Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s one-on-one encounter to determine a challenger for WWE Champion AJ Styles at Fastlane took a chaotic turn
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens’ battle of the best friends ended in chaos on SmackDown as WWE champion AJ Styles interfered.
Owens and Zayn went head to head for the chance to fight Styles for his championship at Fastlane and the duo did not hold back despite being co-leaders of the self-styled ‘Yep movement’.
SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon accused general manager Daniel Bryan of trying to live vicariously through Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Zayn found himself on top in the latter stages of the match but could not resist a verbal assault on Styles, who was on guest commentary at ringside.
Styles snapped and launched shots at both competitors to force a double disqualification before an exquisite Springboard Cross-body to the pair on the outside.
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The champion, however, was left disappointed when SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan returned to the ramp and booked a triple threat match between them for Fastlane.
Roode retains against Rusev
Rusev cashed in the United States title shot he earned in last week’s fatal four-way match but came up short against the champion Bobby Roode in a back-and-forth contest.
Bobby Roode defended his United States Championship against The Bulgarian Brute, Rusev
The Bulgarian Brute was on top when he went for his trademark Accolade submission finisher but Roode reversed it into a small package for a near fall.
Roode then dug deep to find a Glorious DDT to shock Rusev and keep his title – only to be hit by a Randy Orton RKO out of nowhere during his celebration.
Flair avenges Riott Squad attack
Charlotte Flair secured some vengeance on the Riott Squad with a tap-out victory over Liv Morgan via her Figure Eight leglock finisher.
Charlotte Flair sought payback for last week's three-on-one attack against The Riott Squad's Liv Morgan
Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan were ejected from ringside to make it a straight one-on-one contest and ensure there would be no repeat of last week’s beatdown – and near cash-in of Carmella’s Money In The Bank briefcase.
“One down, two to go,” Flair said after the match, signalling her intent to take out the remaining Riott Squad members.
SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan revealed the results of the locker room vote for the first-ever SmackDown Top 10 Superstars list