As the fall out from the 2022 Royal Rumble continues it has now been reported that Shane McMahon clashed with Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon over his role in the match.
The aftermath of the 2022 Royal Rumble has been anything but pretty for a number of people involved, particularly Shane McMahon. Despite only returning to the company in the men’s Rumble match it has been Shane O’Mac has already left, amid speculation about his role in putting the match itself together.
While it had already been reported that McMahon had been “unprofessional” backstage, more details have now come to light. Including suggestions that Shane clashed with both Brock Lesnar and his father Vince McMahon over the creative direction of the match.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that Shane had only been featuring with the company as a talent, and is not being positioned to eventually take over the company.
“Shane McMahon never had an official title with the company as he didn’t work behind-the-scenes, but does have a talent contract. While people fantasize about his being the guy to take over from Vince, something he probably figured was his birth-right, nothing has changed since 2009 when he left the company because that was not going to happen. While he has appeared as talent on television and even as an authority figure on Smackdown, his only role in the company since leaving was as talent.”
With regard to the Royal Rumble in particular, Meltzer reiterated that the plan in the ring was for Shane to be a surprise entrant in the Rumble match and then compete at Elimination Chamber and then WrestleMania. While backstage he worked as a producer on the men’s Rumble match. This was something he’d done in the past going back to Pat Patterson’s time working on the match, and in the last two years, despite not being a regular producer.
However, on this occasion, his involvement led to many complaints from those also involved in the match.
“He was brought back this year as well, but there were many complaints about how he wanted to build the match around himself and issues involving co-producer James Gibson (Jamie Noble). “Every single story you’ve already heard, multiplied many times over,” was said by one person close to the situation. “He was unprofessional the likes of which left VKM (Vincent Kennedy McMahon) no options but to fire him.”
It was said that Shane wanted to position himself as the focal point of the match, something which put him at odds with Brock Lesnar and Vince.
“Others noted that he wanted to build the ending of the match around himself and be a featured player in the match, was visibly very unhappy when his match ideas were shot down by his father, and was not professional with Gibson and talked down to people.
There were also disagreements regarding he and Lesnar regarding the closing stages of the match, and Lesnar pretty much does exactly what he wants. But this led to people being told one thing and then another, between Shane’s ideas, what Lesnar wanted, and what Vince wanted.
It was constantly changing all day and Vince was overruling Shane on his ideas and also agreeing with Lesnar. About the only thing left in regarding him looking good was a spot where he would out-strike babyface and former UFC fighter Riddle.
It didn’t help matters that he botched his elimination spot with Lesnar as he was supposed to be clotheslined over the top rope, but didn’t get over on the first attempt, so they had to do it again.”
Shane McMahon began working with WWE in the late 1980’s as a referee. He later transitioned into a backstage role before returning to television during the Attitude Era. During this period he competed in a number of famous matches, performing a number of death-defying feats along the way.
McMahon left the company in 2009 announcing his resignation that October. After pursuing a number of business interests outside of wrestling, McMahon returned to his father’s company in early 2016 as an on-screen figure.
Ahead of his Royal Rumble appearance, McMahon had last wrestled at WrestleMania 37 where he was defeated by Braun Strowman in a Cage Match.