Smackdown began with Becky Lynch coming to the ring. She said that she should be main eventing Wrestlemania. She said that Asuka is one of the best in the world, but she is better. Shortly after Asuka came out to interrupt her. Without a microphone, Asuka screamed at Becky in Japanese. Charlotte Flair came out only seconds later. Charlotte said that she will win the Rumble match. As Charlotte was finishing her promo, Asuka jumped Lynch, making them brawl until they were separated. This opening was okay, but nothing too compelling. After the break backstage, we saw that another brawl broke out. This felt a little too over the top.
Naomi vs. Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville
This first match got a video package as if the match was on a PPV or something. Well, if it ever was on a PPV it would most likely be a weak card. Naomi attacked Mandy on the ramp before the match began. The finish of this match was that Mandy was shoved into the ref, letting Sonya Deville distract Naomi. Mandy shoved Naomi into a corner post for the win. This felt sort of lame, and maybe didn’t even do the already poor storyline justice.
Rey Mysterio cut a promo backstage about his match tonight. He said that during his rematch with Andrade this week, Zelina Vega will be banned from ringside.
The Miz w/ Shane McMahon vs. Cesaro w/ Sheamus
As a preview for this weekend, The Miz faces one half of The Bar, Cesaro. During this match, it was the ringside guys that were the centre of attention. Cesaro won with a Neutralizer after Sheamus kicked The Miz when the referee was not looking. So that’s how we’re finishing all the matches tonight? Shane and Cesaro started brawling after the match. Shane tried for an Elbow Drop off the top rope to the commentary table, but Sheamus stopped him. Cesaro held Shane in place for a Brogue Kick. The Bar dropped Shane on to the commentary table where The Miz was laying.
WWE Championship Face-To-Face
Vince McMahon came out to oversee a face-to-face between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan ahead of their Championship bout at the Royal Rumble. When Bryan came out he refused to come in the room because he didn’t want to step in the ring with “a sociopath.” Bryan called himself the “planet’s champion” and said that the world needs him. After an extensive back and forth between the champ and the challenger, Vince told Bryan to get into the ring. Styles eventually chased Bryan. Styles tried to do a Phenomenal Forearm but didn’t do it since Bryan hid behind Vince. Bryan landed a knee to end the segment. What I find odd about this rivalry is how Bryan is making some legitimate points. In a promo tonight he mentioned how Vince’s generation hoards wealth and doesn’t share it, which is true.
Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali
The next match was a repeat from last week. The match last week never happened between Mustafa Ali and Samoa Joe because Joe jumped Ali before the bell. Ali was on a roll near the end of the match, hitting many highflyer moves before trying his Reverse 450. His Reverse 450 was turned into a Cohena Clutch by Joe for the win. This was a good match, but I wonder why they decided to give Joe the clean win.
Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade (2 out of 3 Falls Match)
After their great match last week, Rey Mysterio and Andrade (leave the “Cien” and “Almas”), but this time under different conditions. Mysterio got a close count after landing a Canadian Destroyer. On the second rope, Andrade stopped a Huricanrana, climbed to the rope and then landed a Powerbomb to score the first fall. Mysterio landed another Canadian Destroyer to score a fall of his own. Andrade tried to put away the match with his Hammerlock DDT, but Rey put his leg on a rope to break the pin attempt. After Mysterio and Andrade did many more moves the match was ended by Samoa Joe. Of course, a full match between these two would be too good to be true. As Joe was cutting a promo, Randy Orton gave him an RKO out of nowhere. This ended Smackdown.