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Shane McMahon on why he returned to WWE in 2016, Raw Underground is a work in progress

Shane McMahon was on Corey Graves’ “After The Bell” podcast this week to talk about a variety of topics including his return to the company in 2016, giving production notes to his father, Raw Underground and more

Here are some highlights:

Shane McMahon talked about RAW Underground:  “We are trying different things.  It’s a work in progress with the different format and changing things up of what’s been going on, especially in the third hour.  It’s a way to showcase new talent and get people more exposure.  It’s a faster pace and a little more intense.  People seem to like it.”

Shane shared his experience growing up in the business:  “I’ve been very fortunate to be able to grow up in this business.  I was always from an early age taking jackets back from ringside.  As I got a little bigger and stronger, I helped with the ring crew for many years.  I took a lot of pride in that.  It started evolving into more stuff. I started ring announcing and then a referee.  But, I always wanted to be in the ring performing but I never thought it would come to fruition because my grandfather had the philosophy of, “don’t”, and my dad echoed that philosophy for a while until it was the right time and right place  Then I got involved physically in the storyline.  It caught and we ran with it.  Corporately, I’ve been shadowing one of the greatest minds in the business my entire life and that absorbs.  Around 11 or 12 years old, I went to all the production meetings, listening and hearing greats like Pat Patterson talk about the psychology of the business. I really learned the business backward from where I wasn’t a performer but I understood the psychology and why we should do things and when we should do them.  Pat was so far ahead of his time, so I learned from the best.  That grew into working production, pulling cables and setting up everything for the camera guys.  I was a gofer.  I then worked as an associate producer to a producer.  I had to earn my stripes.  I was an editor putting stuff together and doing voice overs.”

Shane was asked why he came back to WWE:  “I came back for my kids. This goes back to WrestleMania 32 with Undertaker in the Hell in the Cell.  My boys had been saying to me for a couple years, hey dad, did you ever think about getting back in there because my sons never saw me live.  They saw me via DVD or Youtube.  So to be a real-life superhero for your kids is a powerful thing.  That was the opportunity that was presented to me at the biggest stage of them all against arguably the most iconic and singular talent ever created, The Undertaker, who is also my longest-running friend in the business.  That was tough to pass up.  We didn’t know where it was going to go.  We thought it would be one and done.  I had my boys come out on stage and that was an amazing moment.  I was euphoric watching them and so proud that I had to snap myself out of it.”

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