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King: Shane McMahon-The Origin Of The Coast-to-Coast

Chris King takes an in-depth look at The Best in the World himself Shane McMahon, and shares the inside story behind the Coast-to-Coast!

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Chris King takes an in-depth look at The Best in the World himself Shane McMahon, and shares the inside story behind the Coast-to-Coast!

The self-proclaimed Best in the World Shane McMahon has played an integral role in WWE. Outside of his current on-screen character as the egocentric boss, Shane-O Mac has provided the WWE Universe with dozens of breathtaking moments we’ll never forget.

Every superstar has their niche, and Shane’s has always been putting his body on the line with his death-defying “Leap of Faith” and most notably his rendition of the “Coast-to-Coast!”

Growing Up In The Business

Shane began working for the family business at the age of fifteen, where he would record merchandise orders. From there he would assume the roles of a referee, producer, announcer and, a wrestler all-the-while becoming WWE’s Executive Vice President of Global Media behind the scenes.

In 1988 Shane would make his on-screen debut as WWE official under the moniker of ‘Shane Stevens’, he received the prestigious honor to officiate the inaugural Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Shane would also be the first performer to grace the Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania VI.

Shortly after the historic event, Shane left his black and white striped shirt behind and assumed the role of a backstage official. He appeared during the scripted pull-apart brawl between ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’ at WrestleMania XIII.

Shane-O Mac would disappear from television until the ‘Iconic’ Austin vs. McMahon rivalry ignited in 1998. He played a major factor in negotiations for ‘The Iron’ Mike Tyson’s involvement in the highly-personal ongoing feud, between ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels for WrestleMania XIV.

Shane soon returned to television as a color commentator, alongside Jim Cornette, Kelly Kelly and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler for weekly programming show dubbed ‘Sunday Night Heat’. Shane-O Mac offered his father’s nemesis Austin a contract after he was demoted to a WWE official.

Then at the 1998 Survivor Series pay-per-view he and his father screwed the fan-favorite Mankind out of the WWE Championship when The Rock applied the ‘Sharpshooter’ and both McMahon’s signaled for the bell ala ‘The Montreal ScrewJob’. Following Shane’s shocking betrayal, he picked up a mic proudly saying “I screwed Stone Cold, Mankind, and the people!”

Let’s fast forward to 2001, where Shane-O Mac would face his father Vince in a street fight at WrestleMania X-Seven, the feud was built around Vince’s public affair with WWE diva Trish Stratus behind Linda McMahon’s back while recuperating from a nervous breakdown.

Shortly after Vince began demeaning Stratus, forcing her to bark and strip for him in the middle of the ring. When Shane found out about all of this, he returned to WWE and began beating the holy hell out of his father. Then Mick Foley returned after being fired as commissioner by Vince himself and declared that he was the special guest referee and their match would be a street fight.

During their highly-intense battle, Vince’s mistress Stratus wheeled Linda down to ringside and tipped her over which led Stratus and Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon to begin a catfight. Foley attempted to aid Linda but was blasted with a steel chair by Vince. With Linda in prime position, Vince was about to take his son’s head off with a trash can when miraculously Linda stood up and low-blowed Vince.

Shane would then set-up the trash can between the ropes that we’re so familiar with now, and execute his first-ever Coast-to-Coast on his father (correct me know if I’m wrong), and gained the victory.

The Coast-to-Coast Happened As A Bet

Recently on WWE Photoshoot Season 2 Episode 5 Shane McMahon revealed the origin of the Coast-to-Coast.

“So I was screwing around in a warehouse and there was a ring in there, this was many, many, many years ago. [Paul Heyman] walks by and says Hey can you jump from one side to the other? [Shane] I was like I have no idea, [Heyman] see if you can. Rob Van Dam did something similar, but he would do a springboard in ECW. [Shane] Alright so how do I make it different, how can I make it more difficult? Well if I take away the jump up, then I really just have to go from the top rope. I go about.¾ of the way across, ¾ the way across and ¾ of the way across. Heyman goes okay I’ll see you later. Everyone else went and got out of there, they knew that I was going to be there all night until I started to figure it out and get it and I did. Once I got there I was like wow, I get mad at myself like what a wuss you can’t jump across? So now it’s kind of intrinsic in my body, and I can hit it whenever I want. But it started as a bet”.

In 2009, Shane’s on-screen character would suffer a broken leg and ankle at the hands of “Legacy” (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted Dibiase), and would leave the company shortly after.

The Prodigal Son Returns

On February 22, 2016 episode of Raw Shane would make his shocking return to WWE after a seven-year hiatus, interrupting his sister Raw Commissioner Stephanie from receiving the “Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award”.

Shane then made his intentions crystal clear when he requested control over Raw, this led to his iconic Hell in a Cell Match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 (with the control of Raw) on the line. While Shane-O Mac was unsuccessful in victory over The Deadman, the following night on Raw he was given temporary control over WWE’s flagship show for a month. In July Shane was announced as SmackDown Live Commissioner, alongside the recently retired Daniel Bryan as General Manager.

Let’s fast forward to 2017 as Shane’s on-screen babyface character began a feud with an irate Kevin Owens, who was hell-bent on causing as much chaos as humanly possible.

Owens and Shane would face one-on-one in a Hell in a Cell match at The Hell in the Cell pay-per-view, following Owens’s devastating headbutt to his father Vince. Shane lost the match after Sami Zayn (Owen’s real-life best-friend) shocked the WWE Universe, and pulled Owens off the announce table and Shane-O Mac crashed through the table. As WWE doctors were checking on Shane, Owens pinned him to gain the victory.

In the fall of 2018 at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia during a first-ever World Cup Tournament, when The Miz and Dolph Ziggler advanced to the finals. Ziggler’s insurance policy at the time was The Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre, and McIntrye attacked Miz causing a “kayfabe” ankle injury preventing him from starting the match.

The Best in the World’s Power Trip

A very concerned SmackDown Live Commissioner took his place in the finals, instead of forfeiting the whole tournament and Shane won the tournament and The Best in the World Cup Trophy. Shane-O Mac oversold the victory as if he participated in the tournament in its entirety, it was rumored that this would catapult into a heel turn.

At the end of 2018, Miz following his heartbreaking “injury”, he began petitioning for The Best in the World to join forces and become The Best Tag Team in the World. After weeks of begging Miz shares that his intentions are driven, by his dad’s approval of Shane and wanting to make him proud.

At the 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Shane and Miz would defeat The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions. At next month’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, The Best Tag Team in the World would lose the titles to The Usos. At the Fastlane pay-per-view in Miz’s hometown of Cleveland, OH the last stop before WrestleMania 35, Shane and Miz would be unsuccessful in their attempt to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Following their loss as both competitors were hugging Miz’s dad, Shane would blindside his partner and brutally attacked him and placed his hands on Mr. Miz after triangle choking Miz out cold.

On March 12th episode of SmackDown Live, an arrogant and entitled Shane-O Mac addressed the live Ohio crowd, claiming he wasn’t The Best in the World because he won a trophy he’s The Best in the World because he’s a McMahon. Shane ended the segment stating that it felt so good beating up Miz, that he challenged him to a match at WrestleMania. He was crystal clear in declaring that he’s the boss and essentially forcing Miz to accept his challenge.

At Mania, the two former tag team partners brawled all over MetLife Stadium in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The self-proclaimed Best in the World would make Miz incensed after he put his hands on his dad again, which drove Miz to Suplex Shane off a Scaffold all the way to the floor but The Best in the World’s body landed on top to score the pinfall.

On July 9th episode of SmackDown Live a new antihero would emerge, Kevin Owens, who was sick and tired of Shane stealing tv time from more deserving full-time talent. Owens cut a Pipebomb promo unloading all of his frustrations, after being kicked out of the arena after a parking lot brawl ensued with Dolph Ziggler.

After consecutive weeks of Owens stunning the so-called Best in the World, the two rivals are set to engage in a volatile battle in three days at WWE SummerSlam. Shane has upped the stakes, if Owens loses he must quit WWE in writing.

One thing that we’ve learned throughout Shane McMahon’s illustrious career, is that nothing is off limits. Whether or not Shane-O Mac has earned the title of The Best in the World is highly debatable but, he’s had a hell of a career in the WWE and provided the WWE Universe with some of the most breathtaking moments in sports entertainment.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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