The feud between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens has been steadily bubbling ever since SummerSlam. McMahon had accepted a role as a special guest referee for Owens’ United States Championship fight with AJ Styles, but a controversial pin led to a heated discussion between the pair. Clearly incensed by the call, Owens took his eyes off the prize, allowing Styles to recover and clinch the title.
Animosity between the pair continued to brew until Shane-O-Mac, who was SmackDown LIVE Commissioner at the time, attacked Owens in a fit of rage, a decision that ultimately saw the 47-year-old stripped of his position and suspended from WWE by his father and franchise chairman, Vince McMahon.
With Owens threatening to sue, McMahon Snr ruled that he would reinstate his son as an in-ring competitor for an altercation reserved for just such a dispute; Hell in a Cell. Looking to seal the deal, Shane McMahon offered his hand to Owens, only for the 33-year-old to turn on Vince McMahon and dish out a brutal beating that left the world of WWE in a state of shock. As if this match-up wasn’t heated enough already, now family pride is on the line as Shane looks to honour the McMahon legacy by administering some rip-roaring revenge.
As far as rivalries go, this is one of the most heated in WWE and neither side will want to back down or taste defeat. Shane McMahon has previously experienced the nightmare that is Hell in a Cell after taking to the ring in 2006 and 2016, however, the seasoned professional failed to win on either occasion. McMahon will be hoping this is third time lucky as he aims to win over the crowd following a temporary hiatus from the ring.
Kevin Owens spoke of his regret at handing out a hefty helping of rough justice to Vince McMahon, but claimed his thoughts soon turned to joy as he envisioned delivering the same kind of punishment to Shane in Hell in a Cell. The Canadian-born battler may be 14 years younger than his upcoming opponent, but he too has plenty of know-how when it comes to handling himself inside the Cell having taken down Seth Rollins in Boston 12 months ago.
Despite being one of the most famous names in WWE, time is not on Shane McMahon’s side. The veteran of the ring initially called it a day back in 2009, but returned seven years later to revive his legacy. However, this may not have been such a wise idea, especially with Kevin Owens looking like he means serious business. McMahon may have the height advantage (6ft 2 to Owens’ 6ft), but Owens is more than capable of taking anyone down on his day and can call on a fine blend of youth and sheer determinism in his pursuit of glory.
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