Shane McMahon quietly resigned from WWE in 2010 as the corporate structure began to take the form of power couple Stephanie McMahon and Triple H as chief executives.
Always the family business, Shane too would have been a top executive in the WWE had he stayed. But the potential real-life backstage power struggle between him and the shoot version of the McMahon-Helmsley alliance could have served as an ugly subplot that compromised WWE business.
Shane has gone on to spearhead the innovative YOU On Demand video and pay-per-view service in China.
Shane's current endeavor has been a successful one. The service has cultivated distribution partnerships with entertainment giants Disney, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate.
McMahon has proven to be more than competent in life after the WWE. Still, it's fair to think his departure from WWE's corporate environment was for the best given the aforementioned circumstances.
On the heels of WWE's most important time of the year, Jim Ross' recent dinner with McMahon, which turned into the Tweet seen below, was enough to at least drum up discussion of a possible homecoming:
Look who I ran into in NYC. Shane-O-Mac! pic.twitter.com/09XfuLzR3n— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 16, 2013
McMahon has been nowhere near WWE since his departure. He has seldom been mentioned on WWE programming and even admitted in post-WWE interviews that his relationship with his father Vince has never been the same.
The shocking exit appeared to create enough family tension that it became logical to question whether or not Shane would ever work with the business he grew up in.
Fortunately, wrestling fans know better than to completely rule anything out.
In addition to being included in a recent Internet news cycle, the ongoing Authority storylines could call for a return of Shane McMahon as an equalizer of sorts. McMahon has already starred in many fantasy booking daydreams:
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Few returns would feel as big-time as Shane's, and any potential WWE savior outside of the main roster would have to be a difference-maker.
Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Bill Goldberg are all names that have been thrown around as potential returns come WrestleMania season. But Shane McMahon may make the most sense.
WWE could easily parlay the father-son, husband-wife power struggle into an angle. As long as no match comes out of this among the four, this plot twist would inject the shock value necessary for this angle to deliver a strong finish.
Shane McMahon's absence from WWE TV would make a return that much better. If you read the signs, he stepped down as CEO of YOU On Demand earlier this year (although he is still involved with the company as chairman), and he has surfaced in a fair amount of recent photos with WWE stalwarts.
Few worthy opponents exist for The Authority, especially given the systematic emasculation of the Raw roster. An outsider may be necessary to even the odds. Shane-O-Mac fits that bill.