For the second week running, WWE aired SmackDown Live from the Performance Center as the company tries to work around the country-wide lockdown due to coronavirus. The official host for WrestleMania 36, Rob Gronkowski made his WWE debut in a fun segment while the returning Paige announced a massive WrestleMania match for the SmackDown Women's Championship. Here are the WWE SmackDown results, highlights and some key moments from the latest episode.
Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski recently signed a contract with WWE before being announced as the new host of WrestleMania 36. The 30-year-old made his official debut during the opening segment of the show. Dancing his way into the ring, Gronkowski felt less like the hard-tackling NFL tight end and more like a 'hyped up superstar'.
While Gronkowski would get work on his WWE character in the coming weeks, the former Patriots star shared an entertaining segment with friends Mojo Rawley, Elias and King Corbin. Gronkowski even suggested a match between Elias and Corbin at WrestleMania 36.
Paige did not physically appear on the show but appeared on the screen to make a huge announcement. SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley along with Sasha Banks came out in the ring to berate Paige, claiming she couldn't even wrestle anymore. However, the former Divas Champion has a trick up her sleeve as she announced that Bayley will defend her title at WrestleMania 36 in a Six-Pack Elimination match against Lacey Evans, Dana Brooke, Tamina, Naomi and Sasha Banks.
🚨 BOMBSHELL announcement from @RealPaigeWWE 🚨— WWE (@WWE) March 21, 2020
At #WrestleMania, @itsBayleyWWE will defend her #SmackDown #WomensTitle against...
...and @SashaBanksWWE! pic.twitter.com/4JHvg6BVAc
The second contract signing of the week, Roman Reigns and Goldberg did exceptionally well to bring the heat to the final segment of the show, especially considering there were no fans present in the arena. Roman Reigns continued taking jibes at the champion calling him 'a part-timer' among other things. 'The Big Dog' seemed confident he will take down Goldberg at the Grandest Stage of Them All and will win the Universal Championship. The duo went on to exchange an intense staredown as SmackDown came to a close.
Apart from the aforementioned segments, the show featured two tag-team matches. Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan picked up a win over Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Bryan went on to challenge Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental title, which will be granted if Drew Gulak beats Nakamura next week.
Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler cost Heavy Machinery their match against the SmackDown Tag Team Champions Miz and John Morrison. Ziggler managed to provoke Otis by bringing up Mandy Rose, causing Heavy Machinery to lose via disqualification.