Shane McMahon was only on WWE programming for two months in 2021, but he did so while making a ludicrous sum of money.
Shane McMahon returned to WWE programming in early 2021, beginning a program with Braun Strowman that concluded in a Steel Cage match on night one of WrestleMania 37. Despite this, the former European Champion earned almost one-and-a-half million American dollars, an insane amount of money considering how inactive he was.
This was revealed in WWE’s annual proxy statement, which reveals how much WWE executives make each year. It also included the salaries of Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Nick Khan. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter provided details on Shane McMahon’s 2021 income (h/t Sportskeeda):
”Shane McMahon, who is not an employee nor a shareholder in the company (he sold all his stock a long time back to help finance other businesses he has been involved with) earned $1,313,823 in his contract as a performer. He had one match last year, the WrestleMania match with Braun Strowman, so it would be for that match and any merchandise and other royalties.”
Shane McMahon returned to WWE in February 2016 after a six-year absence. He’s remained a semi-active in-ring talent since then, wrestling numerous times at WrestleMania against The Undertaker, AJ Styles, and The Miz. During this time, he also captured the SmackDown Tag Team Championships alongside the latter.
Shane returned to in-ring action as part of the 2022 men’s Royal Rumble match. This brought him plenty of criticism, as he also served as a producer for the match while making it to the final three and eliminating former rival Kevin Owens. He was quietly let go from the company as a result of this.
Away from the wrestling business, Shane McMahon also has deals in a number of other business ventures. He’s the Chief Executive Officer for China Broadband, Inc. and part-owner of the Brooklyn, New York-based Indian Larry Motorcycle Shop, while also sitting on the Board of Directors for International Sports Management.