Welcome to WWE Smackdown and this week we are in Nashville, Tennessee and this is the go home show before this Sunday's Wrestlemania 34 and we kick things off with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring.
Daniel welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Daniel brings out his tag team partner on Sunday, Shane McMahon. Shane comes out and he is not able to fully shuffle his way to the ring. He tries to shuffle in the ring, but cannot complete the task.
Shane thanks everyone for the applause and he says he has to correct Daniel Bryan. Daniel is a role model because he has fought and clawed his way over the last three years. That is to compete in the ring.
He congratulates Daniel for being medically cleared to wrestle. Shane says he couldn't be more excited to be Daniel's tag team partner. Shane mentions some of the medical maladies he has suffered and he blames it on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Shane says he is medically cleared.
Daniel says there is one thing he has to address as the General Manager of Smackdown. Over the past six months, he says he has made some mistakes, especially when it comes to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. They have been friends for fifteen years and he let that affect his decisions. Daniel says that Shane was right all along and he apologizes to Shane.
Shane says he has done some reflection and he says he can be a little hot headed and a little stubborn. Daniel disputes the fact that a McMahon could be stubborn.
Daniel says if they are going to resolve their differences, he learned a lot being in the WWE. When a tag team has its differences, there is only one way to resolve it.
The people in Nashville want a hug and Shane offers his hand. Daniel says he shook Shane's hand two minutes ago. Nashville does not want to see them shake hands. Daniel asks Nashville if they want to see them hug it out.
Shane says he is not much of a hugger but he appreciates it. They hug and the crowd applauds it. Shane says that worked. They are definitely on the same page now. Daniel says them being on the same page is bad news for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. They are going to get payback for what they did to him, Shane, and everyone else.
Shane thanks Daniel for reinstating them because he is looking forward to getting rid of that cancer from Smackdown and after Sunday, they will never be seen on Smackdown again.
CHARLOTTE VS NATALYA
Waistlock by Charlotte but Natalya with a takedown going to work on the leg. Natalya takes time out to celebrate and Charlotte with a roll up from behind. Kick by Natalya and a suplex
Side headlock takedown by Natalya, Charlotte with a roll up for a nearfall. Waistlock by Natalya and Charlotte turns around into a front facelock and a nearfall on Natalya. Back to their feet and Natalya with an irish whip into the corner. Charlotte back to the front facelock into a waistlock
Another nearfall and Charlotte bounces Natalya's head off the turnbuckle. Charlotte stomps away at Natalya. Charlotte with the figure four headlock on Natalya sending Natalya to the outside.
Baseball slide but Natalya moves out of the way. Charlotte with a kick and chops to Natalya and Natalya sends Charlotte into the ringpost as we go to commercial
we are back and Natalya has been in control of the match throughout the break. Charlotte staves off an attack as she goes up to the top rope. Natalya slams her and applies a surfboard but Natalya fights back with a series of chops
Neckbreaker to Natalya followed up with a kick and another nearfall. Charlotte runs into an elbow and Natalya applies a sleeperhold but Charlotte counters breaking the hold and now Charlotte up to the top rope again.
Moonsault to Natalya but Natalya gets the knees up just in time. Double clothesline sends both women to the mat and Carmella runs down with MITB briefcase in hand and referee in tow. Charlotte kicks the briefcase out of the ring and a kick to the face sends Carmella out of the ring. Natalya with a roll up from behind but Charlotte counters into the figure eight for the tap out
The winner of the match by submission: Charlotte
Post Match: Asuka makes her way out to the ring. Asuka has the mic and says at Wrestlemania the Queen will bow down to the Emperess because no one is ready for....Charlotte grabs the mic and says she's ready but the question is, is Asuka ready
Earlier Today: AJ Styles says that Nakamura has been pretty clever over the last few weeks, but then he stopped short before hitting Kinshasa and patted him on the head like a dog. This dog bites. He always scrapped with the big boys and that is why he has been emotional his entire life. AJ says his emotions are not his weakness, they are his strength. Nakamura has one weakness and he is taking AJ too lightly. We are far from the Tokyo Dome. This is Wrestlemania. This is a dream match, but the reality is that he is going to beat Shinsuke Nakamura.
We are back and we take a look at the Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn-Daniel Bryan/Shane McMahon feud
RUSEV VS JINDER MAHAL
They lock up and we see Randy watching a monitor in the locker room. Rusev with a drop toe hold but Mahal gets to the floor to avoid the Accolade.
We are back and Rusev with punches but Mahal with a kick. Mahal with a Harley Race knee for a near fall. Mahal with kicks and knee drops. Mahal with a neck breaker followed by a knee drop for a near fall. Mahal with a forearm to the back and he wraps the arm in the ropes. Mahal with a punch to the midsection followed by a knee to the back. Mahal with a top wrist lock. Mahal with punches followed by a snap mare and top wrist lock. Rusev with punches to Mahal followed by a round kick and a thrust kick. Rusev with a running hip strike into the corner followed by a jumping spin kick for a near fall.
Mahal gets to the ropes to avoid being put in the Accolade. Rusev is sent to the floor and then Mahal with a kick when Rusev returns to the ring to get a near fall. Mahal goes for a suplex but Rusev escapes and he hits a knee to the midsection followed by a kick to the head. Rusev sets for the MACHKA kick but Sunil gets on the apron and Rusev with a round kick. Mahal with a rollup for a near fall. Rusev with punches and then he hits the MACHKA kick for the three count.
The winner of the match: Rusev
Post Match: Rusev celebrates in the ring and Orton with an RKO. English attacks Orton and Aiden goes to the turnbuckles but Bobby Roode gets up from the announce table and he pushes English off the turnbuckles and Orton with an RKO.
Roode and Orton stand together in the ring and Roode picks up the US title belt and he hands it to Orton but he holds on to the belt for a moment before letting Orton take it back.
Earlier Today: Shinsuke Nakamura was asked what is he doing to AJ Styles. Nakamura says AJ thinks he is playing games. Nakamura says AJ is right, but he takes this game very seriously. He has come to America for one reason . . . Wrestlemania. He does not take AJ Styles lightly. He knows AJ very well and he knows that AJ is very emotional. AJ will make mistakes and when he does, Nakamura says he becomes WWE Champion with a Knee . . . To . . . FACE.
We are back and The New Day are in the back and they are here to hype that Wrestlemania is free for new subscribers. The Usos show up and Jey says that while Wrestlemania is free, the New Day and Bludgeon Brothers will pay a price. The Bludgeon Brothers show up and smash the camera.
TYE DILLINGER, ZACK RYDER AND BREEZANGO VS BARON CORBIN, MOJO RAWLEY, PRIMO AND DOLPH ZIGGLER
Ryder and Rawley start things off and Rawley sends Ryder to the mat. Ryder with forearms. Mojo runs into knees in the corner and Ryder with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Rawley runs Ryder into the corner and all eight men get into the ring for a moment. Breeze tags in and Ziggler tags in as well. Dillinger tags in and he clotheslines Ziggler and punches Corbin off the apron. Ziggler avoids the Tye Breaker and Tye avoids a super kick. Dillinger is distracted by Corbin and Ziggler with a super kick and both men are down.
Corbin tags in and he punches Dillinger in the corner. Mojo tags in and he punches Dillinger. Rawley sends Dillinger into the turnbuckles and then he rolls around the ring and he misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the turnbuckles. Fandango and Primo tag in and Fandango with jabs and clotheslines. Primo with a kick but Fandango with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Ryder and Ziggler go over the top rope to the floor.
Corbin tags in and goes over the top rope when Fandango drops down. Ryder with a Rough Ryder to Mojo. Dillinger sends Primo to the floor. Ziggler knocks Dillinger off the apron and then Breeze with a super kick to Ziggler. Corbin throws Breeze onto everyone on the floor and then he hits End of Days on Fandango for the three count.
The winners of the match: Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Primo and Dolph Ziggler
Post Match: Corbin goes up to the Andre the Giant Battle Royal trophy and stares at it.
We are back and Shelton Benjamin says they don't care that everyone wants to see Nakamura and Styles at Wrestlemania. Chad says you will get a watered down version of them on Sunday when they win tonight.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn enter through the crowd and they get on the announce table. Kevin says that this is the Kevin and Sami show and Wrestlemania will be the Kevin and Sami Show.
Sami says they saw what happened earlier and they have apologizes to make. They will not apologize to Daniel but they will apologize to Daniel's wife and child. They are going to send Daniel back to Brie and all of her love and support will not put him back together. Kevin talks about Brie's advice to Daniel.
Sami says it is their dream to fight Daniel and obliterate them. Kevin says that will be their Wrestlemania moment. Sami says they deserve the boos and he tries to get a WE DESERVE IT chant going.
We see Shane and Daniel watching on a monitor and they are going to do something about it. Officials wave their arms to stop Kevin and Sami but it does not work.
Kevin says that Shane will be a failure to his father again after they lose on Sunday. Their mics are cut off and Kevin and Sami go back through the crowd.
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan make their way to the stage. Daniel wants them to put the camera on Kevin and Sami. He tells everyone to film Kevin and Sami because this is history in the making. It is the last time we will see Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on Smackdown.
Shane suggests that the crowd serenade Sami and Kevin since they tried to get them to sing earlier.
AJ STYLES AND SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS KEVIN OWENS/SAMI ZAYN
Nakamura and Gable start off and Gable with a take down and both men with reversals. Gable grabs an ankle but Nakamura gets free and misses a round kick. Nakamura with a wrist lock and Gable with an escape and single leg take down into an arm bar and wrist lock. Nakamura with a reversal into a wrist lock. Nakamura tags in AJ by patting him on the head. Gable escapes while AJ and Nakamura argue. Benjamin and Gable attack AJ and Nakamura and Benjamin and Nakamura go to the floor while Gable works over AJ.
We are back and AJ with an enzuigiri to Gable and both men are down. Benjamin tags in and so does Nakamura. Nakamura with a jumping kick followed by a forearm and axe kick to Gable. Nakamura with an enzuigiri to Benjamin followed by a running knee into the corner. Gable tags himself in and Benjamin with a running knee into the corner when Gable pulls him out of the way. Gable with a moonsault for a near fall. Gable with a key lock.
Nakamura with punches and Gable with a German suplex for a near fall. Benjamin tags in and he applies an arm bar. Nakamura with punches but Benjamin with a knee and punches. Benjamin with a snap mare and he gets a near fall. Benjamin with a reverse chin lock and body scissors. Benjamin and Nakamura go back and forth with forearms. Nakamura with a knee but he misses a kick. Benjamin with a dragon whip. Benjamin runs into a jumping spin kick and both men are down.
AJ and Gable tag in and Styles with clotheslines and strikes to Gable followed by a clothesline. Styles with a Pele kick to Benjamin. Gable with an inside cradle for a near fall. Styles with an Ushigoroshi. Styles looks at a tired Nakamura on the apron and he looks at Nakamura as he goes to the apron and hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the three count.
The winners of the match: AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura
Post Match: Styles goes to the floor and gets his WWE Title belt and shows it off to Nakamura without getting too emotional. Shelton Benjamin attacks Nakamura but Nakamura is able to fight off Benjamin while Styles thinks about helping. Styles teases a Phenomenal Forearm and he gets Nakamura to flinch. Styles pats Nakamura on the head and leaves the ring as Nakamura shows some emotion.