One of the biggest shock returns in recent WWE history was when Shane McMahon made his return to Monday Night Raw ahead of WrestleMania 32 back in 2016.
The Prodigal son of Vince McMahon had left the company seven years prior and had since focused on his family and his career outside of the squared circle.
It was believed that McMahon had no interest in returning to the ring, but the current host of RAW Underground recently spoke to Corey Graves on After The Bell where he revealed that his children were the reason that he made his return.
“So I kind of really came out of the business for my boys, my kids, and it’s also the reason I really came back. I always had a longing for it. It’s in my blood, literally, and my boys, this goes back to WrestleMania 32 with Undertaker in Hell in a Cell, my boys have been saying to me prior to that for a couple years like, ‘hey dad, you ever think about getting back in there?'”
“Because my sons never saw me live and they really saw me via DVD or YouTube or things like that. If you can be a real-life superhero for your kids, that’s a pretty powerful thing, and that was the opportunity that was given to me, to return on the biggest stage of them all at WrestleMania against arguably the most iconic and singular talent ever created, Mark Callaway, The Undertaker, who’s also my longest-running friend in the business.”
McMahon made his return in order to face off against The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania and interestingly it was The Deadman who made the call to ask Shane to be his opponent.
“Taker needed an opponent for WrestleMania and needed to be special, and there were talks even back then. In Texas, where Undertaker’s from [and] WrestleMania, that magnitude of a hundred thousand people that set the indoor attendance record, that was going to be an awesome way out. I really thought it may be, again, a one and done.”
“So I got the call from Taker saying, ‘hey, would you ever consider this? I was like, ‘huh, well, let me think about it.’ About 10 minutes later, I get a call from my dad. He’s like, ‘well, congratulations. This is what we’re doing. What do you think?’ I was like, it doesn’t sound like I’m thinking much. In typical Vince fashion, he’s like, ‘we want you to think about this.’ I was like alright and then really started coming up with the creative.”