Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with the usual intro. We’re live from the ThunderDome inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves.
— We go right to the ring and out comes Jey Uso with a mic.
Uso says after WWE Survivor Series everyone is talking about the farewell of The Undertaker, but they should be talking about what his cousin WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns did to represent SmackDown, by defeating WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. The boos get louder as Jey hypes up Reigns with a grand introduction. His introduction is interrupted by Reigns’ music as The Tribal Chief makes his way out with Paul Heyman at his side. Reigns raises the title on the stage as the pyro explodes and Jey looks on from the ring, all smiles. Reigns takes his time before marching to the ring with Heyman.
Roman is handed a mic and he tells them to play the video from Survivor Series.
Roman says after your Survivor Series match, what did I tell you to do? I told you to leave, but you didn’t. Did I ever tell you that I needed help with Drew McIntyre? I didn’t. Why do you think you and Team Smackdown lost at Survivor Series? They wouldn’t listen to you? Why wouldn’t they listen to you? They don’t fear you. They don’t fear you because they don’t respect you. I said it before. If they don’t respect you, they don’t respect us. If they don’t respect us. You must think I am some wannabe bitch in the locker room looking for leftovers if I am not the head of the table.
If that is how they look at me, how do they look at you? How does the family look at you? How do you look at me? Do you look at me like I am a bitch in the locker room looking for leftovers? Is that how you feel about me? That is how you are making me feel through your failures. I don’t like how you are making me feel.
Roman drops the mic and leaves the ring.
The music hits and out comes Otis. He stops and exchanges a look with Jey Uso on the stage. Uso heads to the back as Otis heads down to the ring. Uso suddenly runs back down the ramp and unloads on Otis from behind with a steel chair. Uso drops Otis and jabs the chair into him several times. Uso delivers more chair shots while Otis is down at ringside, yelling at him. Jey mounts Otis now and punches him several times. Jey with more chair shots while yelling at Otis. A referee runs down and calls for help as Uso tosses the chair. We go to commercial.
— We are back with a look at Otis being helped to the back by Chad Gable and referees.
— Dolph and Robert talk about Otis and Thanksgiving. Dolph says they are a couple of aces and true pros. We do what we want when we want. Our laser focus goes to you, Street Profits. DZ and Roode are Up and Roode says they want the Smackdown tag team championships.
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins come out and Ford says they have a lot to be thankful for. We got to step in the ring with the best of the best and we took the torch. Ford says they are kicking off Smackdown against Robert Roode and HBK? Dawkins says it isn’t HBK. Ford says to look at the way he dresses and he has a super kick. Dawkins says Roode can only grow facial hair in one place… the upper lip.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler vs. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins in a Non Title Match
Ziggler and Dawkins start things off and Dawkins with a side head lock. Ford tags in and he hits a drop kick. Roode tags in and the Street Profits with a double flapjack. Dawkins punches Ziggler and Roode pulls Dawkins off the apron. Ford kicks Roode and Ziggler moves when Ford goes for the Seven Star Frog Splash.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a drop kick to the knees. Roode tags in and Ziggler with a splash followed by a back breaker from Roode for a near fall. Roode with a forearm to the back. Roode with an abdominal stretch. Ford with a hip toss to escape the hold. Ziggler tags in and he hits a Fameasser on Ford for a near fall. Ford blocks a punch and connects with punches. Ziggler with a knee to the ribs and he sends Ford into the turnbuckles. Ziggler misses a splash and lands on the turnbuckles. Roode and Dawkins tag in and Dawkins with clotheslines and a jumping back elbow. Dawkins sends ZIggler face first into the mat and hits an exploder on Roode and the headbands fall off. Dawkins with spinning splashes to Roode and Ziggler. Dawkins with a bulldog to Roode and a spinning suplex to Ziggler.
Dawkins runs into a boot but Dawkins with anointment and Ford with a Seven Star Frog Splash but Ford cannot capitalize and Ziggler breaks up the cover. Ziggler with a super kick to Dawkins to send him to the floor. Ford takes care of Ziggler but Roode with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
— We take a look at the history between Sami Zayn and Daniel Bryan since they will be meeting later tonight.
Kayla Braxton is in the back with Daniel Bryan. Daniel is asked about his strategy tonight. Daniel says his strategy is acceptance and Zen. He has to accept that Jey Uso has a devil on his shoulder. He has to accept that Sami Zayn is more delusional than ever. Sami exploits every loophole to escape with that title. He is here to break that delusion. Sami thinks everyone is out to get him, but Daniel says he is not out to get Sami. He is out to get Sami’s title. When he wins tonight, he will get one step closer.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kayla Braxton is with the Mysterio Family and Buddy Murphy. Kayla asks if they are relieved that the Seth Rollins chapter of their lives is over. Rey says he is happy that the family is together. They are thankful for many things. He has seen his son’s career take off. He is seeing his daughter turn into a confident woman. We are also thankful that Murphy realized what a piece of garbage Seth Rollins is.
Baron Corbin shows up and calls this a joke. Corbin says it is a shame that Rey couldn’t pass on his talent to his son. Your judgment is also terrible to trust Buddy Murphy.
— We take a look at the Final Farewell of the Undertaker from Survivor Series.
— We go back to the ring for the next non-title match as WWE Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn makes his way out. Back to commercial.
We are back and Sami Zayn complains about having to fight the day after a holiday. He does not believe in Thanksgiving because of the atrocities against Native Americans. He says that Daniel Bryan is the one who is thankful since he gets a match tonight. Sami tells Daniel that he had his chance to beat him at Wrestlemania and I beat you. You did nothing to deserve this match but this is an obstacle for him and an attempt to sabotage him.
Sami Zayn vs. Daniel Bryan in a Non Title Match
Zayn backs into the ropes to stop Bryan. They go to a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Bryan with the advantage and he stomps on the elbow. Zayn gets to the ropes and the referee holds Bryan back. They lock up and Bryan with a side head lock into an arm bar. Bryan with a shoulder tackle and Zayn goes into the ropes again. Bryan with a wrist lock and single leg take down. Bryan with a knee to the back. Bryan with a hammer lock. Zayn with an elbow and Bryan with a drop kick for a near fall.
Bryan with an arm bar and Zayn with a kick to the chest and he sends Bryan to the floor. Bryan gets back into the ring and Zayn kicks Bryan and stands on Bryan’s back. Zayn sends Bryan to the floor again and Zayn follows. Bryan is sent into the ringside barrier and Zayn goes up top but Bryan crotches Zayn. Bryan goes for a superplex but Zayn with a head butt to send Bryan to the mat but Bryan drop kicks Zayn off the turnbuckles to the floor and Brayn goes up top and misses a splash and hits the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.
We are back and Zayn with a reverse chin lock. Zayn punches Bryan in the corner. The referee warns Zayn. Zayn with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Zayn gets more near falls on Bryan. Zayn with a punch in the corner followed by an Irish whip but Bryan flips over Zayn and hits a flying clothesline. Bryan with a drop kick into the corner. Bryan with punches and kicks in the corner. Bryan puts Zayn on the turnbuckles and Bryan with a Frankensteiner. Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with a wrist lock and he works on the shoulder and kicks Zayn in the chest. Bryan with more work on the arm and another kick to the chest. Zayn rolls away from a round kick and they go to the apron.
Zayn with a rake of the eyes and he sends Bryan into the ring post. Zayn with a brainbuster on the apron and both men are down on the floor. Zayn gets back into the ring and Bryan tries to get up and he rolls in at nine. Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Zayn kicks Bryan in the ribs and yells at him. Zayn with a crossface and then he sets for a belly-to-back suplex but Bryan lands on his feet and he goes for a cross arm breaker but Zayn blocks it. Bryan with the LeBell Lock and Bryan with crossfaces but Zayn gets to the ropes. Bryan with a suicide dive that sends Zayn into the announce table. They return to the ring and Zayn rolls to the floor.
Bryan with another suicide dive to Zayn. Zayn goes up the ramp and Bryan follows after him. Bryan chases Zayn to the back, but Zayn gets back to the ring before the ten count.
Winner: Sami Zayn (by count out)
After the match, we see Jey Uso punching Daniel Bryan. Kevin Owens pulls Jey off but Jey goes after Daniel again. Jey tells Kevin he knows where to find him. Kevin goes after Jey as we go to commercial.
We are back and Jey Uos tells Roman Reigns to trust him. Kevin Owens shows up and tells Roman he is sick of his family issues. If you want to have your ego trip and sit at your table, it is getting in Jey’s head. You care so much about family but you treat yours like trash. Roman tells Jey that he takes pride in how his sons look at him. Owens does not look at him with fear. Fix that.
Natalya vs. Bianca Belair
Bayley makes her way to the commentary table for this match.
They lock up and Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Belair with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with an Irish whip and Belair floats over. Belair charges into the corner and hits the ring post when Natalya moves. Natalya kicks Belair in the corner. Natalya with punches and a suplex. Belair blocks a suplex and Bianca with an inside cradle for a near fall. Natalya gets a near fall. Natalya with a surfboard. Belair gets a near fall. Belair sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Belair with punches. Natalya with a back elbow. Belair blocks a discus clothesline and Belair with a hot shot that sends Natalya to the floor. Belair goes to the floor and Bayley has some words for her.
Belair punches Bayley when Natalya moves (surprise surprise). Natalya sends Bianca back into the ring and Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Bianca kicks Natalya into Bayley to knock her off the apron. Bianca with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Bayley and Belair exchange words after the match.
— Paul Heyman is in the back talking to Adam Pearce, who appears to be okay after his brutal attack last week.
— Murhpy and The Mysteryo Family make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Murphy vs. King Corbin
We are back as our King makes his way to the ring and we are ready for our next match.
Murphy with a waist lock and Corbin backs Buddy into the corner. Corbin with an elbow and Dominik gets on the apron. Murphy with a side head lock. Corbin with a shoulder tackle and Rey gets on the apron to distract Baron. Corbin runs into the turnbuckles and Buddy with a rollup for a near fall. Buddy with kicks but Corbi with a clothesline. Rey and Dominik continue to get on the apron to distract Baron. Baron goes for the Wacky Slide around the ring post but Aalyah gets in the way. Buddy with a kick to Corbin and a running kick from the apron. Corbin catches Murphy off the apron and Buddy avoids Corbin and Baron goes into the ring steps.
They return to the ring and Murphy leaps over Corbin and Corbin with Deep Six and Rey rolls into the ring. Corbin punches Murphy and Dominik gets on the apron again. Corbin with more punches and kicks. Corbin sends Murphy into the turnbuckles but Murphy moves and Corbin hits the turnbuckles. Dominik trips Corbin and Murphy with a jumping knee and he gets the three count when Dominik pushes Corbin’s foot off the ropes.
After the match, Corbin says this wasn’t one on one, it was four on one. The Mysterio family is spineless. He wants a rematch next week and he will be prepared.
— Cole confirms Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens for the main event. We see Owens backstage taping up for the match. Back to commercial.
We are back and Big E and Apollo Crews are playing trash can basketball and Sami Zayn says he has an interview with Kayla to talk about his victory over a future Hall of Famer. Sami says Crews knows about that too. Big E tells Sami he built himself quite the house, but it is rickety. There is no foundation. Count outs and loose turnbuckles. Your margin for error is razor thin. You know that and I know that. Your house is a house of cards. it takes one flick and one gust of wind and it all comes tumbling down. Sami says he thought Big E was better. It sounds like sour grapes. I am in the middle of a legendary title reign and the last time you held the title it was forgettable. You should be applauding me. Big E applauds Sami and Big E shakes Sami’s hand and really holds the grip for a ten count. Big E says that is a long time and he says he is proud of Sami. Kayla asks about the interview and Sami does not want to do it.
— We go back to Cole and Graves at ringside. Billie Kay interrupts. She has headshots and her resume, offering to take over the show from them. Cole is not amused.
Carmella says it is embarrassing for the Smackdown Champion to fall so easily. We will find out who the most dominant woman in the division is. I was like you. I had the title and the spotlight and the fans. I did things for them. Then I lost it all. Believe me when I tell you that I am not doing anything for anyone any more. I call the shots now. Everyone jumps for her now.
Carmella snaps her fingers for someone to hand her a glass of champagne. The glass does not appear like it did in the past. She looks annoyed and snaps again, but this time we see the hand give her the glass of champagne. It appears to be Banks’ hand because we see the “BOSS” jewelry. Carmella sees what is happening as Banks attacks her. Banks drops Carmella for the Bank Statement submission on the floor. Officials break it up and Banks talks trash as Carmella retreats.
Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as Kevin Owens makes his way out. Back to commercial.
Back from the break, which included a Christmas-themed WWE Shop promo with Bianca Belair and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits. Graves announces Belair, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens for Talking Smack tomorrow. Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman will host. We go back to the ring for the main event and out comes Jey Uso as Owens stares him down. We see Heyman and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns watching backstage.
The bell rings and they lock up with Uso taking it to the corner. Owens fights out and beats Uso around the ring. Uso avoids a shot and rolls to the floor to regroup. Owens follows and stays on him, rocking him with a forearm into the barrier. Owens brings it back into the ring and stomps Uso a few times. Owens beats Uso down in the corner as the referee warns him. We see Heyman and Reigns watching again in the back. Owens sends Uso back to the floor and stays on him. Uso counters a whip and sends Owens shoulder-first into the steel ring steps.
Owens crawls back in but Uso follows as we see Heyman and Reigns again. Uso mounts Owens with right hands. Uso wraps Owens’ hurt arm around the bottom rope and stretches it. Uso with a rake to the eye. Owens fights back as they trade big strikes now. Owens drops Uso with a clothesline, then hits a senton in the middle of the ring. Uso counters and sends Owens face-first into the ring post as he approaches. Owens falls out to the floor. Uso runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Owens catches him. Owens takes Uso down and launches him face-first into the ring post.
Owens with a superkick at ringside now. Owens with another superkick, this time knocking Uso over the barrier back down on the floor. We go to commercial with Uso on his back and Owens on his feet at ringside.
Back from the break and Uso is down at ringside. Owens leaps off the apron with a big senton. Owens brings it back in the ring for a close 2 count. Reigns and Heyman are shown backstage again. Owens grabs Uso for a suplex from the apron but Uso fights him off and back in. Uso with an armbreaker in the middle of the ring. Uso goes to work on Owens’ arm now. Uso backs off but then drops knees on Owens’ hurt arm. Uso grounds Owens by the arm now.
Reigns and Heyman are shown backstage once again. Uso knocks Owens to the mat after working the arm over. Uso waits for Owens to get up, then talks some trash and charges in. Owens moves and kicks Uso in the face to put him back down. Owens clutches the injured arm but he’s back up. They trade strikes and Owens beats Uso down. Uso blocks the Pop-up Powerbomb as Owens’ arm gives out. Uso with a big kick to the face for a close 2 count. Owens can’t believe it, showing some frustration now.
Uso goes back to the top but Owens cuts him off. Owens chops Jey and climbs up. Uso blocks it and headbutts him in the arm. Jey flies with the big splash but Owens gets his legs up. More back and forth for a bit. Owens drops Uso over his knee but Uso kicks out just in time. Uso avoids a Stunner, then sends Owens shoulder-first into the turnbuckles. Uso goes under the ring and brings a steel chair in.
Owens is on his knees in the middle of the ring, trying to recover, when Uso brings the chair in and smacks him over the back with it. The referee calls the match.
Winner by DQ: Kevin Owens
After the bell, Uso delivers another chair shot to keep Owens down in the middle of the ring. We see Reigns and Heyman watching backstage again. Uso clears the announce table and comes back in but Owens drops him with a Stunner. We see Reigns and Heyman again, and Reigns is upset. They go back to the floor and Owens tosses Uso over the announce table. Owens brings a chair over and unloads on Uso with it, beating him over the back while yelling at the camera, taunting Reigns and talking trash about how he fears no one. Owens delivers chair shot after chair shot as the referee tells him that’s enough. Owens turns back to the camera and says he does not fear Reigns. Reigns and Heyman are watching on the monitor. Owens tells Reigns if he’s got a problem with him, come say it in his face. Owens stands on top of the announce table now, yelling at Reigns to come find him. Owens says he’s the head of this table now.
Uso is crawling in the ring now. Owens runs in and taunts Reigns some more, then drops Uso with a Stunner in the middle of the ring, saying this is all for Reigns’ family. Owens goes back to the announce table and sits at the head of it, taunting Reigns and asking where he is. Reigns watches from the back as Owens tells him he will be waiting. A furious Reigns crosses his arms and looks down as SmackDown on FOX goes off the air.