WWE SmackDown Live
March 13, 2018
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura In-Ring Segment:
Welcome to the house that, AJ Styles Built. At Fastlane, the odds were stacked against him. Styles was in real trouble when John Cena put him through the announce table. How can one guy defeat five of the best superstars? Unbelievable, but not impossible. We’ve heard it before. When you’re knocked down, your parents to tell you to suck it up and find a way. Styles found a way and he’s still the WWE Champion. He’s going to WrestleMania. You never thought you would see Styles walking into the show of shows as WWE Champion.
Styles earned his opportunity to main event WrestleMania. His opponent is probably the biggest Japanese Star, Shinsuke Nakamura. This is a dream match. They both had similar paths to the WWE. When it comes to this championship, that’s where the comparisons stop. If you want to call him the every man, that’s fine until he steps through those ropes. Styles is phenomenal. Nakamura makes his way to the ring. Styles and Nakamura shares the same fanbase. Nakamura respects Styles. At WrestleMania, dreams come true. Knee to face, then become WWE Champion.
First Match: AJ Styles vs. Rusev w/Aiden English
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rusev shoves Styles to the corner. Styles applies a waist lock. Rusev creates distance with a Hip Lock TakeDown. Styles repeatedly kicks the hamstring of Rusev. Styles applies a side headlock. Rusev drops Styles with a shoulder tackle. Rusev kicks Styles in the gut. Rusev follows that with multiple haymakers. Rusev drives his knee into the midsection of Styles. Styles side steps Rusev into the turnbuckles. Styles with knife edge chops to Rusev. Rusev responds with a short-arm lariat. Styles leapfrogs over Rusev. Styles dropkicks Rusev. Styles clotheslines Rusev over the top rope. Styles with a SlingShot Forearm Smash. Styles rolls Rusev back into the ring. Styles kicks Rusev in the back. Rusev goes for a Back Body Drop, but Styles lands back on his feet.
Styles with a Chop/Forearm Combination to Rusev. Rusev decks Styles with a Throat Punch. Rusev connects with a SpineBuster. Rusev is mauling Styles in the corner. Rusev rams Styles shoulder across the steel ring post. Rusev with the cover for a two count. Rusev applies a top wrist lock. Styles is throwing haymaker at Rusev. Rusev responds with a Back Body Drop. Rusev follows that with a Vertical Suplex. Rusev kicks Styles in the back for a two count. Rusev tells Styles to bring it. Rusev starts paint brushing Styles on the bottom rope. Styles fires back with a series of haymakers. Rusev dropkicks Styles.
Coming out of the commercial break, Rusev places Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles slides under Rusev. Styles knocks Rusev off the top turnbuckle. Styles delivers The Phenomenal Blitz. Styles follows that with a Sliding Forearm Smash. Styles with a Leaping Corner Clothesline to Rusev. Styles goes for the Ushigoroshi, but Rusev lands back on his feet. Styles dodges a leg lariat from Rusev. Rusev levels Styles with a Pop Up Knee Strike. Rusev with a RoundHouse Kick to Styles for a two count. Rusev goes for The Machka Kick, but Styles counters with a Pele Kick. Styles connects with The Ushigoroshi. Rusev blocks The Styles Clash. Styles floats over into the Calf Crusher. Aiden English storms into the ring to cause the disqualification. After the match, Nakamura drops English with a Spinning Heel Kick. Nakamura drops Rusev with The Kinshasa.
Winner: AJ Styles via Disqualification
Second Match: Big E & Jimmy Uso vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
Jimmy and Big E attacks The Bludgeon Brothers before the bell rings. Big E drives Harper shoulder first to the LED Board. We have a long standoff in the center of the ring. Harper and Rowan are swinging their mallets at Jimmy and Big E. Big E is ramming his shoulders into the midsection of Harper. Harper connects with the Winds of Change. Harper tags in Rowan. Rowan with a Running Splash to Big E. Rowan repeatedly stomps on Big E’s chest in the corner. Rowan bodyslams Big E. Rowan steps on Big E’s stomach. Rowan tags in Harper.
Harper stares at Jimmy. Harper uppercuts Big E. Harper follows that with a knife edge chop. Big E responds with a Back Elbow Smash. Big E tags in Jimmy. Jimmy creates distance with a Forearm Smash. Jimmy dives over Harper. Jimmy uppercuts Harper. Jimmy ducks a clothesline from Harper. Jimmy lands a series of thrust kicks. Jimmy goes for a SuperKick, but Harper blocks it. Jimmy kicks Harper in the jaw. Jimmy hits The Winds of Change.
Jimmy SuperKicks Rowan off the ring apron. Harper responds with a Big Boot. Rowan sends Big E crashing shoulder first to the steel ring steps. Harper tags in Rowan. Harper slaps Rowan in the face. Rowan connects with The Corner Avalanche. The Bludgeon Brothers plants Jimmy with the Double Crucifix PowerBomb to pickup the victory. After the match, Harper attacks Big E. Rowan runs through Big E with a Nasty Crossbody Block.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers via Pinfall
Charlotte Flair & Asuka In-Ring Segment:
When you’re the champion, there’s always a target on your back. When Asuka’s music played on Sunday, she knew what was coming. She was honored. Charlotte wants to be in the ring to meet Asuka, woman to woman. Charlotte welcomes Asuka to SmackDown and to be careful what you wish for. Asuka thanks Charlotte for the invitation. Would what happen if The Queen went one on one with The Empress of Tomorrow? We’ll find out who bows down at WrestleMania.
Charlotte wasn’t able to pick her opponent for WrestleMania, but she wanted Asuka to choose her. Charlotte got goosebumps when Asuka’s music played because this match will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Asuka has never faced anyone like Charlotte. Charlotte vows to end Asuka’s streak and cement her legacy. Charlotte woos in Asuka face. Asuka chose Charlotte because she likes a challenge. Charlotte is the Queen, but Asuka is the Empress. Asuka bows to no one. Always remember, no one is ready for Asuka.
Third Match: Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal w/Sunil Singh
Randy Orton is watching the match from ringside. Jinder kicks Roode in the gut. Jinder with multiple haymakers to Roode. Roode kicks Jinder in the gut. Roode goes for The Glorious DDT, but Jinder rolls himself out of the ring. Jinder is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Roode bounces Jinder head on the apron. Roode is lighting up Jinder’s chest with knife edge chops. Roode kicks Jinder in the chest. Jinder responds with a knee lift. Jinder dropkicks the back of Roode. Jinder is choking Roode with his knee pad. Jinder is mauling Roode on the middle rope. Jinder with SlingShot Knee Drops. Jinder applies a half nelson chin lock.
Roode gets back to a vertical base. Jinder applies a side headlock. Jinder drops Roode with a shoulder tackle. Roode fires back with a Chop/Forearm Combination. Roode clotheslines Jinder. Roode follows that with a Neck Breaker. Roode ascends to the top turnbuckle. Roode lands a Flying Clothesline. Jinder drives Roode back first into the turnbuckles. Roode kicks Jinder in the jaw. Roode connects with a SpineBuster for a two count. Jinder tosses Roode out of the ring.
Jinder SuperKicks Roode for a two count. Jinder goes for The Khallas, but Roode counters with a Sunset Flip for a two count. Jinder decks Roode with a Back Elbow Smash. Roode responds with a SpineBuster for a two count. Roode shoves Sunil back first to the steel ring post. Jinder knocks Roode off the top turnbuckle. Jinder plants Roode with The Khallas to pickup the victory. After the match, Randy Orton drops Jinder with an RKO.
Winner: Jinder Mahal via Pinfall
Fourth Match: Naomi vs. Carmella
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Naomi backs Carmella into the turnbuckles. Carmella thrust kicks the midsection of Naomi. Carmella follows that with Two Biel Throws. Carmella is ramming Naomi’s face across the canvas. Carmella with the cover for a two count. Carmella steps on Naomi’s hair. Carmella decks Naomi with a Big Boot. Carmella connects with a Bow and Arrow Stomp. Carmella wraps Naomi’s hair around the middle rope.
Carmella talks smack to the Indianapolis Crowd. Naomi tackles Carmella. Naomi transitions into a ground and pound attack. Carmella slaps Naomi in the face. Naomi responds with a series of open hand slaps. Carmella goes for a SuperKick, but Naomi counters with a High Knee Strike. Naomi goes for a SpringBoard Enzuigiri, but Carmella trips her in mid-air. Carmella rolls Naomi over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Carmella via Pinfall
Shane McMahon’s WrestleMania Announcement:
What’s up Indianapolis? Over the last several months, Shane McMahon has had a myriad of issues with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. He’s not here to apologize. This all started when Owens attacked his father. What would you do if you saw your father being attacked? That led to their match at Hell in a Cell. Zayn took away his chance for revenge. Shane’s emotions went bonkers anytime he saw Owens or Zayn. Shane may have acted in a manner not worthy of a SmackDown Commissioner. Daniel Bryan is going to be back next week. For now, Shane is taking an indefinite leave of absence. Shane announces that Kevin Owens will take on Sami Zayn at WrestleMania.
Kevin Owens comes out to interrupt Shane. Finally there’s a decision that Owens agrees with. He wishes Shane the best in his future endeavors. Owens can beat the hell out of Sami Zayn any time he wants. Sami Zayn joins the conversation. The WWE Universe and Shane had an amazing time seeing Owens and Zayn beating the crap out of each other at Fastlane. If Shane is going to base his decisions on the crowd, he should take a leave of absence. Why are Owens and Zayn complaining about their match at WrestleMania?
Shane is giving them an opportunity to be on the grandest stage of them all. Owens says that Shane will appreciate this. Zayn and Owens are beating up Shane. Zayn lands a Helluva Kick. Owens follows that with a Pop Up PowerBomb. Owens is attacking a referee. Zayn wraps a chair around Shane’s neck. Owens and Zayn whips Shane neck first to the steel ring post. Owens and Zayn drags Shane to backstage. Owens PowerBombs Shane on a production crate to end the show.