WWE SmackDown Live Results (2/6/18): Friendships Fallout Towards Fastlane

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SmackDown kicks off with the announcement of the main event tonight, Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn with the winner to face AJ Styles at Fastlane for the WWE Championship. The show starts with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan in the ring. Shane McMahon says they should listen to the WWE Universe when deciding when opportunities are given, but that two individuals (Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn) keep receiving those chances. Bryan says at the Royal Rumble, the referee made a mistake and that he was giving those two the opportunity to rip their heads off for a WWE Championship opportunity. McMahon said he was bothered by the fact they get a chance at all and doesn’t understand why Bryan would do this. McMahon brings up the “Yes!” movement, and how the “Yep!” movement was a cheap knockoff, saying that Owens and Zayn were manipulating Bryan. McMahon goes on to say that he knows Bryan feels for them and that he himself wants to wrestle more than anything, but that he can’t live vicariously through Owens and Zayn. AJ Styles comes out and tells both McMahon and Bryan that they are focusing too much on Owens and Zayn, and it doesn’t matter who it is and to stay out of the way, because he will defeat whoever it is that wins tonight.

Next we see The New Day backstage, and they are going to be responding on Twitter all night to fans. They answered a question taking a jab at the Booker T and Corey Graves news as of late. Announced is the United States Championship match between Rusev and Bobby Roode tonight. Also announced is the first match tonight between Charlotte Flair and Liv Morgan.

Shown backstage is AJ Styles walking and suddenly stopping to encounter Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura says he’s going to beat AJ Styles at WrestleMania, smiles and walks off. Not sure if they are doing this because of Nakamura’s limited English, or if they are just making Nakamura troll Styles.

First out is Liv Morgan accompanied by Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan. A video package airs of The Riott Squads beatdown of Charlotte Flair last week, and out comes Charlotte Flair. The match airs through the commercial break, with a lot of the early match being dominated by Charlotte. Liv Morgan rolls out of the ring to be helped by her Riott Squad teammates a couple times after some spots. When it comes off the commercial, Liv Morgan is back in control. The match starts to take a turn when Charlotte attempts an electric chair drop, reversed into a roll-up by Morgan for a two-count. A neckbreaker by Charlotte turns into a spear, taking Morgan down. Sarah Logan gets involved, standing on the apron to which Charlotte delivers a spear to as well. On the other side of the ring, Ruby Riott pulled Liv Morgan out of the ring to recover. The referee sees the interference and ejects Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, leaving Liv alone with Charlotte. The match continues with Flair giving a big boot to Morgan. Flair attempts the Figure Eight and gets it, making Morgan tap out. After the match, Flair tells the commentators “One down, two to go.”

Next is a segment honoring Black History Month:

Announced is the SmackDown Top 10 List that will be revealed by Daniel Bryan tonight. After the break, Renee Young appears outside Kevin Owen’s locker room. Renee asks Kevin if his friendship with Sami will be affected by tonight, and Owens tells her that she’s asking the wrong person, because it depends on whether Sami can handle losing to Owens.

Next out the Bludgeon Brothers. Already out in the ring are local competitors, who lose to the Bludgeon Brothers in a squash match:

As the Bludgeon Brothers make their way up the ramp, The Usos come out and make eye contact with them on their way to the ring. The Brothers don’t budge, grabbing their hammers and walking away.

We come back from break and The Usos are in the ring to lay the “Uso street code” down:

Next is the SmackDown Top 10 List reveal, announced by Daniel Bryan. The full list is as follows: #10 – Tye Dillinger, #9 – Randy Orton, #8 – Becky Lynch, #7 – The Usos, #6 – The New Day, #5 – Bobby Roode, #4 – Naomi, #3 – Shinsuke Nakamura, #2 – Charlotte Flair and #1 – AJ Styles. Shown again backstage was The New Day, making more jabs at Corey Graves on Twitter.

Next we see a promo from Aiden English, saying Rusev is ready to deliver his magnum opus to Bobby Roode tonight:

As we come back from break, Aiden English is in the ring, leading a sing-a-long on-screen about Rusev Day, which happens to be today. Out comes Rusev and Bobby Roode, and we get a traditional pre-championship match announcement. Lots of back-and-forth action here, exchanging the upper-hand on several occasions.  This match went through the commercial break and mid-match Rusev started to wear down on Roode, using his power in rest holds to work him over. The ending sequence saw Rusev deliver his Machka Kick. Rusev had him in position for the Accolade, but Roode reversed it into a roll-up (which was only good for a two-count). Roode attempts a Glorious DDT, but Rusev counters into a near-fall himself. Rusev quickly tries to get in the Accolade once again to another reversal. Roode hits the Glorious DDT and gets the win.

After the match, we see Roode celebrating in the ring, when Randy Orton comes out of nowhere to deliver an RKO. Aiden English and Rusev eat an RKO as well.

Next we see a Fashion Files-esqe backstage set-up led by Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, saying last week they took care of Breezango, and this week they are taking care of the Ascension.

After the break we already have Benjamin and Gable in the ring, as well as The Ascension, neither of which getting a proper introduction. The match went about three minutes which actually saw The Ascension get a bit of decent offense in towards the end. The end of the match saw Konnor receive a spinebuster and roll out of the ring. Viktor attempted to fight back but Benjamin and Gable worked together tagging in and out. Gable delivered his roll-through German Suplex and they hit a double-team finisher to end the match.

Backstage, we again see The New Day tweeting, answering questions about the Zayn/Owens match and about the Top 10 List. Next, Renee Young finds Sami Zayn backstage, asking him about his match with Owens tonight. Zayn says it’s his time to step out of Owen’s shadow since he was the one to always win the championships. He says that he knows Owens will stop at nothing to win tonight, even if they are best friends, but that he won’t stop either. Zayn comes out as they go to break. After the break, AJ Styles is at the commentary table now as Owens makes his way to the ring. Announced for next week is Baron Corbin vs the returning Dolph Ziggler.

Owens and Zayn have a highly competitive match, with several spots where they slap each other in the face and show disrespect towards one another despite being ‘friends’. Nearing the end of the match, Owens telling Zayn to stay down, because he was the one who wins the titles. Owens goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Zayn reverses to give Owens and exploder suplex and the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near-fall. Owens rolled to the outside and Zayn followed him out there. Zayn attempts to pick Owens up but he is dead-weight. Zayn walks over the AJ Styles and berates him with insults, to which AJ Styles punches Zayn and Owens, ending the match in a disqualification.

After AJ Styles dispatches of Owens and Zayn, Daniel Bryan came out to inform Styles that he will be defending the title against both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Fastlane in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship as SmackDown went off the air.

WWE SmackDown Live Results:

  • Charlotte Flair defeated Liv Morgan
  • The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated two local competitors
  • Bobby Roode defeated Rusev to retain the WWE United States Championship
  • Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin defeated The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
  • Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn fight to a double disqualification