WWE SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon recently went to 317 Gimmick Street for an interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin on his award winning podcast that has not won any awards.
Among many other things, McMahon revealed that he always wanted to get into the family business, working his way up the stairs in WWE, how WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was like as a father, being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, Austin walking out on WWE in 2002, and McMahon’s King Of The Ring (2001) Street Fight against WWE Hall Of Famer and current WWE Monday Night RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Some highlights are given below;
Source – WrestlingINC
According to Shane, he always had a desire to get into the family business and ‘Shane-O-Mac’ struck a deal with his parents that he could work for WWE if he got a college degree first.
“Well, [Vince] knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do. The requirements were I had to graduate college. Boston University, I graduated from there. I got a B.S. in Mass Communications/Public Relations. Bachelor’s of Science.” McMahon continued, “I was like, ‘okay, let me just field this’ knowing full well I wanted to get completely into the [professional wrestling] business.”
Shane revealed that he was on the ring crew before he got promoted to the referee and that he used to hang out with Joey Marella and drink beer under the stands.
“I graduated ring crew and all the other stuff and that’s when I started refereeing.” McMahon continued, “well, the original ring crew was Joey Marella, Mike Chioda, and Tony Chimel. Those were the three. Yes, [sadly, Joey Marella is no longer with us]. So I was the kid and so, Joey and I because his dad was Gorilla Monsoon, and my dad, so what we’d do, and he was probably six or seven years older than me, so we were drinking beers under the stands, just complaining about our dads.”
In Shane’s view, Vince was a great father. ‘The Demon Seed’ acknowledged that he experienced corporal punishment as a child and that he would not be where he is today without that “strict” upbringing.
“He was extremely hard on me. [Austin] know[s] Vince. I mean, he was strict. He was a great dad. [He was] always there. Oh my gosh, yes, [Vince laid down the law when Shane messed up].”
“oh, without question [he experienced corporal punishment]. Old school, I grew up old school that way, old school. Thank you! Old school. Listen, if my dad didn’t step in like he did, I probably wouldn’t be here or I’d be locked away or somewhere else. I’m saying I was just a high spirited guy. [Austin] know[s] me. I’m high energy. I’ve got to have an outlet for that energy and if it’s channelled in the wrong way, you just do dumb things.”
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