Shane McMahon Reportedly “Unprofessional” At Royal Rumble

Shane McMahon

There has been plenty said about Shane McMahon’s involvement in the 2022 Royal Rumble, and a new report claims that he was both “unprofessional” and “complained to a lot of people” when people didn’t go along with his ideas.

Shane McMahon entered this year’s Men’s Royal Rumble match as a surprise participant at the number 28 spot, but that was just the tip of the iceberg of the fallout that was to come. He managed to eliminate Kevin Owens, before being ejected himself by the eventual victor Brock Lesnar.

It was later revealed that McMahon was not only in the match but was the producer and got “a lot of heat” for his role. Furthermore it would seem planned matches for both Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania have been scrapped as a result, and it was later confirmed on 2nd February that he had left the company.

The latest report has shed more light on what transpired backstage at the Royal Rumble, including Shane McMahon’s reaction when his ideas were vetted and changed.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer commented that the word “unprofessional” had been used regarding McMahon’s conduct.

He was let go, so that’s the major thing. It all stems from the Royal Rumble and there were a lot of people that said he was very unprofessional backstage. It was just a mess. They just kept changing the match, over and over again. He wanted to do it one way, then Vince would veto it, Brock Lesnar would push for other things. Brock got a lot of what he wanted, and Shane didn’t get a lot of what he wanted, and then Shane complained to a lot of people and I guess talked down to a lot of people.

Meltzer reported that claims McMahon was set to feud with Austin Theory were untrue, however he was on the verge of a programme with Seth Rollins and had been pushing for him to be involved in the Rumble match.

The report also said that Shane McMahon was purely employed as a talent, and had no official backstage title, nor was he being discussed as the “heir apparent” to eventually take over the company.

Shane McMahon has held plenty of roles within the company, including starting out in the late 1980’s as a referee. His roles backstage eventually then switched back to being on-screen during the Attitude Era as a key player in the McMahon family, whilst also putting in death-defying antics to his matches.

He originally left the company in 2009, before a stint as an on-screen character in 2016. Before the Royal Rumble, McMahon last competed in a cage match against Braun Strowman at WrestleMania 37.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.