The build to WrestleMania 34 continued for the ‘Blue Brand’ two nights removed from WWE Fastlane where the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in lovely Indianapolis, Indiana played host to a crucial episode of SmackDown Live.
Some questions were answered and some new ones were presented — let’s take a gander at what all went down — shall we?
The show kicked off with a confrontation between current WWE Champion AJ Styles and Royal Rumble Winner Shinsuke Nakamura. With Styles retaining his title at WWE Fastlane this past Sunday night, the dream Wrestle Kingdom 10 rematch between these two has been set in stone.
After interrupting Styles and Nakamura, Rusev would battle the champ in a singles match. With Aiden English ringside, the match would eventually fall apart due to interference. Nakamura, who sat nearby to keep an eye on the proceedings, would come to the aid of Styles.
Common enemies make strange bedfellows. With their tag team mates out of action due to last weeks vicious attack via the Bludgeon Brothers at Fastlane, Big E and Jimmy Uso would pair up to take on Rowan and Harper in an effort to exact revenge for their fallen partners.
WWE’s newest champion, US title holder Randy Orton, watches ringside as the man he beat for the title, Bobby Roode, and Jinder Mahal duke it out.
Ms. Money in the Bank, Carmella, and Naomi collide in this singles match. Carmella would also be the first woman to announce her entry into the inaugural Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal that is scheduled to take place at WrestleMania.
‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ visits SmackDown Live for the first time since choosing Charlotte Flair as her opponent at Fastlane. This match has certainly has the potential to steal the show in New Orleans.
After Shane McMahon announces that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from SmackDown Live, the commissioner books a WrestleMania match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. What follows has to be one of the most vicious WWE beatdowns in recent memory.