Smackdown 3/12/2021: Fast Lane Contract gets Signed; Big E defends IC Title; More!
Here's what's on tap for tonight:
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E returns from injury
KO Show: Kevin Owens host and welcomes WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair
Contract Signing: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan make their championship match at Fast Lane official
Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks (WWE Smackdown Women's Champion) vs. Natalya & Tamina
We're the ThunderDome and open with highlights of last week's steel cage match. Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcome us to the show and EDGE HEADS TO THE RING TO KICK THINGS OFF! Edge grabs a mic and says there's a big contract signing tonight but there's a few things he needs to address. Some people had Edge's name falling out of their face. Edge talks about Roman Reigns saying a man like Edge should never face a man like Reigns. Edge talks about acknowledging Reigns as the main event of WrestleMania. Edge chose Reigns and got a taste of what Edge can still bring to the table. Then Reigns back tracked to Daniel Bryan. Speaking of Bryan, he addresses Bryan saying he deserves the WrestleMania main event more than Edge. Edge talks about loving "this" and everything that he's put into it. Like everyone else, Edge just has to wait until after Fast Lane to see who he has to face. HERE COMES DANIEL BRYAN. Bryan has a mic as well. Major "Yes" chants. Bryan says Edge got sucked in. Bryan thought Edge, as the ultimate opportunist, would respect what Bryan has done by going into business for himself. Bryan makes it clear that he respects Edge. Bryan wants to be honest and says it's not about Edge. Bryan says he got demoralized when Edge pointed to the WrestleMania sign because he thought he might go into the last WrestleMania on the back burner. If this is his last Mania, Bryan wants to give it everything to be in the main event. Bryan says Edge has his spot in the main event, Bryan has to beat Reigns if he wants to main event Mania. Edge tells Bryan that Reigns already beat him. Edge brings up winning a rumble that Bryan was included in. Edge says he likes and respects Bryan but doesn't like how he went about this. Edge tells Bryan that he's not better than Edge.
Commentary hypes the KO Show for later tonight and the return of the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
The Street Profits, Rey Mysterio, & Dominik Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions) & Alpha Academy
Otis, Gable, Ziggler, and Roode attack the faces on the way to the ring. The match will begin after a commercial.
Dawkins and Roode start it. Dawkins goes right after Roode and takes him down with a bulldog. Drop kick to Roode and drop kick to Gable. Tag to Ford who hits a drop kick. Dominik tags in and hits an assisted leg drop for a near fall. Roode with a knee to the gut of Dominik and tags Gable. Dominik picks up the pace with a rana and Otis tags in. Dominik tries a spring board but Otis hits him with a double axe. Gable tags in and they double team Dominik. Gable sends Dominik into the corner before double underhook suplexing him for a near fall. Roode tags back in and works on the left leg of Dominik. Dominik counters a suplex and hits a tornado DDT to plant Roode. Dawkins and Ziggler tag in. Dawkins with a spinning back elbow and a suplex! Dawkins with a right hand to Otis. Dawkins charges into an uppercut but he spine busters Ziggler! Ford tags in and goes to the top but is taken out by Roode forcing him to fall to the outside as we go to a commercial.
We're back with Ziggler wearing down Ford. Ford fights to his feet but Ziggler takes him down with a drop kick. Ford fights out of the heel corner but Ziggler with a step up enziguri. Sleeper by Ziggler. Cole says Ziggler has put many people away with the sleeper. I beg to differ sir. "We want the smoke" chants. Ford tags Dawkins but Roode has the ref distracted. The ref waives it off and Ziggler takes Ford back to the heel corner. Roode tags in and delivers a back breaker to Ford for a near fall. Otis tags in and sends Ford hard to the corner. Otis misses a charge. Gable tags in and knocks down Ford. Ford finally tags Rey and he picks up the pace building momentum. BIG AROUND THE WORLD DDT BY REY!! 1....2...Otis breaks it up! Dominik takes care of Otis. REY GOES FOR A 619 ON GABLE BUT ROODE BLIND TAGS AND SPINE BUSTERS REY!! Things are breaking down. THE MYSTERIOS DOUBLE 619 TO ROODE!! The Mysterios dive to the outside to take out Otis and Gable. FORD GOES TO THE TOP AND HITS FROM THE HEAVENS SPLASH ON ROODE TO WIN IT!! The Profits build momentum to what should be a title shot soon.
W: The Street Profits, Rey Mysterio, & Dominik Mysterio via pin @ 11:52
We see the announcement that Molly Holly is the first inductee into the 2021 Hall of Fame.
Jey Uso is walking backstage and is stopped outside of Roman Reigns locker room by Paul Heyman. Heyman asks Uso if he's talked to Reigns and Uso says not for a couple days. Heyman talks Uso out of going in the locker room. Heyman says Reigns is busy so Uso says he'll take a walk and then come back. Heyman says Reigns would love to see him then but his face says otherwise as Uso walks off.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Seth Rollins. Kayla asks Rollins about Cesaro and we see highlights of Cesaro giving Rollins the swing. Rollins wants to know why we are still talking about this. Rollins says Cesaro has all the potential. Rollins only wanted to help and he got disrespected and embarrassed. Rollins says he's done with Cesaro and calls him a waste of potential. Kayla says Cesaro impressed against Murphy last week and can again when they have a rematch. Rollins seems intrigued by the rematch.
We see highlights of the saga with Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Reginald from last week. Earlier today, Nia Jax took Reginald on a shopping spree. Shayna was also there but doesn't seem thrilled. Nia asks Shayna's opinion on something but she's too bust looking at her phone. This is dumb. Reginald asks Nia what he can do to repay her and Nia smiles.
Cesaro vs. Murphy
Seth Rollins comes to ringside with a chair before we begin. Murphy charges and eats an uppercut. More uppercuts by Cesaro in the corner. Murphy comes back with stomps in the corner but another uppercut by Cesaro. Cesaro takes control now. Rollins is sitting at the top of the ramp. A boot from Cesaro sends Murphy to the apron. Murphy creates separation by going to the outside. Cesaro follows but Murphy hits a running knee strike. Murphy goes to the top turnbuckle but Cesaro with a drop kick. CESARO SUPERPLEXES MURPHY FROM THE APRON BACK INTO THE RING! Cesaro with uppercuts from corner to corner! Murphy leaps off the top but CESARO CATCHES AND SWINGS HIM!!! ROLLINS ATTACKS CESARO FROM BEHIND FOR THE DQ!! Post match, Rollins continues his attack! ROLLINS STOMPS CESARO! Rollins talks trash and STOMPS CESARO AGAIN!! Rollins grabs a chair and puts it on Cesaro's head. Rollins goes to stomp him again but officials run out to stop him.
W: Cesaro via DQ @ 2:19
Rollins heads backstage and runs into Shinsuke Nakamura who stares him down.
Kevin Owens is walking backstage and runs into Sami Zayn with his camera crew. Sami wants Owens to be part of the documentary. Owens says he's busy with the KO Show tonight. Sami says the documentary will do massive numbers. Owens says he'll think about it.
Jey Uso is walking backstage when he runs into Edge. Edge says he's known his family for a long time. He came to talk to Jey man-to-man. Edge ask Uso what he's doing? Edge says Uso is part of the reason why he wanted to come back. Edge tells Uso he needs to stop being a lap dog for the big dog. Uso doesn't want to hear it and tells Edge to go home to his family.
Time for the KO Show! Owens welcomes us and says he hasn't been around for a few weeks. He says the past few months have been rough physically and mentally. He says he's not down and out because he'll keep fighting. Tonight is not about him and says his guests tonight will face off at WrestleMania. Before that, they'll team up at Fast Lane. Owens introduces Bianca Belair first. Owens thanks Belair for joining him before introducing WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks. Banks title falls off of her during his entrance but she saves it from hitting the ground. Owens thanks Banks as well. Owens says they'll make history at WrestleMania but at Fast Lane they can make the Mania match even bigger if they're tag team champions. Owens brings up John Cena and Shawn Michaels being tag champs when they fought at WrestleMania 23. Owens says that will help cement their legacies. Owens says they weren't able to win the tag gold at Elimination Chamber. Owens thinks they lost because of underlying tension. Owens brings up Reginald too. Banks says she can't help that Reginald has a crush on her. Belair says Reginald is a problem for their match. Banks says she's won many of championship and calls herself the Michael Jordan of the women's division and maybe Belair can be the LeBron James. Belair objects. She respects Banks but claims she can accomplish things on her own. Banks says she would of thrown Belair out of the rumble. Banks says she'll be "Two Belts Banks" heading to Mania when she beats Baszler and Jax. Belair says she's walking in her own lane. NIA JAX AND SHAYNA BASZLER ARE HERE TO INTERRUPT ALONG WITH REGINALD. NATALYA AND TAMINA ARE ALSO HERE TO INTERRUPT! We have a tag match after a break.
WrestleMania tickets go on sale next Tuesday!
Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks (WWE Smackdown Women's Champion) vs. Natalya & Tamina
Nia, Shayna, and Reginald are on commentary. Banks and Tamina start. Tamina has dyed part of her hair red. Tamina sends Banks to the corner and immediately tags Natalya. Banks gets the upper hand and slaps the hell out of Natalya! An arm drag sends Natalya out of the ring and Banks hits a baseball slide. Banks trash talks the tag champs. Banks gets back in the ring and Natalya takes control as Reginald struts on the announce table. Natalya stomps Tamina in the corner and then follows with a snap suplex for a near fall. Banks with a jaw breaker to create space. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter but Banks is able to tag Belair. Drop kick by Belair and then a spine buster to Natalya. Cover by Belair and Reginald gets on the apron to distract. Belair with kicks to Natalya in the corner. Natalya fights out and hits a bad looking discus clothesline. Tamina tags in. BANKS GOES AROUND AND THROWS REGINALD IN THE RING. Banks and Reginald go at it until Natalya sends Banks out of the ring. BELAIR IS DISTRACTED BY BANKS AND REGINALD LONG ENOUGH FOR TAMINA TO ROLL UP BELAIR FOR THE WIN! This is all around bad. Banks and Belair shouldn't lose this and they shouldn't even be going after the tag belts. Give other ladies a chance at them. Banks and Belair are more than capable of their own feud without using this to build it up. Sorry. Rant over.
W: Natalya & Tamina via pin @ 3:36
Highlights of Apollo Crews' attack on Big E from a few weeks ago.
Banks and Belair argue backstage.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E makes his way to the ring bandaged up and has a neck collar on. Big E rips off all the bandages on the way to the ring and appears to be good to go! He grabs a mic and says as he was laid up in a medical facility because of Apollo, he had plenty of time to think. Big E hopes Apollo knows what he did. Big E says there is no coming back from what Apollo did and he can't put the genie back in the bottle. Big E says he has to go biblical on Apollo now. It's eye for an eye now. Crews came to hurt Big E now Big E is here to maim him. Crews stepped on Big E's lawn and now Big E will bulldoze his house. Big E plans to end Apollo. Big E wants to give Apollo what he deserves. There's no need to wait. Big E tells Apollo if he wants the WWE Intercontinental Championship, come get it now!! Big E is dressed to fight. If Apollo isn't coming, Big E is issuing an open challenge!! HERE COMES KING CORBIN!! He's in a suit. Corbin says to calm down. Corbin isn't dressed to fight but he'll tear up his suit to win the title. SAMI ZAYN IS OUT TO CUT OFF CORBIN! He wants the shot! Big E says who gets in the ring first gets the match. It's Sami! Big E unloads on Sami! Belly to belly on Sami! The match will happen next after the break.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Big E (champ) vs. Sami Zayn
Big E over powers Sami into the corner to begin. Big E with knees to the gut of Sami. Sami fires back with kicks and a side head lock. Off the ropes, Big E with a leap frog and back elbow for a near fall. Big E sends Sami hard into the corner. Big E charges into the corner but Sami counters and takes control. Sami with an elbow from the second rope for a near fall. Big E catches Sami and hits a belly to belly. Big E takes control and sends Sami out of the wrong. Big E pounds Sami on the apron. Big E goes for his apron splash but Sami rolls into the ring to avoid it as we go to a break.
We're back with both men battling on the top turnbuckle. SAMI HITS A SUNSET BOMB!! 1...2...NO!! Sami starts slapping Big E. Big E gets fired up and starts building momentum. BIG E HITS THE BIG ENDING FOR THE WIN!!
W: Big E via pin @ 8:17
Post match, Apollo's music hits and APOLLO ATTACKS BIG E FROM BEHIND! CREWS GRABS THE STEPS AND HITS BIG E. Big E falls out of the ring. Crews stands tall on top of the stairs.
Nia Jax and Reginald are backstage when Kayla interviews them. Nia says Reginald did great tonight. Reginald suggest Nia challenge Banks and try to head into WrestleMania as a double champion.
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso make their way to the ring. Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring. Adam Pearce is moderating this thing. Reigns gets in Pearce's face to intimidate him. Pearce moves so Reigns can sit at "the head of the table". Reigns tells Bryan he did everything he needed to do. Reigns says he isn't feeling it and says he's not signing. Bryan signs and says apparently Reigns isn't a man of his word. Bryan tells Reigns that he did something Reigns could never do last week when he made Jey Uso quit! Bryan says maybe he should be the self proclaimed "head of the table". Reigns gets pissed! Reigns signs and says he's going to smash Bryan! Bryan tells Reigns that he will tap Reigns out just like he did Uso. Uso flips the table and gets in Bryan's face. Uso says the match needs a special guest enforcer to make sure it's called down the middle. That person will be Jey Uso!! YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!! HERE COMES EDGE!! Edge tells Uso that sounds like a great idea. Edge challenges Uso to a match next week on Smackdown. The winner will be special enforcer at Fast Lane. Pearce makes it official! Edge gets in the ring. ALL FOUR MEN BRAWL!! BRYAN TAKES OUT EDGE WITH A RUNNING KNEE!!! BRYAN STANDS TALL TO CLOSE OUT THE SHOW!!
WWE Smackdown Women's Championship: Nia Jax (WWE Women's Tag Team Champion) vs. Sasha Banks (champ)
Winner is the Special Enforcer for the WWE Universal Championship Match at Fast Lane: Edge vs. Jey Uso
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