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WWE Smackdown Live From Newark, New Jersey

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Commentators:  Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s Raw, you can click here WWE Monday Night Raw 12/18/17 Live Results (Brock Lesnar Returns)


In-Ring Promo:  Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon

Daniel Bryan comes to the ring, first.  Before Daniel talks about what happened on Sunday, he confirms that at Royal Rumble, there will be a first Women’s Royal Rumble match.  In tonight’s main event, we will have Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Jinder Mahal facing off against Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, and AJ Styles.

Here Comes The Money….Here Comes The Money!!

Shane comes out.  Well Daniel, how is everyone doing tonight?  What’s up Newark?  So yes Daniel, unrepresented, January 28th, the Women’s Royal Rumble will be fantastic.  But let’s talk about this past PPV, they both were involved in the match.  But what transpired was beautiful when Randy Orton was up in the air, with a beautiful RKO, and Shane was down on the count, he was at 1…2…, and just when he was at 3, Daniel tripped, and landed on top of Shane and broke the count.  He could have counted to 50.  Daniel tells Shane that was an accident, and Shane knows that now.  Somehow, Sami rolls up Randy, he counted 1…2…and when he was on his way to 3, he saw what Kevin Owens did to his father.  He also saw Sami Zayn take that Hell in a Cell match away from him, and the third thing was when Zayn and Owens cost Team Smackdown at Survivor Series, Shane stopped the count.  Daniel then got into Shane, and Shane backed up there, went the other side of the corner, and Sami rolls up Randy, and Daniel counted 1…2…3 very quickly.  Shane said what was going in with his mind, so what was going on with Daniel?  He did what he did to protect Shane from himself.  Getting back to what you just said Daniel, from all due repsect, he doesn’t need protection from Daniel.  With all due respect, yes you do.  Shane, he sleeps, eats, and thinks Smackdown Live, but what he does is protect their vision.  That same vision of the land of opportunity.  The land of opportunity for everyone, even the ones you don’t like.  And that includes people like Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, that same opportunity for everyone.  Shane is trying to figure this one out, and he can understand why he has empathy for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.  He just wants to say be very careful, because when they are done trying to get you to care for their empathy, they will turn on you, just like that.  And from a business standpoint, you shouldn’t show empathy for anyone, especially for those that can rip you apart.  From a business standpoint?  Are you saying Daniel should have done what was best for business?  Because he heard those words before, but he also fought and struggled for those words.  Daniel has that shared vision for Smackdown Live, and he thought Shane shared those too.  But if he wants to fire someone, then fire Daniel.  Because he doesn’t want to see Shane O’ Mac turn into Mr. McMahon.  Well Daniel, I respect you, I trust you, good luck with the show tonight.  Shane walks away from that.

Tonight:  6-Man Tag Match

Next:  The Usos Vs Benjamin and Gable

Match Number 1:  The Usos (SD Live Tag Champs) Vs Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable in a non-title match

Gable and Benjamin pick up the win with a Clothesline off the top rope, Benjamin pinning Jimmy.  Are Gable and Benjamin in line for Tag Team Title shot?

Winners:  Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall

Tonight:  Dolph Ziggler’s US Title Celebration

Next:  Charlotte Flair

In-Ring Promo:  Charlotte Flair

This past Sunday at Clash of Champions, she retained her Women’s Championship in a Lumberjack Match against Natalya.  If you know her, she is proud to hold this title on her shoulder.  This past Monday, Stephanie McMahon announced that Royal Rumble will be the first every Royal Rumble match.  And you know who was responsible?  The fans, they took to Social Media, told management, and they listened.  So congratulations to the SD Live women, and whoever wins that match, Charlotte will be waiting to defend her title at Wrestlemanaia.  Naomi has something to say.  Congrats on your title defense, champ.  But that is not the only reason she is out here.  She is the first woman on Smackdown Live roster to announce she has entered into the Women’s Royal Rumble match, and “Queen”, she will see her at Wrestlemania.  But here comes The Riott Squad.  Naomi tells them they won’t enter the Royal Rumble match, because it’s not about sneak attacks.  And earning your way to win, so how about you two chicken heads step into the ring against the two of them, so they teach them how to rumble, baby.

Match Number 2:  Charlotte Flair (SD Live Women’s Champ) and Naomi Vs Ruby Riott and Sara Logan

Charlotte and Naomi pick up the win with a Rear View, Naomi pins Ruby for the win.

Winners:  Charlotte Flair and Naomi, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  The New Day, Rusev, and Aidan English

New Day are in a festive spirit, and it seems Rusev Claus does too,  He is here to give the people what they really want, Happy Rusev Day shirts.  Aidan English sings they want a match against New Day.  Glorious.

Next:  Dolph Ziggler Celebration

In-Ring Promo:  Dolph Ziggler


I told you so, I told you so.  And anyone that is wondering why is Dolph in the United States Title match?  This title is why.  You think Dolph being in the US Title match, and Ziggler winning was out of here, you haven’t been watching for 12 years.  He has shown into work, willing to do whatever it is told.  Some guys may tell you they are the biggest, the baddest, or the most charismatic, not Ziggler.  He is just the best.  And this isn’t even his first reign, this is the beginning of his 2nd title reign.  Footage is being shown from Corporal Punishment 20111, Dolph defeated Kofi Kingston for the title.  You think that is it?  I’m just getting started, and I know it’s surprising when you don’t hear about it, but Ziggler is also a 5-time Intercontinental Champion.  I’m not even done, there is some accolade Ziggler is forgetting.  Oh wait, he won Money in the Bank, cashed in and became the World Heavyweight Champion.  Some of you were there, maybe you are forgetting about it.  Footage being shown here of Ziggler cashing in.  I am one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history, and night after night, year after year, he proved it to the world, and himself.  And year after year, he feels underappreciated.  You’re not worthy of his presence.  None of you are.  You don’t deserve Ziggler.  You want something to remember Dolph by?  Ziggler drops the US Title, and walks away.

Backstage Segment:  Daniel Bryan, Sami, and KO

They are here to thank Daniel for doing the right thing Sunday, and making sure justification was made.  Daniel didn’t do it for him.  Kevin knows why Daniel Bryan did this, Randy Orton.  He was the one who stole his body, his mind, and his soul.  And Sami warns Shane might do it again to Daniel.  They got the last laugh on Shane McMahon.  Daniel tells them they are delusional, and if they don’t stop those smiles, he may have to fire them himself.  Now go get ready for your match.

Next:  New Day

Next Monday:  “Free Agent” John Cena Returns

Match Number 3:  The New Day Vs Rusev and Aidan English

For those of you keeping score, Xavier was dressed as Rudolph, Kofi as Gingerbread Man, Aidan was Frosty, and of course, Rusev as Rusev Claus.  Christmas was saved, as the reindeer nails a top rope splash, after smearing Frosty into a plate of pancakes and whipped cream, pinning Frosty.

Winners:  New Day, by pinfall

Next:  6-Man Tag Match

Match Number 4:  AJ Styles (WWE Champ), Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura Vs Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Jinder Mahal

Nakamura, AJ, and Orton took care of their foes here, with AJ hitting a Phenomenal Forearm, Orton nails a RKO, and Shinsuke hits Kinsasha, for the pin on Sami.

Winners:  AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Randy Orton, by pinfall

The show ends here.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was a simple formula that worked, we are 1 week away from Christmas, so nothing big happened, except Ziggler dropping the US Title.  Is he done with the WWE?  We had a good main event, even a good comedy match with New Day Vs Rusev and English.  We started the build to Royal Rumble, all in all a solid night.  Share me your thoughts of the show.

WWE SD Live Quick Match Results:

**Benjamin and Gable def The Usos (C), by pinfall

**Charlotte Flair (C) and Naomi def Ruby Riott and Sara Logan, by pinfall

**The New Day def Rusev and Aidan English, by pinfall

**AJ Styles (C), Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura def Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Jinder Mahal, by pinfall