In the wake of WWE Clash of Champions, the reunited Erick Rowan & Luke Harper took out Danial Bryan and Roman Reigns in an all-out destructive assault. Plus, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return to challenger WWE Champion Kofi Kingston to a title match at the SmackDown LIVE premiere on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, and Chad Gable left King Corbin’s coronation in shambles.
Shane McMahon thought he had it all figured out when he inserted himself into the King of the Ring Tournament Semifinals against Chad Gable and appointed Kevin Owens as the special guest referee with promises of lifting Owens’ $100,000 fine. However, Gable wouldn’t quit in the face of Shane-O-Mac, prompting Shane to fire KO.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston would arrive to SmackDown LIVE at MSG reflective on the night in 2009 where Kingston battered Randy Orton from pillar to post in The World’s Most Famous Arena, a night that altered his career.
Erick Rowan brutalized both Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, firmly admitting to being Reigns’ attacker and then seemingly cutting ties from his former friend Bryan when he decimated him and viciously put him through a table.
Bayley is still all smiles.
Despite her shocking turn of face last night on Raw when she decimated Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch with a chair in a show of solidarity with Sasha Banks, the SmackDown Women’s Champion arrived on the blue brand puzzled by the WWE Universe’s reaction.
Roman Reigns is hellbent on finding out who relentlessly attacked him in recent weeks. Also, Miz seeks retribution from the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
”The New” Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan revealed who they believed to be the culprit behind the series of attacks on Roman Reigns – a man with almost identical facial features to Rowan. Elsewhere, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston proved he would not back down in the face of Randy Orton’s onslaught toward him and his New Day brothers.
Kevin Owens looked to get one over on 24/7 Champion Elias and Shane McMahon by defeating the crooning Superstar in the opening round of the King of the Ring tournament, but claiming a victory also meant overcoming the looming presence of Shane-O-Mac.
The New Day engaged in a drag-out battle with Randy Orton & The Revival in a major Six-Man Tag Team main event on SmackDown LIVE, but the makeshift trio’s victory over the WWE Champion and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was only half the story. Also, the mystery surrounding who is responsible for the recent attacks on Roman Reigns took several more twists and turns.
Kevin Owens kept his job this Sunday when he defeated Shane McMahon at SummerSlam… but that doesn’t mean he’d get much time to enjoy his victory.
“The New” Daniel Bryan & Rowan made a statement at the conclusion of their tag team main event against Xavier Woods & Big E, and Roman Reigns got some information out of Buddy Murphy, who implicated Rowan as the culprit in his recent misfortunes.
Charlotte Flair wanted the WWE Universe to get an up close and personal look at her greatness … but instead they were treated to a video highlighting Trish Stratus, who will battle The Queen this Sunday. An incensed Queen was soon confronted by the seven-time Women’s Champion, setting the stage for a tense standoff.
Shane McMahon thought he had backed Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns into a corner when he pitted the two in a match against one another, as Drew McIntyre, Elias and Shane were all present for it. However, the tides quickly turned on “The Best in the World” when Owens and Reigns made it clear that they were more interested in tussling with Shane-O-Mac and company than each other.
A very special episode of “Miz TV” that featured Shawn Michaels quickly descended into bedlam when Dolph Ziggler crashed the proceedings and exchanged verbal daggers with HBK.
The beef between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon continued, first with Shane-O-Mac’s Town Hall Meeting quickly going south when KO abruptly arrived and then again in the main event when Owens tussled with Dolph Ziggler, but the conclusion would be altered when Shane hit the scene with some backup clearly aiming to take KO out.
Coming off of Kevin Owens’ iconic tirade last week, Shane McMahon held a Town Hall Meeting on SmackDown LIVE, allowing other blue brand Superstars to air any and all grievances, as long as they were “respectful.”
Kevin Owens finally exploded on Shane McMahon, verbally assaulting The Best in the World at the start of the night and dropping him with a Stunner at the end of it, massively altering the main event between Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler.
After Kevin Owens got into a jaw-dropping brawl with Dolph Ziggler in the parking lot earlier in the day – which resulted in Shane McMahon canceling a match between the two Superstars – KO stormed into the arena to kick off SmackDown LIVE ready to verbally unload on “The Best in the World.”