This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight we have a great show, John Cena is in the building in hopes of earning a match for WrestleMania, Sami Zayn faces Baron Corbin, Naomi faces Ruby Riott and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and to stick with us for the post show podcast!
-John Cena comes out to the ring and talks about wanting a match at WrestleMania before Shane McMahon comes out to the ring and talks about the fatal five-way before Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring. Daniel says that he agrees with Shane and that they will give John am opportunity to face AJ in the fatal five at WWE Fastlane. John agrees to the match before Daniel announces that he will face AJ Styles to earn his spot as we go to commercial.
Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin
They lock up to start the match twice, both time having clean breaks before they go to the outside and Sami sends Corbin over the barricade. Sami then rolls Baron back into the ring after we have a cut away to Shane and Daniel debating Kevin Owens being allowed to join on commentary as we go to commercial.
Corbin is in control as we come back from commercial, Shane eating popcorn backstage alongside Daniel as we see how Baron countered a diving move off of the top with a chokebreaker. Baron gets a quick two count before Sami sends him over the top rope and onto the floor. Baron gets distracted by Kevin before Sami gets a near fall off of a roll up, then Sami hits a DDT for a very close near fall. Dolph Ziggler then randomly shows up out of nowhere and attacks Kevin, Sami getting distracted before Corbin hits Sami with The End of Days for the pin and the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin defeats Sami Zayn via pinfall with The End of Days.
-After the match Dolph hits Baron with the Zig-Zag before leaving, then we cut to Shane and Daniel backstage before Daniel decides to go home as we go to commercial.
Ruby Riott vs Naomi
They exchange forearms to start the match before Naomi sends Ruby out of the ring as we go to commercial.
Ruby is in control as we come back from commercial, having Naomi in a stock submission before transitioning into an headlock that she fights out of. They both miss kicks before hitting each other with a roundhouse, then Ruby counters the Rear View and drops Naomi from behind. Ruby then counters a bulldog and hits the Riott Kick for the pin and the win.
Winner: Ruby Riott defeats Naomi via pinfall with the Riott Kick