Following Kevin Owens’ heinous Sin City SmackDown attack on Mr. McMahon that gave The Chairman three fractured ribs, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon returned from his suspension to Team Blue with one clear directive: To let KO know that he was in for the beating of a lifetime when they meet inside Hell in a Cell on Oct. 8. Shane touched on his tumultuous history with his father, but said he loves him and plans on avenging him inside Hell in a Cell.
Eager to hear what Mr. McMahon had to say regarding his tumultuous conflict with indefinitely suspended SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens kicked off what he was calling “The Kevin Owens Show,” inviting Mr. McMahon to the ring for a chat. Following an odd appearance by Dolph Ziggler pretending to be Shane, Owens was met with SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan instead of The Chairman of the Board.
SmackDown LIVE was slated to begin with a contest between former friends, Natalya and Carmella. However, Kevin Owens quickly interrupted James Ellsworth’s introduction of Ms. Money in the Bank, announcing his intentions to interject himself into the match as the special guest referee. Just as he did during the Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English match last week, KO demanded that the referee give him the striped shirt, which prompted the arrival of SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, who has been at odds with the former United States Champion for months.
United States Champion AJ Styles was ready to re-open the United States Open Challenge on SmackDown LIVE, a challenge that rising Superstar Tye Dillinger seemed more than eager to accept. However, before The Perfect 10 could walk down the ramp to take on The Phenomenal One, he was blindsided by Baron Corbin.
After AJ Styles regained the United States Championship from Kevin Owens last week in a high-octane Triple Threat Match that also included Chris Jericho, The Phenomenal One immediately went from hunter to hunted as Kevin Owens invoked his rematch clause to kick things off on SmackDown LIVE.
After Sami Zayn scored what many considered to be an upset victory over Baron Corbin at WWE Backlash, the two collided again on SmackDown LIVE, this time with Money in the Bank momentum very much in play.
Clearly operating with a new level of confidence in the wake of defeating The Lone Wolf two nights prior, The Underdog from The Underground moved swiftly and forcefully, catching Corbin off-guard with a rollup for the win.