Shane McMahon Steps Down as Commissioner, New WrestleMania Match
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Shane McMahon teased prior to last night's Smackdown show that he would be making a major announcement during the show. It turns out that he made a few different announcements on the show last night. One involved himself and another involved Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Before making the announcements, he confirmed that General Manager Daniel Bryan will be returning to Smackdown during next week's show. Bryan was not on Smackdown last night, nor was he at the Fastlane pay-per-view this past Sunday night. McMahon then proceeded to make the two major announcements that he had been promising throughout the evening.
First and foremost, Shane McMahon made a shocking announcement on Tuesday night when he confirmed that he will be stepping down as the Commissioner of Smackdown starting next week. Shane did state that he is only taking a temporary leave of absence at the moment, so it is definitely possible that he could return to his position after a while. McMahon has served as the on-screen Commissioner for Smackdown ever since the brand split returned to WWE back in 2016. He later appointed Daniel Bryan to serve as General Manager, and while the two have had some differences in recent months, both had been working together up until McMahon's sudden departure.
Before he left, McMahon decided to reward the fans by announcing a match for WrestleMania as his last act as Commissioner. Shane McMahon announced that his two biggest enemies, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, will be competing against each other in a singles match at WrestleMania. The two Canadian best friends then confronted McMahon after he made the decision and proceeded to beat him down. Zayn and Owens have competed against each other several times in the past, but they have never faced each other one on one on "The Grandest Stage of Them All" before. We'll have to wait until next week's show to hear what Daniel Bryan has to say about the match.