During a recent appearance on Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast, former SmackDown Tag Team Champion Shane McMahon revealed exactly why he decided to leave WWE eleven years ago.
Shane McMahon revealed that part of his reason for leaving WWE in 2009 was so he could spend more time with his sons. However, he also noted how he wanted to experience life outside of the WWE bubble:
“Very difficult. It’s one of those things where you have, you can call it, ‘the cocoon’ if you will for your whole life. Again, having the most unbelievable education, [as] you were talking about earlier, sitting next to great minds such as Pat Patterson, guys like Michael Hayes etc. Having so many business people come through there for marketing and promotion and what have you and business development, consumer products you learn so much from everybody that’s come through those doors. I have, again, had such a fortunate education in multiple facets.
“So it’s like I’ve had 15 different jobs over the tenure of my career, and you learn so much, whether I was working inside the company having to be all under one umbrella. So taking that knowledge, wanted to go outside for a little while. Also, it was very important for me and one of the one of the bigger driving factors was, I have three boys and make sure that I was their life a little bit. I wanted more time with them, and my leave allowed me to invest time, which is the most valuable commodity as you’re aware. Everything is so demanding, your time is so demanding. So I was I was able to coach all my son’s peewee football, until they got to high school.
“Thoroughly being in their lives, just being around a whole lot. Seeing a lot of them was one of the driving forces for me doing so as well as immersing myself into businesses that I wanted to do and testing myself. How would I fair outside ‘the cocoon’ and do something completely different, you know, take those skill sets and get involved with multiple multiple businesses. Do some investing. Do some things like that that I’ve always had the affinity to do and go for it.”
Shane McMahon returned to WWE in the build-up to WrestleMania 32 in 2016, leading to a Hell in a Cell match at that year’s WrestleMania show against The Undertaker. He stayed on TV as a regular fixture until last October.
McMahon recently returned to TV as a weekly figure as part of the Raw Underground concept. Shane’s new concept has certainly garnered mixed reactions from fans.