With the conclusion of the Mae Young Classic and the trash talking between Reigns and Cena on Monday, nothing compares to the face to face meeting between Kevin Owens and Vince McMahon on this week’s episode of Smackdown Live.
The reason the elder McMahon paid a visit was to address Owens who planned to sue the company following the attack by Shane McMahon last week for which he was suspended. We later learned that Shane wasn’t suspended for attacking Owens, but because he didn’t “finish the job” according to Vince. The elder McMahon went on to brag about the number of lawsuits that he’s lost, which is zero, and to announce that Shane will return and a match between him and Owens will take place at and inside Hell In A Cell.
Following the war of words between chairman and superstar, Owens headbutted Vince and then brutally beat him and finished with a frog-splash off the ropes. This confrontation is what Owens needed to bring him back to his heel character since the “New Face of America” gimmick failed horribly as the role called for a babyface character.
Owens after a couple years of being brought to the main roster has held the Universal, WWE, Intercontinental, and United States titles and has the talent to back it up. Since being traded to Smackdown Live, K.O. was losing that superstar image, because, no offense, SD Live is still a B list show. Even top stars like AJ Styles and Nakamura are seen as underrated performers of the brand and reducing their star power to just US titles and failed number one contender matches.
Outside of Jinder Mahal, there are no top heel characters to fit the balance of the brand. With what happened this past week, we can see Owens in a title picture sooner and will motivate more top star heels to help push the shadowed stars including Tye Dillinger and Sammie Zane, who is caught in the middle of star and jobber.
As the road to Hell In A Cell heats up, the growing feud between McMahon and Owens will be one match to look forward to. Watch the assault on Mr. McMahon by Owens below.