The August 13th, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE SummerSlam 2019. Here are 6 takeaways from the show:
6Shane McMahon Fined Kevin Owens $100,000
Kevin Owens kicked off SmackDown to a great reaction from the crowd. The crowd chanted his name and Owens took a moment in the ring before saying yesterday marked the 5-year anniversary from the day he signed his WWE contract.
Owens stated that he has been in this ring with some of the best in this industry and last Sunday night he was in the ring with someone who calls himself the best in the world. Kevin added that his entire family was ringside to see him kick Shane’s ass and he will remember when he hit Shane with the Stunner for the rest of his life.
Kevin brought up the upcoming King of the Ring tournament and claimed that it would mean a lot to him to win the tournament. Owens brought up all the legends that have won the tournament in the past before Shane McMahon interrupted. The crowd loudly chanted “a**hole!” and Shane told them that there was no reason to call Kevin Owens that.
Shane McMahon rolled footage of Owens hitting him with a low blow at SummerSlam and the crowd chanted “you deserve it!”. Shane told Owens that he wasn’t a man and will always be known as a cheater. McMahon then rolled footage of Owens hitting Elias with a steel chair several times at SummerSlam. Elias was the special enforcer for the match.
McMahon said that Owens should know that you cannot strike a WWE official and Shane fined Kevin $100,000. Owens got pissed off and said that if Shane is the man he says he is, he will reconsider. Shane declined and walked backstage.
Owens followed Shane McMahon backstage and got in his face. McMahon told Owens that he is not here as a competitor and will sue him if he attacks him. Owens told Shane to make the fine $105,000 and broke the monitor next to him.
Shame on me for thinking that this feud was concluded at SummerSlam. I don’t have any interest in another match between Owens and McMahon. I don’t have any interest in Shane McMahon likely costing Kevin Owens a match in the King of the Ring tournament. Most of all, I don’t have any interest in a pointless 15-minute promo to featuring an authority figure to start RAW or SmackDown. It has been boring for ages.