After Kevin Owens tapped out to John Cena at this past Sunday’s WWE Battleground show, many wondered what would be next for him. Would he get another shot at John Cena? If not, who will be his next opponent? Would he move back down to NXT? Well, tomorrow night’s SmackDown, which was taped on Tuesday, reveals on what Kevin Owens will be doing next.
The main event of SmackDown saw Cesaro take on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in a non-title match, which Rollins won via pin-fall after hitting the Pedigree. After the match was over, Kevin Owens ran down to the ring, and hit Cesaro with the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Earlier in the night, Kevin Owens faced off against Rusev, and the match ended via count out after Owens walked out. Then, Owens interrupted a backstage interview with Cesaro, and Cesaro criticized Owens for constantly walking out on his matches. So, naturally, that led to Owens taking Cesaro out after his match with Rollins.
Many were wondering if Owens would even be on the SummerSlam card after his loss to John Cena. Furthermore, many are worried about Owens’ WWE future, as there seems to be some members of WWE upper-management who want to see Owens fail on the main roster just to prove themselves right, which may sound ridiculous, but it’s not the first time something like this has happened.
There’s a slight chance that Owens could end up being the United States Champion before SummerSlam, as John Cena will be facing Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the event, and WWE could be looking to get the U.S. Title off of him before that match. The idea of Rollins costing Cena the title during one of Cena’s open challenges has been suggested, and Owens may end up being the beneficiary of that idea.
If Owens ends up as the United States Champion, he’ll defend it against Cesaro at SummerSlam. It’s possible that Rusev could get added to the match, as it seems like Rusev and Owens have unfinished business. But WWE may end up leaving Rusev out of the U.S. Title picture at the event due to the return of Dolph Ziggler, who will likely take on the “Bulgarian Brute” at WWE’s biggest event of the summer.
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