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WWE is bringing the final Friday Night SmackDown of the decade to Fox tonight. It should be an eventful broadcast even though we only know about two things that will take place.
Daniel Bryan vs King Corbin vs The Miz is slated for tonight. This will be a #1 contender’s match to see who faces The Fiend at the Royal Rumble.
Lacey Evans will also be a guest on A Moment Of Bliss. That will mark Bliss’ first talk show segment since WWE moved the blue brand to Fox.
Elias started off the show this week by playing his guitar and leading in a singalong. He took a dig at Bayley’s hair and Shane McMahon. He was talking about 2020 and what’s to come. Then he did a musical rundown of the show to come. It was pretty good and Elias is a true entertainer and very good at remembering lyrics. Let’s see if that keeps people glued to their televisions.
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz vs King Corbin
Before the match started, Corbin got promo time to call Bryan and Miz bad fathers. Corbin said he already beat Reigns so he should be #1 contender. Then Roman Reigns showed up and knocked Corbin off his elevated sedan throne. He beat Corbin around the ring and King Corbin ran away through the crowd.
Baron Corbin was then shown backstage arguing with Adam Pearce about “who’s running shop around here?!” He was upset and the #1 contender match was postponed.
The New Day & Braun Strowman vs Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn
Jessika Carr was the referee in this match. The heels took a beating from Kofi, but then they turned it around on him. Zayn took the tag and he hammered down some punches on Kofi and sent him out of the ring.
Then Cesaro sent Kofi flying over the announce table which sent him into Graves’ lap.
Kingston continued to take damage, but he wouldn’t let them pin him. Then Cesaro almost took his head off with a European uppercut and Kofi got a near fall. Then Shinsuke Nakamura latched on a headlock and an abdominal stretch.
Shinsuke took a cheap shot on Big E that sent him to the floor and Kofi nailed an SOS on Nakamura. Cesaro tried to stop Strowman by dropkicking him into the barricade, but then Kofi hit a back body drop on him. Big E jumped in the ring, but Nakamura kicked him back out.
Nakamura went for a Kinshasa, but Kingston nailed a double stomp as Strowman got back to the apron and he took the tag. Strowman barreled over Nakamura and Cesaro, but Zayn jumped off the apron in time.
Then Strowman ran around the ring and hit everyone with a shoulder tackle. Sami ran and Strowman chased him into a kick from Nakamura. Then Strowman hit a clothesline on Shinsuke before Cesaro saved Nakamura from a powerslam. Cesaro hit a springboard uppercut. Cesaro was driven into the barricade by Big E. Kingston nailed Nakamura with a pancake tray before Strowman hit a powerslam for the win.
Winners: The New Day & Braun Strowman
Kofi said to cut Braun’s “scary music off.” Then Kingston got Braun Strowman to dance because it was high time for the world to know what that hips can do.
Kayla Braxton was backstage saying that King Corbin is refusing to compete. He wanted the match postponed, but now it’s just The Miz vs Daniel Bryan.
Sonya Deville was backstage. Mandy Rose wanted her to come to the ring with her. Sonya brought up that Mandy wasn’t there for her last week. Then she left. Otis showed up. He had his mama’s fruitcake. He apologized for sweating on her dress. Then she left. It was awkward.
Mandy Rose vs Carmella
These two traded advantage for a bit. Then they traded near falls with roll up pins. Mandy went for an Okada roll and then Carmella kicked her in the face for the win.
Sheamus cut another backstage promo.
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz
Miz won the first test of strength as they felt each other out. These two have a long history which was mentioned on commentary.
Bryan returned fire and landed some Yes Kicks in the corner, but Miz reversed Bryan’s charge and sent him out of the ring. Bryan hit a low dropkick and then they shot off the ropes to hit a double cross body on each other. They both hit hard in the ring.
Suddenly, Baron Corbin’s security rushed the ring and they called off the match.
The Miz and Bryan fought off Corbin’s men and laid waste to them eventually. The match was still called off. Corbin was interviewed backstage and said “that was justice.” He said to save their questions for Reigns because he’s the reason that Corbin wasn’t in the match. Reigns makes this an unsafe work environment.
Then Kayla Braxton informed Corbin that Reigns has already been ejected from the building. Corbin decided to re-insert himself into the triple threat match. Miz and Bryan left the ring and they ended up brawling in the Gorilla Position.
The triple threat match will happen in the main event.
A Moment Of Bliss
Bliss and Cross came out and they were very happy to be there. Then they introduced Lacey Evans after getting over as babyfaces. They showed a clip of last week with Evans’ daughter getting involved.
Evans said she’s proud of her kid, but Banks crossed a line. Evans said that she’s a mama bear and Banks came at her cub. If they hadn’t of pulled Evans off of Banks when they did things would have been much more violent.
Lacey Evans said she’s aware of what happens on this kind of show and she’s not going to turn her back and allow an attack by any nasty things. She said Bayley and Banks aren’t worthy of being role models. Then she got in the ring ready for a fight.
Lacey Evans waited in the ring for her partner Dana Brooke, but Banks and Bayley came out with Brooke after beating her up. Banks said that Lacey might be a good mother, but she’s a terrible tag team partner.
There was a big brawl and a pull-apart and then we went to commercial.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs Dana Brooke & Lacey Evans
This match finally got started. Brooke and Evans took advantage early on. Brook hit some flipping moves and rained down punches into Bayley’s head. Then Bayley drove her into the corner and tagged in Banks to gain control.
Brooke came back and hit a suplex on Banks for a two count. Evans wanted to get in the match, but the referee headed her off allowing the heels to double team Dana Brooke.
Dana went for a tag, but Bayley stopped her. Then Banks tagged back in. Brooke took more abuse and then she knocked Bayley off the apron and landed a kick to Banks.
Bayley and Evans came in and Lacey hit a swinging neckbreaker and then she hit a baseball slide on Banks on the outside. Evans landed an elbow on Bayley and a bronco buster variation before climbing to the second rope where she hit her nice moonsault for a two count. Banks broke up the pin and then Evans chased her around the ring.
Bayley hit a Bayley To Belly, but Brooke broke up the pinfall. Then Bank tagged in, but Evans landed on her feet off a double suplex. Brooke tagged in and she almost got a roll-up pin before getting locked in a Bank Statement for the submission.
Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley
Mandy was backstage trying Otis’ mother’s fruitcake. Dolph Ziggler asked Mandy if she has any New Year’s plans. Then Dolph hit on her a bit and took the fruitcake. Mandy told him Otis’ mother made the fruitcake. Ziggler said that Otis gave a piece of fruitcake to everyone. Plus, someone found a roach in one. Dolph Ziggler smashed the fruitcake and then Corbin ran up saying that he needs to talk. Mandy looked like she felt bad about the smashed fruitcake.
Mustafa Ali cut a promo talking about standing in the light. He wants to make 2020 much better than 2019 was for him.
Otis saw the smashed fruitcake and he got down on his knees to survey it before looking very sad.
King Corbin vs The Miz vs Daniel Bryan
They both took the punishment to Corbin right off the bat. Corbin went to the floor and Bryan hit a suicide dive. The Miz was sent into the post and Bryan ran a knee off the apron on Miz. Corbin sent Bryan into the timekeepers’ area and then Miz took a trip into the barricade.
Corbin got Miz in the ring and punched him down. Then Miz hit a jackbreaker, but Corbin sent his shoulder into the post. Corbin ran outside to clothesline Bryan and then he hit a chokeslam backbreaker on Miz.
Bryan tried to fight Corbin off, but King Corbin punched him back down for a two count. Bryan nailed a kick followed by a neckbreaker from Miz to Corbin.
The Miz and Bryan ran a gambit on Corbin with running dropkicks. Then Corbin reversed Bryan’s and hit a Deep 6 on Miz.
When we came back from commercial, Bryan and Miz were battling. Then Corbin came back in the match. Miz hit a facebuster on Bryan, but Baron Corbin broke his concentration. Miz locked on a Figure 4, but Bryan hit a top rope headbutt on Corbin for a two count.
Miz broke up Bryan’s submission hold and then Corbin revered a Skull Crushing Finale and hit an End Of Days. Bryan broke up the pinfall and then he hit a running knee.
Dolph Ziggler rushed the ring and nailed a Superkick on Bryan. 1-2- Roman Reigns dragged Corbin out of the ring and sent him over the barricade.
The Miz and Bryan continued without Corbin. Bryan caught Miz on the top rope and hit a superplex. He held onto the top rope and pumped himself up before Miz stopped him.
Then Miz climbed up with Bryan and hit a top rope rope knee breaker. Bryan caught a kick from Miz and then he nailed some Yes Kicks of his own. Then Miz caught his knee again for another kneebreaker. Miz landed a DDT to Bryan’s other leg and then he went for the Figure 4, but Bryan kicked Miz off. Then Bryan tried to go for an armbar, but Miz squirmed out.
Daniel transitioned into a LeBell Lock, but Miz got free. Bryan got Yes Chants going and missed a running knee. Miz nailed a Skull Crushing Finale 1-2-kickout, but Miz transitioned it right into a Figure 4.
Finally, Bryan got Miz in a LeBell Lock and Miz couldn’t go anywhere. He finally tapped out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan