Following the aftermath of Sunday’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view, Smackdown Live showcased a thrilling event that saw a change in direction towards the road to Royal Rumble.
In the night’s event, WWE Champion AJ Styles reunited with his Tribute to the Troops allies Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura to take on the team of Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a 6-man tag team match in the main event.
The Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair teamed up with Naomi in a two-on-two encounter with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan.
The Usos battled Benjamin & Gable while The New Day traded shots with Rusev & Aiden English.
Also on the night’s show was the official victory celebration for the newly crowned United States Champion Dolph Ziggler as well as a management confrontation with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
Here’s a recap of this week’s episode of Smackdown Live.
SHANE MCMAHON AND DANIEL BRYAN DISCUS THEIR CONTROVERSIES.
General manager Daniel Bryan kicked off the show talking about the groundbreaking introduction of the Women’s Royal Rumble in January.
After a back-and-forth disclosure, Shane McMahon arrived the scene discussing their controversial fallout at Sunday’s pay-per-view.
The Commissioner laid out his unsatisfaction about how Daniel Bryan took decisions to the favour of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and demanded an explanation.
Daniel Bryan said he did what he did to protect Shane from himself after he made some questionable officiating decisions earlier in the contest.
The two authority figures went back and forth until Bryan told Shane he was on the verge of turning into his father (Vince McMahon) if he had fired both Owens and Zayn that night.
In the end, the Commissioner and the General Manager came to an agreement and shook hands.
Shane took off for the night and left Bryan in control.
SHELTON BENJAMIN AND CHAD GABLE VS. THE USOS.
The continuation tag team rivalry from Sunday’s Clash of Champions PPV continued this Tuesday night as The Usos battled the team of Benjamin and Gable in an exhibition matchup.
The Usos scored the domination over Gable in the early going, taking out turns and hurting him momentarily.
After a while of heavy mauling, Gable made a tag, inviting Benjamin to the action; who took out the Champs in quick successions.
The bout arrived its final stage after Benjamin and Gable Suplexed their way to victory.
The Usos left the scene defeated as the winners celebrated a well-fought victory.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin defeated The Usos via pinfall.
NAOMI AND CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS. SARAH LOGAN AND RUBY RIOTT.
Flair kicked off the segment with a promo, applauding the groundbreaking announcement of the upcoming Women’s Royal Rumble match; stating that she would be in wait for the winner at Wrestlemania.
‘The Glow Queen’ Naomi declared her intentions to battle in the Rumble. Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan followed next and their tag team bout ensued.
Once the bell rang, Sarah Logan resumed control over Charlotte Flair. She kept the Champ grounded as the Heels took turns in the corner.
The Heels continued to dominate the bout as Ruby Riott unleashed fury on her foe until Naomi got tagged in.
The former Smackdown Live Women’s Champion fought her way through the NXT Alumni, avoiding a distraction by Liv Morgan until she scored the win.
Charlotte Flair and Naomi defeated Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan via pinfall.
DOLPH ZIGGLER’S CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION HITS A BIZZARE ENDING.
As announced earlier, the newly crowned United States Champion Dolph Ziggler was scheduled to celebrate his US title victory after defeating both Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode at Sunday’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view.
Ziggler walked into the arena with a straight face, talking about how he told the fans that he was going to attain greatness once again.
The ShowOff moved on to showcase a video clip of his first United States championship victory in 2011, as well as his World Heavyweight Championship victories and his Intercontinental title victories.
After the video compilation, Ziggler dished out his unsatisfaction with the fans.
He said the fans never deserved his respect and that after a decade of his service they all despised his hard work.
In the end, Dolph Ziggler dropped the US Title at the centre of the ring and exited the area.
RUSEV AND AIDEN ENGLISH VS. THE NEW DAY.
The New Day battled Rusev and English wearing Christmas costumes. Rusev dressed as Santa while the others dressed as Christmas playmate figures.
The bout kicked off in a hilarious fashion as the Heels prevailed over The New Day in the early going.
Kofi Kingston initiated a comeback attack and aided Woods in sending English into a pile of pancakes.
In the end, Xavier Woods finished off English with a diving elbow drop for the win.
The New Day defeated Rusev and Aiden English.
AJ STYLES, RANDY ORTON, SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. KEVIN OWENS, SAMI ZAYN AND JINDER MAHAL
Backstage, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn celebrated their victory at Sunday’s pay-per-view over Shane McMahon’s dismissal; stating that GM Daniel Bryan did them a huge favour by keeping their jobs. So, they popped a bottle of Champagne in regards to this.
The bout kicked off with former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton for their respective teams.
Moments later, a brawl erupted and everyone got involved in the massacre.
Orton lead the beatdown on Mahal, Owens had tabs on Styles while Zayn and Nakamura traded shots.
The Singh Brothers nailed a few outside interferences, but it didn’t matter. Nakamura still got the win for his team.
Nakamura, Orton and Styles defeated Owens, Zain and Mahal via pinfall.
ADDITIONAL BACKSTAGE SCENES
KEVIN OWENS AND SAMI ZAYN CELEBRATE WITH DANIEL BRYAN
THE NEW DAY WITH ENGLISH AND RUSEV.
- The controversial fallout between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon hit a sudden halt which is so unusual. We expected to see a resulting effect but got a shove in return.
- The win over the Smackdown tag team champions: The Usos seemed to have made Benjamin and Gable a formidable team in contention for the tag team titles.
- The Dolph Ziggler bizarre outcome draws the question of if he intends to exit the company for good or maybe WWE plans to tweak his Heelish gimmick into a formidable Babyface act. Whichever way it plays out, I hope it’s for the best.
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