SmackDown: Bryan fires Owens, Zayn, faces brutal consequences
The SmackDown General Manager began the night in an emotional state when he announced he was finally cleared to return to in-ring competition. Bryan ended the night being tended to by medical staff after an assault at the hands of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Bryan was all business by the time Owens and Zayn arrived at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and asked The “Yep!” Movement to meet him in the ring. He told Owens and Zayn he couldn’t stand for their actions last week – attacking SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon – and made another significant announcement.
“I have been fired from this company twice and I came back a better man, you can learn and you can grow… and I hate that I have to do this, but Sami, Kevin… you’re fired.”
Bryan tried to soften the blow: “This doesn’t mean that you’re gone forever, it just means that you’re gone for now. Guys, I’m so sorry, you know how much you guys mean to me.”
Owens and Zayn appeared to accept Bryan’s decision, and began to leave. But as soon as Bryan lowered his guard the duo turned on him, and set about attacking the SmackDown General Manager.
Bryan fought back and dished out some of his signature moves to Owens and Zayn. He blasted both men with dropkicks in the corner before hammering Owens with Yes Kicks in centre-ring.
Zayn saved Owens from a kick to the head and both men dragged Bryan to the outside, where the numbers game quickly overwhelmed him. With Bryan now vulnerable, Zayn helped Owens deliver a powerbomb on the ring apron.
Damage done, Owens and Zayn finally left the ringside area while medical staff loaded Bryan onto a stretcher as the SmackDown Live broadcast came to an end.
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