We’re just a few days from Extreme Rules. If you still think RAW is a mess, don’t worry SmackDown Live is still not better. But this week, someone decided to say loudly what everyone is thinking quietly. Kevin Owens hijacked the Blue Brand show yesterday night, and he was right. Tonight is Nygma time, so let’s not waste any more time and see what went down as we check out SmackDown Live.
The show started in a parking lot. Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens were supposed to compete tonight. Ziggler ranted about carrying Owens like he’s carried WWE for the past decade. Owens came pulling up in a car, honking the horn. They argued and this lead to blows as Owens struck first. They brawled until Superstars came and broke it up. Shane McMahon also appeared as they are separated. Shane ordered Owens to leave the building and cancelled the match. But Owens was not done yet…
“Cut the music, I got something to say,” Owens said. “You know what, last week I came out here and I spoke the truth about Dolph Ziggler but it looks like tonight someone else needs to hear the truth and that’s Shane McMahon. Now I’ve sat back and tried to be a good guy, a good company guy, and not piss anyone off for too long, and I’m done with that because it didn’t get me anything. So, you know what? A while ago I watched the entire McMahon Family come out in this ring and say, ‘Hey, right now, from now on we’re going to listen to the fans and give the audience what they want.’ But the only thing that’s happened since then is Shane McMahon has gotten more power, more authority and more TV time than anyone, and trust me when I say that nobody watching ever wanted that. Now we have to sit back every week on every show and listen to Shane McMahon call himself the best in the world and every time that happens that makes me sick, makes me want to come out here and smash my head on this stupid table. You need to hear this. [as Shane appeared on the stage] This is the biggest load of crap I have ever seen.”
This is where Shane came out and had Owens’ mic cut. Owens grabbed another mic and continued his rant. “Hey, guess what, idiot? There’s more than one microphone and I’m not done,” Owens said. “You know, every time you call yourself the best in the world, that is an insult and slap to the face to every single person in the back, in the locker room, who break their backs week in, week out, on TV, on the road, around the world, to be WWE Superstars, and it makes me sick. It makes me sick and it makes everybody sick. You know what happens when you call yourself the best in the world? Everybody back there, including me, is thinking, ‘Shane McMahon can kiss my ass!'”
Shane had the mic cut again and continued to taunt Owens. “I’m not done,” Owens said, grabbing Byron Saxton’s mic. “I would never call myself the best in the world and there’s 100 people back there… and you take up TV time for Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Ali, Liv Morgan, Asuka, AOP, Kairi Sane…” Security rushed, Owens fled through the audience.
Other SmackDown Live things happening this week:
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor
- Shane McMahon booked Ziggler vs Roman Reigns for tonight but he, Elias and Drew McIntyre will be at ringside.
- Through a pre-taped video, Samoa Joe promised to tear away every last shred of the lie that Kofi is on Sunday. Joe went on and said he will put Kofi to sleep, then take the WWE Title.
- She introduces Nikki Cross was representing herself and Alexa Bliss for the Extreme Rules contract signing for the 2-on-1 Handicap Match for the SmackDown Live Women’s Title. Bayley tried to convince Cross that Bliss is using her. Cross said Bliss isn’t using her and Bliss has promised that when she wins the title on Sunday, they will be the first-ever co-champions on the blue brand.
- Nikki Cross defeated Carmella
- Backstage, Paige, Asuka and Kairi Sane confronting The IIconics now. Paige said they want to schedule their title shot for tonight. The Champs said Billie is sick and they play it up. Paige said they accidentally won the titles at WrestleMania 35 and they’ve done nothing since but run and make excuses. Paige threatened them with the title shot to happen soon, and The IIconics walked off.
- Roman Reigns welcomed the craziness of the night and said Ziggler is not ready for him tonight. He also said he and The Undertaker will do their thing on Sunday, which means Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre will rest in peace.
- Tag Team Title Summit with The New Day‘s Big E and Xavier Woods, SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan, and Heavy Machinery. Of course, each team wants the belt on Sunday.
- Otis defeated Daniel Bryan and Xavier Woods.
- Ember Moon had words with Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose backstage in catering. They told Moon to find a tag team partner for next week’s show, if she can. Moon said she will do it on her own if she can’t find a partner. Deville and Rose walked off.
- Cesaro said he was the one who knocked at Aleister Black‘s door because he’s here to pick that fight. Black says this is “oh so very good, Mr. Cesaro”, because this Sunday he is going to fight.
- Shelton Benjamin didn’t say anything, Paul Heyman appeared and Kofi gave props to Joe as one of his most dangerous opponents yet, but he welcomed that and will be one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.
- Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler. The 3 Stooges were involved but Kevin Owens hit the ring from the crowd and dropped Shane with a big Stunner. Roman Reigns stood tall.
MAIN EVENT THINGS
Every word of Kevin Owens rant was true. No Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Ali, Liv Morgan, Asuka, AOP, Kairi Sane in the ring. The show was to forget, but Kevin Owens’ words will remain set in the stone, and the fans’ memories, forever. Thank you very much…
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