5 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (12/19)

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This week’s episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Clash of Champions 2017 this past Sunday.

Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s episode of SmackDown:

5Shane McMahon Elected Not To Fire Daniel Bryan

SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan kicked off this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown. Bryan brought up the announcement made last night on RAW about the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match and the crowd chanted “yes!”. Bryan announced Owens, Zayn and Mahal will face Orton, Nakamura and AJ Styles.

SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon interrupted and made his way towards the ring and danced around Daniel Bryan. Shane had a grin on his face and grabbed a microphone. Shane said hello to Daniel and then acknowledged the crowd. Shane once again pumped up the women’s Royal Rumble on January 28th.

Shane finally brought up what happened at WWE Clash of Champions 2017. Shane stated that Randy Orton hit Sami Zayn with the most beautiful RKO he had ever seen and then Daniel Bryan tripped and fell on top of him that broke up the cover. Shane added that he became frustrated and he didn’t count to three when Zayn had the match won because of what Owens and Zayn had done recently. Shane admitted that his emotions got the better of him because of Owens attacking his father earlier this year and then Zayn and Owens turning their back on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. Shane brought up Daniel Bryan’s fast count and asked what was going through his head when he did it.

Bryan stated that he was protecting Shane McMahon from himself and the crowd chanted “thank you Daniel!”. Shane claimed that he didn’t need protection from Daniel Bryan and Daniel disagreed. Daniel said that he took this job at SmackDown because he believes in a shared vision for the land of opportunity for everyone and not just people that Shane McMahon liked.

Shane said that he could understand why Daniel was empathetic towards Zayn and Owens. Shane added that from a business standpoint, Daniel shouldn’t play favorites because it will come back and bite him in the rear. Daniel Bryan said that he has heard the term “best for business” before and that isn’t what he signed up for. Bryan said that if Shane wants to fire anyone, he should fire him. Bryan added that he doesn’t want to see Shane McMahon turn into Vince McMahon. Shane stated that he respects Daniel and trusts him and wished him luck on the show tonight. Shane then exited the ring as Daniel Bryan’s music hit.

I am really enjoying this storyline. Shane McMahon did let his emotions get the best of him Sunday night at WWE Clash of Champions and Daniel Bryan called him on it tonight. Shane was also taken aback by Bryan comparing him to his father. Shane elected not to fire Daniel Bryan tonight and instead shook his hand. This storyline is far from over and Shane and Daniel’s professional relationship is on thin ice.