At WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, Shane McMahon was absolutely destroyed by Roman Reigns, being hit with a spear and having to be helped out of the ring by medical professionals. Was this just a part of the storyline, or was McMahon actually hurt during the match?
The WWE has not released any official word about Shane’s status, but Ringside News reports that this was not a work and not the way that Shane was supposed to exit the match. Fortunately, it seems that he is doing okay, as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that by the end of the night on Sunday, Shane was telling everyone that he felt fine.
In the clip above, you can see why viewers have been so worried about Shane, as when he is speared by Roman Reigns, his head slams directly into the mat. He then raises his arms in a fencing position, an involuntary response that occurs after a concussion.
So what was meant to happen, exactly? Well, Dave Meltzer reports that Shane was supposed to get pinned by Roman Reigns after the spear. But in the event itself, the referee suddenly stopped his count even though Shane McMahon didn’t appear to kick out. You can see the referee stop counting and begin examining Shane, with the commentators not knowing what to say and being extremely confused.
Another immediate clue that this was all real was that after the spot, Randy Orton immediately breaks character to go talk to Shane McMahon’s son, presumably consoling him and telling him that his dad is going to be okay. No mention of this was made by the commentators, and the cameras didn’t even focus on it that much; if Orton consoling Shane’s son was part of the work, the WWE would have likely played it up a bit more. Orton also commented on this on Twitter, indicating that things had gone “sideways.”
The WWE’s silence also speaks volumes. In a case where a superstar’s injury is fake, the WWE will often continue the charade on social media and on their website, giving updates about how the performer is supposedly doing. On the other hand, when there’s a real injury, the company usually remains completely silent while they figure things out. After SummerSlam, for instance, there was no official word about the extent of Finn Balor’s injuries until shortly before Raw the following night. After Survivor Series, Shane McMahon presumably had to undergo some concussion tests.
Many fans who were in attendance for Survivor Series have since provided their perspective on social media, saying that it seemed clear to those in the room that Shane was definitely hurt.
Reddit user ironlion26 explained, “I was sitting facing the hard camera. Ref tried to communicate with them and immediately pressed a button on the back of his belt to alert backstage that something was going on. He was definitely legit hurt.”