"HERE COMES THE MONEY!!!"
At long last, the prodigal son has returned. If you missed RAW on Monday night, then you missed arguably the biggest pop of the last year as Shane McMahon returned to television for the first time in about six years.
While it may not seem like a big deal to some of the younger folks, those of us who have been watching wrestling for a long time know how exciting Shane's return is. Sure, he's the son of Vince McMahon and Stephanie's brother, but I will make the argument that he's been one of the most exciting characters on WWE television over the last 20 years. He steals so many of the segments that he's in (as he did on Monday night) and has also put on some great matches over the years.
It's got to be very difficult for Shane to be Vince's son, which is why I applauded him when he left the company to make a name for himself in the business world, which he certainly did. He became the first CEO of China's first VOD service, You on Demand, and also sat on the board of directors for the International Sports Management agency. But after all of these years, Shane McMahon has come home.
Not only does Shane McMahon's return show us that WWE can still surprise us from time to time, but it also adds some excitement to a WrestleMania card that not everyone is too happy about thus far. It's not yet known whether Shane will stick around after WrestleMania, but we do know we'll be seeing him face The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match on wrestling's biggest stage on April 3.
So let's get you caught up on what you need to know about Shane McMahon.
15 He Started Working for WWE as a Teenager
14 He Once Screwed Over Stone Cold Steve Austin
13 He's A Former European Champion
12 His First WrestleMania Match Was 17 Years Ago
11 He Once Tried To Keep Stephanie From Dating Test
10 He's A Former Hardcore Champion
9 He Used to Party with Raven
8 He Beat Big Show In A Last Man Standing Match
7 He Stole The Show With Kurt Angle
6 He was supposed to run WWE's ECW
5 He Worked His Way Up the WWE Ladder
4 He's A Member Of The "Kiss My Ass" Club
3 He is a Savvy Business Man
After 20 years with the WWE, Shane announced his resignation in 2009 to pursue outside ventures. Rumors have popped up that Shane left due to a power struggle between he and his sister Stephanie, who Vince had said would take over the company.
2 His Last Match Was In 2009
After once again injecting himself into a family matter, this time against Randy Orton, who had viciously punted Vince in the head as part of the buildup to his WrestleMania match with Triple H. Orton would also assault Stephanie, leading Shane to enter the mix to get revenge. Shane would battle Orton on numerous occasions, including a six-man tag team match at the 2009 version of Backlash. He teamed with Triple H and Batista to take on Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, a match that saw Randy Orton win the WWE Championship. Eight days later on RAW, Shane would get into it once again with Legacy and they would use the steel steps to "break his leg", thus taking Shane off of television until his triumphant return this past Monday.
1 He Was Pegged To Run WCW
March 26, 2001 was one of the biggest nights in wrestling history. Vince McMahon had legitimately bought his competition, World Championship Wrestling, and opened that night's RAW with the stunning news. In a stunning turn of events, Shane McMahon would appear on the final episode of WCW's Monday Nitro to reveal that he, not Vince, had signed the contract to purchase the rival company. This was obviously for storyline purposes, but Shane McMahon showing up in Panama City in that ring was one of the most surreal moments the industry has ever seen.
What everyone may not know, was there were plans for Shane to actually run WCW. There were discussion of WWE running WCW on a night other than Monday and keeping the company running with Shane in charge.
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