The WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with a look back at the I Quit Beat The Clock Challenge between Ronda Rousey and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair from last week. We’re now live from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York as Michael Cole welcomes us to SmackDown. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. The Long Island crowd pops as they hype tonight’s go-home line-up.
Charlotte Flair vs. Aliyah
We go right to the ring and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair to boos as Samantha Irvin does the introductions. Cole says Flair is getting another chance at last week’s loss in the Beat The Clock Challenge. Flair stops on the ramp and poses as pyro goes off. Aliyah is already waiting in the ring.
Flair takes the mic to boos and says what’s up to Long Island. She says all these people paid their hard-earned money to come see her, and she thanks them. Flair doesn’t know why people call Long Island the arm pit of New York. She brings up how people said she was humiliated after last week’s loss but that’s not true as she was screwed. She says Aliyah clearly tapped out and Drew Gulak, the moron timekeeper, is to blame. Flair says the only person who will be humiliated come WrestleMania Backlash will be Ronda Rousey when Flair makes her quit. Flair says Rousey will cry like her own baby, and Flair won’t be surprised if Rousey leaves WWE again after this weekend. The boos continue and now Flair addresses Aliyah, asking if she’s enjoying her 15 seconds of fame being in the ring with her. Flair says she’s about to give everyone a preview of what she’s going to do to Rousey. Flair motions for Aliyah to come to her in the middle of the ring, then drops her with a cheap shot.
Fans boo louder now as Flair unloads on Aliyah. She takes her robe off and mounts Aliyah with more aggressive offense, yelling at her to quit. Flair poses over Aliyah as fans boo. The music interrupts and out comes Rousey. Rousey storms the ring but Flair kicks at her to keep her from entering. Rousey pulls Flair to the floor and they start brawling at ringside.
Rousey with big knee strikes to the gut. They tangle but Flair tosses Rousey into the barrier. Fans chant “Ronda Rousey!” now as she recovers and chases Flair into the ring. Flair immediately tackles her and mounts her with more offense. Rousey kicks Flair away but Flair nails a boot to the face. The brawl continues until referees and officials get in between them. Flair drops an official, apparently WWE Producer Shawn Daivari, with a big boot as they break away and keep fighting. They keep brawling on their feet and the mat as officials try to restore order. Flair is finally held back at ringside while Rousey is held in the ring. They keep yelling at each other as Rousey’s music starts back up.
Sasha Banks vs. Shayna Baszler
Baszler wins with a cradle with his leg on the ropes with help from Natalya.
Winnee: Shayna Baszler
After the match, Banks and Naomi are jumped but they fight back, send Naomi out of the ring and take out Natalya with a double team single leg face buster.
– This week’s Progressive Match Flo video looks back at last week’s show when the WrestleMania Backlash main event was changed from a WWE Tag Team Titles Unification bout to the non-title six-man. Kayla Braxton is backstage with SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos now. They say the time for talking is done, and that fool, RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle, talks too much anyway. They go on and say their opponents are tools, while The Bloodline are the ones.
– We go back to the ring and out comes another must see episode of Happy Talk with Happy Baron Corbin. He makes his way to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro are with Kayla backstage. She asks if they heard what The Usos just said. Riddle rants some while Randy Orton downplays what The Usos said because they are always running their mouths. Orton goes on and issues a warning to The Usos ahead of WrestleMania Backlash. We go back to the ring for Happy Talk. The announcers show us what happened between Corbin and Madcap Moss last week. Corbin says that doesn’t bother him because he can’t stop thinking of all the things he’s going to do to Moss this Sunday.
Moss interrupts from the big screen and says no one wants to hear Corbin, but they do want to hear Moss tell jokes. Moss starts cracking jokes on Corbin as Corbin begins to seethe in the ring. Corbin interrupts and says Moss thinks he’s safe in the back, and doesn’t have the guts to say any of this to his face. Moss walks away and now he’s making his entrance to the ring. Moss confronts Corbin in the ring and continues insulting him with jokes. Corbin has heard enough as Moss gets the fans to laugh and chant “Big Bald Wolf!” at him. A disappointed Corbin exits up the ring as Moss looks on.
– Cole sends us to a video package on how Drew Gulak has been auditioning for a spot on the SmackDown broadcast team. We see how Charlotte Flair has humiliated him in recent weeks.
Drew Gulak vs. Gunther
Gulak falls to the apron but Gunther drags him back in and applies a Sleeper. Gulak resists but Gunther keeps the hold locked in. Gunther quickly turns the hold into a powerbomb and slams Gulak in the middle of the ring for the pin to get the easy win.
– After the match, Gunther stands tall in the middle of the ring as the music hits and we go to replays. Kaiser enters the ring and takes the mic to announce The Ring General as the winner. Most fans boo Gunther and Kaiser as they stand tall.
– We see how Rick Boogs was injured at WrestleMania 38. We also see how The Bloodline took out Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown a few weeks back. Megan Morant is backstage with Nakamura now. She brings up his beef with The Bloodline. Nakamura says The Bloodline hurt his friend Boogs, then they jumped him and he hasn’t forgotten about that. Nakamura says one day soon when the time is right, he will get a piece of Roman Reigns, and Reigns will never forget. Nakamura walks off and we see Sami Zayn lurking in the background, eavesdropping.
New Day vs. Ridge Holland and Sheamus – Tables Match
Kofi looks to capitalize but Butch crawls from under the ring, and attacks Kofi from behind. Woods comes out but Holland holds him by his head while still standing in the ring, holding him at ringside so Sheamus can nail a Brogue Kick. Sheamus kicks Kofi next. They bring Woods back into the ring and put him through the table with a big double chokeslam.
Winners: Sheamus and Ridge Holland
– After the match, Butch immediately mounts Woods and unloads with punches as the music hits and Sheamus celebrates with Holland. The Unholy Trinity stands tall as fans boo them.
– Kayla is backstage with Paul Heyman now, asking him if he heard Drew McIntyre say he wanted to kick Roman Reigns’ head off earlier. Heyman goes on asking if Kayla is flirting with him. Sami Zayn interrupts and says he’s been looking for Heyman. Kayla leaves and Heyman yells for her not to leave him alone with Sami. Sami tells Heyman about how he heard Shinsuke Nakamura say he’s not done with Reigns earlier. Sami tells Heyman to let Reigns know that he will take care of Nakamura, and that Reigns doesn’t have to worry about it. Sami keeps mentioning how he wants Heyman to relay the message to Reigns. Heyman says The Tribal Chief respects and appreciates Sami’s initiative. Sami loves this, and says this is how he gets his respect and credibility back. Sami just wants to make sure Heyman will let Reigns know what he said. Sami thanks Heyman several times and walks off. Heyman thanks him back but doesn’t seem sincere.
Still to come, The Bloodline faces off with Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Adam Pearce is in his office. Sami Zayn interrupts and says he comes on behalf of and speaking for The Bloodline. Sami asks for a match against Shinsuke Nakamura for next week and says this is important because it’s how he gets his credibility back. Pearce books the match for tonight and only gives Sami a few minutes to get ready.
– Cole sends us to Chapter 5 in the story of Lacey Evans. Evans talks about how her father lost his battle with mental health and addiction, overdosing just months before her WWE tryout. She recalls how she lost other another family member to suicide as her WWE journey got going, and then the suicide of another family member shortly before her first WWE NXT match.. She didn’t know how much more she could take but she decided to do what was best for her, her family, and her mental health. Instead of feeling excited about her first WWE match, she was completely broken. She wiped her face and had her first WWE match in front of her daughter. She went to the hospital after the match and faced the inevitable.