Welcome to SmackDown Live. We are in Phoenix, Arizona and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton. Renee Young is in the ring and she brings out the WWE Champion, AJ Styles.
Renee reminds AJ that he is in a five way match for the title at Fastlane and she asks him if he controls his destiny for Wrestlemania. AJ looks at the Wrestlemania sign and he says he is in control of his destiny. Any man who steps in this ring with him, he can beat him. AJ says it sounds cocky but he can back it up. This match at Fastlane is a problem. Anything can happen inside or outside this ring.
AJ shows Renee the announce table and it would feel good to put Kevin Owens through that announce table. There is a problem with that. AJ says in the middle of the ring, Dolph Ziggler could be pinning Sami Zayn and he would no longer be the WWE Champion. Speaking of the outside of the ring, AJ says the stairs are perfect for Sami Zayn and he would love to put his face in these steps. Back in the middle of the ring, AJ says that Dolph Ziggler has beaten Kevin Owens and he is no longer champion.
Individually, he can take them. Kevin Owens, former Universal Champion. Big and athletic. He knows what he is getting. Sami Zayn is ruthless when he wants to be. Dolph Ziggler is every bit the man he says he is. He is the Show Off, but he is not Phenomenal. Then we have . . .
Speaking of the other guy in the match, Baron Corbin makes his way to the stage.
Baron says if you were going to say that he could beat Baron, he will stop AJ before he makes a fool of himself. Baron says the last time they met in the ring, he beat AJ. He beat him for the United States Championship and then he beat AJ in their rematch. Baron says he has AJ’s number because there is a major difference between them. You are just an athlete, while Baron says he is a fighter. He will enjoy pinning AJ for the title, or he can pin someone else because there will be nothing that AJ can do about it.
You are looking at the new WWE Champion.
Kevin Owens comes out to the stage. Kevin says AJ will not have to worry about running around the ring because you will be going through the announce table thanks to a pop up power bomb. He tells Baron that he did not look too strong last week when he was down on the floor.
Baron reminds Kevin that he took care of Kevin when he got back to his feet.
Kevin reminds Baron that he was given his chance on a silver platter. Shane’s vendetta helped Baron. Shane has a vendetta against Kevin ever since the Head butt Heard Round the World and he has had to work for everything on Smackdown.
AJ tells Kevin he looks great and if he got that boil lanced off his back.
Kevin wants to know what AJ is talking about.
AJ says he was talking about Sami Zayn.
Kevin says he does not need Sami. Sami let him down last week because he had no time to prepare for Baron Corbin and Sami had all night to get ready for Dolph Ziggler. Shane wants to catch Kevin off guard.
Shane McMahon comes out and he bounces on the stage. He says there is a lot of talk emenating from this ring. We do not want talk tonight in Phoenix. We want action. Baron Corbin will face AJ Styles tonight. Kevin, you will get to see if you can do what your best friend could not do last week. You will have your match now.
Match Number One: Kevin Owens versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler with a forearm and punches as the bell rings. Ziggler with a take down and punches. Owens goes to the floor. Owens with a forearm and he sends Ziggler’s head into the announce table. They return to the ring and Ziggler with a drop kick. Owens goes to the floor and Ziggler punches Owens and sends him into the apron. Ziggler sends Owens into the announce table and back into the ring. Owens goes for a slam but Ziggler gets to his feet and he hits a drop kick. Owens goes to the floor again. Owens sends Ziggler into the ringside barrier. Ziggler drop kicks Owens off the apron and back to the floor.
Ziggler is sent into the ring apron and then sent back into the ring. Owens misses a back senton when Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a splash into the turnbuckles and he tries for a neck breaker but Owens blocks it. Ziggler blocks a suplex by Owens and Ziggler with a suplex of his own. Ziggler runs Owens eyes across the top rope. Ziggler with an uppercut and he misses a Stinger Splash. Owens with a cannonball for a near fall.
Ziggler rolls to the floor. Owens Irish whips Ziggler into the ringside barrier. Owens sends Ziggler back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with an uppercut and punches to Owens. Owens hot shots Ziggler and then hits a forearm from a reverse face lock. Owens with elbows to the collarbone. Owens with a back senton for a near fall. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and applies a sleeper. Owens backs Ziggler into the turnbuckles to get out of the hold but Ziggler reapplies the sleeper. OWens goes through the ropes to the floor and that forces Ziggler to release the hold.
Ziggler with a hesitation DDT and both men are down. Ziggler with an uppercut and then Owens goes into the ring post when Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Owens blocks a super kick and hits a gutbuster and an elbow drop from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Owens goes to the turnbuckles and Ziggler stops him. Ziggler goes for a superplex but Owens with a head butt. Owens pushes Ziggler off the turnbuckles. Owens goes for a senton but lands on Ziggler’s knees. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Owens holds on to the ropes to stop a Zig Zag. Owens misses a pop up power bomb and Ziggler with a Zig Zag but he can only get a near fall. Ziggler with a splash and then Sami Zayn’s music plays and he runs to the ring but stops short to allow Owens to hit a super kick to the back of the neck for the three count.