This week’s episode of SmackDown was WWE’s final stop on the road to Royal Rumble and all eyes were on Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens ahead of their Last Man Standing Universal Championship clash in just over 48 hours time.
AJ Styles Interrupts Daniel Bryan
Royal Rumble favorite Daniel Bryan kicked off the show to build up his involvement this weekend. The former World Champion is no stranger to the WrestleMania main event, but he has never won the Royal Rumble match.
AJ Styles from Monday Night Raw interrupted and belittled Bryan even asking if he was General Manager once again since he appeared to have one foot out the door. After Omos attacked Bryan, the match between the two men was made official for later in the night.
Bianca Belair def. Bayley
After their obstacle course segment from last week didn’t go their way, Belair and Bayley collided once again ahead of the Women’s Royal Rumble. The issues between the two women were apparent throughout, as Belair sold the injured shoulder from last week before The EST of WWE picked up the win with KOD.
King Corbin def. Dominik
King Corbin has had some issues with The Mysterio family in recent weeks, and finally, the score could be settled between Dominik and The King on SmackDown. Dominik was seconds away from victory with a tornado DDT, but Corbin secured the win with The End Of Days.
After the match, Mysterio was attacked by Corbin, but he fought back and sent the King into the steel post.
Backstage Segment: The Miz and John Morrison invaded SmackDown with Big E, and Mr. Money in the Bank teased to cash-in the Universal Championship. Big E told Miz that he had no chance of winning The Rumble which led to a brawl between the three men backstage.
Backstage Segment: Sami Zayn tried to tell Shinsuke Namakura that all of his success in WWE had been because of him and asked him to help him get his title back, but The Artist told him to go to hell.
Interview: Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns were part of a sit-down interview where families were brought into the discussion. Reigns blamed Owen’s family for making him a fool and called his father and grandfather a fool. Owens bounced back by calling Reigns an insecure bully before Reigns turned off his screen and left the interview.
Daniel Bryan def. AJ Styles via Disqualification
Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles collided after their back and forth earlier on SmackDown, but interestingly, Styles decided to take on Bryan without Omos by his side. Mid-way through the match, Sami Zayn made his way to the ring to protest the fact that he had been silenced.
Big E made his way to the ring after Sami Zayn continued to protest his Championship reign and took Zayn out at ringside. Big E threw Zayn into Cesaro’s chair which led to Cesaro and Big E brawling at ringside. Zayn entered the match and forced the disqualification before Shinsuke Nakamura hit the ring.
Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura and Big E vs Cesaro, Sami Zayn and AJ Styles
Interestingly, Cesaro and Nakamura were on opposite sides of the ring despite being former Tag Team Champions, but before the match could reach its peak, The Miz and John Morrison made their way to the ring.
Mr. Money in the Bank was then attacked by Otis, who seemingly remembered that he had unfinished business with him.
Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, Otis, and Sheamus def. Cesaro, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, John Morrison and, The Miz
Sonya Deville turned the brawl into a nine-man tag team match during the ad break, which allowed the heels to take advantage. Sheamus then ran out to the ring and became the fifth member of the face team so that he could pull his team back into the match. Sheamus almost won the match with a cloverleaf before it was broken up by John Morrison. It was a shotgun finish that finally ended the match with Sheamus hitting a Brogue Kick on Zayn for the victory.
The Miz and Morrison started a brawl following the match but Braun Strowman made his return after months of suspensions, and The Monster Among Men cleared house to end the show.