Show: WWE SmackDown Live
Location: Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center
Welcome to SmackDown Live. Daniel Bryan welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Daniel wants to talk about the announcement of the women’s Royal Rumble match for the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. He says it will be huge, awesome, and a turning point in WWE history. Tonight, in the main event, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Jinder Mahal will face Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Shane McMahon’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Shane says hello to the crowd. He also mentions the women’s Royal Rumble match. Shane wants to talk about Clash of Champions. Shane says everything was happening the right way when Randy Orton hit Sami with an RKO. Shane says he was about to make the three count to see Kevin and Sami gone from WWE forever. However, as he went down for the three count, you tripped and broke up the count. Shane says he could have counted to 50.
Daniel says that was an accident. Shane says he did not know that at the time. Shane says that he was going to make the three count when Sami Zayn had Randy Orton won. Shane says he remembered what Kevin did to his father, he remembered how Sami cost him at Hell in a Cell, and he remembered what Kevin and Sami did to screw over Team Blue at Survivor Series and he did not make the three count.
Sami rolled up Orton and made a quick three count. Daniel says he did what he did to protect Shane from himself. Shane says he does not need protection from Daniel.
Daniel tells Shane, with all due respect, yes you do. You eat, sleep, and breathe Smackdown. That passion turns you into a hot head. Daniel says he was protecting Shane and the idea of what Smackdown is about. Daniel says he took this job because of a shared vision. A shared vision of a land of opportunity. A land of opportunity for everyone, not just people that you like. You might not like Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, but you threaten their livelihood and you threaten to take away what they promised everyone.
Shane says he has been thinking about this. He says he understands why Daniel has empathy for Kevin and Sami. As soon as they are done playing on your empathetic heartstrings, they are going to stab you in the back. Shane tells Daniel not to show favoritism because it will bite you in the butt.
Daniel asks if he should have done what was best for business? Daniel says he heard those words before and he struggled and fought against those words. Daniel believed in Shane and Smackdown. If you have a different vision, that is your prerogative. If you want to fire someone, fire him. Daniel says he doesn’t want to see Shane-O Mac turn into Mr. McMahon.
The crowd chants ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ to Shane. Shane tells Daniel, he respects him implicitly and trusts him. He wishes Daniel luck with the show tonight.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso in a Non Title Match
Jimmy and Gable start things off and Gable with a waist lock. Gable with a take down as he holds on. Jimmy with an uppercut and Jey tags in. Jey with a forearm into the corner. Jey wtih an uppercut. Jey sends Chad into the turnbuckles and then sends Gable sternum first into the turnbuckles on an Irish whip. Jimmy tags in and he punches Gable. Jey tags in and hits a head butt to the midsection. Gable goes to the floor after an elbow to the midsection.
Shelton checks on Chad and they return to the apron. Benjamin tags in and Benjamin with a knee and forearm. Benjamin punches Jey. Shelton with an Irish whip but Jey slides into the corner and connects with an uppercut. Jey with a front face lock and Jimmy tags in. Jimmy chops Shelton. Shelton with an Irish whip and Shelton catches Jimmy when he tries to float over. Shelton with a running power slam and he gets a near fall.
Chad tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle. Chad gets a near fall. Shelton tags in and Chad tries to hyperextend the knee. Shelton with a knee to the hamstring as he continues to work on the leg. Shelton with a step over toe hold. Benjamin kicks Jimmy in the head. Jimmy with punches but Shelton with a punch. Jimmy with a sunset flip for a near fall. Shelton with a kick and Jimmy with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jimmy has a kick blocked and then hits a dragon whip.
Gable and Jey tag in and Jey with clotheslines followed by a thrust kick and uppercut. Gable escapes the Samoan drop and Jey avoids an O’Connor Roll. Jey with a Samoan drop. Jey with a running butt splash to Gable and he drops down and Benjamin goes to the floor. Benjamin punches Jimmy when he goes for a suicide dive. Gable with a rollup on Jimmy. Jimmy with a super kick and he goes up top. Benjamin climbs to the turnbuckles but Jey stops Benjamin. Gable gets his knees up and he gets a near fall. Gable blocks a super kick from Jey and he hits Chaos Theory.
Benjamin with a knee to Jey and Gable with Chaos Theory and Benjamin makes the tag. Benjamin gets Jey up and Gable with a power bomb and clothesline combination for the three count.
Winners: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
Charlotte Flair walks in the back as we go to commercial. We are back and Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.
Charlotte says she has goosebumps after that video package. On Sunday, she retained her title in a Lumberjack match against Natalya. Nothing makes her happier than to have the honor of carrying this title on her shoulder, except last night when Stephanie announced the first Women’s Royal Rumble match. The women of Raw and Smackdown will have the chance to be in this unprecedented event. Charlotte says that all of you helped them. You chanted and showed passion for what you do. Management listened. Whoever wins the Royal Rumble, she will be waiting to defend her title at Wrestlemania.
Naomi makes her way to the ring. Naomi congratulates her on her victory on Sunday. Naomi says she is out here to be the first woman on Smackdown to declare that she is entering the Royal Rumble. Naomi tells Charlotte she will see her at Wrestlemania.