– We go right to the ring and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman as fans start booing. Greg Hamilton does the introductions. Reigns stops and raises the title as the pyro goes off. We get a video package showing how Daniel Bryan won the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match last Sunday and then lost his title shot to Reigns. We also see Reigns being attacked by WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
We come back to “you suck!” chants from the crowd. Reigns says it’s not a secret… SmackDown needs him, and the same thing can be said about Elimination Chamber, it needed him so he answered the call. Reigns goes on about the win and how he operates at a higher level than anyone else in the ring, but this wasn’t perfect because of one man – Edge. Fans pop at Edge’s name. Reigns admits Edge got one, he hit a Spear in Reigns’ ring, on Reigns’ night. And then Edge pointed at the sign to make it official for WrestleMania 37. Fans cheer for the match.
Reigns says Edge doesn’t want it, and doesn’t need it in his life. So Reigns is going to give Edge the chance to back out of the match, scram, go back home to his beautiful family. He’s a father and a husband, Reigns doesn’t want to hurt him. Reigns appreciates his comeback and his legacy, but doesn’t want to hurt him. Reigns tells Edge to get it through his thick head – a man like Edge just doesn’t stand a chance against a man like Reigns. Fans boo. The music interrupts and out comes Bryan to a pop and a “yes!” chant from the crowd.
Bryan says Reigns really described his title defense on Sunday as nearly perfect. Bryan just had to come out and say, from his perspective, he agrees. Bryan mocks Reigns and says some people think it was cowardly to come out and defend right after the Chamber match ended, and it makes him not a real champion at all. Bryan says he’s not one of those people, he doesn’t come out and complain, those are just rumors he’s heard, but he was baffled by The Head of The Table defending his title in the second match of the night instead of the main event, or would that have given him too much time? Bryan goes on about Reigns wanting to leave a legacy and says here’s a chance for him to prove the doubters wrong, to prove there’s no comparison between Reigns and Bryan. Bryan proposes that they do battle at WWE Fastlane for the title, one-on-one.
Jey steps to Bryan and asks why he’s out here. All he hears is a bunch of excuses. Jey says Bryan lost to the Best of the Best and if he wants to get another shot, he has to go through Jey. Jey warns Bryan to be careful or he’s going to get got. Fans boo Uso now. Uso backs off and Reigns steps to Bryan closer. Reigns asks if Bryan really wants him to hurt him again. Bryan goes to respond but Uso attacks him out of nowhere. Uso sends Bryan to the floor and follows, then sends him over the barrier as the boos get louder. Uso struts away and Reigns joins him as the music starts up. Heyman joins them as Reigns raises the title and laughs at Bryan being out of sight now. Reigns, Uso and Heyman march up the ramp.
– Paul Heyman tells Roman Reigns about Daniel Bryan possibly getting a title shot at Fastlane, if he beats Jey Uso tonight. Reigns says so the tag match is scrapped. If Bryan wins tonight, Heyman says. Reigns thinks it over and we go back to commercial.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso
Cesaro marches up the ring as Daniel Bryan’s music hits for the main event. Bryan heads down the ramp past Cesaro while leading a “yes!” chant. If Bryan wins this match he gets to challenge WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Fastlane. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and announced for Talking Smack are Bryan, Seth Rollins and Bianca Belair. Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman will host. Bryan is in the ring leading the “yes!” chant still. Out next comes Jey Uso to boos. The bell rings and Bryan charges but Uso rocks him first, beating him down into the corner.
Uso with a shoulder to drop Bryan. Bryan fights back and works on the arm. Bryan works Uso around the ring. Bryan ducks a clothesline and drops Uso with a running clothesline for a pop. Bryan with a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan with Yes Kicks in the corner now. Bryan takes Uso up in the corner and hits the Frankensteiner for a close 2 count. Bryan goes back to work on the arm but Uso retreats to the floor for a breather.
Bryan runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Uso meets him at the ropes with a big superkick from the floor. Bryan falls out of the ring. Uso lifts Bryan and drives his injured knee into the announce table as fans boo. Uso breaks the count but goes back out. Uso lifts Bryan and charges him into the ring post. Bryan goes back down on the floor as we return to commercial.
Back from the break and Uso has Bryan down clutching his knee. Uso keeps him down but Bryan pulls him into a Yes Lock attempt. Uso counters and pounds away on the knee as fans boo. Bryan gets up and fights back with uppercuts now. Bryan charges but Uso catches him with a Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Uso goes to the top for the Uso Splash but Bryan rolls out of the way and Uso lands hard.
Bryan tries to hulk up now. He delivers Yes Kicks while Uso is on his knees. Bryan stomps away now. Uso drops down with a big right hand. Bryan sends Uso over the top rope to the floor. Bryan runs the ropes and kicks Uso through the ropes, sending him down on the floor. Bryan with running knees off the apron for a pop. Fans chant “yes!” now as they return to the ring. Bryan goes to the top but has to land on his bad knee and it buckles. Uso takes advantage and sends him into the turnbuckles, then nails a big shot to the back of the knee. Uso with a single-leg Crab in the middle of the ring now.
Uso keeps Bryan grounded as fans try to rally for him. Bryan finally turns it around but he’s moving slow. Bryan with a big roundhouse kick for a close 2 count. Bryan starts a “yes!” chant from the corner now. Bryan charges for the knee but Uso knocks him out of mid-air with a chop block, then nails a big superkick for a close 2 count.
Uso goes back to the top but Bryan cuts him off and climbs up. Bryan hits the Butterfly superplex for a pop. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Uso gets the bottom rope for the break. Uso falls out of the ring to the floor. Bryan stays on him but Uso launches Bryan into the steel ring steps at the 6 count. Uso drives Bryan knee-first into the steel steps and they both go down as the referee calls the double count out
Double Count Out
– After the bell, Uso brings Bryan back into the ring but Bryan applies the Yes Lock. Reigns makes the save out of nowhere and beats Bryan up as fans boo. Bryan pulls Reigns into the Yes Lock but Uso quickly makes the save. The boos get louder as Reigns waits in the corner for Bryan to get up. Reigns delivers a big Spear to Bryan and then applies the Guillotine submission as a “you suck!” chant breaks out. Reigns breaks the hold and gets back to his feet, taking the Universal Title from Paul Heyman. Reigns talks some more trash to Bryan and stands over him, raising the title belt in the air as the post-Elimination Chamber edition of SmackDown goes off the air.