WWE SmackDown: Live Updates, Reaction and Analysis for February 21
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live coverage for the February 21 episode of WWE SmackDown. This week's show will feature a 10-man Battle Royal to determine a No. 1 contender for Bray Wyatt's WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33. Natalya will face Nikki Bella in a Falls Count Anywhere match and Alexa Bliss will demand a rematch for the women's title after giving Naomi one week to recover on last Tuesday's show. Keep it locked right here for live updates of all the action throughout the night.
- February 22, 2017
The show ends with an image of Wyatt laughing on the Titantron.
Luke Luke Luke Luke
Styles tries to attack Harper, but the former Wyatt Family member lays him out with a clothesline as the crowd chants his name. It's so awesome to see him getting the attention he deserves. Harper is so good at everything he does.
And the Winner Is...
Harper and Styles come close to eliminating each other several times before the match ends with both men falling off the apron at the same time. Both men think they won, so Daniel Bryan comes down to announce the decision. The match is declared a draw, which means they will face each other next week for the title shot at Mania.
Down to Two
After Ambrose gets eliminated by Ambrose, we are left with Harper and Styles.
See Ya Cena
The Miz, who was already eliminated, comes back in the ring and throws out Cena, who freaks out and tries to get back in the ring. Miz retreats through the crowd and we are down to Styles, Harper and Ambrose.
End of Days for Corbin
Corbin ends up being eliminated by Ambrose, but before he goes, he pulls Dean out of the ring and hits the End of Days. Ambrose is not out of the match.
Cena ends up eliminating The Miz, which is keeping with the feud they are setting up between the two WWE power couples.
Three More Gone
Ziggler takes out Kalisto, Crews takes out Ziggler and Corbin takes out Crews. All three eliminations came within the span of a few seconds.
Mojo Is a No Go
Shortly after we return, Mojo Rawley is tossed out by Corbin.
So Far, So Good
The first few minutes is mayhem. Everyone picks an opponent and starts fighting, but nobody is eliminated for a little while. We head to a break with all 10 men still in it.
No. 1 Contender Battle Royal Gets Going
The last of the competitors enter the ring after the break. Whoever wins will earn a shot at Bray Wyatt's WWE title at WrestleMania 33.
Time for the Main Event
John Cena heads to the ring before the break for the main event Battle Royal.
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya (Falls Count Anywhere) Part 2
We return to see Nikki barely fight her way out of a Sharpshooter. Natalya drags her up the ramp and hits a suplex on the hard surface for a two count. They end up fighting to the backstage area where Nikki is able to start getting in some more shots. Natalya throws her into Maryse, obviously as a way to set something up for Mania with Cena and Miz. Nikki ends up sending Natalya into a mirror for a two count before bringing her back toward the stage. Natalya goes for the Sharptshooter again, but Nikki counters into the Fearless lock. Maryse comes out of nowhere and attacks Nikki with a pipe. Miz grabs her and drags her backstage after the damage has been done. Nattie makes the cover and gets the win in a really entertaining match.
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya (Falls Count Anywhere) Part 1
Nikki tackles Natalya right after the bell and starts delivering punches to the head. After a two count, she heads under the ring and grabs a table. Natalya kicks her in the head and then slides the table back under the ring. Nikki grabs a kendo stick and takes a few shots for another two count. They take the fight into the crowd where Natalya gets the upper hand. Nikki ends up hitting a beautiful kick off the barricade for another near fall. They move back to the ringside area and Nikki gets sent into the barricade. Nattie takes apart the announce table, but Nikki counters her atempt at a powerbomb. Nikki hits an Alabama slam on the table, but it doesn't break.
Time to Settle the Score
Nikki Bella is out first for her Falls Count Anywhere match against Natalya.
Maybe They Should Switch to Decaf
The Usos get really fired up while talking about how they will eventually defeat AA for the titles. It was more energetic than I have ever seen them before.
American Alpha vs. Breezango
Gable is still out on the floor when the bell rings. Fandango pounces on Jordan and tags in Breeze so they can hit a double team move. Breeze prevents a tag and brings Fandango back in for a double suplex. Jordan counters and makes the tag. Gable takes out Breeze before they finish Fandango off with The Steiner Brothers' old finisher. After the match, The Usos taunt them from the crowd.
Breezango Get a Shot at the Champs
After Natalya gives a quick interview backstage, Gable and Jordan head out to face Tyler Breeze and Fandango in a non-title match. As American Alpha get in the ring, Breezango jump them.
The Contenders Share Their Thoughts
Some of the Superstars who will compete in the Battle Royal later in the show give promos talking about why they will win and headline WrestleMania against Wyatt.
Mickie James Isn't Done with Becky
After Bliss leaves with the title, Mickie James runs to the ring and goes after Lynch, only to end up being sent packing by the Lass Kicker.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch (Women's Title) Part 2
We return to see Becky building a head of steam. She hits a series of signature moves to score a near fall. She hits a dropkick from the top rope, but can't keep Alexa down for the three count. Bliss uses the apron to distract the ref before hitting Becky in the throat and getting the pin to become the women's champion for the second time.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch (Women's Title) Part 1
We return right as the match begins. They trade counters and near falls back and forth until Lynch nails Bliss with an enziguiri. Becky continues to control the pace as she starts working over Bliss' arm. Bliss is able to take over for a bit, but she gets planted with a Bexploder for a two count as we head to a break.
How to Solve the Problem
Bliss offers to take the title like she would be doing Bryan a favor. Bryan says he supposes it makes sense to give her back the championship, but he is not going to. Instead, he books a title match between her and Becky Lynch for right now.
Say It Ain't So
Naomi talks about what it meant to finally accomplish her dream of winning the title, but now she has to give it up. She starts crying a little as she talks about feeling like she let her fans down. She hands over the belt and Bryan gives her a hug. After she vows to return and win the title back, Alexa Bliss predictably makes her way to the ring, likely because she believes the title belongs to her.
The GM Kicks Things Off
When we go live to the arena, Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation from the fans in attendance.
We Are Live!
SmackDown is on the air. The show opens with a recap of last week's events.
- via Tom Clark
WWE SmackDown: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for Feb. 21
- February 21, 2017
10-man Battle Royal to determine a new No. 1 contender. Nikki Bella vs. Naomi in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Alexa Bliss demands her rematch against Naomi. The Usos continuing to chase the tag titles held by American Alpha.
What Will Naomi Do?
Naomi heads to the ring to address Alexa Bliss' demands from last week. "You deserve it" chants break out before she speaks. Bryan reminds everyone how he had to give up a title due to injury before saying he looked at Naomi's medical records and they show she is not able to compete and must relinquish the title.