The second-to-last episode of WWE SmackDown before WrestleMania 33 aired live on March 21st from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
– The broadcast kicks off with a look at the feud between Shane McMahon and AJ Styles, including Styles being fired by Daniel Bryan.
– Daniel Bryan is shown backstage when AJ Styles confronts him. AJ is all smiles and asks where Shane McMahon is. Bryan says he doesn’t want AJ there anymore, but is glad Shane will get AJ back for attacking him from behind. Bryan says Shane is on his way to the building, and AJ threatens to beat down Shane again upon his arrival.
– We’re told that Mauro Ranallo is out sick tonight, so we’ve got Tom Phillips, JBL, and David Otunga on commentary.
– AJ Styles comes out to the ring and cuts a promo about beating up Shane McMahon last week an putting him through the car window. AJ formally accepts Shane’s challenge for WrestleMania 33, and says he’ll also meet him in the parking lot tonight. He says if we thought last week was bad, tonight will be phenomenally worse. AJ drops the mic and heads backstage.
– The Miz and Maryse will apparently be delivering a never-before-seen episode of Total Bellas tonight.
– Daniel Bryan is backstage on the phone with Shane McMaahon. He tells Shane that AJ will be waiting for him in the parking lot, and it sounds like Shane has a plan for him. Baron Corbin interrupts and wants to know if Dean Ambrose accepted his challenge for a match at WrestleMania. Bryan says he hasn’t heard from Ambrose yet, but Corbin does have a match tonight against Randy Orton.
– New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski is sitting in the front row tonight.
– The Usos (c) def. American Alpha: American Alpha’s Tag Team Titles are on the line in this one. Jordan and Gable get the upper hand early on off a double-team, but The Usos come back with a tag and double-team of their own. Jordan and Gable hit double dropkicks on The Usos and the challengers roll out to ringside. Back in the ring, The Usos start wearing down Gable and trying to keep him grounded. Jey pulls Jordan off the apron so Gable can’t get the hot tag. Jimmy takes Gable to the turnbuckle and hangs him in the tree of woe. Jimmy goes for a spear, but Gable pulls himself up to dodge it. Jordan and Jey get the takes. Jey goes for a cross-body off the top, but Jordan catches him with a belly to belly suplex. Jimmy runs in and gets a belly to belly suplex too. Jordan hits the Olympic Slam on Jey, then tags in Gable. Jey hits a superkick on Gable, then Jimmy hits a Samoan Splash off the top for a two count. Jey tags in and they set up for a double Samoan Splash, but Jordan makes the save. American Alpha hits the double-team bulldog off the top rope on Jey, but Jimmy breaks up the pin for the save. The action goes out to ringside and Gable hits a moonsault off the top rope onto Jey on the floor. Jimmy then throws Gable into the crowd. Jimmy crotches Jordan on the middle rope behind the ref’s back, then Jey hits a superkick on Gable for the win. The Usos are now the Tag Team Champs.
– We get a look at AJ Styles in the parking lot waiting for Shane McMahon to arrive.
– The Miz and Maryse show their parody of Total Bellas on the big screen. The parody features The Miz doing his best John Cena impression and mocking the “contract” he had Nikki sign to move in with him.
– Randy Orton def. Baron Corbin: Orton goes for the RKO early on, but Corbin blocks it and rolls outside. Corbin throws Orton into the ring post and the dominates the next few minutes of action. Corbin goes for a clothesline but Orton catches him with a spinning powerslam. Orton follows up with a full nelson slam for a two count. The action goes to ringside where Orton slams Corbin’s face into the ring steps a couple times, then sets him on the apron. Orton climbs in the ring and hits his patented DDT through the middle rope. Orton goes for an RKO but Corbin reverses it into the Deep Six for a two count. Dean Ambrose appears by the entrance area on a forklift. Ambrose has a mic and asks Corbin if he’s busy, and Corbin turns around to look at him. Orton hits the RKO off the distraction for the win.
– After the match, Intercontinental Champion comes down to the ring and accepts Corbin’s challenge for a WrestleMania match. Ambrose hits the Dirty Deeds on Corbin and leaves.
– AJ Styles is still in the loading area of the arena waiting for Shane McMahon to arrive.
– Randy Orton is doing an interview backstage with Renee Young when the lights start dimming and we hear some strange music. The camera pans down and the floor turns from concrete to hard wood (although the walls are still concrete blocks.) People in rabbit masks appear behind Orton and Orton starts fighting them off. They eventually hold back Orton and put him against the wall. Bray Wyatt walks in and appears to “bless” Orton with what looks like a badminton racquet with a cross on it. Wyatt tells him that Orton changed him, and shortly after he starts singing “he’s got the whole world in his hands” as the segment fades to black.
– John Cena def. Fandango: Tyler Breeze comes out dressed as Nikki Bella, and he’s in Fandango’s corner for this one. Fandango cuts a brief promo on Cena, and then Cena brings out the real Nikki Bella to be in his corner. Fandango issues Cena some Fashion Police tickets, then Cena starts beating him down. Cena hits the back suplex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Breeze runs in the ring next and Nikki spears him. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Fandango, and Nikki does the same on Breeze. Cena puts Fandango in the STF, and Nikki does the same to Breeze. Fandango taps and Cena wins via submission, then celebrates with Nikki in the ring while Fandango holds Breeze at ringside.
– We get a look at AJ Styles still backstage waiting for the arrival of Shane.
– Becky Lynch vs. Carmella – No contest: James Ellsworth is in Carmella’s corner, and Natalya is on commentary. Ellsworth and Natalya both get involved in this one early on, and it gets ruled a no-contest very quickly. Mickie James and Alexa Bliss both run out and all four women start brawling. Carmella uses Ellsworth as a human shield to take a missile dropkick from Becky. Alexa ends up being the last woman standing, and she heads backstage first with her Women’s Championship belt.
– We see an anti-smoking PSA with Sheamus and Sasha Banks.
– The Miz airs another parody of Total Bellas, implying that they’re reading off cue cards on the show. The Miz says Cena and Bella have a before for TV, but in reality they sleep in separate rooms elsewhere in the house. The Miz cracks several more jokes about their dating contract and Cena not proposing to Bella.
– Cena, Nikki, and Daniel Bryan will be on Talking Smack after SmackDown.
– Next week on SmackDown: Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt
– A car pulls up backstage and AJ gets excited, but instead of Shane McMahon, out gets Rhyno and Heath Slater. They say “hi” to AJ and walk past him.
– Shane McMahon’s music hits inside the arena and Shane makes his way out to the ring. Shane gets on the mic and tells AJ he’s waiting for him. We cut backstage where Renee Young informs AJ that Shane is in the ring. Shane calls out AJ to the ring again, then we see AJ backstage walking in that direction. AJ arrives at the curtain and grabs a microphone before heading out. AJ comes out and apologizes for attacking him from behind last week. AJ tells Shane he’s not like the other McMahons and he wants to shake his hand and formally apologize. AJ steps into the ring, but Shane immediately starts throwing punches at AJ. They fall out to ringside and AJ drops Shane with a right hand then suplexes him into the fan barricade. AJ goes for another suplex on Shane, but Shane reverses it into a back body drop. Shane hits AJ with a piece of equipment from the announce table, then lays AJ on the table. Shane climbs in the ring and gets on the top rope, then hits a flying elbow drop on AJ through the table. Shane is the first one to get to his feet, and his music plays as SmackDown goes off the air.