Ups & 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE SmackDown (Dec 5)

07 December, 2017, 15:02 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Sami Zayn was only too happy to bask in the glory of Kevin Owens' victory against Randy Orton on SmackDown

- As noted, Rusev and Aiden English defeated The New Day on last night's WWE SmackDown to earn a spot in the SmackDown Tag Team Title match at WWE Clash of Champions.

Since the launch of SmackDown Live, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan have mostly worked as a team but as of late there's been tension between the SmackDown Commissioner and General Manager, as Shane has been making big decisions without consulting Bryan.

By Shane McMahon appointing himself as the Special Guest Referee for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn's Clash of Champions match against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, he egregiously created a conflict of interest.

The prospect of Nakamura facing Zayn is a mouthwatering one to anyone familiar with the matches they had in NXT. Although it seems inconceivable and potentially unwise for Shane to turn heel, it could be a way to write Daniel Bryan off of television, should Bryan leave the company in 2018.

According to Cageside Seats's rumor section, there's a belief that the current angle involving Shane's incessant punishments of KO and Zayn could lead to a heel turn.

But with WrestleMania season right around the corner, this could be the beginning of a huge storyline for the SmackDown authority figures. The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. If every action has an opposite but equal reaction that means that Shane's flip to the dark side will likely re-brand Sami Zayn and Kevin Ownes as babyfaces - and that could be a lot of fun.

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