WWE Smackdown Live broadcast two nights after the Royal Rumble on USA Network at 8 p.m. ET.
Smackdown Live recapped the Royal Rumble and opened with the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, Shinsuke Nakamura. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn came out to complain about getting screwed out of the title after the referee counted the wrong man to the mat against Styles.
Styles hit the ring and offered to team with Nakamura against Owens and Zayn. Zayn and Owens said “nope” and Nakamura and Styles knocked them off the apron. Back from commercial break, general manager Daniel Bryan made the tag match in the main event of Smackdown Live.
Bryan announced Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn in the main event of next week’s Smackdown Live, and whoever wins, will face Styles for the WWE championship at Fastlane.
Rusev def. Kofi Kingston, Jinder Mahal & Zack Ryder via submission to become the No. 1 contender for United States championship
The fatal 4-way found its way to the outside, with Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder taking to the air on Jinder Mahal. Rusev went to follow suit, but his leg was grabbed by Sunil Singh. The referee had enough of Singh, Xavier Woods, Big E and Aiden English, and tossed the four valets from ringside.
Ryder connected on the Broski Boot to Rusev, but Mahal took out the former Intercontinental champion with a boot of his own. Kingston jumped back into the ring and hit the New Day Boom Drop on Mahal, found his way into the S.O.S. on Ryder and went for the pin before he was taken out by Mahal. Rusev knocked Mahal out of the ring, then set up for the Accolade on Ryder and Kofi. Mahal jumped back into the ring and knocked Rusev down. Ryder hit the Rough Ryder on Mahal, Rusev superkicked Ryder and Rusev locked in the Accolade to tap Kofi to become the No. 1 contender for Bobby Roode’s championship.
Carmella’s failed Money in the Bank cash-in
Charlotte cut a promo on the Women’s Royal Rumble and Ronda Rousey’s debut. Charlotte asked who would be standing across the ring from her in New Orleans at WrestleMania, and the Riott Squad’s music hit. Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liz Morgan beat down Charlotte.
Carmella came running down and tried to cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase. She went to kick the Charlotte, and accidentally hit the ref. As the ref failed to get up, Charlotte got to her feet and Carmella took her briefcase back up the entrance ramp.
WWE Smackdown Live Main Event: Shinsuke Nakamura & WWE champion AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn via pinfall
Owens and Nakamura went at it in the ring, and Zayn tried to help his partner, but the No. 1 contender threw him out of the ring. Zayn and Owens argued on the outside of the ring, and Zayn left Owens to fight Styles and Nakamura on his own.
Zayn walked up to the top of the ramp, then came back to the ring. He and Owens continued arguing, and Styles knocked Owens into Zayn.
Zayn got angry again and left the ring, as Owens took it to the WWE champ. Styles made the hot tag to Nakamura, who beat Owens around the ring. He set up for the Kinshasa, but Owens rolled out of the ring. Styles rolled him back in and Nakamura hit the Kinshasa for the pinfall.
WWE Smackdown Live Best of the Rest
- WWE Smackdown Live tag team champion Usos hit the ring to talk down every team they’ve “locked down”.AS they stepped out of the ring, the Bludgeon Brothers’ music hit, and out came Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
- Bludgeon Brothers (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) def. two jobbers via pinfall
- Tye Dillinger and Baron Corbin got into it backstage, and Shane McMahon set up a match between the two later in the evening.
- Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall
- Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin def. Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) via pinfall