Date: February 6, 2018
Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton
As is often becoming the case around here, it’s a big night with some major matches set for the show. This week we have Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the #1 contendership to AJ Styles for the Smackdown World Title at Fastlane. In addition to that, US Champion Bobby Roode is defending against Rusev on Rusev Day. Let’s get to it.
Commissioner Shane McMahon is in the ring to open things up. Shane talks about Sami vs. Owens but doesn’t think either of them deserve a shot. Someone he does think something of is General Manager Daniel Bryan. Daniel comes out and Shane talks about how the two of them listen to the fans every week. Fans: “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” Shane: “Duly noted.”
Shane asks why Bryan keeps giving Sami and Kevin these chances. Yes, Daniel has changed the WWE landscape with the YES Movement but the Yep Movement is a poor imitation. Shane knows that Bryan wants to be wrestling more than anything and he knows what Bryan is doing. Bryan doesn’t quite get it but Shane accuses him of living vicariously through Kevin and Sami. Cue AJ Styles, to say he’s traveled 10,000 miles since the new year began because that’s what a champion does. He’ll defend the title against anyone who gets a title shot and walk into Wrestlemania as WWE Champion.
Shinsuke Nakamura comes up to AJ in the back and says he’ll beat him at Wrestlemania.
Liv Morgan vs. Charlotte
Non-title. Charlotte stomps her to the floor and we hit the break less than thirty seconds in. Back with Morgan in control but getting chopped down for her efforts. Morgan’s low superkick gets two but Charlotte scores with a neckbreaker and spear. Sarah Logan offers a distraction but just gets herself and Ruby ejected. Charlotte kicks Liv in the face and the Figure Eight makes Morgan tap at 7:59.
Result: Charlotte b. Liv Morgan – Figure Eight (7:59)
Charlotte says that’s one down and two to go.
Video on Roman Reigns at the National Civil Rights Museum for Black History Month.
Kevin Owens says he’ll win.
Bludgeon Brothers vs. ???/???
Harper runs over Jobber #1 to start and #2 bails straight away, only to be taken down by Rowan. The double spinebuster ends #1 at 1:22.
Result: Bludgeon Brothers b. ???/??? – Double spinebuster (1:22)
Post match the Usos come out for the staredown but the Brothers walk past them. Back from a break, the Usos talk about a state of mind. They turn their mind into a prison, which they run. There are a lot of people out here starving but they’re not talking about people having cupcakes.
There are a lot of people out here looking thirsty but they’re not talking about lemonade or that purple stuff. They’re talking about the hunger and thirst for success. They went from “these guys are alright” to the match of the night. It used to be Uso Crazy but now it’s DAY ONE ISH! When you feel something creeping up on you, it’s not paranoia because it’s the Usos.
And now, the first Smackdown Top Ten List.
10. Tye Dillinger
9. Randy Orton
8. Becky Lynch
6. New Day
5. Bobby Roode
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
1. AJ Styles
Corey Graves has issues with the list, including New Day being above the Usos and the lack of Rusev.
New Day, answering fan questions tonight, gives Corey Graves a 6% chance in a street fight.
Aiden English says the ring being a canvas is appropriate because art will be happening tonight. Rusev is working out and shouts MACHKA.
Aiden sings Rusev’s entrance, complete with sing-a-long words on the screen and a bouncing Rusev head.
US Title: Rusev vs. Bobby Roode
Rusev is challenging. Feeling out process to start as they actually take it to the mat at a slow pace. Rusev takes him down again and we go to an early break. Back with Roode getting two off a Blockbuster but walking into a fall away slam. We hit the chinlock for a good while until a hard shot to the face wakes Roode up.
The running forearm and a clothesline have Rusev in trouble but English offers a distraction. A hard kick to the head gives Rusev two and we take a break. Back again with Roode hitting a spinebuster but going after English, allowing Rusev to get in the Machka Kick. The Accolade is broken up though so they trade rollups for two each. Another Accolade is reversed is reversed into the Glorious DDT to retain the title at 15:49.
Result: Bobby Roode b. Rusev – Glorious DDT (15:49)
Roode poses but an RKO OUTTA NOWHERE takes him down. English and Rusev get one each as well.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable have their own bulletin board and wonder how this is what they have to work with in the tag team division.
Shelton Benjamin/Chad Gable vs. Ascension
Konnor wins an early slugout with Benjamin and Ascension clears the ring early on. A missed boot in the corner lets Gable start in on Konnor’s knee though with a variety of leglocks keeping him in trouble. Konnor grabs a flapjack though and the hot tag brings in Viktor to start cleaning house. That includes a middle rope knee to Chad’s face for two but Benjamin gets in a blind tag. Rolling Chaos Theory into the powerbomb/top rope clothesline puts Viktor away at 3:50.
Result: Shelton Benjamin/Chad Gable b. Ascension – Powerbomb/top rope clothesline combination to Viktor (3:50)
New Day talks about who would be ranked highest if they were voted as individuals. This seems to go straight to Kofi, who wants the World Title this year.
Various wrestlers reacted to the Top Ten.
Sami wants his own moment on top of WWE.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
The winner gets AJ, on commentary, at Fastlane. They’re tentative to start until Owens runs him over, only to charge into some armdrags. Some right hands send Owens to the floor and he tells Sami to calm down. Owens gets knocked off the apron and we take a break. Back with Sami in trouble but still being able to block the Cannonball.
The exploder suplex into the corner is countered so Sami settles for a tornado DDT and two instead. Sami gets shoved off the top but is still able to get his knees up and block the Swanton. Kevin rolls to the floor and gets caught with a diving DDT to put both guys down on the outside.
Back in and a superkick sets up Owens’ frog splash for two more and he can’t believe the kickout. Sami is right back up with the Blue Thunder Bomb for another near fall. Owens stumbles out to the floor and it’s time for the argument with AJ, who beats both guys up (though he hit Sami first) for the no contest at 14:02.
Result: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens went to a no contest when AJ Styles interfered (14:02)
Cue Bryan to say it’s a triple threat at Fastlane.
Charlotte b. Liv Morgan – Figure Eight
Bludgeon Brothers b. ???/??? – Double spinebuster
Bobby Roode b. Rusev – Glorious DDT
Shelton Benjamin/Chad Gable b. Ascension – Powerbomb/top rope combination to Viktor
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens went to a no contest when AJ Styles interfered
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