In 2016, after an absence from WWE of more than six years, Shane McMahon made a surprise return to the company and battled The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32.
McMahon, who is a father of three boys, said that getting to perform in front of his children was one of the main reasons he decided to come back.
The son of Vince McMahon discussed the reasoning behind his return, and much more, during an interview on the latest episode of The Steve Austin Show.
"Having my kids out there was one of the main reasons I came back to the company, period," Shane McMahon said. "I never was able to perform live in front of my boys. And they would always ask me, 'would you ever go back dad? Would you ever do that?' I'd say 'Well, if the right opoportunity was there, then I'd consider it, being there for you guys.' That was one of the major deciding factors, was [that] my sons has never seen me."
McMahon's three sons were part of his entrance at WrestleMania 32, a match that ended after Shane McMahon jumped off the top of the Hell In a Cell structure and crashed through the ringside announce table.
"... to have them come out with me, in front of that crowd, at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play, it was surreal," Shane said. "It was a moment that I selfishly replay in my mind all the time. Because there's nothing greater than that—having your three sons, fifth-generation, running out there with you in the very event your father created, and we're in the 32nd one of them, 32nd WrestleMania."
McMahon noted that having his sons accompany him for the entrance was a last-minute decision.
"I asked them about five minutes before I came out," he said, adding, "When they came out, they just took to it like water. I couldn't believe it."