First off, what a goddamn segment. For too long Kevin Owens has been screwing around on Smackdown, and even when he was in a feud with someone as great as AJ Styles, it felt like something was missing. After watching this segment, the thing that was missing was the maniacal aggression he showed on the Indies and in NXT. It’s safe to say he’s found that again. Owens will take on Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell, which should be his rebirth, but last night he took out a different McMahon, and in doing so joined an exclusive club of all time superstars.
If you’re interacting with Vince McMahon inside a WWE ring, that’s a good thing 99% of the time. If Vince lets you beats him up AND bloody him, you’re on your way to something special. Stone Cold. The Undertaker. Brock Lesnar. CM Punk. Roman Reigns. That’s just a sample of the guys that have been in the ring with Vince and gotten over, and as Vince ages and falls into that beloved, insane grandpa role, beating him up brings out a sinister side in certain guys. That head butt from Owens was legit, and I like the uniqueness of the beat down. He wasn’t whaling on him with chairs or punching him in the head a bunch of times. One punch, one super kick and one frog splash, plus a tense stare down with Stephanie McMahon did the trick. The key will be for Owens to capitalize on this and make his Hell in a Cell match with Shane a match to remember. Shane O Mac is no stranger to making memorable moments, so that match should be something special.
WrestleMania weekend and the ensuing Raw and Smackdown’s are always a wild time in the WWE, but this year might take the cake as one of the craziest. TakeOver Orlando and WrestleMania 33 were both great shows, and the WWE followed that up with a wonderful Raw and a great Smackdown. Kurt Angle is the new GM of Raw, the Hardy’s are Raw Tag Team Champions and The Revival are now part of the Raw Tag Division. Smackdown refused to be outdone by Raw, so they brought up Tye Dillinger and Shinsuke Nakamura on last night’s show. While it remains to be seen if any of the recent call ups will switch brands during the ‘superstar shakeup’ next week, it’s good to know that they’ll be on the main roster going forward. Of the three call ups, I think The Revival have the chance to have the biggest impact. While Dillinger and Nakamura will be fan favorites and most likely move a ton of merchandise, The Revival have a chance to revitalize the Tag Team Division, and change main roster tag matches for the better.