Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon will compete in a ladder match next week on SmackDown, and both mens' careers will be on the line.
Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon have been at each other's throats for longer than most fans likely remember. It was two years ago that the pair of them clashed inside Hell In A Cell. Granted, their paths went in different directions after that, but they merged once again earlier this year and here we are again, less than two weeks away from HIAC.
We would have put a lot of money on KO and Shane O clashing inside WWE's most demonic structure for a second time. However, WWE has become accustomed to only having two cell matches at each HIAC PPV. Since those spots are already occupied by Universal and Raw Women's Title matches, it meant Owens and McMahon would have to find a different way to settle their differences.
We now know what that way is going to be. Despite being 'fired', Owens was on SmackDown this week by invitation of McMahon. It was there that KO offered up an idea which might settle the pair's differences once and for all. Not a HIAC match, but a ladder match. Lose the ladder match and you're forced to leave WWE.
That means if Owens loses, he will remain fired and there will presumably be no more invitations issued. Should McMahon lose, Owens will be reinstated and the former commissioner will be the one who has to leave. McMahon accepted KO's challenge, but where the match will take place was not mentioned. According to Wrestling Inc, WWE has since confirmed the match will take place during SmackDown's FOX debut.
Next week is an incredibly big seven days for the wrestling business. SmackDown's FOX debut is part of that week and is already looking like a very stacked show. The ladder match, a WWE Title bout between Brock Lesnar and Kofi Kingston, plus a whole bunch of legends will be in attendance. Strap yourselves in hardcore wrestling fans, because next week is going to be breathless in terms of action.