Backstage Notes On Irreconcilable "Divide" Between Stephanie & Shane McMahon

Perhaps don't take Vince McMahon's retirement as a sign of Shane's WWE return...

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Stephanie McMahon ascended to the position of WWE's co-CEO and Chairwoman with her father Vince's retirement last week, meaning she and fellow promotion recipient Nick Khan will now be tasked with steering the world's biggest wrestling company after the 76-year-old stepped down.

But while the McMahon family's power dynamics have shifted greatly, change doesn't appear to be on the horizon for Stephanie and brother Shane, who is currently out of wrestling.

Per Wade Keller for PWTorch VIP, Stephanie, who established her "alpha attitude" over Shane years ago, has always had eyes on running WWE over her elder sibling. The duo have always had a rivalry - and the divide still exists. Moreover, Keller believes that no reconciliation is on the horizon, ruling out the prospect of the duo running WWE together.

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The report notes that nobody should expect Shane to be involved in the new WWE regime unless he "goes rogue and just shows up at a show." His distant relationship with Stephanie is to the extent that they don't even hang out or talk.

Shane has been away from WWE since shortly after Royal Rumble 2022, where his heavy-handed meddling rubbed several people the wrong way, including Brock Lesnar. Those attempts at imposing himself on the titular men's match led to Vince vowing his son would never get another look in the company.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.