Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James told Shane McMahon to let it go.
After WrestleMania 34 took place, WWE released a ‘WWE 24’ documentary about the event. The main event of that show saw Brock Lesnar defeat Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship.
In the documentary, Lesnar and Paul Heyman are shown walking through Gorilla Position after the match and Lesnar tossed the Universal Title at Vince McMahon. Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James, who was seated beside McMahon when this happened, recounted the situation on his ‘Oh…You Didn’t Know’ podcast.
James does not know why Lesnar was upset but does remember Shane McMahon wanting to go after Brock. James added that he told Shane to let it go. In that moment, Road Dogg was not sure if it was a work or not.
I don’t really know (why Brock Lesnar was upset after the WrestleMania 34 main event). I honestly don’t. What I remember of that is I almost got hit by the title. It (WWE 24 documentary) showed he threw the title across me to Vince (McMahon) and everybody kind of stood up like, what the crap was that? And so, I don’t know. I didn’t really know what went down then, and I wasn’t about to go after Brock to find out… I remember Shane (McMahon) being in Gorilla and being hot and trying to go after Brock and I said, ‘Hey, let’s let it go, let it go. Let’s just stay right here and all keep our teeth.’
So he was aiming for Vince (Road Dogg laughed) and he’s a good aim. He’s got a good aim, good throw, he had a good rotation on the title. But one of those straps almost caught me right in the mug… He aimed it to Vince. He didn’t aim it at him, you know what I mean? It landed in front of him. It was safe. He could’ve hit all of us if he wanted to… I actually didn’t know if it was a work or not because nobody said a word and nobody did anything. Sometimes they would do things and then laugh with each other later and stuff and then you go like, oh, I almost got killed in the crossfire there. I don’t appreciate that. So you don’t know, I don’t know. I do remember Shane was hot and wanted to go and I was like, ‘Ah.’ So he ended up going so maybe he knew something I didn’t know.
Shane was in action at that year’s WrestleMania as he tagged with the returning Bryan Danielson to face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Going into WrestleMania, Shane was hospitalized while on vacation in Antigua and was recovering from diverticulitis.
In WWE’s press release on the matter, it was noted that McMahon would be undergoing surgery for an umbilical hernia once he recovered. Brian James said there was no backup plan if Shane could not make it because Shane was telling people he was fine and just would not be at TV that week.
No, (I don’t recall there being backup plans discussed when Shane McMahon was hospitalized before WrestleMania 34) because he didn’t announce he was in the hospital. He just announced, ‘Everything’s fine. I won’t be there at TV this week but everything’s fine’ and you just go, ‘Well I heard you were in the hospital.’ He says, ‘Nope, we’re good. Everything’s good.’
At WrestleMania 39, McMahon made his return to WWE for an impromptu match against The Miz. Shane tore his quad in the match.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit the ‘Oh…You Didn’t Know’ podcast with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.