Welcome to SmackDown Live. Shane McMahon is already in the ring and he welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Shane says he would normally be ecstatic about tonight’s main event between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but he is not tonight. The winner of the match will face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at Fastlane. Shane says he feels that Sami and Kevin do not deserve another opportunity but there is someone he respects who does.
Shane brings out that man, Daniel Bryan.
Shane says Smackdown is the Land of Opportunity. Shane says that they listen to all of you each week and you determine a lot of what happens on Smackdown. When you feel that a superstar deserves an opportunity, it is up to them to give that person an opportunity. Shane says that he does not think that Daniel is listening. Shane says that Daniel keeps giving the same two people opportunity after opportunity. Some might want to see someone else who is deserving go after the WWE Title. Do they want to see Sami and Kevin?
Daniel says that the referee made a mistake at the Royal Rumble. Daniel says he decided to make a positive out of a negative. He says that Shane’s least favorite people get to battle each other. Daniel says he was expecting a pay raise.
Shane says not so fast. Then he says he would love to see Kevin and Sami ripping each other’s head off. Shane says he does not like the fact that Daniel keeps giving them opportunity after opportunity for the title. Shane wants to know why is Daniel continuing to give them an opportunity. Shane says he understands what he has done here. You have changed the WWE landscape forever with the Yes Movement. Although you had a similar career path as Sami and Kevin, they are not you. The Yep Movement is a cheap imitation of what Daniel created. Shane says he does not want to allow them to manipulate Daniel any more. More than anything in this world, you would love to compete in this ring.
Daniel interrupts and he wants to know what is it that he is doing.
Shane says it is plain to see and everyone is seeing it. You are living vicariously through Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring.
He says he has traveled more than 10000 miles to defend this title. He has defended the title to the best of his abilities. He can deal with the bumps and bruises. He can deal with the canceled flights. He can deal with being away from his family because he was built for the grind. He says he cannot deal with Management obsessing over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. AJ says he is not just talking about Daniel, he is talking about Shane.
Every time you make a decision about them, it affects him. AJ says he does not care who he faces. AJ tells them to stay out of the way tonight. AJ says he can handle his own destiny. AJ says he will walk into Wrestlemania as the WWE Champion.
The New Day are playing with pancakes in the back as they are dealing with social media.
Match Number One: Charlotte Flair versus Liv Morgan (with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan)
Charlotte runs Liv into the corner as the bell rings and she connects with shoulders. Sarah and Ruby try to pull Liv out of the ring but it does not work. Charlotte with more kicks and Liv goes to the floor, but Charlotte follows. Charlotte sends Liv back into the ring and she tells Sarah and Ruby to stay back. Liv stops Charlotte as she reenters the ring. Charlotte with a double leg take down and she slams Liv’s head into the mat.
Liv kicks Charlotte in the corner but Charlotte with a clothesline. Ruby and Sarah check on Liv. Liv returns to the ring and Charlotte with a waist lock. Liv with an elbow but Charlotte with an Irish whip and she misses a splash into the corner. Charlotte sends Liv to the apron and Liv drops Charlotte against the top rope. Liv gets a near fall. Liv with punches to Charlotte and she slams her face first into the mat.
Liv with a Japanese stranglehold. Charlotte gets to her feet but Liv sends her back to the mat. Liv sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Charlotte with a kick to stop Liv. Charlotte with chops to Liv and Liv goes down. Charlotte with a fallaway slam followed by a boot to Liv. Charlotte walks across Liv’s chest and she goes up top for a moonsault but Liv pulls Charlotte off the turnbuckles.
Liv with a boot to the back and she gets a near fall. Liv returns to the Japanese stranglehold. Charlotte gets Liv on her shoulders but Liv with a victory roll for a near fall. Charlotte with a neck breaker followed by a spear. Logan gets on the apron and Charlotte with a running shoulder tackle to knock her off the apron. Ruby pulls Liv to the floor and the referee sends Ruby and Sarah to the back.
Charlotte sends Liv back into the ring and Liv misses an enzuigiri. Charlotte with a boot to the chest and it is time for the figure four leg lock and she bridges. Liv taps out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the match, Charlotte tells the announcers, one down . . . two to go.
We have a video package for Black History Month.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Renee Young knocks on Kevin Owens’ dressing room door. Kevin comes out and he asks if the match will have an affect on his friendship with Sami. Kevin says that is a great question, but she is asking the wrong person. She needs to aks Sami if he can handle losing to him.
Match Number Two: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan versus Two Unlucky People
Harper with a drop kick and fallaway slam. Harper distracts the other guy and Rowan with a running cross body. Rowan picks him up and sends him into the ring. Harper sends both into the corner and Rowan tags in. Harper slaps Rowan and Rowan is sent into the corner for a splash. Harper with a power bomb and then they get the first one up for the T Gimmick and the three count.
Winners: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
After the match, The Usos come out and we have a long distance stare down. The Usos walk to the ring and they walk around Harper and Rowan. Harper and Rowan take their sledge hammers and go to the back.