When SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan returned to his home state faithful in Washington for the first time since announcing his in-ring retirement, he brought the WWE Universe into a frenzy … until The Miz interrupted.
However, before The Miz and Bryan could get knee deep into one of their usual heated exchanges, Baron Corbin cut them both off, which led to he and A-Lister exchanging words after their run-in last week. While Corbin wanted to talk about the past, though, Miz instead looked to get The Lone Wolf on his side in advance of their participation in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday.
Corbin did not seem interested though and before the matter could be settled, fellow Chamber competitors Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles each decided to join the party. As the situation grew more intense, Bryan, decided to create an impromptu Fatal 4-Way Match for them!
In a historic first, Renee Young moderated a dual contract signing for Sunday’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, in order to make official both the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match between Alexa Bliss and Naomi and a contest between Mickie James and Becky Lynch.
Young was smart enough to stay out of the way … and, well, she was wise to do just that. While Mickie and Becky traded insults over who was the better competitor, Bliss and Naomi each continued to attempt to get the mental advantage over the other ahead of their championship clash. This all led to the inevitable melee between these combustible elements, which eventually saw the Naomi and Lynch tandem stand tall as they sent Bliss and James heading for the hills.
Following 2017 Royal Rumble Match winner Randy Orton’s defeat of WWE Champion John Cena in tag team action one week ago, the two longtime rivals clashed this week in singles action for the first time in SmackDown LIVE history. The match, which could possibly be a preview of the main event of WrestleMania 33, swept up the WWE Universe as the two future surefire WWE Hall of Famers went back and forth during Team Blue’s main event.
Elimination Chamber competitor Bray Wyatt lurked at ringside as the match raged on and, after each kicked out of the other’s signature maneuvers and the referee took a tumble, Wyatt struck when he felt the moment was right. Wyatt and Orton double teamed Cena and he dropped The Champ with Sister Abigail. However, The Eater of Worlds’ interference was neutralized by his former follower Luke Harper who appeared, no longer in awe of Wyatt when he finally struck down on his former leader. This all led to The Champ capitalizing on the chaos, hitting the AA to defeat The Viper in the massive main event.
In other action … Baron Corbin def. AJ Styles, The Miz and Dean Ambrose in a Fatal 4-Way Match … Nikki Bella and Natalya continued their war of words … Apollo Crews def. Dolph Ziggler … and The Ascension, The Vaudevillains & The Usos def. American Alpha, Breezango & Heath Slater & Rhyno – 12-Man Tag Team Match.