Shane McMahon's last match was in 2009, back when he was feuding against Randy Orton's Legacy stable (shout out to a time when it looked like Cody Rhodes maybe could have been taken seriously in WWE!). On May 4 of that year, the Viper "broke" Shane's leg and ankle, writing him out of kayfabe - and when news came of his resignation from the company and investment in outside enterprises (along with rumors of a falling out with his father), it seemed like the last wrestling fans would see of him.
In the latest example of "never say never" in this business, Shane returned last night. Whether you were watching during his heyday from 1998 - 2002 with the Corporation and Alliance stories, or his sporadic appearances through the aughts, you can pretty much figure out his character from his last name and the opening segment on the Feb. 22 Raw.
But if you've never seen a Shane O'Mac match, or of you have and you've forgotten what it's like to think a guy died only to see him get up and then have something happen where you're sure he's dead... do I have some GIFs for you.
The segment last night was the latest volley in Shane's version of any son's longest feud, against his old man. In 2001, Shane had purchased WCW to get back at Vince for causing his mom to have a nervous breakdown and having an affair with Trish Stratus where he publicly humiliated her a lot while Linda was in a coma.
Annnywho, that lead to a street fight between the two at WrestleMania X-7. In that match, won by Shane, many of the spots he'd become synonymous with were featured. Including going Coast-to-Coast:
and taking a Leap of Faith:
The diving elbow would return at the next pay-per-view (PPV). Shane thought he'd landed Big Show as his first big free agent signing for his new company. Unfortunately, the Chairman got to him first and Show humiliated the new WCW boss by choke-slammed and kicking off a feud between the two.
For their Last Man Standing match at Backlash, he tried many of things a non-wrestler might to take down Show. When chloroforming the Giant didn't work, Shane did the next logical thing... an elbow drop off a 30 foot tall piece of scaffolding:
2001 is really the year you want to follow McMahon if you want to see what he and that Era were all about. It was a couple months later, at King of the Ring, where he'd have one of the craziest matches you'll ever see against Kurt Angle.
There wasn't a whole lot of build (more WCW Invasion stuff) and it was actually Angle's third match of the night. A suplex spot on the ramp broke the Olympian's tailbone, but because they're both nuts, they kept going - including multiple attempts to put Shane through plexiglass. They did two instances of him being thrown through the stage set-up, and on each, the glass didn't break on the first (or in one case second) try, and McMahon landed squarely on his head and neck each time.
But hey! It was all worth it, right?
(In addition to Angle's broken tailbone, McMahon was concussed during the match) Before that sequence, Shane missed a Shooting Star Press and landed on a garbage can:
And after it, Angle hit an Angle Slam off a table set up across the top rope:
That's Shane-O's most famous match, but his most famous single spot probably came at SummerSlam 2000, where he lost the Hardcore title to Steve Blackman and was largely written off TV when he fell 40 feet off the stage rig:
There's more, but that's a pretty good primer with which to start you. Feel free to chime in with your own favorites in the comments below.
And if you're wondering what we can expect from this year's Mania and a match with Undertaker? Maybe something like this: