After several weeks of turbulence, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and AJ Styles sat down to sign on the dotted line and make their highly anticipated WrestleMania bout official.
Shane spoke with passion and purpose, promising to earn Styles’ respect at The Grandest Stage of Them All just before signing the contract. However, The Phenomenal One retorted by saying that Shane-O-Mac would have no ladders or cells to help him at The Ultimate Thrill Ride and that he would best the Commissioner at every turn.
Things almost got heated, but The “Yes!” Man interjected and tried to engineer a handshake. The former WWE Champion would have none of it, however, opting to walk out with WrestleMania now in the crosshairs of each competitor.
The Miz & Maryse promised the WWE Universe the shocking conclusion to their Total Bellas spoof series on “Miz TV,” and they did just that. The new installment continued to pick on The A-List Couple’s WrestleMania opponents, drawing John Cena & Nikki Bella out to the arena to address the smear campaign.
Cena went off and retorted everything about The A-Lister and his bride’s spoof. He then challenged either Miz or Maryse to get WrestleMania started early, but the two instead opted to walk away and live to fight another day … Sunday, specifically.
WWE Champion Bray Wyatt squared off with his former apostle, Luke Harper, just five days before his title defense against Randy Orton at WrestleMania. Harper fought valiantly against his former savior, but Wyatt planted him with the Sister Abigail for the win.
The Reaper of Souls would have little-to-no time to savor the victory, however, as Randy Orton appeared on the TitanTron from the Wyatt Family Compound. The Viper drove a Crusix through the heart and soul of Sister Abigail, making a bold statement ahead of The Ultimate Thrill Ride.
In other action … Becky Lynch vs. Carmella ended in a no contest … Alexa Bliss & Carmella def. Becky Lynch & Mickie James … and Mojo Rawley, Heath Slater, Rhyno & American Alpha def. Dolph Ziggler, Breezango & The Usos.