SmackDown Recap: March 17
S2016 episode 865 Aired on March 17, 2016

Roman Reigns kicked off Thursday’s hottest show amid chants of “Roman” from the WWE Universe as he wasted no time with his entrance, entering the arena via the SmackDown stage, rather than through the WWE Universe. The Big Dog recounted how he brought the “big fight” to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H Monday, when he delivered an absolutely brutal attack that left The Game with six staples in his head.

The black-clad Superstar’s message to his WrestleMania 32 opponent was short and to the point. The determined Reigns said he will bring a beating to The Cerebral Assassin on Sunday, April 3, and take The King of Kings’ WWE World Heavyweight Title. Believe that!

Dean Ambrose offered a glimpse into his Cincinnati upbringing and explained why the streets he grew up on prepared him well for his WrestleMania 32’s No Holds Barred Street Fight against Brock Lesnar.

While The Social Outcasts announced they would be competing in the 3rd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, their WrestleMania 32 plans quickly turned to group bickering. Luckily for the WWE Universe, Dean Ambrose arrived with a Kendo stick in hand, quickly dispatching the Outcasts.

The Cincinnati native then addressed the rumor that Brock Lesnar would be at SmackDown next week by letting his WrestleMania 32 opponent know he will be waiting for him inside the ring if and when he shows up. Will The Beast Incarnate step up to the plate and confront The Lunatic Fringe on Thursday’s hottest show next week?

Just as AJ Styles seemed primed to deliver another Phenomenal Forearm to Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens amid their hard-hitting main event, Chris Jericho’s music hit and the charismatic Superstar slowly made his way down to the ring. The arrival of The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla distracted The Phenomenal One long enough for WWE’s prizefighter to hit a running knee on Styles en route to his Pop-up Powerbomb for the win.

Following the contest, Jericho hit Styles with a Codebreaker before mocking the WWE Universe by sarcastically chanting “AJ Styles” above his fallen rival.

In other action... Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz... Bubba Ray Dudley def. Goldust... Divas Champion Charlotte faced her WrestleMania 32 challengers... and Kofi Kingston def. King Barrett.