WWE SmackDown Results, Summary, Ratings – Huge Changes Made To WrestleMania Card In Action-Packed Show

With WrestleMania just a few weeks away, the biggest wrestling show of the year underwent major changes during SmackDown on Friday night. That included the addition of three new matches, as well as a big change to one of the most anticipated matches of the two-night event.

Much of the night revolved around the aftermath of last Sunday’s Fastlane event, where Daniel Bryan forced universal champion Roman Reigns to tap, albeit while the referee was knocked out. Edge, who was in the role of special enforcer, broke and attacked Bryan and Reigns with a chair, allowing Reigns to leave Fastlane still as champion. But, as expected, Bryan wasn’t ready to leave SmackDown without addressing the situation and his feelings that he had done more than enough to earn another championship shot.

CBS Sports was with you all night, bringing you recaps and highlights of all the ThunderDome action.

Daniel Bryan inserted into WrestleMania main event

Bryan said he said he was sick of sitting around and waiting for everyone’s dream game of Edge vs. Reigns, who had earned his opportunities and not just given them. Bryan then called Reigns in for a universal championship rematch, placing a chair in the middle of the ring and saying that he would not leave the ring until he got what he wanted. Adam Pearce came out to tell Bryan that they would not give him his match, nor would he receive his request to face the winner immediately after their match at WrestleMania. Bryan then released Reigns vs. Edge on the first night of WrestleMania, with him facing the winner on the second night. This brought out a furious Edge, who accused Bryan of trying to play with the system before the two fought and Edge struck a spear. Edge then hit Bryan with a chair before leaving the ring.

Edge and Reigns disagreed with Pearce’s handling of the situation throughout the night, including Reigns threatening Pearce and telling him that he would not fight both nights of WrestleMania. This ultimately led to Edge facing Reigns backstage and telling him to use his punch or else Edge could beat Bryan and not Reigns to win the title.

Pearce, Bryan, Edge and Reigns came to the ring to end the night. Pearce said that all men’s points were valid and that Reigns was right and would only defend his title once at WrestleMania. Which meant it would be a triple threat match at WrestleMania, inserting Bryan into the match officially. This led to the three men fighting before Edge was the last man standing after hitting them both with a steel chair. Bryan was able to escape the room before Edge could hit a chair while Edge attacked WWE officers.

It couldn’t have been a much better version of an ad that everyone knew was coming. Edge was broke when Bryan invaded his opportunity, Reigns was ultimately unable to manipulate every step of a process to his advantage, and Bryan got what he wanted, but still paying a high price. It’s a deceptively simple story, but it’s often the best for professional wrestling. Grade A-

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Defeat Seth Rollins. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall after stomping. Rollins continued his attack after the match, but Cesaro ran into the ring and defeated Rollins before attempting to hit Rollins one more time, only for Rollins to walk away. Rollins then challenged Cesaro to a match at WrestleMania, only to be attacked and beaten up by Cesaro, who later accepted the challenge.
  • Apollo Crews, Otis and Chad Gable def. Big E & The Street Profits via pinfall when Crews hit Big E with his version of the Olympic Slam.
  • Kevin Owens challenged Sami Zayn to a match at WrestleMania. Owens featured Zayn on the KO Show, after Zayn pleaded with Owens to be part of his documentary, Owens raised the challenge. Zayn accepted and Owens went on the attack.
  • Defeat Bianca Belair. Natalya via pinfall after the Kiss of Death. Sasha Banks came to the ring during the match, sitting in the comments. During the match, Belair slapped Banks before reaching the end, but Banks hit her with a traitor after the match.
  • Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall with a splash of slingshot.

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