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WWE Smackdown 2/5: Results and Match Ratings

Just days after the Royal Rumble, WWE Smackdown continues down the road to Wrestlemania. Roman Reigns retained his title against Kevin Owens, but could potentially face rumble winner Edge at Wrestlemania. The Intercontinental Title will also be up for grabs in a Tripe Threat Match. In addition, Hulk Hogan will make an appearance.

WWE Smackdown: Romans’ Ulitmadium

Universal Champion Roman Reigns kicks off WWE Smackdown. After briefly gloating about his win over Kevin Owens, Reigns expressed frustration with Edge not being at Friday Night Smackdown. Reigns gave the WWE Royal Rumble winner an ultimatum to decide on his Wrestlemania choice by the end of the night.

Dominik Mysterio vs King Corbin
During Dominick Mysterio’s entrance, he and his father were both attacked by Baron Corbin. After the commercial break, Dominick is able to gain control with a springboard roll-up and a dropkick. Corbin regains the advantage with several strikes before choking Dominick across the rope. Corbin gets a two after an avalanche closeline in the corner. Rey Mysterio makes his way back to the ringside area as Dominick connects with a crossbody on Corbin to the outside. Back from the commercial break and Dominick connects with a suicide dive. As Corbin attempts to return to the ring, Rey heads under the ring to grab Corbin’s foot. Dominick hits the 619 and a top rope splash for the win.

Match Analysis: This is the feud that just won’t end. Dominick is still very green but you can see he tries hard and puts in the effort. Dominick getting a win is nice but they have to move on from this feud as it drags WWE Smackdown down. Skim It. **

WWE: Pro Wrestlers

Daniel Bryan vs Cesaro
Daniel Bryan starts off quickly, taking Cesar to the corer and then to the outside of the ring. Bryan hits a dive to the outside before throwing Cesaro back in and connecting with a missile dropkick. Cesaro is able to turn the tables with a stiff uppercut. Bryan lands several kicks that lead to a two-count. Bryan’s running knee is countered by Cesaro into a modified backbreaker and then a big swing. Cesaro locks in the sharpshooter for the shocking submission win.

Match Analysis: Huge surprise for Cesaro not just winning, but also making Daniel Bryan tap out. Cesaro has reportedly just signed a multi-year contract so that’s possibly why he’s getting a bigger push. Fun match though as one would expect from these two on WWE Smackdown. Worth a Watch. ***1/4

WWE Smackdown: Bayley in action

Bayley vs Ruby Riott
A back and forth exchange starts the match before Bayley launches Riott into the turnbuckle for a snake eyes. Riott ate the top turnbuckle in a nasty spot. Bayley works Riott’s arm before Ruby is able to connect on an arm drag from the second rope. A quick roll-up for Riott gets a two count before Bayley goes back to the arm. Billie Kay attempts to interfere but it backfires and Bayley gets the win after the Rose Plant.

Match Analysis: The Riott Squad dissension continues as Baylay is booked strong headed into Wrestlemania. It was fine but nothing to see here. Take a Pass. *1/2

Bianca Belair’s decision

Bianca Belair enters the ring to talk about her Royal Rumble win. As she debates her options, Reginald comes down followed by Carmella who both question who Bayley might face at Wrestlemania. Sasha Banks then appears and warns Belair that she would lose at Wrestlemania if she decides to challenge her. After another snarky comment from Reginald, Belair whips him out of the ring with her hair.

Non-title Tag Team Match

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode defeated Chad Gable & Otis
Since winning the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode haven’t done much. Ziggler and Gable start with some chain wrestling as the Street Profits give their thoughts in a video insert. Gable with some more solid offense before Ziggler connects with a dropkick to the face. Roode tags in and gets a 2-count after a vertical suplex. Gable makes a comeback and gets the hot tag to Otis. Several tag downs by Otis on Roode and the same to Ziggler before Gable returns. After hitting a rolling German suplex on Ziggler, Roode nails an inverted DDT for the win.

Match Analysis: Perfectly acceptable tag team match as they build toward a Ziggler/Roode rematch with the Street Profits. Skim It. **1/4

WWE Smackdown: Hulk Hogan on Edge

Hulk Hogan, with Jimmy Hart, warn both Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre about Edge. Hogan says Edge has the support of all the Hulkamaniacs and that he’ll walk out the winner at Wrestlemania.

Intercontinental Title Match

Big E defeats Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews
After weeks of teasing, all three men finally have a match. Sami Zayn bails early as Appolo Crews and Big E start the match off. Zayn sneaks back in to attack Big E but receives a backdrop in return. Crews hits three German suplexes on Big E but only gets a two count. Crews connects with double corner elbows on both men before he’s tossed to the outside. Zayn and Big E brawl on the outside before Crews nails with a moonsault on the champion. Zayn regains control as we cut to a commercial break.

Back from commercial and Sami Zayn has the advantage but it doesn’t last long as he’s hit with a top rope dropkick by Crews. Big E then hits several suplexes on Crews but is locked in a sleeper by Zayn. Crews is tossed out of the ring by Big E in a scary spot. Crews is able to get back in and get a 2 count on Zayn after a frog splash. Crews sets up for a head and arm suplex but Big E grabs his wastes and tosses both ben with a German. After Crews takes out Zayn on the outside, he rushed into the ring but is hit with the Big Ending. Big E covers and gets the win to retain his title.

Match Analysis: This was one hell of a match on WWE Smackdown. Triple Threat Matches can be tricky at times, but they made it work. There was never a dull moment and everything worked. Hopefully, they continue the feud with these three. Must-Watch. ***3/4

Edge and Roman

Edge comes to the ring to talk about who he might face at Wrestlemania. Only minutes later, Roman Reigns makes his way down to the ring to confront the Royal Rumble winner. Edge mocks Reigns for having to invite Jeu Uso and Paul Heyman with him. Roman pokes fun at Edge and promises Heyman won’t take him out.

After sending Uso to the back, Reigns demands Edge choose him to main event Wrestlemania. Before Edge could answer, Kevin Owens appears and hits a stunner on Reigns leaving Edge’s decision a mystery.

Robby Steven

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