WWE SmackDown Live
February 27, 2018
The Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
John Cena, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan In-Ring Segment:
There are mixed emotions in the house tonight. Why is John Cena here? There is only one person with a guaranteed match at WrestleMania, Shinsuke Nakamura. Cena is trying to find his road to WrestleMania. He wants in the Fatal Five Way WWE Championship Match at WWE FastLane. Cena is not here for a handout. He’s here to do whatever it takes to earn a spot in that match. How can we make this official?
Shane McMahon comes out to interrupt Cena. Shane calls Cena one of the most decorated superstars in the history of the WWE. Everyone is looking for their role on the grandest stage of them all, but Cena’s path is the through the main event of FastLane. Cena mentions the 50/50 split in the WWE Universe. Cena would be walking into WrestleMania 34 as the 17 Time WWE Champion.
Daniel Bryan joins the conversation. Smackdown is the Land of Opportunity. Every superstar in the Fatal Five Way earned their chance to fight for the title. However, Bryan will give Cena an opportunity. If John Cena is the winner of tonight’s main event, he’ll be inserted in the Fatal Five Way Match at FastLane. Who will Cena face? Someone Cena is very familiar with, AJ Styles.
First Match: Sami Zayn w/Kevin Owens vs. Baron Corbin
Kevin Owens joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Corbin backs Zayn into the turnbuckles. Zayn shoves Corbin. Zayn pats Corbin on the chest. Zayn quickly heads out of the ring. Zayn rams his shoulders into the midsection of Corbin. Corbin drops Zayn with a shoulder tackle. Owens is talking smack to Corbin. Zayn is throwing haymakers at Corbin on the outside. Zayn bounces Corbin’s head on the announce table. Corbin knocks Zayn off the ring apron with a clubbing haymaker. Zayn launches Corbin over the ringside barricade. Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon are watching the match from the backstage area.
Zayn rolls Corbin back into the ring. Zayn delivers two elbow smashes. Zayn with vicious cross faces to Corbin. Zayn applies a rear chin lock. Corbin gets back to a vertical base. Corbin dumps Zayn back first on the canvas. Zayn drop toe holds Corbin into the middle rope. Zayn is choking Corbin with his boot. Zayn with a clubbing blow to the back of Corbin. Corbin regains momentum with a Vertical Suplex. Zayn responds with a Big Boot. Zayn follows that with a clothesline. Zayn transitions into a ground and pound attack. Zayn is trying to wear down Corbin in the center of the ring. Zayn connects with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count.
Coming out of the commercial break, Zayn has Corbin in a rear chin lock. Zayn and Corbin are trading back and forth shots. Zayn sends Corbin crashing shoulder first into the steel ring post. Bryan and Shane continues to argue. Zayn goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Corbin counters with a ChokeSlam BackBreaker. Zayn negates the lawn dart from Corbin. Corbin decks Zayn with the Inside Out Lariat for a two count.
Zayn creates distance with a jaw breaker. Zayn lowers the top rope which sends Corbin crashing to the outside. Corbin deposits Zayn sternum first on the table. Corbin is talking smack to Owens. Zayn with the inside cradle for a two count. Zayn slaps Corbin in the chest. Zayn hits the Tornado DDT for a two count. Dolph Ziggler from out of nowhere SuperKicks Owens. Zayn with a Back Elbow Smash to Corbin. Corbin responds with The End of Days to pickup the victory. After the match, Ziggler drops Corbin with The Zig Zag.
Winner: Baron Corbin via Pinfall
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Shane McMahon Backstage Segment:
Second Match: Naomi w/Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott w/The Riott Squad
Ruby shoves Naomi after the bell rings. Naomi responds with a series of forearm smashes. Ruby levels Naomi with a Knee Lift. Naomi connects with The Booty Shake in the corner. Naomi follows that with a haymaker. Ruby rolls herself out of the ring. Ruby has Naomi trapped in a Full Nelson Lock. Carmella is answering questions from the WWE Universe in the locker room. Ruby applies a rear chin lock. Naomi gets back to a vertical base. Ruby goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Naomi lands back on her feet.
Both ladies are knocked after a Double Leg Lariat. Ruby and Naomi are trading back and forth roundhouse kicks. Naomi fires up with two lariats. Naomi kicks Ruby in the gut. Naomi lands a SpringBoard RoundHouse Kick for a two count. Naomi follows that with a Jack Knife Cover for a two count. Naomi goes for a Rear View, but Ruby blocks it. Ruby delivers a forearm smash across the back of Naomi’s back. Naomi creates distance with a Leg Lariat. Naomi decks Ruby with a Scorpion Kick. Ruby sends Naomi crashing into the middle turnbuckle. Ruby connects with The Riott Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Ruby Riott via Pinfall
The New Day & The Usos In-Ring Segment:
With WrestleMania on the horizon, The New Day are looking to establish their role on the Grandest Stage Of All. At WWE FastLane, they face their biggest rivals for the tag titles. The New Day’s rivalry with The Usos is hotter than Big E’s inner thighs in the summer or winter. Big E wants to be spritzed. They respect The Usos, but this is about winning. When they win, they will make their way to the Big Easy. The New Day will become the brand new SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions because, NEW DAY ROCKS!!!
The Usos comes out to interrupt The New Day. Here we go again, spreading the power of positivity through pancakes. They have gone through war and there was one tag team standing tall, with the titles. The Usos used to be just like the New Day. Singing around and dancing looking like a box of Skittles. That didn’t take them to the next level. They’ve been grinding for the last nine years. They have tried to prove to everyone that they belong on WrestleMania.
Year after year, they have been getting passed over. Nine years in the game and zero WrestleManias. This year it’s The Usos Time. They will run throughThe New Day into the end zone. The New Day lives in the past and what’s a front of them is the future. Big E says that The New Day have been putting in grunt work for over five years. They hosted WrestleMania 33 while The Usos were in the back eating catering. They didn’t get here because of their daddies. They didn’t stand on the sidelines because they rushed the field and took what was theirs. At FastLane, The New Day will become Five Time WWE World Tag Team Champions and there’s nothing The Usos can do about it.
Bobby Roode & Randy Orton Backstage Interview:
Third Match: Aiden English w/Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. English decks Nakamura with a Back Elbow Smash. English applies a wrist lock. Nakamura reverses the hold. English drops Nakamura with a shoulder tackle. Nakamura kicks English in the chest. Nakamura tells English to bring it. English dodges a leg lariat from Nakamura. English is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Rusev levels Nakamura with a RoundHouse Kick on the floor. English rolls Nakamura back into the ring.
English lands a Swanton Bomb for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, English drives his knee into the back of Nakamura. English applies a rear chin lock. Nakamura gets back to a vertical base. Nakamura creates distance with a stiff bodyshot. English kicks Nakamura in the shoulder. English repeatedly stomps on Nakamura’s chest. English whips Nakamura back first across the turnbuckles. Coming out of the commercial break, English still has control of this match.
Nakamura with a Big Boot to English. Nakamura is distracted by Rusev. English fires off a Running Hip Attack. English follows that with a Fireman’s Carry SpineBuster for a two count. Nakamura has English laid flat on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura goes for a Running Knee Strike, but English ducks out of the way. English lands a Flying Crossbody Block. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from English. Nakamura delivers a Running Knee for a two count. Nakamura follows that with Good Vibrations. Nakamura with a Top Rope Knee Strike to English. Nakamura plants English with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
Fourth Match: John Cena vs. AJ Styles. If John Cena Wins, Cena Will Be Added To The WWE Championship Match At WWE FastLane
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Styles applies a waist lock. Cena drops Styles with a Back Elbow Smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Cena goes into the lateral press for a two count. Cena applies a rear chin lock. Cena runs through Styles with a Shoulder Tackle for a one count. Cena is teeing off on Styles in the corner. Cena goes back to the rear chin lock. Styles with a chop/forearm combination to Cena. Cena kicks Styles in the jaw. Cena with a Tornado DDT for a two count. Cena ducks a clothesline from Styles. Cena hits The Spinning Side Slam. Cena lands a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Styles creates separation by holding onto the top rope.
Styles with The Ushigoroshi for a two count. Cena blocks The Styles Clash. Cena catapults Styles face first to the top turnbuckle. Cena with a TKO for a two count. Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, and Sami Zayn are watching the match from the backstage area. Cena goes for the Avalanche Attitude Adjustment, but Styles counters with an Argentine Rack Bomb for a two count. Cena responds with a SitOut FaceBuster for a two count. Cena runs through Styles with a massive lariat for a two count. Styles drops Cena with a Step Up Enzuigiri.
Coming out of the commercial break, both men are struggling to get back on their feet. Styles connects with The Styles Clash for a two count. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena ducks out of the way. Cena with The Attitude Adjustment for a two count. Styles with a massive lariat for a two count. Cena rolls out of the LionSault. Cena fires off a Sunset Flip PowerBomb for a two count. Cena gets Styles trapped in the STF. Styles side steps Cena into the turnbuckles. Styles rocks Cena with The Phenomenal Forearm for a two count. Styles goes for a SpringBoard 450 Splash, but Cena ducks out of the way. Styles blocks The Roll Through Attitude Adjustment.
Styles whips Cena shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Cena regains momentum by putting Styles through the announce table with an Attitude Adjustment. Styles avoids the referee’s ten count. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Styles counters with the Calf Crusher. Cena plants Styles with a Reverse Attitude Adjustment to pickup the victory. After the match, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn are beating down John Cena and AJ Styles. Ziggler storms into the ring to make the save. Ziggler takes out Zayn and Corbin with Two SuperKicks. Ziggler drops Styles with a straight right hand. Cena closes the show with an Attitude Adjustment to Ziggler.
Winner: John Cena via Pinfall