SmackDown Live

Owens and Zayn Attack

 

The show opened with Dolph Ziggler’s return to the ring. His opponent was supposed to be Baron Corbin, but after two false starts, we saw Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens beating him down backstage. Owens then says, “one down, one more to go” and they head out to the ring to take on Ziggler.

This match was supposed to be for a spot in the main event at Fastlane, but Zayn and Owens weren’t happy about the extra competition and decided to take them out early. Leaving Dolph incapacitated at ringside, Kami walked back up the ramp. Baron came out for revenge at this point but was again overpowered and left on the ground with Ziggler.


 

Charlotte vs. Sarah Logan

 

The Riott Squad got their second shot at bringing down The Queen, this time nominating Sarah Logan for the task. To make things a little more even this time, Becky Lynch and Naomi came down to support their friend.

Sarah Logan is still trying to find her footing in WWE, which led to a few awkward moments in this match. She was certainly meant to look strong, however, as she got in quite a bit of offense before being pinned with Charlotte’s Natural Selection. Flair has her toughest opponent of the three next week in Ruby Riott.

Winner: Charlotte


 

Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan Backstage

 

Daniel Bryan and Shane O’Mac were shown having one of their passive-aggressive conversations backstage. Shane announced that, because of Zayn and Owens’ unsportsmanlike conduct, there would be two matches later in the show: Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens vs. Baron Corbin.

If Ziggler and/or Corbin win their matches, they will be added to the main event of Fastlane, making it a fatal 4 or 5 way, the other competitors being Zayn, Owens, and Styles.


 

Kevin Owens vs. Baron Corbin

 

Kevin Owens clearly had the upper hand for this one, having beaten Corbin down alongside Sami Zayn less than an hour before the match. Corbin appeared to have “injured” ribs from the assault and Owens used that to his advantage, working Baron’s midsection even more.

Owens dominated the vast majority of this match, but just when it looked like he wasn’t going to make it, Corbin slid into the now fatal 4-way with a last minute End Of Days.

Winner: Baron Corbin


 

Bobby Roode’s US Open Challenge

 

Bobby Roode took a page out of John Cena’s book by holding an open challenge for his United States Championship. He said the challenge was open to anyone, but that he was hoping for Randy Orton after the surprise attack last week.

The Viper answered the call and came to the ring, but as he and Roode were about to face off, Jinder Mahal appeared, flanked by Sunil Singh, and began insulting Orton. His main point was that Randy was number 9 on the top ten superstars list from last week, which seemed like a weak argument since Mahal wasn’t on it at all, which Roode eventually pointed out.

Orton RKO’d Sunil Singh, at which point a scuffle broke out between Mahal, Orton, and Roode. Mahal was the last one standing; I imagine we can expect a Mahal/Roode feud in the near future.


 

The New Day vs. Gable and Benjamin

 

The New Day came to the ring to an array of pancakes, announcing that it was Fat Tuesday and in honor of that, Big E would eat over 100 pancakes in 8 minutes. Equipped with rubber gloves, Big E had just begun to chow down when Gable and Benjamin’s music hit.

Gable and Benjamin said that The New Day should open a pancake restaurant and leave the wrestling to the serious competitors. The New Day reminded them that they were speaking to four-time tag champs, and should show some respect. It was all fun and games until Gable and Benjamin disrespected the pancakes, which was a step too far.

A tag match ensued, in which Benjamin and Gable used heel antics in an attempt to vanquish the power of positivity. In the end, it was not enough and positivity prevailed in the form of a Midnight Hour on Chad Gable.

Winner: The New Day


 

Dolph Ziggler on his Return

 

Ziggler was shown being interviewed by Renee Young on his return to SmackDown Live. He was just as fired up as the last time we saw him, but this time around will be going after a bigger prize than the US or IC titles. He will be going after the WWE Championship.


 

The Usos / The Bludgeon Brothers

 

Another week, another awesome backstage Usos promo. But this time, they were cut short by The Bludgeon Brothers smashing a television screen showing the action.

The hype for this feud is real. Hopefully, when they finally do lay hands on each other, it lives up to the build because after teasing it for so many weeks, we need something awesome.


 

Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler

 

Sami Zayn was shown backstage with Kevin Owens prior to the match, where Owens said not to let him down by losing the match, as their upcoming title bout had already become a fatal 4 way with Owens’ earlier loss. This did not sit well with Zayn, who declared that it would be every man for himself.

Zayn used the ropes as protection from an aggressive Ziggler for as long as he could, but when things really got going, neither man pulled any punches. Sami Zayn was the perfect competitor to welcome Ziggler back to the ring, reminding everyone what they had been missing in his absence.

Great action, even back and forth, and an epic near fall after a Zig Zag on Zayn, the crowd was completely hooked. After a hard-fought battle, Dolph Ziggler got the victory and a standing ovation from the audience.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler