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.
Daniel Bryan arrived on SmackDown LIVE and still insisted to the WWE Universe that Erick Rowan was his friend. But Rowan was not having it. He wasted no time interrupting and reiterated that he would no longer be disrespected by Bryan. In response, Bryan dared him to do something about.
Bryan’s words, though, quickly turned into a 2-on-1 assault by Rowan and the recently returning Luke Harper, and the two massive Superstars overwhelmed Bryan with a massive barrage.
In response, Roman Reigns made a beeline to the ring to jump into the brawl. The Big Dog emerged to bring the fight right to Harper & Rowan, but the numbers game was too much. Erick & Luke mowed down a sea of security before ripping a ring barrier free and decimating the former Universal Champion with it. They then drove Bryan through the announce table and left the blue brand completely destroyed.
Was this the new future of SmackDown LIVE?
Some believed that Shane McMahon might rescind his sudden firing of Kevin Owens last week.
Instead, Owens filed a $25 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Shane-O-Mac.
With the suit in his hand, Shane came to the ring, spotted KO in the audience and called him to the squared circle to address the situation. Owens then laid out every single wrong that Shane has committed over the past several months.
Clearly believing in his case, Owens was confident he would win. And, if he did win, there apparently was another clause in the suit: A clause that would allow him to fire Shane-O-Mac!
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston retained his title against Randy Orton at WWE Clash of Champion, but his New Day brethren fell to The Revival, who secured the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. With animosity still strong, Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E teamed up to take on Orton & The Revival on SmackDown LIVE.
The action was non-stop as each side looked for redemption, and after The New Day took the upper hand during a wild scramble, the coast was clear for Kingston to blast Scott Dawson with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
After the match, though, the WWE Universe was stunned silent by the sudden reemergence of Brock Lesnar! After the gutsy WWE Champion asked Big E and Woods to clear the ring so that he could stand alone to meet The Beast, Paul Heyman issued a challenge on behalf of his client. Lesnar wants to face Kingston in a monumental WWE Title Match at the FOX premiere of SmackDown LIVE on Friday, Oct. 4. Once Kingston accepted without hesitation, Lesnar added the exclamation point with an earth-shattering F-5.
In other action … Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks by Disqualification … Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn set up Ali with a sneak attack … and Erick Rowan delivered a chilling message in an exclusive interview.