SmackDown began with a six man tag team and Kevin Owens as guest announcer. KO showed off his new gold to the announcers and told Michael Cole to shut up. Maybe one day they’ll square off in the ring.
Dolph Ziggler and Lucha Dragons vs Sheamus, Alberto del Rio, and Rusev with King Barrett plus Kevin Owens as guest announcer
Kevin Owens berated Michael Cole the entire match. Cole, normally a Raw commentator, filled in since Mauro Ranallo had the flu. Ziggler and the Lucha Dragons put up a good fight but The League of Nations were stronger. Sheamus, back from an injury, stole the show. Sin Cara was rendered useless with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. The momentum picked up when Ziggler faced The Celtic Warrior, but Dolph was defenseless against the Brogue Kick. Winners via pinfall: The League of Nations.
Tamina with Naomi vs Sasha Banks
Tamina wanted to prove she was the better wrestler. Next time she should leave Naomi in the locker room so the match could be fair. Even with several distractions from Namoi, Sasha prevailed with the Banks Statement. Team Bad was upset and ganged up on The Boss. Becky ran out to help, which infuriated Banks.
The Lass Kicker confronted Sasha and The Boss agreed to put her ego behind for their upcoming tag team match at FastLane.
Jericho vs The Miz
Chris Jericho called out AJ Styles but was greeted by The Miz. Chris was impressive the entire fight. He dominated with multiple flying cross bodies and an axe handle slam. The Miz was his normal villainous self but mentally broke after a reverse neck breaker. He begged Y2J to stop. Chris ignored his pleas and won by submission with the Walls of Jericho.
Jericho called out Styles again and declined his request for a rematch at Fastlane. After a brutal attack from AJ, Y2J finally accepted the offer
Charlotte with Ric Flair vs Natalya
Natalya greeted Charlotte with a snapmare takedown and overpowered the Diva’s Champion. Frustrated, Daddy’s Little Nature Girl left the ring and stooped to cheat tactics, such as tripping Natalya off the apron. Nattie never recovered. Charlotte trapped her in the middle of the ring with a Figure Eight and won via submission.
Brie attacked The Diva’s Champion before she could celebrate. Charlotte attempted her signature move on Brie but the Bella twin defended herself with Daniel Bryan’s Yes Kicks. Brie then intended a running knee for the Diva but assaulted Ric Flair instead. Charlotte fled so fast she forgot her belt. Brie celebrated with the title while the crowd went wild with Yes chants.
The Dudley Boyz vs Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Earlier that night, Roman warned Dean not to pull another Dirty Deeds joke on him again. Dean agreed then ran into Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar was in the building and looking for Ambrose.
The Dudley Boyz focused their rampage on Dean, often double teaming him. They isolated him and targeted his neck with neck breakers and choke holds. Roman provided a distraction and was finally tagged in. Fired up, he clotheslined Bubba but Brock’s music played and he walked out with Paul Heyman. The Dudley’s tried to take advantage with a 3D but Dean hit them with a flying elbow off the top rope. Lesnar dismantled Reigns and Ambrose with suplexes, which caused a disqualification. Roman tried to save Dean by spearing The Beast but it backfired and he hit his friend. Pissed, The Lunatic Fringe went back on his word and rewarded Reigns with a Dirty Deeds. The two men were left shattered in the ring, Ambrose bleeding from the mouth.
Triple H walked out with his belt, having a stare-down with Brock. Who will face The Game at WrestleMania?
by Ashley D’Hooge