Welcome to SmackDown Live.
Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon are in the ring with Rowan and Daniel Bryan because it is contract signing time.
Stephanie introduces Daniel Bryan and points out that he is sitting in a leather chair. Daniel will be defending the title in twelve days at Fastlane.
Shane introduces his opponent, an overnight sensation for eleven years. We see footage of Kofi’s debut in 2008. Shane mentions what Kofi has done at the Royal Rumble. Shane says that he has been the Intercontinental Champion on numerous occasions as well as the United States Champion. He is also part of the New Day. Shane says we will no longer overlook this man.
Stephanie mentions that this man was a last minute substitute in a gauntlet match and earned a victory over Daniel Bryan. Then Kofi almost won the title at the Elimination Chamber. Stephanie points out that Kofi beat Daniel Bryan again.
Kofi makes his way to the ring with Xavier Woods and BIg E.
Kofi says it has been eleven years and all he wanted was a chance. After eleven years, it is happening. Kofi says he knows that none of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the tweets, hashtags, smoke signals, and letters. Kofi says at Fastlane, he will do what everyone wants to see him do. He is going to beat Daniel Bryan and become the WWE Champion.
Shane asks Daniel to make it official and sign the contract.
Daniel signs the contract and then . . .
before Kofi can sign the contract Vince McMahon’s music plays and he comes out. Vince says before the contract signing is official, he wants to say how appreciative he is of what Kofi has done. However . . .to give everyone the best match with the best box office, he is replacing Kofi. He is appointing a man more deserving and more qualified than Kofi Kingston . . .
Daniel Bryan almost moves in his chair after the announcement.
Kevin makes his way to the ring and he sits down at the table and signs the contract.
The New Day leaves the ring and Big E and Xavier are devastated by the news.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Owens is in the office with Shane and Stephanie and he says he knows they were not involved. Kevin says he appreciates that Vince understands his importance. Kevin mentions the smug look on Daniel and Rowan’s faces. Kevin says he would like to team with the man who is just as deserving as he is to face Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, against Daniel Bryan and Rowan.
Match Number One: Sheamus and Cesaro versus Jeff Hardy and and Matt Hardy
Jeff and Cesaro start things off and Cesaro with a wrist lock. Jeff with a wrist lock and Matt tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow to the arm. Matt works on the shoulder and Cesaro with a kick and European uppercut. Sheamus tags in and punches Matt. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and Matt with a kick and punches. Jeff tags in and they hit a double back elbow and Matt with a fist drop and Jeff with a leg drop. Matt with a leg drop and Jeff with a head butt to Cesaro. Jeff with Poetry in Motion onto Cesaro and Sheamus.
Jeff sends Sheamus into the ringside barrier and then they return to the ring. Jeff with a kick but Sheamus with an Irish whip. Jeff with a boot and he goes to the turnbuckles but Cesaro knocks him off and Jeff goes to the floor. Cesaro goes to the turnbuckle and mocks Matt and hits a leg drop for a near fall. Sheamus tags in and Jeff blocks a punch and connects with punches of his own. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus with a front face lock on Jeff. Jeff with elbows and a sit out jaw breaker. Cesaro tags in and he stops Jeff. Cesaro with a giant swing to Jeff.
Cesaro with a Sharpshooter and he releases the hold. Jeff is sent to the apron by Sheamus and Sheamus with forearms across the chest. Sheamus with a head butt to Jeff and he brings Jeff back into the ring with a reverse suplex for a near fall. Sheamus with a reverse chin lock. Cesaro kicks Jeff and then Sheamus and Cesaro with a double clothesline. Cesaro gets a near fall. Sheamus runs into a forearm and Jeff punches Cesaro and hits Whisper in the Wind on both men. Cesaro and Matt tag in and Matt with punches and he sends Cesaro into the turnbuckles. Matt with a deletion clothesline into the corner but Cesaro escapes the bulldog. Matt with a Side Effect for a near fall.
Matt goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Matt punches Sheamus off the apron and Cesaro with a drop toe hold that sends Matt into the ropes and Sheamus with a kick for a near fall by Cesaro. Sheamus tags in and Cesaro leaps over Sheamus and Jeff with a Twist of Fate to Cesaro. Hardy with a rollup on Sheamus. Matt with a Twist of tate to Sheamus followed by a Swanton from Jeff for the three count.
Winners: Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy
Ricochet talks to Aleister Black about being in the ring with the Hardys.
Lana shows up in the locker room and Ricochet asks if they can help her.
Lana says she does not know what all of the fuss is about. You are not former United States Champions or respected in the locker room.
Ricochet mentions that they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions. He loves seeing the reactions of people who underestimate him. Black says Lana fears the unknown. What you need to know is written on his flesh. Tonight, Rusev and Nakamura will Fade to Black.
R Truth makes his way to the ring with Carmella and it is time for a US Title Open Challenge.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Honky Tonk Man will be going into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Truth says ever since he was a young kid, he wanted to be like his hero John Cena. Truth says he is going to follow in his hero’s footsteps and bring back the US Title Open Challenge. That open challenge starts . . .
Carmella says it starts right after this DANCE BREAK.
Andrade Almas makes his way to the ring with Zelina Vega.