SmackDown Recap: April 7
S2016 episode 868 Aired on April 7, 2016

The three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns kicked off SmackDown, fresh off his epic World Title WrestleMania victory over Triple H. The Big Dog made it clear that he is ready to take on all comers and explained that he is not the good guy or the bad guy; he’s the guy!

It wasn’t long before his new No. 1 contender AJ Styles interrupted, three nights after earning that distinction on Raw by defeating a returning Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in a Fatal 4-Way Match set up by Shane McMahon.

Though the interaction between the two Superstars was not necessarily hostile, they did seem to be sizing each other up for their impending showdown. While Styles made it clear that he had been the champion all over the world, The Big Dog asserted that to be the champion in WWE, The Phenomenal One would have to have beat him for the World Title. Reigns then closed out their interaction by saying that Styles never beat him and never will.

On Raw, a disruption involving new Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder’s father and The Miz’s wife Maryse ultimately helped “The A-Lister” capture the title.

Three days later on SmackDown, the stunning Maryse was again on hand, introducing Miz as the new titleholder for his rematch against Long Island Iced-Z.

A determined Ryder was willing to pull out all the stops to reach the top of the mountain for the second time in a week. The Hollywood power couple once again proved too much for him, though. When Maryse distracted both the referee and the challenger by untying one of the turnbuckles and throwing it into the ring, Miz hit the unsuspecting Ryder with a thumb to the eye and the Skull-Crushing Finale.

After AJ Styles, Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Chis Jericho all competed in a whirlwind Fatal 4-Way Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Title opportunity on Monday’s Raw, the four Superstars battled in SmackDown’s tag team main event.

But in the height of the action, Sami Zayn — whom couldn’t compete in Monday’s World Title No. 1 Contender’s Match because of KO — emerged. The commotion allowed AJ Styles to pick up the win over The Prizefighter and ignited a fierce post-match brawl between Owens and Zayn that ended with Zayn being viciously thrown into the steel ring steps and KO being forcefully pulled away by WWE officials.

In other action… Vaudevillains def. Lucha Dragons… Natalya def. Summer Rae… Apollo Crews def. Curtis Axel… and Dean Ambrose def. Tyler Breeze.