WWE SmackDown is live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. Tonight we’ll find out the fallout from last week’s show which featured Daniel Bryan announcing his return to the ring and the firing of superstars Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. But tonight’s show will kick off in glorious fashion with former U.S. Champion Bobby Roode competiting in a tag team match with “The Viper” Randy Orton. Let’s get right to the action now…
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Bobby Roode and Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal and Rusev
Tonight’s show starts off with “Glorious” Bobby Roode making his entrance to the ring. “The Viper” Randy Orton is out next. Both men wait in the ring for their opponents.
“The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal announces that his partner Samil Singh is injured, so instead Mahal will team up with a lion…”The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev. The crowd chants “Rusev Day” before the match begins.
“Glorious” Bobby Roode starts off this match against Jinder Mahal. Roode and Mahal lock up, but Mahal gains the advantage with an elbow to Roode’s head. Mahal stomps out “The Glorious One” into the corner, but Roode counters and fights off Mahal. Roode and Mahal are back-and-forth with big moves. Roode comes off the top rope and squashes Mahal. Randy Orton takes out Samil Singh at ringside, which distracts Roode before the commercial break.
We’re back from the break. Both Orton and Roode take turns punishing Rusev. Both men drop “The Bulgarian Brute” who desperately wants to make his way to the corner to tag in Mahal. Orton beats Rusev down into the corner as the referee forces him to back off. Rusev takes advantage of the referee’s distraction by hitting Orton with a big kick. Rusev goes for the pin, but Orton kicks out.
Rusev tags in Mahal who relentlessly smacks and embeds his knee into Orton. Mahal picks up Orton who fights back, but “The Modern Day Maharaja” quickly regains control. Rusev gets the tag and continues to dominant Orton. Mahal is tagged back into the match and attempts to wear down “The Viper” who fights out and tags in Bobby Roode.
Roode comes in like a great ball of fire, leveling both Mahal and Rusev (at ringside). Roode ascends the top rope and levels Mahal. Roode attempts The Glorious DDT, but Mahal breaks free. Roode turns that around into a spinebuster and a pin. 1..2…Rusev breaks up the pin-fall. Roode is able to knock Rusev out of the ring, but turns around into a big kick from Mahal.
Mahal and Rusev continue the punishment on Bobby Roode. Rusev gets in the tag and picks apart Roode while Orton can only watch on at ringside. Mahal gets in the tag and continues to wear down Roode. “The Glorious One” tries fighting back, but is quickly knocked back down to the mat by “The Modern Day Maharaja.”
Rusev is tagged back in and brutally stomps on Roode. Rusev picks up Roode and then slams him back to the mat. Mahal gets the tag and continues to wear down Roode who eventually fights out and tags in Orton.
Randy Orton comes in like a bolt of lightning. He takes out both Rusev and Jinder Mahal. Orton is about to set Rusev up for an RKO, but Roode falls on top of Orton because of Mahal. Roode knocks Mahal over the top rope, but turns around to an angry Orton who RKO’s Roode. Orton turns around to a Machka Kick from Rusev, and it’s lights out.
Rusev and Jinder Mahal defeat Randy Orton and Bobby Roode
Rusev Has Bad News For Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal and Samil Singh look very pleased with the results of the tag team match. They run into Aiden English and Rusev, promising that they’ll invite them to the championship celebration after WrestleMania. But Rusev has other plans. Since he beat WWE U.S. Champion Randy Orton, now he’s going to go into Daniel Bryan’s office to turn the triple threat U.S. title match into a fatal four way, involving “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev. Mahal and Singh look very upset.
Shinsuke Nakamura Asks AJ Styles For Help
Nakamura is worried about tonight’s main event match against Shelton Benjamin with Chad Gable at ringside. He asks AJ Styles to accompany him for his match, to even the odds.
Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott
Lynch and Riott have a very back-and-forth competitive match. Riott is ruthless and fearless going up against “The Irish Lass Kicker.” Ruby taunts and then drops Becky. But Becky turns the tide and has her reeling outside the ring. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan provide a quick distraction, which Riott capitalizes on, dropping Lynch to the outside.
The fight returns to the ring with plenty of back-and-forth action. Becky Lynch is kicking arse, hitting a clothesline and a dropkick. Fans are getting behind “The Irish Lass Kicker.” Lynch drops Riott and then ascends the top rope. Morgan and Logan distract Lynch, allowing Riott to send her opponent face-first into the turnbuckle. Ruby goes for the pin, but the referee catches her feet on the rope.
Ruby attempts a Riott Kick, but Becky blocks. Riott goes for the Disarm-Her, but Liv Morgan pops up on the ring apron. This doesn’t work out well for The Riott Squad. Lynch is still able to roll-up Riott for the win.
Becky Lynch defeats Ruby Riott
Post-Match: Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan attempt to attack Becky Lynch, but “The Irish Lass Kicker” turns the tide and knocks them both out of the ring.
Daniel Bryan Has An Announcement To Make
WWE SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan cuts a promo, reflecting on the news last week of finally being able to be medically-cleared for in-ring competition. Bryan also mentions the firing of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn last week. He says that he’ll give them one more chance at WrestleMania. If Shane McMahon is able to compete, then it will be Bryan and McMahon vs. Owens and Zayn at WM 34.
Daniel Bryan is all worked up. He tears off his shirt, revealing a new “YES!” T-shirt. He says he’s tired of all the board meetings and the dress suits. It’s time for Daniel Bryan to return to the ring where he belongs! He’s ready to fight Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Bryan says he’s ready to kick their ass!
The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
Kofi Kingston hits a dropkick on Erick Rowan before the match begins. The New Day puts the punishment on The Bludgeon Brothers for the early portion of the match. However, Rowan turns the tide and wears down Woods.
Rowan takes out Big E at ringside. And Harper runs and crushes a bewildered Woods into the corner of the ring. Rowan brings out the hammer to finish off The New Day, but The Usos run down to ringside and the referee calls for the bell.
The Bludgeon Brothers defeat The New Day via disqualification
Post-Match: The Usos and New Day clear the ring of The Bludgeon Brothers. But the brothers come back swinging with hammers and empty the ring of both teams.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
Fandango gyrates on the ring apron, mimicking Ziggler, which only distracts Tyler Breeze. Ziggler dominates much of this match, which is more of a comedy segment than a battle. Ziggler chases both Breeze and Fandango outside the ring. Fandango continues to run laps around the ring even while Ziggler and Breeze are fighting in the ring.
Ziggler ends this comedic affair with a Zig-Zag on Breeze.
Dolph Ziggler defeats Tyler Breeze
Post-Match: Ziggler admires the Andre the Giant trophy and then kicks Fandango in the face.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
Both Nakamura and Benjamin lock up. Meanwhile, the crowd chants for “AJ Styles,” who is standing around at ringside. Nakamura gains the early advantage and sends Benjamin out of the ring as we go to the commercial break.
We’re back from the break and Shelton Benjamin is in control of Shinsuke Nakamura. We see a clip, which shows Benjamin dropping Nakamura into the ring apron. Nakamura fights out of Benjamin’s control. Both men are knocked down to the floor.
Nakamura hits Benjamin hard with a kick to the back of the neck. Nakamura charges Benjamin in the corner and hits him with a high knee. Chad Gable jumps up on the ring apron, but is knocked down by AJ Styles who sends Gable face-first into the ring apron. Benjamin is able to block a Kinshasa kick and counters with a Northern Lights Suplex. Benjamin goes for the pin. 1…2…kick out!
Benjamin attempts to hit a Paydirt on Nakamura, who blocks and counters with an armbar. Nakamura attempts to turn the hold into a triangle choke, but Benjamin is able to counter with a half-Boston crab. Nakamura reapplies the armbar, but Benjamin breaks free.
Nakamura ascends the top rope and knocks Benjamin to the mat with a knee. “The Artist” then takes out his opponent with a Kinshasa kick.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Shelton Benjamin
Post-Match: Nakamura tells Styles that he never needed his help tonight. He just wanted to show the WWE Champion how he’ll lose at WrestleMania. AJ Styles thinks that he’ll beat Nakamura because he’s phenomenal and this is the house AJ Styles built. But Nakamura thinks Styles will lose because he’s too emotional. Nakamura’s music hits and he leaves the ring right when AJ Styles gets attacked by behind by Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable. Nakamura returns to the ring and saves Styles for a two-man attack. Nakamura then charges at Styles for a Kinshasa kick, but stops himself and stares down Styles. He taunts the champion with the “knee to face” line. SmackDown Live goes off the air with Shinsuke Nakamura standing tall.