WWE Smackdown Results
February 20, 2018
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
We go live to Phoenix. Renee Young is standing in the ring and introduces the WWE Champion AJ Styles. Styles walks out to a big reaction.
AJ Styles kicks off Smackdown Live
Young talks about the Fastlane triple threat match turning into a fatal five way. The crowd in Phoenix starts up a loud “AJ STYLES” chant. Styles gets up on the corner and gives the crowd a salute. Young brings up the disadvantage he has heading into WrestleMania.
Styles feels he is still in control of his own destiny and looks up at the WrestleMania sign. He says the fatal five way could still be a big problem. Styles points out the commentary table at ringside and how it would feel good to put Kevin Owens through that. He said the problem with that is Dolph Ziggler could pin Sami Zayn in the ring and he could lose his title. Styles then points out the ring steps and how they are perfect for Zayn. He again points out Ziggler is then pinning Owens and he’s no longer WWE Champion. Styles says he can take them all one-on-one, running down Owens, Zayn, Ziggler and Corbin.
Baron Corbin walks out to interrupt. He wants to stop Styles before he makes a fool of himself. Corbin points out he beat Styles the last time they faced off. He says Styles might be an athlete, but he’s a fighter. Corbin will either pin Styles or someone else.
Here comes Kevin Owens to interrupt. He came out here to shut them both up. Owens says Styles should worry about getting put through an announce table with a Pop Up Powerbomb. He tells Corbin he doesn’t belong anywhere near that WWE Title match.
Styles says Owens looks great and wonders where the boil on his back went. Owens asks what he’s talking about. Styles says the boil was known as Sami Zayn. Owens fake laughs and says Styles is quite the comedian these days.
Here comes Shane McMahon to interrupt. He says we are hearing a lot of talk, but that’s not what Phoenix wants. Shane books Corbin vs. Styles tonight in the main event. He then books Owens against Dolph Ziggler and that match is up right now.
Dolph Ziggler walks out and Owens walks up arguing with Shane.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
We are back live and Ziggler tackles Owens throwing right hands. They roll out brawling. Back inside, Ziggler catches Owens with a dropkick. Ziggler counters and drops Owens with another dropkick. Owens rolls out and sends Ziggler into the side of the ring when he follows. Back inside, Owens misses a senton splash attempt. Ziggler with another counter connecting with a suplex on Owens. Ziggler hits the corner face first and Owens connects with a cannonball that results in a two count.
Back live, Ziggler catches Owens with a quick DDT. Owens connects with the corner and Ziggler connects with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Owens connects with a gutbuster and jumping elbow off the second rope near the corner over Ziggler. Owens is going up top. Ziggler tries to cut him off. Owens with a headbutt. Ziggler jumps back up. Owens pushes him off. Ziggler gets his knees up off a senton attempt. Ziggler with a Fameasser, covers and gets a two count. Owens avoids a Zig Zag attempt. Ziggler avoids a Pop Up Powerbomb attempt. Ziggler connects with the Zig Zag and Owens kicks a leg up to power out of the pinfall attempt. Here comes Sami Zayn. He teases hitting the ring and stops. Owens with a superkick to the back of the neck of Ziggler and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Jinder Mahal is up next.
Jinder Mahal addresses Bobby Roode
Jinder Mahal is in the ring with Sunil Singh when we return live. He made a discovery earlier today that has shook him “to his core.” Mahal says Bobby Roode has a secret. He’s found Roode’s own personal Smackdown Top 10 List, where Roode voted himself #1. Mahal says besides him being left off the list, he points out Roode leaving Randy Orton off the list as well. He calls Roode an egomaniac and a liar.
WWE United States Champion Bobby Roode walks out laughing saying that certainly was his list. He does have a secret on Mahal. Roode says Mahal can’t even make a top 10 list and more importantly, Mahal wants to be United States Champion so bad, he’s willing to pit Randy Orton against him. He says Mahal can’t beat him in a fair fight.
Mahal wants Roode to admit that he thinks he’s better than Orton. Roode repeats he’s never said that. Mahal says Roode must be scared of Orton. Roode says he isn’t scared of Mahal. Mahal brings up beating Orton. Roode says forget about Orton. He says this is about the two of them. Roode and Mahal begin a stare down.
Here comes Randy Orton and he heads to the ring. When Orton gets in, Roode attacks both Mahal and Singh sending them out of the ring. Orton grabs Roode and tries to hit an RKO. Roode counters and drops Orton with his jumping DDT. Mahal jumps back inside the ring and connects with his Khallas on Roode to close the segment.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan suggests Bobby Roode defend the WWE United States Championship against Jinder Mahal at Fastlane. Shane McMahon thinks they should book Roode vs. Randy Orton for the title instead. They argue about Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn being allowed in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane. Shane decides to book Roode vs. Orton at Fastlane. Bryan adds, “Whatever you want, boss.”
Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is out next heading to the ring. She teams with Becky Lynch and Naomi against The Riott Squad next.
Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. The Riott Squad
We start with Charlotte and Sarah Logan. Logan pushes Charlotte to the corner and Naomi gets the tag. Logan levels her with a shoulder block. Naomi with body kicks. Becky Lynch gets the tag. Becky and Naomi with a double arm drag and Becky with a leg drop over Logan. Logan tags in Ruby Riott who attempts a double suplex on Becky with Logan. Becky counters and Naomi is in hitting a dropkick. Liv Morgan jumps in and gets taken out by Charlotte who also jumps back in the ring. The Riott Squad all bail.
Back live, Becky has Ruby down working her left arm. Tag to Naomi who flips in. Ruby cuts her off and tags in Liv Morgan. Morgan blocks a shoulder block attempt by Naomi. Morgan blocks a second attempt. Naomi drives Morgan face first into the second turnbuckle and then connects with a split-legged moonsault over Morgan. Ruby and Logan pull Morgan out. Naomi launches herself over taking out Ruby and Logan. Morgan sends Naomi into the steel steps and then tosses her back inside the ring getting a two count. Logan with a modified anaconda vice submission applied on Naomi when she gets the tag. Logan is working the left arm of Naomi. Naomi fights to her feet, but Logan pulls her in with an elbow. Hot tag to Charlotte who tosses out chops to Logan. Charlotte with a neckbreaker and big boot combo to Logan. Charlotte with a big boot to Morgan on the ring apron. Logan with a chop block to Charlotte. Logan with a second chop block to Charlotte. Hot tag to Becky who comes off the top rope with a dropkick to Logan. Becky with a side kick to Ruby who is now legal. Becky with an exploder on Ruby and then a running clothesline. Becky gets the armbar applied on Ruby. Ruby is screaming. Morgan breaks it up. Charlotte with a fallaway slam. Logan with a knee to Naomi. Becky with an exploder to Logan. Ruby with a kick to the face of Becky and hooks the leg to pick up the pinfall.
Winners: The Riott Squad
Backstage, Sami Zayn walks in a room where Kevins Owens is. Zayn says Owens doesn’t need to thank him. He says he owes Owens and because of him, he’s now where he belongs and he is in main events. Zayn says the last thing Owens needs is an enemy. He says he has Owens’ back and plans to do what is right. Zayn offers to lay down for Owens in the center of the ring and wants him to go on to WrestleMania as WWE Champion.
The New Day is in action next.
No. 1 Contendership for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles
The New Day vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
We start with Xavier Woods and Chad Gable. Series of counters early. Woods drops Gable with a quick clothesline. Benjamin gets the tag and kicks Woods from the ring apron. Benjamin with a charge, lifts up Woods and plants him with a spinebuster. Woods with a kick to Benjamin, but Benjamin fires back with a jumping knee.
Back live, Woods connects with a top rope dropkick on Benjamin. Tags to Big E and Gable. Big E with an overhead belly to belly on Gable. Big E with a second on Gable. Gable with a huge belly to belly on Big E! Gable misses a moonsault off the top, lands on his feet and Big E plants him in the corner. Big E has the Big Ending countered. Gable with a palm strike to Big E on the top rope corner. Benjamin gets the tag. Gable comes off the top rope pulling Big E off the shoulders of Benjamin. The pinfall gets broken up. Woods gets the tag and clears house on Benjamin and Gable. Woods with a knee to Benjamin for the win.
Winners and new No. 1 Contenders: The New Day
The New Day will face The Usos at Fastlane for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles.
After the match, New Day celebrates and leaves the ring when The Bludgeon Brothers walk out on stage. They walk past New Day and get inside the ring. They are in action next.
Backstage, Charlotte Flair is willing to defend her title against Ruby Riott.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Local Tag Team
Harper and Rowan both immediately hit a double dropkick to both of the local wrestlers. They go to the outside, slam them together and then drop them down over the ground. Rowan then scoop slams Harper over both men. Rowan splashes over both wrestlers. Harper tosses one inside the ring to Rowan and then tosses in the second. Rowan puts both in the corner. Harper launches Rowan into both in the corner. Harper and Rowan lift one up and Harper sitdown powerbombs him. They grab the second wrestler, lift him up and plant him with a double chokeslam. Rowan covers the wrestler to get the pinfall.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
Backstage, Ruby Riott says Charlotte Flair will only get her if she brings her title to Fastlane. Ruby says the cracks are already starting to show.
Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton plug Elimination Chamber this Sunday.
Backstage, we hear from Baron Corbin and how he will beat AJ Styles tonight.
A video package on Shinsuke Nakamura airs.
WWE Champion AJ Styles heads to the ring. He’s in action next.
Bobby Roode defending the WWE United States Championship against Randy Orton and Charlotte Flair defending the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Ruby Riott are now all official for the Fastlane PPV on March 11.
WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin
Styles with body kicks early backing Corbin to the corner with right hands. Corbin fires Styles to the corner, but Styles counters back with chops. We see a shot of Dolph Ziggler watching the main event backstage. Corbin with big knees to Styles. Styles with a standing dropkick to Corbin, trips him up, hits the ropes and hits a leaping forearm. On the outside, Corbin connects with a big backbreaker on Styles.
Back live, Corbin lands a right hand on Styles. Corbin slides out, slides back in and levels Styles with a big clothesline. Styles avoids a charge and Corbin goes shoulder first into the ring post. Corbin falls out when he hits the corner with a thud. Styles with a sliding knee to Corbin over the ring apron. Corbin launches Styles over the announce table. Styles lands on his feet, jumps up on the ring apron and springboards in catching Corbin with his flying forearm! Corbin somehow kicks out after two. Corbin catches Styles and dumps him hard over the ring. Corbin has Styles propped up on the top turnbuckle. Styles with shots to back off Corbin. Styles misses a shot coming off the top. Corbin counters a charge by Styles and connects with Deep Six! Styles kicks out. That was pretty impressive. Styles gets the Calf Crusher applied on Corbin. Corbin grabs the head of Styles and bounces it off the ring. Corbin dumps Styles to the ring apron, grabs Styles when he tries to springboard off the top rope and chokes him. Styles with a right hand to break free. Styles with a springboard forearm catching Corbin. Styles hooks the leg for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn hit the ring attacking AJ Styles. Corbin with End of Days on Zayn. Owens is in and Corbin hits him with End of Days as well.
Quick Match Results:
* Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler
* The Riott Squad def. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi
* The New Day def. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin to become No. 1 Contenders
* The Bludgeon Brothers def. a local tag team
* WWE Champion AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin