This week’s SmackDown once again opened with Shane McMahon in the centre of the ring. Shane was out to address the events of last week, which saw Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens pick up a victory over The New Day in a lumberjack match. Shane talks about how the match was Daniel Bryan’s idea, and that while it was great on paper, it failed in practice. He then invited Bryan out to the ring.
Bryan says that as someone who has been fired a few times himself, he believes in second chances and that Shane needs to stop letting his temper get the better of him. He says that firing Owens and Zayn would be a stupid move and that the duo would just jump ship to Raw. Shane says this would be fine as they would then become Stephanie’s problem.