WWE's Shane McMahon Not Severely Injured After Shocking 20-Ft. Stunt Fall
Shane McMahon 20 ft. fall on Sunday's WWE SmackDown Live had fans buzzing
Despite reports from the WWE that SmackDown! Live commissioner Shane McMahon was battling multiple injuries after a falling 20 feet from the top of SmackDown!‘s “Hell in a Cell” cage on Sunday, a source close to the organization tells PEOPLE McMahon is in good health.
“Shane was in fact not severely injured and not in the hospital,” the insider tells PEOPLE. “This is all part of the storyline.”
The WWE had said in a statement on their website Monday that McMahon had been taken to the hospital. “A preliminary report has determined that Shane may be dealing with multiple injuries, including neck trauma, fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder,” the statement read. “While nothing has been confirmed at this time, WWE.com will continue to monitor Shane’s condition.”
McMahon, 47, had found himself in the ring at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit battling longtime rival Kevin Owens, 33.
While the two exchanged their fair share of headbutts and clothesline dives on the floor and on top of the SmackDown!‘s “Hell in a Cell” cage, all seemed to go wrong when McMahon jumped from the top of the structure and down 20 ft. to the ground in an effort to knockout Owens.
Instead it was McMahon who looked to be knocked out cold from the fall, slamming through the announcer tables and lying motionless for a few seconds on the floor as WWE coworkers and medical responders rushed to his side.
But, a WWE source now says, it was all part of the show and McMahon is just fine.
Of course it’s not the first time McMahon has involved himself in an over-the-top stunt. Known for his high-risk moves, previous falls including leaps from the WWE’s Titantron and a similar “Hell in the Cell” dive at WrestleMania 32.
Still, this fall left SmackDown! viewers stunned.
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McMahon, who is a part-time professional wrestler and minority owner of the WWE, has been working with the WWE since he was 15, filling merchandise orders in the warehouse of his four-generation wrestling family (his father is WWE Majority Owner/Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon). His mother, Linda McMahon, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate twice and is currently the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Donald Trump.
Though being a wrestler is just one of the jobs he’s done in the WWE, the role has paid off for him. He holds titles from the European Championship and the Hardcore Championship, and has wrestled in previous WWE Pay Per View main events.
Earlier this year, McMahon was also one of two people who survived a helicopter crash when it made an emergency landing off the shore of New York’s Gilgo Beach.