We open the show with Shane and Daniel watching the finish of last week’s battle royal. AJ tries to interrupt trying to talk his way out of the match however, Daniel states the match still stands.
Miz’s guest tonight is John Cena. Miz cuts Cena’s mic and cuts a very strong emotional promo about how Cena held everybody down over the years including the Miz. He claims John has taken from everyone. Cena tells Miz he’s only said what everyone else has said over the last decade. Cena claims he wouldn’t be going face to face with Miz this close to WrestleMania he’d be face to face with Undertaker. He claims Miz doesn’t even know who he is as he stole Y2J’s personality, Ric Flair’s finisher, Daniel Bryan’s offence and personality. He tells Miz not to bring a knife to a gun fight. Maryse slaps John and tells him he wishes he could be half the man the Miz is and calls John an ego maniac. This brings out Nikki, John’s real life girlfriend who chases Maryse and Miz out of the ring and tells Maryse she’ll break her.
Becky Lynch vs Mickie James
2 out of 3 Falls Match
After a technical exchange, Becky takes control. Mickie manages to take control and begins to wear down Lynch only to gain a near fall. Mickie remains in control but Becky tries to fight back. After the Mickey DT, James wins the first fall. James keeps control in the second fall but Lynch fights back only to be grounded by the veteran once again. Becky avoids a top rope move from Mickie, and rolls her up for a pinfall to win the second fall. Mickie jumps Becky at the start of the third fall. Alexa Bliss makes her way ringside. Alexa has the ref distracted as Becky covers James. Becky approaches Alexa, Mickie tries to use this to her advantage. She tries to hit Becky from behind, Lynch moves and James knocks Alexa off the apron. Lynch tries to roll her up but Mickie counters. Lynch kicks out of the pin attempt and locks in the Disarmer. Becky wins the 3rd fall and the match.
Luke Harper claims he has new eyes and he can now see true evil. And when they face off at Wrestlemania, Wyatt will fear Harper.
Natalya interrupts Alexa Bliss’ interview she congratulates Bliss on winning the title and says she will take her title.
Renee Young interviews AJ Styles, he claims the match is bogus as Harper’s feet clearly touched the floor first and he will take his rightful place in the main event at Wrestlemania.
Luke Harper vs AJ Styles
Harper controls the early goings of the match until AJ manages to connect with a Pele kick. The two men go back and forth until Harper hits a standing dropkick on AJ then he flies through the ropes on to AJ. Harper brings AJ back in the ring. AJ tries to fight back until Harper hits him with a big dragon suplex leading to a near fall. Harper hits AJ with a big powerbomb again only able to get a near fall. AJ tries to fight back an manages to hit the Phenomenal Forearm and pins Harper for the win. Harper’s foot was on the rope and Shane comes out to restart the match. During a confrontation between AJ and Shane, Harper accidentally hits Shane with a Super Kick. AJ drives Harper head first into the ring post going for his Springboard 450 splash and pins Harper for the win.
Backstage interview leads to a match for next week, John Cena & Nikki Bella vs James Elsworth & Carmella.
Dean Ambrose calls out Baron Corbin. Corbin appears on the big screen and says he will take everything from Dean.
Apollo Crews vs Dolph Ziggler
Crews attacks Ziggler from behind and jump starts the match. The two men battle back and forth. Crews leaps off the apron and hits Dolph with a moonsault. Crews begins to take control.Using the chair to hit a standing moonsault he only gains a near fall. Apollo begins to take control but Ziggler rakes the eyes and drop toe holds him throat first across the top of a steel chair. He then drops him crotch first on the same spot of the chair. Dolph pins Apollo for the win.
Bray Wyatt’s Message
Bray says it didn’t matter whether or not it was AJ or Harper. As AJ will end up just like the rest. He says he comes from a place where Randy Orton is right now, Orton appears on the big screen calling out to Bray. Orton is in Wyatt’s swamp its an eerie sight, maggots dirt creaky floorboards the lot. There’s some horror movie music playing as well brilliant work by the crew to really sell this promo. Randy says he’s at the centre of Bray’s world. He says its Bray’s world not his and it never was. He says he’s going to screw Bray he begins to pour gasoline and all over the shed over the walls and the chair he carries on outside the shed as he shuts the door and pours a trail to the end of the road before he burns everything and we close the show with Randy is his signature pose and Bray in the arena going berserk.
It was a great episode of Smackdown this week, I really liked the building of the couples feud it was two great promos followed by a brilliant slap. AJ/Harper was a good match and the building of Corbin vs Ambrose is gaining some pace I can see that ending at Wrestlemania. However the stand out moment had to be Orton leaving the Wyatt Family and burning the shed it was brilliant there was emotion and the music certainly helped to build the atmosphere. 8/10 this week.