WWE Smackdown Results – February 26 – We’re live from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, as WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring and he is joined by Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. While they march to the ring, we take a look at highlights from the Elimination Chamber match.
Roman is handed the mic and he says it isn’t a secret. Smackdown needs me. Same thing can be said about the Elimination Chamber. It needed me. What did I do? I answered the call. That is what the head of the table and tribal chief does. I saved this place again. I faced the winner of the Elimination Chamber match, and what happened/ I smashed Daniel Bryan. The most exciting ass whooping of the year, maybe the decade. That is what I am in this life.
Roman says anyone else in his shoes and he would be boasting and bragging and have a celebration, but not me. I am above that. I live and operate in this ring at a higher level. Nobody understands. If it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t me. Do you want to know why it wasn’t perfect? It was because of one man… Edge. Edge got one. You speared me in my ring on my night. Then you point at the sign. It could have ended there, but you had to make it official. Roman Reigns versus Edge in the main event of Wrestlemania.
Roman says you don’t want it or need it in your life. I am going to give you another opportunity. Back down. Beat it. Scram and go back home. You have a beautiful family. You are a father and husband. I don’t wanna hurt you. I like what you stand for. I appreciate your legacy and comeback. I don’t want to hurt you. Understand this. Get it through that thick head of yours. This is why a man like you doesn’t stand a chance against a man like me.
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Nearly perfect? You described your Universal Title defense at Elimination as ‘nearly perfect’. Daniel says he had to come out and say, from his perspective, he 100% agrees. How magnamimous to put up your title against a man who went through an entire Elimination Chamber match. I have heard some rumblings about some people who think differently. People who think that you coming out immediately after the Elimination Chamber match was cowardly. To face a man who went through five other people and then to demand to face that man immediately after is not a real champion.
Daniel says that isn’t him. He doesn’t come out and complain. Daniel says he is addressing the rumors. Daniel says he didn’t think the head of the table would defend the title in the second match. That should have been a main event spot, or would that have given Daniel too much time. Daniel says he was in this ring in your first match in the WWE. I know how good you were from the beginning. You want to create a legacy. Why not prove the doubters wrong.
There have been a lot of comparisons. Why don’t you defend your Universal Championship one more time with no qualifiers, at Fastlane.
Jey takes the mic and he wants to know what DB is doing out here. He hears a bunch of excuses. You lost. You at the back of the line. To get to the head of the table, go through the right hand man. I will get you. Roman stares at Daniel and he says after what I did to you, you really want me to hurt you again?
Bryan goes to respond but Uso attacks him out of nowhere, but Jey with a forearm to Bryan and then he sends Bryan to the floor. Jey follows and sends Bryan over the ringside barrier into the crowd. Jey is poud of what he did and Roman appears to approve.
— Still to come, Bianca Belair will make her WrestleMania 37 decision. Also, The Street Profits vs. Sami Zayn and King Corbin.
– Sonya Deville is backstage with Adam Pearce, talking about being excited for their options. Edge walks up and mentions Daniel Bryan possibly getting a title shot at WWE Fastlane. Edge says they need to talk. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see Roman Reigns talking to Jey Uso backstage. Jey apologizes and says he couldn’t just let Daniel Bryan disrespect him out there. Reigns says there’s nothing to apologize for as long as Uso gets the job done, that’s all that matters. Reigns tells him to handle it, then walks off.
Edge is backstage with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville. Edge mentions how he thought they wanted he and Daniel Bryan to face Roman Reigns and Jey Uso at WWE Fastlane. Pearce says that was tentative and before Bryan made the challenge to Reigns. He brings up how Bryan could beat Jey to get in a Fastlane title match tonight and then they have a bigger spectacle, but the Universal Title will still be more important. Pearce means no disrespect. Edge says none taken and walks off.
Dominik Mysterio and Rey Mysterio vs. Otis and Chad Gable
Chad Gable wants to point out what happened last week on Smackdown with Rey Mysterio. Chad asks to see it again and slowed down.
Rey and Otis start things off and Rey trips Otis and Otis with a body block. Otis with a slam and he slams Rey again by tossing him across the ring. Otis with a running shoulder into the corner. Otis with punches and Chad stops him and the referee warns Otis as well. Gable tags in and he gets Rey on his shoulders and hits a gutbuster. Gable sends Rey into the turnbuckles and connects with a shoulder. Rey with a boot to Gable and Gable with a fireman’s carry but Rey lands on his feet but Gable stops Rey. Rey kicks Gable and Dominik tags in.
Dominik with a clothesline and elbow followed by an elbow in the corner. Dominik floats over and sends Gable into the turnbuckles. Dominik with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Rey with a seated splash off the turnbuckles and then they send Otis to the floor. Rey and Dominik with stereo 619s to Gable followed by a splash to Gable for a near fall. Otis with a double sledge to Dominik and Otis tags in. Otis catches Rey off the ropes and Otis with a standing power slam. Otis goes to the turnbuckles for a splash and hits it. Otis gets the three count.
Winners: Otis and Chad Gable
— We are told that Bryan versus Uso is official and if Bryan wins, he faces Roman at Fastlane.
— We see footage of Big E being stretchered out last week.
— Apollo Crews is in the Gorilla Position as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
Apollo Crews says people have asked about the change. You really don’t know anything about me. For far too long, I have been nice and humble. I have been respectful, but I haven’t received the same respect. Being who I am and who my family is, that is unacceptable. I am not from the hood or the suburbs. I am from NIgeria. I am an African-American. This is who I am. My family is royalty. They controlled some of the richest lands in NIgeria. He was draped in gold and had five wives. His word was law and his power was feared. This is who he is and this is what he represents. These colors stand for wealth, dominance, and power.
Big E found that out last week. Like his grandfather told him, if your rivals disrespect you, show them steel. I showed Big E the steel and he will never disrespect me again. Shinsuke Nakamura, you will suffer the same…
Nakamura’s music interrupts Crews.
Apollo Crews vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Crews attacks Nakamura from behind before the match and he sends Nakamura to the floor. Crews picks up the ring steps and the referee tells him to put them down as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Crews beats Nakamura down in the corner. Crews keeps control and whips Nakamura hard into the turnbuckles. Crews with a suplex for a 2 count. Crews grounds Nakamura with an aggressive headlock now. Nakamura fights up and out but Crews grabs his hair, then dumps him on his head with a big German suplex. Nakamura absorbs most of the landing with his knees and comes right back with a shot to the jaw. They’re both down now.
Nakamura with kicks now. He kicks the leg out and knocks Crews back down with another kick. Crews misses charging into the corner and Nakamura continues with the kicks. Nakamura with an axe kick to the back of the neck. Nakamura with a sliding knee for a close 2 count. Nakamura with a headlock but Crews quickly fights out and hits another German suplex. Crews holds the German and delivers a second, holding that one for a third. Nakamura kicks out at 2.
Crews ducks one kick but the second drops him. Nakamura with more offense in the corner. Nakamura with a sliding snap German under the bottom rope but Crews kicks out once again. Crews avoids a Kinshasa and rolls to the floor to regroup. He lures Nakamura in, kicks him and sends him shoulder-first into the steel steps. Crews brings it back in and presses him but Nakamura slides out and goes for a Sleeper.
Crews uses his scarf in the corner for leverage, sending Nakamura into the corner. Crews follows up with a kick to the back of the neck. Crews with an Angle slam for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Apollo Crews
– Paul Heyman tells Roman Reigns about Daniel Bryan possibly getting a title shot at Fastlane, if he beats Jey Uso tonight. Reigns says so the tag match is scrapped. If Bryan wins tonight, Heyman says. Reigns thinks it over and we go back to commercial.
Tamina Snuka vs. Liv Morgan
Back from the break and Tamina Snuka goes at it with Liv Morgan as the bell hits. Natalya and Ruby Riott are watching from ringside.
Tamina takes control early on but Liv sends her into the corner with a head scissors. Snuka comes right out of the corner with a big superkick. Tamina keeps control and manhandles Liv in the corner as fans boo. Tamina launches Liv across the ring and hits a big running splash in the corner for a 2 count. Liv fights back but Snuka levels her with a strike. Tamina kicks Liv around with ease now.
Tamina goes on with a suplex for 2. Liv fights up from her knees but Tamina slams her face-first into the mat. Liv finally nails an enziguri to get an opening as Riott cheers her on. Tamina misses in the corner and Liv kicks her back. Liv with right hands in the corner now. Liv comes off the second turnbuckle with a missile dropkick for 2.
Natalya yells at Tamina to finish Liv. Liv charges in the corner but Tamina moves. Tamina with a big Samoan Drop. Tamina yells while standing over Liv. Tamina grabs Liv and hits the big tilt-a-whirl sideslam for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Tamina Snuka
After the match, Natalya joins Tamina in the middle of the ring and they stand tall as the music hits.
– We see Bianca Belair walking backstage. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are in the ring. Adam says that Bianca Belair has been called the Future of WWE. Sonya says that the future is now and Bianca will make her decision for Wrestlemania.
Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring. Bianca says it has been 3 weeks, 5 days, 2 hours, and 6 minutes since I won the Royal Rumble and it has changed her life. Sonya reminds Bianca that she gets to choose the champion of her choice at Wrestlemania. Sonya asks if it will be Raw Women’s Champion Asuka or Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. Bianca says everyone has been waiting for her to make her decision. Bianca says her momma told her life is about choices. If you make a bad choice, it will haunt you forever. Bianca says her choice is clear.
Reginald’s music plays and he comes out and says that her momma was right. This will define your legacy. Reginald says that you teamed with Sasha Banks and you saw how she is in the ring. You learned her means of attack. We know about your journey to WWE and you are inspiring to so many. We are in awe because you are living your dream. Reginald says if you choose Sasha Banks, your dream will dissolve into a horrible nightmare. When you are laying on the mat, haunted and broken by your horrible choice. You will hear your momma’s voice saying your choices define you. You will be a loser.
Sasha Banks’ music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Sasha tells Reginald that she told him never to speak for her. Sasha says she is more than the champion, I am the standard. If you want to make history and be atop the conversation, you will choose me. You call yourself the EST of the WWE. I don’t think so. I am the best. I am number one. That makes you second best.
Bianca tells Sasha that you stand here with a lot to say and I will make you eat your words… on the grandest stage of them all. I will take the title and I will show that I am the B-E-S-T of WWE. Bianca points at the Wrestlemania sign and she tells Sasha it is on.
Baron Corbin is bouncing in the back and Sami’s camera crew shows up and Sami gives them some direction. Sami asks Baron about the conspiracy by WWE against Sami. Baron tells the camera crew to get to the bottom of the mystery why they are a tag team. Sami says it was his idea. They might not get along, but they had great chemistry when they qualified for the Elimination Chamber. Sami says he needs a win. They can become Tag Team Champions if they work together. With his strategic ideas and with Baron’s strength they can dominate. They can be the new Can Am Connection or the Kingdom of Liberty.
Baron says they could dominate the division working together but he tells Sami never to tell him what to do. Baron tells Sami to be a professional.
The Street Profits vs. Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin
Ford and Zayn start things off and Ford with a clean break and Zayn complains about a pull of the hair. Zayn with a punch and chop. Zayn with an Irish whip and Ford floats over and does a back flip. Ford with an arm drag into an arm bar.
Corbin tags in and so does Dawkins. They lock up and Dawkins with a side head lock. Dawkins with a shoulder tackle but Corbin takes Dawkins down with a shoulder tackle of his own. Dawkins with a drop kick. Dawkins follows with a wrist lock. Corbin with a knee and Irish whip but Corbin goes for the wacky slide but the camera crew gets in the way. Dawkins with a forearm and Ford with a drop kick off Dawkins’ back to knock Corbin off the apron as we go to commercial.
We are back and Corbin with elbows to Ford. Zayn tags in and he kicks Ford. Zayn chokes Ford in the ropes. Corbin tags in after Ford is sent into the turnbuckles. Corbin with a knee to the midsection followed by an Irsih whip. Corbin runs into a boot and Ford with an enzuigiri. Zayn tags in and he stops Ford from making the tag. Dawkins tags in and he hits a few clotheslines and a flying back elbow. Dawkins with a twisting splash into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall.
Corbin tries to interfere and Dawkins with a drop kick. Zayn with a clothesline for a near fall. Corbin yells at his camera crew and Zayn wants to know what is going on. Ford leaps over Zayn and hits Corbin on the floor. Dawkins with an elevated twisting neck breaker followed by a Seven Star Frog Splash for the three count.
Winners: The Street Profits
After the match, Corbin yells at Zayn.
Kayla Braxton is in the back with Daniel Bryan. She asks him about his chance to face Roman Reigns at Fastlane and be Wrestlemania spoiler. She asks if he would face Edge at Wrestlemania. Daniel says he has to beat Jey Uso and Roman Reigns to face Edge. Daniel says he thinks he has a better chance against Roman than Edge. Daniel says that Edge had a great comeback but he has missed time.
Edge shows up and he tells Bryan he heard what he said. If you win tonight, then you should easily beat Roman at Fastlane. Edge asks Bryan who would win if they meet at Wrestlemania. Bryan says he doesn’t want to say who would win.
In the Arena:
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Seth Rollins says he has great news. He says the letter he sent to WWE Management got a huge response on social media.
Cesaro interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Seth says Cesaro is just the man he wants to talk about. He says they need to put some water under the bridge. Seth says they go back a long way and he wants Cesaro to hear him out. What happened two weeks ago was an accident. I did not call you a loser last week. I said you were a loser because of the situation you were in. I want to make this right. Seth says he wants Cesaro to stand in the center of the ring, like the star you are.
Who says you can’t grab the brass ring and crack that glass ceiling. You are a star. You are strong and powerful. One of the most technically gifted superstars. My question for you, friend to friend, is why is it that you always seem to come up short? What is it that you are missing? I will tell you what it is because I have it. It is called killer instinct. I have it and I can give it to you. I came back to Smackdown to lead it into the future if you let me by leading you.
I have grabbed the brass ring and shattered the glass ceiling. I have done everything you have dreamed of doing. Imagine you and me side by side. We would be unstoppable. If you had listened to me two weeks ago instead of turning your back on me because you would have won the Elimination Chamber and beaten Roman Reigns. You walked out on me, but it is never too late to start again. Just embrace the vision.
Seth tells Cesaro he can give him an answer next week.
Cesaro with a double leg take down and a giant swing.. Cesaro swings Seth a second time and his jacket flies into the corner. Cesaro lets Rollins go and he connects with a European uppercut.
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring while Cesaro gets to the stage as we go to commercial.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso
If Daniel wins this match, he faces Roman Reigns for the Universal Title at Fastlane Match
Uso with punches and he applies a side head lock. Uso with a shoulder tackle. Bryan with a hip toss and he works on the arm. Bryan with a kick to the shoulder. Uso with a punch and Bryan with European uppercuts. Bryan works on the arm and connects with a head butt to the midsection. Bryan flips out of the corner on an Irish whip and Bryan with a flying clothesline. Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner. Bryan with kicks in the corner.
Bryan with a Frankensteiner for a near fall. Bryan stomps on the elbow. Uso rolls to the floor and Bryan sets for a suicide dive but Jey with a super kick that stops Bryan. Uso drops Bryan’s knee on the announce table. Uso breaks the referee’s count and he sends Bryan’s knee into the ring post.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Uso works on the knee with a series of kneeDTs. Bryan goes for the LeBell Lock but Jey with forearms to the leg to stop Bryan. Bryan with a European uppercut but Jey with a Samoan drop for a near fall. Jey misses a frog splash when Bryan rolls out of the way. Bryan with kicks to Uso. Jey with an uppercut and Uso is sent to the floor on a back body drop. Bryan with a dorp kick through the ropes. Bryan with a running knee off the apron but Bryan tries to get feeling back into his leg. Bryan gets Uso into the ring and Bryan goes up top but Uso moves. Bryan’s knee gives out and Uso sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and stomps on the leg. Uso with a single leg crab.
Bryan kicks Uso to try to get out of the hold but Uso reapplies the single leg crab. Bryan kicks Uso away and gets out of the hold. Bryan with a round kick to the temple for a near fall. Bryan gets back to his feet and he sets for the running knee but Uso with a flying shoulder tackle to the knee. Uso with a super kick for a near fall. Uso goes to the turnbuckles and Bryan crotches Uso. Bryan wtih a butterfly superplex and Bryan applies the LeBell Lock but Uso gets to the ropes. Uso falls to the floor and Bryan tries to bring Uso back into the ring. Uso Irish whips Bryan into the ring steps. Uso drops Bryan on the ring steps and the referee gets to the ten count.
Double Count Out
After the match, Bryan puts Uso in the LeBell Lock. Roman attacks Bryan and slams him face first into the mat. Bryan puts Roman in the LeBell Lock but uso with a super kick to Bryan. Roman sets for a spear and hits it. Roman with a guillotine on Bryan as we go to credits.
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