The fallout from the 2022 Royal Rumble continues, with the shocking news that Shane McMahon has reportedly left WWE.
Shane McMahon’s surprise return at the 2022 Royal Rumble sparked debate not only among fans but also within WWE. On-screen, Shane O’Mac entered the match at number 28, vanquished old rival Kevin Owens to make it to the final three, before being sent over the top rope by the eventual winner, Brock Lesnar.
McMahon’s involvement in the proceedings, however, extended to having a role in producing the entire match alongside a number of other agents. Backstage, this caused an uproar, with McMahon receiving “a lot of heat” for how he went about putting the match together.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that Shane’s involvement had rubbed people the wrong way. McMahon’s planned appearances at Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 38 were also cancelled.
McMahon is now reported to have left the company entirely. Shane is “out of WWE,” according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. It was previously reported that McMahon had been “quietly let go.”
Shane McMahon began working as a referee for WWE in the late 1980s. He later moved into a backstage role before making a comeback on television during the Attitude Era. During this time, he competed in a number of famous matches, pulling off a number of death-defying feats along the way.
McMahon left the company in 2009, announcing his resignation in October of that year. McMahon returned to his father’s company as an on-screen figure in early 2016 after pursuing a number of business interests outside of wrestling. As a result, he was able to reprise his role as a member of the production team.
Before the Royal Rumble McMahon’s most recent appearance was at WrestleMania 37, where he was defeated in a Cage Match by Braun Strowman.