Tonight's SmackDown features the brand's fallout from the Royal Rumble.
The show will feature appearances by both Royal Rumble winners. Edge entered the men's Rumble match at number one and managed to survive until the end. He has yet to announce which title he'll challenge for at WrestleMania 37.
Edge interacted with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre on Raw this Monday and NXT Champion Finn Balor on Wednesday night. Tonight, he returns to SmackDown and should have an interaction with Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
Bianca Belair won the women's Royal Rumble match after entering at number three. She last eliminated Rhea Ripley to win after they had both eliminated Charlotte Flair. Belair has yet to declare which title she'll be challenging for at WrestleMania as well.
Reigns retained the Universal Championship by defeating Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match at Sunday's pay-per-view. Sasha Banks also remained SmackDown Women's Champion as she defeated Carmella.
Tonight's show will feature a triple threat Intercontinental Championship match, with Big E defending his title against Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn. Plus, Dominik Mysterio will again take on Baron Corbin.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
They showed an In-memory graphic for the late "Natural" Butch Reed.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso made their way to the ring.
They recapped Reigns defeating Kevin Owens last Sunday.
Reigns doesn't want to get stuck in the past. Reigns noted he beat Owens at the Royal Rumble. Reigns rather talk about the future, and the future is Edge.
Reigns pointed out that the winner of the Rumble goes to the main event of Wrestlemania. Reigns is the main event.
Reigns has two major issues. He's mad that Edge first went to Raw and then NXT. He should have just come to SmackDown because he's the main event. Edge should be begging him for the match to make him relevant again.
That brought Reigns to his second issue. He was mad that he came out first. Reigns noted Edge should be out there before him. Heyman told him that Edge is in the building.
Reigns demanded Edge come to the ring. Heyman yelled to play Edge's music and cue his pyro. Reigns was furious that Edge isn't in the building. Reigns snapped and yelled that Edge is disrespecting him.
Reigns noted Owens was the last person to disrespect him and now's he's gone. Reigns demanded that Edge give him his decision by the end of the night.
The commentators noted that 33 Years ago today was the famous Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant match on The Main Event. Hogan appears tonight to discuss the match and who he thinks Edge should challenge at WrestleMania.
Dominik Mysterio (w/Rey Mysterio) defeated King Corbin
This was fine, although it dragged at times. Corbin dominated most of the match, and Mysterio needed his father's help to win.
King Corbin jumped Dominik and Rey Mysterio as they made their entrance. Corbin beat down Rey and tossed him off the stage.
Micheal Cole noted Corbin's furious because Dominik eliminated him from the Rumble. The doctors checked on Rey's injured knee during the match.
Back from the break, Mysterio avoided Corbin and hit a standing dropkick. Mysterio had the brief advantage, but Corbin took over.
Corbin slowed the pace down and hit a back elbow. Mysterio fought back and sent Corbin to ringside. He followed up with a springboard crossbody to the floor.
Rey ignored the doctor's advice and limped over to ringside.
Back from the break, Corbin had the advantage, but Mysterio fought back. He hit a standing moonsault for a near fall. Mysterio set up for the 619, but Corbin hit the Deep Six for a near fall.
Mysterio sent Corbin to ringside and hit a suicide dive. Rey crawled underneath the ring to the other side.
Corbin tried to get in the ring, but Rey grabbed his leg from underneath the ring. Mysterio then hit the 619 and a frog splash for the win. Cole noted Rey took a page out of Eddie Guerrero's playbook.
They recapped Sami Zayn attacking Big E and Apollo Crews.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Big E in the back. He promised to retain his title later tonight against Crews and Zayn.
Cesaro defeated Daniel Bryan
Bryan and Cesaro had a really good hard-hitting match.
Bryan had the early advantage with kicks in the corner. He worked over Cesaro's arm and sent him to the floor.
Bryan followed up with a crossbody block to the floor.
Bryan hit a missile dropkick and went back to the arm. Cesaro lifted Bryan for the uppercut, but Bryan countered with a backslide. They showed Shinsuke Nakamura watching in the back.
Bryan locked on the LeBell Lock, but Cesaro broke free. Cesaro's busted on the side of his head and bleeding.
Bryan set up for the running knee, but Cesaro caught him in a torture rack. Cesaro transitioned from the torture rack into a backbreaker into the giant swing. Cesaro then locked on the sharpshooter for the win.
After the match, Cesaro marched over to Bryan and gave him props.
They recapped Bianca Belair winning the women's Royal Rumble.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Belair in the back. They showed Instagram footage of her parents watching her win the Rumble.
Braxton noted she has a big decision to make. She asked who Belair plans on challenging at WrestleMania. Belair's not ready to make her challenge but promises it'll be soon.
Bayley defeated Ruby Riott (w/ Liv Morgan)
Bayley and Riott had a fine match.
Billie Kay joined Michael Cole and Corey Graves on commentary. Cole noted he thought the Riott Squad kicked her out. Kay said they allegedly kicked out of the group.
Riott had the early advantage and scored a near fall. Riott injured her shoulder after Bayley tossed her into the turnbuckle. Bayley worked over the arm, but Riott broke free. Morgan and Kay were distraught about Riott's shoulder.
Riott gave Bayley an arm drag off the top rope. Bayley attempted the Bayley to Belly, but Riott rolled her up for a near fall. Bayley locked on a submission hold on the shoulder, so Kay tried to help her. Morgan yelled at Kay to stop helping.
Riott broke free, but Bayley hit a headlock driver for the win.
Kay tried to give her resume to Bayley after the match.
Edge arrived at the building and was walking backstage.
Bianca Belair Segment
Belair noted that her life changed since the Rumble. Choosing her opponent at WrestleMania is the biggest decision of her life.
Belair mentioned Raw Women's Champion Asuka and SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks. She promised to put the EST in WrestleMania.
Reginald interrupted and came to the ring. He thinks Belair should choose Asuka because he can't beat Banks or Carmella.
Carmella interrupted and pointed out she beat Banks. Banks' music hit, and she walked to the ring. She's putting Carmella in her rearview. Banks praised Belair, but Banks is the best.
Banks noted if Belair is going to choose her, then choose her. Banks pointed out that Belair has it all but doesn't have the title.
Reginald stepped in and told Belair that she'd lose to Banks. Belair didn't like that comment, so she whipped him with her hair. Belair still hasn't made a choice yet.
In the back, Paul Heyman informed Roman Reigns that Edge is finally in the building.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Sami Zayn in the back. Zayn discussed all the conspiracy theories against him. He still has the documentary crew with him. Zayn promised to win the Intercontinental title later.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode defeated Chad Gable & Otis
Before the match, Chad Gable and Otis discussed all the training they've done. They promised to beat the champions. Otis vowed tonight they'd get these hips.
The Street Profits provided commentary in a small box on the bottom of the scene. This was fine, but The Street Profits's commentary took focus away from the match and was distracting.
Gable and Ziggler did some mat wrestling early in the match. The heels took over and isolated Gable on their side of the ring.
Otis got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit a suplex and splash in the corner on Roode. Otis followed up with the caterpillar.
Gable got the tag, but Ziggler knocked Otis off the apron. Gable avoided a superkick and hit a rolling German suplex.
Roode took advantage and hit the Glorious DDT for the win.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves discussed the Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant match from 33 Years ago. Cole noted 33 million people watched the match. They recapped The Main Event and the finish.
Hogan talked about the match from his home. Jimmy Hart stood in the background as Hogan discussed the match. He also spoke about Edge choosing between WWE Champion Drew McIntrye and Universal Champion Roman Reigns for WrestleMania.
Edge was backstage talking to Shinsuke Nakamura.
Triple Threat: Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn
This was a good and fun triple threat match with all three guys working hard.
Zayn rolled out of the ring as Crews, and Big E brawled. Zayn jumped in, but Big E sent him back to ringside. Crews hit the rolling German suplexes on Big E.
Big E fought back and set up for the spear on Crews through the ropes, but Zayn pulled Big E out of the ring. Big E took out Zayn, but Crews hit a huge dive to ringside. Crews followed up with a moonsault off the apron.
Zayn then jumped Crews as they cut to commercial.
Back from the break, Zayn was firmly in control. Big E ran wild and hit a series of belly-to-belly suplexes. Zayn tried to jump on Big E's back, but he slammed him down. He hit a big slash on both Crews and Zayn.
Crews avoided the Big Ending. Big E fought back and sent Crews to the floor.
Zayn attempted the helluva kick, but Big E hit the uranage. Big E then hit the splash on the apron. Crews took out Big E and hit a splash off the top on Zayn for a close near fall. In a cool spot, Crews gave Zayn a suplex, and Big E gave Crews a German suplex at the same time.
Zayn regained control and hit the helluva kick on Big E, but Crews pulled Zayn out of the ring. Crews then gave Zayn a colossal press slam into the stands.
Crews jumped back in the ring, but Big E hit the Big Ending for the win.
After the match, Big E celebrated his win, as Crews glared at him in the background.
Edge talked about the last seven months. He was dreaming of winning the Royal Rumble and main eventing WrestleMania. He was dreaming of taking back something he never lost.
He pointed out that he entered the Rumble at number one and survived until the end to win it all. Edge then listed all of his options and noted he could challenge Drew McIntrye, Finn Balor, or Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.
Everyone is giving Edge different advice on who he should face. Roman Reigns music hit, and he made his way to the ring with Jey Uso and Paul Heyman.
Edge mocked Reigns for bringing back up. He pointed out that he's out here alone. Reigns gave Edge his word. He noted without his blessing; Paul won't make a move on him.
Edge knows he's in Reigns' head, and that's why he needs Uso with him. Reigns sent Uso to the back. He noted that Edge disrespected his family. Reigns demanded Edge acknowledge him as the WrestleMania main event and to say his name. Reigns got in Edge's face.
Suddenly, Kevin Owens appeared from behind and gave Reigns the stunner. Edge left the ring without announcing his opponent for WrestleMania.
Next Week: Seth Rollins returns to SmackDown.