The show also featured a singles match between Drew Gulak and Shinsuke Nakamura, and a pretty good tag team match between long-time rivals The Usos and New Day.
Despite this being the brand’s penultimate SmackDown show before WrestleMania, John Cena and Goldberg were not present, and the report that Roman Reigns has pulled out of the show also wasn’t acknowledged.
The fact that Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt were the only big stars part of the show might have made a negative impact on the viewership as last night’s show brought in fewer viewers than the week before.
According to Showbuzz Daily, Friday Night SmackDown last night brought in an average of 2.355 million viewers. The show also drew a .7 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic.
By comparison, last week’s Performance Centre show brought in 2.563 million viewers on average. This means that SmackDown last night drew 208,000 fewer viewers than the previous week.
However, with everything that is going on in the world right now, I am almost certain that neither WWE or FOX will be too focused on the numbers that the show is bringing in every week.