It appears as though WWE is filling in the time between now and Fastlane on SmackDown Live by having all the superstars in the fatal five-way for the WWE Championship at Fastlane on March 11 face one another in singles competition.
At the top of the show, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon announced that four of the five Fastlane competitors would face one another this week, as Kevin Owens would face Dolph Ziggler, while AJ Styles would face Baron Corbin in the main event.
While the storyline outside of the ring has been poor in some cases throughout this feud between Styles, Owens, and Shane, the action inside the ropes is on point, and that was clear to see during SmackDown's opening match of the night between The Prizefighter and The Showoff.
Owens and Ziggler had great in-ring chemistry throughout this match, but the highlight moment was the finish, as once more, Owens had the help of his best friend in Sami Zayn in order to win the match and keep moment on his side as we get closer to the Fastlane pay-per-view.
As The Showoff was about to finish the match, The Underdog from the Underground's music hit and he came rushing down to the ring, stopping short of the ring itself. However, this was enough to distract Ziggler, as The Prizefighter blindsided him with a near perfect superkick to the head.
It was a beautiful kick to watch, and it looks even better in slow-motion. Owens would then go on to pin Ziggler and win the match.
The Prizefighter and The Underdog from the Underground would later attack Styles after he won in his main event match against Corbin, only for The Lone Wolf to lay them both out to close the show.
The in-ring work in these two matches has certainly helped to distract fans from the fact that the creative writing for the WWE title picture on SmackDown has been really poor for a couple of months now.
It essentially feels like WWE is just filling in the time between now and WrestleMania by having anyone compete in the main event scene, as there is no logic behind having either Corbin or Ziggler in the WWE title picture. Especially when you take into account the fact The Showoff had walked out of SmackDown weeks prior.
Thank goodness all five superstars in the Fastlane main event have some quality in the ring to distract the fans from the shortcomings in terms of creative outside of the ropes.
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