Welcome to SmackDown Live.
Shane McMahon is in the back and he has a message for the Smackdown roster. He mentions Raw and the wrestlers start to grumble. He says the McMahon family ushered in a new era. An era of change for Raw and Smackdown. There will be a lot of new faces, matchups, and opportunities. They owe it to ourselves and the fans. Shane says this starts tonight and he wants people to grab the brass ring and pull it down.
Shane brings out Paige to thank her for what she has done. Shane thanks Paige for her contribution. She is not leaving, but her role is going to change. Everyone is happy for Paige, except for Andrade Almas.
We are in Stockton, California and your announcers are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring.
Becky says she does not care who is running the show because The Man is in charge. Everyone is in the back listening to some corporate nonsense. She says she does not do business well. This is where the real business is conducted. Becky says she wants the Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. Becky tells Ronnie that when she got into her business, she got in her face and made her tap out in the dressing room. At TLC, you didn’t have the courtesy to get in her face. Becky says she has worked way to hard for way to long for some Roddy Piper cosplayer to take it from her.
Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.
Charlotte tells Becky to take a number. She tells Becky to take number two and stand behind the queen. Ronda stole her opportunity at TLC.
Becky says speaking of cosplayers. Becky says her days of standing behind Charlotte are over.
Charlotte says the days of looking up to her are then, now, and forever. Charlotte says the odds are that if Ronda was not there, Charlotte would have become an Eight Time Women’s Champion.
The Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka’s music interrupts and she makes her way to the ring.
Asuka says to forget Ronda because Asuka is the champion now.
Charlotte says Asuka should be thanking Ronda. Becky says Asuka never beat her.
Before Becky and Charlotte can finish arguing, ominous music plays and Vince McMahon makes his way to the stage.
Vince wishes everyone a Happy Holidays. Vince congratulates Asuka on her victory. He tells Becky that this is conduct unbecoming an individual. Are you angry because you expect something? Charlotte, you are making excuses too. You participated in a TLC match and anything goes and anyone can get involved. Ronda Rousey got involved and she said she would write the next chapters in your careers. Vince tells them to take out their problems on Ronda.
Vince asks Asuka if she would like to defend her championship tonight. Vince asks if anyone is ready for Asuka. We will find out who it will be.
Naomi makes her way out and she has a mic. Naomi tells Charlotte you have had your opportunities. Becky, you were the man, but you don’t have the title any more. Naomi says she wants it.
Vince gives us the match.
Match Number One: Naomi versus Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
They lock up and we see Charlotte and Becky politely watching from ringside. Asuka with a wrist lock and Naomi with a reversal. Asuka with forearms and an arm drag into an arm bar. Naomi with a head scissors and Asuka escapes. Asuka with a head scissors and Naomi escapes. Asuka with a waist lock and Naomi lands on her feet on a suplex attempt. Asuka and Naomi go for drop kicks at the same time and go to a stalemate. They go for a test of strength and Naomi with a wrist lock. Asuka with a kick and Naomi with a waist lock and snap mare.
Naomi with a kick to the back. Asuka blocks a kick and applies an ankle lock. Naomi with a full nelson bomb for a near fall. Naomi with a body scissors and Asuka leans back for a near fall. Naomi with a rollup for a near fall. Asuka with an arm bar. Asuka with an Irish whip and Naomi tries to float over and Asuka with a kick to the midsection. Asuka kicks Naomi in the back against the ropes. Naomi with a back elbow and Naomi goes to the turnbuckles and Asuka with an octopus in the ropes. Asuka has words for Becky and Charlotte and that allows Naomi to recover and hit a side Russian leg sweep from the ropes and both women are down.
Asuka goes to the floor and Naomi with a pescado onto Asuka. They return to the ring and Naomi gets a near fall. Naomi sends Asuka into the turnbuckles and kicks Asuka. Naomi chokes Asuka in the corner. Asuka with forearms and kicks. Naomi drives the knee into the mat. Naomi with a sliding clothesline and applies a reverse chin lock. Asuka with punches but Naomi pushes Asuka and connects with speedball kicks. Both women with kicks and they both go down. Both women get to the ropes to get back to their feet to beat the count. Asuka misses a hip attack and gets caught in the ropes. Naomi with a drop kick that sends Asuka to the floor.
Naomi has a baseball slide blocked and Asuka pulls Naomi to the floor. Asuka sends Naomi back into the ring and Asuka goes up top and hits a missile drop kick to the back and Naomi goes to the floor. Asuka follows Naomi to the floor and kicks Naomi. Asuka tries to send Naomi into the ringside barrier but Naomi with a round kick off the ringside barrier. They both get back into the ring at nine. Naomi and Asuka with forearms as they go back and forth. Naomi with the advantage but Asuka with the pop up knee to the head. Naomi with a round kick to the temple as Asuka charges into the corner. Naomi with a double jump split legged moonsault but Asuka gets her knees up and then she applies the Asuka Lock. Naomi leans back off the turnbuckles and gets a near fall with a rollup.
Asuka holds on to the Asuka Lock and Naomi escapes. Asuka rolls Naomi up and Naomi with a Victory Roll for a near fall. Naomi with Rear View for a near fall. Naomi goes to the apron and goes for a springboard move but Asuka counters with a Codebreaker for a near fall. Asuka with an Asuka Lock and Naomi taps out.