Tonight, WWE will be airing this week’s edition of WWE Smackdown Live from The Sprint Center in Kansas City, as the road to WrestleMania continues.
Matches announced for WWE Smackdown tonight include Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn, with the winner receiving a Title shot against AJ Styles. Also on the show tonight, Bobby Roode will defend the WWE U.S. Title against Rusev, as today just so happens to be “Rusev Day.”
As always, ProWrestling.com will be providing complete, LIVE coverage of WWE Smackdown beginning tonight at 8pm EST so be sure to join us then!
WWE.com is hyping the following storyline points for tonight:
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to battle for a WWE Title opportunity at WWE Fastlane tonight on SmackDown LIVEBobby Roode defends the United States Championship against Rusev tonight on SmackDown LIVEDaniel Bryan to reveal the first-ever SmackDown LIVE Top 10 Superstars ListCharlotte Flair looks for payback against Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan
SmackDown LIVE ended with fractures beginning to show in the friendship between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Tonight, the two best friends will get a chance to take out their frustrations on each other when they battle for the right to challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles at WWE Fastlane.
The “Yep!” Movement began to tear apart at the seams during a tag team battle pitting Owens & Zayn against Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura. Following their loss to The Phenomenal One at the Royal Rumble event, the two were clearly not on the same page, bickering throughout the bout. After Styles sent Owens crashing into his friend, a fed-up Zayn walked out on the match, leaving KO to fend for himself against the WWE Champion and WWE’s Rockstar, and the bout ended with Owens falling to Nakamura’s devastating Kinshasa knee strike.
After the match, Renee Young approached Zayn in the backstage area and asked him if this was the end of he and Owens’ friendship. Zayn said that it wasn’t, but that this was his time to shine. He declared that after next week, he won’t be known as simply “Kevin Owens’ best friend;” he’ll be known as the guy who beat Kevin Owens and became WWE Champion at WWE Fastlane.
Will Zayn’s predictions come true? Find out when these two best friends collide on SmackDown LIVE, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!