WWE SmackDown Live
February 6, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles In-Ring Segment:
What’s up Kansas City? Normally, Shane would be ecstatic about tonight’s main event between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but he’s not in that mood tonight. The winner of the match will face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WWE Fastlane. The Kevin and Sami Show deserves another opportunity but there’s someone he respects who does. SmackDown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan. We all know that SmackDown Live is The Land of Opportunity. Shane & Bryan listens to the WWE Universe. When you feel that a superstar deserves an opportunity, it’s up to them to give that person an opportunity. Unfortunately, Bryan is not listening.
Bryan keeps giving the same two people opportunity after opportunity. Some might want to see someone else who’s deserving go after the WWE Title. Shane puts over the Rusev Day Chants. Bryan decided to make a positive out of a negative. He pitted Shane’s least favorite people against each other. Bryan was expecting a pay raise. Shane would love to see Owens and Zayn ripping each other’s heads off. Why is Daniel Bryan continuing to give The Kevin and Sami Show more WWE Title opportunities?
Shane understands what Bryan has done for the WWE. He changed the WWE landscape forever with The YES! Movement. Although Bryan had a similar career path as Owens and Zayn, they are not you. The YEP! Movement is a cheap imitation of what Bryan created. Shane is tired of seeing of Bryan being manipulated More than anything in this world, Bryan would love to compete in this ring again. Where is Shane going with this? Bryan is living vicariously through Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
AJ Styles joins the conversation. Styles has traveled more than 10000 miles to defend this title. He can deal with the bumps and bruises. He can deal with the canceled flights. He can deal with being away from his family because, but he cannot deal with SmackDown Management obsessing over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Styles is not just talking about Bryan, he’s also talking about Shane. Every time they make a decision about them, it affects him. Styles doesn’t care who he faces at FastLane. Styles can handle his own destiny. He’ll walk into WrestleMania, still, WWE Champion.
First Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan w/The Riott Squad
Charlotte drives Morgan back first into the turnbuckles. Charlotte is ramming her shoulders into the midsection of Morgan. The Riott Squad distracts Charlotte. Charlotte repeatedly stomps on Morgan’s chest in the corner. Charlotte rolls Morgan back into the ring. Charlotte drops Morgan with a Double Leg TakeDown. Charlotte is ramming Morgan’s head across the canvas. Morgan kicks Charlotte in the chest. Charlotte responds with a Clothesline. Morgan is trying to regain her composure on the outside.
Charlotte tells Morgan to bring it. Morgan decks Charlotte with a back elbow strike. Morgan side steps Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Charlotte creates distance with a back elbow strike of her own. Charlotte takes a swing at Ruby Riott. Morgan whips Charlotte’s head off the top rope. Morgan transitions into a ground and pound attack. Morgan applies a Straight Jacket Hold.
Coming out of the commercial break, Morgan is taunting Charlotte. Morgan bounces Charlotte’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Charlotte delivers a desperation Thrust Kick. Charlotte follows that with a series of knife edge chops. Charlotte connects with an Exploder Suplex. Charlotte drops Morgan with a Big Boot. Morgan knocks Charlotte off the top rope. Morgan with a SlingShot Double Foot Stomp for a two count.
Morgan goes back to the Straight Jacket Hold. Morgan rolls Charlotte for a two count. Charlotte with a NeckBreaker to Morgan. Charlotte Spears Morgan. Charlotte knocks Sarah Logan off the ring apron. Ruby Riott drags Morgan out of the ring. Referee Mike Chioda ejects The Riott Squad from the ringside area. Charlotte blocks the Step Up Enzuigiri from Morgan. Charlotte levels Morgan with another Big Boot. Charlotte locks in The Figure Eight which forces Morgan to tap out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair via Submission
The Usos In-Ring Promo:
Last week, The Usos came out to let everyone know about this Day One Ish. Tonight they are here to talk about being Locked Down. It’s not about being booked, being told to assume the position, or be on the chain-gang. It’s a state of mind and they run the prison. A lot are starving and looking real hungry.The hunger for success. You cannot eat until they say you can eat. A lot of people have been sleeping on The Usos. It’s not about bedtime stories. The Usos changed their look over the last year. They went from Samoan Drops to Super Kicks. They went from Uso Crazy to this Day One Ish. It’ not paranoia, it’s The Usos!!
Week 1 SmackDown Live Top 10 List:
1.) AJ Styles
2.) Charlotte Flair
3.) Shinsuke Nakamura
5.) Bobby Roode
6.) The New Day
7.) The Usos
8.) Becky Lynch
9.) Randy Orton
10.) Tye Dillinger
Second Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Rusev w/Aiden English For The WWE United States Championship
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rusev backs Roode into the turnbuckles. The referee forces the clean break. Roode turns Rusev over in the corner. Roode does the Glorious Pose. Rusev responds with a waist lock takedown. Rusev floats over into a front facelock. Roode applies an hammer lock. Following a snap mare takeover, but Rusev goes for the cover for a one count. Rusev reapplies the front facelock. Roode gets back to a vertical base. Roode applies a side headlock. Rusev drops Roode with a shoulder tackle.
Coming out of the commercial break, Roode is throwing haymakers at Rusev. Roode kicks Rusev in the jaw. Roode connects with the BlockBuster for a two count. Roode responds with a Fallaway Slam. Rusev kicks Roode in the back. Rusev with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a two count. Rusev applies a rear chin lock. Rusev rams his elbow into the chest of Roode. Roode creates distance with more haymakers. Roode clotheslines Rusev. Roode follows that with a Body Avalanche. Roode drops Rusev with a NeckBreaker. Roode with a Flying Clothesline to Rusev.
English hops on the ring apron to distract. Rusev decks Roode with a Leg Lariat for a two count. Rusev places Roode on the top rope. Rusev goes for a SuperPlex, but Roode counters with a HeadButt. Rusev finally delivers The SuperPlex for a two count. Rusev and Roode are trading back and forth shots. Roode goes for the Glorious DDT, but Rusev counters with a Muay Thai Knee Strike.
Roode connects with the SpineBuster for a two count. Roode knocks English off the ring apron. Rusev with the inside cradle for a two count. Rusev blocks the Tornado DDT from Roode. Rusev lands The Machka Kick. Rusev stomps on Roode’s back. Rusev goes for the Accolade, but Roode blocks it. Roode slips out of the O’Connor Roll. Roode plants Rusev with The Glorious DDT to pickup the victory. After the match, Randy Orton lays out Roode, Rusev and Aiden English with Three Consecutive RKO’s.
Winner: Still WWE United States Champion, Bobby Roode via Pinfall
Third Match: Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. The Ascension
Konnor and Benjamin will start things off. Benjamin with forearm shivers to Konnor. Konnor responds with a flurry of haymakers. Konnor drops Benjamin with a back elbow strike. Konnor goes for a Running Elbow Drop, but Benjamin ducks out of the way. Benjamin decks Konnor with a Spinning Heel Kick. Konnor levels Benjamin with a shoulder block. Gable delivers a Dragon Leg Screw Whip behind the referee’s back.
Benjamin with a Running Knee Strike to Konnor. Gable and Benjamin are double teaming Konnor. Gable is isolating Konnor’s left leg. Gable repeatedly kicks the back of Konnor’s hamstring. Konnor creates distance with a FlapJack. Konnor tags in Viktor. Viktor knocks Benjamin off the ring apron. Viktor is lighting up Gable’s chest in the corner.
Viktor decks Gable with a Running European Uppercut. Viktor follows that with a Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Benjamin with a SpineBuster to Konnor. Viktor launches Benjamin over the top rope. Benjamin makes the blind tag. Gable connects with a Roll Through German Suplex. Gable & Benjamin plants Viktor with their Diving Clothesline/PowerBomb Combination to pickup the victory.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable via Pinfall
Fourth Match: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. The Winner Will Face AJ Styles For The WWE Championship At WWE FastLane
AJ Styles joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Owens backs Zayn into the ropes. Referee Mike Chioda forces the clean break. Owens applies a Waist Lock. Owens floats over into a front facelock. Owens applies a side headlock. Owens drops Zayn with a shoulder tackle. Zayn responds with two deep arm-drags. Zayn applies an arm-bar.
Zayn paint brushes Owens. Following a standing switch exchange, Owens decks Zayn with a back elbow strike. Zayn with a double leg takedown to Owens. Zayn transitions into a ground and pound attack. Owens rolls himself out of the ring. Owens is talking smack to Zayn. Zayn is mauling Owens in the center of the ring. Zayn knocks Owens off the ring apron.
Coming out of the commercial break, Owens fires off two knife edge chops. Zayn dives over Owens. Zayn and Owens are trading back and forth shots. Owens drops Zayn with the Inside Out Lariat. Zayn kicks Owens in the chest. Owens responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Owens connects with a Reverse NeckBreaker for a two count. Owens goes for the Cannonball Strike, but Zayn. Zayn slaps Owens in the chest. Zayn with the Running Tornado DDT for a two count.
Owens and Zayn are fighting for position on the top rope. Owens sends Zayn crashing to the canvas. Owens goes for a Swanton Bomb, but Zayn gets his knees up in the air. Zayn connects with the Ring Post Tornado DDT. Zayn rolls Owens back into the ring. Zayn goes for a Helluva Kick, but Owens counters with a SuperKick. Owens lands a Frog Splash for a two count. Owens tells Zayn to stay down. Owens slaps Zayn in the face.
Owens goes for a Pop Up PowerBomb, but Zayn lands back on his feet. Zayn with a Dragon Suplex to Owens. Zayn follows that with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. The brawl spills to the outside. Zayn is talking smack to Styles. Styles shoves Zayn into Owens to cause the disqualification. After the match, Styles is putting the boots to Zayn. Styles drops Owens with a Forearm Smash. Styles lands a SlingShot Double Crossbody Block. Daniel Bryan comes out on the stage. At WWE FastLane, it will be AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat Match For The WWE Championship.
Match Result: No-Contest