The July 16th episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Extreme Rules 2019. Here are 6 takeaways from the show:
6Kevin Owens Attacked Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon barred Kevin Owens from the building earlier tonight and held the first-ever SmackDown town hall meeting. Shane stood alone in the ring as the SmackDown locker room was on the entrance ramp. Shane asked to be introduced as the best in the world and posed on the turnbuckle.
The crowd chanted “you suck!” as Shane started to speak. McMahon stated that he will be happy to listen to the superstars as long as they are respectful. Roman Reigns approached the microphone first and claimed that nobody in this respects Shane. Reigns then told McMahon to kiss his ass before walking backstage.
Shane stated that wasn’t respectful and said he was going to fine Roman. Charlotte Flair thanked Shane and the McMahon family. Liv Morgan interrupted and called Charlotte phony and asked if anything was real about her. Flair joked that she had no idea that Liv Morgan even worked here.
Buddy Murphy stated that he doesn’t need Kevin Owens to fight his battles and added that Owens needs to keep his name out of his mouth. Apollo Crews said that he agreed with Kevin Owens. Zelina Vega and Andrade interrupted and challenged Apollo to a match.
Elias strummed his guitar but was quickly interrupted by New Day. Big E called Elias the greatest jackass in SmackDown history. Kofi Kingston said that everybody on this stage has the change to do great things but Shane isn’t giving them the opportunity. Shane cut off Kofi’s microphone and said that the first-ever town hall was concluded.
Cesaro got the microphone and challenged Aleister Black to pick a fight with him tonight. Shane told Cesaro that he has his match as Kevin Owens hopped over the barricade. Owens hit Shane with a Stunner and then danced around before leaving the ring.
It was nice to see Buddy Murphy and Liv Morgan actually get some TV time for a change. There is nothing special about this storyline between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon.