WWE originally had plans for Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon to team with his son Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 34 in 2018.
Kevin Owens spoke with Inside The Ropes and SPORF’s Kenny McIntosh earlier today and revealed that original plans for WrestleMania 34 had Vince and Shane teaming up to face Owens and Sami Zayn.
“Yeah, that [feud with Vince] was really cool,” Owens admitted. “I wish it would have led to more, honestly. But who wouldn’t feel that way? I think it could have, and I think it almost did. I really think, at one point, there was a chance that it was going to be me and Sami Zayn against Shane and Vince at WrestleMania ? which would have been incredible ? but Vince, I remember one of the things he had told me was, ‘I can’t run WrestleMania and focus on a match at the same time.’
The match ended up with Shane and Daniel Bryan defeating Owens and Zayn. Per the stipulation, Owens and Zayn would have been re-hired to SmackDown if they won the match.
Owens and Shane began feuding in August 2017, several months before WrestleMania. Vince did get involved in the feud a few times, including the September 12, 2017 SmackDown episode where Owens hit Vince with a headbutt after Vince announced Shane vs. Owens for Hell In a Cell.
“[Vince] felt like his best position was to not be in the ring, you know? But then also it was also the perfect situation for Bryan’s return,” Owens said. “He got cleared medically and the storyline was already in progress. He was already so heavily involved in the storyline just because him and Shane were running SmackDown together, and obviously that was an incredible thing to be a part of Daniel’s return, especially in that building where he won the title at WrestleMania XXX, so it was great.”
Vince has not wrestled since the October 8, 2012 RAW, where he fought CM Punk to a No Contest. He last teamed with Shane at the 2007 Judgement Day pay-per-view, in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match against current WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley. That 3-on-1 match saw Vince, Shane and Umaga lose to Lashley with Vince’s ECW World Heavyweight Title on the line, but Vince retained the title since Lashley pinned Shane.