The planned match between Zayn and Owens is now in doubt and so too is the immediate wellbeing of Shane O Mac, who was struggling for breath as SmackDown faded to black.
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Of course, no one is putting all the blame on Owens and Zayn for that noticeable dip in interest and TV ratings.
Bryan Alvarez discussed the WrestleMania match announcement on today's installment of Wrestling Observe Live and speculated that the match could be changed and both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan could have a role in the match of some sorts. Though both world class performers, they've been overexposed with far too much TV time that, coinciding with very little in the way of actual storyline development, has turned SmackDown from a wrestling show that was once very good to one that is nearly impossible to watch at times.
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Don't be surprised if Shane reveals he is taking a break as commissioner so that he can allow his "true feelings" about Owens, Zayn, et al., to show.
Clearly, Zayn and Owens are not on the same page as previously suggested, as the game plan went from Zayn willingly sacrificing himself so Owens could win, to Zayn actively nailing Owens with a Helluva Kick to score the win in this week's Fatal 5-Way. That should quell fears that the main storyline that has dominated SmackDown for such an extended period is not important enough to get a spot on the WrestleMania card. However, when he returns, Owens and Zayn are probably in for a serious reprimanding.