5 Botches, slip-ups, and outrageous moments from WWE SmackDown Live (February 21st 2017)
Watch the highlight of A.J. Styles' feet hitting first! It wasn't even close!
If you tuned into Tuesday night’s SmackDown Live hoping to find out who will be challenging Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, you likely were disappointed.
The show ended with what was supposed to be a tied ending to the much-hyped battle royal, only it wasn’t as close as WWE were hoping for. Luke Harper most definitely did not hit the ground at the same time as A.J. Styles and WWE now has a full week to contemplate how they’re going to fix this mess.
The ending could rightfully be called a botch so it is featured in this round of gifs.
In addition to the wacky main event ending, other moments that are showcased ahead include a Kalisto catch by Dean Ambrose that doesn’t work out like he planned as well as a brief moment of audible congratulations by Natalya, directed towards the woman she’s currently in a heated rivalry with.
SmackDown had some decent moments, but you can find those recaps elsewhere. This article is all about the stuff WWE probably wishes they could take back.
So without further delay, here are 5 of the botchiest and most outrageous moments of the night.
#1 No question, Styles lost
This wasn’t even a close finish. The battle royal to determine Bray Wyatt’s challenger at WrestleMania came down to A.J. Styles and Luke Harper. Luke performed a suplex in which he was practically hugging the apron and executing the move with A.J. going out of the ring.
Considering the nature of this match, the elimination of Styles was made in time to declare Harper the winner. Only that didn’t happen.
The officials and announcers tried to play it off as if both wrestlers’ feet had hit the ground at the exact same time but that was clearly not the case. Styles’ hit the ground well before Harper and it’s so irrefutable that WWE did their best to show as little of the replay footage as possible.