SmackDown Live commissioner and long-time WWE legend Shane McMahon was reported to be hospitalized after jumping off the top of the cage in his Hell In a Cell match with Kevin Owens on Sunday, but now, WWE is backtracking on that report after the story went mainstream.
Similar to his stunt against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, McMahon climbed the top of the cage and tried dropping the flying elbow, only for Owens (like Undertaker), to get out of the way and cause Shane-O Mac to fall into the table. He’d lose the match (thanks to Sami Zayn helping out Owens), and was taken off on a stretcher.
After the match, WWE.com reported that McMahon “may be dealing with multiple injuries, including neck trauma, fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder.”
However, multiple outlets reported that McMahon’s injuries were far more severe than what WWE.com said. CageSideSeats.com pointed out that People’s claimed that McMahon was “rushed to the hospital after a stunt gone wrong.”
As such, WWE.com had to post a video to clear the air with fans, announcing that “Shane McMahon was released from a medical facility, and is now home resting and recuperating comfortably.”
There were obvious concerns about McMahon’s well-being after the match. The stunt is obviously extremely dangerous, and former superstar Owen Hart died after a stunt went at the Over the Edge pay-per-view in 1999.
WWE.com obviously felt inclined to provide a real update to fans, considering how risky the move was. Having McMahon’s wife and three sons there in the front row only added to the mounting concerns from some fans.
But McMahon has been pulling off these dangerous stunts throughout his career, even at the age of 47. He wouldn’t be doing them if he felt like it was unsafe and too risky to keep performing.
The fact he’s willing to sacrifice his own body for our entertainment only adds to the incredible legacy of Shane-O ‘Mac.
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