Every now and then a rumour comes along that you truly want to believe is true, and that happened to us here at Balls.ie in February of 2014 when news spread that Vince McMahon of the WWE was trying to buy Newcastle.
In the end, nothing came of it and Newcastle fans still protest the presence of Mike Ashley at their club to this day, but another much more recent rumour has popped up again involving the McMahon family which would have been even better than we could have hoped for.
Shane McMahon actually did try to buy Newcastle United.
That's right, Shane O Mac could have been the man charged with turning the Magpies into the big club they've always insisted they are, and it would have been absolutely magnificent.
WhatCulture.com quote The Wrestling Observer when detailing Shane's plans for a takeover.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes this week that the son of WWE owner Vince McMahon attempted to put together a consortium to take over the club, but ultimately a deal never materialised.
Rumours from a few years ago actually suggested Vince McMahon wanted to buy the club but at the time it appeared to be fanciful journalism, but may now have stemmed from a real situation where Shane McMahon wanted to buy out Mike Ashley. The deal wouldn’t have had any WWE connection, it would have been a Shane project.
Whether he’ll one day return with a bid for an English Premier League football side is unknown. He’s back with WWE for a short term run as a performer, but he’s in no way back in the wrestling business.
So there you have it. Apparently he also wanted to invest in a number of MMA organisations such as 'PRIDE', but there is no reason given as to why these ventures fell through.
While he would no doubt have run the club with common sense and financial nous, we can't help but wonder how incredible it would have been if he bought the club just to spite his father one more time, and had no interest in Newcastle, so on the last day of the season he appeared out of the tunnel in a Sunderland shirt and cracked Jonjo Shelvey with a chair.
It also would have made for very interesting viewing the next time Jose Mourinho takes a team to Newcastle:
The storylines are endless, and the funny thing is that some Newcastle fans would accept an owner who interferes with matches using professional wrestling props to the one they currently have.
A case of what might have been...