The WWE Championship scene needs some fresh faces. Yes, Shinsuke Nakamura will be taking the champ on at WrestleMania 34 regardless of who holds the title by then, but the current dynamic between AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn is starting to grow pretty old. Clearly, the blue brand's bookers agree which is why they have inexplicably given Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin the chance to add themselves to the mix. Did The Showoff provide us with any big moments upon his return though? Read on to find out if he did plus all of the other biggest moments from this week's SmackDown Live.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn started things off on Tuesday night by taking out the two men who were about to compete for a spot in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane. Clearly they thought that if Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler couldn't wrestle, neither could win and thus the main event at Fastlane would remain a triple threat match. First they targeted The Lone Wolf and once they had finished with him they set their sights on The Showoff. Ziggler stood no chance against both of them and Zayn put an exclamation point on the beating with a nasty looking Helluva Kick, one that Owens held the former World Champion in place for.
It wasn't as simple as that for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn of course and Shane McMahon made sure later in the evening that both Corbin and Ziggler would still get opportunities to be added to the match at Fastlane. Those opportunities came in the form of matches against the two men who had attacked them. The Lone Wolf was up first as he took on KO. Win the match and he gets added to the WWE Title bout. Despite clutching at his ribs from the attack he had suffered from his opponent earlier in the evening Corbin managed to pick up the win. The tide really started to change in the match when the former Mr. Money In The Bank delivered a devastating right hand to Owens while the Canadian was perched on the top rope, really putting those golden gloves to good use.
The hype surrounding Chad Gable seems to have died down a little over the past few weeks. There was a time not too long ago when fans were marveling at his impressive move set, feats of strength, and basically wondering why he wasn't selected to play Kurt Angle's son over Jason Jordan. Well, this past Tuesday night Gable reminded us of exactly how good he can be. He and Shelton Benjamin took on The New Day and Gable selected the biggest of their three opponents to punish with his rolling German suplex. How he does it to someone the size of Big E is almost beyond belief.
Charlotte Flair has been having a little trouble with The Riott Squad on SmackDown Live recently and last week began the trail to putting an end to that. That came in the form of a win over Liv Morgan and this week it was Sarah Logan's turn to take on The Queen. With Morgan, Logan and Ruby Riott there is always the chance of interference and funny business but on Tuesday that was lessened greatly as Flair had two women of her own in her corner, Naomi and Becky Lynch. Just the threat of them proved enough for it to be a fair fight between the ropes and the Women's Champion brought the match to an end by planting Logan right on top of her head via a nasty looking Natural Selection.
Kevin Owens failed to keep Baron Corbin out of the WWE Championship match at Fastlane and later that same evening if Sami Zayn couldn't beat Dolph Ziggler then the Fatal 4-Way would become a Fatal 5-way. Take nothing away from Owens and Corbin who had a reasonable match, but the choice to make Zayn versus Ziggler the main event was a good one. The two talented Superstars put on a terrific match and as you might have guessed, it was The Showoff who emerged victorious. There were quite a few highlights in the match but the biggest and best one came when both men were precariously balanced on the top rope. From there, Zayn managed to deliver an exploder suplex to the mat below. It looks as if it took just as much out of both competitors.
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