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As of writing this the only confirmed match for tonight is a Women’s Tag Team Championship match as the champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defend against Natalya and Tamina.
WWE has also promoted a segment with Universal Champion Roman Reigns having a final stand off against his WrestleMania Backlash challenger Cesaro.
It should be interesting to see how things play out on tonight’s show.
SmackDown begins live in the ThunderDome with Jey Uso in the ring. Jey talks about how last week, Jimmy Uso disrespected Roman Reigns, and that he has left them with no choice but to handle family business, and Jey then introduces Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Reigns walks to the ring accompanied by Paul Heyman. A video airs recapping the last two weeks of SmackDown, with Reigns defeating Daniel Bryan, Jimmy Uso returning and inadvertently helping Cesaro earn a Universal title match and Cesaro clearing the ring over The Usos and Reigns to end the show last week.
Reigns holds up the title in the ring as pyro goes off behind him. Reigns grabs the mic and addresses Jey Uso, saying that they clearly have problems as it relates to Jimmy. Reigns says he’s going to address Cesaro first. Reigns says that he likes and respects Cesaro, calling him a top tier talent and one of the best wrestlers in the world. Reigns says that he is much more than a wrestler, he is the Tribal Chief and the Head of the Table. Reigns says that both WWE and FOX do not want Cesaro to take his place at the top of SmackDown. Heyman informs Reigns that Cesaro has had 0 world championship matches and Reigns has had a total of 39. Reigns then brings up Jimmy Uso to Jey and Jimmy Uso makes his way out to the ring to interrupt Reigns.
Jimmy grabs the mic and says that all he hears is Reigns running his mouth and Jey demands that Jimmy shows respect to his cousin and the family. Jimmy says that Reigns may be part of the family, but he is not all of it. Reigns asks Jimmy if he thinks Reigns can beat Cesaro, and Jimmy responds that he does not think Reigns can beat Cesaro. Jimmy brings up the possibility of Reigns losing his Universal Championship and The Usos winning the Tag Team Championships, and The Usos being the new Head of the Table, which sparks an angry outburst from Reigns. As Reigns calms down he challenges Jimmy to do what he does, and that he wants Jimmy to show the world that he can beat Cesaro. Jimmy immediately turns to the stage and calls out Cesaro for a match tonight.
Cesaro makes his way out to the ring saying that he accepts Jimmy’s challenge. Cesaro says he will beat Jimmy tonight and looks at Reigns and says that on Sunday he will beat Reigns for his Universal Championship.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler VS Natalya and Tamina
The match begin with Tamina and Nia Jax in the ring. Jax takes advantage of a distraction by Reginald to get the upper hand on Tamina. Baszler is quickly tagged in and Tamina slams Baszler into the corner and tags in Natalya. Natalya slingshots Baszler into Tamina who immediately hits with the Samoan Drop. Reginald causes another distrction and the referee ejects him from ringside. Jax hits a Samoan Drop to Tamina to the barricade. In the ring Baszler covers Natalya for a two count.
Back live with Jax and Baszler double teaming Natalya. Jax hits a splash to Natalya and tags in Baszler. Baszler covers for a two count. Baszler hits a stomp to Natalya’s elbow and tags Jax back in. Jax holds up Natalya as Baszler hits a running knee. Jax covers Natalya and Tamina runs in the ring and slams Baszler onto Jax to break the count. Tamina and Baszler are both tagged in. Tamina ducks a knee strike and hits a cross body. Tamina attempots to go to the top rope but Baszler catches her in an ankle submission, Tamina is able to kick Baszler down and cover her for a two count. Baszler hits a knee strike to again prevent a top rope move from Tamina. Jax is tagged in and both women go to the top rope. Tamina knocks Jax down as Natalya prevents interference from Baszler. Jax hits a Smaoan Drop on Natalya as Tamina hits a Superfly Splash on Jax to cover for the three count.
Winners: Natalya and Tamina
New champions Nataly and Tamina are interviewed in the ring. Natalya says that tonight is for anyone who had a dream and Tamina thanks Natalya for believing in her and thanks the fans.
Back live with Paul Heyman being interviewed backstage. Heyman says that he doesn’t know if Jimmy Uso can defeat Cesaro tonight, but he does know that this Sunday, Roman Reigns can and will defeat Cesaro.
Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez are in the ring. Crews says that with the help of Commander Azeez, he has restored the glory of the Intercontinental Championship and brought honor to Nigeria. Crews then presents to Commander Azeez, the Nigerian Medal of Honor. As Crews celebrates, Big E appears on the titantron and calls it the biggest sham of a ceremony since Macklemore won a grammy. Sami Zayn comes out to interrupt Big E. Crews calls out Zayn for disrespecting himself and Commander Azeez. Zayn says that Crews has his Intercontinental Championship. Kevin Ownes then comes out and chases Zayn into the ring as Crews and Azeez assault Owens. Big E runs out to the rescuse. Azeez attempts the Nigerian Nail on Big E, Big E grabs the top rope to send Azeez out of the ring. Owens hits a super kick to both Crews and Big E. Zayn then runs in to try the Helluva Kick on Owens who counters with a Stunner. Big E pops up and hits the Big Ending. Crews escapes the ring with the championship belt as Big E stands tall in the ring.
Rey Mysterio VS Dolph Ziggler
The match begins with a lock up and Ziggler driving Mysterio into the corner. Ziggler puts Mysterio in a side headlock which Mysterio escapes, sending Ziggler off the ropes where Ziggler connects with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler hits a second shoulder tackle after a second side headlock. Ziggler rakes Mysterio’s eyes and Mysterio counters a take down attempt to send Ziggler outside the ring, Mysterio hits a baseball slide to Ziggler on the floor outside of the ring.
Back live with Ziggler throwing punches Mysterio in the corner. Mysterio answers with punches of his own. Mysterio spring boards off the ropes and Ziggler dodges to cause Mysterio to fall flat on the mat. Ziggler hits a power slam for a two count. Ziggler applies a sleeper hold to Mysterio on the mat. Mysterio is able to power out with elbow strikes. Mysterio bounces off the ropes but is met with a spinning elbow strike from Ziggler. Ziggler puts Mysterio in a bow and arrow submission and Rey reaches out to cause a rope break. Mysterio hits a big boot from out of the corner. Mysterio counters a slam with a tornado DDT. Mysterio goes to the top rope and Ziggler stops him with a right hand. Ziggler goes up top and Mysterio blocks the superplex and sends Ziggler to the mat. Mysterio hits a senton hits a kick to the head for a two count. Ziggler avoids the 619 and hits the famouser for a two count. Mysterio ducks the super kick and goes for a 619 with Ziggler countering with a super kick and a cover for a two count. Ziggler hits a body slam and picks Mysterio up which Mysterio counters into a roll up for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Ater the match Robert Roods runs in to attack Mysterio but Dominik quickly enters the ring, causing Roode and Ziggler to retreat to the back.
Cesaro is interviewed backstage. Cesaro says it means the world to him to challenge for the Universal Championship. Cesaro says he has dreamed about this moment since he was a kid. Cesaro says he’s not like Reigns, he doesn’t ask peple to acknowledge him, he earns it. Cesaro says that he knows he can beat Roman Reigns and that he can earn the right for the fans to acknowledge him.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair makes her way out to the ring.
Back live with The Mysterios being interviewed. Rey says that he is ready to make history along side his son. Ziggler and Roode confront them and Ziggler says Dominik doesn’t belong here and Dominik says that come Sunday, he will be a champion.
Bianca Belair is interviewed in the ring by Michael Cole. Cole brings up Belair’s upcoming chmapionship match with Bayley. Belair questions where Bayley is and a video is aired recapping last week’s segment where Bayley said Belair wasn’t on her level and where Bayley eventually stood tall over Belair after a brawl in the ring. Bayley appears on the titantron laughing at Belair. Belair again questions where Bayley is and Bayley responds that she if far far away. Belair says that the entire reason Bayley is mad is because Bayley ws getting thrown around by the Bellas at WrestleMania while Belair was in the main event winning the championship. Bayley says that when she looks at Belair, she sees a mirror of her own past, and she tells Belair that this fairy tale does not end well.
Shinsuke Nakamura VS King Corbin
The match begins with a lock up and Corbin hitting a knee to Nakamura’s stomach. Nakamura hits a knee strike of his own and goes to the top rope but is hit with a right hand from Corbin. Corbin hits another knee strike to the stomach and covers for a two count. Nakamura counters an Irish Whip with a drop kick and follows it up with a series of strikes. Corbin attempts a big lariat but Nakamura counters with an armbar. Nakamura shifts the armbar into a triangle choke which Corbin is able to counter into a pinfall during the hold for a three count.
Winner: King Corbin
After the match, Nakamura hits the Kinshasa and picks up Corbin’s crown and puts it on his head.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are interrupted backstage by an angry Apollo Crews. Pearce announces that next week there will be a Fatal 4 Way match between Crews, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Big E for the Intercontinental Championship.
Back live with Aleister Black again reading from Tales of the Dark Father. Black tells of trial by fire. He talks about something either cleansing or consuming you. Black says that father taught him “The lesson” Black says that “he is a cruel man because you have deemed it so.” Black again says that he could help you, but he won’t.
Jimmy Uso is interviewed backstage. Jimmy says that Jey does not need Reigns and again mentions The Usos as Tag Team Champions again.
Jimmy Uso VS Cesaro
Our main event of the evening begins with a fast lock up. Cesaro hits a big standing drop kick to knock Uso to the corner. Uso puts Cesaro in a headlock and Cesaro springs off the ropes for a shoulder tackle for a cover and a two count. Uso lands on his knee and sells an injury before surprising Cesaro with a super kick that gets a two count. Cesaro is able to lift Uso for a delayed suplex. Uso gets up and lands an enziguri for a two count. Uso goes for a super kick that Cesaro catches and counters with an uppercut. Uso throws Cesaro to the outside and Uso hits a big dive to the outside.
Our main event continues live with Cesaro hitting a series of uppercuts and a spinning lariat for a two count. Cesaro attempts the Neutralizer that Uso reverses with a back body drop. Cesaro springs off the ropes and is caught by an Uso Super kick for a two count. Cesaro meets Uso on the top rope and connects with a superplex for a two count. Uso rolls outside the ring and Cesaro hits a cannon ball from the apron to Uso on the outside. Cesaro hits a running uppercut and throws Uso back into the ring as Reigns and Jey Uso blinside Cesaro to cause the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Cesaro
After the match Jimmy Uso yells at Reigns that he had Cesaro beat. Reigns and Jimmy argue outside the ring and Jimmy says that it’s always about Reigns. Cesaro attacks Jey Uso in the ring as Reigns rushes back to the ring to stop Cesaro. Reigns demands Jimmy joins him as Cesaro attacks Reigns but is stopped by Jey uso. Cesaro begins to attack Jey which causes Jimmy to run in. Reigns and Jimmy are thrown out and Cesaro hits the Neutralizer on Jey. Cesaro then picks up Jey and hits a second Neutralizer as Reigns watches on as SmackDown goes off the air.
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