WWE SmackDown Recap: July 16, 2019
S19 episode 29 Aired on July 16, 2019

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.”

Superstars weren’t bashful, with Roman Reigns stepping right up to the mic to inform Shane-O-Mac that nobody in the locker room respected him… to which Shane promptly replied that he would be fining The Big Dog for his controversial comments. Charlotte Flair tried to bring the convo back to a pro-Shane level, but Liv Morgan interrupted, calling The Queen a total phony in more ways than one.

Buddy Murphy chimed in saying that he would be happy to help shut-up KO for Shane, before Apollo Crews swooped in to say that he too agreed with Owens’ assessment from last week … before Andrade & Zelina Vega interrupted to try and silence Apollo by challenging the rising Superstar to a match tonight. Elias was the next up to try and swift the Town Hall back in Shane’s favor, before The New Day -- and specifically WWE Champion Kofi Kingston -- railed against Shane, insisting that every Superstar on SmackDown LIVE had the potential to do great things if given the opportunities. Shane-O-Mac didn’t like what he was hearing though, and he called for the technicians to cut Kingston’s microphone off before he could continue his blitz on Shane.

Shane abruptly called a close to the Town Hall, made a match between Aleister Black and Wild Card from Raw Cesaro and seemed generally satisfied… until he ate a Stunner from an intruding Owens (who he had banned from the arena earlier in the evening).

Shane was down, Owens fled and things were quite lively on the blue brand.

After defeating The IIconics in Tokyo several weeks ago in a non-title match, The Kabuki Warriors of Asuka & Kairi Sane looked to follow up by dethroning The IIconics for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles on SmackDown LIVE.

Asuka & Kairi came out the gates hot, but when Billie Kay & Peyton Royce found themselves on the outside of the ring, they refused to reenter and got themselves counted out, taking another loss to The Kabuki Warriors but retaining their titles. This, of course, did not sit well with The Kabuki Warriors, who darted out of the ring to lay a beating on Billie & Peyton, which was punctuated by an awe-inspiring InSane Elbow from The Pirate Princess.

The cathartic attack quenched their thirst for retribution, but it got them no closer to the Women’s Tag Team Titles … at least not on this night.

After being blindsided by a Stunner from Kevin Owens earlier in the night, Shane-O-Mac co-signed Dolph Ziggler’s idea of trying to shut up KO in a match, and Shane allowed Owens back in the building for this main event.

KO brought the heat early, but Ziggler took control while seeking retribution for Owens’ quick win on Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules. The action stopped when Shane McMahon arrived with a litany of SmackDown LIVE Superstars, seemingly ready to pounce on KO.

As the crew surrounded the ring, Owens kicked out of a Zig Zag before regrouping and dropping The Showoff with a Stunner, though Shane yanked the former Universal Champion out of the ring when he went for the cover. Owens responded by swiftly dropping Shane-O-Mac with a Stunner for the second time that night, and he bolted toward the backstage area to evade the mob.

Owens had bested Shane yet again, but “The Best In The World” promised that payback was coming KO’s way as SmackDown LIVE concluded.

In other action … Aleister Black def. Cesaro … Charlotte Flair def. Liv Morgan … Bayley & Ember Moon def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville … The New Day hijacked Daniel Bryan’s major announcement … and Apollo Crews def. Andrade.

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