My truck remote didn’t work this morning, I had to insert the key into the slot like some barbarian.
WWE Smackdown Results:
Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso make their way out to the ring and Roman talks about what he did to Kevin Owens last week. He then blames Adam Pearce for what happened and calls him out. Pearce does not come out at first and Heyman continues to ask for him. Pearce eventually makes his way out and Roman asks him to watch a highlight package of what Roman has done to Kevin Owens in recent weeks. The video package finishes and Roman asks Pearce what he has to say for himself. Pearce asks Roman what he wants him to say and Roman says he wants him to man up. Roman reminds Pearce that he said he was done with Owens and that Pearce gave in to his friendship with Owens to give him the match with Jey last week. He then asks Pearce what he actually does and blames Pearce for Owens being out of action. Roman then questions why Pearce made a gauntlet match to determine his next challenger when he could have done it. Pearce tells Roman he was just trying to give Roman the best challenger and Roman continues what he is doing. Roman then continues to question Pearce’s motives and is pulled back by Heyman from possibly striking Pearce. Roman then tells Pearce that he was mistaken of someone being stupid in the ring and leaves the ring with Jey and Heyman.
Big E vs Apollo Crews ends in a draw due to a double pin. Big E tries to offer his hand to Apollo after the match but Apollo wants a rematch. Apollo then slaps Big E and that causes Big E to grant him the rematch.
Big E def. Apollo Crews to retain the Intercontinental Championship
Adam Pearce is in his room and Sonya Deville walks in. Pearce welcomes her back and Sonya says she is trying to be a better person after everything she has gone through. She mentions how Mandy Rose has a new tag partner but she is there to help out Pearce. She talks to Pearce about how he is putting himself into the gauntlet match and Pearce continues to say he is not doing that. He tells her he will appreciate her help and the two continue their talk as Smackdown goes to commercial.
Bianca Belair is interviewed backstage about entering the Royal Rumble and then Bayley shows up. Bayley asks Bianca how many people she eliminated last year and she says how many. Bayley tells her that she didn’t eliminate her and Bianca reminds her that she wasn’t in it. Bayley then tells Bianca that she will be in it this year and plans on winning. The two trade jabs at each other as the segment ends.
Carmella is backstage and she talks about how she beat Sasha Banks last week in their tag match and gives her props for her grind and being named the number one wrestler by Sports Illustrated. She continues to talk about how she is better than Sasha and that she knows she can beat her.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. The Street Profits to win the Smackdown Tag Team Titles
Adam Pearce is with Sonya Deville and they talk about what could be next for Roode and Ziggler. Paul Heyman then walks in and Sonya gives them the room. Heyman tells Pearce that he likes him and tells him that he held Roman back because he holds him with a ton of respect. Heyman then starts talking about Pearce’s past and how he knows Pearce wanted to be a WWE Champion. Heyman then tells him that he was able to get Pearce in the gauntlet match and that Pearce can now fulfill his childhood dream of fighting for a WWE Championship.
The Riott Squad are backstage and Billie Kay walks up to them. She talks about their win from last week and that she wants to be a part of their group. They tell her no and Billie starts crying to try and get in. Liv tries to get her to calm down and then hands them her resume when she assumes they said yes.
Sami Zayn cuts a promo prior to his match with Rey Mysterio and he talks about how he asked management to be in the match and he was surprised they agreed. He then talks about how there is a conspiracy against him and that is why he has a camera crew with him now. He says they are filming a documentary and that he is the real champion and is the champion on the people.
Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn to advance in the gauntlet match
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rey Mysterio to advance in the gauntlet match. King Corbin attacks Rey and Dominik Mysterio after the match.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. King Corbin to advance in the gauntlet match
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Daniel Bryan to advance in the gauntlet match
Adam Pearce def. Shinsuke Nakamura to win the gauntlet match and will face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. Jey Us and Roman Reigns beat down Nakamura prior to the match and Jey hit Pearce with a superkick. Jey put Pearce on Nakamura for Pearce to get the win. Roman stands tall with Heyman and Jey in the ring as Smackdown comes to a close.