WWE SmackDown Recap: August 20, 2019
S19 episode 34 Aired on August 20, 2019

”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.

Shane strutted to ringside midway through the match just moments after he pondered removing the $100,000 fine that he slapped KO with last week. Despite Shane’s presence, Owens appeared in rare form, besting Elias at every turn and appearing to have the firm upper hand. However, in the critical moments, Shane attempted to stop KO from continuing the attack on the crooning Superstar while the fight was on the outside and then took off the shirt he was wearing to show that he was sporting a referee’s shirt.

Shane-O-Mac took over for the original official, and with the decree that Owens would face grave consequences if he struck another referee, KO had to be extremely hesitant, which led to Elias catching Owens with a rollup and Shane counting an absurdly fast three-count for a highly controversial outcome.
Randy Orton kicked off SmackDown LIVE still reveling in the beatdown that he and The Revival doled out to The New Day the previous night on Raw.

Orton went for the jugular, repeatedly suggesting that WWE Champion Kofi Kingston is stupid and that he has lost the faith of his family and declaring that he was trying to teach Kofi a lesson before the New Day’s music started blaring through the arena. The Apex Predator attempted to get the jump on Kingston by turning toward the entranceway, but the WWE Champion was one step ahead, turning about fair play from last night by sneaking up behind Randy and connecting with a pinpoint Trouble in Paradise right to Orton’s dome.

Kofi then grabbed a chair, placed it over Randy’s ankle and contemplated smashing his weight down upon it in retaliation for what The Viper and The Revival did to Xavier Woods last night, but Dash and Dawson hit the scene, allowing The Viper the time to retreat. Kingston retrieved the steel chair and decimated the “Top Guys” with several savage strikes. The Revival fled after the punishment, leaving Kofi to stand tall with one symbolic message: He wasn’t backing down.

The more “answers” Roman Reigns gets, the more questions we all seem to be asking.

Daniel Bryan & Rowan revealed who they believed to be Reigns attacker – a man who looked incredibly similar to Rowan. The accused party seemed petrified, and The Big Dog seemed beyond perplexed. So what’s next in this ever-evolving whodunnit?

In other action … Andrade def. Apollo Crews in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament … Bayley decked Charlotte Flair on “A Moment of Bliss” … Buddy Murphy def. “The New” Daniel Bryan … The Revival def. Heavy Machinery … Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn forged a frightening alliance on “Miz TV”.

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