WWE SmackDown emanated from Memphis, Tenn. however that’s hardly the largest story of the day, not to mention the younger 12 months. Vince McMahon has efficiently accomplished his comeback, returning to the WWE Board of Administrators alongside ex-WWE Presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson.
“The one means for WWE to totally capitalize on this chance is for me to return as Government Chairman and assist the administration crew within the negotiations for our media rights and to mix that with a evaluation of strategic options,” learn a press release from Vince McMahon.
“My return will permit WWE, in addition to any transaction counterparties, to interact in these processes understanding they may have the assist of the controlling shareholder.”
WWE and McMahon’s public statements since Vince’s return have instructed that WWE could also be negotiating a sale, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rising as a possible purchaser. McMahon taking the corporate personal additionally stays another. On the very least, the promotion is up for an enormous tv rights enhance in 2023 WWE held an worker assembly earlier as we speak to make sure workers that McMahon’s return won’t have an effect on day-to-day operations. Of all of the people who find themselves conversant in Vincent Kennedy McMahon, I don’t suppose any of them imagine that.
Final week’s broadcast of WWE SmackDown drew a formidable 2.679 million viewers for John Cena’s return. The quantity was SmackDown’s highest viewership in two years.
WWE SmackDown Outcomes | January 6, 2023
- Santos Escobar def. Kofi Kingston
- Karrion Kross and Scarlett def. Madcap Moss and Emma
- Charlotte Aptitude def. Sonya Deville | SmackDown Ladies’s Championship
- Ricochet def. High Dolla to qualify for WWE Royal Rumble 2023
- The Usos def. The Banger Bros. | WWE Undisputed Tag Crew Championship
WWE SmackDown Rankings
- December 30, 2022 | 2.679 million
- December 23, 2022 | 2.376 million
- December 16. 2022 | 2.191 million
- December 9, 2022 | 2.306 million
- December 2, 2022 | 902,000 (Aired on FS1)
- WWE SmackDown Venue: FedEx Discussion board (Memphis, Tenn.)
- WWE SmackDown Tickets Distributed: 9,061
- Obtainable Tickets: 280
WWE SmackDown Winners and Match Card
Roman Reigns Scolds Sami Zayn
Roman Reigns was rambling earlier than going from zero to 100 with a tirade in opposition to Sami Zayn for dropping final week.
Kevin Owens challenged Roman Reigns on the Royal Rumble, Owens appeared to say no, however WWE later introduced the match was certainly occurring.
Santos Escobar def. Kofi Kingston
Throughout a backstage phase, Santos Escobar complimented Kofi Kingston’s legendary Royal Rumble highlights with out mentioning his slip-up final 12 months. Very uncharacteristic of WWE to not deliver up previous wounds like that.
All through the match, Kingston practiced his Royal Rumble stunt for 2023, in all probability to make rattling positive he nails the spot.
Santos Escobar’s win was performed up like a giant deal and an enormous upset, which it’s. Sadly, WWE has not booked Kofi Kingston at a WWE-title degree in fairly a while.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett def. Madcap Moss and Emma
Karrion Kross teased going after Emma, just for Madcap Moss to struggle for her honor and lose.
Karrion Kross put a Rey Mysterio masks on Madcap Moss to proceed to construct up their feud. The truth that Kross continues to be within the midst of a high feud with a WWE Corridor of Famer tells me Vince McMahon hasn’t fairly taken over artistic simply but.
Charlotte Aptitude def. Sonya Deville
Charlotte Aptitude’s new theme music is terrible.
Charlotte paused for “thanks Charlotte” chants, then abruptly resumed her promo to chop off the chants of “whoop that trick.” The chants returned throughout a Sonya Deville promo, and each girls had been finally in a position to alter to them.
Sonya Deville obtained huge warmth for calling this Memphis crowd “hillbillies.”
This match had superb warmth stemming from the chants. Charlotte Aptitude and Sonya Deville had been too near a scorching mic in the course of the ending sequences, as they may very well be heard calling spots.
Ricochet def. High Dolla
High Dolla’s complete character is being constructed round his botch from final week. Hit Row even turned heel after the match due to it.
Maybe WWE is ignoring Kofi Kingston’s botch from final 12 months as a result of this storyline is already being constructed round a botch.
After Ricochet’s win, Wade Barrett mentioned the one factor that could be greater than Ricochet’s SmackDown win was a Royal Rumble win. Michael Cole responded with “may?!”
The Usos vs. Sheamus def. Drew McIntyre (The Banger Bros.)
“Banger Bros.” was trending shortly after Sheamus coined this time period, and rightfully so.
Backstage, Roman Reigns apologized to Sami Zayn now that he wants Zayn’s assist to melt Kevin Owens.
Sheamus clobbered Jey Uso with 20 Beats of the Bodhran, and the group loudly counted together with each single considered one of them.
Backstage, Sami Zayn supplied Roman Reigns popcorn and Reigns declined. Once they in the reduction of to Zayn, Paul Heyman and Reigns afterward, they every had a bucket of popcorn.