Shane McMahon has been a student of Renzo Gracie for over eight years and is working with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in preparation for his upcoming bout against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, 2016.
WrestleMania 32 takes place on April 3, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, and the annual WWE blockbuster will feature a “Hell in a Cell” match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon.
The 46-year-old son of WWE owner and chairman, Vince McMahon, returned recently after a six-year absence on “Monday Night Raw” in Detroit, Michigan. If “Shane-O-Mac” prevails at WrestleMania 32, he takes over control of the organization’s flagship program.
Gracie was a guest on “The Countdown” recently on SiriusXM RUSH and he explained to hosts Michael Bisping and Luis J. Gomez that McMahon has been a student of his for years.
“In reality Shane trained with us for over eight years,” said Gracie. “He’s been training with us for a long time and then they moved for a few years and this period he had to be away for a few years and then he came back. And he is in the best shape of his life. I couldn’t believe the shape that he is in. He’s been training a lot of muay thai with Phil Nurse, who is the coach for Georges St. Pierre and a lot of other good guys and he is in really good shape for this match for the show that they are putting on in the Dallas arena.”
“It’s kind of interesting because he’s training with you, he’s training with Phil Nurse, but this is a professional wrestling match,” Bisping argued. “Of course, I know it gets you in great shape, but he doesn’t need to know the in depth intricacies of jiu-jitsu.”
“The thing is he loves jiu-jitsu,” Gracie said. “He’s been training for a while. He’s been training before even thinking about doing a match like that because he was out for a while, he was a little chubby and all he did was come every day at six o’ clock in the morning to the gym and roll. Train for like an hour, hour and a half. And now he is cut, extremely good shape and he is even enjoying more jiu-jitsu now, doing guards, doing shoulder locks, omniplatas, triangles, everything. Jiu-jitsu is addicting. Once you begin rolling with your friends and you start learning what you are doing, you don’t want to stop.”