March 13th episode of SmackDown Live went off air after the show’s Commissioner, Shane McMahon was brutally attacked by long time frenemies, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Shane announced on SmackDown Live that the night would be his last appearance on the show before WrestleMania 34 as he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his storyline duties as the blue brand’s storyline Commissioner and confirmed the bout between Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens at The Grandest Stage Of Them All. The attack on McMahon came shortly after as Owens and Zayn destroyed the Commissioner both in the ring and at the backstage area.
According to PWInsider, there is a possibility that over the next few episodes of SmackDown Live, the match-up between Owens and Zayn might change with the show’s General Manager, Daniel Bryan, who has been extremely partial to the frenemies since Hell In A Cell, scheduled to return next week. WrestlingInc speculated that the WWE is laying the foundations for a big return for Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 34 by turning the singles match into a Triple Threat Match involving the Commissioner or a 2-on-1 Handicap Match with Owens and Zayn teaming up against MacMahon.
Although Shane was able to sell the attack in a big fashion, paramedics tended to him and took him away on a stretcher with the Commissioner gasping for air. WWE took to their official website to announce that Shane had suffered a laryngeal contusion, trapezius and rhomboid strains. The company further announced that he was taken to a local medical facility and expect to update the WWE Universe with more updates regarding McMahon’s injury in the next 24 hours.