Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn stole the spotlight at this week’s edition of Smackdown LIVE. Sure, Jinder Mahal tossed out a challenge to Brock Lesnar for a match at Survivor Series, but it was the newly reformed duo of Zayn and Owens who provided the most entertainment.
They were featured in the main event after Zayn said some pretty nasty things to general manager Daniel Bryan — who knew he could be such a jerk? — to open the evening. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton were tasked with beating up on Owens and Zayn for Bryan, but WWE’s rock star and the Viper fell short following a low blow from Zayn.
Owens and Zayn ran into Bryan backstage just before Smackdown LIVE went off the air, and gloated about their victory. Then the GM laid a bit of news on them: that he wouldn’t be the one responding to their recent string of antics. Instead, it would be a returning Shane McMahon.
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A look of bewilderment swept over Owen’s face as he shook his head in response. McMahon has been absent from television since the Hell in a Cell network special, but he’s sure to make his presence felt next week.
It looks like the WWE will roll on with the violent feud that has emerged between Owens and McMahon. What once seemed like a way to keep K.O. busy for a few weeks has boiled over, and the two have really hit it off as on-screen adversaries. It doesn’t hurt that both men are willing to do whatever it takes to make a match look fantastic, and they are two of the smartest in-ring talents on the roster.
If McMahon is coming back for revenge on Owens next week, then there doesn’t seem to be a clear end in sight to their feud. Hell in a Cell is usually the final match between even the most heated of rivals. The two left everything they had inside (and outside) of the towering steel structure, and it’s tough to imagine what else they could do should they end up fighting each other once again — an outcome that seems at least somewhat likely since Shane is coming back for next week’s show.
How could the WWE possibly elevate things further than they already have? Owens has already told McMahon that his kids would have been better off if he had died in the infamous helicopter crash. McMahon has already tossed Owens off of a cell. They’ve beat on each other, both physically and mentally, but it seems like there’s one more chapter left in this story.
If that’s the case, then Kevin Owens should pin Shane McMahon clean at WrestleMania 34 in a retirement match.
There are two reasons why this would be an outstanding route for creative to take. Owens is already one of the most credible, creative and organically over workers in the business. He’s overcome any concerns there were about his non-traditional build and skyrocketed to the top of the WWE, carrying various titles and being involved in an endless string of marquee feuds.
He’s missing that feather-in-the-cap moment, though. The one that almost every elite Superstar is given at one time or another. Someone wins the Money in the Bank every year. It’s special, but it isn’t career defining. Championships switch hands every few weeks it seems. Again, the belts are special, but to what end?
It isn’t every day that a Superstar is given the opportunity to retire the son of the owner of WWE. Maybe it seems like a stretch, but Owens is one of the most bankable wrestlers in the WWE today. His matches are generally well received — he was involved in 10 four-plus star matches in 2016 alone, counting multi-person tilts — and he’s rarely dealt with injury since making his main roster debut.
Putting McMahon down for good in one last slugfest would be a career cornerstone and something that would legitimize him even further for years to come. He’s only 33, so one would assume he has as much time left in the business as he wants.
The other factor at play here is McMahon’s age and health. He deserves a ton of credit for all the insane bumps he has taken throughout his career, but it’s going to catch up with him eventually. He’ll turn 48 in January, and there’s no reason for him to continue to take Mick Foley-esque bumps. One need only look at the former portrayer of Mankind to understand the toll those kinds of leaps take on the body.
He’ll need to hang up the sneakers eventually. Why not put Owens over at ‘Mania, while receiving the thunderous goodbye he truly deserves from the WWE Universe?
This is entirely speculation on our part, so let us know down in the comments section what you think of the idea. If you don’t think the feud should head in this direction, then where do you think it should go? Sound off and tell us what you think.