– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens reside from the Resch Heart in Inexperienced Bay, Wisconsin as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett. The pyro goes off as followers cheer and the announcers hype the present.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Braun Strowman vs. GUNTHER
We go proper to the ring and out comes Braun Strowman to a pop. He stops and poses on the entrance-way, then marches to the ring because the pyro explodes. Out subsequent comes Imperium – WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER with Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser. They cease at ringside and GUNTHER sends his stablemates to the again. We see latest happenings between Strowman and Imperium. Champion and challenger face off within the ring now as Samantha Irvin does formal ring introductions.
Cole factors out how Strowman and the Inexperienced Bay Packers of the NFL partnered to create Strowman’s customized boots tonight, to recollect a younger fan named Jackson Sparks, who was killed within the Waukesha Christmas Parade assault from 2021. The boots will likely be auctioned afterward to profit the Waukesha Christmas Parade Memorial Fund. They lock up and go at it. Strowman tries to intimidate GUNTHER as they break. They go to lock up once more however GUNTHER retreats to the ground as followers boo. GUNTHER comes again in they usually lock up however Strowman launches GUNTHER out.
Strowman follows and works GUNTHER over, sending him into the ring publish. Strowman drops GUNTHER and returns to the ring because the referee counts. Strowman performs to the gang for cheers. The Strowman Specific begins up now and Braun runs across the ring, then launches GUNTHER over the announce desk with an enormous shoulder. Strowman yells out at ringside as we go to industrial.
Again from the break they usually’re going at it. Braun is distributed into the metal ring steps. GUNTHER slams the arm into the apron earlier than they return in. GUNTHER kicks the arm and grounds Strowman now, engaged on the arm. GUNTHER slams Strowman, then delivers extra strikes. GUNTHER grounds Braun with an armbar now.
Braun fights again however GUNTHER nails a forearm to the shoulder. GUNTHER with an enormous knee drop to the shoulder for a 2 rely. GUNTHER grounds Braun once more. Strowman retains combating however he’s grounded once more. GUNTHER continues engaged on the shoulder now. GUNTHER with an enormous chop. Braun fights again with forearms however he will get chopped once more. Braun fights up and out with forearms, then clotheslines, leveling GUNTHER. Braun rallies and nails a back-drop throughout the ring.
Kaiser runs personal and assaults Strowman from the ground however Braun grabs him as followers boo Imperium. Vinci runs over and nails a Drive-By whereas Braun has Kaiser by his neck from the ring. GUNTHER has the referee distracted. Strowman fights off each Vinci and Kaiser from the ring, however GUNTHER runs over and kilos on Strowman within the nook. Strowman fights again however GUNTHER expenses. Strowman catches GUNTHER in an enormous powerslam for an in depth 2 rely. Again to industrial.
Again from the break and GUNTHER has Braun grounded in a scissors. Strowman powers up into one other large slam and now they’re each down. Followers chant for Strowman as they rise up. GUNTHER with large chops however Strowman fights again with every blow. Followers go together with them. Strowman elbows GUNTHER away however GUNTHER nails an enormous boot.
GUNTHER expenses however Braun nails an enormous Spinebuster for two. Braun is a bit pissed off. Followers pop as Braun requires the top. He goes for the Monster Bomb however GUNTHER twists the arm up and decks the shoulder. GUNTHER expenses with an enormous proper hand to the jaw. He expenses once more however Braun clotheslines him. Braun expenses into the nook however hits the turnbuckles shoulder-first as GUNTHER strikes. GUNTHER with a dropkick and an enormous lariat for one more shut 2 rely. GUNTHER goes to the highest and hits the flying plash however Strowman kicks out.
GUNTHER is pissed off. He goes again to the highest however Braun cuts him off. Braun rocks GUNTHER and climbs up for a superplex. GUNTHER resists and works on the harm arm up high. GUNTHER stands on the ring apron now, then chops Braun and slams his arm into the highest of the ring publish. GUNTHER with an enormous powerbomb to slam Braun from the highest to the mat for the pin to win and retain.
– After the match, GUNTHER stands tall because the music hits and we go to replays. GUNTHER raises the title from the entrance-way as Braun appears on from the ring, attempting to get better.
– Tonight’s Progressive Match Flo video appears again at latest happenings with The Bloodline and Kevin Owens, and what led to tonight’s match between Owens and Sami Zayn. We see Sami strolling backstage now. He stops at The Bloodline’s locker room suite and knocks. Paul Heyman comes out. Sami desires to go in there and speak technique with the fellows. Heyman says he’s the one one right here tonight. Sami is confused. He says he spoke to Solo Sikoa and Undisputed Tag Group Champions The Usos earlier within the day. Heyman says final week he advised The Tribal Chief that Zayn vs. Owens can be the right likelihood for Sikoa and The Usos to assault Owens, however The Tribal Chief advised The Smart Man that he was unsuitable. Heyman says Undisputed WWE Common Champion Roman Reigns then requested what sort of love would he be displaying Sami if he doubted him and didn’t let him do that for The Bloodline on his personal. Heyman says tonight, out of affection, Reigns desires Sami to do that all by himself. Sami appears a bit upset when he asks Heyman for a favor… he tells Heyman to name or textual content Reigns and inform him he made the suitable name. Sami says he’ll deal with this, he’ll clear up this downside tonight. Heyman smiles and says that’s why Reigns is in awe of Sami. Sami says that’s not a prediction, it’s a spoiler. Sami and Heyman smile as Sami walks off. Heyman now rolls his eyes and appears aggravated. Again to industrial.
– Again from the break and out comes Rey Mysterio to an enormous pop.
Rey says he’s all the time seemed on the holidays as a particular time, particularly if you’ve been on the highway for years since you cherish that household time, particularly Christmas. Rey says everyone knows he didn’t have a merry Christmas as a result of his son Dominik Mysterio ruined issues once more. Rey says now his son is strolling round like he’s some type of thug and as a father, that breaks his coronary heart, however as a person, he’s fairly fed up. Followers pop. Rey got here to SmackDown for a recent begin and he gained’t let Dominik distract him. Rey is aware of simply what he must do to remain on observe and that’s enter the Royal Rumble. The music interrupts and out comes Karrion Kross and Scarlett.
Kross enters the ring and stares Rey down because the lights flash. Kross halts the music and takes the mic to some boos. Kross says Rey wants objectives, or else Kross doesn’t know the way Rey peels his previous ass away from bed on daily basis. Kross goes on and says all of us keep in mind 17 years in the past when Rey gained The Rumble in 2006. Kross is bound that was a particular second for Rey and his son Dominik. Kross asks Rey why he’s taking a look at him like that. Kross says nevermind, Rey doesn’t know if it was particular for Dominik as a result of Rey was by no means round his household then. Kross says he and Scarlett have been backstage speaking they usually puzzled – who does Rey hate extra… his son for not rising up like Rey did, or himself for failing to lift Dominik to be similar to him.
Rey rocks Kross, then unloads with punches. Kross catches Rey in a bear hug however Rey fights off. Rey retains combating and drops Kross into the ropes for 619. Rey runs however Scarlett distracts him from ringside. Kross takes benefit and chokes Rey out with the Kross Jacket as followers boo and the lights go purple. Scarlett holds up a Mysterio tarot card at ringside as she watches Rey fade away. Kross stands again up because the music hits. He and Scarlett head to the again whereas Rey is specified by the ring.
– Liv Morgan, Emma and Maxxine Dupri are backstage. Emma respects Liv for being fearless however she’s undecided about Liv coming into the Girls’s Royal Rumble at #1, saying perhaps it’s not one of the best ways to get to WrestleMania. Maxxine says that is the worst thought she’s ever heard, Liv doesn’t have an opportunity to win so it doesn’t matter when she comes out. Raquel Rodriguez walks up and says she wouldn’t go that far, however they’re making some good factors, Liv. Raquel says don’t get me unsuitable, Liv has the combating spirit to tackle 29 others however wouldn’t the perfect technique be to enter later? Raquel says for what it’s price, she thinks somebody of Liv’s dimension has a greater likelihood to succeed in the event that they enter later. Raquel is worked up to be in her first Rumble an she seems like she was constructed to win this. Liv says for what it’s price, she acquired her palm learn at the moment. She reveals it to Raquel however slaps her as a substitute. Liv desires to wrestle Liv tonight. Raquel steps to Liv and he or she’s upset. She speaks some in Spanish and says she’s sick and bored with everybody forgetting she’s the largest and strongest round. Raquel accepts the problem. Liv laughs and taunts Raquel, then walks off.
Xia Li vs. Tegan Nox
We return to the ring and out comes Xia Li. Again to industrial.
Again from the break and Tegan Nox is wrapping up her entrance. They lock up and go a tit. Nox with proper palms and a flurry of strikes, then an uppercut to drop Li. Nox slams Li face-first into the mat.
Nox with a nook cannonball. Nox goes to the highest however Li crotches her. Li slams Nox to the mat and covers for two. Li grounds Nox from behind now. Nox fights up however will get slammed again down. Nox fights again up and tosses Li to the mat. Li rocks Nox within the intestine as she expenses in.
Li kicks Nox again into the nook, then climbs up and strikes down on her. Nox fights out of the nook now however Li retains combating again. Li with an overhead throw out of the nook.
Li waits within the nook now, telling Nox to rise up. Li expenses however misses a spin kick after Nox strikes. Nox comes proper again with the Shiniest Wizard for the pin to win.
Winner: Tegan Nox
– After the match, Nox goes proper to the ground to have a good time as her music hits. Li appears on from the ring and he or she’s not completely happy.
– We see how The Usos retained the Undisputed WWE Tag Group Titles over Sheamus and Drew McIntyre final week. We additionally see the post-show section the place The Viking Raiders attacked Sheamus and McIntyre. We minimize to a brand new vignette and we see Valhalla standing with Erik and Ivar. She says when the Gods converse, she listens. Erik and Ivar say they obey. Valhalla says she has seen two fallen warriors sentenced to battle – McIntyre and Sheamus. The Viking Raiders say struggling awaits them. Drew and Sheamus are backstage with Adam Pearce now. Drew goes to make Pearce’s job simple – they need The Vikings tonight. Sheamus says these lunatics can wait, he desires The Usos tonight. Sheamus and Drew chop one another whereas having a pleasant argument over who they need to struggle tonight. Pearce will get in between and says he has an answer that may make them each completely happy. Pearce is kicking off a match subsequent week and the winners will earn a shot at The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Group Titles, and Sheamus and McIntyre are within the match. Drew says that’s solely a half resolution. Pearce says their opponents within the first spherical will likely be The Viking Raiders. Drew says that concept is ideal. Sheamus says this match will embrace banger after banger after banger, and so forth.
– Nonetheless to return, Bray Wyatt is right here. Again to industrial.
– Again from the break and out comes Bray Wyatt together with his lantern. The world lights up with fireflies as Wyatt slowly heads to the ring.
Wyatt enters the ring and takes the mic as we see latest happenings with LA Knight and Uncle Howdy. Cole plugs the Lights Out match with Knight on the Royal Rumble. Wyatt has a highlight on the center of the ring now, shining on his rocking chair.
Followers pop as Wyatt takes a seat within the chair. He offers a shout-out to Inexperienced Bay and says we’re right here. Wyatt laughs and says it’s wild how we typically neglect who we’re, and what made us within the first place. He says all it takes is a little bit push to return alongside and ship u in the suitable route, after which hastily you perceive all u needed to do all alongside was experience what you’re. Wyatt says simply lik that all of it comes again to him… he remembers issues misplaced, he remembers that he’s the colour purple in a world of black and white, that he’s the Eater of Worlds, he’s Uncle Howdy, he’s him. Wyatt goes on and declares he’s all the pieces, he’s Bray Wyatt. Followers pop once more.
Wyatt is aware of who he’s, however who’re you? He says on the Royal Rumble will probably be his true rebirth, a baptism in the dead of night and as for Knight, know this son… when the lights exit, you need to run. The graphics flash and the lights go darkish to finish the section.
– Kayla Braxton is backstage with Kevin Owens. She brings up the Royal Rumble match Roman Reigns for the title. Sami Zayn seems to interrupt. Sami asks Owens if he’s completely happy about all this, about what he’s making Sami do tonight. Sami says Owens might’ve left him alone, left him to be with The Bloodline and stayed on RAW. Owns says The Bloodline got here to RAW and induced this. Owens didn’t ask for this match or the tag match with John Cena, it was Rigns who did. Owens goes on about Reigns utilizing Sami. Sami tells him to get it via his head – he’s not getting used. Sami asks Owens what number of tims he has to see Reigns hug him or The Usos get together with him, that is household and Owens doesn’t perceive. Sami has to deal with his enterprise tonight and he’s proud to. Owens says he’ll see Sami on the market. Sami storms off.
Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez
We return to the ring and out first comes Liv Morgan. Again to industrial.
Again from the break and Kayla Braxton is with Imperium backstage, asking WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER if his win over Braun Strowman gave him the momentum he wants. Ludwig Kaiser says momentum is important in all success. Giovanni Vinci says GUNTHER set an instance of what it means to be a real champion. GUNTHER, who’s icing his neck, says this can be a wonderful day as a result of he’s overcome his greatest problem up to now. For the love of this nice sport and the glory of this nice title, he’s overwhelmed Strowman. He says now it’s time to capitalize and go on to the Royal Rumble, the place he’ll throw out physique after physique from their sacred mat, then he’ll go on to the place The Ring Basic belongs – the primary occasion of WrestleMania 39. We return to the ring and out comes Raquel Rodriguez as Liv appears on. The bell rings they usually go at it. Liv is having hassle over-powering Raquel.
Raquel with an enormous boot. Raquel sends Liv to the ground and taunts her a bit. Liv comes again in and fights, sending Raquel into the nook. Liv with a hip assault within the nook however Raquel ranges her with an enormous shoulder. Raquel raises Liv in a bear hug however she fights out. They tangle and Liv tries to dump Raquel excessive rope however she will be able to’t.
Raquel fights again and slams Liv into the turnbuckles. Liv shakes it off and hulks up. Liv expenses and nails a knee within the nook. Liv with a missile dropkick off the center rope. Liv clotheslines Raquel excessive rope to the ground. Liv taunts Raquel from the ropes now. Raquel pulls her out and scoops her to launch her into the ring publish, however Liv slides out and rams Raquel face-first into the publish.
Liv launches Raquel into the metal ring steps now. Liv returns to the ring and breaks the rely, then goes again out, the place Raquel continues to be down. Liv goes below the ring and brings a desk out as followers pop. Liv drags the desk over and positions it in entrance of the announcers, however stops to interrupt the rely. She goes again to setting the desk up, then stops to kick Raquel.
Liv locations Raquel on the desk and goes again to the highest turnbuckle. Raquel rolls off the desk and enters the ring to stop the large desk bump. Liv flies off the highest however Raquel swats her out of mid-air. Raquel with the large Texana Bomb in the course of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez
– After the match, Raquel stands tall and has her arm raised because the music hits. We go to replays. Rodriguez continues her celebration as Liv recovers.
– We see how SmackDown Girls’s Champion Charlotte Aptitude retained over Sonya Deville final week. Deville is backstage berating Adam Pearce now. She desires a rematch in opposition to Aptitude. Pearce understands however she misplaced and he can’t give her a rematch, that’s not the way it works. Deville acts like Aptitude has particular remedy. Pearce says the one distinction is Aptitude gained, Deville misplaced. Deville says Pearce is being unreasonable. She asks if he expects her to enter the Royal Rumble to earn a title shot, and he does. Deville says she goes to discover a solution to make the rematch official. Deville walks off.
– Nonetheless to return, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. Again to industrial.
– Again from the break and we see Charlotte Aptitude brawling with Sonya Deville backstage. Officers enter the room and inform them to interrupt it up. Aptitude says she didn’t begin this. They proceed brawling till Aptitude tosses Deville over a manufacturing case. Safety and officers inform them to cease, that is over. Aptitude says she stopped. Deville assaults from behind once more and the brawl continues.
– We get the second Cody Rhodes restoration vignette, which premiered earlier this week on RAW.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
We return to the ring and out first comes Sami Zayn for the primary occasion. Sami is fired up and able to struggle as we return to industrial as he raises his 1 within the air.
Again from the break and out comes Kevin Owens. The bell rings and Owens provides his hand for a shake. Sami hesitates and kicks the hand, then shoves Owens and tells him to carry it. They lock up and Owens applies a headlock, then drops Sami with a shoulder.
Sami slaps Owens. Owens tackles him and unloads with proper palms. Owens chases Sami exterior and clotheslines him on the ground for a pop. Owens taunts Sami and works him over, chopping him and rolling him again in. Sami catches Owens coming again in, then stomps away. Sami runs the ring and leaps excessive rope, taking Owens again down on the ground.
Owens counters on the ground and launches Sami into the barrier, then unloads with proper palms. Owens brings it again in however Sami rolls out. Sami rocks Owens as he approaches, then drops him on the again of his neck onto the sting of the apron. Owens lands exhausting and hits the ground as we return to industrial.
Again from the break and Sami stomps away on Owens to maintain him down within the nook. Owens fights again however Sami turns it again round, then stomps away and yells. Owens talks some trash again. Sami takes Owens to the nook for shoulder thrusts because the referee counts.
Sami takes Owens to the highest however Owens fights again. Owens prevents a superplex however headbutting Sami to the mat. Owens flies and hits the large Frogsplash however Sami kicks out simply in time. Sami blocks a Pop-Up Powerbomb and turns it right into a Blue Thunderbomb. Owens kicks out and Sami can’t imagine it. They brawl some extra. Sami nails a suplex however Owens comes proper again with a lariat. They each are down as we return to industrial.
Again from the break and Owens goes up high. He flies for the large Swanton Bomb however Sami will get his knees up. Owens kicks out at 2 and Sami is pissed off. We see how Sami hit an enormous twister DDT through the break for two. Followers chant “that is superior!” now. Sami takes Owens again to the highest however Owens counters with the tremendous Brainbuster. Sami is laid out. They commerce large photographs from their knees now. Sami with an enormous Exploder suplex, and one other.
Owens slowly crawls for the nook as Sami prepares within the reverse nook for the Helluva Kick. Earlier than Sami can run for the kick, Solo Sikoa and Undisputed WWE Tag Group Champions The Usos rush the ring and beat Owens down within the nook. The referee calls the match.
Winner by DQ: Kevin Owens
– After the bell, Sami appears on shocked as Owens is triple teamed within the nook. The Usos hit the 1D on Owens. The Usos and Sikoa take Owens to the ground as Sami watches from the apron, nonetheless in disbelief. Owens fights The Usos off however Sikoa hits him with the Samoan Spike, then a superkick. The Usos maintain Owens for one more Samoan Spike from Sikoa. The Usos inform Sami they’re doing this for him. Sami says he was dealing with enterprise. The Usos inform Sami he did good however he’s not completely happy. Followers boo as The Usos level to Sami and lift their 1s up. Sami additionally raises his 1 however he’s hesitating. We see Sikoa standing on high of the barrier now, a number of toes away. Sikoa runs the highest of the barrier and leaps, placing Owens via the announce desk. Sikoa stands tall and yells out as Sami’s continues to look dissatisfied. The Usos and Sikoa stand over Owens and the desk particles now, and Sami slowly joins them. All of them increase their 1s within the air because the music begins up and we go to replays. SmackDown goes off the air with The Bloodline standing over a fallen Owens.