On Sunday night (Oct. 8), WWE.com posted an update on the condition of SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon after his latest jump from a ridiculously high place during them main event of Hell in a Cell.
That announcement, along the company pulling official video of the spot from most places on the web - and the fact that he crashed through an announce table after jumping from 20 feet above it in his match against Kevin Owens, led to legitimate concern for a lot of fans. Their story even got picked up by a few outlets like People. In a since-updated story, the celebrity news magazine posted about McMahon being “rushed to the hospital” as he was “battling multiple injuries” after a “stunt gone wrong”:
People’s update (now titled “WWE’s Shane McMahon Not Severely Injured After Shocking 20-Ft. Stunt Fall”) comes after the above video from WWE featuring Dasha Fuentes which acts as if the company itself wasn’t the source of the storyline injury report:
“Some reports went out saying Shane suffered neck trauma, fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder, however, we have learned that those reports have been unconfirmed. However, what we can confirm is that this past Sunday, Shane McMahon was released from a medical facility, and is now home resting and recuperating comfortably.”
The bottom line is, Shane is likely banged up but not in an imminent health crisis.
And kayfabe is not completely dead yet.