The mind games between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura continued on the SmackDown go-home show for WrestleMania.
Styles & Nakamura teamed against Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin in this week’s main event. Styles won the match with a Phenomenal Forearm after he refused to tag Nakamura in at the finish. He didn’t look too interested in helping Nakamura as he fought off Benjamin, then Styles played off last week by stopping short on hitting Nakamura with a forearm and patted him on the head.
Shane McMahon returned to television and hugged it out with Daniel Bryan in the opening segment. They were on the same page heading into WrestleMania, singing goodbye to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn when they tried to crash the show later.
Elsewhere on SmackDown, Asuka told Charlotte Flair that the queen will bow down to the empress on Sunday, Rusev took on Jinder Mahal, and an eight-man tag built to the 2018 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
More coverage from last night —
WWE 205 Live results: Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto
WWE Mixed Match Challenge live results: The finals
WWE SmackDown live results: Final build to WrestleMania 34
WWE SmackDown video highlights —
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are on the same page heading into WrestleMania
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya, Carmella again never officially cashes in her briefcase
AJ Styles tells Shinsuke Nakamura that they’re far from the Tokyo Dome
A video package looks at Bryan & Shane’s rivalry with Owens & Zayn
Rusev vs. Jinder Mahal
Nakamura thinks Styles will make a mistake on Sunday because he’s so emotional
Breezango, Ryder & Dillinger vs. Corbin, Ziggler, Rawley & Primo
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn crash SmackDown, mock Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
SmackDown fallout: Rusev plans on taking back what’s his at WrestleMania