Welcome to SmackDown Live, a mere 48 hours removed from an historic Survivor Series event!
SmackDown Live lost to Monday Night Raw at Survivor Series. Granted, it came down to the wire and perhaps if Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens hadn’t interfered, SmackDown would have stood a chance. However Braun Strowman simply proved too dominant a force in the match and SmackDown did not have a counter to the monster among men. Tonight is a new start however, and Shane McMahon will have a lot to talk about on SD Live, particularly about being attacked by Zayn and Owens. Why they attacked Shane, beyond pettiness about not being in the team, is anyone’s guess but Stephanie McMahon did seem to make them an offer to come to Raw, so we will see what Shane has to say tonight.
The WWE Champion, AJ Styles, had a gruelling match against Brock Lesnar on Sunday night, and even though he came up short, Styles can still hold his head high. Two nights later however, Styles is right back in the fire as Jinder Mahal seeks a rematch for the title he lost two weeks back. The match is likely to occur at Clash of Champions but don’t be surprised to see the flames be stoked tonight.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for SmackDown at Survivor Series though, Charlotte defeated Raw’s Champion Alexa Bliss to prove her dominance, and The Uso’s locked Sheamus & Cesaro in the Uso Penitentiary along with every other tag team. However, who does the dominant Tag Team Champion’s face now? Are Benjamin and Gable still in the running? Or will Breezango finally step-up? As for Charlotte, it seems inevitable that she will continue her feud with Natalya, which will probably kick-start on tonight’s show following an attack from the Queen of Hearts.
That’s the preview for tonight’s show. Let us know what you’re excited to see and remember to download the Ringside Talk app! Enjoy the show!
SmackDown Live opens with some still photo’s of Survivor Series. We go live to the arena and Shane O’Mac makes his way to the ring.
Shane thanks the fans in Houston for chanting his name. He says they came so close, they came just short of winning everything at Survivor Series. Regardless, he says they proved on Sunday night that they are not the B-show, they are the show. He says he’s proud of the entire SmackDown roster for how hard they worked, and not just at Survivor Series, but every single week. They bleed blue. That is, of course, except for two individuals. Two people he has asked to get ready and come out here right now.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their way to the ring – Sami dancing like a maniac. Owens asks which Shane McMahon we get tonight: death-defying daredevil, or drunk-on-power commissioner. He says it must be difficult to come out here every week and make excuses as to why he is failing at his job. Owens says he expects an apology from Shane because if they had been included in the Survivor Series matches, they would have won and so would SmackDown Live. Owens tells Shane to be a man for once in his life, and tell them he’s sorry.
Shane says to answer Owens’ question, they’re speaking to the commissioner. He asks that, for the first time in his life, Owens shut his mouth. Shane says neither of them have any respect for him, or anyone in the crowd tonight. Zayn agrees with all of the above. Shane says that makes what he has to say very easy but Owens cuts him off and says they can’t be fired. He and Sami are too valuable and the entire locker room looks up to them. Zayn says Shane would be a damn fool to fire two future Hall-of-Famers. Owens calls them the top two Superstars in WWE, to which Shane says they are incredible delusional. He asks if they even realise that the SmackDown locker room hates their guts, and calls them ego-maniacal maniacs. Shane tells them to come closer and says “YOU’RE..”
Shane is interrupted by SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. The GM tells Shane that he has every right to fire them but he shouldn’t. Zayn and Owens agree with Bryan but Daniel tells them to shut-up. Bryan says he has a more permanent solution to the issue. Bryan says he had to send Randy Orton home tonight because of The Viper would have killed them both after Survivor Series. Bryan says The New Day also want to kill them, so tonight it’s going to be Owens and Zayn Vs. The New Day, in a Lumberjack Match!
Later tonight, Natalya gets a Championship rematch against Charlotte. Also, AJ Styles will be here tonight to respond to Jinder Mahal. Up next, Shelton Benjamin will face Jey Uso.
We return and get entrances for both Benjamin and Jey Uso.
Benjamin and Jey lock up, Benjamin takes him into the corner. They lock up again, and Jey delivers a couple of right hands, then Benjamin fights back and knocks him down. They exchange a few shots. Jey ends up on the apron. This allowed Benjamin to climb the ropes and knee Jey to the outside.
We return and Benjamin has a chin lock applied to Jey. Uso slowly gets to his feet, breaks-free, and delivers an uppercut. Jey delivers a few hits followed by a Samoan drop. Benjamin is now on the outside.
Jey attempts to jump, but Chad gets up on the apron to block. Jimmy drags him down. Gable sends Jimmy into the barricades. Back in the ring, Uso has a couple of near falls. Jey gets up on the top rope and misses the splash. Benjamin delivers the Paydirt for the win.
We see Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn backstage and they’re trying to coerce someone off-screen into helping them tonight. They say that it’s only a matter of time until Shane turns on them as well, and it turns out they’re talking to Baron Corbin. He tells them he can’t stand them, and that they should find someone weak minded. They walk off and run into Bobby Roode. They tell Roode that he could actually be somebody if sided with them. He pauses for a second before shouting at them and saying they ruined the opportunity of his career on Sunday night.
We get a promo for The Bludgeon Brothers, who debut tonight!
We return and see Naomi getting her make-up done. She says she is bummed that Raw beat SmackDown but she’s happy that Charlotte beat Alexa. Out of nowhere, Ruby Riot from NXT walks-up and introduces herself to Naomi. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, also from NXT, appear beside Ruby, and they attack Naomi! They beat Naomi around backstage but suddenly Becky Lynch comes to her aid. The three NXT girls beat down Becky as well, slamming a door into her stomach before being pushed away by referees. It seems the NXT invasion of Raw and SmackDown continues! Ruby Riot is fantastic.
We see Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan backstage. Shane says Bryan has been making some great moves, like bringing girls from NXT to SmackDown, and also the Lumberjack Match is a stroke of genius. He says he expects Bryan to fire Owens and Zayn after the match, so he’s going to head back to his hotel and watch the action from his bed. Shane leaves and Bryan doesn’t speak a word.
The Hype Bro’s make their way to the ring, they will play the victims to the debuting Bludgeon Brothers. A lot of brothers in this upcoming match.
The Bludgeon Brothers make their way to the ring, a pretty cool entrance.
Rowan starts off against Mojo. He takes him down and throws Ryder off the apron. Harper takes out Ryder on the outside by throwing him into the steel steps. Mojo tries to fight back, Rowan ctaches him and slams him.
Tag is made to Harper and they double team Mojo. Rowan gets the tag back, they deliver somewhat of a double powerbomb on Mojo. Rowan covers for the three count.
Natalya is interviewed backstage. She says she wasn’t impressed by Charlotte’s win over Alexa Bliss, her cat could even beat Bliss! Natalya says that the only change that will matter around here is the change that will happen tonight when she defeats Charlotte. Natalya makes of Ric Flair and Charlotte and tells the fans how she will win tonight and take back her title.
We get highlights of AJ Styles Vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, then Styles makes his way to the ring to a huge pop.
They show a video clip from Twitter of Paul Heyman praising AJ Styles after Survivor Series, in which Heyman likens Styles to Steamboat, Michaels, Flair and more, that he is the very best there is.
AJ says that he wishes he could celebrate with the fans, but things didn’t go down the way he wanted at Survivor Series. He said that Brock Lesnar is every bit the best he thought he was. AJ mentioned how crazy is was getting the phone calls and messages praising him for his match. He said that after Survivor Series, he wasn’t the one limping to the back. Enough about Brock Lesnar and Survivor Series. This is the house AJ Styles built! AJ brings up Jinder Mahal saying that he was going to take his title from him. Aj takes off his belt and short and asks Jinder to come out and take it.
Jinder is shown on Tron. Jinder said that two weeks ago, AJ took advantage of him in the middle of a European tour. He said he would have beaten Brock Lesnar and would be standing in that ring as the Beast Master. AJ says “Do you realize how stupid that sounds?”
AJ challenges Jinder. Jinder says he will fight when he’s ready. He chooses his rematch when he wants. Jinder tells AJ that he’s a disgraced. He will invoke his rematch at the Clash of the Champions PPV. The Singh brothers attach AJ from behind. AJ lays them both out. Styles clash on Samir. AJ stands with the belt held high. Jinder is watching on the screen and reiterates “At the Clash of Champions!”
Zayn and Owens are walking around backstage again, looking for help. They enter a locker room and finding Aiden English serenading Rusev with his song about Rusev Day. They tell him that he’s gifted. Sami says they don’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving, they want to celebrate Rusev day! Kevin tried to get them on their side for tonight saying that John Cena simply took their place at Survivor Series, and it seems like it may have worked.
We return from the break and get a WWE Shop commercial from The Uso’s.
We get full entrances and ring introductions for both Charlotte Flair and Natalya Neidhart.
The bell rings and Natalya catches the Champion with side headlock takeover and a kick to the midsection. The two start throwing punches, Natalya is shot off the ropes and Charlotte catches her with a back elbow. Firing chops but Nattie gets the discus lariat off, thinking about the Sharpshooter but Charlotte kicks her away. Face-first into the turnbuckles and Nattie poses to send us to break.
We return and Charlotte is elbowing Natalya in corner. Charlotte gets up on the second rope and delivers a few shots, then Natalya picks her up from the corner and powerbombs her. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter, and Charlotte grabs the bottom rope. Natalya delivers a few punches. Charlotte fights back and sends Natalya face face into the turnbuckle. Charlotte goes to the top, goes for the moonsault, but Natalya had her knees up. Both take a while to get up, then Charlotte spears Natalya.
Natalya is on the outside. Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Ruby Riot run in and attack Natalya! Referee calls for the bell.
Natalya is down and out. Liv, Sarah and Ruby look at Charlotte who’s trying to get up in the ring. Charlotte sees them coming in and tries to fight them, but she’s outnumbered. Sarah delivers a vicious boot the mid-section of Charlotte. They beat her down. Yes!
Backstage, Daniel Bryan is asked about what happened in the Smackdown Women’s match. He says it’s an interesting situation, but no comment. Kevin and Sami approach Daniel telling him that they will get ripped limb from limb because the entire roster is jealous of their success. Sami says that this is a final reminder of how valuable they are. Firing them will be the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Daniel wishes them good luck and they leave.
All of the lumberjacks come to the ring for our main event. The New Day make their entrance, complete with pancakes in a box, and dance as we head to a break.
Zayn and Owens make their entrance as we return from the break.
The match begins with Owens and Big E. A waist lock from Kevin, Big E over-powers him and takes him down. Owens retaliates with a headlock, but Big E takes him down. Kofi gets the tag. Kofi gets thrown to the outside.
The lumberjacks don’t touch Kofi, which annoys Owens and Zayn. Kofi returns and Zayn gets the tag. Waist lock by Kofi, then headlock by Sami. Kofi sends him to the ropes and Zayn takes him down. Kofi fights back with a back elbow. Kofi is thrown outside the ring. The lumberjacks don’t touch him. Zayn goes out and they all attack him. Zayn goes in the ring and tries to escape, but the entire men’s roster carry him back to the ring! Break time.
Big E is stomping on Owens in the corner. Kofi and Big E exchange tags. Owens fights back with the help of Zayn. Sami gets the tag. Sami hammers away on Kofi in the corner. Sami is mocking Kofi. Clothesline by Sami, covers, 1,2 and a kickout by Kofi. Zayn tags Kevin. Kevin delivers a headbutt on Kofi. Kevin slams Kofi and covers for a two-count.
Kofi fights back and tags Big E. Zayn gets the tag too. Big E belly to belly drop on Sami. Big splash by Big E. Big E picks up Sami, but Sami escapes. Kofi gets the tag, cross body by Kofi and a kickout by Sami. Owens and Big E in the ring, double clothesline on each other. Kofi throws Sami to the outside. Corbin was about to punch Sami, but Sami moves out of the way and accidently hits Bobby Roode. A big brawl breaks out. Lumberjacks in the ring during this brawl, then the ring is cleared. Sami jumps Kofi from behind and rolls him up for the win!
After the match, Rusev attacks Big E on the outside. Kevin Owens escapes through the crowd. Kofi goes on the top rope and jumps onto Rusev and Aiden to the outside. Sami tries to escape also, but The New Day grab him and send him into the ring. Kofi, Xavier and Big E attack Sami Zayn in the ring. Spinning kick by Xavier on Sami followed by the Midnight Hour by Big E and Xavier.
We see Kevin Owens walking backstage by himself. He meets Daniel Bryan and tells him they can’t be fired. Bryan asks if Owens is at all concerned about what happened to Zayn and he says of course he is. Owens begs Bryan not to fire them, he even gets on his knee’s and begs. Bryan laughs and says that the was never going to fire them. Bryan says he recognises Owens’ talent, which is why next week he wants Owens to face Randy Orton. Owens thanks him and walks off.
That’s it for this week’s SmackDown Live. Let us know what you thought in the comments and hop on over to read our 205 Live results! Until next time, safe travels.