SmackDown Recap: February 6, 2018
S2018 episode 964 Aired on February 6, 2018

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s one-on-one encounter to determine a challenger for WWE Champion AJ Styles at WWE Fastlane took a chaotic turn, leading to Daniel Bryan throwing all three a curveball. Elsewhere, United States Champion Bobby Roode defended his title against Rusev.

Daniel Bryan has revealed the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Top 10 Superstars List, as voted on by the Superstars of Team Blue. According to Bryan, the list will influence how he and SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon determine future matchups and opportunities.

When voting, Superstars had to consider locker room leadership, talent and athletic skill. Superstars could not vote for themselves, and neither Bryan nor McMahon voted on the list.

The list is as follows:

10. Tye Dillinger
9. Randy Orton
8. Becky Lynch
7. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos
6. The New Day
5. United States Champion Bobby Roode
4. Naomi
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
2. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair
1. WWE Champion AJ Styles

What do you think about the rankings? Let your voice be heard in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #SDLiveTop10 !

SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair once again found herself at a numbers disadvantage as she took on Liv Morgan, who was backed up by The Riott Squad. The Queen, who was speculated to have requested the match after The Riott Squad savagely attacked her last week, kept control in the early goings, but the feeling that Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan could interject never dissipated.

Eventually, Logan hopped up on the ring apron to distract Flair and the official, and Riott saved Morgan by pulling her out of the ring. Their tactics would not pay their usual dividends this time, however, as Riott was caught in the act, and she and Logan were ejected from ringside. This allowed Flair to put Morgan down with a massive big boot before applying the Figure-Eight for the tapout victory. After the contest, Flair said “one down, two to go,” suggesting that she wasn’t quite done with The Riott Squad.

In a high-stakes main event, best friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn squared off with the chance to challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles (who was doing guest commentary) at WWE Fastlane on the line.

The two “Yep!” Movement members treaded cautiously at the onset of the contest, with neither wanting to go full force against their buddy. As the action picked up and their respective onslaughts got more explosive, the action spilled to the outside. Once there, Zayn confronted Styles with a look suggesting that he was ready to brawl. The Phenomenal One, clearly fed up with both members of “Kami,” struck both Zayn and Owens, leading to the match being thrown out. Styles’ attack had Kevin & Sami reeling, allowing Styles to hit a Springboard Crossbody onto them on the outside.

The chaos brought Daniel Bryan back out with a major announcement. Bryan, citing the superlative performances by Owens and Zayn and the outside interference by Styles, declared that The Phenomenal One will defend the WWE Title against Owens & Zayn at WWE Fastlane in a Triple Threat Match!

In other action … Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan had a tense altercation … The Bludgeon Brothers def. local competitors … SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos laid down the Uso Street Code … United States Champion Bobby Roode def. Rusev … and Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable def. The Ascension.