Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and we are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and we begin with a video package on Daniel Bryan being cleared for competition and the aftermath
Jinder Mahal is out with Sunil Singh and Sunil is in a cast. Jinder says he has traded a tiger for a lion and Jinder is in tag team action next
BOBBY ROODE AND RANDY ORTON VS JINDER MAHAL AND RUSEV
Roode and Mahal start things off and Mahal with a waist lock. Roode with a standing switch and Mahal with an elbow and punches to Roode. Mahal kicks Roode. Roode with punches and chops but Mahal with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Roode with a hip toss and reverse atomic drop. Roode punches Rusev off the apron and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a Blockbuster and he gets a near fall.
Sunil jumps up on the apron and Orton pulls him off sending Singh crashing into the barricade. Orton and Roode have words as we go to commercial
We are back and Orton with a European uppercut on Rusev and Roode tags in and he chops Rusev. Orton tags back in and he kicks Rusev and hits a drop kick. Roode tags back in and he hits a standing drop kick. Roode with a kick and he sends Rusev into the turnbuckles. Orton tags in and he sends Rusev into the turnbuckles and punches him. Orton with kicks and more punches.
Rusev with a thurst kick and he gets a near fall. Mahal tags in and he kicks Orton. Orton with punches and Mahal with a knee and elbows to Orton. Mahal with a forearm to the chest and Rusev tags in. Rusev with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Mahal tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles and he hits a chop to the top of the head. Mahal with an elbow to the top of the head followed by a half nelson and chin lock. Orton with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold.
Roode tags in and he clotheslines Mahal and then hits a running forearm and clothesline in the corner. Roode with a neck breaker and then he knocks Rusev off the apron. Roode goes up top and hits a clothesline. Mahal avoids the Glorious DDT but Roode hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Rusev goes through the ropes when Roode moves and Mahal with a knee for a near fall.
Rusev tags in and kicks Roode. Rusev with more kicks and he sneers at Roode. Rusev with an elbow drop for a near fall. Rusev wtih a chin lock on Roode. Roode punches Rusev and Rusev with a drop kick. Rusev does a Wonder Woman spin and Orton applauds Rusev's performance. Rusev gets a near fall. Mahal tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles and hits a chop to the top of the head. Roode kicks Mahal and chops him. Mahal with a hard Irish whip. Mahal with a double thrust to the throat and then Mahal chokes Roode in the ropes.
Back from break, Roode is in control and Roode off the ropes as Orton tags himself in. Orton plants Rusev with the draping DDT. Mahal is sent over the ropes and Roode shoves Orton. Orton hits an RKO on Roode and Rusev connects with the Machka Kick for the three count
The winners of the match: Jinder Mahal and Rusev
Backstage: Jinder and Sunil are walking and smiling and thank Rusev for being his partner tonight and he wants to invite Rusev to his Punjabi celebration when he wins the US Championship at Wrestlemania. Rusev says what he's going to do is go find Daniel Bryan and turn Jinder Mahal's triple threat match at Wrestlemania into a Fatal Four Way
Backstage: Shinsuke Nakamura walks into AJ Style's locker room and says he's worried about AJ. Styles says he's never had confidence issues and Shinsuke tells Styles he wants him...needs him in Shinsuke's corner tonight for his match against Shelton Benjamin and Styles agrees
BECKY LYNCH VS RUBY RIOTT
Ruby with a side headlock on Becky and shoulderblock off the ropes. Hammerlock by Becky and Ruby connects with an elbow. Ruby misses with a clothesline and Becky hits a dropkick as Ruby slides to the outside to re-group but Becky follows Ruby with a kick
Right hand by Becky and Ruby is sent back into the ring. Ruby sweeps Becky's leg sending her crashing to the floor and she drives Becky into the apron. Becky is sent back into the ring and a nearfall by Ruby.
Ruby with a series of knees to the back. Surfboard applied by Ruby and Becky fights out of it but Ruby drops Becky with a clothesline. Knee to the back of the neck as Ruby has Becky on the ropes. Ruby putting the boots to Becky. Hard irish whip into the corner by Ruby
Becky fires back with a series of right hands but knee to the midsection by Ruby. Irish whip reversed by Bevcky and she connects with a kick. Becky and Ruby exchanging forearms. Backslide by Ruby and Becky unloading with clotheslines and dropkicks.
Ruby sends Becky over the ropes but she lands on the apron. Right hand to Ruby as Becky goes to the top rope. Ruby sends Becky face first into the turnbuckle and Ruby tries to steal one with a nearfall while her feet are on the ropes. Riott Kick countered as Becky tries to apply the Dis-arm Her. Ruby with a counter and Becky rolls her up for the three count
The winner of the match: Becky Lynch
Post Match: Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan attack Becky but she clears the ring of the Riott Squad
Daniel Bryan makes his way out to the top of the stage and the crowd starts a "Daniel Bryan" chant. Daniel says he loves being in Pittsburgh and says last week was one of the greatest moments of his career because after so long he finally got the news he was waiting for. He was cleared, he can now continue to do what he has loved to do for over 16 years and the support he has gotten from the WWE Universe and he has a job to do as Smackdown Live GM
As he has said several times Smackdown is the land of opportunity and has decided to give Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn one more opportunity and proposes a tag team match with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn facing Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania
Daniel says due to Owens and Zayn's attack, Shane has been hospitalized but believe he'll be ready to go. The stipulations are as follows, if Bryan and Shane win then Owens and Zayn remain fired. However, if Daniel and Shane lose then Owens and Zayn will be reinstated
Daniel says he's been asked why he keeps giving Owens and Zayn opportunities and the answer is he believes they are two of the greatest performers of this generation, because he's known them for 15 years. He's given them opportunities because that's what he does for the superstars in the locker room
As GM he's supposed to be sitting in on meetings, filling out paperwork and wearing blazers and he's sick of it because he's fought for three years for his dream to go back in the ring and compete and Sami and Kevin tried to take that away from him. He doesn't care how many times he gets kicked in the face or powerbombed on the apron, Daniel Bryan is back and will fight at Wrestlemania.
There are a lot of things he's tried to avoid saying as an underdog and with kids watching in the crowd and as a role model and as a representative of Smackdown there are things he shouldn't say but this is the Daniel Bryan who fights for his dreams, this is the Daniel Bryan who knocks down any wall put in front of him and this is the Daniel Bryan who is going to kick Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn's ass
THE NEW DAY VS THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS
Match in progress as Rowan delivers a backbreaker to Xavier. Harper with a punch to the back of the neck. Chop by Harper to Woods and an irish whip across the ring by Harper. Harper runs into a boot and Woods connects with a forearm. on the outside, Rowan takes out Big E and Kofi.
Big E is rolled back into the ring and Rowan grabs the mallets but The Usos run out and attack Rowan running him into th eringpost. Harper goes to grab th emallets but The New Day and Usos clear the ring of the Bludgeon Brothers. The Usos and New Day begin to argue but The Bludgeon Brothers return with mallets in hand clearing the ring.
The winners of the match: None
TYLER BREEZE VS DOLPH ZIGGLER
Ziggler attacks Breeze stomping away at him. Dropkick by Ziggler and a facebuster off the knee. Ziggler goes for a DDT but Breeze slingshots Ziggler into the corner as his face bounces off the turnbuckle sending him to the outside. Superkick countered by Breeze who connects with a kick of his own.
Ziggler with a roll up. Breeze with a roll up but Ziggler kicks out kicking Breeze into the corner. ZigZag by Ziggler and the cover for the three count
The winner of the match: Dolph Ziggler
Post Match: Ziggler lays Fandango out with a superkick
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS SHELTON BENJAMIN
They lock up and Benjamin with a single leg take down but Nakamura gets to his feet and misses with a kick. Benjamin blocks a hip toss but Nakamura with knees and a knee drop. Nakamura kicks Benjamin.
We are back and Benjamin with a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the commercial when Benjamin hit a slingshot move to the floor to send Nakamura's head into the apron. Benjamin with a knee but Nakamura with a flying boot to the head. Nakamura with strikes and a kick to the head. Nakamura with an Irish whip and knee in the corner. Nakamura puts Benjamin on the turnbuckles and he connects with a knee.
Gable gets on the apron and Styles stopes him. Benjamin with a knee in the corner followed by a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Nakamura counters Paydirt into a cross arm breaker and a triangle. Benjamin tries for a Boston Crab but Nakamura is able to reapply the triangle. Benjamin picks up Nakamura and then hits an enzuigiri. Benjamin runs into boots and Nakamura with a knee off the turnbuckles. Nakamura sets for and hits Kinshasa for the three count.
The winner of the match: Shinsuke Nakamura
Post Match: Nakamura takes a mic and he wants AJ to come into the ring.
Nakamura tells AJ thank you for being in his corner, but he never needed his help. Nakamura only wanted him to see how he will beat him at Wrestlemania.
AJ says that Nakamura is playing mind games. He won't be playing any games at Wrestlemania. It isn't just a dream match for them, it is a dream match for him. They know that they will tear this house down. They will put on a clinic. His dream match goes differently. Outside of him, Nakamura is considered the best. When he wins at Wrestlemania, he will prove that he is better than the best and that this is the House that AJ Styles Built.
Nakamura uses facial expressions to show who they are. That is why he will win at Wrestlemania. He says AJ is too emotional.
Gable and Benjamin attack Styles and Nakamura comes to the ring to stop Gable and Benjamin. Nakamura with a reverse exploder on Gable and then he kicks Benjamin.
Nakamura sets for Kinshasa but he stops short and tells AJ . . . Knee . . . to . . . face, and then he pats AJ on the head.