Welcome to SmackDown Live. Dasha Fuentes is in the ring and she brings Charlotte Flair to the ring. She also brings out Charlotte’s opponent on Sunday, Ruby Riott. Ruby is not alone since she is joined by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.
Ruby is asked about the start of things, but Ruby interrupts and says that isn’t where it all began and she calls Dasha ill informed.
Ruby says this all began November 14, 2017 when Charlotte became the Smackdown Women’s Champion. All her life, Charlotte has been set up for success. Charlotte was the perfect woman. She is tall, blonde, athletic, cunning, and the daughter of a two time WWE Hall of Famer. When Charlotte won the title, she was the first to win the NXT, Divas, Raw, and Smackdown Women’s Championships. Ruby says she watched as the myth began to form.
The myth that Charlotte Flair was the personification of the Women’s division. That is why two weeks after you won the title, she formed the Riott Squad, with one sole purpose. To destroy the myth.
Charlotte says the only myth that exists about her is that anything has been handed to her. She has had to work harder because of who she is. Charlotte says she has the weight of expectations on her shoulders. She asks how hard that is to live up to. If she fails, it is magnifies and reflects on her family. She cannot succeed, she has to be transcendent. That proves that she has transcended any myth about her.
The reality is that she is standing here and she is as good as you have heard.
Ruby says that whether you were placed there or put yourself there, you are on a pedestal. That is all on the line on Sunday at Fastlane. When she takes your crown, you will no longer be the Queen. Your reality is going to crumble and you will just be another beach blonde failure with a famous last name.
Ruby gestures to Sarah and Liv and they stand across from Charlotte.
Charlotte’s Mixed Match Challenge partner, Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring, after his entrance music plays. Bobby makes his way to the ring even though he is here to watch his opponent on Sunday face the man who cares about the Top Ten Rankings, Jinder Mahal.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh) versus Randy Orton
They lock up and Mahal with a wrist lock into a top wrist lock. Orton with a hammer lock but Mahal with an elbow and side head lock. Mahal with a shoulder tackle. Orton with a back elbow to Mahal. Mahal with a kick and punches. Mahal punches Orton and Irish whips him into the corner. Orton ducks a clothesline and Mahal avoids an RKO and Mahal goes to the floor.
Mahal interrupts Orton’s pose on the turnbuckles by returning to the ring. Orton with punches and a European uppercut or three. Mahal is sent to the mat by Orton. Orton with a boot to Mahal and then he Irish whips Mahal. Orton runs into an elbow and Mahal follows with kicks in the corner. Orton with a side head lock and he is sent into the corner. Orton with an elbow but he runs into a thrust kick and Mahal gets a near fall.
Mahal with a boot to Orton and then he connects with a series of knees to Orton. Mahal with a drop kick to the back and then he applies a half nelson and chin lock. Orton with punches but Mahal with a kick. Orton with a kick but Mahal with a Harley Race knee for a near fall. Mahal with a leaping knee drop. Mahal returns to the half nelson and chin lock. Orton with punches but Mahal with kicks. Orton avoids a punch and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids a clothesline and follows with a power slam. Orton looks around and sees Mahal on the apron and sets for the IEDDT but Mahal gets to his feet.
Orton with a fallaway slam and then Orton connects with a European uppercut. Orton with a back breaker and Mahal rolls to the apron. Sunil pulls Mahal to the floor and then Jinder repays him by putting Sunil in the way of Orton. Orton with a suplex throw onto the announce table. Orton sends Mahal into Bobby Roode. Orton sends Mahal back into the ring and Orton goes after Mahal on the apron and hits the IEDDT.
Orton looks around and twists to the mat to set up for the RKO. Orton pounds the mat and Bobby Roode gets on the apron and the referee stops him. Roode yells at Orton and then Mahal with a running Harley Race knee that sends Orton into Roode. Mahal with the Khallas for the three count.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Sami Zayn is in the locker room and Kevin Owens enters. Sami says he is ready for Sunday and he assumes Kevin is too.
Kevin reminds Sami about what he said recently about laying down to allow Kevin to win the title. Kevin says he cannot believe that Sami would do that. Sami is such an amazing guy and if he would do that for him, do you know what it would do for their friendship.
Sami says no one noticed until he hooked up with Kevin. Kevin is the reason he is in the title match. Sami knows he will be champion some day, but Kevin is one win away from headlining Wrestlemania as WWE Champion. He is one win away from becoming a Grand Slam Champion. Sami thanks Kevin again and he tells Sami he will lay down for him. Kevin hugs Sami.
We are back and Baron Corbin says he is grateful that John Cena has been added to the match on Sunday. He owes Sunday. John cost him his cash in so he will cost John his Wrestlemania moment.
We have a video package for the Usos and New Day.
Dasha is in the interview area with Shinsuke Nakamura. He is asked about the possibility of not facing AJ Styles at Wrestlemania. Shinsuke says he hopes AJ wins so he can beat him at Wrestlemania with a knee to . . .
Aiden English and Rusev show up and Rusev says that Nakamura may have caused permanent damage to the throat of Aiden English. It is like breaking Billy Joel’s hands. There is now no Rusev Day song. Rusev tells Nakamrua to face him at Fastlane so he can break him like Nakamura broke his Aiden.