Smackdown Live is in Kansas City this week. The show starts with Shane McMahon in the ring. He brings out other Smackdown manager, Daniel Bryan. After a little banter, the two managers start complaining about the Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens situation. Shane claims that Bryan is living vicariously through Owens and Zayn. AJ Styles comes out. AJ Styles says that people shouldn’t worry because no matter who the #1 contender is, he will remain the champion. This was a pretty good segment to be honest. I have no real critiques of it.
Backstage we see AJ Styles meet Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura says that he will beat AJ Styles at Wrestlemania.
Liv Morgan w/ Riott Squad vs. Charlotte Flair
Our first match this week is Liv Morgan versus Charlotte Flair. Charlotte Flair had a brief match, and it was pretty good. She won with the Figure Four. I expected that the Riott Squad would attacked Charlotte after the fight, and was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t. It would have been repeating the same angle that Absolution did on RAW last night.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Two Locals
The Bludgeon Brothers continue their tirade against local wrestlers, attacking another two this week. A Double Crucifix Bomb gave Harper and Rowan the victory.
The Usos Promo
The Usos come out to the ring to cut a promo. They cut a pretty good promo. It wasn’t about anything in specific, but they had a good flow to it. It was well done.
The First Smackdown Live Top 10 List
Smackdown Live has their first staff compiled top 10 list. Here it is:
- Tye Dillinger 9. Randy Orton 8. Becky Lynch 7. The Usos 6. The New Day 5. Bobby Roode 4. Naomi 3. Shinsuke Nakamura 2. Charlotte Flair 1. AJ Styles
I have no clue what the purpose of this is. I literally put AJ Styles as #1 in this article before Bryan said it, because this was so predictable. Honestly, I have no idea why anyone thought this was needed.
Rusev vs. Bobby Roode (US Title Match)
Today’s Rusev Day might matter more than others. Rusev gets a chance to get gold around his waist as he challenges Bobby Roode for his US Title Match. This match went on for quite some time. They did a great job at building the intensity. Near the end of the match, Bobby Roode ended a big chain of reversals with a very nice, or should I say GLORIOUS, Glorious DDT. This match was very good. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am worried that Rusev is really going to die out now.
After the match, Randy Orton RKOs Bobby Roode out of nowhere. He then RKOs Aiden English, who was a bystander to the situation. To finish everything off, Rusev got an RKO too.
The Ascension vs. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable
There’s some odd rivalry going on in the tag division with these two teams I think, but I’m not sure. This is the apex of the Smackdown midcard (that’s not a good thing). As you probably expected, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable won this match.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship #1 Contender Match)
Our main event tonight is Zayn versus Owens to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. The WWE Champion, AJ Styles, is ringside on commentary for this match. The story going into this match is that Sami and Kevin’s friendship will be tested by this match. Sami hit the Blue Thunder Bomb late in the match, and Owens barely kicked out.
When the fight got taken outside the ring, Sami decided to get all up in AJ’s face. AJ got angry, and attacked Sami. This disqualified Sami, and started a brawl. Styles attacked both Owens and Zayn. Daniel Bryan came out after this match and announced that both Zayn and Owens are #1 contenders. The crowd reacted sour to this.
So, I didn’t tweet about it or anything, but I 110% predicted that this would happen. The second that I saw Styles at ringside, I knew this would be the angle that they would go for. Well, that wraps up Smackdown. This was a good show, and it was certainly better than RAW.