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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: WHO FACES AJ AT FASTLANE?, THE FIRST TOP TEN, US TITLE MATCH, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-02-06 21:59:00

We are back and Aiden English is in the ring.  Aiden sings about other holidays but they are stupid, like Kansas City.  He sings about how RUSEV DAY is here.

Match Number Three:  Rusev (with Aiden English) versus Bobby Roode for the United States Championship

They lock up and Rusev backs Roode into the corner.  Rusev with a clean break, as is tradition on Rusev Day.  They lock up again and Roode backs Rusev into the corner and he gives a Rusev Day clean break but he makes sure it is GLORIOUS.   They lock up again and Rusev with a waist lock and take down into a front face lock.  Roode with a hammer lock.  Rusev gets a near fall. Rusev with a front face lock.  Roode with a side head lock and Rusev with a shoulder tackle.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Roode with punches but Rusev with an Irish whip.  Rusev runs into a boot and Roode goes to the turnbuckles for a Blockbuster and he gets a near fall.  Roode with a chop and he is caught by Rusev and Rusev with a fallaway slam.  Rusev with a punch followed by a suplex.  Rusev with a reverse chin lock.  Rusev sends Roode back to the mat as he holds on to the reverse chin lock and the pressure affects Roode's consciousness.  Rusev with elbows to the collarbone and upper chest.  Rusev returns to the rear chin lock.  Roode punches Rusev and follows with a running forearm and clothesline.

Roode with a running clothesline into the corner followed by a neck breaker.  Roode goes to the turnbuckles and hits a clothesline.  Roode winds up for the Glorious DDT but English distracts Roode and Rusev with a round kick to the temple but Roode kicks out.

Rusev with shoulders in the corner and he puts Roode on the turnbuckles.  Rusev with more punches and he goes up for a superplex.  Roode stops Rusev and Roode with punches to send Rusev to the mat.  Rusev with a punch and it staggers Roode on the turnbuckles.  Rusev with a superplex.  Rusev gets another near fall.  Roode with punches but Rusev with a knee.  Roode sets for the Glorious DDT but Rusev escapes.  Rusev with a knee to the midsection but Roode with a spinebuster for a near fall.

English gets on the apron and Roode punches him.  Rusev with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Roode with a kick but he cannot connect with the Blockbuster.  Rusev with a jumping thrust kick and both men are down.  Rusev looks around and it is Machka Time.  Rusev stomps on teh back and he tries for the Accolade but Roode counters and gets a near fall.  Rusev with a rollup for a near fall.  Rusev holds on and tries for the Accolade but Roode escapes and hits the Glorious DDT for the three count.

Winner:  Bobby Roode

After the match, Roode celebrates in the ring and from out of nowhere, Orton with an RKO.  Orton gives English an RKO.  Orton with an RKO to Rusev.

Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin talk about the fools and buffoons.  They talk about what they have to deal with as they try to revitalize the tag team division.  Chad says they have the jokes but they have the punchlines.  They talk about how they are coming for The Ascension this week.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four:  Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin versus Konnor and Viktor

Shelton and Konnor start things off and Shelton with forearms.  Konnor with punches and a back elbow.  Konnor misses a twisting elbow drop and Benjamin with a dragon whip but Konnor with a shoulder tackle.  Konnor misses a Yakuza Kick when Benjamin moves.  Gable drops the leg on the top rope and Benjamin with a flying knee for a near fall.  Gable tags in and they kick Konnor and then they both clip Konnor.  Gable with a step over knee drop.  Gable continues to work on the leg and he gets a near fall.  Gable with a single leg trip and he applies a step over toe hold.

Gable is given a flapjack by Konnor and both men are down.  Viktor tags in and he connects with a forearm and chops.  Viktor with an Irish whip and a running Canadian Lifter followed by a knee to the temple off the turnbuckles.  Benjamin breaks up the cover and he gives Konnor a spinebuster.  Viktor sends Benjamin over the top rope.  Benjamin tags in and Gable hits Chaos Theory.  They hit the bulldog and power bomb combination for the three count.

Winners:  Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable

The New Day are asked about the main event and they don't care who wins.  They are asked who would be the highest ranked individually.  Xavier says it should be the smartest but Big E says it should be the biggest.  Then they say it would be Kofi.  Kofi says he would split his pick for both of them.

Renee asks Sami for any final thoughts about his match.  Sami says tonight is his opportunity to step out from Kevin's shadow.  Kevin has won all of the championships, but that is fine.  They are best friends.  They have fought each other so many times, he knows Kevin.  Kevin will stop at nothing, but neither will he.

We are back and we will have Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler next week.

AJ joins commentary for the main event.

Match Number Five:  Sami Zayn versus Kevin Owens in a Number One Contender Match for a Title Shot at Fastlane

They lock up and go into the ropes.  They lock up again and Zayn with a break.  Owens with a single leg take down into a front face lock.  Owens with a gentle tap to the chest on the break.  They lock up again and Owens with a side head lock and shoulder tackle.  Zayn with arm drags into an arm bar.  Owens gets to the ropes and Zayn taps Kevin on the head.  Owens with a waist lock and Zayn with a standing switch.  Owens with a back elbow to the jaw.  Zayn with a double leg take down and he punches Owens.  Kevin goes to the floor to regroup and get Sami to calm down.

Owens returns to the ring and Zayn with a double leg take down and punches.  Zayn knocks Owens off the apron as we go to commercial.

We are back and Owens with chops.  Zayn with punches.  Owens with a knee.  Zayn springboards over Owens and they go back and forth with kicks and then Owens with a clothesline.  Owens with forearms and chops.  Zayn with a kick and then Owens blocks a kick and flips Zayn.  Owens with an enzuigiri and shoulder breaker for a near fall.  Owens tries for a cannonball but Zayn gets up and tries for the exploder into the turnbuckles but Owens blocks it.  Zayn uses the turnbuckles for a tornado DDT and he gets a near fall.  Zayn tries to put Owens on the turnbuckles but Kevin blocks it.  Zayn is able to get Owens on the turnbuckles and he punches Kevin.

Zayn sets for a superplex but Owens blocks it.  Owens with a punch to the midsection and elbow to the top of the head to send Zayn to the mat.  Owens goes for the senton but Zayn gets his knees up.  Owens rolls to the floor and Zayn goes to the floor and he dives through the ropes and hits a tornado DDT.   Zayn sends Owens back into the ring and Sami sets for the Helluva Kick.   Zayn runs into a super kick and Owens goes up top for the frog splash and he gets a near fall.  

Owens slaps Zayn and tries for a pop up power bomb but Zayn lands on his feet.  Zayn with a half nelson suplex followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall.   They go to the floor and fight in front of AJ.  Kevin falls to the ground when Sami tries to pick him up.  Zayn yells at AJ and he wants AJ to look at him when AJ turns away.

Styles pushes Zayn into Owens and then he punches Owens and Zayn.  The referee calls for the bell.

No Contest

After the match, AJ continues the attack and he hits a pescado.

Daniel Bryan comes out and he has an announcement to make.  Due to the superlative performances of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and the outside interference by AJ Styles, both men will face AJ Styles at Fastlane in a Triple Threat Match.

Kevin and Sami have some words as we go to credits.

 


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