Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be fighting for their WWE careers at WWE Clash of Champions when they battle Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura in a crucial tag team showdown. And not one, but two special guest referees will be on hand to make sure the right outcome occurs. Those referees will be SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
Shane-O-Mac and Owens have been at each other’s throats for months, and the animosity between the two exploded when KO savagely attacked Mr. McMahon and later slugged it out with Shane in a brutal Hell in a Cell Match that saw Zayn shockingly help KO survive – and win. After reforming their friendship, Owens and Zayn made the situation even worse by attacking their boss at Survivor Series and helping cause the demise of SmackDown LIVE in the Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match.
The SmackDown LIVE Commissioner nearly fired the bitter Superstars for their treacherous actions on an episode of the blue brand, but after Shane left the arena, General Manger Daniel Bryan decided not to execute that order and instead made the pair face The New Day in a Lumberjack Match.
On the Nov. 28 episode of SmackDown LIVE, McMahon “barred Zayn from ringside” in a No Disqualification Match between Owens and The Viper. However, the sneaky Zayn once again managed to work his way into the mix by taking the stipulation literally and only attacking Orton with a steel chair at the top of the stage and away from ringside to help Owens pick up the victory.
The ongoing unruliness from Owens & Zayn earned them a tag team match at WWE Clash of Champions against Orton and a partner of his choosing. Unfortunately for them, they soon learned that The Viper’s partner will be the dangerous Shinsuke Nakamura. Shane then added his name to the marquee as the special guest referee, including the vital stipulation that a loss for Owens & Zayn will result in them being dismissed from all of WWE.
Then, five days before the event, Bryan appointed himself the second Special Guest Referee for Sunday’s high-stakes tag match to ensure a fair outcome.
Can Owens & Zayn find a way to slip out of WWE Clash of Champions the victors? Or, will Orton & Nakamura prove to be too much for the dastardly duo to handle?
See who prevails in this critical tag team battle, as Owens & Zayn will have their WWE careers hanging in the balance tonght at 8 ET/5 PT, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network.