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Welcome to Smackdown Live, coming to you from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last week Randy Orton regained his opportunity at Bray Wyatt's WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 33. Will Wyatt return to Smackdown to address his opponent? Also, the man Orton beat for the spot, AJ Styles, is not happy and looking to take his frustrations out on someone. Could that someone be the Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon, after the two had a heated confrontation after last week's main event? In addition, will anyone else join the Smackdown women fro a chance at Alexa Bliss and her title? Will Jason Jordan and Chad Gable return to face the Usos? Will there be anymore entrants announced for the Andre Battle Royal? What condition is Dean Ambrose in after the brutal beatdown he suffered at the hands of Baron Corbin? Tune in tonight to see if this and more question are answered, and be sure to stay updated here for all your Smackdown Live coverage needs!
We kick things off with a recap of AJ Styles and Shane McMahon's heated confrontation backstage after the main event between Styles and Randy Orton, which resulted in Styles defeat. This was after Styles had thought he had earned a shot at Wrestlemania 33 against Bray Wyatt's title from beating Luke Harper the previous week. Daniel Bryan is then shown talking on the phone, and is interrupted by Styles. He says he needs to see Shane, and Bryan tells him to calm down. He says he'll slap the next person that says that and get's in Bryan's face. He says he's going to address what he feels is an anti-AJ conspiracy, and Bryan tells him to be careful, and that he has a career to think about. Styles says that's exactly what he's doing, and he makes his way to the ring.
Styles is openly livid, breathing heavy into the mic as "AJ Styles" chants break out. He says he's sick of being yanked around by Bryan and Shane. He says he jumped through every hooped he was asked to, and that when Cena came back and asked Bryan for a match he immediately got it. When he wanted his rematch he was put in a triple threat match where he didn't get pinned. Then there was the Elimination Chamber against 6 other people, the Battle Royal where he believes he won, and the match where he pinned Luke Harper twice for the shot. He says Orton shouldn't be going to Mania, he should be going to jail. He says he is the reason why there are butts in seats and subscribers on the Network. He says his reward is nothing, not even a match at Wrestlemania. He says him and Shane are going to have a conversation tonight about his career, one that Styles believes he may not even have after tonight.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Orton addresses Bray Wyatt.
SINGLES MATCH: Natalya vs. Becky Lynch
A recap is played where Natalya stabbed Lynch in the back during their tag match. The two tie up off the bat, Lynch plants Natalya with a dropkick and a throw. Natalya tries to gain distance by holding onto the ropes. She extends her hand for a shake which Lynch refuses, slapping her across the face and planting a forearm in the corner. Natalya gains the back and tries for a German suplex but is reversed into an STF. Natalya escapes to the outside as we head to break.
We return from break with Natalya on the defensive, eating a leg drop from Lynch. She escapes to the outside, Lynch gives chase. Natayla hits Lynch with a huge Falcon Arrow on the outside. Lynch is thrown back in and is choked on the ropes. Lynch tries to make it to her feet but Natalya keeps her grounded. She cinches in a sleeper, Lynch makes it to her feet but is taken down and whipped to the corner hard. Natalya charges but Lynch dodges. The two trade blows with Natalya getting the slight advantage. Lynch doges a strike and gains momentum with a Straight Fire combo, ending with an exploder suplex and a forearm, which Natalya doges by planting her on the turnbuckle. Natalya tries a maneuver which Lynch reverses into the Disarmer for the submission win
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH
Carmella comes out after the victory and beats down both Lynch and Natalya, and leaves with Elseworth. Backstage they are interviewed, and Carmella announces she will be competing in the Womern's Championship match Wrestlemania 33.
The Miz and Maryse are out in the ring for a special edition of Miz TV. The Miz says that they have more info on how John Cena and Nikki Bella are a fake couple, but they first replay the beat down they gave the two last week. They then play their segment on Talking Smack, with the Miz saying the only reason people tune in si because people buy into Cena's crap. Maryse says Nikki is jealous because she's married. She says Nikki and her used to be best friends, but after Maryse was offered a contract Nikki said to wait for her to get a better one. The deal was then taken off the table, but Nikki said she would take care of it because she is dating Cena. Maryse says Nikki took away time from her, and that she'll make her suffer just as much, and that she'll expose Nikki as a lying backstabbing bitch. Cena then makes his way out with Nikki and they chase them out of the ring. Cena goes to talk but Nikki steals the mic away. Nikki said they were never best friends, and that Maryse made up the whole story. Nikki says Maryse is stealing money from the fans by being with the Miz. She challenges Maryse to a match, but Miz tells her she doesn't get to make up matches like John Cena. He says Maryse has nothing to prove, and wraps up the show. However, Daniel Bryan comes out right after and says time isn't up. He says the Miz promised a special edition of Miz TV, but instead he yapped his mouth like usual. Bryan says he desperately wants to punch him in the face, but the fact that Miz knows hge can't makes him want to do it more. Since he can't he instead makes Cena and Nikki vs. Maryse and the Miz for Wrestlemania 33.
BACKSTAGE: AJ is shown waiting for Shane McMahon to show up at the arena.
SINGLES MATCH: Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James
They replay Alexa tagging in to steal a victory from James, which caused James to retaliate with a hard kick, setting up tonight's match. The two trade shoves and then tie up, pulling on each others hair. James takes Bliss down and the two tussle on the mat. Neither will let go of each others hair until the ref gets the off. Bliss brings James to the corner, James reverses with a flurry of strikes. Alexa doges and chokes James on the ropes. Mickie throws Alexa through the ropes and gives chase, but Bliss takes advantage of the distance and slams Mickie on the floor. Bliss re-enters the ring as we go to break.
We come back from break with Alexa in control with a headlock. Mickie tries to fight out and manages to sneak out and lock in a single crab. Bliss gets a rope break, but Mickie goes back to the offensive with a hard crossface. She gets a few strikes in and a kick to the face, followed by a fisherman's suplex. Bliss goes to the corner and grabs Mickie's throat when she gives chase. Alexa slams Mickie to the mat and pummels her on the mat. She throws Mickie by the hair and runs to the corner, which Mickie reverses with a strike and a leg scissors, She strikes Alexa and whips her to the opposite corner. Mickie charges, Bliss reverses with a sunset flip. Mickie mounts some offense and attempts the Mickie DDT but Alexa reverses into a rollup and then a huge right hand. Alexa attempts to regain control but Mickie sneaks in a Mick Kick for the pinfall victory.
WINNER: MICKIE JAMES
BACKSTAGE: AJ is interviewed but is cutoff when the ramp entrance seems to open up. AJ sees Shane come in and he blindsides him with a vicious assault, ramming his head through the a car window. Fit Finlay tries to separate AJ but he comes back for another cheap shot. AJ leaves Shane a heap, bleeding from his head and laying in a mess of glass. Doctors are shown checking out Shane's head laceration, and they give him a hand to the trainer's room. Styles is shown packing up his stuff and leaving the locker room as the Usos tell him he's going to get fired (irony?). He is stopped by Daniel Bryan who calls him a coward, and that he has lost all respect for him. Styles asks if he's going to fire him. Bryan responds with "You're damn right I am", and orders security to remove him from the building.
SINGLES MATCH: Mojo Rowley vs. Dolph Ziggler
This match was set up after Mojo announced his entry into the Andre Battle Royal, and Ziggler called him out as a novice while announcing his own entry. Ziggler starts with a shot and rams him into the corner, but flicks his sweat at him. Mojo uses the opportunity to ram Ziggler into the opposite corner and ramp up his own offense with a big body drop. Ziggler charges Rowley twice, both times bveing thrown out of the ring. The commentary notes that he would've been eliminated twice now. Ziggler hears them and picks up speed, hitting Mojo with a flurry of shots. Ziggler whips Mojo which is reversed with Ziggler being thrown over the top yet again. Ziggler attempts to re-enter the ring back walks away and loses to a countout.
WINNER: MOJO ROWLEY
They replay Styles's attack on Shane McMahon, and emphasize the weight of what just happened.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to address Bray Wyatt. He says you can learn a lot from a Viper. He tells us he's been in hiding for months, and that an RKO wouldn't be enough. He wanted to hit him where it hurts, and that he devised a plan to infiltrate his family. He says he struck first and that in order to be as evil as possible he destroyed the one thing Bray Wyatt cared about: Sister Abigail. He says Wyatt is now alone and afraid but that the job isn't over. At Wrestlemania he promises he will take everything away from Wyatt. The screen flashes to reveal Wyatt. He says Orton is right about being stripped of all his power. He says he returned home, and that even he thought Abigail was burned. Buit he is wrong, and Wyatt says Abigail transferred her powers to him. He tells Orton it is his duty to purge the world of infidels. He says he's born again, and "baptizes" himself in her ashes. He rubs the ashes and dirt all over his body and face, and exclaims "Follow the buzzards" and screams. The screen quickly fades to black.
They replay Baron Corbin attacking Dean Ambrose backstage and pinning him to the ground with a forklift. He is interviwed and asked if he went to far. Corbin said Ambrose was asking for him, and that if he get's out of the hospital bed he'll be glad to take his championship from him at Wrestlemania.
TAG TEAM MATCH: Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. The Usos
Gable and Jimmy start the match, Jay tags in and takes down Gable. Gable tags in Jordan and grapples Jay on the ground. As the two wrestle, Shane is shown walking backstage. In the ring Jimmy distracts Jordan and tags in to lay him out with strikes and a big powerslam. Both make their way to the turnbuckle but Gable and Jordan dropkick them to the ground. As we go to break the commentary table says they will have an update on Shane's condition after the break.
We return from break to see Jordan being double teamed by the Usos on the floor. Jimmy connects a big clothesline and throws him back into the ring. They continue to double team Jordan with a double back breaker for a near fall. Jay tags in Jimmy and he puts in a headlock on Jordan. The crowd chants for Ambrose as Jordan tries to get out of the lock and make a tag. Shane is shown backstage being lead towards the exit, but he turns around and heads towards the ring. The tag team match continues as Jordan gets a tag and Gable mounts offense on the Usos with some big German suplexes. Jimmy attempts a crossbody but is caught with a belly to belly. Gable takes on both Usos as Jay tries a tight rollup for a near fall. Gable tags in Jordan and they try for a double team maneuver but Bable gets caught up in the ropes form a push by Jimmy. Jimmy superkicks Jordan and Jay gets the pinfall.
WINNER: THE USOS
Shane McMahon makes his way out to no music and grabs a mic. He says that AJ Styles didn't have an opponent at Wrestlemania, but that he does now as the show immediately comes to a close.
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