WWE SmackDown Live Results – January 23, 2018: Royal Rumble Go-Home Show


Welcome to SmackDown Live. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their way to the ring. Kevin says it is time to pay attention because you have in front of you the future of WWE, not a parade of retirees like you saw last night on Raw’s 25th Anniversary. Kevin introduces the next co-WWE Champion Sami Zayn.

Sami says he wants to spread the love a bit as he bounces around Kevin and he wants everyone to give it up for the next co-WWE Champion.

Kevin says the Yep Movement is about more than a single syllable. It is about standing in the face of adversity and tyranny. Sami with a Yep. Kevin brings up the 3 on 2 handicap match from a few weeks ago, set up by Shane. Shane’s vendetta backfired because they proved that AJ Styles has no chance of walking out of the Royal Rumble with the WWE title. They are the absolute best competitors on Smackdown. If they couldn’t overcome the odds of a handicap match there is no way AJ will overcome the odds on Sunday.

Sami says he will spell it out for AJ. They are going to beat AJ. They are going to take your championship. They are going to become the first ever co-WWE World Champions. Just to add a little insult to injury, they are going to hurt AJ after taking his title. Kevin and Sami with Yeps until AJ Styles makes his way to the stage.

AJ says he cannot be the only one who heard them correctly.  Did they say they were going to beat him this Sunday?  AJ says nope.  Did you say you were going to be Co-WWE Champions?  Nope.  Did you say you were going to hurt him on Sunday?  Nope.  AJ asks if that is annoying them because they have been annoying everyone for weeks.

Kevin says when they win, AJ is going to hear YEP everywhere.  They say that even AJ’s family will be saying YEP.

AJ tells them to shut their YepHoles.  AJ says you should be cocky because of your advantage but you are going to fight someone phenomenal.  AJ says he will do anything possible to keep the title from you.  AJ says this is the House that AJ Styles Built.

Kevin says that AJ is phenomenal but he is predictable.  Sami says that he told Kevin that AJ would come out and do his macho tough guy act.

Kevin says that you talk like you have a chance on Sunday.  That is why you speak with ignorance because ignorance is the official language of Washington D.C.  Sami adds that it was ignorance that got you into this pickle.

Kevin asks Sami if he can remember what AJ said a few weeks ago.  Sami goes to the video tape.

Kevin calls AJ a tough guy.  Those were supposed to be empty words because you didn’t expect someone to take you up on that offer.  As soon as the match was made, you started to backtrack.

Sami says that AJ has to be a man because he is forced by an actual authority figure with actual convictions who will make you live up to your word.  With Daniel not here right now, will you be true to your word?

AJ wants to know what do they mean. Kevin and Sami go to the footage. Kevin asks AJ if he is going to weasel out of things or will he be a man?  What about AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens and then AJ Styles versus Sami Zayn immediately after?

Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage. Daniel says they are right about Kevin and Sami being two of the best superstars to step in the ring.  They are also right about how difficult it is to win a handicap match.  Daniel says he has the utmost faith in AJ Styles.

AJ says he does not need Daniel to advocate for him because he does not know if Daniel is in bed with Kevin and Sami.  If they think they can beat him in back to back matches, why not find out.  AJ says he will not only beat them, he will hurt them.

We go to commercial.

Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso) versus Chad Gable (with Shelton Benjamin)

Gable goes for the legs but Jey backs himself into the ropes.  Gable with a single leg and waist lock take down.  Jey gets to the turnbuckles and Chad with a break.  Chad with an arm bar.  Gable with an Irish whip but Jey slides into the corner.  Gable with a take down and crossfaces.  Gable is sent to the floor and Jey with an uppercut to send Chad to the floor again.

Gable returns to the ring and he goes for another waist lock.  Jey with a back elbow and thrust kick followed by an uppercut.  Gable escapes a Samoan drop attempt and Jey is sent shoulder first into the ring post.  Jey goes to the floor and Chad brings him back into the ring.  Gable with a step over knee drop to the arm and then he gets a near fall.  Gable with a hammer lock and he sends Jey shoulder first into the turnbuckles.  Chad gets a near fall.

Chad with an arm bar.  Jey with chops to Gable but Gable blocks a thrust kick.  Chad with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall.  Chad goes up top for a moonsault and he lands on his feet when Jey moves.  Chad is sent to the apron and he blocks a kick.  Jey with a dragon whip and then he goes for a suicide dive but Chad with a forearm.  Jey with a hip toss to send Gable over the top rope to the floor.  Jey with a suicide dive onto Gable and both men are down.

Jey goes up top but Gable moves.  Jey lands on his feet and hits a Samoan Drop.  Jey sets for the running butt splash into the corner but Chad catches him.  Jey escapes Chaos Theory.  Chad avoids a super kick and Chad with Chaos Theory for the three count.

Winner:  Chad Gable

Renee Young is in the interview area and she is with Shinsuke Nakamura.  She asks Nakamura about statements that he would be a WWE Champion.  Nakamura sees someone in the ring and he gives them a knee to the face.

Baron Corbin stops by and he says that Nakamura is just hype.  It is okay because the WWE Universe cares about you.  Baron says he does not care about them so they can keep their pathetic opinions to themselves.  Corbin says his resume speaks volumes and he will add to it on Sunday.  That is not hype, it is results.  Corbin asks Nakamura what has he done.

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