This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight one champion continues his reign and another begins his reign after WWE Fastlane Sunday night where AJ Styles retained his WWE Championship and Randy Orton captured the WWE United States Championship for the first time in his career. Shane McMahon is set to make a major announcement for WrestleMania, Asuka will be on the show to meet face to face with Charlotte and much more so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and stick around after the show for the post show podcast!
-AJ Styles comes out to the ring and talks about his title defense this past weekend at WWE Fastlane before going on to talk about his WrestleMania match with Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke comes out to the ring and talks about his dream to be in the main event at WrestleMania before they're interrupted by Rusev Day as we go to commercial.
AJ Styles vs Rusev
They lock up to start the match before Rusev just pushes AJ backwards repeatedly, showing off his speed by outpacing Rusev. AJ sends Rusev over the top rope and onto the floor before hitting a flying forearm and rolling him back into the ring. Rusev counters an attempted suplex and hits a huge spinebuster for a quick two count as we go to commercial.
Rusev is in control as we come back from commercial until AJ comes back with a flurry of offense before Rusev counters am ushigaroshi into a roundhouse kick for a near fall. AJ counters a boot into a Pele kick before Rusev counters the Styles Clash. AJ goes for the Calf Killer, but Rusev immediately gets to the bottom rope for the break. Aiden then comes in and attacks AJ for the disqualification as Shinsuke looks on at first before killing Shinsuke with a Kinshasa before leaving as we go to commercial.
Winner: AJ Styles defeats Rusev via disqualification.
Jimmy Uso & Big-E vs The Bludgeon Brothers
They swing hammers and chairs at each other before Jimmy and E get out of the ring before the match can get started as we go to commercial.
The brothers are in control as we come back from commercial, tagging in and out and beating on E until he finally tags Jimmy in. Jimmy takes out both brothers momentarily before Harper turns him inside out with a boot and Rowan sends E into the stairs. The brothers then hit a double powerbomb for the pin and the win.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers defeat Jimmy Uso & Big-E via pinfall with a double powerbomb.
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