March 11, 2018
Kickoff Show: Tye Dillinger and Breezango def. Mojo Rawley, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin in a six man tag team match.
A video package opens the show focusing on the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship, Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton for the WWE United States Championship and Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
We go live to Columbus. Shinsuke Nakamura is out first to kick off the show tonight.
Big reactions for both Nakamura and Rusev tonight in Columbus.
Nakamura goes for a takedown early and Rusev gets a waistlock into a hip toss. Nakamura attempts a big kick to the head. Rusev dodges it, but Nakamura with a snapmare and drops a leg. Rusev with a big right that drops Nakamura. Rusev bails when Nakamura avoids a shot and does his “COME ON” taunt at him. Rusev gets back in, but bails again. Nakamura jumps out, throws knees and then drops a leg over the neck of Rusev over the ring apron. Rusev catches Nakamura on his way back in. Rusev kicks Nakamura out and tosses him into the ring barricade. Rusev tosses Nakamura back first into the side of the ring and the barricade. Back inside, Nakamura gets a heel hook applied on Rusev. Rusev gets to the ropes to break it up. Rusev plants Nakamura when Nakamura charges. Rusev drops elbows over Nakamura and gets him in a headlock to slow down the action. Rusev with big knees. Nakamura drops Rusev with a kick coming off the ropes. Nakamura with big kicks to the chest of Rusev and follows with a big kick to the head. Nakamura props Rusev up in the corner and throws his high knee. Nakamura with knees to Rusev. Rusev with a fallaway slam to counter guillotine choke attempt by Nakamura. Rusev with a big knee to Nakamura. Nakamura throws elbows. Rusev with kicks. Nakamura catches Rusev with an axe kick. Rusev with a roll up. Nakamura kicks out. Rusev is going for his Accolade. Nakamura with a roll up for a two count. Nakamura catches Rusev with a spin kick. Rusev with a huge superkick and Nakamura kicks out. Rusev can’t believe it. Nakamura counters an Accolade and hits a knee to the back of Rusev’s head. Rusev is trying to recover and his up on one knee. Nakamura charges in connecting with the Kinshasa for the win.
A video package runs hyping Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton tonight.
We get introductions for the challenger Randy Orton and champion Bobby Roode.
Lock up and Roode works over the left arm of Orton. Orton with a drop toe hold attempt a front face lock and Roode quickly counters away. Roode drops Orton early with a shoulder block. Orton catches Roode with a big back elbow. Roode avoids an RKO attempt and immediately rolls out of the ring. Roode with a chop. Orton responds with an uppercut. Orton avoids a Glorious DDT attempt and bails out as well. Orton props Roode up with a suplex and dumps him over the top rope. Roode with a clothesline, stomps over the hand of Orton and drops a knee. Orton with a quick suplex on Roode. Roode with a neckbreaker on Orton and goes up to the top turnbuckle. Roode catches Orton with a clotheslines off the rope. Orton counters a DDT attempt into a roll up for a two count. Orton with clotheslines and a snap powerslam on Roode. Roode counters a DDT off the ropes attempt by Orton, but Orton drops his jaw off the top rope. Roode with a Blockbuster on Orton off the second rope for another two count. Orton with a kick to the face and connects with his DDT off the ropes on Roode. Finisher counters between the two. Roode clotheslines Orton over the top rope. Orton sends Roode into the barricade at ringside. The referee has started the count. Orton drops Roode’s lower back over the barricade. The referee is at 8. Orton tosses Roode back in 9 and Orton is back in to break the count. Orton has Roode propped up on the top turnbuckle. Orton crotches Roode. Orton with a superplex on Roode off the top. Roode with a back slide pin for two. Roode avoids an RKO and hits a spinebuster for another two. Roode attempts another Blockbuster. Orton catches him with an RKO to get the win!
After the match, Jinder Mahal walks out and immediately starts attacking Randy Orton. Bobby Roode is back up and gives Mahal a Glorious DDT. Roode picks up Orton and gives him a Glorious DDT as well. Roode is not happy.
A video package runs hyping Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34 in four weeks.
Backstage, Sami Zayn walks in to talk with Kevin Owens. Owens brings up Zayn kicking him in the face last Tuesday night and winning the match. He questions Zayn saying he would lay down for him tonight. Zayn said that was last week and tonight will be entirely different. He says Owens can count on him. Owens doesn’t believe him.
We start with Becky Lynch and Carmella. Becky with a roll up early for a two count. Becky goes for an armbar and Carmella gets to the ropes to break it up. Natalya tags herself in and hits a snap suplex on Becky. Becky with a knee and tags in Naomi. Double snapmare and kicks to Natalya. Naomi with a sliding slap to the face of Natayla. Naomi with a head scissors takedown on Natalya and modified stunner. Naomi kicks Carmella off the apron, but Natalya slides under Naomi and connects with a sitdown powerbomb for a close two. Tag to Carmella who double teams Naomi in the corner. Carmella with kicks to Naomi and then connects with a quick Bronco Buster. Tag to Natalya who snapmares Naomi and keeps her grounded with a headlock. Tag back to Carmella who locks her legs around the neck of Naomi and falls back against the ropes applying a submission. Carmella pulls on the hair of Naomi against the ropes. Carmella with big forearms to Naomi over the ring apron. Hot tag to Becky who takes out Natalya. Becky with an exploder to Natalya. Becky with a missile dropkick to Natalya, but Carmella gets the tag. Becky with kicks to her on the way in and Carmella counters with a jawbreaker. Naomi with a kick to the head of Carmella tagging herself in. Naomi tags in Becky and hits a kick to the face. Becky with a leg drop off the top rope over Carmella. Natalya dumps Naomi out. Becky dumps Natalya out. Becky with an elbow, boot to the face, but Carmella flips up dropping Becky with a huricanrana. Naomi breaks up the pin. Natalya has the briefcase. Becky knocks Natalya down. Carmella catches Becky with a superkick and hooks the leg to get the pinfall.
A video package runs hyping The Usos vs. The New Day tonight.
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston will represent New Day tonight.
Xavier Woods and Jimmy Uso kick off the match tonight. Jey tags himself in early and connects with a big superkick on Woods. Jey with stomps to Woods in the corner and tags in Jimmy who gets in kicks of his own. Tag back to Jey who goes back to kicks. Tag to Jimmy who returns to his kicks in the corner to Woods. Jey gets the tag and hits a big forearm to Woods. Tag to Kofi Kingston who takes out Jey with a big dropkick. Kingston catches Jimmy with a dropkick when he jumps in and hits a jumping clothesline to Jey. Kingston with a Boom Drop over Jey. Jey catches Kingston with a kick to the head and tags in Jimmy. Kingston sends Jimmy over the top rope. Kingston with a big splash to Jey in the corner. Jimmy is back and and levels Kingston with a clothesline. Jimmy, now legal, catches Woods with a samoan drop. Jimmy with a Boom Drop of his own over Kingston. Tag to Jey who comes off the corner when Jimmy had him propped up. Kingston barely kicks out. Jey misses a splash and hits the corner face first. Hot tag to Woods. Woods kicks Jimmy and Jey rolls him up for a two count. Jey with a superkick to Woods, but Woods fires up and forearms Jey and hits a superkick of his own. Kingston kicks Jimmy and Woods with a superkick to Jey. Tag to Kingston who goes up top. Woods with a superkick and Kingston splashes Jey for a two count. Tag back to Woods who goes up top. Woods is pretty far away from Jey. Jimmy knocks Kingston off the corner. Woods is sent over by Jimmy. The Usos hit the ropes and jump over taking out New Day at ringside!
Everyone is down at ringside. The Bludgeon Brothers music hits. Harper and Rowan walk out and head to the ring. Harper and Rowan attack New Day and The Usos.
The referee calls for the bell.
Harper and Rowan continue to attack New Day and The Usos at ringside. Harper and Rowan double suplex Xavier Woods off the ring apron to the floor. Harper splashes Big E inside the ring and Rowan dumps Kofi Kingston with a high back body drop on the floor. Rowan takes out Big E at ringside with a huge charge. Harper is dragging Jimmy and Rowan has Jey. Harper and Rowan smash the Usos together and slam them down over each other. Rowan then scoop slams Harper over the Usos. Rowan splashes both Usos! Harper powerbombs Woods over the steel steps with help from Rowan.
A video package runs hyping Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34.
Back live, we see WWE and EMT officials attending to The Usos and The New Day.
Backstage, Renee Young is with WWE Champion AJ Styles. He said this is the hardest anyone has had to ever work trying to get to WrestleMania as WWE Champion. Shinsuke Nakamura walks up smiling hoping Styles wins tonight. Styles tells him to stop it. He says he is going to WrestleMania and will beat Nakamura.
A video package runs hyping Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott tonight.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Ruby Riott and champion Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte goes for a Figure Four early on Ruby. Ruby uses the top rope to hit Charlotte. Charlotte with a fallaway slam on Ruby. Ruby dropkicks Charlotte away from the corner. They fall out of the ring brawling. Charlotte tosses Ruby back inside. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan show up at ringside. Ruby with her Riott Kick and Charlotte kicks out. Ruby distracts the referee attending to her eye. Naomi and Becky Lynch run out to avoid Logan and Morgan from attacking Charlotte. Ruby tosses Charlotte back in and throws big rights. Ruby with a snap suplex on Charlotte, but Charlotte counters bouncing Ruby off the top rope hitting a quick suplex. Ruby drives Charlotte face first into the second turnbuckle. Ruby falls back hitting a stage dive splash over Charlotte for a two count. Ruby is pulling back on the arms of Charlotte across the throat of Charlotte. Ruby with an STO on Charlotte for another two count. Charlotte with a neckbreaker on Ruby using the ropes. Charlotte is going up top and Ruby sends her flying to the outside. Charlotte with another fallaway slam to Ruby on the outside into the ring barricade. Charlotte is standing up on the barricade and connects with a moonsault over Ruby! Back inside, Charlotte catches Ruby with a high knee. Ruby with a top rope huricanrana on Charlotte for a two count. Ruby with chops. Charlotte with a slap back. Charlotte with chops. Morgan and Logan bait Naomi and Becky Lynch who jump in the ring. Morgan and Logan never entered. The referee sends Becky and Naomi to the back. This allows Morgan and Logan to cheap shot Charlotte in the corner. The referee then sees them close by and sends both Logan and Morgan to the back. Charlotte with a chop, back suplex and big boot combo to Ruby. Ruby with a cradle for a close two count. Ruby is on the shoulders of Charlotte, flips back and Charlotte flips her back face first into the top turnbuckle! Charlotte with a spear. Charlotte gets the Figure Four applied and bridges into Figure Eight. Ruby immediately taps out.
After the match, Charlotte Flair celebrates her win tonight with the Smackdown Women’s Championship when Asuka walks out! Big reaction for Asuka in Columbus. Asuka gets in the face of Charlotte and points to the WrestleMania sign.
Commentary talks about how it appears Asuka will challenge Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 34 in four weeks.
The newest trailer for HBO’s documentary about Andre the Giant airs.
A video package runs hyping tonight’s Six Pack Challenge main event.
Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon walks out and takes a seat at ringside.
We get ring introductions for the challenges John Cena, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn and champion AJ Styles.
The bell rings and John Cena hits an AA on Sami Zayn right away! Cena with an AA on Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler! AJ Styles hangs back staring down Cena. Cena backs off smiling yelling, “Let’s go!” Cena with a shoulder block on Styles. Styles and Cena exchange right hands. Styles counters an AA attempt landing on his feet. Cena dumps Styles over the top rope and Styles lands on the ring apron. Owens, Corbin, Zayn and Ziggler are now up on the ring apron. Everyone enters the ring surrounding Cena. All five men swarm Cena and stomp away at him. Owens dumps Cena out of the ring. A big brawl breaks out. Styles dumps Corbin out of the ring. Styles also tosses Zayn out. Owens attacks Styles, but Styles counters a Pop Up Powerbomb attempt and plants Owens face first. Styles with a big forearm to Corbin and connects with a neckbreaker on Ziggler. Styles with his springboard inverted DDT on Zayn from the corner. Owens with a headbutt to Styles sitting up on the top turnbuckle. Corbin tosses Styles out and big boots Zayn. Cena takes out Corbin. Ziggler with a DDT on Cena. Owens jumps off the top rope and takes out Ziggler with a frog splash! Styles breaks up the pinfall attempt by Owens. Styles with a Pele Kick to Owens, goes for a Styles Clash and Owens counters tossing Styles over the top rope.
Corbin plants Owens with a chokeslam backbreaker. Zig Zag on Corbin. Cena with his jumping shoulder blocks and twisting powerbomb plant on Ziggler. Cena plants Zayn right next to Ziggler. Cena with double Five Knuckle Shuffle to both. Ziggler counters an AA attempt into a Fameasser for a two count! Cena gets the STF on Ziggler. Styles slides in breaking it up. Styles Clash on Cena! Zayn breaks up the pin. Zayn with lefts and rights over Styles. Corbin catches Zayn with a right on the ring apron. Corbin slides out/slides back in and levels Owens with a big clothesline. Corbin with a big Deep Six on Styles. Corbin launches Ziggler up in the air and Ziggler crashes with a thud. Ziggler tosses Corbin out through the ropes. Corbin tosses Ziggler over the barricade. Corbin charges and pushes Ziggler through a clear wall. Owens is clearing off announce tables at ringside. Styles kicks Owens in the head on the announce table. Styles tackles Zayn over the barricade into the timekeeper area. Cena jumps up on the announce table with Owens. Owens breaks free. Styles jumps off the barricade, Cena catches him on his shoulders and gives him an AA crashing through the other announce table! Cena tosses Owens back in. Owens with a boot to Cena and Zayn follows with a clothesline to Cena. Cena rolls out.
Owens and Zayn are facing off. Owens is yelling at Zayn to come at him. Zayn slowly gets down on the mat and lays down for Owens. Owens drops down reluctantly, but Zayn with a cradle on Owens for a two count. Owens and Zayn are brawling. Zayn with rights and Owens slides out. Owens sends Zayn flying back first into the ring barricade. Zayn back body drops Owens over the ring apron. Everyone is back down. Zayn is getting in the face of Shane at ringside. Owens charges, Zayn moves and Owens superkicks Shane! Zayn slides through the corner opening and gives Owens a DDT. Zayn tosses Owens back inside. Owens with a superkick to Zayn. Owens with a Pop Up Powerbomb to Ziggler. Shane pulls the referee out of the ring! Owens can’t believe it. Shane is pointing at Owens. Helluva Kick to Owens! Zayn covers Owens. Shane pulls Zayn out of the ring. Ziggler covers Owens. Zayn slides in to break it up. Corbin has the steel steps and hits Cena with them at ringside. Corbin has the steel steps in the ring and hits Zayn, Ziggler and Owens with them. Cena is in, takes the steps and hits Corbin with them repeatedly. Cena with an AA on Corbin over the steel steps. Ziggler breaks up the pinfall attempt. Cena has the steel steps and tries to hit Ziggler. Ziggler dodges and superkicks Cena. Cena is still up and hits an AA.
Cena rolls through attempting another AA. Owens is in and gives Cena a Pop Up Powerbomb. Styles off the top rope with a flying forearm! Styles gets the pin on Owens!
After the match, we see Shane McMahon staring down both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens who are laying against the ring and barricade across from each other at ringside.
AJ Styles is celebrating holding up the WWE Championship as we see a shot of a very upset John Cena in the corner. Commentary wonders what Cena will do at WrestleMania.
It’s official: AJ Styles will defend the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34 in four weeks in New Orleans.