This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live! We are just three weeks away from the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania, and tonight after a heated confrontation last week between himself and AJ Styles backstage, Shane McMahon looks to address what he plans to do about the Phenomenal One. John Cena and Nikki Bella look to get their revenge on The Miz and Maryse after they attacked them after their match last week, and Dean Ambrose looks to get payback on Baron Corbin after he tried to kill him by putting him underneath a forklift! An exciting show as always, so be sure to come back here at 8PM EST for all of the action!
-We open with a video recapping how Smackdown! Live went off the air last week and the confrontation AJ and Shane had backstage, then AJ comes up to Daniel and asks where Shane is, but he's not there yet. AJ comes out to the ring and talks about all of the hoops he had to jump through to get to main event Wrestlemania. AJ says that he admitted that he lost to Cena, but he never got his rematch, instead getting a triple threat and then an Elimination Chamber match. AJ talks about the battle royal and the match he had with Luke Harper, saying that Randy doesn't get arrested for burning down Bray's house, he gets to main event Wrestlemania. AJ says that he had the best year last year and that he put Smackdown! Live on the map and why the fans are there and why they subscribe to the network. AJ says he doesn't have a Mania match, saying that he and Shane are going to have a conversation about his career, assuming that he even has one.
Becky Lynch vs Natalya
Becky takes Natalya down repeatedly, then beats on her before Natalya rolls out of the ring, Natalya quickly getting back into the ring and Becky beating on her in the corner until the referee makes her back off. Becky slaps Natalya, then hits her with a forearm and a thrust kick in the corner, then locks in an STF, but Natalya gets to the ropes immediately before rolling out of the ring as we go to commercial.
Becky hits an elbow drop for a quick 2 count as we come back, Natalya rolling out of the ring, Becky coming after her, but Natalya slams her onto the floor before rolling her back into the ring. Natalya chokes Becky in the ropes, then a snapmare into a dropkick for a quick 2 count, following up with a headlock that Becky powers out of. Natalya whips Becky into the corner, then they exchange strikes before Becky comes back and drops Natalya repeatedly, then locks in The Disarmer for the tap and the win.
Winner: Becky Lynch via submission
-After the match Carmella attacks both of them out of no where, then she and James leave. We see AJ in the parking lot waiting for Shane to arrive as we recap John Cena at the Kids Choice Awards.
-We come back to Carmella being interviewed about why she did what she did, Carmella saying that she's the next champion before leaving.
-Next we get a segment of Miz TV where Miz shows how he and Maryse attacked Cena and Nikki, then shows his segment on Talking Smack. Miz says that Cena is the most selfish, plastic, manipulative person he's ever met, then Maryse says that she and Nikki were best friends until she stabbed her in the back. Maryse says that she had a contract to be on the first season of Total Divas, saying that Nikki said she could help her get better money, then takes the deal off of the table, saying that she tried to negotiate with WWE. Maryse says that Nikki said she would take care of it because she's dating Cena and she's untouchable. Maryse says that Nikki took her contract, money and years and time she will never get back for her sister to be on the show.
Maryse says she's going to make Nikki suffer and expose her for what she really is, a lying, backstabbing bitch as Cena and Nikki come out to attack them. Miz and Maryse leave as soon as they get in the ring, Nikki getting on the mic and saying that Maryse is crazy and that they were never best friends and that Maryse stabbed her and Brie in the back. Nikki says that Maryse steals the fans money holding onto Miz, saying she's a brainless blow up doll and offers Maryse the chance at a match, Miz saying that Nikki can't make matches and that Maryse has nothing to prove. Daniel Bryan comes out and says that he wanted to punch Miz in the face, then goes on to make a match between Miz and Maryse and Cena and Nikki at Wrestlemania.
-We see AJ still waiting backstage for Shane to show up.
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