– Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns kicked off tonight’s SmackDown and told Washington, D.C. to acknowledge him.
2023 Men’s Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes then came out. Cody said he only wants to talk and there’s no need for everyone else here, unless Roman feels he needs them.
Roman then told Paul Heyman, Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa to leave. Roman then dropped both titles on the ring mat and asked what does he wanna talk about?
Cody talked about how Roman has been the champion for 915 days, which leads to Roman raising his finger and winking at the camera to the crowd popping.
Rhodes then told his story and Roman said that was flawless, it’s like he rehearsed it the whole week.
Roman asked Cody if he has ever won one of these championships, or main evented WrestleMania. Roman said he has been groomed for this since he was a little kid, not just by his father, but by Cody’s father Dusty Rhodes too.
Reigns then talked about how Dusty was the best and Dusty believed he’s going to become what he is today – the Face of WWE. Roman then said Dusty never mentioned Cody and it was like Cody didn’t exist.
Roman then said the following:
“I know he’s not here anymore, but know this – if he didn’t teach you anything, I will.”
Roman then extended a handshake, but Cody begins speaking about Roman’s mind games. Cody said if one of Dusty’s kid is better than his actual kid, now it’s a necessity for him to finish the story by defeating Roman in the main event of WrestleMania 39.
Cody said may the better man win and shook Roman’s hand.
– Rhea Ripley def. Liv Morgan
– In a backstage segment, Roman Reigns asked Jimmy Uso about Jey Uso. Jimmy said Jey just needs some time. Roman said he’s running out of patience.
– Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio were backstage when Santos Escobar confronted them. He challenged Dominik to a match.
– Dominik Mysterio def. Santos Escobar
Rhea hit her finisher on Santos when the referee was distracted. After the match, Dominik tore the mask that Rey Mysterio gifted Santos. Rey then came out and Dominik laid him out with a cheap shot.
– Drew McIntyre called out Intercontinental Champion Gunther for WrestleMania 39. Sheamus came out and he’s angry about this. Sheamus said this is personal and Drew knows how much he wants the IC Title. Sheamus said Drew went behind his back.
McIntyre said he doesn’t need Sheamus’ permission. Sheamus said Drew is just a backstabbing bastard. Drew then said Sheamus had his opportunity and he lost, twice.
LA Knight came out next and he gets a big pop. Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are out now as well. Kofi talked about how LA wants a match at WrestleMania, but can’t even win a match on SmackDown.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett came out next. A brawl broke out in the ring. Kross was the only man left standing in the end.
On next week’s SmackDown, the following Fatal 5 Way Intercontinental Championship Qualifying Match will take place:
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre vs. LA Knight vs. Karrion Kross
– A brawl broke out backstage earlier today where Ronda Rousey’s arm got injured.
– Shayna Baszler (with Ronda Rousey) def. Tegan Nox (with Natalya)
– Intercontinental Champion Gunther said Adam Pearce still hasn’t found a worthy opponent for him at WrestleMania 39, and he wants to be at the biggest stage of them all at any cost.
– Bobby Lashley called out Bray Wyatt to the ring, but Uncle Howdy attacked him from behind. Lashley laid him out with a spinebuster. Lashley was about to hit a Spear, but the lights went off and Howdy escaped.
El ataque del Uncle Howdy a Bobby Lashley y la desaparición cuando Lashley iba a contraatacar. Sigo pensando a quién carajo representa el Uncle Howdy, pero tiene un tema y titantron bien chingón. #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/heIlcecdSq
— Luigi (@LuigiWrestling) March 4, 2023
– Jimmy Uso told Roman Reigns that Jey Uso told him to leave him alone. Roman said The Bloodline didn’t have these problems until Sami Zayn joined them.
Roman told Heyman that if Jey isn’t back in The Bloodline in a week, then he’s going to blame Jimmy for it.
– Solo Sikoa def. Sami Zayn
Jimmy Uso & Solo continued attacking Sami after the match, but Sami fought back and managed to escape.
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