5 Takeaways From WWE SmackDown (3/12)

The March 12th, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Fastlane 2019. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:

4AJ Styles Challenged Randy Orton To A Match At WrestleMania

Randy Orton came down to the ring and said that there was something that he had to get off of his chest. Orton said that AJ Styles was wrestling in a high school gymnasium in 2002 while he was making his WWE.

Orton boasted about becoming the youngest WWE Champion in 2004. Orton joked that Styles was down in Florida getting a tan with Dixie Carter. Randy got pissed off and shouted that this house was built long before AJ Styles got here.

Randy claimed that this was the house that Randy Orton built and then AJ Styles interrupted. Styles joked that Orton looks down on the indies, yet seems to have followed AJ’s career.

Styles said that he is damn proud of coming from the indies and people like Orton wouldn’t have made in his world. AJ referred to the RKO as a “knockoff Diamond Cutter” and mocked Orton’s pose.

Orton did the “too sweet” sign and accused AJ of ripping people off as well. AJ added that the independent wrestlers earned their right to be here, unlike Orton who asked his father for a job.

Randy ran down all of his accomplishments after AJ Styles said that Orton got help from Evolution, Legacy, in his career. Orton said he was the landlord and told AJ that the rent was due. Orton called Styles a son of a bitch and told him to make the check out to “RKO”. AJ pointed at the WrestleMania sign and told Orton to come and collect his rent.

I thought this promo was great and I’m really looking forward to this match at WrestleMania. Orton’s shot at TNA and Dixie Carter was absolutely hilarious and both Superstars had some other really good digs at each other.