Welcome to SmackDown Live.
Shane McMahon starts things off and he is so distraught from his loss on Sunday that he was unable to shuffle on the stage before walking to the ring.
We take a look at highlights from Kofi Kingston the WWE Championship Match from The Elimination Chamber Pay Per View, including the post match reaction to Kofi’s performance.
Shane welcomes everyone to Smackdown and comments on the six man tag match tonight featuring the participants from the Elimination Chamber Match. He mentions the four debuts on Raw and he says that they will be on Smackdown tonight.
Miz interrupts and he makes his way to the ring. Miz apologizes and he says that he has not slept in two days. Miz says he lost the Smackdown tag team titles on Sunday. That was 48 sleepless hours. MIz says he cannot shake the guilt. You took a chance on Miz being your partner. Miz says he knows his reputation and Shane still took that risk because of Miz’ plea. Miz has a confession to make. Miz says he used Shane.
Miz says that he knew that Shane could relate to dealing with your father. Miz says that you selflessly took his place to be the Best in the World. Miz says he heard Shane talk about wanting to be a tag team champion. Miz says he wants to make whatever title he has and make it the best. We won the titles together. Two nights later, you brought out Miz’ dad. Miz says that he heard his father say that he loved him and was proud of him. Miz says that was the first time he heard his father say that in his life.
Miz says that was the best moment of his career and one of the greatest moments of his life and it was because of Shane. Then, two days ago in their first title defense, he let them down. Miz says he cannot change the past, but he can alter the future. There are no automatic rematches, but you have the ability to do it Shane. Miz says everyone wants it.
The Usos make their way to the stage and they want to stop things. Jimmy says it sounds like everyone wants a rematch for the tag titlese. Jey says there are no automatic rematch clauses. If you can forgive the Miz and they will give them another chance to be called the best tag team in the world. Jimmy says there is only one reason why you don’t want this rematch. It is because Miz is a joke. Your boy Miz is a joke, a loser, a failure, a fraud, and a wannabe A Lister with C List skills. Jey tells Shane to find another partner.
Shane says that you do not disrespect his partner like that. Shane says the rematch is on and it will happen in Cleveland at Fastlane.
Aleister Black makes his way to the ring.
Match Number One: Aleister Black versus Andrade Almas (with Zelina Vega)
Almas with a wrist lock and Black with a leg sweep for a near fall. Almas with a leg sweep and cover for a near fall. Black misses Black Mass when Almas moves. Almas with a waist lock and Black with a side head lock. Almas with a chop.
We see Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa watching in the back as Almas kicks Black. Almas chops Black in the corner and Irish whips Black and hits a running knee for a near fall. Almas with an Irish whip but he misses a knee and hits the turnbuckle and goes over the top rope to the floor. Black teases a dive to the floor but he springboards back into the ring and sits down.
Almas returns to the ring and Black with a kick and knee to the midsection for a near fall. Black with an arm drag into an arm bar. Almas sends Black to the apron and Black with a forearm. Almas with a forearm to Black on the apron. Almas tries to suplex Black back into the ring but Black blocks it. Black brings Almas to the apron. Almas with a forearm and Black fires back. They continue the exchange and Black with boots to Almas and Almas with a boot of his own followed by a back breaker and elbow to the chest onto the apron. Almas gets a near fall.
Almas with a reverse chin lock. Black backs Almas into the turnbuckles to get out of the chin lock. Almas with a boot and he sets for a tornado DDT but Black stops him. Black with a kick and Almas falls into the ropes. Black and Almas with forearms and Black with running back elbows. Black blocks a kick and takes Almas down to the mat and follows with a sliding knee. Almas pushes Black over the top rope to the floor when Black sets for a springboard move. Almas sets for the hammer lock DT but Black blocks it and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Black kicks ALmas from the corner and hits Meteora.
Black with a kick and German suplex for a near fall. Black sets for a suplex but Almas blocks it. Almas with a boot and hip toss into the turnbuckles. ALmas with the running double knee strike for a near fall. Almas sets for the hammer lock DDT again and Black with Snake Eyes followed by Black Mass for the three count.
Winner: Aleister Black
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are in the back and they are asked about their match last night on Raw and their hype going into tonight. Ciampa says they have made careers of defying expectations. He was not handed the title, he earned it. Johnny says it is crazy to think that they went to war against each other in this building and now they are together on Smackdown. They are going to show that they are the future.
Cesaro and Sheamus stop by and Cesaro says it is bring your NXT Superstar to Work Day. Cesaro says no one knows who you are or cares about you. He tells them to stay on NXT.
Ciampa says they are here to take over. Gargano says they are not here to set the bar, they are here to break the bar.
Sheamus and Cesaro laugh at Gargano and Ciampa and then walk away.
Jeff Hardy is in the back and he tells AJ Styles to let bygones be bygones.
Kofi Kingston stops by with a pancake branch instead of an olive branch to make sure they are on the same wavelength. Jeff and AJ take pancakes and take a bite.