Carmella attempts to cash in just days before
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn hop the barricade!
And it’s AJ Styles’ turn to play mind
games this week.
I am Luke Owen, vote in the poll above my
head to let me know your thoughts on the show
as I review the 3rd of April edition of Smackdown
Live… in about 4 minutes.
Headline: Daniel Bryan And Shane McMahon On
The Same Page
Daniel Bryan opened this week’s Smackdown
Live among a sea of Yes chants from the crowd.
He then brought out Smackdown Live commissioner
Shane McMahon – wait didn’t he step down
from that role a couple of weeks ago?
– so the pair could settle their differences.
Shane congratulated Bryan on getting medically
cleared, and announced he had also been cleared
to wrestle after his hospital trip last week.
Both men apologised for their actions over
the last few months, but then Shane seemingly
forgot his lines and time stood still.
Thankfully Daniel Bryan is a total pro, and
saved the segment by offering a hug.
However, Shane then remembered his lines and
asked for a handshake, which made the ending
Bryan said that this Sunday he has some BAAAAD
news for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
WADE BARRETT RETURN CONFIRMED.
Headline: Charlotte Flair def.
Charlotte Flair and Natalya then had a match
that was supposed to happen last week, only
Charlotte had a dentist appointment and couldn’t
make it into work that day.
It was a really good match too, with Nattie
locking in an impressive Bow and Arrow Lock
and Charlotte standing out of it.
Both women did a double down, and then Carmella’s
music hit for her to attempt a Money in the
Bank cash in.
She got in the ring, but Charlotte booted
the case out of her hand and sent it flying.
In a call back to Charlotte and Nattie’s
match from a few weeks ago, Natalya tried
to roll Charlotte up off the distraction,
but Flair kicked out and locked in the Figure
8 for a submission win.
This was all good stuff, and one would assume
that Carmella is now cashing in on either
Alexa Bliss or Nia Jax either at or after
After the match, Asuka came down to the ring
and said that the queen will bow before the
Charlotte retorted by saying she was ready
for Asuka – but is Asuka ready for her.
This had less heat than you’d think.
We then got a video package recapping the
Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens and
Sami Zayn feud – which made the storyline
look more coherent than it actually has been.
Headline: AJ Styles And Shinsuke Nakamura
Sit Down And Talk
During the show we got a sit down interviews
with AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, with
bringing up Nakamura petting him like a dog
AJ says this Sunday is far from the Tokyo
Dome – this is WrestleMania.
Later in the night Nakamura had his own interview,
that would have been better in his native
tongue with subtitles.
It’s such an easy fix WWE just do it better.
Headline: Rusev def.
Rusev and Jinder Mahal had a match that was
pretty average but made better by a hot crowd.
Sunil Singh tried to get involved, but Rusev
kicked him off the apron and then hit Jinder
with the Matchka Kick for the win.
As Rusev was celebrating Randy Orton ran in
for AN RKO FROM OUT OF FUCKING NOWHERE and
Bobby Roode then pushed Aiden English off
the top rope into another RKO.
The two stared off tensely as Roode handed
Orton the United States Championship.
WWE seem to be pushing these two as the stars
of the WrestleMania match, but the crowd were
chanting for Rusev Day.
Headline: New Day Shill!
The best built feud on Smackdown Live for
the last couple of months has been the three-way
between The Usos, The New Day and The Bludgeon
So it was a real shame that their go home
angle for WrestleMania was a backstage segment
plugging the WWE Network.
Seriously, this is what we’re doing?
All those weeks of great angles and builds,
and we’re ending on Big E trying to pull
an Xbox from Xavier Woods’ pants?
Just do it better, lads.
Headline: Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Primo
& Mojo Rawley def.
Zack Ryder, Tye Dillinger & Breezango
We didn’t get a segment hyping the women’s
battle royal this week, but we did get an
8-man tag featuring the forgotten midcard
of Smackdown Live.
Look, even Primo made TV!
There was a cool series where everyone threw
people over the top rope, including Corbin
launching Tyler Breeze onto a pile of bodies.
Corbin won with the End of Days, and then
posed next to the Andre the Giant statue that
looks like it’s made of Play Doh this year.
Headline: Kevin Owens And Sami Zayn Hop The
As the commentators where hyping WrestleMania
and shilling the WWE Network, Kevin Owens
and Sami Zayn hopped the guardrail to cut
fantastic promos on Bryan and Shane.
Zayn said that they won’t apologise for
attacking Bryan, but they will apologise to
Brie and Birdie for sending home their husband
and father as a broken man.
Sami was wonderfully annoying in this segment,
and Owens guttural screams of anger really
sold the emotion of this feud that’s had
more ups and downs that Simon Miller on a
Bryan and Shane then came out and told the
crowd to take a picture as it would be the
last time they’d see the Best Friends – not
those ones – on Smackdown Live.
Headline: AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura def.
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
And in the main event, WrestleMania opponents
AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Chad
Gable and Shelton Benjamin in a really decent
It would have been better had it not been
interrupted by a commercial break and an advert
for WrestleMania, but when the action was
on screen it was terrific.
AJ’s comeback was a thing of beauty, and
the finish saw him stand next to Nakamura
and hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Gable for
After the match Benjamin and Gable attacked
Nakamura, but he cleared the ring.
AJ then leaped off the top rope to hit the
Forearm, but stopped in his tracks – a callback
to last week when Nakamura did the same thing
This was a really cool ending to the show,
it feels like this part of the feud should
have come a couple of weeks ago rather than
on the go home show.
So that was this week’s Smackdown Live in
about 4 minutes.
Hopefully you’ve already voted in the poll
above my head using this rating system from
top to bottom: SmackDamn, SmackTastic, Smack
Bang in the Middle, Ellsworthy, and New Day
selling the Network rather than their Mania
Following on from Monday’s Raw, this was
another solid go home show.
It wasn’t breath-taking or jaw-dropping
– but it did get me excited for all the matches
Aside from the tag team match, but thankfully
I was already excited for that one.
Perhaps my expectations were set to low, but
I thought this week’s Smackdown Live is