Welcome to SmackDown Live. There a recap video package of last week’s show. The New Day make their way to the ring for the opening match. Kofi says tonight the future of the United States is at stake when Xavier Woods of the New Day faces who? The self proclaimed Modern Day Maharaja as the New Day rev up the end of Maharaja. Xavier says he will defend the principles of what makes America great: Life, liberty, and the power of positivity. Xavier says that people do not talk about the principle of pancake. Big E says individually, the ingredients are strong, but together they are pretty good. Kofi says they bring people together. Xavier says a vote for him as United States Champions is a vote for three.
They mention things that come in three. Big E mentions Home Alon but Xavier says three was not that good, but Jinder dislikes all three. Kofi says that Jinder does not like anyone in the building. Xavier asks if that if that is who you want as champion. Xavier gets everyone to say ‘Nay’. Xavier asks for the strength to beat Jinder and become the United States Champion.
Samir and Sunil Singh introduce Jinder Mahal.
Xavier Woods (with Kofi Kingston and Big E) versus Jinder Mahal (with Samir Singh and Sunil Singh) in a United States Tournament SemiFinals Match
Mahal with a thrust kick to the head and then he stands over Woods. Mahal with a punch after he picks up Woods. Mahal with forearms and punches before he chokes Woods in the ropes. Mahal with a snap mare and knee to the back followed by a leaping knee drop. Woods with punches but Mahal with a back elbow for a near fall. Mahal with a rear chin lock and his knee in the back as Big E and Kofi try to fan the aroma of the pancakes to motivate Woods. Woods with a drop kick but he runs into an elbow in the corner.
We are back and Mahal with a half nelson and chin lock. Woods with punches and a jaw breaker followed by a thrust kick to the knee. Mahal with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Mahal chokes Woods in the ropes. Mahal chokes Woods in the corner. Mahal with knee drops using the ropes for extra leverage. Mahal with a side head lock on Woods. Woods with punches and then he is dropped on the top rope by Mahal and Woods holds his ribs. Mahal using the ring skirt to choke Woods and then he connects with a forearm to the throat.
Woods tries to get back into the ring while the referee makes his count. Mahal kicks Woods but Woods with punches. Mahal with a hard Irish whip. Mahal puts his knee in Woods’ back and he connects with crossfaces before applying a rear chin lock. Woods with punches but Mahal with a shot to the throat. Woods with a knee and he tries for the Honor Roll but Mahal counters with a Harley Race knee and he gets a near fall.
Woods with a punch and chops. Woods with a kick as he comes off the ropes but Mahal with a clothesline. Mahal returns to the rear chin lock and then he applies a seated abdominal stretch. Woods with a hip toss to escape but Mahal with another shot to the throat to send Woods to the mat. Mahal with kicks to Woods.
Woods with punches to stop Mahal and he follows with head butts, sending Mahal to the mat. Woods with a missile drop kick and both men are down. Woods with a chop and he blocks a punch. Woods and Mahal exchange punches and Woods gains the advantage. Mahal returns to the throat to stop Woods. Woods with a running forearm or two. Woods with a rolling elbow. Woods is sent to the apron but Woods with a shoulder. Mahal avoids the slingshot DDT but Woods hits an enzuigiri. Woods with a Shining Wizard for a near fall. The New Day go after The Singhs and everyone goes up the ramp.
Woods with a belly-to-back suplex and he goes up top but he misses the springboard elbow drop. Mahal sends Woods throat first into the bottom rope and the referee checks on Woods. Mahal sets for Khallas and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (Advances to Finals)
We see a video from Baron Corbin where he says he was built for the Royal Rumble. No friends and anything goes. There are no distractions. All he sees is a ring of potential victims and a lifetime of opportunities. If you get in his way, you are going over the top rope. Baron says it is his time to main event Wrestlemania.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the headlines about Goldberg being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.
Renee Young is in the interview area with AJ Styles.
Renee asks about the confidence of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. AJ says they have a three on one advantage. He considers Kevin as two people. They are just like each other. AJ mixes the names and calls them Kami. AJ says he likes that. The thought of Kami being co-champions makes him want to spew his guts out. AJ got here by overcoming obstacles and he will do everything in his power to make sure the YEP Movement comes to an end. AJ says this isn’t the Kami Show, this is Smackdown, the House that AJ Styles Built.
Carmella says the Royal Rumble will be fabulous because when it comes to making history, we know what she can do. Natalya says it will take cat like reflexes to beat twenty-nine others. Tamina says she will make you all believe you can fly when she flings everyone over the top rope. Lana says she will have the last laugh when she crushes at the Ravishing Rumble. Naomi says no one is safe and no one can be trusted. She says everyone will feel the glow. Ruby Riott says creating chaos is in her DNA. You might not like her but you cannot stop her. Sarah says you either fight or you run when you deal with wolves and she never runs. Liv Morgan says that when she wins the Royal Rumble, she will liv forever. Becky Lynch says she was the first woman drafted to Smackdown and she will be the last one in the Royal Rumble.
Bobby Roode versus Mojo Rawley in a United States Title Tournament SemiFinal Match
They lock up and Rawley sends Roode face first into the mat and Rawley pie faces Roode. They lock up again and Roode with a side head lock into a waist lock and take down. Roode floats over on Rawley and then he does the Glorious pose. Roode with a side head lock and Rawley backs Roode into the corner. Rawley with a clean break for a moment but he misses a punch. Roode with a punch and chop. Roode with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Roode with a reverse chin lock. Roode with a front face lock into a waist lock. Rawley with an elbow to the top of the head.