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SmackDown Recap: WrestleMania Go-Home Show

This is the last SmackDown Live before WrestleMania and it is a pretty standard go-home show. Highlights include Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya, as well as AJ Styles teaming up with Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event.

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon Hug it Out
After months of tension, both Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are in the ring together to hash out their issues before they team up at WrestleMania. They make it clear that they are on the same page and like Bryan did with Kane several years ago, they hug it out.

Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya
While this is the last time Charlotte Flair competes before facing Asuka, it is not the last time she competes before defending her SmackDown Women’s Championship. Flair faces Asuka in the finals of the Mixed Match Challenge, teaming alongside Bobby Roode against Asuka and The Miz.

Just like two weeks ago, Carmella tries to take advantage and cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase, but Charlotte Flair kicks the briefcase out of the ring before anything can happen. Natalya tries to roll up the distracted champion, but Flair counters into the Figure Eight Leg Lock. Winner (via submission): Charlotte Flair

Jinder Mahal (w/Sunil Singh) vs. Rusev (w/Aiden English)
At Wrestlemania, Randy Orton will defend the United States Championship in a Fatal Four-Way match against Jinder Mahal, Bobby Roode, and Rusev. Mahal earned his opportunity by scoring wins over Roode and Orton, Roode is using his rematch clause, and Rusev pinned Orton last week to earn his shot.

After a couple of strikes, Rusev hits Mahal with the Matchka Kick, scoring an important win before WrestleMania. While Rusev celebrates, he gets hit with an RKO from out of nowhere. Winner: Rusev

Zack Ryder, Tye Dillinger, & Breezango vs. Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, & Primo
This is WWE’s last chance to advertise the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and they do it with an 8-man tag match. All of these men are confirmed to be in the match, but the most notable thing here is that Primo Colon has made his return to television.

After everyone is thrown over the top rope to tease the Battle Royal, Baron Corbin hits Fandango with the End of Days to get the win for his team. Winners: Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, & Primo Colon

AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
Just days before defending his WWE Championship, AJ Styles has to team up with challenger Shinsuke Nakamura in this week’s main event. Nakamura has been playing mind games with Styles for the past month and that could very well be the case here, too. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin have made it clear that they not only want to win but they want to hurt Styles and Nakamura to ruin the WrestleMania dream match.

Styles stands right next to Nakamura on the ring apron before hitting a Phenomenal Forearm on Gable, sending a direct message to the King of Strong Style. After the match, Nakamura has to fight off Benjamin before Styles teases a Phenomenal Forearm on him. Winners: AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

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