5 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (2/20)

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The February 20th episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ. Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:

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WWE Champion AJ Styles kicked off this week’s episode of SmackDown. Styles made his way down to the ring for an interview with Renee Young. Renee tried to start the interview but the entire crowd started to chant “AJ Styles!”. AJ responded to the crowd and posed on the turnbuckle.

Young asked if AJ still felt like he was in control of his own destiny for WrestleMania with Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler added to the Fastlane main event. Styles said that he was still in control and that he felt like he can defeat any Superstar that gets in his way.

Styles admitted that the Fatal 5-Way was a problem because anything can happen. AJ brought Renee over to the ropes and pointed at the announce table. Styles stated that it would feel damn good to drive Kevin Owens through that table at Fastlane. Styles noted that the problem is that while he is doing that, Dolph Ziggler could be pinning someone in the ring to win the WWE Championship.

AJ listed off Zayn, Owens , Ziggler and Corbin and claimed that he could beat them all one on one. Corbin interrupted and came down to the entrance ramp with a microphone. Corbin said that Styles was a fool if he believes that he can beat him. Baron noted that he defeated AJ Styles the last time they faced each other, Corbin won and captured the United States Championship.

Corbin said that he had AJ’s number and that is because AJ is just an athlete and that he is a fighter. Corbin got in AJ’s face and told him that he was looking at the new WWE Champion. Kevin Owens joined the party and came out from backstage with a microphone in his hand.

Owens stopped on the entrance ramp and said that he was going to do everyone a favor and shut Corbin and Styles up. Owens vowed to slam AJ through the announce table with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Owens added that Corbin looked like a scared little cub last week when he was in pain. Corbin called Owens a punk and Owens responded by stating that Shane McMahon handed Baron his opportunity.

Kevin Owens once again claimed that Shane McMahon has a vendetta against him. AJ asked Owens if he got “that boil” lanced off his back in a reference to Sami Zayn. Owens mockingly laughed and said “what a comedian!”. Owens began to rant about Shane McMahon again and the Commissioner of SmackDown interrupted and came down to the entrance ramp.

Shane danced around a bit and acknowledged the loud chants of “Shane O’ Mac!” from the crowd. Shane said that there is a lot of talk going on right now and that is not what the crowd wants. They want action. Shane announced that Corbin will face AJ Styles in the main event of tonight’s SmackDown. Shane McMahon then announced that Kevin Owens will face Dolph Ziggler right now.

Graves complained about Shane McMahon’s vendetta against Owens as the match started. Owens controlled the match early but Dolph connected with a Dropkick that knocked Owens out of the ring. Dolph followed him out there and bounced his head off the steel steps before returning to the ring.

Owens lured Ziggler to the corner and elbowed him in the face. Ziggler responded with another Dropkick and Owens once again rolled out of the ring. Dolph followed him out there but this time Owens was ready and launched him into the barricade. Ziggler hit a third Dropkick to Owens while he was on the ring apron and Kevin fell and smacked his face off the ring apron.

Owens quickly battled back and slammed Dolph into the ring apron. Back in the ring, Owens went for a Senton but Dolph rolled out of the way. Owens went for a Suplex but Dolph reversed it into a Suplex of his own. Ziggler went for a Splash in the corner but Owens got out of the way and Dolph smacked into the turnbuckle. Owens connected with a Cannonball for a two count as SmackDown went to a commercial break.

When SmackDown returned, Ziggler hit Owens with a DDT. Owens charged at Ziggler in the corner but Dolph got out of the way and hit a Neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler went for a Superkick but Owens countered into a Gutbuster and then hit an Elbow Drop off the second rope for a two count.

Owens climbed to the top rope but Dolph greeted him there with a punch to the face. Owens shoved Ziggler off the top rope and to the mat. Owens went for a Senton but Ziggler got his knees up. Dolph followed it up with a Fameasser for another two count. Owens went for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Dolph escaped and connected with a Zig Zag for two.

Sami Zayn’s music hit and Sami ran down to the ring. Owens connected with a Superkick to the back of Ziggler’s head while he was distracted by Sami. Owens covered Ziggler for the victory and Sami backed up the entrance ramp with a smirk on his face.

Later on SmackDown, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens had a conversation backstage. Zayn claimed that he owed Owens for getting him to the main event. Sami stated that the last thing that Owens needs right now is another enemy. Sami vowed to be Owens’ guardian angel. Sami Zayn said that they will take out the rest of the Superstars in the Fatal 5-Way match and then Sami will do the right thing and lay down in the middle of the ring.

Owens couldn’t believe what Sami was saying. Sami added that Owens needs to become WWE Champion again and go on to main event WrestleMania. Owens and Zayn shared a hug, but Owens still had a bewildered look on his face.

I’m guessing that the Yep Movement will officially come to an end at Fastlane. I can’t believe that Zayn would actually lay down and take the pin for Owens at Fastlane.