Despite his father announcing his retirement from WWE, it doesn’t look like Shane McMahon will make his eagerly awaited comeback anytime soon, according to reports.
On July 22, the longtime chairman of the world’s premier wrestling promotion, Vince McMahon, took to social media to announce his decision.
He tweeted: “At 77, time for me to retire. Thank you, WWE Universe. Then. Now. Forever. Together. #WWE #thankful.”
The surprise revelation, which came just before SmackDown went on air, sent shockwaves through the wrestling community.
His daughter Stephanie introduced the Friday night show. She has joined Nick Khan in taking over her father’s mantel as co-CEO. This news came on that same day that WWE announced Triple H has returned to his previous role as Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations.
But despite the current situation at the company, it doesn’t look like it’s opened the door to a Shane McMahon comeback.
Shane McMahon unlikely to return to WWE
Following the Royal Rumble premium live event, Vince decided to let his son go from WWE.
Shane was reportedly in charge of production at the Rumble. Ringside News reported that he created backstage heat with a number of decisions made during the match. They included inserting himself into the number 28 spot in the men’s Royal Rumble match.
However, fans had hoped that the 77-year-old’s retirement would help bring Shane back into the equation. But during a PWTorchVIP.com audio show, Wade Keller explained that this isn’t the case.
As per WrestlingNews, he said: “I’ve told the story quite a bit over the years [about] Stephanie, and Jerry Jarrett told me the story on record that he was having dinner with the McMahon’s. Either he or someone at the table said, ‘Shane, you know, someday you’re going to be running the company like your dad.’
“And Stephanie was years younger than Shane, established her Alpha attitude. She jumped in and said, ‘Uh uh, daddy’s little girl is going to be the one running the show someday. Not Shane.’
“That rivalry has been there. The divide between those two, I’m told, is still there. And there is no reconciliation or power sibling team expected.
“It’s like, you know, the siblings hang out, they yell, they battle, and they double cross each other, but they hang out. And they talk. And the impression I’m getting is that’s not happening with Shane and Stephanie.
“So, by the way, don’t expect Shane to enter the picture here unless he just, you know, goes rogue and just shows up at a show.”
Therefore, with Keller’s comments in mind, it seems unlikely that WWE fans will see ‘Shane-O-Mac’ back inside a WWE ring in the near future. But never say never.
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