After James Ellsworth talked himself into a pickle with former friend Dean Ambrose – thanks to urging from his “boo thing” Carmella – Daniel Bryan approved a match between the Intercontinental Champion and the Chinless Superstar.
Though Ellsworth should get credit just for showing up and introducing Carmella to the WWE Universe so nicely, the contest never got underway. Ambrose was seemingly attacked by Baron Corbin backstage and The Lone Wolf dragged him out to the ramp. Ambrose tried to fight back, but Corbin’s strength was too much, ultimately hitting him with the Deep Six through electrical equipment, sending sparks flying. It was Corbin’s second attack of retribution this week for Ambrose eliminating him from Sunday’s Elimination Chamber Match.
Naomi returned from Elimination Chamber as the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. Though she suffered a knee injury in the process, it couldn’t have possibly been as painful as the sudden interruption from Alexa Bliss. The Wicked Witch of WWE had no sympathy for Naomi’s injury and gave the new champion an ultimatum — Naomi had until next week to prepare for their rematch or else Bliss would beat The Glow down and simply take back what was hers.
In SmackDown LIVE’s main event, WWE Champion Bray Wyatt put his newly captured title on the line against John Cena and AJ Styles. However, before the match could begin, Wyatt’s former faithful follower Luke Harper came out and blindsided The Reaper of Souls, putting him at a disadvantage as the contest began.
The three Superstars did not hold back in pursuit of WWE’s most prestigious prize, not hesitating to take chances in attempts of sealing the deal. But in the final moments, after each Superstar took the others’ literal best shots several times over, Wyatt took advantage of Cena temporarily eliminating Styles and then hit The Cenation Leader with the Sister Abigail for the win.
After the contest, the 2017 Royal Rumble Winner and Wyatt’s follower Randy Orton made his way to the ring. Tensions mounted for a moment between the two possible WrestleMania adversaries, but then, suddenly, The Viper supplicated himself to The Eater of Worlds.
Orton pledged to the WWE Champion that as long as he is serving under Wyatt, he refuses to face him at WrestleMania and promised his undying allegiance. Wyatt then proclaimed that Orton now has the keys to the kingdom as SmackDown LIVE went off the air.
In other action … American Alpha def. The Ascension … Baron Corbin savagely attacked Dean Ambrose … and Mickie James def. Becky Lynch.