There have been so many big moments in WWE over the past few days that we have pretty much lost count. The NXT Championship match on Saturday night, the arrival of Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble, and Braun Strowman crushing Kane on Raw. Well, WWE was hoping that we weren't all wrestled out after three straight days of huge shows as there was still the not so small matter of SmackDown Live to take care of. Prepare yourself for five more big moments and then you can rest until next week's Raw.
5. Never Spill Another Man's Pancakes
Things were a little crowded and hence a little chaotic during the opening match of this week's SmackDown Live. Jinder Mahal, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, and Rusev battled it out in a fatal four way with the winner earning a shot at Bobby Roode's United States Championship. Not only was the champ at ringside, but three of the four men in the match were also accompanied to the ring by friends and tag team partners. All that humanity meant something bad was bound to happen, and it did. Aiden English shoved Sunil Singh, knocking the plate of pancakes from Big E's hand. That is sacrilege in the eyes of The New Day and the arguing that ensued got all four men involved sent to the back so the match could continue uninterrupted.
4. No One Gets Up From The End Of Days
Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger's Royal Rumbles did not go how they would have envisioned. The Lone Wolf was eliminated after not being in the match for very long at all and thanks to Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens The Perfect 10 didn't make it to the ring at all. Both men decided to air their grievances to Shane McMahon and the commissioner's solution was to put them in a match against one another. Despite a spirited effort from Dillinger it was his bad luck that continued. It seems like nobody kicks out of Corbin's End Of Days, and it was that which kept Dillinger down for the three count on Tuesday. It is one of the most devastating finishers in WWE right now.
3. The Bludgeon Brothers Are Back!
Harper. Rowan. The Bludgeon Brothers. After being AWOL from SmackDown Live for a couple of weeks the blue brand's resident wrecking balls have returned. In fact, the two behemoths interrupted Tag Team Champions The Usos. A statement of intent perhaps, but for now the two teams will not be clashing. Instead, it was once again the turn of a couple of unnamed local talents to take a beating from the Brothers. As usual, the match only lasted a couple of minutes, and as always those minutes were filled with moments that could fill this list. The one that makes it this week though is the boot from Harper outside the ring that nearly took one of his poor opponent's head off.
2. Don't Dropkick The Ref
On Sunday night for the first time ever, WWE crowned a male winner and a female winner of their respective Royal Rumbles. All the way back in June however they did that for the first time with Money In The Bank. Baron Corbin and Carmella claimed the briefcases and one of them still has theirs. The Lone Wolf cashed his in just two months later and failed in his attempts to become WWE Champion. Carmella still has her contract though, although she came very close to giving it up this past Tuesday. The Riott Squad beatdown Charlotte Flair and The Princess of Staten Island saw her opportunity. Trouble is in an attempt to keep Flair down Carmella kicked the referee in the back and scuppered her own potential cash in attempt. As the champion struggled back to her feet Carmella had second thoughts, picked up her briefcase and returned to the locker room.
1. A Friendship Ending Kinsasha
Despite the fact that AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura will likely face one another for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34, the two of them put their differences aside to take on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on Tuesday night. Tensions were already running high between the best friends since Daniel Bryan declared that they will be facing each other next week in a number one contender's match. Turns out their friendship is a lot more fragile than they let on. Halfway through, the match the two of them began bickering and that disagreement never came to an end. Eventually, Zayn abandoned his partner and that meant the eventual outcome was inevitable. The Underdog was watching on backstage as Owens took a Kinsasha and was covered for the three count.
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