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.
Bryan wanted to make it clear to KO that his fun would screech to a halt after Mr. McMahon arrived tonight. Owens, seemingly un-phased, said he could not wait for The Chairman to arrive and was going to have quite a bit to say to him.
After successfully defending his United States Championship several weeks ago against a compromised Tye Dillinger, who was the recipient of a brutal sneak attack from Baron Corbin moments before the match, AJ Styles opted to give Dillinger a fair fight this week.
An interrupting Corbin distracted Styles, who neutralized The Lone Wolf with a head-ringing Phenomenal Forearm that sent The Lone Wolf plummeting from the ring apron to the floor, but the move nearly costly the titleholder, who narrowly kicked out at two after being rolled up by The Perfect 10. Also kicking out at the last second after feeling the devastating effects of the Tye-Breaker, Styles weathered the storm to lock Dillinger in the Calf Crusher, retaining the gold with the tapout victory. After the thriller, the two showed a sign of mutual respect by shaking hands.
The celebration was short-lived, though, as The Lone Wolf dragged Styles out of the ring and threw him over the barricade. After taking out Dillinger, Corbin concluded his rampage by hitting Styles with the End of Days on the outside and announcing that he would answer Styles’ United States Open Challenge next week on SmackDown LIVE.
Your move, Styles.
Well, things sure did just get mighty interesting.
Mr. McMahon made his electric return to SmackDown LIVE and called Kevin Owens to the ring. The two then began to break down last week’s brawl between KO and Shane-O-Mac and the pending lawsuit that Owens is threatening. Mr. McMahon made it clear that he would be prepared to fire Owens on the spot and cause him to go bankrupt if KO went through with filing the lawsuit.
Owens, growing increasingly frustrated, was forced to listen to Mr. McMahon declare that he wished Shane had done far worse to KO. The Chairman added that he didn’t suspend Shane for attacking KO, but for not finishing the job. This all led to Mr. McMahon making a Hell in a Cell Match — Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Hell in a Cell. KO, now furious, accepted the match, but on one condition: that he be allowed to lay into A McMahon without fear of consequence. Mr. McMahon agreed, the two shook on it and all hell broke loose.
Owens suddenly headbutted Mr. McMahon from point-blank range, busting The Chairman open. Far from done after the shocking strike, KO cold-heartedly assaulted Mr. McMahon with a punch, kicks and a dastardly Frog Splash. Stephanie McMahon then rushed out, first giving Owens a death stare and then checking on her father as he attempted to regain his bearings after the brutal attack.
After this unbelievable moment in Team Blue history, one question rang loud: How would Shane McMahon respond?
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