March 13, 2020
Orlando, Florida – WWE Performance Center
Commentary: Michael Cole and Triple H
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Bayley & Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross via Bank Statement by Banks on Cross after a distraction by Asuka
- Daniel Bryan defeated Cesaro via small package
- Jeff Hardy defeated King Corbin via swanton bomb
Intro: Triple H
Triple H welcomes everyone to the WWE Performance Center. He explains how the PC is the athletic hub of the WWE. He says there are 100 athletes on any given day, training. Sasha Banks, Bailey, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin all walked through these doors and tonight, they will return. Not to train but to do what they have been trained to do which is to entertain.
He says tonight’s show will be different to anything they’ve seen before.
Michael Cole is doing broadcasting along with his first guest of the night, Triple H. A small set up in the PC and empty seats. He mentions how John Cena will appear tonight while Jeff Hardy will be back in action. There will also be an exclusive interview with Roman Reigns.
In-Ring: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 14, 2020
Sasha Banks and Bayley come down and Bayley says to turn the music down. She says they are the best and the face of Friday Night SmackDown. Sasha says it doesn’t matter if there’s 10,000 fans or no fans, they are still the face of the women’s division. It’s only fitting that they come back to the PC, the place they built because it’s their house.
They get into Cole and Triple H’s face and ask where Paige is because she’s late. Cole says Paige has travel issues. Triple H says he’s sick of Cole’s excuses as Sasha says Paige is jealous just like the entire women’s division.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross come out as Alexa’s music hits. Alexa says they were expecting Paige but it doesn’t look like she’ll be here. Last week they called out the Kabuki Warriors and all they got were random tweets. Alexa says they want the women’s tag team championships and that’s why they are hiding out on Raw.
Cross and Bliss challenge Bayley and Sasha to a fight. Bayley says if they want a fight, to bring a referee out here.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks
The bell rings and we are under way. Bayley and Cross start the match. Cross gets Bayley in the corner and tags Bliss in. Bliss with an arm bar followed by a double knees as Cross is tagged back in. She gets Bayley in the corner as Alexa is tagged in and they double team Bayley.
Bliss climbs the top rope but Sasha pulls Bayley to the outside. Cross jumps off the ring steps and hits Sasha with a cross body as Alexa throws Bayley into the announce table.
Back from commercial, Bayley is in the ring with Alexa and Bayley is in control. She slams Alexa in the corner as Sasha is tagged in. She stomps on Alexa but Alexa goes for a roll-up as Sasha kicks out. A right hand by Alexa followed by a head scissor take down. She runs towards Sasha but Sasha trips her into the corner. Sasha hits her with the double knees. She goes for the cover but Alexa kicks out.
Alexa slams her into the corner as Bayley is tagged in. They double team Alexa. She goes for the cover but Alexa kicks out. Once more she slams Alexa in the corner as Sasha is tagged in. A right hand by Sasha followed by a drop kick. She goes for the cover but Sasha kicks out. Sasha climbs trying to get the crowd going as Triple H makes a comment about it.
A suplex by Sasha as Triple H jokes about Mauro and says he needs someone to help him with pop references. Sasha tags Bayley in and a right hand. She gets Alexa in a sleeper. She gets Alexa back into the corner as Sasha is tagged in. She stomps on Bliss but Alexa fights back. Alexa knocks Bayley off the ring apron. Sasha goes for the double knees but Alexa moves out of the way. Cross is tagged in.
Nikki with the bulldog on Sasha. She knocks Bayley off the ring apron. An elbow to the face by Nikki. She goes for a roll up but Sasha kicks out. Another roll up and another Sasha kicks out. Nikki climbs the top rope and hits Sasha with a cross body. She goes for the cover but Bayley breaks it up. Alexa gets in and hits Bayley with a right hand.
Bayley gets the referee’s attention as Asuka comes down and hits Alexa on the outside. Sasha gets the Banks Statement on Cross as Cross taps out.
Winners: Bayley and Sasha Banks
Triple H jokes about how Asuka blended in through the crowd and he didn’t see her. Cole thanks Triple H for coming out as Triple H says he’s not very good at this and some people would even say that Cole isn’t very good at this either.
Interview: Roman Reigns
Michael Cole welcomes Roman Reigns to the ring. He asks Roman how weird that was (his entrance with no crowd). Roman says it was weird but it’s cool to be back in the PC. Cole asks him about his match at Goldberg. Roman says it’s been a crazy year, he’s been blessed, highs and lows. As long as he has his healthy and able to participate the next day, that’s what drives him and it feels good to be back.
Cole says a lot has happened and that people say how Roman has put himself in the WrestleMania main event. Roman says he’s had those critics his entire career. If he can main event smaller shows with 5000 fans, why shouldn’t he be able to main event the biggest show of the year? He says no one has the level of commitment that he has. He says he’s not bowing down to anybody.
Michael Cole says it’s spear vs. spear and Goldberg mentioned how he will bulldoze Roman. Reigns says he has a lot of respect for Goldberg and Goldberg has filled seats. He calls Goldberg an icon but Goldberg is a part timer and there’s no time for that here. He’s a full timer, it’s all he thinks of. He’s been groomed since he was a kid, it’s not about one move. He says he will whoop Goldberg’s ass and take the WWE Universal championship.
Backstage: Cesaro, Sami Zayn
Without further ado…
— WWE (@WWE) March 14, 2020
Kayla Braxton is backstage and in comes Cesaro. He introduces the new Intercontinental champion, the untouchable, Sami Zayn. In comes Zayn with Nakamura. Braxton says he’s not scheduled for this and they’ve been bumped. Zayn says normally that would enrage him but they have celebration to do as they leave.
Backstage: Jeff Hardy, King Corbin, Elias
Braxton introduces Jeff Hardy. In comes Jeff and he says it’s good to be back. He’s feeling as healthy and hungry as ever. He says he’s done a lot of searching for the soul and in comes Corbin.
Corbin says things have changed. SmackDown is run by a kin who keeps peasants like Jeff in his place. He says Jeff will walk in a straight line tonight or recite the alphabet backwards. Jeff says he has a big match tonight against him. Jeff leaves as Elias comes in.
Elias says he didn’t forget what Corbin said to him lat week and he wrote a song. Corbin says no. Elias plays the guitar as Corbin walks away.
Back in the Performance Center, Michael Cole is back with Triple H. He jokes about how he got demoted and he’s back at ring side. They show images of last Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match involving Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan. Triple H says that Drew showed he’s a technical master.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, Sami Zayn
Daniel Bryan is backstage and runs into Drew. Bryan says when Drew said he found holes in his game, he didn’t believed him. But when they got in the ring, he reversed everything Daniel did and his neck still hurts. Bryan says he’s still willing to learn if Drew is willing to teach.
In comes Zayn who laughs and how he asked Bryan to join him a while ago but Bryan said no. But now Zayn is champion and Bryan is a shell of his former self and is reduced to asking wrestling tips from a nobody. Bryan says his issue is with Zayn as Cesaro says if he has issues with Zayn, he has issues with him. Bryan says they know where the ring is and to meet him there.
Cole asks the boss Triple H if that match could happen and Triple H says the match is made.
They air the full six team tag team Elimination Chamber match from last Sunday.
— WWE (@WWE) March 14, 2020
In-Ring: The Miz, John Morrison
Back at the PC, it’s Miz and Morrison in the ring. Miz says in their first ever match as a tag team, they won the tag championships. And 13 years later, they are still winning. They mention if there is anyone here who does not think that Miz is the best wrestling technician that the business has ever seen, to speak now. Miz says there will be no booing or you suck chants. Miz mentions he couldn’t possibly suck as he’s not from Orlando.
Morrison mentions they don’t need any catchphrases, they’re here for them and for the tag team championships. They end their speech with Miz and Morrison, hey hey, ho ho.
Segment: Mojo Rawley
Back from commercial, Triple H is playing camera man recording Michael Cole.
They show a clip of the rumors involving Rob Gronkowski signing with WWE. Michael Cole and Triple H are joined by Mojo Rawley. They ask him if Rob will be a WWE superstar. Mojo says the rumors are true, while nothing is officialy signed, what is official is Rob Gronkowski will be on SmackDown next week.
Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro
Drew Gulak accompanied Daniel Bryan and did a “yes” chant. Sami Zayn is on commentary. The bell rings and we are under way. Cesaro with a shoulder block on Bryan. He tries to get Bryan in the corner but Bryan reverses it. Bryan with the kicks but Cesaro with uppercuts as he fights back. A big European uppercut by Cesaro.
Back from commercial, Cesaro with another uppercut. Bryan on the ring apron as Cesaro gets on the second rope. Cesaro lifts Bryan up from the ring apron and suplexes him back into the ring. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out.
Cesaro runs after Bryan in the corner but Bryan ducks and he hits Cesaro with a clothesline. Bryan with the yes kicks in the middle of the ring. Bryan runs towards Cesaro but Cesaro throws him in the air and hits him with a huge uppercut. He goes for the cover but Bryan kicks out. Bryan quickly goes for a small package and gets the pin.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Nakamura attacks Bryan after the match but Drew Gulak gets involved and attacks Nakamura. In comes Zayn who attacks Drew as they double team him. He throws Gulak into the ring steps. Bryan with a suicide dive through the ropes onto Nakamura as WWE officials break it up.
Triple H takes a black sharpie and draws on Michael Cole’s soul patch and tells him there’s some gray in it.
Just when we thought @TripleH can do it all, he flips the switch and shows off his makeup artist skills.
— WWE (@WWE) March 14, 2020
Jeff Hardy vs. King Corbin
Elias is doing ring announcing along with Michael Cole and Triple H. Corbin attacks Jeff as he’s getting into the ring. They fight to the outside of the ring as Corbin slams Hardy into the barricade. Corbin gets back in the ring and tells Hardy to get in.. Jeff gets in the ring as the bell rings.
Corbin slams Jeff into the turnbuckle. Corbin yells at Elias as Hardy hits him with a jaw breaker. Right hands by Hardy and knocks him down. An atomic drop by Hardy followed by a basement drop kick. He goes for the cover but Corbin kicks out.
Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Corbin pushes him away. Hardy with a right hand. He runs towards Corbin but Corbin slams Hardy into the mat. He goes for the cover but Hardy kicks out. Corbin talks trash to Elias as Elias stands up. Elias starts to play the guitar as Corbin goes for the Deep Six but Hardy reverses it into the Twist of Fury. Jeff climbs the top rope and lands the swanton bomb. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
In-Ring: John Cena, Bray Wyatt
John Cena’s music hits and out comes the WWE legend. Cena is in the ring with Michael Cole. He’s asked if he’s ever been gone through something like this. Cena says he misses everyone as Cole asks him about The Fiend.
Cena says Fiend blamed his failures on him. Cena mentions how people have told him that he is the reason for their failure and Bray Wyatt is added to that list. And it’s a list of names with potential and potential can be good or dangerous. It can make you lazy and believe your own hype. He asks why Wyatt went on a downhill spiral. It’s because Wyatt got lazy and blamed him.
Wyatt is Wyatt’s own worst enemy. And why doesn’t anyone say that about Cena. But he has suffered monumental setbacks. He lost to The Miz at WrestleMania, RVD, CM Punk, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker. Why after all of these setbacks does no one say Cena is buried? Because they know who he is. If he fails, he puts the blame on no one but himself. He adapts and puts himself back in the fight. There are too many WWE superstars who have wanted to do this their entire life. But when the demand gets heavy,t hey blame everyone else.
Cena says if given the chance, he’ll give them an Attitude Adjustment. We see a clip of two weeks ago from when Cena came back to SmackDown. Cole asks why he antagonized Wyatt. Cena says he said WWE needs to invest in the future and Wyatt is. McIntyre, Ciampa, Velveteen Dream, they are the future. Why do they give a 5th or 6th chance to people like Wyatt. He wants to invest n people who earn it each and every single day.
The reason why he accepted his challenge at WrestleMania is to take him out of the occasion. Cena says the match will end the existence of the most over-privileged WWE superstar in existence, which is what should have happened 6 six years.
Bray Wyatt is laughing as he jumps the barricade. He says he is really glad Cena is there. Even if he is saying mean things about him, it’s good to see him. But Cena is doing great. He’s a big Hollywood star, he still has big muscles, beautiful girlfriends. Most can’t imagine what it’s like to be John Cena for one day but he has him all wrong.
Wyatt says he’s not sick, Cena is. He knows why Cena came here and he knows why he can’t say no. Wyatt says he doesn’t really think that they think that he cares about the future. Cena cares about Cena. He doesn’t care who he has to smash or bury, he just wants the spotlight. He craves it like an addict Wyatt says. He fiends for it. And six years ago at WrestleMania, he took something from him.
Bray says he thought about it a lot. He says the voices in his head never stopped and something magical happened. One day he stopped fighting the voices and started listening to them. Wyatt says they took his crooked little word and turned it into a majestic fun house. Wyatt says Cena broke him but The Fiend put him back together. And at WrestleMania, it’s going to be a slaughter. Wyatt says Cena doesn’t know it yet but to let him in. Wyatt laughs as SmackDown goes off the air.