This week on WWE SmackDown, Becky Lynch cut a promo on her WrestleMania main event, The Usos teamed up with Ricochet & Aleister Black to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, and The Bar, and more.
We are only days away from WrestleMania 35, check out the SmackDown results below.
The KO Show opens up SmackDown with Randy Orton and AJ Styles joining as guests.
This was a really good start to SmackDown, and actually developed Orton and Styles’ feud quite well compared to recent weeks. The two were trading some brilliant lines between each other. Styles said Orton’s been wrestling for way too long to have just learned the one move. The Viper snapped back saying that whilst AJ Styles has been wrestling in high school gyms, he’s been out headlining WrestleMania. The Phenomenal one then replied to Orton with the line of the night claiming “that’s right when I was in high school gyms wrestling for dozens of people you were in the WWE getting suspended for drug tests.”
After the two traded words, Kevin Owens could see what was about to come so he literally walked out of the ring, leaving the Mania opponents to battle it out in the ring. The sequenced ended with another beautiful RKO from a Phenomenal Forearm.
The Usos, Aleister Black & Ricochet def. Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, Sheamus & Cesaro.
This match was a very similar set up as the 8 person tag we saw on Raw just a day before. The Usos finished off the job on Rusev with a double superkick to give the faces the win. Alexa Bliss swiftly returned to SmackDown Live with the announcement that these 4 teams will compete in another fatal 4 way tag team match this weekend, for the SmackDown titles. A brawl then erupts between the competitors, with Black and Ricochet standing tall afterwards.
IIconics address the WWE Universe.
This seemed a pretty pointless segment to me. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce basically came out to remind everyone they can pin anybody in their championship match on Sunday to take away the gold. I expected an attack from Tamina and Nia Jax, but literally nothing else came from this.
The Miz def. Sanity in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match.
The Miz as a face is really working well in this feud. He cut a promo before the match giving out one big shoutout to Maryse and Monroe Sky, before calling Shane McMahon a son of a bitch! Shane comes out to the entrance ramp to watch on. He sees Miz holding his own so decides to show a picture of him beating up Miz’s dad at Fastlane on the titantron, and announces that the handicap match is now a falls count anywhere match too. This soon turns into The Miz just throwing Eric Young all around the backstage area, before pinning him outside after a brutal beat down.
Becky Lynch cuts a promo.
Immediately after the handicap match, we see a police car pull up outside the arena. Becky Lynch steps out and walks to ringside to cut a promo. She reminds the crowd, whilst stood on the announcers table, that this all started last year at SummerSlam with her turn on Charlotte. She also promised Baltimore that she would be the “double champ” in the main event of WrestleMania.
18-Person Mixed Tag Match ends in chaos.
Yep, that’s really a match that happened last night. It was all just build up to both the men’s and the women’s battle royales this Sunday. Before the match was thrown out, we got the amazing gift that is Otis just shaking his body infront of Mandy Rose, that was really something. Asuka ended up “eliminating” Jeff Hardy to be the last person standing in the ring at the end of the segment.
Samoa Joe def. Ali.
These two put on a pretty good showing in the small time they had available. Samoa Joe puts Ali in a coquina clutch to secure the victory in the non title contest. I really wished this changed the match at WrestleMania to a multi-man ladder match, but that dream of mine is looking a lot less likely after this week.
Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston’s contract signing.
A very calm Daniel Bryan tried to educate Kofi Kingston and the crowd a life lesson, but could not get his point across at all with all the fan support for the challenger. Bryan told the crowd to not become complacent, much like Kofi had been for the many years in WWE. At this point, the champion is not calm at all, calling Kofi a bystander. He also warns Kofi that one day the crowd will turn on him, and no longer care about him.
This lights a fire in Kofi, as he hits one of the best promos of his career. Kingston says he’s glad he’s never had a singles opportunity for a world title, because it’s all lead right up to this Sunday at WrestleMania. He tells Bryan he knows how it feels when the underdog finally gets his win at the big time, which Kofi is hoping is what happens in New York. Big E and Xavier Woods played a very underrated part in this helping lift the crowd and supporting Baltimore’s chants.
The beginning and ending of SmackDown Live were great, but I can’t help but feel Raw delivered this week, much more. The matches honestly served no real purpose on the go home episode leading to WrestleMania.
Still, I have no doubt that this Sunday will be special.