So, I thought I would do something a bit different versus my usual column. Rather than this week speaking of the good and the bad in our performers and wrestlers, I want to write about the unsung heroes of wrestling’s past. For the most part, wrestling promotions are presented and showcased by a certain individual who is recognized and associated with wrestling and its components. Names like Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, John Cena, Ric Flair, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin are known as “The Face” of the company and represent wrestling in all varieties of entertainment. But then there are those who become a part of the sport and we never really know why. Or somehow, individuals become part of an angle and we are convinced these additions can bring something to the table. And another variable are those who help advance the era or storyline without knowing it at the moment (but we appreciate it down the road). I consider the men and women who help do this the Unsung Heroes of Wrestling. This article goes out to the Eric Youngs, the Gillbergs, Raven’s Flock, and even the Cowboy Bob Ortons of wrestling. We salute you. So, with that being said, I bring to you…
The Unsung Hero of Wresting
Shane McMahon (WWE)
Your father is the most important man in the wrestling business. Your family has power, money, and prestige. The history of the business is in your blood. So why in the world would you want to step into the ring? Because you can. Shane McMahon, the wrestling blue blood (who should have his rightful place next to his dad Vince) could have just worked in wrestling from behind the scenes and counted the Brinks trucks rolling up to the WWE Headquarters. He didn’t have to entertain a chair shot…but not this kid. Shane was able to take an opportunity to prove the guys in locker room wrong and show he wasn’t just a punk kid with daddy’s back account on call. After starting his WWF career as a referee the early 1990’s and then fading into the background until resurfacing during the height of the Attitude Era, Shane became a fixture in front of the camera and in the ring. Shane McMahon wasn’t going to be someone’s punching bag or rollover flop guy. Shane showed he worked hard getting ring ready and even dropped the jaws of many fans that saw the spots the “Boy Wonder” performed. From falling from a scaffold to taking chair shots and other weapons to the body while being a Hardcore Champion, to the hellish battle he was in with Kurt Angle in the 2001 King of the Ring, Shane brought a lot to the business even when he didn’t have to. And it wasn’t like he was taking a guy’s spot or stealing the spotlight from those who have worked to get there. In fact, most of the roster appreciated and respected what Shane was able to do. Going off of the same example in which his father was known to do, he would not ask a performer to do anything he wasn’t going to do first, Shane showed he was tough, smart, and although his wallet was taller than The Big Show, he was one of the boys. For this I say Shane O’ Mac and his baseball jersey wearing, juking and jiving, and lunatic style of wresting is our first Unsung Hero of Wrestling.