Shane McMahon tells ESPN his WrestleMania match is the greatest gift he can give his sons, discusses his big stunt spots and his health after the top rope elbow drop on Raw

shane1Shane McMahon tells ESPN his WrestleMania match is the greatest gift he can give his sons, discusses his big stunt spots and his health after the top rope elbow drop on Raw,

The following are the highlights of Shane McMahon’s appearance on ESPN SportsCenter on Wednesday evening. The interview was hosted by Jonathan Coachman and taped on Monday in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center.

Shane on how he felt after his top rope elbow drop onto Taker: Sore, definitely sore, but when the adrenaline is pumping you don’t feel anything there and that’s what’s going to happen at WrestleMania on Sunday.

On facing Taker at WrestleMania: I’m really excited to be in there. I’m nervous to be in there. It’s a whole different atmosphere. When you’re against a guy that big… And I have so much respect for The Undertaker. He’s the measuring stick of the business. He’s carried the business on his back for quite some time. I’ve known him a very long time. But when you’re in there it’s intimidating, so you just got to let it rip and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m kind of known for I will do anything, especially when the stakes are high, I will definitely do that just as I showed the other night, so I will give it everything I possibly have.”

Shane on the things he’s done that stick out: Gosh, I don’t know. I always thought I would have one match because it was never supposed to be a series of things, and then it kind of caught fire. And then everyone becomes accustomed to it and you have to start thinking about different things and then it starts to build, so I always thought I would have one match. I was like, let’s give them some cool stuff, and then that evolved and escalated and has grown into what it is today.

On what makes him want to do this: Good question. It’s just my drive and it’s always been in there and I’ve always wanted to do more. It’s just the competitive nature I’ve had in myself. I literally go into every single endeavor that I do physically with that mindset, I’m going to push it until I can’t push it any further.

On working in front of his sons: That’s my main reason. It’s extremely emotional for me. It’s not often that you get to see your dad like a real life superhero. And to perform at WrestleMania in front of 100,000 people, that experience for my sons… there’s no bigger gift that I can possibly ever give them than that experience. It should be a wonderful thing and I’m really excited about it.

Powell’s POV: The best gift Shane can give his sons is going home in one piece. It’s a bit frightening to hear him talk about the need to raise the bar. I guess I’m just hoping he knows his limit on Sunday. Shane also spoke about the evolution of WrestleMania and how his father put everything on the line for the first WrestleMania. He also addressed how humbling it was to get the reaction he did during his return to WWE television. In a fun note, Shane spoke about working out with Eli Manning when they ended up vacationing in the same area. He went into kayfabe mode when Coachman asked him what’s next for him coming out of WrestleMania by saying he hopes to walk out on Monday in control of Raw.

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