In case you missed Monday Night RAW (if you did, read Gabby’s RAW Recap), I have some GREAT news… SHANE O-MAC IS BACK! Some of you who are new to the world of wrestling may be wondering why this is a big deal. The eldest McMahon sibling left the squared circle in 2009 to start his own ventures only to return seven years later to be booked in a Hell in a Cell Match with The Undertaker for control of Monday Night RAW. We can debate wether this match truly is “best for business” or how creative will go around booking an actual “loser” for this match at a later time, but right now, let’s focus on the gloriousness that is Shane Brandon McMahon.
McMahon is a two-time title holder in the WWE. He won the European Championship from X-Pac on the February 15, 1999 edition of RAW is War and “successfully” defended defended it against X-Pac in a rematch at Wrestlemania XV. He then retired as the European Champion on the April 4, 1999 episode of Sunday Night Heat. McMahon also won the Hardcore Championship after pinning Steve Blackman at RAW is War on August 21, 2000 during the 24/7 era of the belt. Then Commissioner Mick Foley suspended the 24/7 rule while McMahon was champion so he could defend the title against Blackman six days later at SummerSlam. McMahon lost the title in a classic match that just shows how much sports entertainment runs through his blood.
Sure, McMahon is 46, but I have a feeling that unless something happens with creative and he chooses a proxy to represent him (paging the Doctor of Thuganomics), we should see flashes of the Shane O-Mac that we all know and love. He would not leave his day job unless he had something left in the tank.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Shane McMahon’s work, here are my top 10 highlights of Shane O-Mac’s career.
10. RAW is War/WCW Monday Nitro- March 26, 2001
Shane McMahon Purchases WCW
On March 26, 2001, Vincent Kennedy McMahon finally put the nail in the coffin on the Monday Night Wars when he purchased WCW… or so he thought. While he was in the ring gloating about how he beat Ted Turner on the RAW is War/WCW simulcast, The “No Chance in Hell” music hits, but no one comes out underneath the TitanTron in Cleveland, Ohio. Instead, Shane McMahon walks out of the Boardwalk Beach Resort and Club La Vela in Panama City, Florida, the site of the last WCW Monday Nitro, and into the middle of a WCW ring. The rest… well, it’s television gold.
9. Wrestlemania X7- April 1, 2001
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon: Street Fight
Disclaimer: This is my favorite Shane McMahon match… ever. However, in order to set up the rest of the matches, I put this match at number 9 because many of the moves Shane uses in this match resurface in other matches. A little backstory… Vince McMahon was furious with then Commissioner Mick Foley over booking a six-man Hell in the Cell match for Armageddon 2000. However, Mick had the full support of Linda McMahon, the WWF CEO. Not liking the decisions his wife was making, Vince demanded a divorce from Linda. Shortly afterward, Linda was rushed to the hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. To Vince’s delight, the WWF Board of Directors made Vince CEO. He fired Mick Foley and began a public affair with Trish Stratus while wheeling his comatose wife to the ring every week and making her watch. In the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, power got to Vince’s head and he made Trish get down on her hands and knees and bark like a dog, strip down to her lingerie in the ring and, you know, other WWF Attitude Era schinangins. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley even got in on the action and helped her father reel havoc on Trish, Linda and the WWF. Shane, not pleased with the events that were unfolding in the WWF, challenged his father to a street fight at Wrestlemania. The Monday before Wrestlemania, Shane bought WCW out from under Vince and showed up in Panama City as Vince was telling Ted Turner to deliver the contract to Wrestlemania. Things got worse that night as Mick Foley reappeared and told Vince that Linda signed multiple contracts for him before her breakdown which included the opportunity for him to be the guest referee at a Wrestlemania match of his choosing. Of course he chose the Shane vs. Vince Street Fight. As for the match itself… watch the highlights and see why Shane O-Mac is an awesome human being.
8. SummerSlam- August 22, 1999
Shane McMahon vs. Test: Love Her or Leave Her Street Fight
With Vince and Shane reclaiming 100 percent ownership of the WWF from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shane turned his sights on Test, who was dating Stephanie. Disappointed that Stephanie would date below the standards of the McMahon Family, Shane, along with the Mean Street Posse, reeked havoc on Test. It all culminated in a “Love Her or Leave Her Street Fight” at SummerSlam 1999. The stipulations of this match stated that if Shane won, Test would break up with Stephanie. However, if Test won, Shane would give the relationship his blessing. Shane and the Mean Street Posse left it all in the ring. Check out these magnificent highlights. (Apologies for the Creed remix. It’s the only highlight reel I could find. You may want to watch it on mute.)
7. No Way Out- February 15, 2009
Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton: No Holds Barred Match
The rivalry between the McMahon Family and Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr.) was a solid storyline in 2009. Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon in the head and won the Royal Rumble. Shane tried to defend the McMahon Family honor by taking on Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred Match at No Way Out. The result did not go Shane’s way, but he did put on a match worthy to be in this list.
6. Unforgiven- September 17, 2006
Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon and Big Show vs. DX: Handicapped Hell in a Cell Match
In one of the many feuds between Vince McMahon and D-Generation X, Vince ordered DX to take on himself, Shane and the Big Show in the first handicapped Hell in a Cell Match. DX walked away with victory in one of the bloodiest Hell in a Cell matches in WWE history, but Shane had his super human moments.
5. Survivor Series- November 16, 2003
Shane McMahon vs. Kane: Ambulance Match
Shane McMahon and Kane had a feud that lasted for much of the second half of 2003. On June 23, Kane lost his mask after Triple H defeated him in a “Mask vs. Title Match” on Raw. After he was unmasked, Kane went on a rampage which included sitting Jim Ross on fire and Tombstone pile driving Linda McMahon. This made Shane furious and caused him take on Kane. They fought in a Last Man Standing Match at Unforgiven (more on that one later) and had a rematch at Survivor Series. The highlights are pretty amazing.
4. SummerSlam- August 27, 2000
Shane McMahon (c) vs. Steve Blackman: Hardcore Championship Match
As previously noted, Shane McMahon defeated Steve Blackman for the Hardcore Championship at RAW is War six days before SummerSlam. Mick Foley suspended the 24/7 rule which set up this match for wrestling’s biggest summer event. The hardcore match was your typical hardcore match until this moment, which I posted above. This is the match that I like to call “the match where Shane O-Mac decided to start jumping off things.”
3. Unforgiven- September 21, 2003
Shane McMahon vs. Kane: Last Man Standing Match
I set this feud up in number 5. This was actually the first match between Shane and Kane, and just like the first movie is usually better than the sequel, this match is better than the ambulance match. Why would you say that, Bilbs? It’s simple. Unlike the ambulance match, Shane O-Mac jumps off the set again in this match.
2. Backlash- April 29, 2001
Shane McMahon vs. Big Show: Last Man Standing Match
After Shane’s victory at Wrestlemania X7, the new WCW Chairman wanted to make a splash for his new company. He tried to lure the Big Show away from the WWF, but Vince convinced the seven foot giant to stay with him. In order to impress the boss, the Big Show chokeslammed Shane, which led to weekly attacks between the WWF superstar and the WCW chairman. This culminated into a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash. This is one of the few matches where Shane O-Mac came away with the W thanks to Test and this great jump off the TitanTron.
1. King of the Ring- June 24, 2001
Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle: Street Fight
The Monday after Judgement Day, Shane McMahon interrupted Kurt Angle’s medal ceremony to tease WCW’s return and mocked the Olympian. Angle retaliated by hitting the Angle Slam on Shane. The following Monday, Shane hit the Angle Slam on Kurt, causing the two to set up a street fight at King of the Ring.
This is what i like to call the “Shane O-Mac is a freak” match. All these previous matches prove that Shane will put his body on the line and do whatever it takes in the name of sports entertainment, but this match takes it to a whole new level. I could explain the match, but words will do it no justice. If you only watch one of these highlight videos, YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS ONE!
I encourage you to watch these matches in their entirety on the WWE Network. You will not be disappointed.
Shane McMahon at the 2011 U.S. Open
This highlight has nothing to do with wrestling, but Shane McMahon hung out with Rory McIlory and his father during McIlory’s 2011 U.S. Open victory at Congressional. If that isn’t awesome, then who knows what awesome means.