Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WWE Smackdown Results - Jan 2, 2018

We start off with a look back at last week's main event when Shane McMahon got involved in the main event and it probably cost AJ Styles his non title match against Kevin Owens.

AJ Styles makes his way to the ring and he has something to say. AJ wishes everyone a Happy New Year and welcomes everyone to Smackdown. He welcomes everyone to the House that AJ Styles Built. AJ says it is a new year and there are new beginnings. He says that there are a lot of people who have made New Year's Resolutions to win the Royal Rumble. AJ says he made a few resolutions. He will take the title to Wrestlemania and walk out of the main event with the title still around his waist. With Shane and Sami getting involved last week, he won't point fingers. His other resolution is to beat Sami Zayn. AJ wonders if Kevin Owens will be allowed to be at ringside with Sami Zayn. AJ says that person will come out to make his decision.

Daniel Bryan comes out while Byron accuses Daniel of being in Kevin and Sami's pockets while Corey discounts those conspiracy theories. Before Daniel can say anything, Shane McMahon shuffles his way to the ring.

Shane says he had the best intentions last week when he came to the ring to have the referee eject Sami Zayn from ringside. Shane says we would rather see a match won by the wrestler's abiltiies than by distractions. Shane says he may have caused AJ's defeat and he aplogizes. Shane says he has been accused of having a personal vendetta against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As much as he has a legitimate beef with them, Daniel has a kinship with Sami and Kevin. Why would you let Sami Zayn come to ringside? Shane says he has a bigger question.

Shane asks if Daniel is turning the Yes Movement into the Yep Movement. Shane says that he would not expect to keep Kevin from being at ringside for Sami. Shane says that he will be at ringside as well tonight. Daniel says that was not what he was thinking. Since you will be at ringside, why not have Kevin Owens at ringside too. If you AND Kevin Owens will be out for the main event, then why not be out here too. Shane says it looks like they're starting 2018 off with a bang. Bryan gets a "yes!" chant going as his music hits. Bryan shakes hands with AJ and then Shane before leaving.

- The announcers show us the brackets for the WWE United States Title tournament, which will wrap at the Royal Rumble. They confirm Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English for later tonight. Also, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos will defend against Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. We go to commercial.

The Usos vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles

We are back and Jimmy says there is a tag team in the ring with a New Year's Resolution to become tag team champions. Standing in front of that team are the champions. Jey says they will be three time tag team of the year.

Shelton and Jimmy start and Jimmy with a punch but Shelton climbs the turnbuckles for a butterfly superplex and Gable with a moonsault for a near fall. Gable puts Jimmy's leg in the rope and then he takes him to the mat with a dragon screw leg whip. Chad continues to work on the leg. Chad with a knee drop to the leg while Shelton tags in. Shelton with a shoulder in the corner and then he htis a running knee to the leg in the ropes. Shelton with a single leg crab. Jimmy tries to tag in his brother but Shelton pulls him back towards his corner and tags in Chad. Chad with spinning toe holds on the injured leg.

Chad keeps Jimmy from making the tag and he brings Jimmy back to his corner and he tags in Shelton. They hit kicks and a double knee strike for a near fall. Chad with another spinning toe hold. Jimmy kicks Chad and tries to make the tag. Jimmy misses a dragon whip the first time, but he hits a second one and both are down. Jey and Shelton tag in and Jey sends Shelton to the floor and he hits a plancha. Gable is sent to the floor and Jey with a plancha. Jey is tripped by Shelton and he is sent shoulder first into the ringside barrier. Gable is sent to the floor and Benjamin with a knee to Jimmy. Gable hits the Doomsday Clothesline for the three count.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin

After the match, The Usos argue with the referee while the new champions leave with the titles and celebrate. Another referee runs down and says something to them. The second referee enters the ring and talks with the original referee. Apparently Jey was still the legal man. We get a replay on the big screen. The replay shows that Jimmy was not the legal man. Greg Hamilton talks with the referee and announces that he has recognized his mistake. The match is being re-started, but first... We go to commercial.

Back from the break and The Usos knock Gable and Jordan off the apron and then they send them into the ringside barrier. Jey with a super kick and uppercut followed by a Samoan drop. Jey with a running hip into the corner that misses when Gable pulls Shelton out of the way. Chad takes care of Jimmy on the floor.. Shelton with a rollup for a near fall followed by a spinebuster. Jimmy with a super kick to Chad when Jey avoids the clothesline off the turnbuckles. Jey escapes the power bomb. Jimmy tags in and they hit super kicks. Jey tags back in and he hits the Superfly Splash for the three count.

Winners: The Usos

After the match, The Usos celebrate the win as Gable and Benjamin recover at ringside. Gable is furious. We go to replays. The Usos continue celebrating as Benjamin and Gable argue with the referee at ringside.

Backstage:

Sami Zayn is walking with Kevin Owens backstage when Renee Young approaches for comments on the main event, asking if everyone being at ringside will affect the outcome of the match. Owens talks about how AJ Styles will lose tonight, just like he did last week. Sami doesn't care if Shane or Bryan are at ringside because it won't change what happens. They both go on about how this is The Sami & Kevin Show and how the WWE Champion will take another loss tonight.

- Still to come, The Riott Squad vs. Natalya, Tamina Snuka and Carmella. Also, Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers in a rematch from last week's SmackDown. Back to commercial.

Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers

ack from the break as Tyler Breeze and Fandango make their entrance. Harper and Rowan are out next.

The Bludgeon Brothers attack before the bell as we are seeing a replay from last week. They destroy both Fandango and Breeze as the referee tries to calm things. The music interrupts and out comes The Ascension to the ring.

Konnor and Viktor jump on the apron but get knocked right off. They send Konnor to the floor and hit a big double team on Viktor in the middle of the ring. Harper and Rowan stand tall as their music hits without the match starting.

Backstage:

We see The New Day backstage. Kofi Kingston and Big E have a surprise for Xavier Woods as he prepares to face Aiden English in a tournament match tonight. Woods talks about how they will all three become WWE United States Champion tonight. They tell him to blow out the candles on a "2018" made out of pancakes but English walks in with Rusev to interrupt. They talk some trash and Rusev blows out the candles, stealing Woods' wish, before walking off. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and Mojo Rawley is backstage. He says he will defeat Zack Ryder in their United States Title tournament match next week, putting Ryder where he belongs - in the past.

WWE United States Title Tournament Match: Aiden English vs. Xavier Woods

We go to the ring and Aiden English looks to start singing as fans chant Rusev Day. Rusev takes the mic and asks if he can do the singing this time. Rusev does a quick song about how English will become the next United States Champion. The New Day is out next.

They lock up and English with a side head lock. English with a shoulder tackle and waist lock. Woods with an elbow and he tries for a bulldog but English blocks it. Woods lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex. Woods with a rolling elbow for a near fall. Woods sends English to the floor and then Woods misses a pescado but he kicks English. Woods goes for the Honor Roll on the floor but English moves and sends Woods into the ring steps. English avoids pancakes and sends Woods back into the ring to get a near fall.

Jinder Mahal and the Singhs watch in a room with a giant Indian flag.

English punches Woods and applies a reverse chin lock. Woods with an arm drag and a super kick. Both men go down. Woods with punches but English with a kick. Woods with a torture rack into a double knee back breaker for a near fall. Woods runs into a knee but Woods with an O'Connor Roll for a near fall. English rolls through for a near fall. English with a fireman's carry power bomb for a near fall. English goes to the turnbuckles and he brings Woods up with him.

English goes for a power bomb from the turnbuckles but Woods blocks it and he back drops English to the mat. Woods goes up top and he hits a springboard elbow drop for the three count.

Winner: Xavier Woods (advances to face Jinder Mahal)

The New Day celebrate in front of the title belt while eating and throwing pancakes.

Backstage:

Dasha Fuentes is backstage with Carmella, Lana, Tamina Snuka and Natalya and it is revealed that they are in the Royal Rumble match. Natalya says they are feeling pretty good. Before there was a Riott Squad, there was a Welcoming Committee. Carmella says they had their fun in 2017, but it is 2018 and it is over for the Riott Squad. Lana says they showed their hand. Natalya says that while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there is no substitute for the real thing.

Tamina Snuka, Natalya, and Carmella (with Lana) vs. Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan

Liv and Natalya start things off and they lock up. Natalya with a side head lock take down and Liv with a head scissors. Liv with a side head lock and take down. Natalya with a head scissors and Liv escapes. They lock up and Natalya with a wrist lock. Liv with a reversal and Liv with an matrix on a clothesline attempt. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall and then she tries for the Sharpshooter but Liv goes to the floor.

Natalya with a knee and punches while Liv is in the ropes. Liv with a forearm and Ruby tags in. Ruby and Liv send Natalya to the mat. Natalya runs Ruby into the corner and tags in Carmella. They kick Ruby in the midsection. Carmella with a moonwalk after avoiding a clothesline. Carmella with a satellite head scissors and drop kick. Ruby with an Irish whip but she runs into an elbow. Carmella stops Sarah on the apron but Ruby stops Carmella. Sarah tags in and she punches Carmella. Sarah with a Cobra Clutch. Carmella with a jaw breaker but Sarah knocks Natayla off the apron. Carmella with an O'Connor Roll for a near fall. Tamina tags in and she connects with clotheslines and punches. Tamina with a Samoan drop and she goes up top.

Ruby distracts the referee and Liv pushes Tamina off the turnbuckles and Sarah with a cartwheel knee drop for the three count.

Winners: Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan

After the match, The Riott Squad stands tall in the middle of the ring as we go to replays. Fans start booing as Ruby takes a mic. Ruby bets everyone here in Orlando believes in magic, right? Wrong. Magic isn't real, it's just like everyone in the crowd - phony. Fans continue booing. Ruby says they all pretend their way through their lives and pretend to be happy but they're just miserable. Ruby says they all need a strong dose of reality so take a good look - The Riott Squad is real, their destruction is real, their success is real. Fans are giving her the "what?!" treatment now. Ruby announces that Liv and Logan will be joining her in the women's Royal Rumble match.

Ruby goes on but the music interrupts and out comes SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair.

Flair takes a mic and speaks from the stage as fans cheer. Flair says that was quite the speech but she is a dreamer and she believes in the power & magic of her dreams. Flair says to find something you're passionate about and your world can change. Flair says Ruby believes in reality so here is a dose - actions have consequences. Flair introduces her to someone that wants to teach all three of them a lesson - Naomi. Naomi comes out for a pop and joins Flair on the stage. Flair wants to introduce them to someone that wants to make The Riott Squad pay for their actions next. Fans chant for Becky Lynch and out she comes making her return. The two teams meet at ringside and go at it. Flair brings Logan in and hits a running big boot to end her to the floor. Naomi takes out Liv in the ring. Becky brings Ruby in and hits a Bexploder. Becky grabs Liv and hits her with a Bexploder. Becky, Flair and Naomi stand tall as Becky's music hits. The Riott Squad looks on from the ramp.

- Still to come, Sami vs. AJ. Back to commercial.

- We are back and John Cena will be back at the Royal Rumble.

Backstage:

Baron Corbin is in the back and he stares at the camera. He says if there is a fight ever designed for him it is the Royal Rumble match. He says he cannot wait. It is every superstar for himself. He cannot wait. Baron says he is in the Royal Rumble Match and he cannot wait to main event Wrestlemania.

AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn

We go to the ring for tonight's non-title main event and out comes WWE Champion AJ Styles. SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan is out next to watch the match. Bryan greets fans at ringside. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon is out next. We go to commercial.

Styles with a clothesline as the bell rings and he follows with shoulders in the corner. Zayn is sent into the turnbuckles. Styles with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Zayn punches Styles but Styles with chops. Zayn with a back body drop and he gets a near fall. Zayn with a chop. Styles with chops and Zayn with a forearm and punches. Styles with a Phenomenal Drop Kick and Zayn goes to the floor. Styles goes to the floor and Shane tells Kevin to back up when Kevin wasn't doing anything. Daniel gets in the middle of things between Shane and Kevin. Styles sends Zayn back into the ring.

Zayn kicks Styles as he gets back into the ring and Zayn with a fisherman's buster for a near fall. We go to commercial.

We are back and Zayn with a rear chin lock. Styles gets to his feet but Zayn takes him back to the mat and holds on to the reverse chin lock. Styles with elbows and Zayn with a forearm. Styles with strikes and a clothesline followed by a flying forearm. Styles with a clothesine into the corner and a pump handle gut buster for a near fall. Styles gets Zayn on his shoulders but Zayn with elbows and he goes to the apron. Zayn drops Styles on the top rope and then Zayn goes up top but Styles crotches him.

AJ gets Zayn on his shoulders and hits the Ushigoroshi but Styles gets a near fall. AJ sets for the Styles Clash but Zayn drops down to a knee. Styles goes for a power bomb but Zayn escapes and Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Zayn sets for a Helluva Kick but Styles meets him in the center of the ring and Styles applies the Calf Crusher. Zayn tries to get to the ropes but Styles pulls Zayn into the center of the ring. Zayn gets to the ropes to force Styles to release the hold.

Zayn with forearms but Styles with a forearm of his own. Styles with a Pele Kick after an exchange of forearms. Zayn sends Styles to the apron and Styles with a forearm. Styles sets for the Phenomenal Forearm and he leaps over Zayn. The referee goes to the floor when Styles sets sets for an O'Connor Roll.

They tangle on the apron and the referee gets knocked to the floor. Owens checks on him while AJ has Sami rolled up. Owens prevents the referee from entering the ring to make the count. He finally goes in and Sami kicks out at 2.

Shane comes over and asks Owens what the hell is going on while AJ argues with the referee. Owens goes down but it looks like he's trying to make it look like Shane pushed him down. Shane gets on the apron and talks to the referee, ordering him to eject Owens from ringside. Owens isn't happy. Bryan takes the mic and says if Shane is ejecting Owens then maybe Shane should leave too. Owens gets on the apron but AJ knocks him off with a forearm. Sami takes advantage of the chaos and nails a Helluva Kick on AJ for the non-title win..

Winner: Sami Zayn

After the match, Sami and Owens celebrate to the ramp as we go to replays. AJ takes the mic and tells the blue brand bosses to stop bickering like children. AJ says he's the WWE Champion and he wants to come entertain without others getting involved. AJ asks them to make him a Handicap Match against Owens and Sami. Bryan announces a Handicap WWE Title match for the Royal Rumble with AJ defending against Sami and Owens. AJ looks a bit shocked. Bryan stands on top of the announce table and gets a "yes!" chant going. Sami and Owens celebrate with a "yep!" chant. SmackDown goes off the air with Saxton saying AJ was just joking about wanting a handicap match.



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