WWE: Highlights of this week's SmackDown


Styles started the night cutting a celebratory promo after retaining his title at Fastlane. AJ took most of the mic-time here and did an excellent job at building the duo's encounter. Maybe it's time for "The Lone Wolf" Baron Corbin to rise to the occasion and grab hold of WWE gold.

This all led to a match between AJ and Rusev, which was a really good opening match to the show. It is Rusev who began the duel and tried to pin Nakamura unsuccessfully, early in the match. The teams made the most of their experience and tried their level best to one-up each other. All of this was great, and having the two play into the mutual respect angle is exactly what this match-up deserves. Today, they're an unstoppable force capable of taking out the WWE's five-best tag team specialists.

There was also an unlikely union formed between Jimmy Uso and Big E to challenge the destructive force of the Bludgeon Brothers, while the recently-deposed United States champion Bobby Roode faced Jinder Mahal. The two men decided that they would put their differences aside to take down their common enemy.

Of course there's always the possibility Undertaker will rise to the occasion and he and Cena will have a great match at WrestleMania.

Bludgeon Brothers interfere at 9:00, beating everyone up. There were multiple series of wrestlers hitting finishers and being stopped by someone else in the match. Shane McMahon is set to make a major announcement for WrestleMania, Asuka will be on the show to meet face to face with Charlotte and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and stick around after the show for the post show podcast! I could be alone in this, but Carmella is one of my favorites on SmackDown Live. But after this past Sunday's Fastlane pay-per-view, the match everybody wants to see will happen on the grandest stage of them all. However, the Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal, claimed that he had a right to the title.

But other than to give Roode a quick feud for WrestleMania and to give Orton a meaningful place on the card, the victory likely won't have a long-term impact. It was awful. Like, seriously, really rubbish. Now, I predicted that Carmella was going to botch her cash in attempt at Fastlane. Her ability in the ring isn't the question. She was all smiles, as she'd soon show the Queen of the WWE just how unprepared she was to face her in the ring. He didn't win the Royal Rumble match.

With it being known that Shinsuke Nakamura would challenge for the WWE Champiosnhip at WrestleMania, the biggest question was who he would be facing.

The biggest story was nearly certainly the Owens/Zayn/Shane McMahon dynamic and where they'll go from here (triple-threat at Mania?).

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