WWE SmackDown outcomes, recap: Daniel Bryan’s return match set for WrestleMania 34
As we draw nearer to WrestleMania 34, taking place in than two weeks from New Orleans, with all due respect to everybody else on the SmackDown Dwell roster, all the eye is on common supervisor Daniel Bryan.
After being medically cleared to compete in full-time in-ring motion as soon as once more final week, it was evident the previous world champion is headed for a WrestleMania return inside the identical constructing through which he received the undisputed championship 4 years in the past. And receiving a thrashing by the hands of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after he fired them made it much more obvious Bryan is destined for his long-awaited return occurring on the grandest stage of all of them.
Tuesday night time on SmackDown, we discovered simply what his return bout will entail.
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Bryan has a WrestleMania proposal
Versus opening the present, which is mostly the norm, it was teased we may get an look from the recently-cleared common supervisor later within the present. On the halfway level, Bryan soaked within the chants from the group in Pittsburgh. Bryan stated that being cleared final week was top-of-the-line moments of his life, and he thanked the followers for the continued assist. Then it was time to get all the way down to enterprise. Bryan famous that he nonetheless has a job to do and reminded everybody that SmackDown is the land of alternative. He stated he is prepared to offer Owens and Zayn only one extra alternative. His proposal?At WrestleMania, it needs to be Bryan and McMahon in opposition to Owens and Zayn, with the fired stars getting their jobs again ought to they win.Now, with reference to McMahon really with the ability to compete within the bout , Bryan did level out that he expects his companion to be able to go in New Orleans.
Bryan then completed off the promo by stripping off his common supervisor cardigan, firing him up and proclaiming that, at WrestleMania, he intends to kick Owens and Zayn’s ass — in these very particular phrases. Shortly after the phase, Zayn was fast to hit Twitter and gladly settle for the problem.
It is completely unbelievable that just some weeks in the past we nonetheless thought we might by no means see Bryan compete in a hoop once more, and right here he was establishing his return match at ‘Mania. That stated, there’s a few intriguing layers to this matchup. They’re promoting McMahon for the bout regardless of his latest diverticulitis analysis, which is a really critical situation. Certain, that is the person who constantly enjoys leaping off the Hell in a Cell construction, however competing in lower than two weeks does not appear very believable. You additionally would not anticipate Bryan to lose in his return outing, it doesn’t matter what type of match is positioned collectively. However you additionally would assume Owens and Zayn — two of the highest performers on the model — are going to earn their jobs again. May we be in for some type of swerve from one of many SmackDown authority figures on April eight?
AJ Types-Shinsuke Nakamura storyline heats up
Early within the present, Types was sitting alone within the locker room the place he was approached by his WrestleMania challenger Nakamura. The Royal Rumble winner informed Types that he is fearful about him shedding his confidence these days, and he needs him at his finest for his or her showdown in New Orleans. Nakamura then requested Types to be in his nook for his upcoming match in opposition to Shelton Benjamin, and the champion obliged.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Shelton Benjamin through pinfall: With Types on the skin retaining Chad Gable in test, Nakamura secured the win over Benjamin with the Kinsasha. After selecting up the victory, Nakamura invited Types into the ring to thank him for being in his nook, solely to disclose he did not want the champ on the market for assist. He merely needed his WrestleMania opponent to witness first-hand simply how he’ll defeat him. After Types fired again and Nakamura referred to as him too emotional to return away with the victory, Gable and Benjamin attacked the WWE champion from behind, prompting the Japanese star to return again for the save. Nakamura ended this week’s version of SmackDown by teasing nailing Types with the Kinsasha — only a pleasant reminder that it may possibly all come to an finish in lower than two weeks with one knee to the face.
It was probably the most storyline improvement we have seen but within the Types-Nakamura rivalry, and about time, too, contemplating WrestleMania is barely 12 days away. Nakamura shined on the mic taunting Types each backstage and within the ring after his victory. He will not be one of the best talker, however he can get his level throughout if given the chance, and WWE has lastly given him that probability.
What else occurred on SmackDown?
- Jinder Mahal & Rusev def. Randy Orton & Bobby Roode through pinfall: As Mahal made his entrance, he tell us that Sunil Singh was nonetheless nursing his accidents and Rusev can be his companion. That proved to be a clever transfer on the a part of Mahal as Rusev bought the pin on Orton after the champion and Roode failed to remain on the identical web page. And sure, Orton did sustain the time-honored custom of making an attempt to injure a Singh brother within the loss. Following a backstage phase with Mahal, Rusev was added to the U.S. title match at WrestleMania.
- Becky Lynch def. Ruby Riott through pinfall: After Lynch earned the win with a fast roll-up, the Riott Squad tried to pounce, solely to be tossed excessive rope in a preview of the upcoming ladies‘s battle royal at WrestleMania.
- The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers led to a No Contest: After dominating for many of the match, Harper and Rowan went to carry the mallets into play however had been shortly stopped by the SmackDown tag champions, The Usos. The champs and The New Day fended off The Bludgeon Brothers to finish the phase as we get nearer to those three groups clashing at WrestleMania, a match that was made official in a while within the present.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Tyler Breeze through pinfall: Ziggler bought the win after a Zig Zag in a bout that was just about promotion for this 12 months‘s Andre the Large Memorial Battle Royal. After the match, Ziggler nailed Fandango with a superkick for good measure. All three of the lads can be within the battle royal.