Welcome to Smackdown Live and this week we are at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas and we kick things off with a retrospective on the career of Daniel Bryan. The show then begins with the General Manager of Smackdown Live, Daniel Bryan, making his way out to the ring to a loud "Yes!" chant from the crowd.
We get a "Daniel Bryan" chant and Bryan takes the mic and says last week something tragic happened to Shane McMahon however he will address that later because the two people he needs to talk to are not here yet
Bryan then says a couple of years back he was forced to retire but focused on being grateful and he has a lot to be grateful for. He has amazing family, friends and the best fans in the world and an amazing beautiful wife and when he was depressed and angry and trying to be grateful and she saw he kept trying to get back into the ring she said it's wonderful to be grateful but he needs to fight for his dreams and she's the one who encouraged him to go see specialists and they kept giving him good reviews she said go see another specialist
When all the specialists cleared him she said he needs to fight for his dreams and that's what Daniel Bryan does. Over the past several weeks WWE has sent him to the best specialists around the world and they all said the same thing and it is this, "You Are Cleared". He says he has a lot of thank yous and he doesn't know where or when he will get back in the ring. The crowd starts a "Wrestlemania" chant and he asks if they think that's a good idea.
Bryan says he doesn't know if that will happen but will he compete in a WWE ring again? YES!
Backstage: Daniel is walking and Charles Robinson congratulates him on being cleared and he asks Robinson to direct Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to his office when they arrive. Dolph Ziggler walks in and congratulates Bryan on being cleared and can't wait to beat him. Bryan says Ziggler can try
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS ALEXANDER RUSEV
Rusev goes to work on the arm with a wristlock. Shinsuke counters it bringing Rusev down to a knee momentarily but Rusev with a side headlock takedown
Boot to the side of the head by Shinsuke. Exchange of kneestrikes and right hands between Nakamura and Rusev and it's Rusev in control with a spinning heel kick as we go to break
Back from break, Nakamura in control as AJ Styles looks on from the commentary table. Shinsuke landing kicks on Rusev. Nakamura lays Rusev out across the top turnbuckle and lands a knee to the ribs. Rusev takes down Nakamura and connects with a kick for a nearfall.
Rusev setting up for the Machka Kick but misses. Nakamura with a roll up for the three count
The winner of the match: Shinsuke Nakamura
Post Match: Rusev Day double teams Shinsuke Nakamura but AJ Styles gets up as Nakamura fights off Aiden English and Rusev
Video: Asuka's Undefeated Streak
Backstage: Charlotte is watching on a TV and Natalya walks in and says she knows Charlotte is scared of Asuka. Charlotte asks what Natalya is babbling about and to lay off the catnip. Natalya says she's better than both Asuka and Charlotte and Asuka's never faced her but she knows she can beat Asuka. Charlotte says Natalya won't be facing her at Wrestlemania but tonight.
We are back and AJ Styles walks in the back and Shinsuke Nakamura tells AJ he did not need his help. AJ says he knows. AJ interrupts Nakamura to say what Nakamura is going to say about beating AJ at Wrestlemania. Nakamura says that AJ needs more confidence and he will do it with a knee to the face.
BARON CORBIN VS TYE DILLINGER
Dillinger with a waist lock and Corbin backs him into the turnbuckles. Dillinger with a side head lock and he holds on. Corbin blocks a snap mare and Dillinger with a running forearm. Corbin misses a kick and Tye with a chop. Corbin with a punch. Corbin with a forearm and he sends Dillinger into the turnbuckles. Corbin slides around the ring post and Dillinger with a jumping boot and clothesline to send Corbin over the top rope to the floor.
Dillinger comes off the apron and Corbin catches him by the throat. Dillinger escapes and kicks Corbin. They return to the ring and Tye comes off the turnbuckles. Corbin catches Dillinger and then sends him to the floor. Corbin with End of Days for the three count.
The winner of the match: Baron Corbin
CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS NATALYA
They lock up and Natalya with a wrist lock. Charlotte with an arm drag. They lock up again and Natalya with another wrist lock. Charlotte with a reversal. Natalya with a reversal and a double leg take down but Charlotte escapes and applies a front face lock. Charlotte with a waist lock take down and she gets a near fall. Natalya with an Irish whip and Charlotte floats over. Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall. Charlotte with a figure four head scissors and then she rolls Natalya around the ring.
Natalya with forearms and Charlotte with a Flair flip to the apron and then she gets a rollup as she returns to the ring. Charlotte with a neck breaker and boot to the chest that sends Natalya to the floor.
We are back and Natalya with an abdominal stretch and a back slide but Charlotte rolls through and hits a drop kick. Natalya with an elbow but Charlotte blocks a kick and connects with a forearm. Natalya avoids a knee drop and then sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Natalya with a snap mare and she runs over Charlotte's back but Charlotte with a clothesline. Charlotte with chops followed by an Irish whip and a chop as Natalya comes out of the corner. Charlotte with an exploder but Natalya sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Natalya sets for a discus clothesline but Charlotte with a boot to the head.
Charlotte goes for the figure four but Natalya escapes. Charlotte misses a charge into the corner but Charlotte with a back breaker and flatline. Charlotte goes up top and Natalya crotches her and then hits a spinning sit out power bomb but Charlotte kicks out at two. Natalya sets for the Sharpshooter and she applies it. Charlotte gets to the ropes and Natalya has to release the hold. Natalya slingshots Charlotte into the rope. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Charlotte with a near fall and then she goes for the figure four but Natalya kicks her to the floor.
Natalya goes to the floor but Charlotte stops her with a spear. Charlotte with the figure four leg lock and she bridges. Natalya tries to reverse and Charlotte goes to the apron and hangs from the apron with the figure four. Charlotte goes up top but Natalya with a forearm. Charlotte knocks Natalya off the turnbuckles. Natalya gets back up and hits a superplex. Both women are down and . . .
Carmella's music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Carmella gives the briefcase to the referee but Charlotte with a boot to Carmella. Natalya with a rollup for the three count.
The winner of the match: Natalya
JIMMY USO VS LUKE HARPER
Back from break, Harper in control on the outside. Back in the ring, a right hand to Jimmy. Chop to Jimmy in the corner. Jimmy fires back with a right hand and a series of chops. Irish whip reversed by Harper as he whips Jimmy into the corner.
Running clothesline in the corner by Harper. Harper charges at Jimmy and goes flying over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy with an irish whip sending Harper shoulder first into the apron. Rowan up on the apron for the distraction and Jimmy with a kick to the side of the face.
Jey takes out Rowan and Jimmy connects with a superkick to Harper. Harper with a kick to the gut. Powerbomb countered as Jimmy goes to the top rope. Harper bounces Jimmy's face off the turnbuckle and the discus clothesline connects for the three count
The winner of the match: Luke Harper
Jinder says that all of the people who are booing him are hypocrites. He has sacrificed everything to be on the grandest stage. Jinder says he does not have to be here. He could be vacationing anywhere. He could be the biggest star in Bollywood. Jinder says he restored glory into the WWE Championship. He made Smackdown the premiere show. You shower him with your jealousy. Jinder says you should be worshiping the ground he walks on. You claim to be open minded and look for change, but all you want is the status quo with Randy Orton.
Bobby Roode's music interrupts.
Bobby says the only hypocrite is you. Bobby says respect is a two way street and you don't deserve any respect. As a matter of fact, the only thing you deserve at Wrestlemania is him beating Jinder in the middle of the ring to win back his United States Title. When he does it will be . . .
Randy Orton interrupts.
Randy tells Jinder to shut up. He does not understand why nobody respects you. You don't understand why your name is not mentioned when the greatest champions of all time. It is because without the help of your little stooge, you suck.
Jinder leaves Sunil in the ring as he escapes. Randy stops Sunil and hits the IEDDT. Orton twists into position but Roode with a kick and he hits the Glorious DDT. Roode tries for a Glorious DDT on Orton but Orton escapes. Orton tries for an RKO but Roode escapes.
BECKY LYNCH AND NAOMI VS SARAH LOGAN AND LIV MORGAN
Sarah runs Naomi into the corner as the bell rings and Liv tags in. Naomi avoids both and Naomi with kicks to both women and then she gets a near fall on Liv. Becky tags in and they hit a double hip toss. Becky with a back heel kick and knee. Liv goes into the ropes and she kicks Becky in the thigh. Becky with an Irish whip but Liv sends Becky into the turnbuckles. Liv sends Becky into Sarah's boot and then Sarah tags in and kicks Becky. Sarah with a snap mare and a running knee to the head for a near fall. Sarah with a cobra clutch. Becky sends Sarah over the top rope to the floor. Sarah knocks Naomi off the apron to prevent the tag.
Becky with a take down and she applies DisArmHer. Naomi with Rear View to stop Liv's interference and Sarah taps out.
The winners of the match: Becky LYnch and Naomi
Daniel Bryan is out in the ring and calls out Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Owens says they weren't going to be here tonight because they knew Shane wasn't going to be here but congratulates Daniel and as soon as they got the news they got to the arena and they would have been here earlier but got pulled over by Walker, Texas Ranger.
Sami says Daniel has been behind them from the beginning. Everyone in the locker room was jealous but Daniel Bryan was always fair. Bryan says he brought Zayn and Owens out for another reason other than sharing in the good news and then throws to the big screen where they replay the attack on Shane McMahon from last week's Smackdown
Bryan asks if they think that was funny. Owens says they're man enough to admit they got carried away. Zayn says Shane kind of deserved it. Daniel says this is a big deal. Bryan calls Owens and Zayn two of the best performers of this generation and when Shane said he was living vicariously through Owens and Zayn he was right.
But when they say they got a little carried away, that's more than a little carried away because they assaulted their boss. The thing he doesn't understand is, Shane agreed he treated them badly and gave them a match at Wrestlemania and he said he was taking a leave of absence and they still felt the need to assault their boss and he doesn't get it
Shane was right. He doesn't really want to have to do this. He's been fired twice and came back a better man. They can learn and grow and he hates that he has to do this but Sami and Kevin are fired.
Daniel says it's not forever, just for now and apologizes. He holds out his hand and Sami shakes it but Owens shoves Bryan down. The Guardian Angels attack Bryan but Daniel fights back and and takes Owens and Zayn down hitting Owens with the Yes Kicks but Zayn attacks Bryan and Owens lays him out with a superkick.
Owens screams at Bryan asking why he did this. Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick and the crowd starts a "You Suck" chant. Zayn throws Bryan to the outside and Owens hits the pop up powerbomb on the apron. EMTs bring out a stretcher and tend to Bryan while Zayn and Owens walk back up the ramp to close out the show