A lot of wrestling fans were surprised by the return of Shane McMahon to WWE Raw last February 22, 2016. The real-life son of World Wrestling Entertainment’s chairman and CEO Vince McMahon went back to the promotion after more than five years of absence to pursue other interests. Despite losing his match with the Undertaker at the recently concluded Wrestlemania 32 pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Texas—a highly-anticipated card on every Wrestlemania event—Shane has appeared in live tapings of Raw ever since.
Throughout his 20 years working for the company, he has played major storyline roles, participated in a few pay-per-view events, and won two championships in the process. He has also made a lot of achievements whilst working behind the scenes—the launch of WWE’s website back when it was known as the WWF among them. However, he resigned in 2009 and became CEO of You On Demand – a multi-platform entertainment company offering digital content to Chinese customers. He relinquished this position in 2013, paving the way for his return to professional wrestling three years later.
With a family that’s well-invested into the wrestling business, it isn’t surprising if Shane follows into his father’s footsteps. Both his grandfather Vincent Sr. and father Vince (Vincent Jr.) were instrumental in establishing the World Wrestling Entertainment promotion. His mother Linda was an executive in the company before running for a term in the United States Senate. His younger sister Stephanie McMahon-Levesque and brother-in-law Paul “Triple H” Levesque are still active in the business, playing major roles as leaders of the villainous Authority faction.
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Shane’s return to the promotion was warmly met, having built up a cult following over the years. However, there have been rumors of his full-time return to wrestling with a possible role as a general manager—serving as a foil to the Authority’s plans. But don’t be fooled; Shane O Mac has the wrestling skills to back him up. He has gone toe-to-toe with the company’s biggest starts in some memorable matches.
One feud has seen him fight “The Big Red Machine” Kane in an ambulance match, and losing. Another has him jumping from a 20-foot scaffolding to take out gargantuan wrestler The Big Show. And just recently, he has fought The Undertaker – a wrestler known for his undefeated streak – in a “cell” with no chance of escape.
One way for fans to show their support for their favorite wrestling icon is through wearing the said wrestler’s apparel. Merchandise related to Shane’s appearances before his recent return is difficult to find. In addition, WWE Shop – the promotion’s official shop for apparel – only carries his outfits from the 2016 return. This disappointed many fans of Shane, but that didn’t discourage one fan who customized a shirt he had—using custom patches—to proudly show his support. According to him, he got the idea and based the patterns from a Shane McMahon shirt he saw on eBay some years ago.
Originally, he planned to use this for cosplay. Printing out patterns for the custom patches for both the front and back, he sent these to an embroiderer who turned them out in a few days’ time. He paid only about $9.99 for both custom patches, and had them sewn on an old football jersey he modified for the purpose. He has received a lot of e-mails asking if he sells this customized shirt, to which the fan replies in the negative—sharing the templates for both custom patches instead, which is actually still a nice gesture.
The front patch closely matches Shane O Mac’s actual shirt. It’s a cursive rendering of McMahon’s in-ring nickname similar to the team names on baseball jerseys. The back patch was rather small, just a rendering of “The Money” to be put on the upper back part. Fans of Shane will notice that every time he steps in the ring, the back design of his jersey is always different; in fact, it often revolves around his opponent. The fan chose to use “The Money” as a general design on the back that matches Shane McMahon’s nickname. Incidentally, the song “Here Comes The Money” by rap group Naughty By Nature is Shane’s entrance theme – consolidating this nickname.
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