Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns got here face-to-face
In a Championship Confrontation, newly-crowned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and his rehired Advocate Paul Heyman returned to SmackDown to face within the ring and interact in a tense disagreement with the dominant Common Champion Roman Reigns, even if Reigns made it clear he by no means wished to see both of them once more.
Though The Beast prompt that they’ve a Champion vs. Champion Match proper then and there on SmackDown, Reigns made it clear that it wasn’t his thought and that the blue model solely carries out his will. When a conflicted Heyman finally bought in the best way along with his shock pleas for Lesnar to not speak to Reigns, nonetheless, The Head of the Desk took benefit of the distraction and hit Brock with an earth-shattering Superman Punch.
Rick Boogs def. Sami Zayn
After incomes the chance to problem Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship in a 12 Days of Christmas 12-Man Gauntlet Match, The Grasp Strategist went one-on-one with the rocking powerhouse Rick Boogs.
Previous to the match, the fireworks began backstage when Zayn got here in touch with Johnny Knoxville. The Jackass star had come to SmackDown to plead his case to WWE administration as to why he must be allowed to compete within the 2022 Males’s Royal Rumble. In response, The Grasp Strategist knowledgeable him that he is not certified to compete in a Royal Rumble Match.
In opposition to Boogs, Zayn made the error of trash speaking Nakamura exterior the ring, and Boogs rolled him up when he climbed again into the ring for the fast pin.
Then, within the aftermath, Knoxville all of the sudden emerged and proceeded to throw Zayn excessive rope! Moments later, it was introduced that Knoxville was being entered into the Royal Rumble Match!
Charlotte Aptitude def. Naomi
SmackDown’s Girls’s Champion Charlotte Aptitude got here earlier than the WWE Universe and highlighted a quantity of thrilling rivals for the 2022 Girls’s Royal Rumble Match. She then dropped a bombshell by declaring that she would be a part of the match as a approach to choose her personal challenger for WrestleMania when she gained.
Naomi emerged and proposed that Charlotte did not have to attend to call a challenger. As an alternative, she prompt The Queen defend the title towards her proper then and there. When Aptitude refused, Naomi slapped the titleholder and paved the best way for a Championship Contenders Match.
Simply when it seemed as if the following matchup would finish in a count-out victory for Naomi, WWE Official Sonya Deville emerged to “make clear” that the match couldn’t be gained by count-out. Then, in a vital second, Deville once more “clarified” that the match could not be gained by disqualification both, however solely by pinfall or submission. Then, when all was stated and carried out, Charlotte emerged victorious over Naomi with Pure Choice.
Comfortable Corbin & Madcap Moss def. Viking Raiders
After serving to Comfortable Corbin launch a vicious 2-on-1 sneak assault that injured Drew McIntyre at WWE Day 1, Madcap Moss emerged on the newest episode of “Comfortable Speak” dressed up like The Scottish Warrior in an effort to have just a few laughs at his expense.
The Viking Raiders didn’t take to kindly to the joke, although, and determined to try to put an finish to the wisecracks by Comfortable Corbin & Madcap Moss. Regardless of their hard-fought effort and noble intention, nonetheless, they had been defeated when Moss hit Punchline.
The Usos def, New Day in a SmackDown Tag Group Title Road Battle
In a turbulent SmackDown Tag Group Title Road Battle, titleholders Jimmy & Jey Usos and their longstanding rivals King Woods & Sir Kofi Kingston fought tooth and nail, incorporating a number of weapons all through the harrowing encounter. Within the last moments, The Usos proved they had been “The Ones” once they delivered 1D by means of a desk for the victory.
Regardless of the brutality of the match, nothing raised as many questions as what got here after. Previous to the principle occasion, WWE Official Adam Pearce made it clear he had picked Roman Reigns’ opponent for Royal Rumble.
As The Head of the Desk was taking in his cousins’ tag group victory, Seth “Freakin” Rollins knocked on the door and started to chuckle manically. Does this imply that the Common Champion’s challenger at the subsequent Premium Reside Occasion would be the Celebrity who is aware of him higher than maybe anybody? Or may the WWE Universe be destined to see Reigns towards Brock Lesnar on the Rumble? Or was the emergence of the laughing Uncooked Celebrity fully unrelated, and Reigns’ opponent has but to be revealed?