Smackdown Recap: March 6, 2018
S2018 episode 968 Aired on March 6, 2018

The one-on-one main event between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler took an unexpected turn after The “Yep!” Movement injected themselves with a surprise attack. Elsewhere, Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal rekindled their epic rivalry, as United States Champion Bobby Roode watched on from the announce desk.

With his first-ever clash against Randy Orton occurring at WWE Fastlane on Sunday, United States Champion Bobby Roode took his seat at ringside to scout The Viper from the announce desk. In Orton’s way, however, was the man who caused the initial rift between The Apex Predator and The Glorious One and the Superstar who thought he was being deprived of the United States Title opportunity this Sunday, Jinder Mahal.

The Viper and The Modern Day Maharaja rekindled their rivalry with a hard-hitting contest. Roode unwillingly became involved in the bout when Orton hurled Mahal right into the United States Champion at the announce table, knocking him to the floor.

Back in the ring moments later, Orton looked ready to strike and finish off The Modern Day Maharaja with an RKO, but an angry Roode hopped onto the ring apron to take issue with Orton, allowing Mahal to shove The Viper into Roode before finishing him off with a ring-shaking Khallas for a statement win.

With adrenaline and animosity now flowing through their veins, WWE Champion AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler squared off on SmackDown LIVE.

The two Superstars dazzled the WWE Universe with an awe-inspiring display of athleticism and competitiveness.

At the contest’s most critical moment, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn ran down to the ring and tried to get the jump on Styles and Ziggler, leading to the match being thrown out by the official. The “Yep!” Movement’s plan was also thwarted when The Phenomenal One & The Showoff put their differences aside and worked together to clear the ring of the meddlesome duo.

The chaos prompted the arrival of SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, who was flabbergasted with KO & Sami. Shane-O-Mac toyed with the idea of putting together a conventional tag team match, pitting Styles & Ziggler against Owens & Zayn, but he instead opted for a more unique path: A Fatal 5-Way Match between the four men involved in the melee and Baron Corbin. Oh, and that match? Yep, it would be next!

With AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler already having gone through a hellacious one-on-one contest, five of the six Superstars in Sunday’s WWE Title Match collided in this impromptu main event on SmackDown LIVE.

In a preview of the thrilling action to come on Sunday, anarchy ruled the night, as all five Superstars went to great lengths to seize a monumental win en route to WWE Fastlane.

After a flurry of activity that resembled a Nor’easter snowstorm, Sami Zayn connected flush onto his best friend (maybe “best friend”?) Kevin Owens with a jaw-jacking Helluva Kick to claim the monumental win before the WWE Title Six-Pack Challenge Match at WWE Fastlane.

Owens was in disbelief after the match, but Zayn had a very concise reason for his actions: to prove he was the absolute best on SmackDown LIVE.

In other action … Charlotte Flair and Ruby Riott exchanged heated words ahead of WWE Fastlane … Becky Lynch def. Carmella … and WWE Champion AJ Styles was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler.