Since at the least SummerSlam of final 12 months (sure, it’s been that lengthy), the principle storyline within the Smackdown Stay model of WWE — or at the least, the storyline taking on essentially the most minutes of display screen time from week to week — has been Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. It’s a storyline and a feud that hasn’t been very well-received by hardcore WWE followers, however it certain has endured!

Principally, the story is that Kevin Owens has perceived McMahon, the Smackdown commissioner, has been biased in opposition to him and has screwed him out of alternative after alternative, opposite to McMahon espousing Smackdown as “the land of alternative.” The injustices in opposition to Owens had been equally picked up on by Zayn, who ultimately sided with Owens at Hell in a Cell and joined forces along with his lifelong frenemy.

The issue is … Shane McMahon’s character actually HAS screwed over Owens and Zayn time after time. Smackdown common supervisor Daniel Bryan, at fixed mutual-respect odds with McMahon, has tried to counteract McMahon’s slights in opposition to Owens and Zayn by giving the 2 Superstars counter-opportunities … which McMahon then finds a method to circumnavigate.

This seemingly got here to a head on Sunday at Fastlane, when McMahon was by accident superkicked by Owens, after which responded by pulling the referee out of the ring when it appeared the ref was about to depend a pinfall awarding the WWE Championship to Owens. He equally pulled Zayn out of the ring at the same level later within the match. Additionally within the Fastlane foremost occasion, Owens and Zayn lastly got here to blows as soon as once more, when Owens wouldn’t belief Zayn to be a person of his phrase and lay down for a pinfall.

Fastlane went off the air with McMahon shaking his head at a defeated Owens and Zayn, after which he promised a “main WrestleMania announcement” for Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Stay. Many assumed McMahon could be placing himself into one other WrestleMania match, presumably in opposition to Zayn and Owens in a Triple Risk.

McMahon’s phase was the principle occasion of Tuesday’s Smackdown Stay. He addressed his myriad of points with Zayn and Owens over the previous months, and mentioned he might have often overstepped his bounds as commissioner. He mentioned efficient instantly after this week’s present, he’s taking an indefinite go away of absence as commissioner, and that Daniel Bryan will probably be going it alone beginning subsequent week, however he has yet one more match to make.

McMahon introduced it could be Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania, and began to depart, however was interrupted by Owens, who mentioned he can beat up Zayn any time he needs. Zayn then interrupted and mentioned thank god McMahon is leaving. McMahon mentioned he’s baffled that they’re getting the chance of a WrestleMania match. Owens mentioned he appreciates that, and he’s fairly certain Shane will admire this, too. Zayn attacked McMahon from behind, and although McMahon fought again, they beat him down 2-on-1.

Referees tried to return to McMahon’s support, however Zayn and Owens tossed them and continued the beatdown, together with placing McMahon’s head in a chair and operating it into the ringpost.

They then dragged him all the way in which to the again. Backstage, Owens powerbombed McMahon onto some tools.

McMahon’s “main WrestleMania announcement” in the end served as a prelude to what we are able to solely assume is Bryan asserting the Triple Risk match subsequent week, but when McMahon is certainly taking a go away of absence after WrestleMania, that’s a particular sport changer for Smackdown Stay.

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