Welcome to SmackDown Live.
We see Becky Lynch arrive at the arena. Becky is asked about becoming the number one contender for the Women’s Title and if she is ready for Asuka. Becky says we know the answer and she will tell everyone in the ring. She tosses the keys to Kayla.
She walks by The New Day and Heavy Machinery as the New Day is disgusted by what Otis is making in the blender. Otis asks Becky if she would like a sip and she samples it and says it is a little weak.
We are in Birmingham, Alabama and your announcers are Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton.
Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring.
Becky says in two short weeks, she gets the opportunity to take back her title. This is the same title she got the whole world talking about. Where is it now? The whole roster things that what she is doing is a fluke. They think getting the world to listen, connecting with the fans, main eventing, and being the man is easy, but they see how hard it is. Everyone is trying to be a badass since she broke through. Asuka is finding out how hard it is to lead this division.
Becky says there are those who tried to discredit her and say that she is hype. Becky says she delivers on everything she says every time. If you really want to talk about hype, Asuka walked into last year’s Wrestlemania indestructible and undefeated, but not only did she lose. Asuka fell off the radar after that lost. The invincible Asuka was not able to beat the woman that Becky has defeated all over the world for five months and Asuka is asking if Becky is ready.
Asuka makes her way to the ring.
Asuka says Becky likes hype and talk and she is a bee without sting. After the Royal Rumble, you will not be in Charlotte’s shadow. You will be in hers.
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay come out. Billie say that is not how a proper champion should behave by making scary faces and threats. Where is the dignity and class? Peyton says you might talk about Asuka, but did you see Becky bully Kayla around. Typical behavior of a man. Peyton says it does not matter who wins at Royal Rumble because they are going to win the Royal Rumble match and they will be the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Then they will make Wrestlemania ICONIC.
Becky says you want to know what the buzz is about. She will show why she is the talk of the industry. She wants to know which one of them wants to get in the ring with the Man.
Match Number One: Becky Lynch versus Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)
Becky punches Peyton and she goes to the floor. Becky sends her back into the ring and Becky gets a near fall with a rollup. Becky with a back heel kick and then Becky goes for DisArmHer but Peyton escapes. Becky with another punch and a leg lariat. Becky with a back slide for a near fall. Becky with an arm drag into an arm bar. Becky gives Peyton a noogie while on the mat.
We see Lacey Evans sipping a beverage while looking in the general vicinity of the monitor in the back. Peyton goes to the floor and Becky with a baseball slide. They get back into the ring and Peyton with forearms and punches. Peyton gets a near fall. Peyton kicks Becky in the corner and punches her. Becky with a knee and forearms. Peyton with an Irish whip and clothesline in the corner. Peyton with a forearm to the back.
Peyton chokes Becky in the ropes and applies a reverse chin lock. Becky with elbows. Peyton sends Becky to the mat. Peyton runs into a boot and Becky with a flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Peyton goes to the floor and Billie checks on Peyton. Becky pulls Billie out of the way and Peyton with a clothesline. Peyton sends Becky back into the ring and kicks Becky in the back. Peyton chokes Becky in the corner. Peyton misses a gingerly made charge into the corner and Becky gets a rollup for a near fall. Peyton gets a near fall. Peyton stretches Becky in the ropes and kicks her back into the ring.
Becky with punches and a European uppercut. Peyton with a drop kick for a near fall. Peyton works on Becky’s back and follows with knees to the back and a reverse chin lock. Becky with punches and she goes for a slam but Peyton gets to her feet and pulls Becky to the mat by her hair. Peyton chokes Becky in teh ropes and connects with knees. Peyton with a snap mare and elbow to the collarbone. Peyton with a rear chin lock.
Lacey still has her drink in her hands and she is looking towards the monitor.
Back in the ring, Becky with punches and forearms. Becky with a European uppercut. Becky with a Thesz Press and punches. Becky with an exploder. Peyton kicks Becky on the turnbuckles and pulls her to the mat to get a near fall. Becky blocks a suplex and rolls through into DisArmHer and Peyton taps out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
After the match, Asuka gets in the ring and yells at Becky in Japanese. It appears that she wants to face Billie Kay.
Match Number Two: Asuka versus Billie Kay in a Non Title Match
Asuka with a hip attack and a sliding knee for a near fall. Asuka with DisArmHer on Billie but Billie with a rollup for a near fall. Asuka with an Asuka Lock and Billie taps out.
After the match, Asuka and Becky Lynch have a stare down in the ring until . . .
AJ Styles’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. AJ walks past Becky and Asuka before he goes into the crowd and up the aisle into the concourse.
We are back and AJ is at a concession stand and he has soda, hot dogs, and popcorn. Daniel said these people were not healthy and happy but look at them. These people spent their hard earned money to be here. These people are no different than the people in Phoenix who will see him kick Daniel’s ass at the Royal Rumble. AJ also gives out some of his t-shirts.
A hooded person attacks and it is Daniel Bryan. AJ knocks over the relish but AJ gives Bryan a spinebuster through the hot dog table.