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Images, Smackdown LIVE!, Videos, WWE ♦ February 14, 2018

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin never started after The “Yep!” Movement attacked them
After SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan ordered best friends Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to face off against one another last week with a WWE Title opportunity at WWE Fastlane on the line – a bout that saw both Superstars advance to the championship match after WWE Champion AJ Styles attacked and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan made the controversial ruling — SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon fired back by announcing that the returning Dolph Ziggler would square off against Baron Corbin tonight on SmackDown LIVE. Additionally, the winner would be added to the WWE Title Match featuring Styles, Zayn and Owens at WWE Fastlane.

However, before Corbin could hit the ring to face off with Ziggler in the high-stakes matchup, he was savagely attacked by The “Yep!” Movement in the backstage area. The Lone Wolf attempted to fight back, but the numbers game was too great for him to overcome. Ziggler, sensing he was next, took the battle to the deadly duo deep in the WWE Universe, but Owens & Zayn once again got the best of their outnumbered adversary. However, before they could rest on their laurels, The Lone Wolf re-emerged to get his licks in on Zayn & Owens at the top of the stage. Already battered, Corbin was once again left in a crumpled heap by Zayn & KO.

With Corbin and Ziggler seemingly out of commission, the WWE Title picture at WWE Fastlane just became a lot more complicated.

Baron Corbin def. Kevin Owens to advance to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane
Following a heinous attack by Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn that called off the Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin match earlier this evening, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon decreed that The Lone Wolf would face off against KO, and Ziggler would battle Zayn, and if Corbin and/or Ziggler were to win, then the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane would either become a Fatal 4- or 5-Way Match. Oh, and if Zayn or Owens tried to interfere in the other’s match tonight, then they would be promptly removed from the title bout.

First up was The Lone Wolf facing off with KO, and although Corbin was bruised from the attack by The “Yep!” Movement earlier in the night, he was also more than a little enraged. Owens tried to use every resource at his disposal, seemingly desperate to keep Corbin out of the contest, but The Lone Wolf prevailed by dropping KO with the End of Days to advance to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane, much to the chagrin of both Sami Zayn (who was watching backstage) and the fallen Owens.

Dolph Ziggler def. Sami Zayn to advance to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane
In their hard-hitting singles bout earlier in the evening, Kevin Owens was unsuccessful in preventing Baron Corbin from being added to the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane. Now, the spotlight was on Sami Zayn and the returning Dolph Ziggler as they faced off in a match where Ziggler could win his way into the WWE Title Match at WWE Fastlane.

Ziggler, who made it clear that he was only back on SmackDown LIVE with the goal of main-eventing WrestleMania, performed at his best. He looked as crisp as ever, even against the determined Zayn. After a ferocious battle, Ziggler overcame Zayn with a pinpoint superkick, clinching his place in the WWE Championship Fatal 5-Way Match at WWE Fastlane.

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Previews ♦ February 08, 2018

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WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (Triple Threat Match)
The “Yep!” Movement is getting another opportunity at the WWE Championship, though not in the way you might be expecting.

Amid rising tensions between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, coupled with continued animosity between both Superstars and WWE Champion AJ Styles, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan ruled that The Phenomenal One will defend his title against both Owens and Zayn — this time, in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Fastlane.

If that sounds like déjà-vu, you’re not far off the mark. The “Yep!” Movement challenged Styles in a Handicap Match at Royal Rumble and had a chance to become co-WWE Champions, but they were defeated due in part to a controversial non-call: A crucial tag attempt from Zayn to Owens fell just short, but the official ruled that the tag had occurred. Moments later, Styles scored the pinfall on KO, who technically should not have been the legal man.

Owens and Zayn immediately began to fray at the seams two days after, which led to Bryan placing them in a match against each other to determine who would challenge for the title next. (#FightForever) That match was gate-crashed by Styles himself, setting the stage for Bryan to schedule a WWE Championship Triple Threat Match for WWE Fastlane.

That could present an even bigger challenge for Styles, who at least had the luxury of fighting his opponents one at a time in the Handicap Match. However, at the end of the day, the only person Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn like to fight more than common enemies is each other.

Tune in to see who leaves with the WWE Championship when WWE Fastlane streams live on the award-winning WWE Network, Sunday, March 11, at 8 ET/5

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Images, Smackdown LIVE!, Videos, WWE ♦ February 07, 2018

Daniel Bryan announced a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title at WWE Fastlane after Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn ended in a no contest

In a high-stakes main event, best friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn squared off with the chance to challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles (who was doing guest commentary) at WWE Fastlane on the line.

The two “Yep!” Movement members treaded cautiously at the onset of the contest, with neither wanting to go full force against their buddy. As the action picked up and their respective onslaughts got more explosive, the action spilled to the outside. Once there, Zayn confronted Styles with a look suggesting that he was ready to brawl. The Phenomenal One, clearly fed up with both members of “Kami,” struck both Zayn and Owens, leading to the match being thrown out. Styles’ attack had Kevin & Sami reeling, allowing Styles to hit a Springboard Crossbody onto them on the outside.

The chaos brought Daniel Bryan back out with a major announcement. Bryan, citing the superlative performances by Owens and Zayn and the outside interference by Styles, declared that The Phenomenal One will defend the WWE Title against Owens & Zayn at WWE Fastlane in a Triple Threat Match!

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Images, Smackdown LIVE!, Videos, WWE ♦ January 31, 2018

The “Yep!” Movement fractures as Styles & Nakamura unite
With their WWE Title Match at WrestleMania now official, WWE Champion AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura teamed up against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn on SmackDown LIVE. The one rub? Owens & Zayn were informed beforehand that they would be squaring off against one another next week, with the opportunity to be the next challenger for Styles’ WWE Championship at WWE Fastlane on the line.

Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles stood united despite their looming WrestleMania encounter
Following his monumental victory in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, Shinsuke Nakamura opened the show to let everyone know that he planned on putting AJ Styles down in their title bout at WrestleMania. However, The King of Strong Style was interrupted by the disgruntled duo of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, who believed they were robbed of becoming co-WWE Champions at Royal Rumble.

The King of Strong Style didn’t take kindly to the interruption, and AJ Styles then hit the scene to come to the aid of his WrestleMania opponent when it looked like Owens & Zayn were poised to attack. Styles expressed excitement for his dream match against Nakamura at WrestleMania, but he proposed that they form a dream team and take on Owens & Zayn tonight. However, KO & Sami didn’t seem too keen on the idea and declined, which promptly resulted in The Phenomenal One and The King of Strong Style literally knocking them down a peg and off the ring apron.

However, after The “Yep!” Movement returned to the backstage area, they were met by SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, who informed them that they would indeed be facing Styles & Nakamura tonight. However, that wasn’t at all. Due to the controversial end to their title bout at Royal Rumble, Zayn & Owens would get another opportunity to capture the WWE Championship… by facing off against one another next week on SmackDown LIVE with the winner going on to face Styles for the title at WWE Fastlane!

AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
This dream tag team match proved to be as unpredictable as it was exciting, as AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura joined forces to face off against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in Team Blue’s thrilling main event. However, a major wrench was thrown into the situation earlier in the evening when SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that Kevin Owens would square off against Sami Zayn next week, and the winner would challenge Styles for the WWE Championship at the next SmackDown LIVE pay-per-view, WWE Fastlane.

It appeared Owens & Zayn had put their looming showdown next week in the back of their minds when the opening bell rang for their monumental clash with Styles & Nakamura. However, the looming contest couldn’t be forgotten for long, as Owens angered Zayn, prompting Zayn to briefly leave Owens by his lonesome. Zayn returned, but the dissension between the two “Yep!” Movement members remained apparent, causing Zayn to leave for a second time!

With Sami gone, Owens could not overcome the numbers game and fell to Nakamura’s pinpoint Kinshasa. Renee Young caught up with Zayn backstage to ask him if we had just seen the end of The “Yep!” Movement. Sami answered with an emphatic no, but he also made it clear that he planned on exiting KO’s shadow next week on SmackDown LIVE when he defeated him to become the next challenger for AJ Styles’ WWE Title at WWE Fastlane.

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Images, Pay Per View, Videos, WWE ♦ January 29, 2018

Kevin and Sami were forced to participate in a Twitter Fan Q&A on the Royal Rumble Pre Show, before their huge match against AJ Styles. More Shane McMahon trying to distract them? Probably!

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Images, Videos, WWE ♦ January 29, 2018

WWE Champion AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Although his victory came with its share of controversy, AJ Styles managed to survive stacked odds, defeating Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a 1-on-2 Handicap Match to retain his WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2018.

Owens & Zayn set out to frustrate the WWE Champion, tagging in and out before Styles could get his hands on either of them. Styles attempted to divide and conquer the two best friends, but the numbers game continually got the better of him.

Owens & Zayn took every chance to use their 2-on-1 advantage, grinding Styles into the canvas as the WWE Champion writhed in pain. Styles finally created separation by clobbering KO with a Pele Kick and creatively using Zayn and Owens as weapons against each other. Styles nearly pulled off the victory after locking the Calf Crusher on Owens.

Zayn was able to make the save, however. In the ensuing scrum, Zayn almost captured the title with the Blue Thunder Bomb, but Styles kicked out at the last second. That sent Styles on a tear as he battled back.

The Phenomenal One isolated Zayn, coming close to keeping Owens out of the match. Before being dumped out of the ring, though, Zayn appeared to tag KO in by his fingertips. That proved to be their undoing, as Styles countered a Pop-up Powerbomb attempt and rolled up KO for the victory.

KO & Zayn were furious after the bout, going straight to SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon to argue that Zayn had missed the tag and was still the legal man. McMahon was not going to make any changes.

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