Well, being the Shane McMahon mark that I am, I thought I'd share some lovely news items about my favorite McMahon:
Item #1- Gosh, he sure is a nice guy!
A friend emailed me this snippet, which was originally on some chick's website. I don't have the link handy, but here is the story:
"You know, Life is funny. It really is. Just last year around this time, I was sinking further into depression and had practically given up the will to live. I no longer attended school, I was home schooled by the township, and I had no social contact whatsoever. Why was I in such a state? Because I had just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic myafascial pain disorder, and cushings syndrome.
The pain caused by these medical problems was beginning to take a profound effect on my personality and on my outlook for life. I didn’t want to do anything I used to do and I felt utterly alone. The only comfort I did have was three nights a week when wrestling would come on. I remember sitting there watching all the wrestlers do their best to entertain and for a few moments, making me forget about the pain I dealt with daily. There was one man who always made me feel especially good, though… Shane McMahon.
Ever since Shane’s debut, I have been one of his biggest fans. My room is practically a shrine to him. Every time I’d seen him in a match or cutting a promo, I couldn’t help but smile. It was like being healthy again. Like I still had friends and could do things like a regular person. However, this alone wasn’t enough to pull me out of depression and I continued to sink deeper into sadness.
It was during this time that my mother took it upon herself to call the WWF, without me knowing, and told them of my story and asked to buy one of Shane’s jerseys for me. She was told that Shane had them specially made just for him and they didn’t sell them, but they could get me an autograph. My mother said that would be fine.
She didn’t hear anything for a few months, and then one night towards the end of one of my home-schooling sessions, the phone rang. As I went up to get it, my mom cut me off before I could read caller ID and took the phone in the room. Thinking nothing more of it, I went back to my work. Minutes later, I heard her crying as she came out of the bedroom.
It was only then that my mom told me of what she had done. She explained to me that that was the WWF offices on the phone and that the woman she had talked to before had gone straight to Shane McMahon himself. When asked for the autograph… Shane said no. He said an autograph wasn’t enough and that he was going to do something special to me. It was when I heard this that I cried tears of joy for the first time in my life.
Three days later, the FedEx truck pulled up in front of my house and delivered the neat little package with the WWF logo on the front. I opened the end and out tumbled into my lap was Shane’s jersey from Unforgiven 2001, from the WCW Title Handicap match, Shane & Booker T vs. The Rock. As I held that jersey, I realized how much people cared about me. I looked into the box once more and to my surprise, there was an issue of WWF magazine in there, you know, the ‘Doomsday For Daddy’ one with Stephanie on the cover. I opened the magazine and inside were autographed photos from Shane McMahon, Chris Benoit, Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, The Rock, Triple H, and The Hardy Boyz.
Not since that glorious day last year have I ever been depressed again. Whenever I get down, I simply look up at that jersey that is now hanging in my room and I smile. I smile because I know that I am here today because of one simple act by a man who’s career I have followed for years. I am here today telling you this story because of Shane McMahon. Shane is my hero and always will be. He saved my life. God bless him and God bless wrestling."
Wooooww... what a sweetheart. Is it evil of me to be insanely jealous, though?
Item #2- So get back here, already! We need you!
This, I think is from the Wrestling Observer newsletter:
"W-O Newsletter reader Sean Mosson attended No Mercy on Sunday and after the pay-per-view was over Shane McMahon walked around talking with fans and stayed there for around twenty minutes. When asked about the ratings slump, Shane said that he's not surprised considering the great TV shows there are in competition but said business will pick up once he'll get back on TV. Our reader suggested giving Angle, Edge, Rey and Benoit a nice raise for their match and Shane said that if they wanted $1 million a month he would go pimp himself to make sure they got it, especially Angle who he said is "the greatest he's ever seen." Shane also talked about Survivor Series saying it will make Bischoff feel back down South, saying any true wrestling fan will remember."
Not only does this suggest Shane is going to get his gorgeous self back on my television, but it also lets us know that he knows the value of the truly great wrestlers in the company. And gosh, how nice of him to hang around after the show and chat it up with the fans!
Oh, and by the way, Shane, if you want to pimp yourself, I'll forego paying the rent and help your cause. Because, ahem, it's really important to keep those guys on the payroll. Yiiiip.
(edited by Ana Ng on 26.10.02 0244) Think Happy Kurt Angle Thoughts.
I agree, I think he should have been Bischoff's adversary from the start. They've been *trying* to make the fans get behind Steph as the "Face GM", but it's just not happening. Despite the hard time the fans have given Shane in the past, he's a lot more likeable to the fans at large because he's entertained with some amazing matches, which earned him more respect. I just don't see the fans ever getting behind a face Steph.
I have to agree with Ticamo's assesment, but I never REALLY hated Stephanie McMahon, the person. No, I really dig her. But she has been heel forever though, and it's hard to erase the history she has. I look at her earlier heel work (circa late '99-early 2000) and it was so entertaining, but it does have an impact on her future roles. Still, She has been putting forth an effort to become more liked, and slowly it is happening. It takes time, but I've seen it happen to several wrestlers, so I can see the same for her. Still, it wouldn't hurt to have Shane backing you up! By the way, her voice just makes me laugh my ass off now!
(edited by Ringmistress on 27.10.02 0831) Ringmistress - A bitch among heels.
I don't really hate her. I think as a person, she's okay. Has good taste in men.
Sure she can turn face. Hell, HHH almost did it, before saying he told Rikishi to run over Austin at Survivor Series. Dare I say, he's in the 'gray' area now because his entrance is third to only Jericho and Jeff Hardy when it comes to crowd response at RAW shows. Of course, I'm guessing there.
Still, Stephanie can make a full face turn. Just needs to change her voice some and smile a little bit more. And not that devious smile. A nice happy smile. lol
Back to shane.. I really hope he comes back and gets a grasp on what we WWE fans want to happen on RAW. He is a huge crowd favorite and will help out the show creatively. Plus, I want to see him dance to his entrance music again. Nothing makes me smile more.
OK, here's what you do. Toss your SmackDown tape into the ol' VCR. Now, fast forward over everything Vince (other than the very end of the show), everything Sable, & the re-broadcast of the entire Zach Gowan piece from Confidential.