Tonight's SmackDown features the final build to WrestleMania
At this Sunday's pay-per-view, Cesaro will challenge Roman
Reigns for the Universal Championship. Cesaro earned the
title shot after he defeated Seth Rollins on last week's
Jimmy Uso returned last week and reunited with Jey Uso and
Reigns. The Usos tried to help Rollins beat Cesaro, but
Rollins shoved Jey. Jimmy then hit Rollins with a superkick,
and Cesaro won the match.
Reigns was furious and yelled at Jimmy for indirectly
helping Cesaro. Jimmy stood up for himself and refused to
acknowledge Reigns as the tribal chief.
Later, Cesaro attacked Reigns at the end of SmackDown. At
first, Jimmy stopped Jey from helping. Eventually, The Usos
tried to fight off Cesaro, but Cesaro beat down all three by
WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
defend against Tamina & Natalya tonight. Jax & Baszler
defeated Tamina & Natalya at WrestleMania 37 night two to
retain the titles. Tamina & Natalya then defeated the
champions in a non-title match to earn the title shot
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, And Jimmy Uso Segment
Jey Uso was already standing in the ring to start SmackDown.
He noted that his brother Jimmy Uso disrespected the head of
the table, Roman Reigns, last week. Jey promised to take
care of Jimmy tonight.
Jey then introduced Reigns. Jey also promised that Reigns
would defeat Cesaro Sunday night at WrestleMania Backlash.
Reigns and Paul Heyman took their time walking to the ring.
They recapped Jimmy Uso's return last week and Cesaro
beating Seth Rollins.
Reigns walked over to Jey. He pointed out that Jimmy is a
problem, but he wants to address Cesaro first. Reigns noted
that everyone in the back likes Cesaro. He likes him too and
called Cesaro one of the best wrestlers in the world.
Reigns noted he's more than just a wrestler. He doubts
Cesaro could take his place in the WWE.
He thinks that not even FOX wants Cesaro to take his place.
Reigns noted Cesaro hasn't had a title shot before. Heyman
informed him that Reigns had 39 title shots.
Reigns turned his attention to Jimmy Uso. Jimmy's music
interrupted, and he made his way to the ring. Jimmy's got a
new t-shirt and has one for Jey in the back when he's ready
to join him.
Jimmy doesn't think Reigns is going to be champion much
longer. Jey was furious and told Jimmy to respect Reigns.
Jimmy admitted that he doesn't think Reigns can beat Cesaro.
Jimmy claimed that if The Usos win the tag team titles,
they'll be the tribal chiefs. Reigns was furious and got in
Jimmy's face. He told Jimmy that he couldn't do what Reigns
Reigns told Jimmy to prove that he can be Reigns. He told
Jimmy to try to beat Cesaro tonight. Without hesitating,
Jimmy challenged Cesaro to a match tonight. Cesaro walked
out and accepted the challenge. He promised to beat Jimmy
tonight and win the title from Reigns Sunday night.
This was a good opening segment. Reigns and The Uso were
good in their roles.
They recapped Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler attacking Tamina
and Natalya last week. They showed Tamina and Natalya
warming up for their upcoming match. Michael Cole pointed
out that Tamina's never won a title and could make history
Tamina & Natalya defeated Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
(w/Reginald) to win the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship
This was a fine match with both teams working hard.
Reginald immediately jumped on the apron and distracted
Tamina. Jax took advantage and beat down Tamina. Baszler
tagged in, and the faces took over.
Natalya had the match won when Reginald jumped on the apron
again. The referee then sent Reginald to the back for
jumping on the apron the second time. Jax protested, but
Tamina attacked her at ringside. Jax fought back and gave
Tamina the Samoan Drop into the barricade.
Baszler took advantage and attacked Natalya's leg in the
Back from the break, Jax dropped an elbow on Natalya for a
near fall. The heels isolated Natalya in their corner.
Tamina was still down due to the attack before the break.
Natalya fought back, and Tamina got the hot tag. Tamina
knocked down Baszler and scored a near fall. She climbed to
the top rope, but Baszler cut her off.
Jax tagged in and tried to give Tamina a superplex. Tamina
fought back and knocked Jax down. Baszler tried to
interfere, but Natalya yanked her off the apron. She then
gave Baszler a German suplex on the floor.
Jax tried to climb back up, but Natalya prevented her. Jax
pulled Natalya into the ring and gave her a Samoan Drop. Jax
ended up on her back, and Tamina hit the Superfly splash for
They treated the title change as a huge deal. After the
match, Natalya and Tamina gave a passionate speech. Natalya
talked about never giving up, and Tamina talked about
Natalya believing in her. The new champions celebrated as
pyro went off in the background.
Cesaro against Jimmy Uso is official for later tonight.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Paul Heyman in the back. She
startled Heyman, which was hilarious. Heyman doesn't know if
Jimmy Uso will win but promised that Reigns would beat
Commander Azeez Nigerian Medal of Honor Ceremony
Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews held a special
ceremony for Azeez. Crews praised Azeez for assisting him
and helping win the Intercontinental title. Azeez stood on a
huge box-like structure in the ring. Crews then gave Azeez
the Nigerian Medal of Honor.
Big E interrupted on the big screen. He mocked the ceremony
and said it's the biggest sham since Macklemore won best rap
album. Big E promised to win the title back.
Sami Zayn interrupted and mocked Big E. Zayn noted that he
has some unfinished business with Crews since he's the real
I.C. champion. Kevin Owens ran out, and a brawl broke out.
Azeez and Crews beat down Owens when Big E ran out for the
Sami Zayn ran out and attacked Owens as well. Everyone hit a
big move. Big E then went after Crews, but Azeez pulled him
out of the ring.
They recapped Dominik Mysterio defeating Dolph Ziggler last
Rey Mysterio (w/Dominik Mysterio) defeated Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler and Mysterio had a good match. They started at a
slow pace, but it picked up towards the end.
Ziggler had the early advantage with a side headlock.
Mysterio briefly fought back, but Ziggler regained control
with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler taunted Mysterio.
Mysterio fought back and sent Ziggler to the floor. He
followed up with a sliding dropkick and a sliding splash to
Back from the break, Mysterio missed a splash off the second
rope. Ziggler scored a near fall and slowed the pace down
with a chin lock.
Mysterio fought out of the chin lock, but Ziggler hit an
uppercut for another near fall. Ziggler lifted Mysterio on
his shoulder for a power slam, but Mysterio countered with a
Mysterio climbed to the top rope, but Ziggler cut him off.
Ziggler attempted a superplex, but Mysterio held on.
Mysterio knocked Ziggler down and hit a senton off the top.
He followed up with a kick to the face for a near fall.
Ziggler avoided the 619 and hit the famouser for a very
close near fall. Mysterio attempted a second 619, but
Ziggler countered with a superkick for a two-count. Ziggler
picked up Mysterio for a slam, but Mysterio countered into a
small package for the win.
Megan Morant interviewed Cesaro in the back. Cesaro noted he
dreamed of winning the title since he was a kid. He's not
like Roman Reigns and doesn't walk around wanting people to
acknowledge him. He knows he can beat Reigns and win the
In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Dominik and Rey
Mysterio. Rey noted they're ready to win the tag team titles
at WrestleMania Backlash. Ziggler and Roode interrupted and
mocked Rey and Dominik. Rey and Dominik promised to win the
Bianca Belair Segment
SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair made her way to the
ring. Michael Cole interviewed Belair and discussed her
match with Bayley on Sunday.
Belair's ready to face Baylay and promised to retain the
title. She wondered where Bayley's tonight.
They recapped Bayley attacking Belair last week. Bayley
appeared on the big screen and mocked Belair. Belair tried
to figure out where Bayley's hiding.
Bayley laughed and refused to tell her. Bayley kept doing
the annoying laugh and promised to win the title at the pay-
Belair knows why Bayley's so mad at her. She pointed out
that at WrestleMania 37, The Bellas beat up Bayley and threw
her down the ramp. Belair noted she won the title that
Bayley promised to end Belair's fairy tale and win the title
at WrestleMania Backlash. This was a good segment.
King Corbin defeated Shinsuke Nakamura
This was a fine match, although it dragged at times.
Nakamura demanded to face Corbin because Corbin pinned him
in the ten-man tag last week. They pushed the match as the
battle between the King of Strong-Style and the King of the
Corbin attempted a suplex, but Nakamura countered with a
knee. Corbin took over and hit Nakamura with a series of
Nakamura recovered and rocked Corbin with a dropkick. Corbin
fought back and attempted the around-the-ring post
Nakamura avoided the clothesline and locked on an armbar.
Corbin couldn't break free from the hold. He then leaned
forward and rolled up Nakamura for the win.
After the match, Corbin put his crown on, and Nakamura
attacked him. He then gave Corbin the Kinshasa. Nakamura
picked up the crown and put it on. Pat McAfee was shocked
Nakamura took the crown.
In the back, Apollo Crews and Commandor Azeez approached
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville. Crews was furious about the
attack early. Pearce said he's still trying to figure out
which one of them he's going to face.
Crews became even more upset. Deville warned Crews to be
careful because Pearce might make him face all three. Pearce
liked the idea. He announced Crews defending against Kevin
Owens, Sami Zayn, and Big E in a fatal four-way for next
week. Pearce seemed unhappy with Deville.
In the back, Shinsuke Nakamura admired himself wearing
Corbin's crown in the mirror.
Aleister Black read another chapter from the Tales of the
Dark Father. He read the chapter The Lesson, which included
animated scenes. Black could teach you this lesson, but he
Kayla Braxton interviewed Jimmy Uso behind the curtain.
Jimmy didn't think his first match back would be a singles
match. He thought The Usos would reunite and win the tag
Michael Cole and Pat McAfee ran down the WrestleMania
Cesaro defeated Jimmy Uso via DQ
Cesaro and Jimmy Uso had a good match until the weak finish.
They pushed this as Jimmy Uso's first match back since he
suffered an injury in the ladder match at WrestleMania 36.
Cesaro caught Uso with a dropkick to gain the early
advantage. Uso played possum and responded with a Samoan
Drop for a near fall. Cesaro fought back and rocked Uso with
Cesaro missed a charge in the corner. Uso sent Cesaro to the
floor with a clothesline and followed up with a suicide
Back from the break, Cesaro hit a discus clothesline for a
close near fall. Uso avoided the Neutralizer and caught
Cesaro with a superkick.
Uso climbed to the top rope, but Cesaro cut him off with an
uppercut. He followed up with a superplex for a close near
Cesaro hit a cannonball off the apron. He rocked Jimmy with
a series of uppercuts and threw him back in the ring.
Suddenly, Roman Reigns and Jey Uso attacked Cesaro and beat
him down for a disqualification.
After the match, Jimmy yelled at Reigns that he was about to
win. He yelled that Reigns makes everything about himself.
Jimmy walked off, and Reigns chased after him. Jimmy and
Reigns argued at ringside.
Cesaro attacked Jey in the ring. Reigns ran back in the
ring, but Cesaro fought him off. Cesaro beat down Jey and
Reigns then ran off and watched from the ramp. Cesaro
taunted Reigns and hit the Neutralizer twice on Jey while
staring at Reigns.
Next Week: Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews defends
against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Big E in a fatal four-