Shane McMahon’s attempt to resolve Kevin Owens’ lawsuit resulted in KO challenging Shane-O-Mac to a high-stakes Ladder Match with each of their WWE futures on the line. Elsewhere, Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan came together in their attempts to vanquish Erick Rowan & Luke Harper.
Erick Rowan kicked off the blue brand by insisting that “might makes right” and that he and Luke Harper’s destruction of Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan in recent weeks has changed the perception of him and struck fear into the entire WWE locker room. Bryan interrupted Rowan and cut right to the chase: He wanted a fight right here and now.
A match between the former friends was quickly made official, and Rowan wasted no time imposing his will. Bryan fought back into the match by targeting Rowan’s leg. In the clutch, Bryan seemingly had Rowan on the verge of defeat when he locked in the LeBell Lock, but Luke Harper came out of the crowd and distracted Bryan. The Beard sent Harper to the floor with a dive through the ropes, but Rowan took advantage of the opening by bombarding Bryan and connecting with two Iron Claw Slams for the win.
Erick & Luke continued the attack on Daniel after the bell, but Roman Reigns hit the scene to even the odds, and Reigns & Bryan cleared the ring of their rivals. Clearly motivated by his dislike for Rowan & Harper, Bryan refused Reign’s attempt to help him to his feet and simply asked the WWE Universe if they wanted to see him and The Big Dog take down the two behemoths.
Their answer was a familiar one-word reply: Yes!
Kofi Kingston ain’t scared.
Although the WWE Champion doesn’t think you can truly prepare for the likes of a Brock Lesnar (who will challenge him for WWE Title against on the premiere of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX), Kingston believes he is at the top of his game and ready for any challenge.
Kofi was confident and rightfully so … but is confidence enough to tame The Beast? We’ll all find out on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4!
Shane McMahon wanted answers as to what Kevin Owens would do after hitting Shane with a $25 million lawsuit last week. Shane’s counter offer was simple: If KO drops the lawsuit, then Shane-O-Mac would drop the fine he had imposed against Owens and reinstate him onto SmackDown LIVE.
A fair deal, but Owens wasn’t with it.
Instead, KO wanted Shane gone from SmackDown. And his thought on how to go about that was quite fitting – a match. If Shane wins, Owens would drop the lawsuit and stay fired; but if KO wins, Shane would be fired.
As for the type of match, Owens had a very specific idea – put the stipulations down on paper, put that piece of paper in a briefcase and then literally climb the ladder in a Ladder Match!
In other action … Chad Gable def. Mike Kanellis … Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte Flair & Carmella … Shinsuke Nakamura def. Ali … and The New Day def. The B-Team.