WWE SmackDown results, rebalancing, ratings: Daniel Bryan gains WrestleMania momentum, Logan Paul kicks off on TV

WWE SmackDown results, rebalancing, ratings: Daniel Bryan gains WrestleMania momentum, Logan Paul kicks off on TV

With WrestleMania less than two weeks away, SmackDown’s universal title picture took control of the show. Edge started the night by putting out its secrets now that the universal title game WrestleMania has become a three-threat game.

Daniel Bryan was the only one of the three superstitions he found wrestling on Friday. Bryan was looking at a move toward a pay-per-view view as Jey Uso was slated in a street fight. In the match between Bryan and Uso, Edge was a guest reporter and expressed his opinion even further regarding the three-part threat game.

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Edge again defines itself as the “ultimate tenant”

The show opened with Edge coming to the ring to deal with the three-part threat game making it official for WrestleMania. He began by saying that the events from Fastlane and Smackdown last week could have been avoided. He compared Daniel Bryan to road work and accused Bryan of losing his way into the universal title game at WrestleMania. Edge was fascinated by the ability to work with Bryan to take on Roman Reigns and Jey Uso at Fastlane. However, Edge said it wasn’t enough for Bryan. Edge didn’t see Bryan coming and ran through the conditions that Bryan put out for himself to be involved in a universal title game whether he was to face the Reigns and Reigns winner right after or even on the second night of WrestleMania. After Adam Pearce’s decision, Edge said he went out of sight and was definitely mad at Bryan.

Edge said he enjoyed what he saw in the mirror after last week’s events. He finally saw the Rated-R Superstar looking back at him. Edge did not think that Pearce, Reigns, or Bryan understood the ramifications of what happened. Edge also said he grabbed after Pearce made a three-threat game and eventually woke up. Edge has identified himself as a man that Reigns and Bryan aspire to be and stressed that he is a myth and the ultimate viewer. Edge finally thinks he’s the Rated-R Superstar again and said he felt good when he hit Bryan and Reigns with chair shots again.

In addition, behind-the-scenes interviews were conducted with Edge about Bryan suffering extensive damage at the hands of Jey Uso in a later street fight during SmackDown. He didn’t feel for Bryan at all and wouldn’t have bothered if Bryan couldn’t compete at WrestleMania.

Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso through submission. After the game started, Roman Reigns came out and sat at the top of the ramp. Uso continued to bring Bryan throughout the game involving the use of a chair and a steel chain to punish Bryan. However, Bryan went back to imposing some punishment on Uso when he posted several steel chair photos behind Uso. Bryan then posted pictures of Uso with the steel chain and installed Uso with the Yes Lock. Just after the game was over, Bryan hit a running knee on Edge at the reporting desk and then kicked Edge’s head off the ring post several times. After finishing with Edge, Bryan ran up to the top of the ramp and hit another running knee on Reigns. In addition, Bryan played another Yes Lock on Reigns on the ramp. SmackDown ended with Bryan standing tall.

Edge delivered an awesome promo to start the night by announcing that he is defining himself as the ultimate supporter again. A full heel version is almost ready for Edge and the return of the Rated-R Superstar was awesome. SmackDown ended up with Bryan defeating Uso as expected, but seeing Bryan capture and take out Edge and Reigns added even more energy to the story. WrestleMania cannot come fast enough. Level: A.

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Chad Gable, Otis, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode def. Street Profits, Rey Mysterio, and Dominik Mysterio through pinfall when a German suplex Gable hit Ford. Otis followed that up with a big shower from the middle rope to record the three counts.
  • Seth Rollins and Cesaro were interviewed with reporter Corey Graves in the ring. Cesaro said WrestleMania will be celebrating the biggest game of its career. He said there is “something different” this time around. Rollins responded by saying that the WrestleMania season has several big moments to believe and call his “Heist of the Century” in WrestleMania 31 over Hulk Hogan beating Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III. Cesaro closed the section where he can beat Rollins at WrestleMania and can embarrass him, while also telling Rollins to “take a swing” in front of WrestleMania, before Rollins left the ring.
  • Natalya def. Shayna Baszler through a fall when Natalya Baszler pens with a small package. After the game, Nia Jax attacked Natalya and then almost every female tag team from Raw and SmackDown came down to the ring. The melee ended with Tamina and Natalya standing tall by bringing out Lana and Naomi.
  • Sami Zayn revealed the trailer for his documentary. YouTube star Zayn Logan took Paul out to the ring and asked Paul to be a guest again at WrestleMania for his game against Kevin Owens. Paul agreed to Zayn’s request. After the … weird … trailer appears, Paul reveals that Owens told him that Zayn is lying and that there is no conspiracy against him. Owens ended up attacking Zayn and delivering a stunner to Zayn. Owens even gave Paul a few shovels on his way out of the ring.
  • Bianca Belair def. Carmella through a fall when she hit the KOD on Carmella out of nowhere. Carmella was talking rubbish when Belair caught her. After the game was over, Sasha Banks tried to go after Belair, but Belair was ready for it. Belair ended up celebrating the WrestleMania sign when Banks put out the ring.
  • In the backstage section, Apollo challenged Big E to a drum fight from Nigeria for the inter-regional tournament at WrestleMania.