Cesaro and Daniel Brian def. Jay Uso and Seth Rollins
After the brand’s quartet of blue superstars went to war of words to open SmackDown, Cesaro and Daniel Brian teamed up to fight off the evil intentions of Jay Uso and Seth Rollins in an epic melee. Uso and Rollins teamed up for a crushing game of Buckle Bomb and Splash, which nearly won the match, but when things got close, SmackDown Savior headed for the hills. Brian continued with Running Knee for a win, and Cesaro added Uso for good measure, as the winning tandem made fun of Roman Reigns with his cousin as bait.
Tamina def. Nia Jax
The Irresistible Force faced the impenetrable Tamina, and their rivalry with WrestleMania shifted to the blue brand. The two superstars exchanged punishing attacks early, and the distraction from Reginald and Shayna Bazler on the outside opened the door for a super kick and a huge victory for Tamina.
Apollo Crews def. Kevin Owens – Intercontinental Championship Match
The Apollo Crews were outraged that they had to defend their Intercontinental Championship in such a short time, but Kevin Owens was happy to take the opportunity to get ahead. The presence of Sami Zane and Commander Aziz led to a chaotic clash, but Owens nearly defeated the champion with a powerful pop-up bomb. After the splash, the knockout pulled Crews back into the ring, but Aziz’s shadow towering on the ropes allowed the title holder to win the total. Owens hit one of the stunners, but a Nigerian nail from Commander Aziz left the challenger behind.
Rey and Dominic Mysterio def. Otis and Chad Gable
When The Mysterios met Otis & Chad Gable, a pair of the blue brand’s top tandems wanted to make their way into the SmackDown Tag Team Title rankings. Alpha Academy’s impeccable accuracy was demonstrated, but Master 619’s timely mark caused Mysterio to fly away. 619 and a stunning surge from Rei Mysterio ensured a tough win for the father-son duo.
Roman Reigns challenged
Cesaro knocks for the universal title, but the head of the table sets his own rules. Roman Raines gave Daniel Brian a chance for the title next week, but with one big trick: Brian’s defeat would have banished him from SmackDown forever.