Smackdown Live - 12th March 2019
Shane McMahon kicks off Smackdown Live with the Best in the World trophy in the ring, he summons Greg Hamilton to the ring to announce him as the Best in the World to get more heat on but it wasn’t good enough for him so puts his hands on Hamilton and gets him to do it 2 more times with 'more conviction'. Shane says hes sick of all the people that have been in his life, not just the fans, wrestlers or the thousands of employees. He also mentions that throughout his life people have always tried to get a rub off him and get him to do stuff for them, and that ended on Sunday when he beat up The Miz., Carries on by saying hat hes the best in the world because he was born that way. He then says that Miz works for him and that he had such a good time beating him up, hes going to do it on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania.
Aleister Black, Ricochet & The Hardy Boyz vs Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev and The Bar - This was like any old 8 man tag, things got messy very quick with all members getting hits in but also getting hit straight away, all 8 men are beating on each other in the ring before the New Day come down and beat up The Bar, Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura after what they did on Sunday while also clearing the ring of the Face team.
Randy Orton comes out and questions why this is the house that AJ Styles built and reminds us all that in 2002 AJ was wrestling for 10 bucks a night while he was here making his debut in the WWE, 2004 he was becoming the youngest ever WWE Champion while Styles was shaking hands with indy wrestlers in bingo halls and 2005 while AJ was gettings tans with Dixie Carter in Florida, He was facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The Apex Predator then states that this is actually the house that Randy Orton built. The Phenomenal One then interrupts him and says that he is proud to come from the independent scene and then says that, yes, Randy might of ‘been made for the WWE’, but he definitely wouldn’t of mad it on the Indies while mocking his taunt and mocking his 'knock off diamond cutter'. Orton counters that with the 2 sweet saying that he knows that he and his ‘indy pals’ are used to stealing stuff. AJ then mentions all the people that has helped Randy to stay where he is while Styles has earned everything in his career. Orton says that he is the landlord in this place and AJ Styles rent is due. Styles then offers that if Randy wants his rent, he will have to come and get it at Wrestlemania.
Asuka vs Sonya Deville - Pretty similar to Asukas match with Mandy Rose at Fastlane with the apron coming into play, but this time Asuka locked in the Asuka Lock to tap Sonya Deville out.
Becky Lynch comes out and says everyone got brave when she got injured and suspended but she is back and back in the Wrestlemania main event which she had to earn her way into twice, once via the Royal Rumble and also by playing Ronda Rousey like a fiddle, saying that she messed with Ronda so much that the RAW Womens Champion did her bidding for her. Charlotte Flair comes out to Congratulate Becky for making it back into Charlottes Main event match and that she has been putting in all the work while Lynch was getting suspended and arrested. Shes says the only reason the fans like The Man is because they all feel sorry for her, Flair then calls herself Miss Wrestlemania and Ronda and her Former Best Friend will bow down to The Queen. Becky jumps back on the microphone and says that she didn’t care what Flair had to say because she knows that Wrestlemania needs The Man.
Rey Mysterio & R-Truth vs Samoa Joe & Andrade- Decent match up with the ending saw Rey Mysterio rolling up Samoa Joe to pick up the win, The US Champion then goes absolute mental and uranages both R-Truth and Andrade while Mysterio managed to get away
Kevin Owens & Mustafa Ali vs Daniel Bryan & Rowan - Once again a decent enough match up with Rowan picking up the pin fall on Mustafa Ali after his Iron Claw finsiher.
Vince McMahon comes out while Daniel Bryan and Rowan were walking back up the ramp but he just brushes past them and gets to the ring to say that hes here tonight to give what everyone wants and that is to give Kofi Kingston a opportunity for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. He says that he didn't say that Kofi would be in the match at Fastlane, he just said he would make the match a triple threat. Vince then said he gave Kingston a opportunity at Fastlane and he failed. New Day come out, not doing their usually shtick, but instead all coming out looking very Serious. Big E says he doesn’t care what kind of lesson Vince wants to teach. They say they have done everything for Mr McMahon and Kofi deserves more than all the crap that McMahon has given him. Vince says that no one deserves anything but Big E says that this is bigger than everything including Vinces big ego. Xavier Woods jumps in and says that Kingston has beaten WWE Champions but has never got that opportunity to become WWE Champion in a 1 on 1 enviroment. The WWE universe just want one demand, and that is to have the 11 year WWE Veteran in the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania. Vince says that Kingston is extraordinary and that one day he will be in the Hall of Fame,but never by himself and he would have to go in with The New Day to get anywhere near it. He also said that he spoke to WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and he agrees that Kofi is awesome but hes just a B+ player, harping back to 2014 when Triple H used to call Bryan the same. Kofi jumps on the mic and says 11 years ago he had a dream and that dream has been come true as hes provided a great life for his family and that hes never complained about anything and all he wants to know from McMahon is what he needs to do to convince him and he will do it. Vince says all he has to do, is next week, he has to beat Randy Orton, United States Champion Samoa Joe, Sheamus, Cesaro aswell as Rowan in a Gauntlet Match. Smackdown ends with The New Day fending off all the heels.
Smackdown Live Rating - 3 AND 3/4 STARS