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WWE Smackdown Live From Lareda, Texas

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Commentators:  Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s Raw, click here WWE Monday Night Raw 1/15/18 Live Results (One Week Away From 25)


In-Ring Promo:  Xavier Woods

New Day comes in, and we have a podium where Xavier Woods is holding his State of the US Union Address.  Tonight, Kofi says the freedom of the United States is at stake, when your boy Xavier Woods of New Day take on the self-proclaimed “Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal.  Xavier says he would stand for liberty, and the pursuit of positivity.  But one thing we don’t talk about much is the power of the pancake.  And Xavier stands for that, and remember the power of vote represents the power of 3.  There are many great things in 3, such as the red, white, and the blue, or Home Alone 1….2….or 3, well not so much 3.  And Xavier’s opponent hates Home Alone, and despises every single person in the arena.  Is that the type of person you want as United States Champion?  So anyone who opposes Jinder Mahal as United States Champion say nay.  So every single person lend me his strength, so Xavier can defeat Jinder Mahal, and go on to become your United States Champion.

Match Number 1:  Jinder Mahal Vs Xavier Woods in a Semi-Final of United States Tournament.

The Singh Brothers tried to interfere, but New Day countered them, and chased them away from ringside.  Jinder still pulls off a win with the Khallas, and advances to the Finals next week, to determine the new United States Champion.

Winner, And Advances To US Title Final:  Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

Video:  Baron Corbin

He’s ready for Royal Rumble

Tonight:  6-Woman Tag Match

Video:  Goldberg HOF Inductee

Backstage Interview:  AJ Styles

Renee Young has the WWE Champion AJ Styles.  Kami (Owens and Sami) has the advantage at the Royal Rumble event.  But they aren’t facing anyone, they are facing The WWE Champion.  This isn’t the Kami Show.  This is Smackdown Live, the house AJ Styles built.

Video:  Women’s Royal Rumble Match Promos

Match Number 2:  Bobby Roode Vs Mojo Rawley in a Semi-Final Match to US Title Tournament

Mojo was doing some trash talking, but Bobby Roode found a way to win the match with a GLORIOUS DDT, to advance to next week’s US Title Final.

Winner, And Advances To US Title Final:  Bobby Roode, by pinfall

The Singh Brothers attack Roode, and Jinder smiles along, saying next week, he will put a GLORIOUS performance to become the next United States Champion.  But Roode tells Jinder they don’t have to wait until next week, why don’t they do this, tonight?  Jinder says no, they will do it when he decides.  He wants one full week for Bobby to think about how bad Jinder Mahal will beat him.  But Daniel Bryan shows up, and says tonight, we will have the finals match to determine who the new US Champion is.

Next:  6-Woman Tag Match

Video:  Randy Orton Promo

He will win Royal Rumble



Match Number 3:  Charlotte Flair (SD Live Women’s Champ), Becky Lynch, and Naomi Vs The Riott Squad

With some help from Ruby Riott, kicking Naomi, Liv Morgan picks up the win with a Jawbreaker.  12 days away from the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Winners:  The Riott Squad, by pinfall

Backstage Interview:  The Usos

Dasha has The Usos, they will face Benjamin and Gable at Royal Rumble in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match.  Usos bring up how Gable is playing catch up with his former Tag Team Partner Jason Jordan, but that won’t happen.  They don’t even know who they are.  Gable and Benjamin attack both men, and say they know who they are….former champions.

Tonight:  Mixed Match Challenge:  Natalya/Nakamura Vs Banks/Balor

Tonight:  Roode Vs Mahal, US Title Final

Video:  AJ Styles Vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Royal Rumble

Video:  Shinsuke Nakamura Selfie Promo

Daniel Bryan and Shane O’ Mac comes out to witness our main event.

Next:  US Title Final Match

Match Number 4:  Bobby Roode Vs Jinder Mahal, for the United States Championship

This had a great story line of Roode’s ribs being hurt, and everything had a rhyme and reason.  Jinder tries a Khallas, but Bobby reversed it into Glorious DDT for the win.

Winner, and NEW United States Champion:  Bobby Roode, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Not much happened, this too was a filler show before next week’s Raw 25, but I loved that the United States Tournament got the focus here.  All 3 matches were good, and it led to the finals match.  So now next week, the focus is recharged into Raw 25 and Royal Rumble.  What were your thoughts of the show?  Sound off here.

WWE SD Live Quick Match Results: 

**Jinder Mahal def Xavier Woods, by pinfall (US Title Semi-Final Match)

**Bobby Roode def Mojo Rawley, by pinfall (US Title Semi-Final Match)

**The Riott Squad def Charlotte Flair (C), Naomi, and Becky Lynch by pinfall

**Bobby Roode def Jinder Mahal, to win United States Championship, by pinfall