Last night’s SmackDown LIVE took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The matches heavily advertised for this edition were Shinsuke Nakamura vs Shelton Benjamin and The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers.
Here are some of the highlights from last night’s show:
- Jinder Mahal opened the show and said that Sunil Singh will not able to compete and that he had traded a tiger for a lion.
- Jinder introduced Rusev as his tag team partner for his match against Randy Orton and Bobby Roode.
- Rusev and Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton and Bobby Roode via pinfall.
- After the match, Jinder ran into Rusev and English backstage and thanked him for the victory. He invited Rusev to the Punjabi Celebration after he wins the US Title at WrestleMania.
- Rusev appreciated the invitation but declined it and said that he will be going to Daniel Bryan to make the match at WrestleMania a Fatal Four Way since he pinned the champion in their match.
- Becky Lynch def. Ruby Riott via pinfall
- Daniel Bryan cut a promo on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and announced that Shane McMahon and himself will face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania. If Owens and Zayn win, they come back to SmackDown but if they lose, they stay fired.
- Rusev’s inclusion in the United States Title Match at WrestleMania was made official.
- The Bludgeon Brothers def. The New Day via DQ. The DQ occurred when The Usos attacked the Bludgeon Brothers.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Tyler Breeze via pinfall.
- The Usos will defend their SmackDown Tag-Team Championships against The New Day and The Bludgeon Brothers at WrestleMania.
- Shinsuke Nakamura def. Shelton Benjamin via pinfall. After the match, Nakamura and AJ Styles indulged in a heated exchange. Benjamin and Gable decided to attack AJ but Nakamura decided to make the save and cleared the ring. Nakamura threatened to hit a knee to Styles’ face but mocked him and left the ring.