Renee Young and JBL welcome us to the show as they get into the MITB ladder matches. Renee talks about JBL having a ladder match against Jeff Hardy, JBL says he’s afraid of heights.
Shinsuke Nakamura joins the show.
Nakamura starts off speaking in Japanese, then moves to him climbing the ladder to finish off SmackDown, which was the first time he did that. He says says it was a bit wobbly. JBL asks how could he prepare for the match and Nakamura says he needs to go to Home Depot and practice. He continues that he wanted to come to WWE to do new things and a ladder match is something new for him. Nakamura talks about how doesn’t plan his entrance, it’s how he feels. Renee asks about each of his MITB opponents, he says Owens and Zayn both talk to much. Ziggler, he thinks could do well in Japan thanks to his wrestling ability. Moving to AJ Styles, he says is a “Perfect 100” (after saying Tye Dillinger is a “Perfect 10”) and wants to take him on again in WWE. JBL asks if AJ is the best Nakamura has ever faced. Nakamura says he loves AJ’s style in the ring. Lastly, Corbin who he says doesn’t have ladder experience, but he has size to make up for that. Nakamura talks about surfing and how he hung out a bit with James Ellsworth.
Renee and JBL talk about when Superstars should decide to cash in the contract. JBL says it’s really just up to the Star, whether they wait for months or cash it in the same night. They move to the women’s MITB match and JBL says Natalya is the dark horse.
The Hype Bros join the show.
Ryder says it’s seven months to the day since his knee injury. Ryder talks about his recovery and something call the “Squatty Potty.” Ryder talks about how Mojo had his moment when he won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and reminds everyone that he won the number one contender spot for the team when he blew his knee out. Ryder said he he hurt knee when jumping for the Rough Ryder. JBL asks about if Mojo wants to go back to being a tag team, but Ryder said they would be fools to pass up an opportunity at tag team gold.
Renee compliments the jazz band that kicked off SmackDown and how WWE will be returning to New Orleans for WrestleMania.
Jinder Mahal (and The Singh Brothers) join the show.
Mahal thinks Renee has been trying to keep him off the show since it’s been so long since he appeared last. Mahal reminds Renee didn’t think he would win the title and that Randy Orton is past his prime, while he is entering his prime. Renee asks about Orton sneaking up on Mahal and attacking him. Mahal responds it was supposed to be a face-to-face meeting and the he’s a coward. He says at MITB Orton’s Dad will be in the front row and he will beat Orton in his hometown. Jinder says he has a plan, but won’t give it away other than that he will leave MITB as Champion. Mahal heads off the set.
JBL asks Renee why she was upsetting the Champion and she tried to explain herself that Orton has a great resume, so it’s tough to pick against him. Renee asks JBL if Orton if he will win, JBL thinks he will with his hometown behind him. They thanks everyone for watching and we’re out!
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