I’m shocked too. The King of the Ring tournament is winding down with the finals scheduled for next week’s Monday Night Raw. This year’s edition began with sixteen entrants but things have not gone according to plan. After a triple threat match was needed to establish a Monday Night Raw finalist, Elias was forced to pull out of the SmackDown Live semifinals due to injuries. Shane McMahon replaced him and there was a reason for that.

According to PWInsider.com, Shane being added to the tournament was a decision made by Vince McMahon earlier in the day. The only other option to find a replacement for Elias was to hold a battle royal, with an unknown winner. Chad Gable went on to defeat Shane in a 2/3 falls match, despite Shane attempting to cheat by using Kevin Owens as guest referee. Gable moves on to face Baron Corbin in the finals.

So how did the match go? Check out Shane vs. Gable, plus the post match shenanigans:

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Opinion: This isn’t the biggest surprise in the world as you had to imagine Shane getting plugged in somewhere, and who else but Vince was going to make the call? At least Shane did not win, but he did get the last laugh to end the show, which tends to be the case more often than not with him. Gable winning was the right result though and we could be in for a good tournament final.

Do you like Shane being involved? How do you see the finals going? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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