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

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

The Dec. 5 edition of SmackDown Live featured The New Day wrestling Rusev & Aiden English, Baron Corbin facing Bobby Roode with Dolph Ziggler as a guest commentator, Charlotte Flair taking on Tamina and Randy Orton facing Sami Zayn with Kevin Owens handcuffed to the ropes in the main event. Owens and Zayn began the segment by saying they were smarter than anyone else due to Zayn circumnavigating the ban on him being at ringside for the Owens vs. Orton match on last week's episode. While the two were brawling on the ramp, Zayn appeared and hit Orton with a chair.

As the two were continuing to gain heat from the crowd, Owens was struck with an RKO outta nowhere.

Shane McMahon likes to proclaim that WWE SmackDown Live is the "Land of Opportunity, but Kevin Owens and best friend Sami Zayn have taken issue with this".

Despite the low viewership, the show progressed the storylines for Clash of Champions and announced two matches for the Clash of Champions pay-per-view. He added that he will be the special guest referee, just as he was for the match between Owens and AJ Styles at SummerSlam (the match that escalated the tension between Owens and Shane).

Editor's Note: This angle is a pretty good spot for these four competitors, as December can be a boring time in WWE since the emphasis is waiting for the Royal Rumble and official Road to WrestleMania.

However, WrestleMania is still months away, and WWE will look to continue to tease Shane's heel turn on a weekly basis. 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.

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