Shane McMahon, son of WWE CEO and wrestling industry legend, Vince McMahon, has been released from WWE, per multiple reports. The news comes in the wake of rumors of dissent in the locker room following McMahon’s position as a producer in the Royal Rumble match on Jan. 29. The news was initially reported by Ringside News.
McMahon, 52, appeared in the Rumble match, making it to the final three. It was his first in-ring appearance since WrestleMania 37 in April 2021 where he faced off against Braun Strowman in a cage match in one of the featured bouts of the event. Strowman was released from his WWE contract this past June.
He first became an on-screen performer in the late 1980s, working as a referee. During WWE’s “Attitude Era” in the late 1990s, McMahon became an on-screen personality who was involved in many of his father’s feuds, most notably with Steve Austin.
Eventually, McMahon became an in-ring performer, taking part in many notable matches, including a somewhat legendary feud with Kurt Angle that saw McMahon suffer nasty falls when Angle repeatedly suplexed him into glass that failed to break.
McMahon also served several backstage roles, including in executive and production capacities. He is a former European, tag team and hardcore champion within the promotion.
He was not operating in an executive role at the time of his release and was considered in-ring talent with plans for his inclusion at the upcoming Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 38 events.