A huge night of SmackDown had major implications for WrestleMania on Friday night, with Ronda Rousey returning to action after the show went off the air.
On the February 4th episode of SmackDown Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman opened the show toasting their most recent success. Namely costing Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble.
However, the pair were soon interrupted by former Universal Champion Goldberg. The WCW legend wasted little time in confirming that he did acknowledge Roman Reigns. But after a quick pause, he got to his real point, which was a match at Elimination Chamber. The former World Champion proceeded to lay down the challenge for Reigns, declaring that he’s next.
Later in the night, WrestleMania 38 got one of its main events as women’s Royal Rumble winner ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey declared her intentions to face Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
However, The Queen’s own march to WrestleMania could be in trouble as she also has to defend her title next week on SmackDown against Naomi.
The on-screen action ended with Rousey challenging Flair before locking WWE official Sonya Deville in her deadly armbar. After the cameras stopped rolling, however, there was more action for the fans in attendance in Oklahoma City as Rousey competed in a tag team match.
Ronda Rousey teamed up with Naomi to face Charlotte Flair and Natalya. However, Flair and Naomi didn’t even make it into the ring as Rousey made short work of Natalya to win the match.
After that short encounter, the fans were treated to another dark match as Roman Reigns teamed up with The Usos to take on the team of The Viking Raiders and former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.