The April 2nd, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. It was the final episode of SmackDown before WrestleMania 35 this weekend. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:
5Orton Sent A Message To Styles Heading Into WrestleMania
Randy Orton and AJ Styles were guests on the Kevin Owens Show tonight on SmackDown. Owens asked Orton if he was proud of interfering in the match between AJ Styles and Kurt Angle last week. Randy said that he was damn proud of it and saved the WWE Universe from watching that match.
Styles stated that Orton has only learned one move in twenty years. Orton claimed he didn’t need more than other moves when his move is that deadly. Orton then boasted about being in WWE for almost twenty years while AJ was wrestling in gymnasiums.
AJ brought up Orton failing drug tests in the past and the crowd gasped. Orton sat in silence for a moment and then claimed that since John Cena has gone off to Hollywood, Styles has assumed the role of corporate bitch. Kevin Owens then hilariously dropped his microphone and exited the ring.
Orton and Styles traded blows and AJ got the better of the exchange. Styles made his way to the ring apron and set up for the Phenomenal Forearm. While Styles was in midair, Orton countered and connected with a devastating RKO. Randy shouted “that is going to happen this Sunday while he stood over Styles.
Styles versus Orton is one of the matches I’m looking forward to the most at WrestleMania. Tonight’s promo was excellent and both Superstars got in a couple of great lines. I hope this match gets a lot of time this Sunday because it has the potential to be special.