Shane McMahon just wrapped up an appearance on ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” with Michael Kay and Don La Greca. Here are some highlights from the interview..
– Michael Kay said it best when he noted in the beginning of the piece how big of a deal it was for them to discuss wrestling but that this was such a big deal that he felt like they had to have Shane on. I now that Peter Rosenberg is a big wrestling fan and that Don La Greca’s brother, Dave is a host of the Busted Open Wrestling radio show on sirius but this was reallly cool to hear Michael Kay talk about wrestling.
– The interview started off with Shane mentioning how humbling it was to get the ovation that he got when he appeared on Monday. He mentioned how Monday was a night he will never forget and that when he thanked the crowd in Detroit during the commercial break, he didn’t know it was going to air (Referring to the footage WWE put up on youtube with him stating that “he had goosebumps on top of goosebumps and his nipples were hard). He said that he was hoping the reaction would be good but wasn’t 100% sure and said the reaction blew him away. He compared the feeling to that of a close sports game when the crowd goes nuts and it was surreal that the reaction was all directed towards him.
– From there Shane was asked about whether he feels added pressure because he is the boss’ son and if that played a part in why he took so many risks. Shane mentioned that he had to pay a lot of dues growing up by helping to set up the ring and being a referee. Shane explained that he continued to take risks because he always assumed each match would be his last so he figured why not leave it all out there. He told a funny story from when he was 8 years old, Mr. Fuji told him to try a dropkick off the top rope. He went up to the top with a ton of enthusiasm and when he hit the mat, he grew an appreciation for how hard the mat was and an appreciation for the punishment the superstars take. Shane mentioned that he loved growing up in the business mentioning how impressive Wrestlemania 3 was and that during that show he walked to the top of the arena just to take it all in and hoped that this year they can top the crowd that Wrestlemania 3 did.
– He explained how the primary driving force for him to return was so that his sons would be able to see him perform. He explained how he did not tell his kids that he would be returning and his wife recorded a private video of his sons reaction, which was also off the charts.
– Don La Greca than asked if there was any real tension between he and Vince McMahon to which mentioned that at times there has been animosity between the two but said that it’s to be expected when you’re in any family business.
– Shane explained that kayfabe is still important to him and so he wanted to keep his return a surprise so he kept it very close to the vest. He did explain how hard it is this day in age where security cameras can pick up your appearance and the next thing you know the story breaks everyone. Rosenberg made a good point about how he loves the Rock but that every time he returns he puts a picture of himself on instagram arriving in the city so it gives it away.
– In regards to Wrestlemania, Shane mentioned that he’s currently doing 3 a days and really improving his cardio. He explained that he’s currently working with two different personal trainers which he started originally training for surfing with his kids. Shane then confirmed that he is working out with MMA trainer Phil Nurse (Trainer of GSP, Rashaad Evans and Frankie Edgar), and learning more mui tai kickboxing to improve his overall conditioning.
– In regards to his future in WWE and whether this is a one time deal, Shane said that, as of right now, he’s just focusing on Wrestlemania and will see where the future takes him after. He said that he’s excited to have a match with The Undertaker because they’ve been good friends for 25 years and used to travel together. He said that he’s ready to give it his all and be in the best shape of his life so that the fans will get the match they expect and knows that the Undertaker will do the same
Overall, I felt that Shane came across really well on the show. He also spoke a bit about his love of the Yankees and how he expects them to do pretty well with the best bulpen in the game. It was surreal to see Shane on an ESPN radio show and seeing this getting the attention that it does deserve. It was cool to see the footage replayed of Shane’s comeback on the yes network and the footage of Shane training hard. Overall a good piece for a Friday evening.
As for Shane, he is now on twitter @ShaneMcMahon. I’ll have a lot more about my thoughts on Shane and how I felt about his big return this past week over the weekend.