Good morning Scott,
One thing that stuck out in the Stone Cold/Vince podcast was the brief discussion of Shane. Vince said that Shane leaving was "a mutual decision," which means that, to a certain extent, Vince told his son to leave the company. Even if Shane wanted to stay, Vince wanted him to go. A few questions:
1. I can see why working for Vince would be difficult for Shane, but what happened that made Vince want Shane to go?
2. How bad are things that Shane doesn't even show up for Wrestlemania? Do Shane and Vince still speak? Does Shane come home for holidays?
3. A lot of credit is given to Shane for the shift in style in the Attitude Era. Doesn't that give him a better track record for success than Stephanie?
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1. The decision was seemingly all on Shane's end, although Shane was in a certain amount of power in the company and didn't appear to have the mind for the business that Vince or even Steph had, so I can see where it would be troublesome to have him around. It was probably best for all concerned that he went and did his own thing, frankly.
2. Shane lives and works in China now (or, as Vince called it, Japan) but he's been photographed with Vince and the family in recent years, so it's not like he's an outcast or anything. He just doesn't want anything to do with WWE as best as anyone can tell.
3. Holding up Steph as a measure of success is setting the bar pretty low considering that she destroyed creative for 10 years and took the company from record profits to whatever it is they are now. But as far as being a wrestling mind, Shane's ideas have been described as like something out of Vince Russo's rejected pile. At least Stephanie appears to have basic understanding of booking, even if she sucks at it.