Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were given very high stakes for their match at Clash of Champions. If they did not win, both would not just be fired from SmackDown Live, but WWE altogether.
The feud between Owens and Shane McMahon continued during the pay-per-view, as Shane and Daniel Bryan were both referees during the match pitting Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura against Owens and Zayn.
During the match, there were a few times where conflict surfaced between the Commissioner and General Manager. It really started to escalate when Orton had Zayn beat, but Owens bulldozed Bryan onto Shane to break the count.
Shane and Bryan then began to argue over what transpired.
Tension became feverish when Shane froze during his three count while Zayn was pinning Orton, which angered Bryan. Zayn would manage to roll up Orton again, and Bryan performed a fast count to keep the “Yep! Movement” alive.
After the match, Nakamura still showed his gratitude of being in the same ring as Daniel Bryan, although things did not go as he expected.
I do not remember how many years passed. Anyway I surely stood in same ring with @WWEDanielBryan last night.
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) December 18, 2017
Interestingly, not only did Bryan respond, but he also teased a future match between the two.
I wish it was under different circumstances… and I had my gear on https://t.co/FWH8X8CV9c
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) December 18, 2017
Editor’s Note: As of now, Daniel Bryan is still not fully cleared to compete in the ring. Perhaps WWE is expecting him to be ready before the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania to face Nakamura. However, simply placing them in a match at either of the two events would not help Nakamura, as he should be the one to win the Royal Rumble and face AJ Styles at WrestleMania.