WWE Smackdown women’s champion Carmella kicks off the show tonight. She asks the crowd to shower her with the praise which she deserves. She says tonight is not about her but about her opponent at Money in the Bank, Asuka. She just thinks that everyone deserves to know the truth about Asuka. But before that, they show a video of Asuka’s NXT and WWE career. Carmella says that was incredible but let’s remove the mask and face the horrible truth. She says this is the real Asuka and a video of Charlotte defeating Asuka at this year’s Wrestlemania airs as well as Asuka losing to Peyton Royce and her match against Mandy Rose on Smackdown. She says the truth is that her loss at Wrestlemania shattered her and she hasn’t been the same since. And that’s why she has no fear because Mella is money. And that the age of Asuka is over. Asuka was undefeated. Asuka’s music hits and she interrupts.
Asuka gets in the ring and Mandy Rose’s music hits and she comes down with Sonya Deville. Mandy tells Carmella she didn’t have to go through all that trouble to show the real Asuka. She says ASuka is dangerous but she was a second away from beating Asuka last week. And she knows she can beat Asuka tonight. Sonya says she did exactly what she was supposed to do. She left just enough of Asuka for her. Sonya challenges Asuka to a match tonight. Carmella then asks Asuka who it will be for tonight?
Paige’s music hits and the general manager of Smackdown Live comes out. Paige says no one speaks for ehr because she makes the matches. Paige then asks Asuka if she wants Mandy Rose or Sonya Deville tonight. Asuka then grabs the microphone from Carmella and says “Give me both”. Paige says that’s the Asuka we all know and love. She then makes the match for tonight, Asuka against Mandy and Sonya in a handicap match tonight.
Later, Paige is backstage for the contract signing between Nakamura and AJ Styles. Paige builds up their match at the Money in the Bank stating it’s a Last Man Standing match. AJ tells Nakamura they have been at this war forever. And he knows why he does what he does. Because he knows that straight up, Nakamura cannot beat him. Nakamura yawns. AJ signs the contract. Nakamura grabs the pen and looks at it. He says it’s out of ink and throws the inc. He asks AJ if he can borrow his pen. He looks at it and says that the pen is broken and throws it. AJ tells him to sign it. Nakamura pretends like he is going to stand up and AJ slaps him in the face. He gets escorted out by WWE agents. Nakamura grabs a pen and signs it. Nakamura looks at Paige and says “Last Man Stand”.
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville w/ Paige
We go to the ring and out first comes Bayley. Sasha Banks is out next with a mic. Sasha was taught to confront someone face to face when there’s a problem, not talk behind their back. Sasha says they are best friends and she wants to fix whatever problem there is. She says Bayley has to understand that Elimination Chamber was every woman for herself. Sasha was trying to win the title, not betray her, just like she’s going to try to win the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34. Sasha goes on and fans give her the “what!?” treatment now. Sasha says she forgives Bayley and some fans boo. Bayley tries to explain her side too but fans give her the “what!?” treatment as well. Bayley says she can’t get over what Sasha did at Elimination Chamber. It’s how she did it. Bayley knows about doing what it takes to win matches but the look on Sasha’s face and the way she did it eats at Bayley’s core. Sasha was all smiles and Bayley can’t get that picture out of her head. Bayley wants to know how Sasha could do that like it was nothing but the music interrupts and out comes Absolution – Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.
Paige mocks them and says it’s time for the match. Paige says her girls are going to show these whiny little girls how real women settle problems. Mandy and Sonya hit the ring as we get the bell. Sasha takes Sonya back into the corner to take control early on. Sonya turns it around and sends Sasha out to the floor, down with Bayley. Rose and Sonya stand tall in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rose has Bayley on the mat. Bayley turns it around and covers for a 2 count. Banks tags in as Bayley drops an elbow. There’s tension between Banks and Bayley over the tag and the pin attempt. Rose slams Banks on her head and keeps control. Deville comes back in for more offense and a pin attempt on Banks. Deville keeps Banks grounded with a body scissors and talks some trash. Deville works Banks over some more and tags in Rose. Deville sends Sasha into a big knee from Rose and Rose covers for a close 2 count. Rose with more offense on Banks and a version of the abdominal stretch. Absolution with more tags as they keep Sasha in their corner. Sasha finally fights them both off and crawls for a tag but she’s stopped. Bayley finally tags in and unloads on Deville. Bayley sends Deville to the apron and drops her over the middle rope. Bayley with a high suplex and a back elbow in the corner to Deville. Bayley drops a big elbow and covers for a 2 count but Rose breaks it up. Sasha comes in and goes after Rose, taking her to the corner. Bayley backslides Deville for the pin but the referee is dealing with Sasha and Rose. Bayley holds the pin but doesn’t get the win. This leads to Bayley going over to Sasha and having words. Deville runs in and shoves Bayley into Banks, sending them both to the mat. Deville nails a big kick to Bayley for the pin.
After the match, Paige joins Rose and Deville in the ring as her music plays. We go to replays. Absolution stands tall as we see Bayley and Banks down.
Sonya Deville w/ Paige & Mandy Rose vs. Sasha Banks w/ Bayley
We go to the ring and Bayley is at ringside, looking somber. Absolution’s Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose are out. Sonya waits as Sasha Banks makes her way out next. Bayley is out to support Banks, despite the tension. The bell rings and Banks goes at it with Deville as Paige yells at ringside. They trade offense and run the ropes. Sasha nails a dropkick for a 2 count to Deville. Sasha dumps Sonya over the top rope to the floor as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Deville has Banks grounded with a submission. We see how Deville turned it around during the commercial with a big knee to the gut. Banks tries to fight back now but Deville plants her for another pin attempt. Deville works Banks over in the corner now. Sasha tries to mount offense but Deville shuts her down each time. Deville with thrusts in the corner as the referee counts. Deville goes face-first into the turnbuckle as Banks moves out of the way. Sasha with more offense in the corner. Banks goes to the second rope and nails the double knees for a 2 count. Mandy gets on the apron to distract Banks but Bayley pulls her off for a pop. Banks takes advantage of the distraction and hits the Backstabber on Deville, then rolls her into the Banks Statement for the win.
Winner: Sasha Banks
After the match, Banks celebrates as her music plays. She watches as Bayley heads to the back. Absolution circles Banks on the apron now. She attacks first, nailing Rose and Deville but they get the best of her and double team her while Paige barks orders. Absolution stands tall over Banks as Paige’s music hits.
Bayley defeated Sonya Deville w/ Paige & Mandy Rose. Full recap coming soon.
Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville w/ Paige vs. Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James
Nia attacks Asuka from behind and all eight women pair off in the ring. The referee tries to get some control of the situation and the match starts with Asuka and Sonya. Asuka with strikes to Sonya and a hip attack. Asuka with kicks to the midsection and Sonya goes to the floor.
We are back and Asuka with a hip attack to knocks Alicia and Sonya off the apron. Asuka with a knee and sliding kick to Mandy. Sasha tags in and they hit a double suplex. Nia tags in and Sasha wit kicks and a running knee to the head for a near fall. Nia with a uranage to Sasha and then she gets a near fall. Mandy tags in and kicks Sasha in the corner. Sonya tags in and she punches Sasha in the midsection. Alicia tags in and she gives Sasha a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Alicia sends Sasha to the mat and gets a near fall. Alicia returns to the reverse chin lock. Sasha gets out of the hold but Alicia with a running boot for a near fall. Sasha with an elbow and Alicia pulls Sasha down by the hair.
We are back and Alicia sends Sasha into the corner but Sasha with a kick and she sends Alicia to the mat. Sonya pulls Sasha off the turnbuckles and then everyone not in the match battles on the floor. Alicia misses a Yakuza Kick and then Sasha with a lungblower and Banks Statement that forces Alicia to tap out.
Winners: Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James
After the match, Mickie gets on the turnbuckles and Asuka pushes her over the top rope to the floor. Asuka attacks Sasha and Bayley and sends Bayley over the top rope. Sasha goes for a lungblower but Asuka holds on to the ropes. Asuka with a back heel kick and she sends Sasha over the top rope to the floor.
Paige will not be able to compete in the historic 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match, but she will be at the Royal Rumble event to support her Absolution allies, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.