SmackDown LIVE was slated to begin with a contest between former friends, Natalya and Carmella. However, Kevin Owens quickly interrupted James Ellsworth’s introduction of Ms. Money in the Bank, announcing his intentions to interject himself into the match as the special guest referee. Just as he did during the Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English match last week, KO demanded that the referee give him the striped shirt, which prompted the arrival of SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, who has been at odds with the former United States Champion for months.
Shane-O-Mac made it clear that Owens’ unruly behavior the last several weeks would no longer be tolerated, resulting in a heated argument that brought each man closer to his boiling point. Finally, Owens went deeply personal, suggesting that the McMahon family would have been better off if Shane hadn’t survived his helicopter crash, causing the Commissioner to attack Owens.
Shane tackled Owens over the announce desk and continued to hammer away until SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan arrived with referees and security to pull Shane off Owens.
Owens, who was still irate in the backstage area after the brawl, announced his intention to pursue legal action, sue SmackDown LIVE, WWE at large and every member of the McMahon family, letting it be known that he’s determined to bring WWE down completely.