The dramatic King of the Ring tournament continued on SmackDown Live bringing more twists to the table. The original lineup for the scheduled Semifinal Match had Chad Gable and Elias in it. But heading into last night’s show, we’ve learned that the latter mentioned name will not be able to compete due to injury. After several considerations, Shane McMahon decided to insert himself into the match to replace Elias.
To ensure that Shane McMahon picks up the win in the main event of SmackDown Live, he forcefully appointed Kevin Owens as the special guest referee of the match. The instructions were clear that Owens had to count pinfalls in favor of Shane McMahon. But Gable pinned him in quick time with the Chaos Theory after which Shane restarted the match with a 2 out of 3 Falls stipulation. This time too, Chad Gable picked two back to back wins with the last one being a submission win via Ankle Lock.
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Shane McMahon was irate about this loss as Chad Gable made his way to King of the Ring tournament. He blamed Kevin Owens about this and fired him from the WWE to close this week’s SmackDown. We believe there will be a big fallout in this situation in the upcoming weeks.
The 2019 King of the Ring tournament went through a lot of ups and downs, as of late. All the favorites to win the tourney were out of the league even before we reached semi-finale. Eliminations of the likes of Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, The Miz and more indicated that we will be getting an underdog as the winner of this season. Last night’s matchup on Smackdown was a similar one where two youngsters (Elias & Chad Gable) has the chance of a lifetime, (courtesy WWE.com)
“Shelton Benjamin and Andrade both found out the hard way what happens when an opponent underestimates Chad Gable. In last week’s King of the Ring quarterfinals, Gable used an impressive rollup to top Andrade and Elias overcame Ali’s attacks on his guitar arm to move on.
“The Biggest Acquisition in SmackDown History” now awaits the underdog Gable in the semifinals, but Gable has stood tall against every challenge in the King of the Ring tournament thus far. Can he do it once more against Elias, or will Elias crush his King of the Ring dreams once and for all? Find out during the King of the Ring semifinals, tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA!”
As mentioned above, Chad Gable was the biggest underdog of King of the Ring, this year. For the past several weeks, Smackdown superstars have made fun of him calling him ‘Shorty G’. (mocking him for the short heights) But the former Smackdown tag team champion defied all the odds to reach the semifinal and square off against Shane McMahon. Last night, it was his night where he has done the unthinkable once again showing pure athleticism.