On the July 2 edition of SmackDown, Kevin Owens questioned Shane McMahon's decisions and under-handed tactics, before they were interrupted by Dolph Ziggler, leading to McMahon booking them in a #1 contenders match against Woods and Big E and for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules, but they were defeated after a miscommunication between Owens and Ziggler.
The following week, Owens stated his distaste in McMahon's constant dominance on television before fleeing as McMahon called for security. Later that night, Owens interfered in Dolph Ziggler's match against Roman Reigns and hit McMahon with a Stunner.
At Extreme Rules, Owens defeated Ziggler in 17 seconds. During the special episode WWE Smackville Owens defeated another Shane's allied, Elias. Owens will face McMahon at SummerSlam where if Owens looses, he will be fired.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, KO commented on working with The McMahons: “If I’ve learned anything from being here for the past five years, it’s that the McMahons are more than willing to let you go at them as hard as you want and they’ll come back at you as hard as they can.
Everything is pretty much fair game. I’ve never been told to be careful, I’ve never been told to watch what I say. It’s all for the purpose of creating as good a story as possible”. Owens also wrestled extensively on the independent circuit for 14 years, most notably in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he held the PWG World Championship a record three times, as well as the PWG World Tag Team Championship on three occasions. Kevin also competed for International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS).