If there’s a word that best sums up the only son of WWE’s Vince McMahon—much to the surprise of many—it’d have to be “baller.” While Shane McMahon’s at times brash persona and stints in the ring didn’t exactly leave fans wanting more, it was his exploits outside it that earns him the "baller" name.
Back in 2001, when Vince was confident about putting an end to the WCW in a major acquisition of the brand, Shane one-upped his father and announced that his name—not his dad's—was on the purchase. In a surprise move, Shane came back to the ring in 2016 to face top contenders such as The Miz and The Undertaker (WWE.com).
We’re going to look at photos of Shane with the McMahon family throughout stages of his life that gives a peek inside the lives of those who shaped pro wrestling.
20 Smoking Cigars
This is the business side of Shane on display. Sitting ringside with Vince, the two light up two big cigars and soak in the atmosphere. Vince was able to take his father’s company and make it even bigger with Shane’s help. At this time, it would have seemed believable that Shane was on his way to being the company’s successor, but he no longer looks to be the heir apparent.
19 All In The Family
Shane McMahon’s immediate family consists of father Vince, mother Linda and sister Stephanie. Even in the early days of the WWE under Vince, Shane and the family were able to carve out quality time together at home. Shane and Stephanie look to be teenagers and are probably just starting to consider whether they want to have any part in their father's business.
18 Shane’s Sons
Shane McMahon has three kids of his own: Declan, Rogan and Kenyon. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, in an interview on Opie Radio, Shane admitted his kids text Vince with their opinions on the WWE. As grandkids of the WWE’s CEO, that puts Shane’s kids in enviable positions as fans.
17 Father And Son Hug It Out
This is not a Vince the public sees very often. As Give Me Sport confirms, this snapshot came from Wrestlemania 32 after Shane’s match. “After the match was over, I broke down, because my entire family was there.” Wrestling really brings people together, and the McMahon family serves as the highest example of this.
This photo shows Shane with his little sister Stephanie when they were just kids. It looks like Shane had a little league game and took some time after to hang with his sister. According to Sportskeeda, Shane had to help raise Stephanie because their parents were so occupied with the WWE at the time.
15 At A Basketball Game
Growing up in the McMahon household, Shane was no stranger to big arenas. Here he’s at one of the most legendary venues in the world, Madison Square Garden, which has hosted plenty of major WWE events. “Thank you to the @nyknicks for the hospitality to my boys and I,” Shane wrote on his Twitter in March 2017.
14 Heirs Of The WWE?
Shane and Stephanie formed a bond when they were young and only grew closer as they got older. They both share the same passion for wrestling as their father, which explains why they’ve both had roles in and outside the ring. It’s still unclear whether these two will continue to play a part in shaping the WWE from here.
13 The Early Days
This is a really early photo of the McMahon family. Shane, who’s group hugging everyone from above, looks the happiest of them all. Vince and Linda look young and Stephanie is just an infant. Back then, they probably didn’t expect the family business to grow into the powerhouse that it is today.
12 Mama’s Boy
One of the best lessons Shane learned was making family a priority. He’s pictured here with his sister Stephanie and mom, Linda, who served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Kane once attacked Linda during RAW, forcing Shane to get even for what he did to his mom.
11 Recovering At The Hospital
Everyone has their setbacks including Shane McMahon. This photo shows Shane recovering at the hospital with his three sons. In an Instagram post from March 2018 he wrote, “Thank you everyone for the get well wishes. It truly helps. I’m healing up, and I have the best medicine in the world with me.”
10 The Crown Prince of WWE
Working in wrestling for most of his life, Shane eventually called it quits. According to BuzzFeed, he quit in October 2009 so he could focus on his family. Yet he couldn’t escape pro wrestling in the end, as he’s back wrestling again. As Michael Corleone put it in The Godfather Part III, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
9 Shane’s Family
Shane and Marissa Mazzola-McMahon tied the knot in 1996. The two have known each other since their youth and have three boys together. According to Heightline, she works in Hollywood and has produced movies such as The Scorpion King and A Private War. She even had a cameo in The Scorpion King.
8 In The Family Business
Even at a young age, Shane had the makings of a businessman. BuzzFeed reports that before he was even a referee, he worked behind the scenes at the WWE. They go on to note that just like Vince worked for his father growing up, Shane did the same at the empire his family had built.
7 Shane And Stephanie Reflect On RAW
In May 2016, Shane and Stephanie had a moment as they looked back on RAW. “I thought we coexisted pretty well tonight,” admitted Shane. Stephanie thanked him but when she alluded to the possibility of them starring in an episode of “WWE Ride Along" together, Shane simply said, "Now you've gone too far” (YouTube channel WWE).
6 The Heir Apparent
The heir apparent of the WWE is probably in this photo—and it may not be Shane McMahon. Jim Ross, the legendary commentator, spoke with Business Insider about his thoughts on Triple H taking the WWE throne. “I think Vince is kind of preparing him for that in a lot of ways,” he said.
5 A Happy Family
It’s rare to find a photo of the McMahon family off the job without a smile on. Stephanie looks like she’s bursting with laughter. Shane himself not only looks happy but might even be throwing a little shade on Vince by leaning in to obscure the camera's line of sight on his dad.
4 On The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Jim Ross thinks Triple H is going to take over the WWE one day when Vince steps down. “You always knew that he was different from the other guys because he was very studios, and very - under control,” said Ross in an interview with Business Insider. Is there still a chance Shane could take over someday?
3 Out With The Family
Shane may look like a deer in the headlights, but he just hasn’t learned how to work the cameras yet. Who better to teach Shane than his old man, Vince, the head of the WWE? Vince and Linda may have been busy, but they had time to take everyone out to dinner.
2 The McMahon Kids
The McMahons have all benefitted financially from the family business. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Stephanie alone is worth $45 million. Shane isn’t far behind either, with an estimated $35 million, COED Magazine reports. Plus, with plenty of years before them, one can only expect those numbers to grow even more.
1 Shane And Stephanie
It may seem unbelievable, but this is Shane with his little sis Stephanie. Twitter account @cagesideseats posted the photo back in November 2017 with the caption, "Stephanie McMahon wishes Shane McMahon good luck at Survivor Series in a kind of cute way.” There’s a six year difference in age separating these two siblings.
Sources: WWE.com, Sportskeeda, Pro Wrestling Sheet, Give Me Sport, YouTube, Heightline, Instagram, Twitter, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Celebrity Net Worth, COED Magazine