Welcome to WrestlingAttitude.Com Live Coverage of WWE Smackdown from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
We are in Los Angeles, California and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
– John Cena makes his way to the ring and he has something to say.
John says that there are mixed emotions in here tonight. John introduces himself and he is going to tell us why he is here tonight. He is here for the reason why 99.99 percent of the people on Smackdown are here. There is only one person with a guaranteed match at Wrestlemania, Shinsuke Nakamura. John says he is trying to find his road to Wrestlemania. John mentions the Fatal Five Way Match at Fastlane and he says he wants in. John says he is not here for a handout. He is here to do whatever it takes to earn a spot in that match. John wants to know what he has to do to make it to Wrestlemania.
Shane McMahon’s music plays and he shuffles his way to the ring and then he shuffles when he enters the ring.
Shane says that John is one of the most decorated superstars in the history of the WWE and he is in the middle of the ring on Smackdown. Shane welcomes him back and Shane says we all heard what John said. Shane says that everyone is looking for their role on the grandest stage of them all, but the pathway that you propose puts you into the WWE Championship match.
John says half the people want him to win and half want him to lose so it makes sense to put him in that match.
Shane says the pathway puts you smack dab in the middle of the WWE Championship match at Fastlane. If you win, not only would you main event Wrestlemania, history would be made. You would be walking into Wrestlemania as the seventeen time champion. This is the Land of Opportunity, however…
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.
Daniel says tonight they are on the same page. Smackdown is the Land of Opportunity. Every superstar in the Fatal Five Way earned their chance to fight for the title. Daniel says he will give John an opportunity. Tonight, if you win the main event, you will be in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane. John likes the idea and he asks who will be his opponent. Daniel says it is someone that John is familiar with… AJ Styles! Cena leaves the ring as Bryan’s music plays.
– Still to come, Ruby Riott vs. Naomi and Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin. We goo to commercial.
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Back from the break and out comes Sami Zayn to the ring. Kevin Owens is already out for commentary. Baron Corbin is out next.
The bell rings and they lock up with Corbin taking it to the corner. Sami turns it right around and backs off as the referee counts. Sami goes to the floor and talks trash to Corbin as the referee backs Corbin away. Sami returns to the apron and makes his way in but Corbin drops him with a shoulder. Sami goes back to the floor for a breather but Corbin follows. Sami kicks him and slams his face into the announce table. They bring it back into the ring and Sami keeps control. Sami jumps up but Corbin knocks him out of mid-air. Sami falls back to the floor and Corbin follows. Corbin slams Sami into the top of the barrier. Corbin charges but Sami backdrops him over the barrier.
We see Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon backstage watching. Shane asks why Bryan is allowing Owens to do commentary during Sami’s match. Bryan gives Owens props for his commentary and how entertaining it is. Shane asks about Owens getting involved in the match and Bryan says there’s no reason why he should. Sami and Corbin go at it on the floor with Sami taking control and bringing it back into the ring. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Sami has Corbin grounded in the ring. More back and forth between the two. They end up on the floor again. Corbin stares at Owens and grabs Sami to drop him face first onto the announce table. Corbin brings it back in but stalls some and Sami rolls him up for a 2 count. Sami hits a big DDT out of the corner for another close 2 count.
Dolph Ziggler comes out of nowhere and superkicks Owens, knocking him out of his chair at the announce table. Ziggler ducks down and hides at the apron. This leads to Corbin hitting End of Days on Sami for the pin and the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
After the match, Corbin stands up as his music hits but Ziggler enters the ring and drops him with a Zig Zag out of nowhere. Ziggler’s music hits and he leaves as we go to replays. We see Owens, Sami and Corbin all trying to get back up to their feet.
– Shane and Bryan are backstage watching what just happened. Shane jokes that Bryan should go check on his boys. Bryan says he will leave that up to Shane and asks Shane if he can go home and spend some time with Brie Bella and their daughter Birdie Joe. Shane says that’s a good eye. He sends his well fishes to the family and Bryan leaves.
– Still to come, Ruby Riott vs. Naomi. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Sami Zayn is backstage with Kevin Owens, wondering what just happened. Shane McMahon appears, still with his popcorn in hand, and taunts them. Shane says Bryan already left so they better hurry and catch up because Brie doesn’t like it when they miss dinner.
Ruby Riott vs. Naomi
We go to the ring and out comes The Riott Squad – Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Becky Lynch is out next followed by SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. They wait and head to the ring with Naomi, who is out next.
The bell rings and they meet in the middle of the ring with some trash talking. Naomi strikes first and they go at it back & forth. Naomi takes control and sends Ruby to the floor for a breather. The two teams face off at ringside as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ruby with a full nelson. We see footage of Ruby sending Naomi into the ring apron during the commercial break.
We go to Carmella responding to tweets in the locker room and ignore the match going on in the ring.
Back to the action in the ring and Naomi with a punch and each miss round kicks the first time but then they both connect at the same time and both are down. Naomi with rapid fire kicks and a flying clothesline followed by a spinning heel kick. Naomi with a split and then she hits a springboard round kick for a near fall. Ruby with a forearm to the back of the head followed by a thrust kick. Naomi goes to the apron and Naomi hits a round kick and goes up top.
Naomi misses a cross body but lands on her feet. Naomi with a scorpion kick and she sets for the running bulldog into the turnbuckles but Ruby escapes. Ruby with the Riott Kick for the three count.
Winner: Ruby Riott
After the match, Charlotte and Becky check on Naomi.
– We go backstage to Tyler Breeze and Fandango, who are going over a board with all their solved cases. Actor Josh Duhamel walks in and they plug his new “Unsolved” show on the murders of Tupac & Biggie, which premieres on the USA Network tonight. The New Day walks in for some comedy. Breezango has confused Big E with Biggie. Big E drops a quick freestyle. Breezango can’t believe that Duhamel isn’t a real detective, he just plays one on TV. Duhamel says goodbye to The New Day and leaves. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
The New Day make their way to the ring and they have something to say.
They say that with Wrestlemania on the horizon they are looking to establish their place at Wrestlemania. Kofi says at Fastlane they face their biggest rivals for the tag titles. Big E says that rivalry is hotter than his inner thighs in the summer or winter. Big E wants to be spritzed as he interrupts Xavier. Xavier says in less than two weeks, they will do it again. They won last week to be first in line for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles.
Kofi says they respect the Usos, but this is about winning. When they win, they will make their way to the Big Easy and party on Bourbon Street.
The Usos make their way to the ring. Jimmy says there they go again, spreading the power of positivity through pancakes. They have gone head to head and gone to war and there was one tag team standing tall, with the titles. Jey says they haven’t looked back since. Jey says they used to be just like the New Day. Singing around and dancing looking like a box of Skittles. That didn’t take them to the next level. Jimmy says they have been grinding for the last nine years. They have tried to prove to everyone that they belong on Wrestlemania. Jey says year after year, they have been getting passed over. Nine years in the game and zero Wrestlemanias.
They say that this year is their time. Jey says it is the goal line at Fastlane and they will run through the New Day into the end zone. Jimmy says the New Day will be on the sidelines. Jey says they have adapted and they are the future.
Big E says they have been at the top where they belong for the last five years. They hosted Wrestlemania when you were in the back eating catering. They didn’t get here because of their daddies. They didn’t stand on the sidelines because they rushed the field and took what was theirs. They will take the titles at Fastlane and the will become Five Time WWE Tag Team Champions.
While they stand face to face in the ring, the Bludgeon Brothers’ music plays and they appear on the stage. Rowan and Harper slowly march to the ring and leave their sledgehammers on the outside, with their jackets. They stop and turn back around to pick up the hammers and bring with them to the apron. The Usos and The New Day both leave the ring, staring at Harper and Rowan as they head up the ramp to the back. The Bludgeon Brothers stand tall in the ring as their music plays.
– Still to come, Cena vs. Styles.
– We see video from earlier today where Rusev and Aiden English entered Shane McMahon’s office. English accused Shane of being jealous of Rusev Day and holding them back. Shane made English vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for tonight. Back to commercial.
– We are back and Dolph Ziggler says he did not come back to get lost in the shuffle. He says he is the greatest superstar in WWE history. He will even beat the golden boy if he has to. He will win at Fastlane and go on to Wrestlemania.
Bobby Roode is in the interview area and he is asked about his US title match at Fastlane against Randy Orton. Bobby says he is excited. He wants to be the greatest United States Champion and he needs to beat the best. Randy is one of the best. After all that Randy has accomplished, is Randy worried that Bobby is ranked ahead of him on the Top Ten list? Randy Orton shows up and he says it isn’t about the list, it is about that title. The US Championship is the only title he never got his hands on. Bobby, you are the guy he has to run through to get it.
Aiden English (with Rusev) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Aiden English and Rusev are in the ring and Aiden English serenades the people of Los Angeles.
They lock up and Aiden with a back elbow. Aiden with a wrist lock and Nakamura with a reversal. Aiden with a shoulder tackle and he bows over Nakamura but Nakamura with a kick and he tells Aiden to ‘come on’. Nakamura with a knee and snap mare followed by a knee drop. Aiden rolls to the floor and Rusev checks on Aiden. Nakamura kicks Aiden on the floor and sends Aiden back into the ring. Rusev with a round kick to Nakamura.
Aiden sends Nakamura back into the ring and he goes up top and hits a diving head butt and gets a near fall. Aiden with a kick to the bck and a punch. Aiden with a snap mare and kick to the back before applying a reverse chin lock. Nakamura with punches but English with a thrust kick to send Nakamura into the corner. Aiden with kicks and the referee warns him. Aiden with a hard Irish whip.
Aiden kicks Nakamura and sends him into the turnbuckles. Aiden puts Nakamura on the turnbuckles and Nakamura knocks him off with forearms. Nakamura misses a kick when Rusev gets on the apron. Aiden with a spinning round kick into the corner and then he hits a Death Valley Bomb for a near fall. Aiden with an Irish whip and he charges into the corner but Nakamura puts Aiden on the top rope but Nakamura misses the knee. Aiden with a cross body but Nakamura with a flying boot to the head.
Nakamura with a punch and more strikes. Nakamura with kicks to the chest followed by a drop kick. Nakamura with an Irish whip and running knee into the corner. Nakamura with kicks and then he puts Aiden on the top turnbuckle and hits a running knee. Nakamura with Kinshasa for the three count.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
As Nakamura leaves the ring, John Cena makes his way to the ring for his match against AJ Styles. Cena points to the Wrestlemania sign and so does Nakamura. We go to commercial.
John Cena versus AJ Styles
We see Kevin Owens watching while Sami Zayn stands next to the monitor.
They lock up and Styles with a waist lock and Cena with a back elbow. Cena with a reverse chin lock into a side head lock. Cena with a shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall. Cena punches Styles in the corner. Cena with a snap mare for a near fall. Cena with a reverse chin lock. Cena with a half nelson but Styles with an elbow and chop. Styles with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Cena with a tornado DDT for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cena with a Blue Thunder Bomb and a Five Knuckle Shuffle. AJ gets his hands on the ropes when Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment. Styles with a Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Styles sets for the Styles clash but Cena with a double leg take down into a catapult and a TKO. Cena puts Styles on the turnbuckles and John sets for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Styles counters with a torture rack bomb and a near fall.
We go to Dolph Ziggler watching a monitor in the locker room.
Styles is on Cena’s shoulders for a sit out gourdbuster and a near fall.
We go back to Kevin and Sami watching the match.
Cena tells Styles not to get up but AJ does not listen. Cena with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. AJ with an enzuigiri as Cena charges at him. We go to commercial.
We are back and both men are down. We see Styles hitting a Styles Clash but Cena kicked out. Then we see Cena with an Attitude Adjustment but Styles kicks out at two. Styles with a clothesline for a near fall. Styles goes for a Lionsault but Cena moves. Cena with Code Red for a near fall and then he applies an STF. Styles rolls througn and gets a near fall. Cena misses a forearm in the corner and Cena hits the turnbuckles ribs first. Styles with a Phenomenal Forearm for a near fall.
Styles goes to the apron and he tries for a springboard 450 but he lands on Cena’s knees. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment and he rolls through but Styles goes to the floor. Cena follows and he charges at Styles, but AJ moves and Cena hits the ring steps and both men are down. Styles gets back into the ring and the referee starts his count, but AJ stops it. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment through the announce table.
Cena rolls into the ring as the referee checks on Styles. The referee starts his count. Styles gets back in the ring at nine.
Cena picks up Styles and AJ counters into a Calf Crusher. Cena thinks about tapping out but he sees the Wrestlemania sign and he picks up Styles for an Attitude Adjustment and the three count.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Cena’s music hits as the announcers confirm a Six-Pack Challenge for the Fastlane main event. Cena checks on AJ but the music hits and out comes Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Cena gets ready to fight but here comes Baron Corbin from the side. Corbin unloads on Cena and beats him up. Sami and Owens enter the ring and beat down Cena, then AJ. The music hits and out comes Dolph Ziggler next. Ziggler superkicks Corbin and drops Owens, then Sami with a superkick. Ziggler stands tall in the middle of the ring with AJ and Cena. Ziggler turns and drops AJ, sending him to the apron. Ziggler turns around to an AA from Cena. SmackDown goes off the air.
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