WITH the Royal Rumble over, WWE is now on the street to WrestleMania.
However the SmackDown superstars have one last cease – Fastlane on March 11.
Listed below are 5 issues we learnt from final night time’s version of SmackDown LIVE.
The Yep Motion may very well be over
The dream match-up of AJ Kinds and Shinsuke Nakamura turned the dream group final night time, after they paired as much as face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
However KO and Zayn have been too busy preventing amongst themselves, after listening to they’ll go one-on-one subsequent week – with the winner getting a shot at AJ Kinds’ title at Fastlane.
The pair bickered throughout their tag match – with tags turning to arduous slaps – and Sami Zayn finally walked away, leaving KO to battle AJ and Nakamura alone.
Is it actually the top for the KO and Zayn’s Yep Motion? It appears early to separate them – however this may very well be resulting in an Owens v Zayn match at WrestleMania.
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In the meantime, although AJ and Nakamura received the win, they have been simply background gamers – a disappointing follow-up to Nakamura’s Royal Rumble victory on Sunday.
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Rusev is number one contender for the US Championship
Match of the night went to a Fatal 4-Way – Kofi Kingston v Zack Ryder v Jinder Mahal v Rusev – to determine the number one contender to Bobby Roode’s US title.
It was exciting stuff, and Rusev eventually reversed a roll-up from Kofi into the Accolade for a submission win.
It was a popular decision. Rusev is massively over with fans at the moment.
With a US title match set for next week’s SmackDown, Rusev Day could indeed be glorious.
The Bludgeon Brothers are coming for The Usos
The Usos came to the ring to run down all the teams they’ve beaten (or “locked down” to use the street lingo).
The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Gable and Benjamin, The Hype Bros, Breezango have all spent time in the Uso Penitentiary… the list is impressive.
The Bludgeon Brothers then made their way to the ring, passing The Usos on their way to absolutely murdered a pair of local competitors.
The message was clear: The Bludgeon Brothers are next in line for a title shot.
Harper and Rowan better hope the title title shot goes well.
Their gimmick has future comedy tag team written all over it (just take a look at The Ascension).
Carmella tried (and failed) to cash-in
Charlotte tried to address the debut of Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble – but was attacked by the Riott Squad in a tepid three-on-one beatdown.
Carmella then arrived to cash-in her Money in the Bank, but made a mess of it when she accidentally dropkicked the ref out of the ring.
Carmella scarpered without cashing-in, so she still has a future shot at the champ.
Will she save her chance for a surprise moment at WrestleMania?
The SmackDown Top 10 is coming
Daniel Bryan yesterday announced a new ranking system for SmackDown superstars – a top 10 list that will help define who is next in line for title shots and opportunities.
Superstars will supposedly vote for each other based on skill, athleticism, and locker room leadership – but can’t vote for themselves.
It’s a solid idea (a league table is an obvious idea, but has never been fully done in WWE) and will help distinguish SmackDown roster from Raw.
But who will be placed at number one?