This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live! We are just 48 hours removed from the Ultimate Thrill Ride and tonight The Viper Randy Orton begins his reign as WWE World Champion for the ninth time! After defeating Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania it's safe to say that AJ Styles will be looking to get his long over due rematch and what becomes of the Eater of Worlds? Be sure to come back here at 8PM EST to find out just one week away from the WWE Superstar Shake-Up!
-We open the broadcast with a video package for all of the Smackdown branded matches from Wrestlemania this past Sunday.
-We open in the arena with Randy Orton coming down to the ring and talking about his victory at Wrestlemania this past Sunday where he became the nine time WWE Champion when he defeated Bray Wyatt. Randy says that he is Bray's master and he will never forget his name before we see Bray on the tron. Bray says Randy is the master of nothing and his era has only begun and that he has his rematch coming and that he has something very special planned for him. Bray says that he challenges Randy to what he calls a "House of Horrors Match, Randy saying that he accepts even though he has no idea what it is and tells Bray to come down to the ring and everything goes dark before he appears behind him. Bray attacks Randy from behind, but Randy powerslams him, then Erick Rowan comes out of no where and attacks him before Luke Harper comes out and brawls with him.
-Randy and Luke clear the ring as Bray and Rowan leave, then we have Miz and Maryse being interviewed about their match against Cena and Nikki, saying that Cena had to propose to save face and that they are calling them out tonight because they might never get the chance again with the WWE Superstar Shake-Up next week as we go to commercial.
Naomi vs Alexa Bliss WWE Smackdown! Women's Championship Match
Alexa goes right after Naomi and stomps her in the corner before pulling her down by her hair for a quick one count, then Naomi hits her with a face buster into the second turnbuckle that sends her out of the ring. Naomi then hits a dropkick before tossing things into the crowd as we go to commercial.
Alexa stomps on Naomi as we come back, then puts her in a leg stretching submission before she gets out of it.by crawling to the ropes. Alexa keeps focusing on the left leg of Naomi, then Naomi rolls her up for a near fall before Naomi hits a variation of a GTS that nearly misses Alexa for a near fall. Naomi hits a hip attack for a near fall, then a step up enzuigiri before Alexa yanks her off of the top rope. Naomi then locks in a submission for the tap and the win.
Winner: Naomi via pinfall
Tye Dillinger vs Curt Hawkins
Tye plays to the crowd early, then Curt comes back with a series of moves before he plays to the crowd. Tye chops him repeatedly, then drops him with shoulder blocks as the crowd chants ten repeatedly. Tye hits Curt repeatedly in the corner to continue the chants, then hits The Tye Breaker for the pin and the win.
Winner: Tye Dillinger via pinfall
-We come back to Mojo being interviewed about winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royale. Next we get a recap of Vince on RAW, then see The Miz and Maryse coming out to the ring as we go to commercial.
-The Miz & Maryse come out dressed like Cena and Nikki. Miz mocks Cena, playing a robotic version of him and Maryse playing the same ditsy version of her that she did in the videos.Miz then says that Cena and Nikki are leaving WWE and going to Hollywood and are going to be gone a very long time before starting a no more Cena chant We then have a violinist playing as Shinsuke Nakamura comes out to a massive pop from the crowd who sings his theme song for at least five minutes straight as we go to commercial.