Dolph Ziggler defeated Baron Corbin (c) and Bobby Roode to become the New WWE United States Champion.
This result was definitely the shocker of the night. Especially considering that Ziggler recently said that he didn’t like where his place was in WWE. But, a victory like this keeps him relevant again and it will be interesting to see where this goes. Overall, this was a pretty good match and the shock factor behind it was well too.
The Usos (c) defeated Rusev and Aiden English, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable, and the New Day to retain the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This was the match of the night. Every team had time to show what they got and it was pretty fast paced. The Rusev Day gimmick is one of my favorites and the crowd seemed to be behind them the most, which made the match that much better. The Usos got the pin on Chad Gable, which benefits the other teams considering they weren’t the team to get pinned.
Charlotte (c) defeated Natalya to retain the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
With the lumberjack match being the type of match between these two, we knew that the lumberjacks would play a factor. They obviously did and because of that, it made this match dull and boring. Honestly, if it wasn’t for that stipulation, this match would’ve been better.
The Bludgeon Brothers defeated Breezango
With the Bludgeon Brothers running through everybody they have been facing off against, Breezango seemed to be the next victims. This made sense as they want to push the Bludgeon Brothers as the next team to be feared, but for as long as they built up the fact that they were the ones that attacked Breezing, they could’ve made this match a little more competitive. Either way, Harper and Rowan’s ambush style really makes their tag team matches better.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton
With two referees in this match, there was going to be confusion to start. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan tried to establish sides during the match and we knew that they were going to play a huge factor in who won this match. While the match as a whole wasn’t bad, the result is what really had to be featured. The end result being that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens still kept their jobs and now we get to see where this all goes for Smackdown.
AJ Styles (c) defeated Jinder Mahal to retain the WWE Championship
This match was very slow paced, but I am glad that it was in the main event slot. It did make this match feel more important and when Styles is the champion, every match has the “big match” feel. Overall, Mahal did prove that he can hang with some of the top superstars, but his reign in the main event scene probably came to an end for a while. Styles winning is the best for the fans and for business, and now it will be interesting to see who he faces at the Royal Rumble.
Overall, this event was decent. The fatal four way tag match and the tag match between Zayn, Owens, Orton, and Nakamura were the best matches of the night. It will be interesting to see where each direction the championships go too, especially for the New US Champion Dolph Ziggler and WWE Champion AJ Styles. In conclusion, Smackdown put on another average PPV, but their road to Wrestlemania should be very intriguing going forward.