Kevin Owens is determined to compete, despite his injured hand.
On the December 1 episode of WWE SmackDown, Kevin Owens defeated Grayson Waller. WWE then announced that Owens fractured his fourth and fifth metacarpal during the match. Owens is set to face Austin Theory in a WWE United States Championship Tournament match on the December 15 episode of WWE SmackDown.
In a SmackDown Exclusive, Owens was in the trainer's room, and SmackDown General Manager Nick Aldis walked in. Owens insisted he was fine, but Aldis did not want to let him compete with a broken hand.
Kevin Owens: I was just showing the doc. It’s fine, I’m good. I’m keeping this [brace] on, like he said.
Nick Aldis: I know you don’t want to hear this, but I’m gonna have to find a replacement for you next week. You have a broken hand, and I can’t in good conscience let you compete with a broken hand.
Waller and Theory showed up, and they laughed at Owens. They said Aldis should let Owens compete if he wanted to. Owens got fired up and made it clear he was willing to fight on the spot. Aldis kept them separated, and he told Waller and Owens to leave. Owens then emphasized that he will do whatever it takes to compete as scheduled.
KO: I’m telling you, next week, I’m getting in the ring with the idiot. I don’t care what I have to sign, I don’t care what I need to do for you to let me do it. I’m punching them in the face. I’m doing it. I’m doing the match.
Aldis proceeded to walk away without giving Owens a firm answer either way.
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