Smackdown Live opens with a promo package that goes over the storyline between Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shane McMahon. It ends with last weeks announcement that Kevin Owens would face Randy Orton on tonight’s edition of Smackdown Live.
Shane McMahon starts of the show and gets a huge pop from the crowd while making his way to the ring. The announcers are playing up the fact that Zayn and Owens weren’t fired for their actions at Survivor Series. McMahon then brings out Daniel Bryan to explain himself to the crowd, which receives another huge pop and a round of yes chants from the crowd.
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon both explain their sides of the story and the pros and cons of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn being fired. Daniel Bryan claims that if they fire Zayn and Owens that they will only go to Raw, which McMahon responds by saying that would be great because they would be his sisters problem. McMahon then says that he respects Daniel Bryan and that he was glad he made the match between Owens and Orton.
McMahon concludes the segment by announcing that Sami Zayn will be banned from ringside for the match between Owens and Orton and that it will also now be a no DQ match.
The New Day is announced for the next segment.