Backstage Update on Shane Mcmahon’s WWE Departure 

Shane McMahon made his return to WWE at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view last weekend.

He entered the Rumble at No. 28 and finished as the second runner-up. He was eliminated by the Rumble winner Brock Lesnar.

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Shane O Mac's return was seen as the start of another run for him in WWE. He was slated to be a regular on RAW and was expected to perform at Elimination Chamber.

However, days after the Rumble reports emerged that Vince McMahon had fired his son from WWE. What went wrong?

Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio revealed that Shane acted unprofessionally backstage in response Vince vetoing some of his ideas for the Rumble. 

Shane McMahon wanted to things one way and didn't get all of the things he wanted and Lesnar did. He complained a lot to everyone about this backstage.

Specific demands that Shane made and what was in store for him during this run?

A previous report from Ringside News stated that “A tenured member of the creative team told us that Shane McMahon ‘openly buried Jamie Noble’ and he ‘tried to book the Rumble around himself.’”

One report suggests specific changes that featured himself getting a prominent spot. Bad Bunny’s spot being moved multiple times did not sit well with executives and other talents.

Shane McMahon booked himself to win a striking exchange with former UFC fighter Matt Riddle in the Royal Rumble.

Shane was scheduled to work with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. That program was to start in the Elimination Chamber. Shane pushed for Rollins to be included in the Rumble match to start the angle then. However, Vince vetoed this so that Rollins could sell the chair shots he received from Roman Reigns earlier in the show.

While Shane was working as a producer for the Royal Rumble match, and did so previously in 2020 and 2021, he has no official backstage role in the company. He is under a talent contract, however. There has been no talk of him being Vince’s heir apparent since returning.