On this week's episode of SmackDown Live, Shane McMahon accepted Kevin Owens' challenge for a ladder match - with the "loser leaves town" stipulation being thrown in by the Prized Fighter.
Owens also vowed that if he lost, Shane wouldn't have to worry anymore about the wrongful termination lawsuit. We don't know yet when the match will take place - with the Oct. 4 episode of SmackDown and Hell in a Cell pay-per-views marking the most likely venues for the match.
Fans are obviously curious as to who will lose and thus be written off of television. Well, Paul Davis of Wrestling News is reporting that Shane will lose and thus "no longer being involved as an authority figure."
Davis said this is because WWE is changing up its overall product, where they want it to be "more sports-like". This would mean cleaner finishes and "less interference from non-wrestling characters," like Shane O'Mac.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody in regards to Owens winning the match. He's being pushed as a major babyface right now, and there's obviously no way the company is going to cut ties with him right now.
But few could have seen Shane's looming departure from television. He's retained the role of SmackDown Live commissioner for three years, and perhaps we'll find out more as to why Shane O'Mac is leaving television.
McMahon left WWE in 2009 and became the CEO of YOU On Demand, but he left the company four years later. Shane finally returned to WWE television in 2016 - the first time in seven years. He's done a wonderful job in rebuilding the SmackDown product ever since the brand split, but his time on television is apparently winding down fast.
What Shane's Departure From SmackDown Means
WWE appears to be intent on moving away from the authority role for good. Stephanie McMahon has rarely appeared on Raw as its commissioner in recent months, and nobody ever replaced Kurt Angle as GM. Paige was also taken out of her GM role on SmackDown, and they never announced a replacement.
Perhaps Shane will appear on television sporadically down the road, but his time as the authority figure on SmackDown is coming down to its final weeks.