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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: STYLES AND NAKAMURA ARE A TEAM TONIGHT BUT OPPONENTS ON SUNDAY, DANIEL AND SHANE SHOW SOLIDARITY, ASUKA CONFRONTS CHARLOTTE, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-04-03 21:59:00

We are in Nashville, Tennessee and your announcers are Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton.

Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.

Daniel welcomes everyone to Smackdown.  Daniel brings out his tag team partner on Sunday, Shane McMahon.

Shane comes out and he is not able to fully shuffle his way to the ring.  He tries to shuffle in the ring, but cannot complete the task.

Shane thanks everyone for the applause and he says he has to correct Daniel Bryan.  Daniel is a role model because he has fought and clawed his way over the last three years.  That is to compete in the ring.  He congratulates Daniel for being medically cleared to wrestle.  Shane says he couldn't be more excited to be Daniel's tag team partner.  Shane mentions some of the medical maladies he has suffered and he blames it on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.  Shane says he is medically cleared.

Daniel says there is one thing he has to address as the General Manager of Smackdown.  Over the past six months, he says he has made some mistakes, especially when it comes to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. They have been friends for fifteen years and he let that affect his decisions.  Daniel says that Shane was right all along and he apologizes to Shane.

Shane says he has done some reflection and he says he can be a little hot headed and a little stubborn.

Daniel disputes the fact that a McMahon could be stubborn.

Daniel says if they are going to resolve their differences, he learned a lot being in the WWE.  When a tag team has its differences, there is only one way to resolve it.

The people in Nashville want a hug and Shane offers his hand.  Daniel says he shook Shane's hand two minutes ago.  Nashville does not want to see them shake hands.  Daniel asks Nashville if they want to see them hug it out.

Shane says he is not much of a hugger but he appreciates it.

They hug and the crowd applauds it.

Shane says that worked.  They are definitely on the same page now.

Daniel says them being on the same page is bad news for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.  They are going to get payback for what they did to him, Shane, and everyone else.

Shane thanks Daniel for reinstating them because he is looking forward to getting rid of that cancer from Smackdown and after Sunday, they will never be seen on Smackdown again.

We go to commercial.

Match Number One:  Charlotte Flair versus Natalya

They lock up and Charlotte with a side head lock.  Natalya with a head scissors and Charlotte escapes and struts.  Natalya with a single leg take down but Charlotte escapes.  Natalya poses for the crowd and Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall.  Natalya with a suplex and side head lock take down.  Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall.  Natalya goes for the knee but Charlotte stays on her feet.  Natalya poses for the crowd again.

Natalya with a waist lock but Charlotte with a front face lock into a cover for a near fall.  Charlotte with a front face lock.  Charlotte gets another near fall and returns to the front face lock.  Natalya stomps on the foot and Irish whips Charlotte but Charlotte moves out of the corner and gets a near fall with a rollup.  Charlotte with a front face lock and Charlotte with a double leg take down into a cover for a near fall.  Charlotte sends Natalya into the turnbuckles and kicks Natalya.

Charlotte pulls Natalya out of the corner and gets a near fall.  Chlarlotte with a figure four head scissors and she drives Natalya's head into the mat.  Charlotte holds on to the figure four head scissors and she rolls Natalya around the ring.  Natalya rolls to the floor.  Charlotte misses a baseball slide when Natalya moves.  Charlotte with a kick and chops.  Natalya sends Charlotte into the ring post.

Natalya kicks Charlotte and sends her back into the ring for a near fall.  Natalya with a sleeper and then she sends Natalya to the mat by the hair and then she poses for the crowd one more time.  Natalya kicks Charlotte in the ribs and then she chokes Charlotte in the ropes.  Natalya runs into a boot in the corner.  Charlotte with a chop but she misses a second one and Natalya with a punch and discus clothesline.  Natalya walks across Charlotte and poses again.  Natalya with an Irish whip but Charlotte with a kick when Natalya punches her.  Natalya with forearms in the corner but Charlotte with a flatline into the turnbuckles.

Natalya goes to the floor and she trips Charlotte on the apron.  Natalya sends Charlotte into the ringside barrier and then Natalya poses on the ringside barrier.  They return to the ring and Natalya tries for an abdominal stretch but Charlotte fights it off momentarily.  Charlotte escapes and reverses the hold.  Natalya escapes with a hip toss.  Charlotte with a Flair flip in the corner and she sends Natalya down with a shoulder.  Charlotte goes up top but Natalya press slams Charlotte and gets a near fall.  Natalya with a surfboard but Charlotte is able to escape and she chops Natalya.

Charlotte with more chops followed by a neck breaker and boot to the head.  Charlotte gets a near fall.  Natalya with an elbow and she applies a sleeper.  Charlotte with a backpack stunner and then goes up top for a moonsault but Natalya gets her feet up.  Natalya with a discus clothesline and both women are down.

Carmella's music plays and she comes out but the referee is a little slow.

The referees discuss but Charlotte kicks the briefcase out of the ring.  

Charlotte and Carmella circle each other in the ring and Charlotte with a boot.  Natalya with a rollup for a near fall.  Charlotte with the figure four leg lock and she bridges to force Natalya to tap out.

Winner:  Charlotte Flair

After the match, Asuka's music plays and she makes her way to the ring to preview what we will see later tonight on the Mixed Match Challenge.

Asuka has a mic and she says at Wrestlemania, the Queen will bow down to the Empress because no one is . . . 

Charlotte takes the mic and she says she is ready.   The question is are you ready?

AJ Styles says that Nakamura has been pretty clever over the last few weeks, but then he stopped short before hitting Kinshasa and patted him on the head like a dog.  This dog bites.  He always scrapped with the big boys and that is why he has been emotional his entire life.  AJ says his emotions are not his weakness, they are his strength.  Nakamura has one weakness and he is taking AJ too lightly.  We are far from the Tokyo Dome.  This is Wrestlemania.  This is a dream match, but the reality is that he is going to beat Shinsuke Nakamura.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see a few of the bars on Broadway across from the arena.

It is time to see how we got to Daniel Bryan's return match with a video package.

Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring in full wrestling gear to join the announcers for the next match.

We go to commercial.

Sunil Singh comes out and he sings the introduction for Jinder Mahal.

Aiden English comes out and asks which Singh he is as he freestyles Rusev's introduction.

Match Number Two:  Rusev versus Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh)

They lock up and we see Randy watching a monitor in the locker room.  Rusev with a drop toe hold but Mahal gets to the floor to avoid the Accolade.  

We go to commercial.

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