Roman Reigns has not been booked for WrestleMania Backlash in Puerto Rico next month, Dave Meltzer reports. Shane McMahon also won’t appear. Shane McMahon is reportedly back home in the Northeast, recovering from the torn quadriceps he suffered at last weekend’s WrestleMania 39.
Shane returned at this year’s ‘Show of Shows and was involved in an impromptu match against The Miz. Shane suffered a knee injury while doing a leapfrog. WWE medical personnel checked on McMahon before he was helped out of the ring. The match was concluded by rap legend Snoop Dogg who punched The Miz twice before hitting the People’s Elbow for three counts.
Update on Shane McMahon
PWInsider has reported that Shane was flown to Birmingham, Alabama after the event, and has undergone surgery at the Andrew Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center.
The report added that it’s unknown if WWE had any post-WrestleMania plans for McMahon, or if his cameo was a one-off. McMahon was returning to WWE TV for the first time since his surprise entry in the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble Match, which was won by Brock Lesnar.
WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H showered praise on Snoop for having the wherewithal to save the WrestleMania match following McMahon’s injury. During the post-WrestleMania presser, Triple H referred to Snoop as a “natural-born entertainer” who earned the respect of WWE fans for putting himself on “a different playing field” by jumping in as McMahon’s last-minute replacement.
Triple H said:
“My hats off to Snoop. You know, just picking it up and just like, ‘Oh, man, he’s hurt? Alright, I’ll fix that.’ He’s a natural-born entertainer. I’ve known Snoop for years in this environment and what kind of a fan he is, but, man, tonight he put himself, from a respect factor for me, he put himself in a different playing field for me.”