The McMahon family is a dynasty in the field of professional wrestling, stretching from when Jesse McMahon started organizing wrestling promotions in the early 1900’s. The most successful of the family was to be Vincent Kennedy McMahon who built the WWE into an extremely popular show which attracted millions. Vince’s success drove his children in Stephanie and Shane into aiming to carry on the family heritage onto newer heights as they soon joined in on the action in their early adult years. Both were pivotal to so many historic storylines which made the company what it is today and had to do a lot of work both behind the scenes as well as on-screen to make their family product attractive to the millions watching.
Shane and Stephanie have led quite different lifestyles but have remained quite close even through the difficult years for the company and there are some aspects of their lives which not many know about. Not only have both been quite avidly involved in the family business from quite early in their lives, but have grown their lives out doing numerous works for the company and helping their father build an empire. They also went on to use their popularity to venture into their own personal journeys, but in the end always returned home.
There are so many things which both Shane and Stephanie do backstage which we don’t know about, as they have advertised the company brilliantly throughout the years and helped to develop it into what it is today. From participating in on-screen angles and forming some memorable characters and storylines as the villainous Mr. McMahon’s children to helping to bring WWE to the world stage through endless PR and promotion of the product. Here are some things which you probably didn’t know about Shane and Stephanie McMahon.
15 15. Stephanie Kicked A Kid Who Said Wrestling Was Fake
When a person says that wrestling is fake to wrestling fans, it definitely gets under our skins. So it’s rather obvious to imagine how the daughter of the owner of a wrestling empire would feel if someone said that to her. A 13-year old Stephanie definitely did not take it well when a kid at her school said that her father’s product was “fake” as she hit the kid. In an interview, Stephanie admitted to kicking a kid in the shins for saying that wrestling was fake: "It wasn't until I was a little older and the other kids tried to make fun of me that I realized my situation was a little different - I actually kicked a kid in the shins for saying wrestling was fake!"
14 14. Shane Essentially Raised Stephanie
It must’ve been a rather difficult and different childhood for both Stephanie and Shane as Vince and Linda McMahon were rarely at home as they were trying to build this company into an empire as one can imagine how Steph and Shane had to look out for each other with their parents being so busy. Stephanie accredits Shane to essentially raising her to be the strong, independent woman she is now and has spoken of the bonding between them even now.
13 13. Shane’s Wife Used To Work For WWE
Shane McMahon’s wife also used to work for the WWE and appeared in WWE TV as well after marrying Shane in 1996. Marissa Mazzola McMahon was the co-host of WWE show LiveWire when it premiered in September 1996 (the same month when she married Shane). She would also appear in WWE in numerous interviews and was a backstage interviewer herself for a point of time during the Attitude Era. Marissa would also be responsible for overseeing the PR relations of WWE as she blended into the McMahon family business quickly after becoming a part of the family.
12 12. Stephanie Was 13 When She Started Working for WWE
It is really no surprise that Vince McMahon is Stephanie's idol as she has stated in so many interviews over the years. Ever since she was a child, Stephanie dreamed of joining her father’s business and she was 13 when she started doing stuff for the WWE. Stephanie appeared in the WWE merchandise catalog, modeling T-shirts and hats at the age of 13 and she admits to being an avid follower of the product as she went to various live events and learned how the business worked, aspiring to be like her father as soon as she laid eyes on his product.
11 11. Shane is Very Good Friends With Brock Lesnar Outside The Ring
Though they haven’t really collided inside a WWE ring, Shane McMahon and wife Marissa are actually really good friends with Brock Lesnar and Sable. Shane’s eldest son Decland attended Little League baseball and softball and Youth USA Wrestling with Brock’s eldest son Brock Jr., and the two personalities became pretty close from there. Since then, they’ve remained close friends with the Lesnars as the two families often visit each other during the summer and like to go on vacations together as well.
10 10. Stephanie’s Favorite Wrestler Was Andre The Giant
9 9. Shane Used To Party With Raven
Who knew that Shane O’Mac was a wild party guy who used to go all in when trying to have a good time? And who’d he find to party with? Raven. That's right, the ECW original who ruled the hardcore scene in both WCW and WWE was Shane's wingman when it came to partying it up.
8 8. Stephanie Is The Only Woman To Pin The Rock
Stephanie actually had quite a good career as a competitor in the WWE, holding the Women’s title despite not being a professional wrestler. But very few probably remember Stephanie pinning The Rock in a match on RAW during the "Invasion" angle. The Rock was in a handicap match against Test and Stephanie when Booker T and Shane McMahon interfered as the three took the 'Great One" down. With The Brahma Bull down and out, the three invited Stephanie to pin The Rock to humiliate him further. Stephanie actually pinned him and even though it probably won’t be remembered, it’s pretty surreal to think this even happened regardless of the circumstances.
7 7. They’ve Both Written For WWE
6 6. Shane Originally Designed WWE.Com
5 5. Many Were Against Stephanie Marrying Triple H
4 4. Shane Started Off As A Referee In The WWE
Vince McMahon must have wanted his son to scratch and claw his way to the top of the food chain in his company, as Shane started off his WWE career as a referee going by the name of Shane Stevens. Shane started referring from as early as 1989, and was a referee for the 1991 Royal Rumble match. After being an official inside the ring, he would leave it to become an official backstage as he was visibly trying to break up a storyline brawl between Ric Flair and Randy Savage at WrestleMania VIII.
3 3. Stephanie Is Actually A Very Charitable Person
2 2. Shane Has His Own Business Ventures
1 1. Stephanie Said "NO" To One Of Vince’s Craziest Story Ideas
Vince McMahon has a lot of ideas going on in his brilliant brain of his, but some of them turn out to be pretty disgusting. One such crazy idea Vince pulled out of his hat was to run an incest angle on daughter Stephanie (pregnant at the time carrying Triple H’s and her child) claiming himself to be the father of Stephanie’s child. Stephanie instantly said no to such an angle as Vince tried to counter-offer her of Shane being the father in a different case, which was turned down by Steph as well. Vince was reportedly livid with this and apparently threatened to fire Stephanie as well, but things mellowed down and everything was scrapped for the greater good, because no one wants to see a McMahon incest angle at all!
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