Here are some highlights from Jonathan Coachman’s special edition of “Off The Top Rope” that aired on ESPN Wednesday night. Coach sat down with Shane McMahon backstage at Monday’s WWE RAW in Brooklyn.
Shane said he was sore after delivering the big elbow drop to The Undertaker. Coach asked how he can top what he did on RAW and Shane said anything can happen. He’s excited and nervous to be in Hell In a Cell. He said it’s a whole different atmosphere when you’re in with The Undertaker, who he calls the measuring stick of the business. Shane says Taker has carried the business on his back and he’s intimidating. Shane said he’s going to let it rip on Sunday. He’s known for putting his body on the line, especially when the stakes are high, and he will do that. Shane said he’s going to give everything he possibly can in the match.
Coach asked what sticks out in Shane’s mind from everything he’s done and he talked about how he originally thought he would have just one match but that evolved and escalated to where he’s at today. Coach asked what’s inside of Shane that makes him want to go where he has to go on Sunday and do it for the fans. Shane said it’s just his drive, he’s always wanted to do more and always had a competitive nature. Shane said he goes into every physical activity he does with the mindset that he’s going to push it until he can’t push it any further. Coach asked about Shane’s three sons having the chance to watch him on Sunday and he said it’s emotional. Shane said that’s his main reason for doing this. He said the experience of him performing in front of 100,000 fans at WrestleMania is bigger than any give he can give them, so he’s very excited about doing it.
Regarding Shane’s return to the company on RAW several weeks back, Shane said he was speechless. He still gets goosebumps thinking about it. Shane called the reaction and the sustained reaction humbling. He wanted to soak up all the energy and he did, he was blown away. Shane said he’s not articulate enough to describe the feeling. He’s been in the business his whole life and never felt or heard something like that. Shane said the emotions got him and he was crying that night. Coach brought up the training videos we’ve seen and Shane talked about the different coaches he’s been working with to prepare for The Undertaker.
In regards to his future after Sunday’s match, Shane said he doesn’t know but he thinks he will walk out on Monday night in control of RAW.
Shane also talked about watching Vince McMahon start WrestleMania and the lead up to WrestleMania I, working out with NFL star Eli Manning and more.