Welcome to Ringside News’ live coverage of SmackDown Live. It is going to be a big show so keep refreshing after everything kicks off at 8:00 PM EST.
This is the final chance WWE has to make any WrestleMania changes on television. It looks like the show of shows is going to be stacked and they have a lot to get to on the blue brand this week.
Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston are set to make things official with a contract signing. If you know anything about WWE contracts they can be anything but simple.
AJ Styles and Randy Orton will collide in MetLife Stadium, but they will appear on the Kevin Owens Show this week to hash things out. We will just have to see what happens there, but KO is not advertised for a Mania match… yet.
Rey Mysterio and Andrade are set to rekindle their feud. They were supposed to face each other at WrestleMania, but that plan was obviously scrapped. At least they get a chance to perform on the go-home episode.
Charlotte Flair is the SmackDown Women’s Champion and she was arrested last night. If those charges were real she’d be facing a lot of jail time. However, this is WWE so she will likely carry on her rivalry with Becky Lynch.
The Miz is also prepared for anything on SmackDown Live. Miz & Mrs season 2 actually debuts after SmackDown tonight so we’re likely to get plenty of cheap plugs for that. He is also facing Shane McMahon in a falls count anywhere match at WrestleMania so that has to get some of his attention as well.
All of that and so much more is planned for SmackDown Live. We’re also likely to get another match (yes, another) added to the WrestleMania card as well.
Check back when things kick off at 8:00 PM and we will bring it all to you right here at Ringside News.
Kevin Owens Show
KO hyped Mania and then he brought out AJ Styles and Randy Orton.
Owens brought up how RKO ruins Kurt Angle’s last match on SD Live. He said that he was proud because he got to save everyone from watching a match with a washed out former Olympian and a guy who thinks he’s on top of his game.
AJ Styles said Randy has learned only one move in his entire career. Orton said Styles would never get it. Then he made it about being an indie guy again. Talking about going from HS gym to HS gym for fifty bucks for dozens of fans. Then Orton said he’s been wrestling in front of 10’s and 10’s and 10’s of thousands of people at WrestleMania for his career.
AJ said he was in HS gyms when Orton was in WWE… getting suspended for failing drug tests! WOW.
Orton came at AJ for not being in WWE a long time ago if he was that good and he said now that Cena has left to Hollywood Styles has “assumed the role of corporate bitch.” Then KO got up and left. That was great.
Randy and AJ brawled and Styles went for his Phenomenal Forearm, but Orton hit an RKO.
Aleister Black & Ricochet and The Usos vs The Bar and Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura
Ricochet and Sheamus got things started and then Black took the tag to take down the Celtic Warrior, but Sheamus kicked out at two. Then Uce and Nakamura took the tags and Rusev got a blind tag to lower the top rope and send Uce to the floor and then Jey took a shoulder bump into the steps and smashing into the barricade.
The heels continued and Uce kept taking even more damage. Rusev took out the heels so he could keep hammering at Jey then Nakamura got the tag, but Jey wouldn’t stay down for the three count.
Jimmy got a hot tag and took out the heels, hit a superkick on Rusev, but Nakamura broke up the pin. Then Ricochet came in, but Cesaro took him out. Then everyone took a superkick from Jimmy. Usos hit a double kick to Rusev’s face and a double superkick to win the match.
Winners: The Usos and Ricochet & Aleister Black
Then Alexa Bliss came out and booked a fatal four-way match between all of those teams for WrestleMania. So we’ve got a fatal four-way match.