AJ Styles teamed with his likely WrestleMania opponent on SmackDown last night as Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura took on Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in the main event.
Nakamura opened the show before being interrupted by Owens and Zayn. That brought Styles out, with Owens and Zayn saying "nope" to the idea of facing them in a tag match. Daniel Bryan soon made it official, and he announced that Owens and Zayn would be facing each other in a number one contender's match next week.
That match stems from Styles pinning Owens at the Royal Rumble when Owens wasn't the legal man. The winner will challenge Styles at Fastlane in March.
Bryan's announcement caused some dissension between Owens and Zayn. Following the main event, Zayn said their friendship isn't over -- but Owens has gotten his own opportunities and now is Zayn's time.
Carmella tried to capitalize on The Riott Squad laying out Charlotte Flair, but her Money in the Bank cash-in never got started. And a fatal four-way match decided who will be challenging Bobby Roode next week.
More coverage from last night --
- WWE 205 Live results: Cruiserweight title tournament begins
- Rockstar Spud debuts as WWE 205 Live GM, title tournament set
- Two matches set for WWE SmackDown next week
- WWE Mixed Match Challenge live results: Strowman-Bliss vs. Zayn-Lynch
- WWE SmackDown live results: The road to WrestleMania begins
WWE SmackDown video highlights --
Nakamura opens the show, Owens & Zayn say "nope" to Styles & Nakamura's challenge
Bryan makes Owens vs. Zayn in a WWE title number one contender's match for next week
Kofi Kingston vs. Zack Ryder vs. Rusev vs. Jinder Mahal (winner gets next US title shot)
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin are embarrassed of Breezango, trash their office
The Usos say they're the best tag team in WWE
The Bludgeon Brothers continue their path of destruction
Daniel Bryan announces the "SmackDown Top 10 List"
WWE recaps Ronda Rousey's Royal Rumble appearance
Carmella's attempted Money in the Bank cash-in never gets started
Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin
Breezango vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
SmackDown fallout: Gable & Benjamin say The Usos don't have them on lockdown