Welcome back to WNW covers Smackdown Live! I'm Zack Krasney, your host for the evening. Let's see what Smackdown has in store for us!
Smackdown Live Results
-AJ Styles welcomes us to the first Smackdown of 2018. He says there are plenty of guys who set a goal to win the Royal Rumble. He made some goals of his own, to walk into and out of WrestleMania as WWE Champion. Tonight his goal is to beat Sami Zayn, but will the man who allowed Sami in Kevin Owen's corner allow Owens in Zayn's corner tonight? Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring. Before Daniel can speak Shane McMahon also comes out to the ring. AJ looks confused by Shane's presence. Shane says he had the best intentions last week, we can all agree that we'd rather watch a match based on ability not interference. Shane apologized for costing AJ the match. Shane says he's been accused of having a personal vendetta against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As much as he has beef with them personally, he feels Daniel has more of a liking or kinship with them. Why else would he allow Sami Zayn at ringside? He wants to know if he's turning the Yes movement into the Yep movement. Daniel starts to talk but Shane interrupts him and says he thinks Daniel will allow Kevin Owens so he's going to be at ringside for the main event as well. Daniel says that wasn't what he was thinking, but since Shane already announced he'll be at ringside, then Kevin Owens will be allowed as well. AND if both of those two are at ringside, Daniel Bryan might as well be as well!
The Usos vs. Benjamin and Gable for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
This one starts fast and furious with all 4 men seeing action right away. Benjamin throws Jimmy off the top rope and Gable hits a moonsault before getting thrown out of the ring by Jey. We go to commercial. We return as Jey Uso goes flying over the top rope and takes out Benjamin, then he does the same thing to Gable. Benjamin is able to take out both Usos. Benjamin and Gable hit their team finisher! 1-2-3! That's it!
Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Benjamin and Gable
Jey Usos gets in the ring and argues with the ref that he's the legal man not his brother. Another ref comes out and they discuss it. The original ref says both men in the ring weren't legal so the match is continuing. When we return from break Gable and Benjamin are arguing with the ref but the Usos blindside them. The ref rings the bell to restart the match. The match is fast and furious for a while. They go for their team attack again but Jey ducks and Jimmy hits a Superkick on Gable. Shelton is taken down and Jey hits the splash for the win!
Winners: The Usos (Retain their titles)
-Backstage Renee asks Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn if Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan being at ringside will affect the outcome of tonight's match. Owens tells her some things are different, somethings will always be the same. Smackdown is in a DIFFERENT city, but the results will be the SAME.
Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brother
Before the match even starts the Bludgeon Brothers attack and dismantle Breezango. The Ascension make their way out to the ring to make the save but get destroyed, too.
Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English United States Championship Tournament Match
Before the match, Rusev sang for English! It was delightfully terrible. English takes control fairly early into the match after bouncing Woods off the steel stairs. Woods starts to fight back and hits a wicked backbreaker to take full control back. Woods hits an impressive elbow off the top rope to pick up the win.
Winner: Xavier Woods
-Backstage its announced Natty, Lana, Carmella and Tamina are all announced as entered into the Women's Royal Rumble.
Tamina, Natty Hart, and Carmella vs. The Riott Squad
Liv Morgan and Natty start things off. Things are pretty back and forth at the start. Natty goes for the Sharpshooter, Liv fights out and slides out of the ring. We head to break. We return and Logan is in the ring with Carmella. Tamina makes the tag and takes out Logan and Ruby who runs in. Samoan drop on Logan but when she goes for the splash, Morgan knocks her off the top. Logan hits a nasty knee to the back of the head of Tamina for the win.
Winners: The Riott Squad
-The Riott Squad announces they'll be in the Women's Royal Rumble match, after a fairly poor promo. Charlotte cuts them off and brings out Naomi. She says she knows someone who wants to make them pay for their actions Becky Lynch! All three faces run down and take out the Riott Squad.
-Baron Corbin announces he'll be in the Royal Rumble match.
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan at ringside
Styles starts off the match with quick, strong offense. Eventually, Sami rolls out of the ring and KO goes over to support him. Shane runs over and tells KO to give AJ and Sami space. Daniel Bryan gets between them. We head to break. When we return Sami is in control of AJ Styles. AJ starts to fight back and hits a big splash in the corner. Zayn reverses a Styles Clash into a Blue Thunder Bomb, but only gets a 2 count. Styles locks in the calf crusher and Sami is stuck right in the middle of the ring. He holds on for a LONG time and makes it to the ropes. Pele kick from Styles. Zayn dodges a Phenomenal Forearm. The ref gets knocked out of the ring as AJ rolls up Zayn but Owens is blocking the ref from getting back in the ring. By the time he gets back in it's a 2 count. Shane tells the ref to send KO to the back. Bryan says if Shane is going to send Owens backstage then Shane can go to the back too! Shane looks baffled and in the confusion, Zayn hits the Helluva Kick and picks up the win!
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match Styles grabs a mic and tells Shane and Bryan to stop arguing like children! He is so tired of interference, why don't they just put him in a handicap match. Daniel Bryan says that's a great idea! At the Royal Rumble, it will be Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn against AJ Styles for the WWE Championship!