The WWE recently followed up a lackluster and predictable Fastlane pay-per-view with a loaded edition of Monday Night Raw that was highlighted by the return of Shane McMahon after a more than six year absence. Shane–O-Mac left the company near the end of 2009 to pursue other ventures and build a business legacy of his own and many people wondered if they would ever see him inside a WWE ring again. Well the Prodigal Son did return and he returned with a bang.
The episode of Raw kicked off with Vince McMahon heading to the ring to present the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award to his daughter Stephanie when the segment was interrupted by a returning Shane who proclaimed that his sister did not deserve the award. Shane stated that he was sick of sitting on the sidelines and watching Stephanie and Triple H run Raw into the ground and claimed to have something to hold over his father's head. Vince told Shane he could have control of Raw, on one condition: He just has to win one match, against The Undertaker, at WrestleMania, inside Hell in a Cell.
Shane McMahon's return and his match with The Undertaker is a clearly transparent ploy to prop up a WrestleMania that is seriously lacking in star power due to a number of injuries to the company's biggest superstars.
Shane McMahon has won his place in the hearts of fans over the years primarily for his willingness to get in the ring and sacrifice his body in ways that no other WWE executive and few superstars ever would, providing us with some of wrestling's craziest moments.
15 Shane Joins An Exclusive Club
Beginning in 2001 the WWE would occasionally air a segment in which Vince McMahon would induct a superstar into the "Kiss My Ass Club". The superstar would have to pucker up and kiss Mr. McMahon's bare buttocks or risk hearing the words, "You're Fired". How the concept ever saw the light of day is mind boggling, but it did and continued to be used until 2008.
14 Austin Covers The McMahons In Ladders
13 Getting Superplexed Off The Top Of A Ladder Through Two Tables
12 Leap off the Cage
11 The Leap Of Faith
10 Being Chokeslammed Through A Table
9 Getting Electrocuted By Kane
8 Pushing Kane Into A Fire
7 Jumping Off An Ambulance
Shane McMahon's feud with Kane culminated with a Last Man Standing match at Unforgiven followed by the first ever ambulance match at Survivor Series. The object of the latter bout was to beat your opponent to the point that you could put him into the back of the ambulance and close the doors. During the match, Shane executed his signature coast to coast maneuver by jumping off the top of the ambulance into a trash can placed in front of Kane's face.
6 Beating Down Randy Orton
5 Coast To Coast
WrestleMania X-Seven was arguably the greatest 'Mania in history. The event featured a title match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, the second ever TLC match, a Triple H vs. The Undertaker match, and a father vs. son match pitting Shane McMahon against Vince in a street fight. The pivotal point in the match came when Linda McMahon awoke from her coma to kick her husband in the "McMahon family jewels". Special guest referee Mick Foley then put a beat down on Vince McMahon to set Shane up for his WrestleMania moment.
4 Shane Jumps Off The Titantron, Part Two
3 Shane's First Jump Off The Titantron
2 The 50 Foot Drop
1 Kurt Angle Drops Shane On His Head
We've seen Shane McMahon dive through tables, jump off an ambulance, and drop 40 feet, but the biggest bump of his career came at the 2001 King of the Ring. Shane-O Mac was involved in a street-fight with Kurt Angle that featured many hardcore moments. Midway through the match the two combatants made their way up the ramp and towards the stage. Shane delivered a suplex to Angle on the ramp floor that left the Olympic gold medalist with a chipped tailbone. Shortly thereafter, a spot in the match called for Angle to deliver and belly to belly suplex to Shane and put him through the stage glass. However, Angle didn't have the strength to deliver the maneuver with full force. The glass failed to shatter and Shane landed on his head on the cement floor. He lied there for just a few seconds before Angle repeated the maneuver, this time successfully shattering the glass. When it came time for Angle to put Shane through the glass from the other side, the glass failed to break again and eventually Angle opted to throw Shane head first through the glass.
Since their infamous bout, Angle has said in multiple interviews that the set was supposed to contain sugar glass, a type of stunt glass so fragile that no pyrotechnics were used that night out of fear of breaking it, but someone accidentally ordered plexiglass instead. That mistake ended up putting both Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon in the hospital that night and provided the craziest moment of Shane's career.
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