WWE heads to the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA to tape the January 1, 2019 episode of SmackDown. Below are the spoiler results.
- Kalisto defeated Lio Rush in a Royal Rumble Cruiserweight Title Fatal 4 Way qualifying match.
- Akira Tozawa defeated Drew Gulak in a Royal Rumble Cruiserweight Title Fatal 4 Way qualifying match.
- The New Day open tonight’s show. Big E is dressed up in a baby outfit. The New Day announce that all three members are going to be in the Royal Rumble match. They also reveal that the doctor ordered no more pancakes for New Day, so they are done throwing pancakes out to the crowd.
- It’s announced that there will be a Fatal 5-Way match with the winner facing Daniel Bryan at The Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship. Competitors in the match are AJ Styles, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali and a mystery name.
- The winner of Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe will receive the final spot in the Fatal 5-Way match.
- Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy. Joe picks up the win via submission.
- Rusev Day celebrates his championship is up next.
- Backstage segment: AJ Styles refuses to apologize to Vince McMahon.
- Rusev is out with Lana in the ring. Rusev is sneak attacked by Nakamura. Lana jumps on top of Nakamura to try to make the save. Rusev got up and delivered a kick to Nakamura while Lana was wrapped around Nakamura.