Hello and good evening once again wrestling world! Coming off of an eventful Royal Rumble, tonight’s Smackdown comes to us live from Phoenix, Arizona. Tonight, we find out exactly what it is that the WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, has in plan when he says he vows to change the climate of WWE forever. Also, what implications will “The Man” Becky Lynch’s decision on facing Ronda Rousey have on the rest of the Smackdown Live women’s division? All this and more in the coming moments!
We start of the night with highlights from the Women’s Royal Rumble match. This match was of course by “The Man” Becky Lynch. We also see what happened during last night’s Raw; we see that Becky Lynch has chosen to face Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.
Becky Lynch then makes her way to the ring, to a thunderous ovation from the Phoenix crowd. Becky starts off by recapping the events of the last couple of days. She says last night, she realized just how different her and Rousey really are. She says unlike Ronda, she does not crumble when she loses a match.
Lynch then goes on to say that she is proud that she came from nothing. She says that she is proud to have worked her tail off in the last year and to be main eventing WrestleMania this year. The WWE Universe lets her know that she deserves it. Becky says the main thing that she saw in Rousey’s eyes last night was something that she does not have any more and that's doubt. As she finishes her speech, Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.
In the ring, Flair sarcastically congratulates her former best friend. She talks about how she won a match that she was not supposed to be in. She says that she grew into “The Man” from lessons that she learned from “The Queen.” She says that she brought Lynch into the main event. Before she can say anything else, Becky Lynch hits Flair with a huge right hook. Lynch proceeds to leave the ring. While on the entrance ramp, Charlotte attacks her from behind and the two women begin to brawl. It takes about a half dozen officials to separate the women. The two women continue to argue as we go to commercial. (Commercial)
Up next, just two days after regaining his United States championship, Shinsuke Nakamura looks to defend his title against R-Truth!
United States Championship Match: R-Truth vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Before the match, Truth says he never got to enter the rumble match because of Nia Jax. He says if he hadn’t been attacked, he would have won the the match. He says the McMahon’s know it and that is why he is being granted the title opportunity against Shinsuke Nakamura.
The bell rings and Nakamura immediately hits Truth will multiple strikes, capping the exchange with a reverse exploder. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa, but Truth is able to avoid it as we gotta commercial. (Commercial)
During the break, Nakamura completely dominated Trut, delivering still blow as “The King of Strong Style” does. He continues his assault with a flurry of knees to the midsection of R Truth who is hanging from the turnbuckle. He pins Truth, but he kicks out at two. Nakamura goes for a Landslide, but Truth reverses into a pin, and picks up a surprise victory. This victory comes to a shock to everyone, as it looks as if Nakamura may have kicked out before the three count. Nonetheless, R Truth wins.
Before Truth can celebrate, Rusev comes to the ring and says that none of this is right. He says he took the title from Nakamura because it deserves better than Nakamura. He says that it deserves better than R Truth, and he challenges him to a match right now. Carmella begins to argue with Lana, which leads to Lana being shoved to the ground. This causes Rusev and Truth to argue, and this causes Truth to agree to another match after the commercial break! (Commercial)
United States Championship Match: Rusev vs. R-Truth
We come back as Rusev has Truth in a headlock on the ground. Truth is able to momentarily fight out of the headlock, but Rusev once again take the upper hand, sending Truth into the corner. Rusev goes for a splash, but Truth is able to counter into a pinfall and once again gain a pinfall victory. R-Truth wins
Before Truth can exit the arena, he is attacked by Nakamura. Truth slides back into the ring, but he is attacked by Rusev. Together, Rusev and Nakamura double team the new United States champion. Rusev delivers a Machka Kick and Nakamura delivers a Kinshasa.
We are shown the events that transpired earlier on between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. Backstage, Lynch is on her way to exit the arena. She is questioned as to why it was that she refused to seek medical treatment to which she replied that she refused to be back on the shelf again.
Back in the arena, Rey Mysterio makes his entrance. (Commercial)
Rey Mysterio vs Samoa Joe
Before the match, Zelina Vega comes out and taunts Mysterio. She says that he had her banned from ringside because he is so distracted by her. While she is talking, Mysterio is attacked from behind by Andrade. Andrade attempts to deliver a three amigos, a move made famous by the late Eddie Guerrero. Mysterio is able to fight out and position Andrade for a 619. Mysterio is unable to hit it and ends up on the receiving end of a Hammerlock DDT. The match was never able to begin.
Backstage, The Good Brothers confront Rusev on the attack by R-Truth. They tell Rusev that he and Nakamura wouldn’t be able to overcome the two of them. Nakamura joins the group and accepts the challenge.
Up next, the brand new tag team champions will celebrate their victory over The Bar. (Commercial)
The Miz and Shane McMahon make their first entrance as Smackdown Tag Team Champions. The champions greet the Phoenix crowd. The Miz asks Shane exactly what the surprise is. He says the he and the Phoenix crowd are ready to celebrate their new championship. McMahon says that he will provide him a moment that he will never forget for the rest of his life. McMahon has put together highlighting the start of their tag team, all the way to them winning the titles. After the video package, the crowd chants, “You deserve it!” McMahon admits that he was hesitant to be the Miz’s partner at first, but he’s glad that he did. McMahon brings out the Miz’s dad. George Mizanin joins the Miz and Shane in the ring. Shane says he asked George to come because he has something to say to him. George tells his son that he loves him and that he is proud of him and the father and son hug. McMahon then says that they are going to figure out who their next opponent is going to be up next! (Commercial)
Backstage, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose declare themselves into the women’s tag team Elimination Chamber match
Elimination Tag Team Fatal Four Way Match: The Usos vs. The Bar vs. The New Da vs. Heavy Machinery
The match starts and Otis and Jey start the match off. Oti quickly shows his power off by flooring Uso, which allows Kingston to tag in. Otis’ power is on display as he is able to floor Kingston. He makes the tag to Big E and the two beasts have a showdown. The two men try shoulder tackles on one another and they come to a standstill. Eventually, Otis is able to drop E with a bodyslam. Tucker Knight makes the tag and the two men send Big E out of the ring. (Commercial)
We return and Cesaro and Jimmy are the legal men. Sheamus quickly makes the tag and delivers a knee drop to Uso. Jimmy kicks out of a infall at two, but is put into a chokehold by Sheamus. He’s able to fight out, but Sheamus makes a tag to Cesaro. Cesaro applies a sleeperhold to Jimmy, but Jimmy fights out and delivers a back body drop. Cesaro makes that tag to Sheamus and Sheamus knocks the New Day off of the rope. Jey makes the tag, immediately knocking Heavy Machinery off of the apron and going after Sheamus. He gets Sheamus into the corner and attempts a hip attack, but Sheamus avoids it. However, Big E makes the tag and The New Day deliver their finisher to Sheamus. They go for the pin, but Cesaro breaks the tag. Otis tags himself in the ring and Heavy Machinery deliver the Compactor to Kofi Kingston. Tucker pins Kofi and eliminates the New Day.
Knight and Jey square off in the ring. Uso avoids a clothesline and knocks Otis off of the apron. Jey sends Knight to the outside of the ring. The Usos go for a double suicide dive, but Sheamus is able to grab Jey and pull him to the outside. The Bar deliver a double backbreaker to Jey on the outside as we go to commercial. (Commercial)
The match continues as Cesaro delivers elbows to the back of Tucker Knight. He locks him in a crossface in the middle of the ring, but Knight battles out. Sheamus makes the tag and taunts Otis. Knight delivers a couple of shots to the midsection of Sheamus, but Sheamus delivers a knee that downs him. Sheamus comes of the ropes and tries to deliver a blow, but he is met with a clothesline. Otis is able to make the tag, as does Cesaro, and Otis goes on the attack. He downs Cesaro and delivers a Caterpillar to Cesaro. He pins his opponent, but Cesaro kicks out at two. Knight tags in and the two set up for the Compactor, but Sheamus interferes. Some quick action and Jey is able to make a tag in the ring and splash onto Knight. Sheamus tags himself in and delivers a Brogue Kick to Knight. He’s able to get the pin and eliminate Heavy Machinery. Quickly, the Usos are able to land a couple of super kicks, followed by a splash from the top rope, pinning The Bar and winning the match. The Usos win
Backstage, Daniel Bryan make his ring and promises to change the climate of the WWE forever, next! (Commercial)
The WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, makes his way to the ring. Bryan asks the WWE Universe who won at the Royal Rumble. He says that everyone in the WWE Universe won because he won. He says a victory for him is a victory for everyone on earth because he is “The Planet’s Champion.” Bryan says that he has found someone that sees the truth in everything that he has said. He introduces Erick Rowan, who now goes by just “Rowan.” He says Rowan is his intellectual peer. He says that Rowan is able to see through the facade of AJ Styles.
Bryant says that Styles was right about one thing last week, and that was him being a hypocrite. He says that he is a hypocrite because he carries around the WWE Championship. He says the championship is a symbol of excess. Styles then throws away the WWE Championship belt, but Rowan has brought out a new belt. He presents a new WWE Championship belt, one that is made completely out of sustainable materials of the Earth. He is interrupted by AJ Styles. Before Styles can makes his way to the ring, he is interrupted by Randy Orton. (Commercial)