After Baron Corbin barged into Daniel Bryan’s office demanding Dean Ambrose (whom Bryan claimed he had not heard from in weeks), The “Yes!” Man placed The Lone Wolf in a primetime matchup against Randy Orton.
Orton and Corbin left it all in the ring in a hard-hitting contest as they faced off for the first time. The turning point came when Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose returned to SmackDown LIVE, standing on the front of a forklift in reference to Corbin’s attack with the destructive device from several weeks ago.
The distraction proved costly for The Lone Wolf, as it allowed The Viper to strike with an RKO and pick up the victory.
After the contest, The Lunatic Fringe made his way to the ring to tell Corbin that “it was on” for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania, striking The Lone Wolf with a Dirty Deeds for good measure.
The Miz & Maryse chose to have some fun at the expense of John Cena & Nikki Bella, creating “never-before-seen lost” Total Bellas footage (it was really just them in costume). In spite of this, Cena faced off with Fandango, who was accompanied by Tyler Breeze dressed up like Nikki Bella and deeming himself Breezy Bella. This prompted The Cenation Leader to bring out the REAL Nikki Bella to watch his back. Cena dominated Fandango, and when “Breezy Bella” tried to get involved, Fearless Nikki intercepted and took out Breeze as Cena handled Fandango with the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
After the match, the couple celebrated as they head to The Ultimate Thrill Ride with nothing but momentum.
Throughout SmackDown LIVE, AJ Styles was waiting in the parking lot for Shane McMahon’s arrival just as he did before his vicious sneak attack one week ago. But AJ had to make his way to the ring when he was told Shane-O-Mac was already there and was calling out The Phenomenal One.
Almost seeming a bit apprehensive, Styles made his way out and said he wanted to apologize to Shane, but it was clear that the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner thought it was a ruse because he started swinging as soon as Styles entered the squared circle.
The brawl spilled to the outside where the Commissioner got the upper hand, allowing him to lay AJ out on the announcer’s table and connect with an incredible diving elbow off the top rope onto Styles, leaving him down and making a major statement ahead of The Ultimate Thrill Ride.
In other action … AJ Styles accepted Shane McMahon’s challenge for WrestleMania … The Usos def. American Alpha to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championship … Bray Wyatt played mind games with Randy Orton backstage … and Carmella vs. Becky Lynch ended in a no contest.