October 16, 2009
Shane McMahon to leave WWE
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Effective in the new year, WWE will be short another McMahon. Following the resignation of his mother, Linda McMahon, as WWE CEO to pursue political goals, Shane McMahon announced today that he has tendered his resignation as Executive Vice President of Global Media for the company.
McMahon's resignation will be effective January 1, 2010.
In a press release, Shane McMahon addressed his departure: "It has been an incredible experience to help build WWE into a global phenomenon. However, having been associated with this organization for the majority of my life, I feel this is the opportune time in my career to pursue outside ventures."
No word yet on where the 39-year-old McMahon is headed. He is married to Marissa Mazzola, and they have two sons.
"Even though I am personally saddened by Shane’s decision to leave the company, I am proud of the enormous contributions he has made. He will unquestionably bring passion, commitment and extensive business experience to any endeavor he pursues," said his father Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO, in a WWE story.
Shane McMahon's sister, Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, continues in her role behind-the-scenes as head of writing.
The WWE website has a lengthier letter from Shane McMahon to the fans:
It is with great sadness that I announce my resignation from the WWE, effective January 1, 2010.After graduating from Greenwich High School in 1988, Shane McMahon went to Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and then Boston University. He was expected to learn the business end of WWE the hard way, employed first in the company's TV production, sales, marketing, and international business development divisions. McMahon was then chosen to head up the new Digital Media Department in 1998, leading the way on New Media projects.
In the ring, McMahon actually worked as a referee (Shane Stevens) for a while. Later, as the McMahon family took a prominent on-screen role following the Montreal Screwjob of 1997, Shane developed into "Shane-O-Mac," and had various feuds against members of his own family and WWE superstars. He held the WWE European title and the Hardcore title.
Greg Oliver interviewed Shane McMahon just once. It wasn't the smoothest interview ever. Greg can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.