WWE Smackdown Results
December 19, 2017
Newark, New Jersey
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
A video package airs highlighting Clash of Champions on Sunday, focusing on the tension between Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as special guest referees.
We go live to Newark where Daniel Bryan walks out to kick off the show.
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon face off
Bryan welcomes everyone to the show. He leads the show talking about the announcement last night that WWE will present that first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match. Bryan calls this a “turning point” in WWE history. He plugs tonight: Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and WWE Champion AJ Styles.
Here comes Shane McMahon to interrupt. Shane grabs a mic and does his Shane O’Mac dance near Bryan. He mentions the Royal Rumble announcement, but wants to instead focus on Clash of Champions this past Sunday. Shane says everything was happening the right when Orton hit Zayn with “the most beautiful RKO I’ve ever seen.”
Shane talked about making the pinfall count and just as he was about to hit three, Bryan somehow broke it up. He talked about again having another opportunity and deciding to keep his hand up at two when Zayn went for a roll up. Shane accused Bryan of getting heated and Bryan eventually making the quick count to keep Owens and Zayn here.
Bryan says he did what he did to protect Shane from himself. Shane says he doesn’t need protection. Bryan says he actually does. He says Shane eats, sleeps and breathes Smackdown Live, but that Shane’s passion can turn him into a hot head. Bryan did what he did to protect an idea, “our idea.” He took the job because he believes in a shared vision: the land of opportunity “for everyone – not just people you like.” Shane tells Bryan that Owens and Zayn will stab him in the back at some point. He cautions Bryan to not show favoritism towards them and it will “bite him right in the rear.” Bryan asks Shane if he should have done what was best for business. He’s heard those words before and fought against those very words. “I believe in you, Shane. I believe in Smackdown Live.” Bryan says if Shane has a completely different vision and wants to fire someone, he thinks Shane should fire him. The crowd starts a loud “NO” chant. Bryan doesn’t want to see Shane O’Mac turn into Mr. McMahon. Shane says he respects Bryan and wishes him luck with the show tonight. Shane shakes hands with Bryan, drops the mic and exits the ring.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
We start with Chad Gable and Jimmy Uso. Jimmy pushes Gable to the corner and tags in Jey. Jey with a corner splash and uppercut combo on Gable. Frequent tags between Jey and Jimmy working over Gable in the corner. Gable bails out to recover.
Back live, roll up attempts between Jimmy and Shelton Benjamin. Jimmy catches Benjamin with a kick to the head. Tags to Jey and Gable. Jey with a leaping clothesline and uppercut. Jey catches Gable with a samoan drop. Jey splashes Gable in the corner and pulls the top rope down to send Benjamin over. Benjamin with a knee to Jimmy’s face. Superkick by Jey on Gable. Benjamin cuts off Jey up top. Jey fights off Benjamin, jumps and connects over the knees of Gable who rolls up Jey for a close two when Jimmy breaks it up. Gable with his roll through german suplex on Jimmy. Benjamin with a high knee to Jey. Gable with a roll through german and tags in Benjamin. Benjamin has Jey up in the air and Gable comes off the top rope. Benjamin covers Jey to pick up the pinfall.
Winners: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is up next.
We are back live as Charlotte Flair heads to the ring.
A video package highlights last night’s announcement on RAW featuring Stephanie McMahon announcing the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.
Charlotte addresses the Women’s Royal Rumble
Back live, Charlotte praises the video package and talks about retaining her Smackdown Women’s Championship at Clash of Champions this past Sunday. She brings up Stephanie’s big RAW announcement about the Royal Rumble featuring women from RAW and Smackdown Live. Charlotte says it was the fans who helped them. She says the fans took to social media, chanted and management listened to them. Charlotte congratulates the fans and all of the women on Smackdown Live. She says whoever wins that Royal Rumble, she will be waiting and plans to defend her championship at WrestleMania.
Naomi heads to the ring to interrupt with a mic in hand. She congratulates Charlotte on her title defense. Naomi declares she has officially entered the Women’s Royal Rumble match. She gets inside the ring and tells the Queen she will see her at WrestleMania.
Here comes the Riott Squad. Noami grabs the mic again and says the Rumble isn’t about “sneak attacks” that the Riott Squad has been doing around here lately. She proposes a tag team match with two of them against her and Charlotte tonight.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Naomi vs. Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan
Liv Morgan is on the outside tonight. We return as Riott has Charlotte down working over her leg. Riott trips up Charlotte, drags her to the corner and Logan tags herself in. Logan with kicks to the leg of Charlotte. Logan throws elbows over Charlotte’s leg and tags Riott back in who throws kicks. Quick tag back to Logan who keeps Charlotte grounded. Charlotte gets up and throws a knee tagging in Naomi. Noami with elbows to Logan and catches her with a springboard kick to the head. Charlotte levels Riott with a big boot. Logan with a big headbutt to Naomi. Liv Morgan is up on the ring apron and Morgan ends up taking her out by accident. Naomi with her Rear View and gets the pinfall on Logan.
Winners: Charlotte Flair and Naomi
Backstage, The New Day are dressed as a gingerbread man, reindeer and elf. Rusev and Aiden English walk up dressed as Santa and a snowman. Rusev Claus is here to give everyone what they really want for Christmas: a “Happy Rusev Day” shirt.
Dolph Ziggler’s United States Championship Celebration
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, but it gets cut off and Ziggler simply walks to the ring with no music and only a spotlight on him. The new WWE United States Champion enters the ring as a “YOU DESERVE IT” chant starts up. “I told you so.” He says anyone surprised he was in the title match should look at his new championship. Ziggler talks about how he’s been getting punched in the mouth “literally” and “figuratively” the last 12 years.
He’s just the best and no one can do what he does in this ring. Ziggler says if this title isn’t enough to prove everyone wrong, they should know this is his second reign as United States Champion. We go back to June 2011 when Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston to become United States Champion for the first time. Photos from Clash of Champions is also shown showing Ziggler capturing the championship for the second time.
Back live, Ziggler says he is just getting started tonight. He also brings up how he is a five-time Intercontinental Champion. Footage plays of Ziggler winning in August 2010, August 2014, September 2014, December 2014 and October 2016. When we return live, Ziggler says he’s still not done. Footage plays of Ziggler cashing in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase he won in July 2012 and cashed in the night after WrestleMania in April 2013, pinning Alberto Del Rio to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Back live, Ziggler describes himself as one of the most decorated Superstars in WWE history. “Night after night, year after year, I’ve proved it to myself and the rest of the world.” Ziggler talks about being unappreciated despite all that he has accomplished. He says the fans aren’t worthy of his presence. “You don’t deserve me.” Ziggler asks if the fans want something to remember him by. He drops the United States Championship and tosses the mic aside. Ziggler leaves the ring and starts walking up the ramp to the back.
Corey Graves immediately asks what this means on commentary.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan is on the phone when Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn walk in. Zayn calls Bryan the man of the hour. Owens is here to thank Bryan and hands him a bottle of champagne. Bryan says he did what he did for Smackdown, not them. Owens points out they still got the last laugh on Shane McMahon. Bryan calls them delusional and says if they keep gloating, he may just have to fire them himself.
The New Day vs. Rusev and Aiden English
We start with Kofi Kingston (Gingerbread Man) and Aiden English (Snowman). Quick tag to Santa Rusev who goes after Kingston who slides out quickly. Kingston mocks Rusev on the outside. Rusev chases Kingston around and then levels English with a dropkick. Kingston quickly sends Rusev out of the ring through the ropes. Big E (dressed as an elf) hands the bag of t-shirts Rusev brought out. Xavier Woods (dressed as a reindeer) helps Kingston toss out shirts to the crowd in attendance tonight. Kingston pulls out grey underwear that says “Happy Rusev Day” on it. Rusev and English quickly attack Kingston and Woods.
Back live, Rusev levels Kingston with a clothesline. Kingston catches Rusev with a DDT. Tags to English and Woods. Woods with leaping elbows, tosses English to the second rope and connects with a dropkick to the back. Woods catches English with a boot, but English catches Woods and drives him down in a big spinebuster. Rusev tosses Kingston out. Rusev grabs the platter of pancakes and clears the announce table. English adds whip cream and Rusev adds one cherry. Kingston leaps off the top rope taking out Rusev! English is then dropped face first over the pancakes by Woods and Kingston. Woods kicks English in the face back inside the ring. Woods with a flying elbow to pick up the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day
Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE Champion AJ Styles, Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn all head to the ring. The main event is up next.
WWE Champion AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Jinder Mahal
We start with Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal brawling. Orton drops Mahal off the announce table at ringside and tosses him back inside the ring. Mahal avoids an early RKO attempt. Tag to Shinsuke Nakamura who throws knees to Mahal. Sami Zayn tags himself in when Mahal pushes Nakamura to the corner. Nakamura with knees and a dropping knee over Zayn. AJ Styles tags himself in who kicks away at Zayn in the corner. Zayn trips up Styles, but Styles takes him down with a snap huricanrana. Tag to Orton who kicks Zayn and connects with suplex bouncing Zayn off the top rope. Mahal gets the tag and drops a knee over Orton. Tag to Kevin Owens who kicks Orton in the ribs as we head to a break.
Back live, Owens hits the corner hard and Zayn is tossed out by Orton. Tag to Styles who takes out Owens, but Mahal opens the ropes to send Styles to the outside. Tag to Zayn who works over Styles. Tag to Mahal who kicks away at Styles on the mat. Styles catches Mahal with a tornado DDT from the corner. Hot tag to Nakamura and tag to Zayn. Nakamura levels Zayn with a boot. Nakamura with elbows, knees and a kick to Owens. Nakamura knocks Mahal off the corner. Nakamura with chest kicks to Zayn. Nakamura with knees to the shoulder of Zayn and chokes him with his boot in the corner. Nakamura with a high knee to Zayn in the corner as well for a two count. Nakamura with an armbar on Zayn as The Singh Brothers look on from ringside. Owens breaks it up with a splash. Orton dumps Owens out. Mahal with a DDT on Orton. Styles with a Pele Kick to Mahal. Styles springboards over taking out Owens with a flying forearm. The Singh Brothers go after Nakamura and do so in front of the referee. The referee sends them to the back. Orton catches Mahal with an RKO. Orton with a double DDT on both Singh Brothers through the ropes. Styles with a springboard flying forearm to Owens who gets back in. Nakamura connects with Kinshasa on Zayn. Nakamura hooks the leg to get the pinfall.
Winners: AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura
According to our own Mike Tedesco, a fan in attendance passed out during this match.
Thanks for joining us tonight!
Quick Match Results:
* Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin def. The Usos in a non-title match
* Charlotte Flair and Naomi def. Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan
* The New Day def. Rusev and Aiden English
* AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Jinder Mahal in a six man tag team main event match