Smackdown Live promised a huge show from Las Vegas on Tuesday night, which included a much-hyped appearance from Vince McMahon, who hasn’t appeared on Smackdown in years. The ending of Smackdown definitely lived up to the hype, as it went off the air with an unexpectedly shocking and violent ending.
The reason that McMahon was on Smackdown in the first place was because of Kevin Owens. Last week, Owens insulted Shane McMahon, the Smackdown commissioner, after weeks of what Owens felt were perceived slights from Shane. Owens insulted Shane’s family, and finally Shane snapped and attacked Owens. Owens did not retaliate, and threatened to press charges. Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan received a call from Vince McMahon, who made him inform Shane that he was suspended indefinitely.
Not satisfied with the suspension, Owens threatened to press charges against WWE and the McMahons, and that’s when Bryan broke the news that Vince would appear on Smackdown this week.
This week’s episode held Vince’s appearance for the final segment (as we expected). He came to the ring to reveal that he had suspended Shane not because he put his hands on Owens, but because Shane failed to finish the job. He threatened to fire Owens if he followed through with pressing charges, and made a match between Shane and Owens in Hell in a Cell to settle the feud.
Owens agreed to the Hell in a Cell match against Shane on one condition: that he be allowed to beat a McMahon senseless if provoked. Vince agreed, and shook Owens’ hand. That’s when Owens delivered a devastating shoot headbutt that instantly split McMahon’s forehead open, saying he had been given the authority to do just that.
Owens continued the attack as Vince bled, delivering a punt to the gut and a superkick as officials and referees attempted to help stop the attack. Owens finished up with a frog splash and departed, but Stephanie McMahon emerged to give Owens a dirty look as he departed up the aisle.
McMahon needed the help of officials and Stephanie to make his way to the back as Smackdown went off the air.
It was a shocking, unexpected, and violent ending to an eventful show, and I don’t think any of us saw that coming.