WWE Smackdown (03/06/18) - Live Coverage And Discussion

Tonight is the go home show for Fastlane, the last PPV before WrestleMania.

WWE released the following for tonight's show:
With just five days left until WWE Fastlane, two of the competitors in the WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge will not be taking it easy, as The Road to WrestleMania heats up. WWE Champion AJ Styles will clash with Dolph Ziggler before this Sunday’s huge title showdown. Will Styles gain momentum heading into WWE Fastlane, or will Ziggler show that he’s out to steal the show (and The Phenomenal One’s place) on The Grandest Stage of Them All? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!

Smackdown Live kicks off tonight with Charlotte Flair and Ruby Riott with Sarah Logan and LIV Morgan. Ruby is asked first about beginning her feud with Charlotte, Riott takes the mic and begins cutting a promo on how Charlotte has been handed everything. She goes on about how she has been given natural abilities and also her father's lineage to lean on. Charlotte tells Riott that she has accomplished everything by earning it, not by it being given to her. Riott tells Charlotte that she will win the title Sunday and Charlotte will just be a bleach blonde with a famous last name. Roode's music hits and that ends the segment.

Randy Orton vs. Randy Orton

The match begins with some chain wrestling with Mahal getting a sucker punch in. Orton ends up sending Mahal to the outside and we go to commercial break. We come back from commercial break with Mahal having Orton grounded in a modified chin lock. Mahal drops Orton with a flying knee and get s two count only. Orton counters Mahal and grounds Mahal with a side suplex. Orton is countered during his DDT attempt, however Mahal catches Mahal for a fall away slam. Mahal goes to the outside and Orton throws the singh brother over the announce table. He then throws Mahal into Roode and connects with the rope drop DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO and Roode distracts Orton this allows Mahal to hit his finisher for the win.

Winner: Jinder Mahal

Becky Lynch vs. CarmellaBecky has the upper hand early, until Carmella connects a modified frankensteiner from the top rope. Carmella gets a near fall then continues to ground Becky Lynch. Carmella then goes to the corner and scissor chokes Becky over the top rope. Carmella continues the upper hand until Becky counters with a forearm. Both women now throwing punches in the middle of the ring and Lynch connects with an uppercut, however Carmella hits a side kick for two.Becky grabs the disarmher and gets the win via submission.

Winner: Becky Lynch

A.J. Styles comes to the ring and cuts a promo about his match on Sunday and how he doesn't have to be pinned to one the title. Styles also reacts to what Cena said on Raw about winning the title. Styles says he will win this Sunday and give the crowd what they want, Styles vs. Nakamura for the title at WrestleMania. Ziggler interrupts Styles and runs down Styles about how the fans will turn on him. Also how he overcame all obstacles and because the World Champion.

A.J. Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler:

Ziggler opens the match attempting a superkick and Styles counters and sends Ziggler to the outside. The two men continue back and forth and Styles hits an over the top to the outside forearm as we go to commercial. Come back from commercial with Ziggler having the upper hand on Styles and Styles on the ground. Ziggler connects with a back body drop for a two count. Ziggler and Styles go back and forth with a few near falls, they end up on the apron fighting until Ziggler pushes Styles into the ring post and see go back to commercial. We go back to the ring and Ziggler teases a Styles Clash, Ziggler and Styles then get attacked by Owens and Zayn. Shane comes out and makes it a fatal five way match with Baron Corbin.

Fatal Five Way:

Internet outtage keeps me from seeing the majority of the matchup.

Winner: Sami Zayn

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Howdy all! We are javonless tonight. What are you most looking forward too tonight?

    • Tiffany

      Hello! I’m interested in Becky/Carmella. After SD, I’m starting a rewatch of WrestleMania

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Oh yeah? I saw you ask if anyone had interest in you writing. DM me a sample…

        • Tiffany

          Okay, let me find one of the stories I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have you read.

          • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

            No problem.

          • Tiffany

            Okay, I sent you one I was actually a little proud of.

          • Tiffany

            I sent you an, admittedly, on the fly summary opinion about the celebs at WrestleMania.

          • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

            It’s good. Let’s chat tomorrow.

          • Tiffany

            Cool.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Orton and Mahal as well as Styles v Ziggler tonight.

  • Rachereen Dream.

    can’t wait for a 6 woman tag.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      RACHEL!!

      • Rachereen Dream.

        *ric flair struts*

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          Woo!

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      What variation though?

  • Rachereen Dream.

    If you’ve come here from my twitter, comment on this, so i can come hug you this summer.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    All In will be in Chicago, think they sell out?

    • Rachereen Dream.

      im bringing all my family

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        You legit making the trip?

        • Rachereen Dream.

          lets just say its possible

    • Tiffany

      I don’t think so. I wouldn’t wish failure on anyone, but so far, i’m not seeing anything that would sell 1000 tickets, let alone 10x that.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Oh I think they get 6-7k which in itself is impressive and more than ROH has ever sold

        • Tiffany

          I’m skeptical of Cody’s promoting. It took Tommy Dreamer, someone with a lot more practical experience in promoting wrestling, a decade to get House of Hardcore off the ground. To the best of my knowledge, Cody’s experience is from watching his dad, which isn’t the same thing. Best case, with a great card, they’ll get maybe 5k, but I don’t see them getting more than that.

    • Tj Siren

      I’m thinking about going. It’s just a few hours from me.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        I’ll be asking for pics

  • DoctorWho_90250

    Just hope we: a) get a respite from the shitty Shane vs Bryan storyline, and b) Breezango

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Welcome!

    • Rachereen Dream.

      how breezango dont have a network show is crazy

  • Tj Siren

    Hey all!

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      What’s up!

    • Rachereen Dream.

      all HEY!

      • Tj Siren

        Nice to see you in here tonight!

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          We got a real life wrestling Twitter celeb in the house

  • Rachereen Dream.

    In the UK its currently a kurt angle special before SD, its Cena v HBK v Wrestling Machine Angle atm.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      You watch via sky?

      • Rachereen Dream.

        indeed, usa network adverts make me fat

  • Rachereen Dream.

    ziggler beats aj we riot correct?

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      WWWYKI

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Here we go!!!

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    A Rusev Day Pokemon card sign…. hopefully it an omen to the greatness of this show

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Anytime my 19month old hears Charlottes theme song she goes…. “WOOOO”

    • Tj Siren

      So adorable! lol

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Charlotte and Riott in a rap battle right?

    • Tj Siren

      I’d have my money on Charlotte. Her dad’s officially a part of hip hop lol

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        *drip*

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        Ric Flair drip go WOO

  • Tiffany

    In a future storyline, Liv Morgan is Mandy Rose’s little sister.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Ladies…. Dasha’s pants YAY or nay?

    • Tj Siren

      Nay for me.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      nay… but I’m hating because I want Renee but she’s sick

  • Tj Siren

    I love that the women are opening tonight.

  • Tiffany

    Wild prediction: Ruby either beats Charlotte or Carmella cashes in at FastLane.

    • Tj Siren

      I would hope Carmella doesn’t cash in. I still feel they’re going with Asuka challenging Charlotte. Mella should cash in at Mania on the Raw side or Raw after Mania.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    I dig Charlottes peacock feathers weekly.

    My wife days Riott is a “trashy version of Paige” not sure where to send your hate tweets.

    • Tj Siren

      Your wife is not nice but hilarious lmao

    • Tiffany

      More like Paige is the slightly cleaner version of Ruby Riott.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    uhhhhhhhhh….. mixed tag match playa?

  • Tiffany

    So Charlotte is sicing Roode on the Riott Squad?

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Again I love Riotts confidence on the mic. Something is missing but they scripted that last line PERFECT

    • Tj Siren

      I think it’s her delivery.

  • Tj Siren

    I’m salty if Charlotte and Roode are the only mixed match challenge team to get anything on tv lol.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    that’s really how they ended that segment? not impressed

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Uh….What? Happened?

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        lol having Roode end a women’s segment ain’t the way to go

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          How can we end this segment… ya know better than good, better than great… like GLORIOUS…. 🙂

          • GirlsCanHoop2

            hahaha smh

          • Tiffany

            Have the Squad beat down Charlotte and either Becky or Naomi come to the rescue.

          • GirlsCanHoop2

            that’s been so repetitive tho

          • Tiffany

            Yeah, but it’s better than having them interrupted by one of the guys. Even Charlotte and Ruby fighting to a standstill would’ve been a better ending.

    • Tiffany

      Yeah. It was disrespectful to have the segment end that way.

  • Rachereen Dream.

    that was a stupid way to end the segment

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Sure it wasn’t glorious

  • Rachereen Dream.

    2017 match of the year up next has me hyped

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Get to bump to Mahal theme…

  • Rachereen Dream.

    Is Becky’s pun’s backstage too much for creative or something? She should be the second pillar of this division behind charlotte

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      I’ll save my Becky thoughts for another time

      • Tj Siren

        lettuce hear soon

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          Oh I will.

    • Tj Siren

      Ugh I know. It gets on my nerves. I love her.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Is Ortons theme a banger?

    • Tj Siren

      It is.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        I know why you like him. It’s ABSolutely easy to tell. 🙂

        • Tj Siren

          lmao no not this time. Just because I’ve liked him since a child.

          • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

            Gotcha.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      yuuuup! also enjoyed his “Burn in my Light” theme too

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        That song is SOOOOOO good

        • GirlsCanHoop2

          right?! SvR 2008 was the first wrestling game I ever played. Would pick Randy just to hear it

          • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

            Have you ever played No Mercy for N64?

          • GirlsCanHoop2

            nope. was before my time. I’ve heard how good the No Mercy games were tho

          • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

            So. Damn. Good. Ahead of its time

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    say it with me… The Modern Day MahaRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRaja!

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    *dances*

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      *Bobs head with a smirk*

  • Tj Siren

    My sister is pregnant. She moved to North Carolina and we used to watch wrestling together. Now her pregnancy brain makes her forget its on. Guess I’ll have to remind her from now on lol.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Right? Where in NC?

      • Tj Siren

        Boring Fayetteville lol.

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          Gotcha I’m moving just west of Charlotte

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Mahal has not fallen off since losing the WWE TITLE that’s impressive

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    What kind of Viper will you be dealing with? Smh

  • Tiffany

    Not sure how I feel about Orton’s return to his Evolution hair.

  • Rachereen Dream.

    they are gna drag this orton roode fued to mania aint they

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      WWWYKI…. Get ready for that triple threat baybay

      • Rachereen Dream.

        cba wid dis wurld

    • Tj Siren

      Of course because why be creative?

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Thoughts on Randy Orton these days?

    • Tj Siren

      I’m bored. He’s bored. Turn him heel like he wants.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Maybe if you move him to Raw…. Right now he constantly gets top 3 cheers on tuesdays

        • Tj Siren

          True. That’ what it is. Need him with some different opponents.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      he’s sooooooooo much better as a heel. I want the vicious Randy back. The Randy that truly didn’t care about anything or anybody

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Punt Kick Randy?

        • GirlsCanHoop2

          yes! I remember watching him DDT Steph one time. One of the few heels that actually made me dislike him

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Randy be nearly killing the Singh Brothers

  • Tiffany

    I though Jinder attacked his own guy there for a second.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Orton throwing Singh Bros is the best!

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Has anyone ever put “that place” in Waze?

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Jinder gets the win…. thoughts?

    • Tj Siren

      I guess lol

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    We are going to really get Owens and Zayn at Wrestlemania. Along with Miz vs. Rollins vs. Balor…. CRAZY

    • Tj Siren

      I don’t want them to break up but I know it’ll be good lol.

  • Rachereen Dream.

    the more time goes on, the more im ranting to myself in my head how i feel about what theyve done to becky

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Plies?

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        chill out lol

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          Ha!

    • Tj Siren

      Let it out lol

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Where the heck have Nattie and Carmella been?

    • Tj Siren

      Well we’ll see Carmella later at least.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Cat sitting?

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        lol probably

    • Rachereen Dream.

      nattie is prob filming a boxing match with lana for total divas hahah

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Ha!

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        LOL you ain’t lying

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    GRAPHICS

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    New Day v Usos anyone else in for a best of 7?

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      ehhhh not really. only because I’m tired of New Day

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        That chemistry tho

        • GirlsCanHoop2

          i knowwwwww. it’s so good. but this better be the last one for awhile

    • Tj Siren

      Always when they’re involved!

    • Tiffany

      No. I’m so sick of New Day I could scream.

  • Tj Siren

    I’m down for a Big E title run. I don’t want New Day to break up but I’m ready for that.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    This video package is lit

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Big E went Booker with that 5x

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Could Sunday see the beginning of the end of New Day?

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Knee to face!

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    RUSEV DAY!

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Ruuuuuuuuuusev Day!

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    No piano for the piano man and no Rusev Day for Rusev

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    OKAY SHINSUKE. NAKAMURA DAY

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Nakamura can hold a note!

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Speaking of Becky Lynch

  • Tj Siren

    My girl Becky! I love her.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Becky v Carmella who ya got?

    • Tj Siren

      Becky.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    How would you feel if Asuka’s first loss if to a Carmella cashin

    • Rachereen Dream.

      love it whether it fails or works out, it breaks twitter.

    • Tj Siren

      Carmella could use the rub. But it’s a no for me lol. It cheapens the streak.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      at this point, i don’t care who does it. Winning streaks make matches predictable, which I don’t like

  • Tiffany

    Carmella back in the leotard.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      That’s a good thing

  • Tj Siren

    Carmella is so fun. Idk how people don’t like her.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      right?! she’s great on Total Divas as well

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    GRAPHICS

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      🙂

  • Tj Siren

    I really want Carmella to cash in on a Raw show lol. Especially if Asuka is challenging Charlotte.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      I want her to hold it until MITB

      • Tj Siren

        That would be kind of cool too. Could be fun if the duo gets called up and they mess with her and her briefcase.

  • Tiffany

    In two future storylines, Carmella and Liv feud over who is a real Jersey Girl and/or form a tag team called Jerz Girlz.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      please no

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Future Angle Tiffany Should be a thing

      • Tiffany

        I have another: Sarah Logan becomes the vessel of Sister Abigail when/if Bray Wyatt goes back to SmackDown.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Nattie’s outfit…

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      The cat ears…..

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        she had Shinsuke wearing them too

    • Tiffany

      The horror?

  • Tj Siren

    Naomi saying “name one that’s not a cat” took me out.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    Anyone else think AJ’s mic skills are subpar but it doesn’t matter because he’s phenomenal in the ring?

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Yep

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        Not everyone can pull that off either

    • Tj Siren

      Yes. Sadly.

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        i keep waiting for his promos to improve, but I feel like they never do

        • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

          Hes gotten better, hes good enough

          • GirlsCanHoop2

            yeah they’re definitely good enough to where people don’t notice how bad they are

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    “Natties promos still aren’t good, but they are better” my wife

    • Tj Siren

      Well, she didn’t lie.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Nope. She likes Natty too

  • Tj Siren

    I’ll be at Smackdown Live next week. I’m taking one of my best friends to show her why I love wrestling. I’m hoping the Fastlane fall out is good lol.

    • Rachereen Dream.

      i really hope they stack the aj naka fued for this smackdown

      • Tj Siren

        Me too. I’ll be like “don’t embarrass me.” I definitely think it’ll pick up post fastlane.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      Send some live pics, crowd size etc to me 🙂

      • Tj Siren

        Got you!

      • Rachereen Dream.

        send live video of you throwing a shoe at jinder

        • Tj Siren

          lmao not trying to get kicked out

    • Tiffany

      I thought about going, but there’s really nothing on SmackDown, other than the Riott Squad, I want to see badly enough to pay for the tickets and parking.

  • Rachereen Dream.

    nattie/carmella v becky/naomi or becky v naomi v nattie number one contenders match?

    • Tj Siren

      The contenders match would be more fun.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    AHAHAHAHAHA oh my gosh

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    2 last minute PPV matches thrown together tonight

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Be sure to follow my Twitter on Saturday to say if their will be a LIVE Chat Sunday or not.

    I’ll be in Orlando

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    weakest pop i’ve ever heard for AJ

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      This

    • Tj Siren

      Weird

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        maybe they fell asleep for a second

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Overrated, You suck?

    • Tj Siren

      This crowd is weird. Remember somebody yelled “Charlotte, You suck!”

      • GirlsCanHoop2

        where is this at again?

        • Tj Siren

          I think they said Green Bay?

          • GirlsCanHoop2

            ohhhh okay

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    lol they killing it with the graphics

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Would you rather have Cena/Taker and Styles/Nakamura or Cena/Styles/Nakamura?

    • Tj Siren

      Styles/Nakamura. They need to find John something else to do. I’ve been wanting Styles/Nakamura for too long.

    • Tiffany

      Cena/Styles/Nakamura, hands down.

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    AJ looking at all the cameras

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    DOLPH

  • GirlsCanHoop2

    OH LAWD AJ

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Ziggler with the rebuttal

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Ziggler cutting one hell of a promo here…….

    • Tj Siren

      with nothing but facts!

      • Rachereen Dream.

        but doesnt he always do this promo everytime they try and give him the tiniest of pushes?

        • Tj Siren

          Damn….you’re right. He deserves better tho smh.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Main event time who ya got?

  • Tj Siren

    No Shane and Daniel tonight?

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      …..not yet

      • Tiffany

        No Cena either.

  • Tiffany

    In a future storyline, Dolph Ziggler will lose a hair match to Jeff Hardy to solve the mysteries of their actual hair colors, since neither man probably remembers.

  • Tiffany

    Calling it: Brock Lesnar will no show again next week.

    • GirlsCanHoop2

      lol

  • Tiffany

    Didn’t think this would be the main event at 9pm.

  • Tj Siren

    Shane is here!

  • Tj Siren

    I don’t like when they give us essentially the same match that will be on the ppv.

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      This

      • Tiffany

        Yeah, why should I watch the PPV on the Network when you’re basically giving it to me for free, minus John Cena?

  • Tiffany

    Is Styles bleeding or am I seeing things?

    • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

      I thought so

      • Tiffany

        With the lighting and everything, I wasn’t sure if I was seeing blood or hair.

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    So no new info from this Jon Bravo dude today.

    • Tj Siren

      Think he’s bsing?

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        I think he needs to drop some actual evidence or shutup

    • Tiffany

      Told you. He has nothing, this is an extortion scam that isn’t working like he wants it too because the only people buying it are anti-Reigns smarks who will buy anything that they think will make Reigns look bad.

      • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

        Seems like WWE ain’t buying either

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    How do you think that cannonball feels?

  • AwesomePhinatic_RawViews

    Moving on iver to Twitter! Thanks fam

  • Tiffany

    Sami just stole one!