Goldberg returns to SmackDown!
And tonight, we will all learn who’s next for the WWE Hall of Fame Universal Champion as we head for Super Showdown!
- The Usos VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The Usos win.
- Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn VS Elias; Elias wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater; Bryan wins.
- Sheamus VS Apollo Crews; Sheamus wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Carmella VS Dana Brooke VS Alexa Bliss; Carmella wins and will challenge Bayley for the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with The Miz and John Morrison!
The dynamic duo of the A-Lister and Guru of Greatness are also #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! And as they prepare for Super Showdown, the two go to the ring to take their seats. Morrison and Miz introduce themselves, and Miz seems to stick with the ol’ “Chick Magnet.” Well considering he has a wife and two daughters, it doesn’t really matter. But welcome to the return of… The Dirt Sheet! “In honor of the return of the Dirt Sheet,” as well as the Academy Awards and Super Showdown, this edition reveals the brand new blockbuster! This will win Oscars, Golden Globes and Slammies! “Once Upon a Time in Dirt Sheet!”
Miz and Morrison pull up, meet with Papa Miz, and hear about the sensational Kofi Kingston. Morrison and Miz are of course Brad Pitt and DiCaprio, working to get back on top. “Welcome to Slam Town, Bruce.” He’s the Miz and he’s awesome. “Don’t you forget it.” Coming soon at Super Showdown: NEW Tag Team Champions. “Oscar worthy? Maybe. SmackDown Tag Team Champion worthy? Definitely!” Well everyone wants to hang out with the cool kids now, but it’d mean more if it was coming from The Academy. But AWWWW~ San Jose~! Clap for the New Day, and FEEL~, the POWER~! Big E and Kofi head on out, with popcorn instead of pancakes! Wait, there are pancakes behind the belts.
“Wow! That was amazing!” What a great trailer! Big E agrees. It had action, one of the greatest athletes to grace the WWE ring in Mr. Miz. Papa had that stance, man! And an Easter egg for everyone: Kofi is Mr. Miz’s favorite superstar. Yes! Papa likes Kofi more than he does his own son! And there was drama, where Nelly- Wait, what? That wasn’t that trailer. Or sorry that was BET Uncut. And lastly, there was comedy! Because the fact Miz & Morrison think they’re winning, that’s Richard Pryor level comedy! Miz and Morrison fake laugh right back at the New Day. The New Day has no right to talk, because Miz & Morrison dominated the New Day! They beat ALL the other SmackDown tag teams for this opportunity!
Well, not every other team. The Usos say “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa… WHOA.” Did they say Miz & Morrison beat who? Who who who? They didn’t beat the Usos! Friday Night Lockdown, boys! And now, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode appear! But during the entrances, Miz & Morrison attack The New Day! All that popcorn is wasted! The Usos back the New Day up but then Ziggler & Roode stand with Miz & Morrison. Jimmy & Jey will take on the GLORIOUS Show-Offs after things sort out during the break.
The Usos VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns as Ziggler starts with Jimmy Uso. They tie up and go around right away, and end up in a corner. The ref calls for a break but neither man lets go. Ziggler tags in Roode and they mug Jimmy. Roode CHOPS Jimmy then scrapes his laces. Roode bumps Jimmy off buckles then CHOPS again. He whips corner to corner but Jimmy goes up and over to CHOP back! And again! And again! Roode headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Roode runs him over. Things speed up and Jimmy uppercuts Roode HARD! Then he ROCKS Ziggler with the same! Jimmy drags Roode up to tag in Jey. Jey climbs to drop ax handles on the arm. Jey CHOPS Roode, too, then whips. Roode reverses but Ziggler swipes at Jey. Roode then LARIATS Jey down and covers, TWO!
Jey sits up but Roode stomps him back down. Tag to Ziggler and the Wolf King’s knights choke Jey at the ropes. The ref backs Ziggler off, but then Ziggler dropkick Jey down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ziggler stands on Jey in the corner. The ref backs Ziggler off but Roode rakes Jey’s eyes! Ziggler drags Jey up and tags Roode. They mug Jey more, then Roode snapmares for a chinlock. Jey endures as Roode leans on him and grinds him down. Fans continue to rally and Jey reaches for his brother. But Roode CLUBS Jey down then tags Ziggler. Roode suplexes for a Gourd Buster, Ziggler adds a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler hits Jimmy just because, but Jey rolls him up! TWO, and Ziggler drags Jey to the corner.
Tag to Roode, Ziggler whips Jey for Roode’s lift, GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, Jimmy breaks it! Ziggler whips, Jimmy SUPERKICKS him down! Roode BOOTS Jimmy but blocks Jey’s kick. Jey hits the dragon whip enziguri! Jey flounders to a corner and climbs up top. Ziggler distracts and Roode shoves Jey way down! Jey crashes off barriers and the Usos are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Roode-Dolph isolates Jey in their corner. Roode scrapes Jey’s eyes on the top rope! Then stomps a mudhole into him at the open corner. The ref backs Roode off, only for a moment as Roode grinds his foot into Jey. Fans boo but Roode-Dolph soak up the heat. Roode tags Ziggler in and Ziggler stalks up behind Jey. Ziggler drags Jey up to throw hands but Jey throws counter punches! Ziggler kicks Jey’s leg out and then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Roode and Roode stomps Jey down. Roode drags Jey up to then bump off buckles. Jey keeps fighting, throwing more hands! He powers Roode out of the ring and then heads for his corner! But Roode gets in and stomps Jey just feet away! Jimmy swipes at Roode, Jey slips under, hot tag!
Jimmy kicks Roode, then leaps for a crossbody! He rocks Ziggler then kicks and uppercuts Roode! Fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Then one for Ziggler! Roode-Dolph end up in opposite corners, and fans fire up with Jimmy! Jimmy hits a hip attack on Ziggler! Then aims at Roode, only to get scooped for a slam! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he says, “That’s it!” Fans boo as Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS~! The kick and the lift, but no DDT as Jimmy back drops Roode off! Ziggler tags in, to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Ziggler is shocked! San Jose rallies for Jimmy as he crawls to a corner, but Ziggler takes aim. Ziggler tunes up as Jimmy drags himself to his feet. Jimmy staggers but SUPERKICKS Ziggler!
SUPERKICK for Roode! Tag to Jey! Jey climbs, aims at Ziggler, USO SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Ziggler is shocked again! Tag to Roode, and the King’s court (jesters) drag Jey up. They double suplex but Jimmy saves Jey! Ziggler clotheslines Jimmy and himself out. Roode blocks a kick to waistlock, but Jimmy tags in. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up as Jimmy climbs up, USO SPLASH! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall
It was quite the fight, but the Uso Penitentiary keeps Roode-Dolph on lock! Will Jimmy & Jey make a case as to why they should have a SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity?
Alexa Bliss prepares for her SmackDown Women’s Championship contenders match.
Nikki Cross helps her prepare, handing Alexa her glitter skeleton gloves. Alexa is confident she can beat Bayley in a title match. In fact, she did, right here in San Jose. But she has to get through Carmella, Dana and Naomi first. Well you don’t become the first-ever woman to have both Raw and SmackDown titles without having something twisted up your sleeve. Will the Goddess return to the summit? Or will another contender knock her aside for their own shot?
SmackDown relives last week’s main event.
In a Loser Eats Dog Food match, guess who was the loser? Not the Big Dog or his cousins, the Usos! Baron Corbin took the pin and was chained to the post! The Samoan Bloodline made sure Corbin got a feast of dog food! Corbin was mortified, but what will he do in response?
Speaking of Baron Corbin, he storms into the WWE production truck! He is infuriated that SmackDown replayed all that footage! But the guy was doing his job? Well let’s see him do his job now! Corbin drags the man and throws him down the stairs! The fans boo as Corbin bullies the guy, but security backs him off. Is the Wolf King only going to stoop to new lows now that he’s been humiliated?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Jose, strumming away on his guitar, and fans start clapping along. “San Jose, thank you very much!” Elias has a match with Cesaro and needs to know who has his back. So he has one question for them here tonight: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” The Bay does! But before the match, Elias has a match so please clap along for “Third Time’s the Charm.”
“San Jose-” Cesaro interrupts the song! The Swiss Cyborg’s “Great Liberator,” Sami Zayn has a mic to “apologize.” Fans boo and he tells them to shut up. But it doesn’t feel good to be interrupted, huh? Like what Elias did to Sami last week! Fans boo harder but Elias says in case Sami wasn’t paying attention, “it’s a miracle if I don’t get interrupted.” Well it doesn’t matter when or why Elias gets interrupted, but it does matter when you interrupt Sami! And when you try to make a fool of Team Sami after Shinsuke was ROBBED of his Intercontinental Championship! Fans thought that was funny, huh? “YES!”
Well now the joke’s on you! Elias is going to pay, at the hands of Cesaro. Everything that happens tonight, Elias brought on himself. This match goes down after the break!
Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn VS Elias!
SmackDown returns as Cesaro has Elias in the corner. The ref backs Cesaro off but Cesaro stomps Elias down. Cesaro headlocks but Elias powers out. Things speed up, Cesaro blocks a hip toss to throw body shots and European Uppercuts! Cesaro whips, Elias reverses, and Elias back drops Cesaro high and hard! Elias keeps on Cesaro with a backbreaker! cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cook as he whips Cesaro to a corner. Cesaro reverses but Elias goes up to boot Cesaro back! Elias then hurries up top, but Sami gets on the apron! The ref tells Sami to get down but Elias is ready for Cesaro. Cesaro blocks a buckle bump to bump Elias off the post! Then BOOT him to the floor! Sami taunts Elias while Cesaro raises his hand up victoriously.
Fans boo Sami and the ref starts a ring count. Cesaro goes out to fetch Elias and also high-five Sami. Cesaro scoops Elias to snake eyes him on the barriers! Then he puts Elias in the ring to cover, TWO! Cesaro clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Elias down. Elias endures and fights his way up. Fans rally and Elias throws elbows. Elias is free and runs, but into a back drop from Cesaro! Cesaro runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami protests the count but Cesaro dead lifts and gut wrenches Elias! Cover, TWO! Sami flexes on behalf of Cesaro and says Elias brought this on himself. Elias gets to ropes, Cesaro chokes him! The ref counts but Cesaro backs off, and Sami gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Sami gets away with it.
Cesaro clamps on a chinlock and grinds Elias down again. Elias endures even as Sami shouts at him. Fans rally up and Elias stands to throw elbows. Elias is free and runs again to kick Cesaro this time. Cesaro shoves to get the chinlock back, but Elias hits a back suplex! Both men are down and San Jose rallies up! Elias is in the corner, Cesaro runs in but gets a boot! Elias runs out to KNEE Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!! Sami is relieved but Elias is up again. Elias heads for a corner and up top. Cesaro bumps ropes to trip Elias up! Cesaro climbs to join Elias now, but Elias holds on! Elias throws body shots and shoves Cesaro down. Then Elias adjusts, but Cesaro SHORYUKEN! Cesaro dead lift SUPERPLEXES Elias! Cover, TWO!! Sami is protesting again but Elias does survive.
Cesaro drags Elias up but Elias trips him up, jackknife cover! TWO, small package! TWO, and Elias runs, to get a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro grows frustrated as he has to stalk after Elias. He drags Elias back up and throws more EuroUppers! So many uppercuts! Elias CHOPS back! And again! Cesaro throws more EuroUppers! Fans boo but Elias throws hands! Elias backs Cesaro down to a corner and stomps away but the ref pulls him off. Elias LARIATS Cesaro then scoops him for a slam! The Drifter heads up top once more, perhaps this is third time’s the charm! MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, Elias wins!
Winner: Elias, by pinfall
The song title was a prophecy! Elias gets a big win on the Road to WrestleMania, but will he find himself on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
SmackDown returns, and Baron Corbin storms out to the ring.
Take a look at this crown! This means he is the King of the Ring, and he will NOT be silenced! This is HIS kingdom, and we should all BOW DOWN and LISTEN! Fans boo instead. “Last week was an abomination!” The Big Dog should’ve lost like the 49ers lost to Corbin’s Chiefs! Fans really don’t like that. Corbin says Roman should’ve been buried in dog food, but he can’t do anything without his “lap dogs,” the Usos. When are the Usos going to realize they’re carrying dead weight? If Roman is as tough as he is, he would’ve just fought Corbin 1v1 at the Royal Rumble. And then Corbin would’ve won that match, too, to also win the Men’s Royal Rumble, to then headline WrestleMania!
So as the king, Corbin wants… no, he deserves and DEMANDS one more match with Roman! Corbin is the king of SmackDown, so he will not let this show continue until he gets Roman in the ring. Fans boo and Corbin mocks them. Fans laughed at him, didn’t they? They liked seeing him get humiliated, right? Corbin takes a fan’s drink and dumps it on him! Fans boo even more, but here comes ROMAN! He’s just dong as Corbin wanted, and now Corbin is panicking! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman throws Corbin into barriers, and that same fan splashes Corbin with a drink! Roman throws Corbin around more, then into steel steps! And again! Corbin flounders and Roman hits the Drive-By Dropkick!
Roman puts Corbin in the ring, also as Corbin wanted, but Corbin retreats! Fans boo but Roman gets himself a mic.”Hey, Corbin! That’s what I thought, coward.” Fans cheer as Roman says that if the cowardly king wants another match, he’s got it. And if it’s 1v1, fine. Tell the boys to stay home, because this will be a Steel Cage match! The Big Dog and the Wolf King are going to be locked in together, but who is the one that escapes in one piece?
SmackDown interviews Goldberg via video.
The WWE Hall of Famer has been at the center of many rumors lately. So simply put, “Who’s next?” To get to the point, Goldberg was watching the Royal Rumble with his son. It wasn’t just incredible, it was inspiring! It entertained, and got Goldberg thinking, and feeling that itch again. Lesnar has his hands full right now, but what about the Universal Champion? Everyone knows Goldberg’s time with that title was short, and he never got his rematch. So maybe this is a big mistake, but you don’t get anywhere playing it safe. Goldberg puts it out there-
“We interrupt this broadcast for an important message from Firefly Fun House New!” What?! Bray Wyatt is your news anchor and says, “Yowie wowie, and welcome to a special broadcast of Firefly Fun House News.” FFN has breaking news from SmackDown as one William Goldberg is considering challenging The Fiend for the Universal Championship. Silly Billy. That’s bad news for you! Because “he” accepts! Now, let’s go to Mercy the Buzzard with the weather. It’ll be a cold day in hell before The Fiend loses that title. Thank you, Mercy. But now, to Mr. Goldberg. You there, Bill? Bill? Hello? Goldberg isn’t playing along, intimidation doesn’t work on him. Well, then take his advice and-
No, the only thing Goldberg is taking from The Fiend/Bray Wyatt is that title! So Goldberg has news for you! The Fiend, Bray Wyatt… YOU’RE NEXT!! Goldberg is done with the interview, but Bray says that wasn’t very nice. “Let me in.” Bye! See you soon, Billy!
Daniel Bryan is watching backstage.
Just like everyone, Bryan saw that “FFN” broadcast. Heath Slater says hey to Bryan and asks how he’s been. That Goldberg-Wyatt stuff, the legend doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Goldberg should talk with Bryan about that stuff, right? The Fiend came after him, his family, his friends. No, Bray did that stuff to Miz. Oh, well, same difference, Miz got Bryan here. But Slater just wants to check on Bryan after what happened. Slater would not have chosen a strap match and get whipped like that. Then Bryan looked all helpless and tied up to that man. Why? He is crazy! And choosing that match was stupid. Goodness, man. You okay?
Bryan gets what Slater is saying. But how about this? Bryan VS Slater, tonight? Slater may’ve stuck his foot in his mouth, but is Bryan about to kick Slater’s teeth down his throat?
Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater!
SmackDown returns and this match is happening! Is Bryan going to take out all his frustrations on the One Man Band?
The bell rings and Bryan dropkicks Slater in the corner! Then throws him out of the ring! Bryan builds speed to DIVE onto Slater! Slater goes flying over the announce desk, but Bryan puts him back in. Bryan climbs up and leaps to missile dropkick Slater down! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as he gives Slater furious Yes Kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every strike. BUZZSAW! Slater is down but Bryan won’t stop here. Bryan aims from the corner and joins in with the “YES! YES!” Slater stands, Bryan hits a KNEE PLUS! But that is not enough. DANIELSON STOMPS!! The ref backs Bryan off but Bryan is right back on Slater with more stomps! And then, the LeBelle Lock! Slater is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by referee stoppage
Slater wasn’t even able to tap, that’s how badly Bryan beat him down. Is this the change that seems to happen in everyone after facing The Fiend?
BRAUN is here!
And the Monster Among Men is the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion after dethroning the King of Strong Style last week. Sami called that match a travesty, but it was a true triumph as Strowman now has his hands on his first singles title. Renee Young returns to SmackDown to introduce and interview Strowman in the ring. She asks Strowman how it is to #GetTheseHands around that gold? Fans cheer and chant, “You Deserve It!” for him, and he says that honestly, he’s getting chills. This is his greatest achievement in his career. He’s done a lot of amazing things, like winning the Greatest Royal Rumble and flipping ambulances and trucks. Hell, he won the Raw Tag Team Championships with an 8-year-old at WrestleMania.
But the one thing that Strowman hadn’t really done was hold a singles title over his head. Until now! Strowman holds the title over his head, only for Shinsuke Nakamura to appear! The former champion has Sami with him and Sami tells Strowman that while he’s sorry to cut the victory short, “your win was fraudulent.” Sami demands a rematch for Shinsuke. Well Strowman is going to cut Sami short because no one wants to listen to Sami again. Strowman is willing to fight any time, anywhere! And that’s including right here, in San Jose! Then okay! It’ll happen, just NOT in San Jose. Unlike Strowman, Sami and Shin think. They are going to be tactical, surgical, and use all their resources.
The Revival attack from behind!? The #TopGuys are helping Sami out as they beat down Strowman! Sami loves it as he and Shinsuke are in the ring. Shinsuke drags Strowman to a corner for Bad Vibrations! The Revival taunt Strowman as they stand side-by-side with Shinsuke. Strowman stands, The Revival whip Shinsuke in, to get DECKED! Strowman BOOTS and DECKS Dawson & Dash, then glares at Sami. Sami runs away but Strowman gives chase! Strowman runs over Dawson, then Dash, before grabbing Sami by his jacket! But Sami slips out of the jacket, gets in, KINSHASA! Nakamura knocks Strowman down, for ANOTHER KINSHASA! Shinsuke mocks Strowman’s roar as he leaves the Monster down and out. Will this be how the title rematch goes when the Monster and the Artist meet again?
Otis prepares for next week’s Valentine’s Friday SmackDown.
The Dozer has a date with his “sweet peach,” Mandy Rose, has has the date marked on his calendar. Tucker is going to help his buddy, and Otis really wants to impress Mandy. Prepare the montage! Otis works out to get into Valentine’s shape! Jump rope, pumping weights and even kegs, and doing sit-ups motivated by pizza! Tying a bow tie and trying on other outfits is part of the training, too. Sleeveless tux jacket is perfect! But also, Otis practices fine dining. Remember, Otis, the fork is your friend. But Otis stands up, and his gut alone tips the table. But he’s ready. Is Mandy?
Sheamus VS Apollo Crews!
The Celtic Warrior is 2-0 on Chad Gable, and now he’s on to bigger and better. Will Apollo measure up to Sheamus’ standards?
The bell rings and Sheamus kicks Apollo low. Sheamus reels Apollo in but Apollo dodges to throw hands. Apollo whips, Sheamus reverses but Apollo kicks and enziguris! Apollo runs into the corner, Sheamus dodges! BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Well that was a short match. Er, a quick one. But Sheamus isn’t done here, because he aims at Apollo again. But here comes Shorty G! Gable chops away then ducks the Brogue! Gable gets the ankle but Sheamus knocks him away, to BROGUE on the return! The Fella just fell two men in one night! Will Sheamus continue to fight his way up to the big fight?
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Carmella VS Dana Brooke VS Alexa Bliss!
San Jose’s Bayley from the Bay wants to lead by example, but she needs someone to make an example out of to do that. Only Ms. Flex Appeal hasn’t had the title, will she finally make an impact? Or will a former champion have a second chance at the gold after tonight?
The bell rings and all four women stand off. Bayley watches from a comfy armchair as Carmella kicks Alexa and Dana goes after Naomi. Naomi turns things around on Dana but Dana pushes her away to then put her on the apron. Mella bumps Bliss on buckles as Naomi slingshots sunset flips Dana. Cover, TWO and Dana sits on Naomi, TWO! Mella rolls Dana, TWO, Alexa Oklahoma rolls Mella, TWO. The four stand off and fans cheer. Dana kicks Naomi then swings on Mella. Mella moonwalks away but into Alexa. Dana dropkicks Naomi and Alexa SLAPS Mella! Alexa puts Mella in a corner and stomps away. Dana runs in, handspring back elbow for Mella! Alexa ROCKS Dana then dropkick both her and Mella out. But then Naomi dropkicks Alexa out!
Naomi aims at all there as she slingshot tornillos! Bayley stands over all four women and holds her belt up. Naomi gets up and glares at Bayley. San Jose still supports their hometown hero, but Naomi shoves her down! Bayley is right up and after Naomi, which is fine because this is no disqualifications! Bayley cubs Naomi and throws her into steel steps! The champ just made her own impact as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once again and Dana climbs up. She aims at Mella in the drop zone and SWANTONS, to FLOP! Alexa adds on a basement DDT! Mella gives Alexa a Complete Shot! These three are down and Bayley watches closely. Naomi is still down from what Bayley did, but she’s still in this match. Alexa and Mella brawl, then Dana joins in. Noami kicks Mella then crossbodies Bliss and Brooke! She gets Mella with a hair-pulling facebuster! Alexa throws a hand but into a full nelson BOMB! Naomi dodges Dana for a springboard roundhouse! Cover, but Alexa breaks it!
Naomi and Alexa go after each other but Alexa throws Naomi out. Mella rolls Alexa up, TWO! Alexa ducks a kick to SLAP and ROCK Mella! Then knee drops for Insult, but no Injury as Dana lifts and POWERBOMBS! Shout out to Batista and a cover, Mella breaks it! Dana drags herself to a corner and Mella stomps a fabulous mudhole. Mella then moonwalks again, to run in for a Fabulous Bronco Buster! But Naomi grabs Mella for a corner bulldog! Naomi hops up, split-leg moonsault! Cover but Dana breaks it in time! Fans cheer as Naomi and Dana go after each other. “I’ve ahd enough of you!” Dana SLAPS Naomi then fireman’s carries. Naomi slips out to shove and duck, wheelbarrow STUNNER!
Dana ends up in a drop zone but Alexa dropkicks Naomi! Alexa brings Naomi up to put in a corner for mudehole stomps. The ref backs Alexa off but she drags Naomi out. Alexa clamps on but Naomi cradle counters! TWO, but Naomi quickly scoop slams Alexa down! Leg drop! Cover, TWO! Naomi drags Alexa up to put on the top rope, and then climbs up to join her. The two fight up top, but Naomi headbutts and forearms away on Alexa. Alexa blocks to fire forearms of her own! Alexa shoves Naomi down, hops down and covers, TWO! Naomi sits up and Alexa grabs her hair. Alexa brings Naomi up to club her down, then runs to SLAP! Cover, ONE, and Alexa complains to th ref. Naomi is up to elbow Alexa back!
Dana returns on the apron and Mella gets in the ring. Alexa is thrown into Mella, then Naomi grabs Dana to suplex and slam! Naomi runs for LEAPING split leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Naomi throws Dana out in frustration then goes after Alexa. Alexa sends her into buckles face first! But Naomi grabs Alexa in a headlock! She runs at the corner, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Alexa throws Naomi down then climbs up top! TWISTED BLISS gets knees!! Naoim hits the REAR VIEW! Mella FABULOUS KICK! And again! Cover, Mella wins?!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)
And Bayley PLANTS her! Former friends don’t matter to Bayley, this is HER SmackDown! The Princess of Staten Island will have to remember that as she heads for gold again.
This wasn’t quite the “Super SmackDown” episode of last week, but this was still a good episode. I don’t think we needed Sheamus squashing Apollo Crews and Chad Gable this week, make that something for next week, just because it was put in like an Erick Rowan squash right before the main event. The time given to that segment could’ve gone to another, such as the main event. Speaking of the main event, it was a good move that Carmella won the match and not Naomi. Naomi will wait for WrestleMania, so use Carmella or another to give Bayley a win along the road to that PPV. I would’ve liked if Dana Brooke got the win so she gets her shot, but Mella VS Bayley is a story that’s needs to be told.
I liked having The Dirt Sheet open, and that trailer parody was pretty well made. Let’s hope Miz & Morrison do more of these as their reunion goes on. Usos VS Roode-Dolph was a solid opening match, too, and I would love for Usos to be the first challenger for Miz & Morrison after Super Showdown, because I would think Miz & Morrison win those titles. If anything, WrestleMania needs to give us some huge tag title matches for both brands, especially SmackDown. While New Day has the titles now and Miz-Morrison are more than likely getting them next, SmackDown feels like third place out of three in tag team wrestling.
Elias had a good match with Cesaro, but Team Sami stands tall over Strowman as The Revival seem to join The Great Liberator. If Sami can help the #TopGuys stick around and get title shots, that’s a good move I suppose. Shinsuke VS Strowman is surely happening at Super Showdown, and I can’t be sure who wins it. Much like the United States Championship, I want the Intercontinental Championship to have a really great Elimination Chamber match. There are a lot of contenders on the roster, we need to see them all shine, and a Chamber match can do that.
Roman VS Corbin one more (hopefully last?) time in a Steel Cage match, huh? Cage matches are so cliche at this point, because it doesn’t keep Roode-Dolph from interfering at all. Well, unless they write in a ringside ban for those two. Only then can this finally be settled. Goldberg VS Fiend being announced and then Bryan taking his anger out on Slater, these surely will tie in together. Firefly Fun House News was funny, too. I would think The Fiend wins, but I’m thinking Bryan interferes so that Goldberg loses. Another thing that might happen for Elimination Chamber is a #1 Contender’s match to the Universal Championship, throwing in Bryan, Roman and others to at least make it seem like someone other than Roman might be stepping up.
My Score: 8.5/10