WWE Smackdown LIVE took place from the RaboBank Arena in Bakersfield, California. Here’s all the action that went down last night.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin never started after The “Yep!” Movement attacked them
Smackdown LIVE saw two faces return to its roster: The lone wolf Baron Corbin and former United States champion Dolph Ziggler, in a match that would see the winner advance to the WWE championship title main event at the upcoming Fastlane showdown. Owens and Zayn had other plans for the night however, as they jumped Corbin before he could hit the ring.
Ziggler joined the fight backstage, but the Yep Movement’s numbers were too much for the show-off, as the duo dismantled their potential competition.
Charlotte Flair def. Sarah Logan
After falling victim to the Riott Squad, Charlotte Flair was hungry for payback. Demanding matches against each member of the Riott Squad, Charlotte had already defeated Liv Morgan last week. This week, she was going two for two when she pounced on Sarah Logan, dealing her a decisive defeat after the ref had ejected the rest of the team from the ring.
With a Natural Selection finisher, Charlotte Flair had taken down two-thirds of the Riott Squad. Next week, it’s Ruby Riott who’ll see what the queen is capable of when she isn’t outnumbered and blindsided.
Baron Corbin def. Kevin Owens to advance to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane
Following the ambush earlier in the night, Smackdown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon came up with a new idea: Singles matches pitting Kevin Owens against Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn against Dolph Ziggler. If either man could win, they’d be inserted into the Fastlane Main Event and that match would change format to either a Fatal 4- or 5-Way Match.
Baron Corbin managed to prove his top card status in the ensuing bout, as he weathered every trick in the book of Owens, eventually locking in the End of Days to score a win and move forward to the Fastlane. Could Dolph Ziggler do the same later in the night?
Chaos ensued as both Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal attempted to answer Bobby Roode’s United States Open Challenge
Bobby Roode was looking to keep a tradition alive when he revived the United States Open Challenge on Smackdown LIVE, but the champ got something else instead: Chaos. With both Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal answering the call for gold, it was only a matter of time until chaos broke out. With Mahal flunky Sunil Singh suffering an RKO and Orton feeling the brunt of a haymaker from Roode, it was Mahal who got the last licks in with a Khallas on the champ, as the United States championship race just got a whole lot more interesting.
The New Day def. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable are all about taking the art of tag team wrestling seriously. The New Day. Less so, and then some. In an attempt to remind the positivity proponents to get serious in the ring, the mat-westling mavens found themselves outgunned by Kofi Kingston and Big E, with the duo eventually locking in the Midnight Hour on Gable for a victory that was too sweet.
Dolph Ziggler def. Sami Zayn to advance to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane
With Baron Corbin advancing to the spotlight of the WWE Championship, it was up to Dolph Ziggler to further increase the odds of AJ Styles retaining his gold. In a fast-paced battle, the returning show-off shook off any signs of ring rust and put on a main event performance, knocking out Zayn with his pinpoint superkick and changing the game ahead of WWE Fastlane.
Last Updated: February 14, 2018