With WWE Fastlane just 10 days away, SmackDown featured a challenge for greatness from Y2J, an unlikely Divas alliance, a six-man slugfest pitting the power of positivity against a band of outcasts and a knockdown, drag-out tag team main event.
Roman Reigns’ showdown against Rusev came to a sudden halt when The League of Nations’ King Barrett and Alberto Del Rio interfered and forced the referee to call for the bell.
As a post-match assault ensued, Dean Ambrose charged the ring to even the odds. But in the midst of his unpredictable assault, he accidentally took out his brothers-in-arms. This left him on the wrong end of a 3-on-1 assault. Luckily for him, Reigns recovered, brought a chair into the equation and sent The League heading for the hills.
WWE United States champion Kalisto defeated Kevin Owens in a non-title match
A week and a half earlier, Styles had reigned triumphant over Jericho in his Raw debut. Already aware that Styles is good, the six-time World Champion wanted to find out if the up-and-comer was great. With that in mind, Jericho challenged Styles to a rematch next week on SmackDown.
WWE tag team champions The New Day defeated The Social Outcasts in a 6-man tag team match
Prior to their match against The Social Outcasts, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day pontificated on the importance of gold and how it makes them better than the rest. Perhaps a bit of their argument was deflated, however, when The Social Outcasts emerged to point out that their titles were clearly made of bronze.
In the final moments of their subsequent 6-Man Tag Team Match, The New Day thwarted The Outcasts’ attempt to use the ropes for leverage to get the pin. Kofi Kinston then turned around and used that very idea against them, utilizing the ropes to pin Curtis Axel.