Welcome to WWE Smackdown and this week we are in Phoenix, Arizona. Renee Young is in the ring and she brings out the WWE Champion, AJ Styles.
Renee reminds AJ that he is in a five way match for the title at Fastlane and she asks him if he controls his destiny for Wrestlemania. AJ looks at the Wrestlemania sign and he says he is in control of his destiny. Any man who steps in this ring with him, he can beat him. AJ says it sounds cocky but he can back it up. This match at Fastlane is a problem. Anything can happen inside or outside this ring.
AJ shows Renee the announce table and it would feel good to put Kevin Owens through that announce table. There is a problem with that. AJ says in the middle of the ring, Dolph Ziggler could be pinning Sami Zayn and he would no longer be the WWE Champion. Speaking of the outside of the ring, AJ says the stairs are perfect for Sami Zayn and he would love to put his face in these steps. Back in the middle of the ring, AJ says that Dolph Ziggler has beaten Kevin Owens and he is no longer champion.
Individually, he can take them. Kevin Owens, former Universal Champion. Big and athletic. He knows what he is getting. Sami Zayn is ruthless when he wants to be. Dolph Ziggler is every bit the man he says he is. He is the Show Off, but he is not Phenomenal. Then we have . . .
Speaking of the other guy in the match, Baron Corbin makes his way to the stage.
Baron says if you were going to say that he could beat Baron, he will stop AJ before he makes a fool of himself. Baron says the last time they met in the ring, he beat AJ. He beat him for the United States Championship and then he beat AJ in their rematch. Baron says he has AJ's number because there is a major difference between them. You are just an athlete, while Baron says he is a fighter. He will enjoy pinning AJ for the title, or he can pin someone else because there will be nothing that AJ can do about it.
You are looking at the new WWE Champion.
Kevin Owens comes out to the stage. Kevin says AJ will not have to worry about running around the ring because you will be going through the announce table thanks to a pop up power bomb. He tells Baron that he did not look too strong last week when he was down on the floor.
Baron reminds Kevin that he took care of Kevin when he got back to his feet.
Kevin reminds Baron that he was given his chance on a silver platter. Shane's vendetta helped Baron. Shane has a vendetta against Kevin ever since the Head butt Heard Round the World and he has had to work for everything on Smackdown.
AJ tells Kevin he looks great and if he got that boil lanced off his back.
Kevin wants to know what AJ is talking about.
AJ says he was talking about Sami Zayn.
Kevin says he does not need Sami. Sami let him down last week because he had no time to prepare for Baron Corbin and Sami had all night to get ready for Dolph Ziggler. Shane wants to catch Kevin off guard.
Shane McMahon comes out and he bounces on the stage. He says there is a lot of talk emenating from this ring. We do not want talk tonight in Phoenix. We want action. Baron Corbin will face AJ Styles tonight. Kevin, you will get to see if you can do what your best friend could not do last week. You will have your match now.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS KEVIN OWENS
Ziggler with a forearm and punches as the bell rings. Ziggler with a take down and punches. Owens goes to the floor. Owens with a forearm and he sends Ziggler's head into the announce table. They return to the ring and Ziggler with a drop kick. Owens goes to the floor and Ziggler punches Owens and sends him into the apron. Ziggler sends Owens into the announce table and back into the ring. Owens goes for a slam but Ziggler gets to his feet and he hits a drop kick. Owens goes to the floor again. Owens sends Ziggler into the ringside barrier. Ziggler drop kicks Owens off the apron and back to the floor.
Ziggler is sent into the ring apron and then sent back into the ring. Owens misses a back senton when Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a splash into the turnbuckles and he tries for a neck breaker but Owens blocks it. Ziggler blocks a suplex by Owens and Ziggler with a suplex of his own. Ziggler runs Owens eyes across the top rope. Ziggler with an uppercut and he misses a Stinger Splash. Owens with a cannonball for a near fall.
Ziggler rolls to the floor. Owens Irish whips Ziggler into the ringside barrier. Owens sends Ziggler back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with an uppercut and punches to Owens. Owens hot shots Ziggler and then hits a forearm from a reverse face lock. Owens with elbows to the collarbone. Owens with a back senton for a near fall. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and applies a sleeper. Owens backs Ziggler into the turnbuckles to get out of the hold but Ziggler reapplies the sleeper. Owens goes through the ropes to the floor and that forces Ziggler to release the hold.
Ziggler with a hesitation DDT and both men are down. Ziggler with an uppercut and then Owens goes into the ring post when Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Owens blocks a super kick and hits a gutbuster and an elbow drop from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Owens goes to the turnbuckles and Ziggler stops him. Ziggler goes for a superplex but Owens with a head butt. Owens pushes Ziggler off the turnbuckles. Owens goes for a senton but lands on Ziggler's knees. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Owens holds on to the ropes to stop a Zig Zag. Owens misses a pop up power bomb and Ziggler with a Zig Zag but he can only get a near fall. Ziggler with a splash and then Sami Zayn's music plays and he runs to the ring but stops short to allow Owens to hit a super kick to the back of the neck for the three count.
The winner of the match: Kevin Owens
Backstage: Sunil Singh and Jinder Mahal are walking as we go to commercial
Jinder Mahal is in the ring and says earlier today he learned a secret about Bobby Roode and feels the WWE Universe deserve to know what that secret is but says they're in for a rude awakening. He turns everyone's attention to the big screen where he reveals Bobby Roode's Top 10 List where he placed himself at number 1 and has omitted Randy Orton and then he has the nerve to say he respects Randy Orton
Jinder calls Roode an inglorious egomaniac and a glorified liar. Roode comes out and says that wasn't his list and he has a secret on Jinder. Mahal can't even make a top 10 list and he wants to be US Champion so bad he's trying to pit Orton against Roode when the truth is in a fair fight, Mahal knows he can't win. The crowd starts a "You Can't Win" chant. Jinder says Roode is right he wishes he was US Champion but needs Roode to speak the truth and admit he thinks he's better than Randy Orton and thinks he's the next legend killer and afraid of Randy Orton
Roode says he never said any of those things but he's not afraid of Jinder Mahal. Jinder says Roode should be scared because he beat Randy Orton. Roode says FORGET ABOUT RANDY ORTON THIS IS ABOUT ROODE AND MAHAL. Randy Orton comes out. Orton nails Mahal and Roode goes after Mahal sending him to the outside. Orton goes for an RKO but Roode counters it and plants Orton with the Glorious DDT. Jinder Mahal returns to the ring and delivers the Koloss to Roode
Backstage: Daniel Bryan tells Shane he thinks at FastLane Jinder Mahal should face Bobby Roode for the WWE Champion. Shane says he feels Orton should get the opportunity and the Commissioner and GM are still at odds
CHARLOTTE. BECKY LYNCH AND NAOMI VS THE RIOTT SQUAD
Becky Lynch starts off against Sarah Logan. Legdrop by Becky and Logan backs Becky into the corner and it's The Riott Squad in control. Naomi and Charlotte with a dropkick and they clear the ring of The Riott Squad as we go to break
Back from commercial, Becky with armdrags to Ruby and Becky with an armbar locked in on Ruby. Tag to Naomi and a sunset flip into a nearfall by Naomi. Ruby with a kick. Liv Morgan with a nearfall. Waistlock and Liv rolls through. Liv misses with a clothesline. Bulldog into the turnbuckle by Naomi and Naomi goes for a moonsault but Ruby and Sarah pull Morgan out of the ring. Naomi takes out Logan and Ruby and Liv Morgan from behind sends Naomi into the ring steps.
Nearfall on Naomi. Sarah gets the tag. Modified Anaconda Vice locked in on Naomi. Naomi gets to her feet but Sarah brings her back down to the mat. Naomi gets to her feet and Sarah connects with a forearm. Another forearm in the corner. Sarah prevents a tag. Flying headscissors by Naomi and charlotte tags in as she clotheslines Sarah and knocks Morgan and Riott off the ring apron. Chops by Charlotte, a neckbreaker and a boot by Charlotte. A boot to Morgan and Sarah with a chop block on Charlotte.
Logan trying to pull Charlotte to the middle but Charlotte kicks away as she tags Becky. Dropkick to Logan. Riott in and a Bex-sploder to Riott. Clothesline by Becky. Sarah Logan gets knocked off the apron. Nearfall by Ruby and Becky with the Dis-arm Her but Morgan breaks it up. Running knee by Logan. Beckssploder to Logan and Ruby with the Riott Kick for the three count on Becky
The winners of the match: The Riott Squad
Backstage: Sami and Kevin are talking and Sami says he's here to thank Owens and owes him. He says because of Owens is why he is where he belongs and right now Owens needs his guardian angel and so he has Owens back and Zayn is all about doing the right thing and he's going to pay his best friend back and that's why they need to take Shane McMahon's plan and turn it around on him and when they take care of everyone else in the 5 way and it comes down to him and Owens. Zayn will do the right thing and lay down for him and all Owens needs to do is go to Wrestlemania and become the man
NEW DAY VS AMERICAN ALPHA 2.0
Woods and Gable start things off and Gable with a near fall. Woods lands on his feet on a belly-to-back attempt and Woods with a clothesline. Woods gets a near fall. Gable lands on his feet on a suplex attempt but Woods with an elbow. Benjamin makes the tag and kicks Woods from the apron. Benjamin with a spinebuster for a near fall. Benjamin punches Woods and slams him. Woods with punches to Benjamin and a back heel kick. Benjamin with a running knee to the head and he gets a near fall.
Benjamin gets Woods up and Gable with a knee to the head off the turnbuckles. Gable gets a near fall. Gable with a step over knee drop to the arm and an arm bar on Woods. Gable blocks a chop and he hits a Liger kick for a near fall. Benjamin tags in and he sends Woods shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Benjamin puts Woods on the turnbuckles but Woods with punches. Benjamin with a knee to stop Woods. Woods knocks Benjamin off the turnbuckles and hits a missile drop kick. Gable and Big E make the tags and Big E with two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Gable with an overhead belly-to-belly to Big E for a near fall. Gable knocks Woods off the apron and then Gable goes up top for a moonsault but Big E moves. Gable lands on his feet and he runs into a UranagE in the corner.
Gable runs into an elbow but Gable with a jumping palm strike and then Benjamin tags in. Kofi distracts the referee while Gable and Benjamin hit the bulldog off the turnbuckles. Woods breaks up the cover. Gable and Benjamin argue with the referee. Woods makes the tag and hits a Shining Wizard on Benjamin for the three count.
The winners of the match: The New Day
THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS NORVAL RODGERS AND EDUARDO ESPECIAL
Harper and Rowan with drop kicks and then they run them into each other. Rowan slams Harper onto both of them and then they adjust the cover of the announce table. Rowan with a splash to both men. Rowan with a chop. Harper with an assisted sit out power bomb and then Rowan tags in. They set for the T Gimmick and hit it for the three count.
The winners of the match: The Bludgeon Brothers
BARON CORBIN VS AJ STYLES
Corbin pokes Styles and Styles with a kick and punches. Corbin sends Styles into the corner but AJ escapes and he chops Corbin and sends him into the turnbuckles. Styles with shoulders but Corbin with a clothesline after blocking an Irish whip. Dolph Ziggler stands next to a monitor in the back as Styles is sent into the turnbuckles. Styles with chops but Corbin with a punch and he sends Styles over the top rope but Styles lands on the apron. Corbin blocks a sunset flip and Styles with a drop kick. Styles with a flying forearm and Corbin goes to the floor.
Styles is caught by Corbin on a pescado and Corbin hits a choke breaker as we go to commercial.
We are back and Styles with a forearm but Corbin with a forearm. Corbin slides around the ring post and returns to the ring with a clothesline for a near fall. Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock. Styles with elbows to escape and Corbin with a waist lock. Styles runs Corbin into the turnbuckles. Corbin misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post. Corbin falls to the floor. Styles with a baseball slide to Corbin and then he hits a running knee to the head on the apron.
Corbin throws Styles over the announce table but Styles bounces back and hits a Phenomenal Forearm for a near fall. Corbin with a punch but Styles with strikes. Corbin with a power slam for a near fall. Corbin punches Styles in the corner and then puts AJ on the turnbuckles. Corbin with forearms but Styles with head butts to knock Corbin back to the mat. Styles leaps over Corbin and then Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall.
Corbin sets for End of Days but Styles floats over and applies the Calf Crusher. Corbin slams Styles' head into the mat. Corbin sends Styles to the apron and Corbin grabs Styles when AJ goes for a springboard move. Styles with a forearm and then he hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the three count.
The winner of the match: AJ Styles
Post Match: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attack AJ Styles. Zayn slaps Styles. Corbin with End of Days to Zayn while Owens tries to adjust the announce table. Kevin Owens also gets End of Days.