WWE SmackDown Live
March 27, 2018
PPG Paints Arena
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
First Match: Randy Orton & Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal & Rusev w/Aiden English
Roode and Jinder will start things off. Jinder applies a waist lock. Roode reverses the hold. Jinder decks Roode with a back elbow smash. Jinder repeatedly stomps on Roode’s chest. Roode kicks Jinder in the chest. Roode with a chop/haymaker combination to Jinder. Jinder applies a side headlock. Jinder drops Roode with a shoulder tackle. Roode responds with a Hip Toss. Roode follows that with the Inverted Atomic Drop. Jinder inadvertently shoves Roode into Rusev. Roode kicks Jinder in the jaw. Roode connects with a BlockBuster for a two count. Jinder rolls himself out of the ring. Orton drives Sunil Singh shoulder first to the ringside barricade.
Roode tags in Orton. Orton uppercuts Rusev. Orton and Roode are double teaming Rusev in the corner. Roode blasts Rusev with a knife edge chop. Roode continues the sequence with a dropkick. Orton kicks Rusev in the gut. Orton bounces Rusev head on the top turnbuckle pad. Orton is mauling Rusev in the corner. Rusev creates distance with a High Leg Lariat for a two count. Rusev tags in Jinder. Rusev and Jinder are cutting the ring in half. Jinder delivers multiple slingshot knee drops. Jinder and Orton are trading back and forth shots.
Jinder tags in Rusev. Rusev stomps on Orton’s ribs. Rusev with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Jinder lands a Flying Double Axe Handle. Jinder drives his elbow to Orton’s forehead. Jinder applies a half nelson chin lock. Orton regains momentum with a Belly to Back Suplex. Orton tags in Roode. Roode clotheslines Jinder. Roode follows that with a Running Forearm Smash. Roode drops Jinder with a Swinging Neck Breaker. Roode knocks Rusev off the ring apron. Roode with a Flying Clothesline to Jinder. Roode goes for the Glorious DDT, but Jinder blocks it. Roode with a SpineBuster for a two count. Roode sends Rusev crashing to the outside.
Jinder SuperKicks Orton for a two count. Jinder tags in Rusev. Rusev with a Running Elbow Drop for a two count. Rusev applies a rear chin lock. Roode gets back to a vertical base. Roode is throwing haymakers at Rusev. Rusev responds with a dropkick. Orton is giving Rusev his well deserved props. Rusev with the lateral press for a two count. Rusev tags in Jinder. Roode fires up with a series of knife edge chops. Jinder whips Roode back first across the turnbuckles. Jinder with a Double Throat Thrust to Roode. Jinder applies a rear chin lock on the middle rope. Jinder drives his knee into Roode’s back.
Coming out of the commercial break, Jinder has Roode in another half nelson chin lock. Jinder with a Jumping Knee Strike for a two count. Jinder drags Roode to the corner. Jinder tags in Rusev. Rusev stomps on Roode’s back. Rusev with a Modified Gut Wrench Suplex to Roode. Following a haymaker exchange, Orton makes the blind tag. Roode is pissed. Orton with multiple clotheslines to Rusev. Orton PowerSlams Rusev. Orton hits the IEDDT. Orton sets up for the RKO. Roode clotheslines Jinder over the top rope. Roode shoves Orton. Orton responds with an RKO. Rusev clocks Orton with The Machka Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jinder Mahal & Rusev via Pinfall
Jinder Mahal & Rusev Backstage Segment:
Second Match: Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott w/The Riott Squad
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ruby applies a side headlock. Ruby drops Becky with a shoulder tackle. Ruby tells Becky to bring it. Becky ducks a clothesline from Ruby. Becky applies a hammer lock. Ruby decks Becky with a back elbow smash. Ruby drives Becky head first to the canvas. Becky dropkicks Ruby. Ruby is trying to regain her composure on the outside. Becky kicks Ruby in the gut. Becky talks smack to The Riott Squad. Becky rolls Ruby back into the ring. Becky kicks Ruby in the chest. Ruby responds with an STO on the apron. Ruby throws Becky back first to the ringside barricade.
Ruby with the cover for a two count. Ruby repeatedly drives her knee into Becky’s back. Ruby applies a Bow and Arrow Stretch. Becky creates distance with a deep arm-drag. Ruby clotheslines Becky for a two count. Ruby is wearing down Becky on the middle rope. Sarah Logan attacks Becky behind the referee’s back. Ruby is putting the boots to Becky in the corner. Becky fires back with multiple haymakers. Ruby levels Becky with a knee lift. Becky takes down Ruby with a Leaping Shoulder Block.
Following a forearm exchange, Becky with a BackSlide Cover for a two count. Becky delivers a single leg dropkick. Ruby sends Becky to the apron. Becky with a straight right hand to Ruby. Sarah Logan hops on the ring apron to distract Becky. Ruby drives Becky face into the middle turnbuckle. Ruby uses the middle turnbuckle for leverage for a two count. Becky shoves Ruby into Liv Morgan. Ruby fights out of the Dis-ArmHer. Becky rolls Ruby over to pickup the victory. After the match, Becky lays out the other members of The Riott Squad.
Winner: Becky Lynch via Pinfall
Daniel Bryan Promo:
Bryan loves being in Pittsburgh. Last week was one of the greatest moments of his career. After so long, Bryan got the news he was waiting for. He was finally cleared for in-ring action. He can continue what he loved to do for over 16 years. The support from the WWE Universe has been amazing, but he has a job to do as the General Manager of SmackDown. The blue brand has always been about being the land of opportunities. Therefore, he proposes to give Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn deserve one more opportunity. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn face Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 34.
Due to the beatdown from KAMI, Shane is currently sitting in a hospital, but he’ll be ready to go in New Orleans. If Shane and Bryan win, Kami remain fired. If Kami win, then they’l be reinstated to Smackdown. A lot of people ask why have you given Kami so many opportunities? They are two of the greatest performers of this generation. He has known them for fifteen years. They have struggled together. When he needed a place to stay, they gave him a bed. That’s his job as General Manager. To give the talent opportunities.
Bryan has a lot of jobs as General Manager. He’s supposed to sit in board meetings, fill out paper work, wear cardigans/blazers and etc. Bryan is sick of meetings and he’s sick of paperwork. He fought for three years for his dream to go back in the ring and wrestle. Kami tried to take that away from him. Bryan doesn’t care how many times they kick him in the face or power bomb him on the apron, he is back and he’ll fight at WrestleMania. Usually Bryan would talk about being the underdog. At WrestleMania, Bryan will kick Kami’s ass.
Third Match: The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
Woods and Harper will start things off. Woods dropkicks Harper out of the ring. Woods follows that with a SomerSault Plancha. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Rowan. Woods slides under Harper. Woods decks Harper with a High Knee Strike. Woods with a Corner Clothesline to Harper. The New Day are double teaming Harper. Harper dropkicks Woods. Rowan sends Big E out of the ring. Harper tags in Rowan.
Rowan delivers a Running Splash. Rowan with a PumpHandle Back Breaker to Woods. Rowan fires a leaping knee drop. The Bludgeon Brothers are cutting the ring in half. Harper whips Woods to the turnbuckles. Harper blasts Woods with a knife edge chop. Woods SuperKicks Harper. Woods follows that with a Discus Forearm Smash. Rowan shoves Kofi into Big E.
Rowan drives Big E back first to the ringside barricade. Harper drops Woods with a Big Boot. Rowan grabs the rubber mallets. The Usos attacks Rowan to cause the disqualification. After the match, The New Day are triple teaming Harper. The Usos and New Day starts shoving each other. The Bludgeon Brothers tries to hit New Day and The Usos with The Mallets.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers via Disqualification
Fourth Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze w/Fandango
Fandango starts dancing on the ring apron. Ziggler attacks Breeze from behind. Ziggler repeatedly stomps on Breeze’s back. Ziggler dropkicks Breeze. Ziggler follows that with a Knee Breaker. Breeze catapults Ziggler to the steel ring post. Ziggler rolls himself out of the ring. Breeze is chasing Ziggler around the ringside area. Breeze blocks the SuperKick. Breeze decks Ziggler with the Spinning Heel Kick. Fandango is doing laps around the ring. Ziggler rolls Breeze over for a two count. After the match, Ziggler plants Breeze with The Zig Zag to pickup the victory. After the match, Ziggler SuperKicks Fandango.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Shinsuke Nakamura w/AJ Styles vs. Shelton Benjamin w/Chad Gable
Test of strength after the bell rings. Benjamin with a double leg takedown of Nakamura. Benjamin dodges a leg lariat from Nakamura. Benjamin dishes out a big haymaker. Nakamura responds with a knee lift. Nakamura kicks Benjamin in the back. Nakamura delivers a knee drop. Nakamura is putting the boots to Benjamin in the corner. Nakamura connects with Good Vibrations. Benjamin rolls himself out of the ring.
Benjamin applies a sleeper hold. Benjamin goes for a bodyslam, but Nakamura lands back on his feet. Nakamura drops Benjamin with a Single Leg Front Dropkick. Nakamura tells Benjamin to bring it. Nakamura dishes out his lighting quick offense. Nakamura knocks Benjamin off the top turnbuckle with a Running Knee Strike. Gable hops on the ring apron to distract Nakamura.
AJ Styles sends Gable crashing to the outside. Benjamin hits a Jumping Knee Strike. Benjamin with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Nakamura floats over into a cross arm breaker. Nakamura transitions into a modified Triangle Choke. Nakamura blocks a PowerBomb from Benjamin. Nakamura kicks Benjamin in the face. Nakamura lands a Flying Knee Strike. Nakamura connects with Kinshasa to pickup the victory.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall
Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles In-Ring Promo:
Nakamura thanks Styles for being in his corner, but he never needed his help. Nakamura only wanted him to get a sneak preview at what will happen at WrestleMania. Nakamura is playing mind games. Styles won’t be playing any games at WrestleMania. It isn’t just a dream match for them, it’s a dream match for him.
The WWE Universe knows that they will tear the house down. They will put on a clinic. His dream match goes differently. Outside of him, Nakamura is considered the best. When Styles wins at WrestleMania, he will prove that he’s better than the best. Nakamura will win at WrestleMania because Styles is too emotional.
Benjamin & Gable attacks Styles from behind. Nakamura storms back into the ring to make the save. Nakamura drops Gable with a Reverse Exploder Suplex. Nakamura tosses Benjamin out of the ring. Nakamura almost hits Styles with The Kinshasa to close the show.