In a pulsating episode of "WWE SmackDown," General Manager Nick Aldis took a decisive stand against The Bloodline's recurring interference in matches. Aldis, in a firm exchange with Paul Heyman, stressed the disparity in their authority levels.
He then set the stage for a captivating main event, assigning Solo Sikoa, Jimmy Uso, and the absent Roman Reigns to face Randy Orton, LA Knight, and AJ Styles. Heyman's objection, citing Reigns' absence, was met with Aldis's sharp remark about the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion's tendency to instigate unresolved conflicts.
Aldis further challenged Sikoa and Uso to find a replacement for Reigns or brace themselves for a handicap match.
Heyman's Recruitment Fails
The night saw Heyman in a desperate quest to recruit a substitute partner for The Bloodline, but his efforts were met with repeated rejections.
Consequently, the main event morphed into a 3-on-2 handicap match. However, the odds seemed momentarily balanced when Sikoa and Uso ambushed Orton during his entrance. Throughout the match, Knight and Styles displayed the classic babyface dynamics of uneasy allies.
Styles, recalling Knight's previous betrayal, remained wary, despite Knight's change of heart. Their initial reluctance gave way to a unified front, desperately needed when the situation appeared dire. In a thrilling turn, Orton's entrance theme heralded his return to the fray.
“The Viper” burst into the ring, received a tag from Styles, and swiftly dominated the opposition. Orton's electrifying presence shifted the momentum, leading to a victory for his team. In a show of overwhelming dominance, Orton, Knight, and Styles each executed their signature finishers on Sikoa, then collectively neutralized Uso.
The trio's final assertive act was sending Sikoa crashing through the announce desk - a resounding message to their Royal Rumble adversary, Reigns. Reigns is set to defend his title in a fatal four-way match against Orton, Styles, and Knight, an event now charged with heightened anticipation following the dramatic showdown on "SmackDown."