked, why is it ok for Shane McMahon to take the spotlight if we all so heavily criticize the rest of the McMahon family for doing it? What do you think? Is Shane excusable for his constant spotlight hogging because he is a baby face, or do you believe that both/neither should be as involved as heavily as they have been over the past four to five years?
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