The show opened with yet another must-see edition of Miz TV, which ended up in a brawl involving all the three tag teams involved in the ladder match. The champions stood tall to end the segment.
- Tamina def. Naomi and Lacey Evans: Sasha Banks and Bayley on commentary got involved in the match, and Tamina took advantage of the distraction to hit a superkick on Naomi for the win. Tamina laid out Banks and Bayley post-match.
Tucker and Mandy Rose were seen discussing backstage and the glitch appeared on the screen, with ‘The Truth Will Be Heard’ flashing on the screen.
Cole announced Braun Strowman vs Goldberg for WrestleMania without any other explanation, and said that Elias vs Corbin is still on for the show.
- Tucker def. Dolph Ziggler by DQ: Tucker fought for his brother against the former World Champion, but Ziggler unleashed his aggressive self, ending in a DQ finish. Post-match, Ziggler continued the assault, only to be interrupted by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Otis made the save for Tucker, before the glitch (a man under a hood) revealed the truth about the Feb 14 debacle. Deville was revealed as the one who sabotaged the date, which made Rose angry. Rose stormed out without paying heed to Deville’s words.
- Daniel Bryan def. Shinsuke Nakamura by DQ: Bryan warmed up for his IC match, by taking on Nakamura, but Cesaro hit the ring causing a DQ. Post-match, Nakamura, Cesaro and Sami Zayn destroyed Bryan and Drew Gulak.
John Cena cut an in-ring promo verbally burying Bray Wyatt and said that Goldberg has already exposed Fiend’s weaknesses. Cena accepted the Firefly Fun House challenge, as we saw all of Wyatt’s toys come up at ringside. Fiend was shown standing creepily in the stands, and Wyatt appeared right behind Cena at the same time, asking him to let him in, before the lights went out.
WWE SmackDown Takeaways
1. The Week of Promos
On RAW, Undertaker, Edge and Kevin Owens cut menacing promos and used the empty arena situation to their whole advantage by delivering pitch-perfect monologues. Cena has always been one of the best in the company when it comes to promos but has often relied on the crowd to elevate his promos even more. Cena isn’t a backstage promo guy like Undertaker or Bray Wyatt, but still cut a fantastic promo, hyping WrestleMania and his own encounter with Wyatt.
All the superstars from the Ruthless Aggression Era cutting such promos is setting an example for the newer generation. There is a reason why they are considered a cut above the rest, and they have proven it quite spectacularly over the past few weeks.
2. No Explanation?
WWE promised a segment between Roman Reigns and Goldberg, and then reports of WWE replacing Reigns in a unique way surfaced quite recently. Fans were curious to know how WWE handles the situation, but instead, the company merely made an announcement with zero buildup and explanation.
If an in-ring confrontation wasn’t possible, WWE could’ve had a conference call with Goldberg and Strowman, which would’ve added to the story. But, as is the story with WWE time and time again, they managed to royally screw this up.
3. A Mid-Card Story Better Than Title Feuds
Otis,Tucker, Dolph Ziggler, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have been interlinked for a really long time now, and it all came to a head this week on SmackDown. The mystery hacker, rumored to be Mustafa Ali, revealed how Deville betrayed Rose.
The acting in all the segments was top-notch, along with the character work of all the superstars involved, which has made this a fun story. How the story culminates at WrestleMania will be interesting, and hopefully, WWE takes pointers from this storyline for their other feuds as well.