SMACKDOWN! LIVE (03.28.17)
RICHMOND, VA (Richmond Coliseum)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, David Otunga
Written by Brendan Wahl
Daniel Bryan's music started off the program as the GM made his way down to the ring for the Contract Signing between AJ Styles and Shane McMahon. The back-and-forth started with Shane putting over AJ's ring work as "phenomenal" but then added that his arrogance is what cost him his WWE Championship against John Cena and his ego is what caused him to attack Shane because he wasn't involved in Wrestlemania. AJ reminded Shane that this will be a traditional match and Shane can't do any of his crazy stunts that he would usually perform on the big stage. AJ listed all the legends that Shane has competed against in the past but added that Shane has NEVER faced a man like him. After both men signed the contract, they got in each other's faces but Bryan separated the two men. He wanted to seal the deal with a handshake but AJ blew Shane off and exited the ring instead.
Smackdown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James join the announce table for color commentary.
1) Becky Lynch vs. Carmella [w/James Ellsworth] went to a No Contest in 2:13 when Bliss and James got involved. Becky and Mickie cleared the other two out before Mickie pointed to the Wrestlemania sign and stared Becky down. During the commercial break, Daniel Bryan made all four women compete in a tag match.
2) Smackdown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss & Carmella [w/James Ellsworth] def. Becky Lynch & Mickie James by pinfall in 9:28 when Carmella pinned Lynch after a James Ellsworth distraction. Mid-way through the match, Natalya came down to ringside and joined the announce table for color commentary as the show went to another commercial break.
After the match, Naomi returned and cleared the ring before announcing her participation in the Women's Title match at Wrestlemania.
"Breezy Bella" declared himself available for the Smackdown Women's Title match at Wrestlemania but Bryan says no and pretends that he couldn't see through his disguise. Instead, he offered Breezango a spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale and they would be in a 10-man tag tonight.
Miz and Maryse presented the season finale of Total Bellas starring them as Cena and Nikki/Brie, respectively of course. Miz also played Daniel Bryan with a funny voice while walking on his knees. Maryse/Nikki asked Miz/Cena to marry her and then it said "To Be Continued." We took a commercial break and then upon returning, Miz/Cena said no and just wanted Maryse/Nikki to be by his side and make him appear to be a good person. They both then broke character to address the camera and said that they would make sure that Wrestlemania will be the curtain call for Cena and Nikki. Miz finished by saying that Cena's entire life is "total bulls--t." John Cena and Nikki Bella interrupted the proceedings in the ring with the former saying that the parody was pretty funny and said it was one "of the few good things he's done here." Cena criticized Maryse's claim about Nikki stopping her from coming back and added that when she tried to return it was just because the company didn't want her back. Cena also called Miz insane for claiming that he was using wrestling to go to Hollywood and said that everyone else has done it including the Miz, who has only done "crappy bootleg movies" of movies he's already made. Cena then said that Miz begged Maryse to come back so HE could be on Total Divas. Cena also asked how many kids that Miz and Maryse currently had and also accused him of "firing blanks." Cena then stripped his merch off that Miz thinks defined him and told him that the power couple will destroy him at Wrestlemania. Cena even called him a "pussy" and called them not the "it couple" but rather the "shhhh it couple." Cena dared Miz to take a swing but the heels retreated to the back. Nikki then got on the mic and said that they will be coming to kick their asses.
3) Mojo Rawley, American Alpha, Beauty & the Man-Beast vs. Dolph Ziggler, Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos and Breezango by pinfall in 11:03 when Mojo scored the win over Breeze.
Luke Harper cut a pre-recorded promo about how he has seen the truth and he doesn't need Bray in his life anymore.
4) WWE Champion Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper in a non-title match by pinfall in 8:03 when Wyatt spit some weird substace out of his mouth before hitting Sister Abigail for the win. After the match, Randy Orton appeared at the site of the former Wyatt Compound. Orton drove a stake into the grave of Sister Abigail to seal Bray's fate and then a viper attacked the screen.