WWE: Smackdown (03.31.16)

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WWE: Smackdown
March 31, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center

The current WWE champions are as follows:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H (1/24/2016)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens (2/15/2016)
WWE United States Champion: Kalisto (1/24/2016)
WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day (8/23/2015)
WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte (9/20/2015)

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo and Jerry Lawler. Byron Saxton is busy with WrestleMania duties this week.

  • AJ Styles vs. Heath Slater (w/Social Outcasts)

The Social Outcasts come out and make bad puns directed at AJ. Slater gets owned to start, but his pals on the floor trip up AJ and the tide has turned. Slater controls with chinlocks and general heelish offense. Styles comes back with his strike combo and flying forearm smash. Ushikoroshi on Slater gets two. Adam Rose hops up on the apron, but takes a Pele Kick to the noggin to trust fall onto Curtis Axel. Slater rolls up AJ for two. As Styles gets flipped out to the apron, Axel charges him and takes a knee to the face. PHENOMENAL FOREARM to Slater gets the win. (4:49) A little too much offense for Slater, but maybe they want him to be a major factor in the ARMBaR this weekend. *½

They already have the WrestleMania pre-show panel set ready to go in Dallas. We join Renee Young and Byron Saxton LIVE for some sneak peaks into what is going down right now at AT&T Stadium. Before we see any of that, they get the hype machine rolling talking about the Undertaker versus Shane McMahon match.

HYPE: Stone Cold Podcast with special guest Mick Foley immediately following Smackdown, the NXT Takeover show at 10PM EST on Friday, and the WWE Hall of Fame show at 8PM EST.

HYPE: Dean Ambrose versus Brock Lesnar in a “No Holds Barred Street Fight”.

HYPE: Two hour WrestleMania Kickoff starts Sunday at 5PM EST. The matches include: Brie Bella, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Natalya & Paige versus Lana, Naomi, Summer Rae, Tamina & Emma. Plus, the Dudley Boyz take on the Usos. No mention of Kalisto and Ryback for the U.S. title?

HYPE: They show us the latest stuff happening between Roman Reigns and Triple H from Monday night. ROMAN CAN FLY!

HYPE: Snoop Dogg joins the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.

HYPE: WrestleMania Axxess!

HYPE: Fifth Harmony will be performing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 32. Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Fifth Harmony…who says business has never been better?!

  • Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso) vs. D-Von Dudley (w/Bubba Ray Dudley)

Jey beats D-Von’s belly like it was filled with candy to start. D-Von avoids the corner charge and Jey goes flying into the ringpost to turn things around. D-Von gets some heat on Jey until he misses a flying headbutt. Jey comes back with clotheslines, Samoan Drops, and the Buttalanche gets two. Over in the corner, Jey wants a superplex. Bubba Ray tries to mess with him and gets nailed by Jimmy. D-Von gets away from Jey and dumps his face on the top buckle. Jey staggers around into the Faarooq spinebuster for the win. (4:19) As if there’s any doubt, the Usos are going over on Sunday. ¾*

HYPE: Back to Renee and Byron, they discuss the Charlotte versus Becky Lynch versus Sasha Banks match.

HYPE: Daniel Bryan on the WWE Network series 24. Watch it now! Consume your life with WWE!

HYPE: The New Day versus The League of Nations. ESPN SportsCenter will be in Dallas ALL DAY LONG covering WrestleMania 32. The Rock, Snoop Dogg, Charlotte, Ric Flair – they will all be there.

HYPE: ARMBaR!

HYPE: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H versus Roman Reigns.

HYPE: WrestleMania 32! 3 Days Away!

  • Dean Ambrose vs. Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman)

Rowan overpowers Ambrose to start, but he clotheslines Rowan to the floor and comes off the apron to nail him again as we go to break. When we return, Rowan tries a Matanza powerslam on Ambrose and it’s just not as epic looking. He wears down Ambrose with a chinlock. When he tries to come out, Rowan gives him a pumphandle backbreaker and a Warrior Splash for two. Atomic Noogie to Ambrose. They put off this comeback as long as they can. Rowan heads up top which is no man’s land for him. Ambrose brings him down with a superplex. NOW HERE COMES DEAN. He kicks Rowan to the floor for his weekly tope suicida. Back inside, Ambrose wins a slugfest and comes off the top with the elbow smash for two. The McGuinness Lariat gets ducked and countered to a Uranage Slam for 1-2-NO! Spinning Heel Kick by Rowan gets two as well. Ambrose teases a little rope a dope and fires back with the McGuinness Lariat. DIRTY DEEDS! Cover, 1-2-3. (10:07 shown) That wasn’t a bad little match there. Kudos to both guys. Dare I say it, this might be Erick Rowan’s best match I’ve ever seen. Although making the Wyatt family lose all the time makes me cringe, Ambrose most definitely had to go over here. **½

Steve Austin is speaking with a producer getting prepped for his Stone Cold Podcast with Mick Foley, ladies and gents. GO WATCH MORE WWE! TWO HOURS TONIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH~!

Enjoy the weekend, everybody. I know I will.

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