So this is Christmas, and what have we done? Another year over and a new one just begun! And we’ll still have Shane O’Mac bullying the super best friends of wrestling!
This week’s Smackdown Live showed the continued breakdown in the relationship of Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon. Shane said he was upset with what Daniel said last week, comparing Shane to the Mac Daddy, Vince. He also continued to question Daniel’s treatment of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, suggesting that he has been favourable to them.
After having a fairly decent summer rivalry over the United States Championship, the main event of the last Smackdown Live of the year ends with the WWE Champion AJ Styles facing off against Kevin Owens in a non-title match. Interesting that Daniel Bryan allowed Sami Zayn be at ringside for the match (to the annoyance of Shane McMahon).
As you can imagine, the match was of high quality but it was Owens who picked up the win. He did so after Shane came to the ring to order the ref to ban Sami from ringside to stop the interfering. Ironically, in doing this, Shane actually caused a distraction which allowed Owens to get a roll-up victory over the champion! Must be inline for a title shot next!?
We finally have new #1 contenders for the Smackdown Live tag-team championships – American Alpha 2! Gable & Benjamin defeated the New Day and the team of Rusev & Aiden English in an excellent triple-treat match.
It really puts RAW to shame having such an awesome Tag- Division on Smackdown live!
With Dolph Ziggler walking out on Smackdown Live last week and leaving the US Title in the ring, this week Daniel Bryan announced a new tournament to determine a new champion!
We had two first-round matches on Smackdown Live this week; Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin & Jinder Mahal def. Tye Dillinger. Two more matches to come next week, but no details on who will be involved yet.
Yes, yes it is! Riott has been a breath of fresh air on Smackdown Live; great in the ring & great on the mic! More please!
This movement is real! Chicago crowd were class (as usual!). All I want for Christmas is RUSEV!
Gable & Benjamin def. New Day & Rusev and English
Ruby Riott def. Naomi
Bludgeon Brother def. Fashion Police (By DQ – Ascension interfered)
Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin
Jinder Mahal def. Tye Dillinger
Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles