With every passing Tuesday night, SmackDown Live gets seven days closer to WrestleMania 34. The only problem is the blue brand is far from being in the fast lane on this current road to WrestleMania. Compared to their Monday night counterparts SmackDown Live could be considered to be downright struggling. It's not as if they don't have the talent and previous periods have proved that they have the creative minds behind the scenes to put on a good show. One of these shows is bound to be a turning point right? Take a look at the Huge Takeaways from Tuesday's offering and decide for yourself whether this was that week.
5. Kami Are Still Together?
SmackDown Live opened this week with three of the Superstars that will be competing in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane arguing over who can beat who. Those three stars were the champ himself AJ Styles plus Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens. Before things got out of hand, commissioner Shane McMahon emerged to make some official matches for the evening. Styles and Corbin would clash in the night's main event and KO had to go up against Dolph Ziggler right then and there. On a couple of occasions during the match, The Showoff came very close to defeating Owens, that was until Sami Zayn's music hit. The interruption distracted Ziggler at which point, The Prizefighter super kicked him in the back of the head and covered him for the three count.
4. Mahal Stands Tall But Gets No Reward
Jinder Mahal continued his goading of the United States Champion Bobby Roode this week on SmackDown Live. The Modern Day Maharajah is attempting to pit the champ and Randy Orton against each other and is having a fair bit of success in doing so. This week, Mahal claimed to reveal Roode's only personal SmackDown Live top ten. The list featured Roode at number one, something he shouldn't have been allowed to do, and The Viper was nowhere to be seen. Things boiled over between Roode and Mahal in the ring and naturally, Orton was quick to join in the fun. All three men are at each other's throats but on this occasion, it was Mahal who was the last man standing. Despite that Shane-O 'Mac believes the US Title match at Fastlane should be between Orton and Roode, so that's the match he booked.
3. Now The Riott Squad Are Doing The Counting
Charlotte Flair has been systematically defeating members of The Riott Squad for the last couple of weeks. With two wins under her belt, she only needed one more for a clean sweep. That victory may prove to be more elusive than The Queen expected, however. This week, she teamed with Naomi and Becky Lynch in six-woman tag action and likely wanted nothing more than a pinfall win over Ruby Riott herself. That didn't happen. Instead, Riott managed to pin Lynch for the win after Morgan freed her from The Lasskicker's armbar. After the match, Riott looked at Flair and started counting on her fingers like the champ has been doing to her. One down, two to go.
2. The New Day Are Going To Fastlane...For Now
The Usos need some challengers for their SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Fastlane and on Tuesday night The New Day and Gable and Benjamin went head to head in tag team action with that number one contendership up for grabs. It was the four-time Tag Team Champions who won the match but they didn't exactly go about it in a very respectable way. Kofi Kingston had the referee distracted at a point where Shelton Benjamin almost definitely had the match won. Shortly after, it was Xavier Woods getting the cover. On the way back to the locker room though, the victors had to pass by The Bludgeon Brothers who came out for their match a little early. Nothing was exchanged between the two teams, not even eye contact, but Harper and Rowan will undoubtedly want that title shot for themselves.
1. AJ Styles Can Beat Baron Corbin
As mentioned earlier, the main event on this week's SmackDown Live was a match between Baron Corbin and AJ Styles. The whole reason this match came about was because The Lone Wolf reminded the WWE Champion that he has a very tough time earning wins over him. Clearly, that didn't sit well with The Phenomenal One who was likely glad the match was booked so that he could go about changing that. He did as well, a matter of moments after Corbin screamed that Styles can't beat him right in his opponent's face. What happened after the match forced Styles and Corbin to be on the same page for a brief moment, however. Owens and Zayn came to the ring to put the boots to the champ and it was Corbin who came to his rescue, delivering the End Of Days to both intruders.
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