Thanks to Tripp Givens, Brad The Great, Shawn Kenter and Kristopher Maffey for the following WWE SmackDown spoilers from tonight’s tapings in Cincinnati, Ohio:
* Roman Reigns opens SmackDown with an in-ring promo. More cheers than boos to start. Reigns talks about destroying Triple H on RAW and taking the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 32.
* Renee Young interviewed AJ Styles backstage. AJ said the WWE Universe can chant whatever they want (CM Punk joke chant.). Owens walked in and had a back and forth to set up their match.
* Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz. Early chain wrestling and slow holds. This is the same match you’ve seen from them so many times. Dolph won with a superkick.
* An Ambrose video aired of him looking at the city skyline. Big pops from his hometown. He spoke about training to fight for your life. Cincinnati taught him everything.
* Bubba Ray Dudley defeated Goldust. D-Von teased using a table early. Early pound offense by Bubba, who was so loud on trash talk even up in higher seats. Back and forth offense with Bubba mostly on top. Bubba won with a cheap shot. R-Truth ran out to get knocked down. The Usos run out and double super kick to clear ring.
*Charlotte was out first for the Divas segment. The crowd just wants to woooo. Charlotte asked the challengers to come out. Becky Lynch was out first and said you can count on her to take that title. Sasha Banks came out. Charlotte equated them to the Four Horsemen as the horsewomen. She teased an apology to them, but then apologized to Ric Flair for ever comparing them to horsemen. Sasha and Becky broke down, but then double teamed Charlotte…
* Michael Cole interviews Kalisto earlier in the day and he accepts Ryback’s challenge for WrestleMania 32.
* New Day came out with trashbags to call League of Nations hot garbage. Big E, channeling old Hulk Hogan, challenged them to a WrestleMania match. It seems to be a four on three match. They have accepted the challenge for WrestleMania 32 and it looks like everyone will be involved.
* Kofi Kingston defeated King Barrett. Both teams brawl at ringside and The League gets the upperhand but Barrett takes the loss.
* Dean Ambrose is shown at a bar celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
* The Social Outcasts came out. They cut their promo sitting on the ring apron facing out. Interesting position. They pointed to the WrestleMania sign, then claimed they will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale as a team. They chatter back and forth until Ambrose came out to a huge reaction. He had a kendo stick in hand and beat up all four men.
* Kevin Owens defeated AJ Styles in a non-title match. Owens was out first to a decent pop. Styles’ pop was big but half of what Ambrose got. AJ’s pyro is loud. Owens got good heel heat as Cincy is a very pro-babyface crowd usually. Solid match. Styles teased the Styles Clash at one point, but Owens rolled away. Late in the match, Styles attempted a spinning slam from a rack position for two. Owens attempted a top rope brainbuster that was countered. Styles et up for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Chris Jericho came out. The Jericho distraction led to Owens hitting a Popup Powerbomb on Styles for hte win at 9:24. After the match, Jericho gave AJ a Codebreaker. Y2J taunted the AJ chant on mic.
Owens came back to taunt, but Ambrose runs out with cane to attack both heels and save AJ. This was likely a dark segment. AJ hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Jericho, and Ambrose performed Dirty Deeds on Owens to end the show