Welcome to SmackDown Live. The Men’s Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring. Nakamura says at the Royal Rumble, Sami Zayn . . . knee to the face. John Cena . . . knee to the face. Roman Reigns . . . knee to the face. At Wrestlemania, AJ Styles . . . knee to the face. New WWE Champion.
Kevin Owens’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring with Sami Zayn.
Kevin says to give it up for the 2018 Royal Rumble winner. Kevin says you can point to that sign and say you are going to beat AJ Styles all you want, but they were screwed out of their title two nights ago. Sami says YEP. Kevin says they should be celebrating as Co-WWE Champion, but this happened.
We see photos of what happened at the end of the match when Kevin Owens did not make the tag but was pinned.
Kevin says they were once again victims of the vendetta constructed by Shane McMahon to hold them down. Sami says the referee has one job. You have one job, protect the integrity of the match at all costs. Kevin says YEP. Sami says that Kevin never tagged in. Kevin’s passion coupled with the incompetence of that referee got them into this situation. AJ Styles pinned the wrong man.
Kevin says that is why they have every right for an opportunity at the title. It will not be AJ Styles who Nakamura faces, it will be them. Sami jumps around and YEPs.
Nakamura says that AJ was the winner and you are losers.
Kevin and Sami prepare to corner Nakamura, but AJ’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
AJ says you can cry and complain all you want, but there will be a dream match in New Orleans on the grandest stage of them all. It will be between him and Shinsuke Nakamura. Right here, right now, in Philly, on the House that AJ Styles Built, AJ suggests they turn this dream match into a dream team and take on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn tonight.
Kevin leaves the ring and so does Sami. Kevin say something to Sami and Sami says if you really want this match . . . NOPE!
Styles and Nakamura with forearms to knock Kevin and Sami off the apron.
We go to commercial.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn say they need to talk to Daniel Bryan. Daniel says that AJ cannot make that match, but he can. Sami says this is as bad as the blown call on Sunday. Daniel says the referee’s decision is final. The referee made a mistake.
Kevin says this was not a mistake, it was a life altering catastrophe. Kevin says not to have Shane send them to the back of the line.
Daniel says he agrees and they will get another chance at the WWE Championship. The winner of next week’s main event faces AJ Styles at Fastlane. It will be Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods and Big E) versus Jinder Mahal versus Rusev versus Zack Ryder in a Number One Contender Match for the US Title
Mahal fights with Kofi while Rusev punches Ryder. Rusev and Ryder go to teh floor. Kofi with a sunset flip attempt but Mahal drops down for a near fall. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Mahal with a knee to the head and Kofi goes down. Ryder comes in and he drops down as Mahal charges at him and Mahal goes to the floor. Ryder with a forearm to Rusev but Rusev with a body block.
Big E throws pancakes at Corey while Roode talks about his potential opponents.
Mahal sends Kofi into the apron while Rusev kicks Ryder. Mahal with punches to Kofi while Rusev sends Ryder into the turnbuckles. Kofi punches Jinder. Rusev and Jinder with shoulders and they set for Irish whips but Kofi with a drop kick to Rusev. Ryder with a clothesline to Mahal. Ryder lands on his feet on a suplex and hits a neck breaker on Kofi. Mahal breaks up the cover. Ryder face plants Mahal and then clotheslines Mahal over the top rope and hits a drop kick. Kofi sets for a trust plancha and Big E with pancakes flying.
Rusev sets for a dive but Sunil grabs the leg. Aiden grabs Sunil and he pushes Sunil into the tray of pancakes. Big E and Xaiver argue and the referee sends everyone to the back.
Rusev sends Ryder into the ringside barrier and then back into the ring. Rusev gets a near fall. Mahal punches Kofi while Rusev kicks Ryder. Kofi with forearms to Mahal and he sends Mahal into the turnbuckles. Ryder with a jawbreaker to Rusev and then he punches Rusev in the corner. Kofi with a baseball slide to Mahal. Rusev gets a near fall on Ryder. Mahal chokes Kofi in the ropes. Rusev kicks Kofi.
Mahal sends Ryder into the apron and Ryder does the same. Rusev gets a near fall on Kofi. Rusevwith shoulders to Kofi in the corner while Mahal sends Ryder to the floor. Kofi tries to fight off Mahal and Rusev but they go for a double suplex and hit it. Mahal with a leaping knee drop to Kofi and then Rusev with a running elbow drop. Kofi is sent to the floor and Jinder follows. Mahal chokes Kofi against the ringside barrier and he punches Kofi. Kofi leaps over the ring steps and then he comes off the steps but misses Mahal. Jinder sends Kofi into the ring steps. Rusev is sent into the ring post by Mahal.
Mahal gets a near fall on Ryder and he kicks Ryder. Mahal with kicks to Ryder and he follows with knee drops. Mahal punches Rusev but Rusev finally fights back with punches. Rusev with round kicks to the chest. Rusev with a running hip to Mahal and he goes to the floor. Rusev runs into knees from Ryder and Ryder with a missile drop kick that sends Rusev into the turnbuckles. Ryder with a running forearm into the corner and he follows with the Broski Boot but Mahal with a boot to Ryder for a near fall.
Mahal gets a near fall on Rusev. Kofi with a springboard double sledge to Mahal and he hits the Boom Drop on Mahal. Kofi with SOS to Ryder but Mahal breaks up the cover. Mahal with a short arm clothesline to Kofi and Rusev sends Mahal to the floor.
Rusev puts Kofi on top of Ryder and he sets for the Stacolade but Mahal with a rollup for a near fall. Mahal with a Harley Race knee for a near fall. Rusev escapes the Khallas and snap mares Mahal. Ryder is sent into Mahal for a Rough Ryder. Rusev with a round kick to Ryder. Kofi goes for SOS again but Rusev counters. Rusev goes for a rollup but rolls through into the Accolade and Kofi taps out.