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WWE Friday Night SmackDown will be the company’s last chance to make an impression on television before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday. They have a loaded show prepared so let’s see what to expect.
Tonight’s Friday Night SmackDown will include a gauntlet match. All of the tag teams in the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday will do battle. The winner will get the final spot in the Chamber match.
Bayley and Sasha Banks will also face Lacey Evans and Naomi in a rematch from last week.
There will be a Firefly Fun House segment as well. This one will likely include Bray Wyatt building his feud with John Cena. Those two are going to battle at another WrestleMania this year.
Also scheduled for tonight’s show is A Moment Of Bliss. Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss will welcome the nWo onto the show as Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman drop by.
A Moment Of Bliss
They started off by running down some WWE Hall Of Fame inductees from this year. Bliss brought up the Kabuki Warriors and said that they know where to find them if they’ll stop hiding out on RAW. Then they brought out Hall, Nash, and Waltman.
Scott Hall said “Hey Yo” and there was a pop.
Bliss congratulated them on being two-time HOFers. Nikki Cross said she’s their biggest fan 4 Life. Then she wanted to take a selfie. So that’s what Nikki did.
Bliss wanted to know what they should call Waltman because he’s been called so many things. He said “just call me a hall of famer.” Then Alexa Bliss brought up the nWo’s past with Goldberg.
She asked Kevin Nash what Roman Reigns needs to do to beat Goldberg at Mania. Nash said he forgot that he beat Bill Goldberg and they all laughed. He said he spoke to Roman on the phone this week. He said that he’ll need two things to beat Goldberg: Scott Hall and a cattle prod.
There was an awkward moment and then Shinsuke Nakamura and crew came out with Sami Zayn on the mic. Zayn said they all love the nWo and 1997 was a great year, but it’s time to start living in the future and the future is Cesaro, Zayn and Nakamura.
He was all about beating Braun Strowman at Elimination Chamber.
Zayn put over Hall and Nash for being former IC Champions and then he stopped at Waltman. He said that X-Pac knows how much the IC Title weighs because he carried their bags for years. Nash said Sami looks like “Seth Rogan after two weeks of stomach flu.”
Zayn threatened to hit them. The nWo said that they can’t be touched and they had a bit of a stand-off. Bliss and Cross were just watching in the corner as the 6 men were about to fight.
Then Sami Zayn said if it’s a fight they’re looking for it’s not gonna happen. He said they want “to get the rub” from them. It’s not going to happen. They are laser focused on their objective to destroy Braun at the chamber.
Then Braun came out. Cesaro rushed Braun and then he launched Cesaro into the staging. He hit a headbutt on Nakamura and then Sami had nowhere to run.
Sami went in the ring and he hid behind Alexa Bliss until he was able to leave. Then Braun Strowman got the mic and said that all three of them are gonna get those hands… and it’s gonna be too sweet.
Then Strowman got the rub from the nWo and they all too sweeted in the ring.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs Naomi & Lacey Evans
Evans started taking abuse very early on. Banks and Bayley tagged in and out. Bayley went around the ring and Naomi took her out with a right hand. Banks kicked Naomi against the barricade. Bayley went back to her corner and kicked Evans while Banks threw Naomi into the barricade again.
When we came back from commercial, Banks was working on Lacey Evans’ ankle. Then Bayley tagged in and continued working on the Lady Of WWE’s Leg.
We had another glitch that’s either for Killer Kross’ debut or Mustafa Ali’s repackaging… or aliens are trying to contact human through SmackDown.
Naomi got the tag and she hit a corkscrew plancha on Bayley and Banks. She hit a springboard crossbody for a two count. She kicked Banks a few times. Then Banks landed a kick of her own. Naomi hit a scorpion kick and a bulldog into the turnbuckle.
Banks was sent out of the ring again and Naomi landed a kick. Bayley distracted Naomi off the split legged moonsault and then Banks got the pin while using the ropes.
Winners: Bayley and Sasha Banks
The New Day hyped the gauntlet match backstage with Kayla Braxton. Kofi talked about “Recreating KofiMania.” He said he’s not about thinking about the past. They’re focusing on the Elimination Chamber now.
Banks and Bayley were backstage and upset that the Bellas are going into the HOF before them. Bayley said she’ll skip Mania so she’ll go right into the Hall Of Fame. It’s all about the role model era of dominance.