Show: WWE SmackDown Live
Location: Orlando, FL at the Amway Center
Welcome to SmackDown Live. We start off with a look back at last week’s main event when Shane McMahon got involved in the main event and it probably cost AJ Styles his non title match against Kevin Owens.
We are in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, and Tom Phillips.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring and he has something to say.
AJ wishes everyone a Happy New Year and welcomes everyone to Smackdown. He welcomes everyone to the House that AJ Styles Built. AJ says it is a new year and there are new beginnings. He says that there are a lot of people who have made New Year’s Resolutions to win the Royal Rumble. AJ says he made a few resolutions. He will take the title to Wrestlemania and walk out of the main event with the title still around his waist. With Shane and Sami getting involved last week, he won’t point fingers. His other resolution is to beat Sami Zayn. AJ wonders if Kevin Owens will be allowed to be at ringside with Sami Zayn.
AJ says that person will come out to make his decision.
Daniel Bryan comes out while Byron accuses Daniel of being in Kevin and Sami’s pockets while Corey discounts those conspiracy theories.
Before Daniel can say anything, Shane McMahon shuffles his way to the ring.
Shane says he had the best intentions last week when he came to the ring to have the referee eject Sami Zayn from ringside. Shane says we would rather see a match won by the wrestler’s abiltiies than by distractions. Shane says he may have caused AJ’s defeat and he aplogizes. Shane says he has been accused of having a personal vendetta against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As much as he has a legitimate beef with them, Daniel has a kinship with Sami and Kevin. Why would you let Sami Zayn come to ringside? Shane says he has a bigger question.
Shane asks if Daniel is turning the Yes Movement into the Yep Movement. Shane says that he would not expect to keep Kevin from being at ringside for Sami. Shane says that he will be at ringside as well tonight.
Daniel says that was not what he was thinking. Since you will be at ringside, why not have Kevin Owens at ringside too. If you AND Kevin Owens will be out for the main event, then why not be out here too.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jimmy says there is a tag team in the ring with a New Year’s Resolution to become tag team champions. Standing in front of that team are the champions. Jey says they will be three time tag team of the year.
Match Number One: Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso versus Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles
Shelton and Jimmy start and Jimmy with a punch but Shelton climbs the turnbuckles for a butterfly superplex and Gable with a moonsault for a near fall. Gable puts Jimmy’s leg in the rope and then he takes him to the mat with a dragon screw leg whip. Chad continues to work on the leg. Chad with a knee drop to the leg while Shelton tags in. Shelton with a shoulder in the corner and then he htis a running knee to the leg in the ropes. Shelton with a single leg crab. Jimmy tries to tag in his brother but Shelton pulls him back towards his corner and tags in Chad. Chad with spinning toe holds on the injured leg.
Chad keeps Jimmy from making the tag and he brings Jimmy back to his corner and he tags in Shelton. They hit kicks and a double knee strike for a near fall. Chad with another spinning toe hold. Jimmy kicks Chad and tries to make the tag. Jimmy misses a dragon whip the first time, but he hits a second one and both are down. Jey and Shelton tag in and Jey sends Shelton to the floor and he hits a plancha. Gable is sent to the floor and Jey with a plancha. Jey is tripped by Shelton and he is sent shoulder first into the ringside barrier. Gable is sent to the floor and Benjamin with a knee to Jimmy. Gable hits the Doomsday Clothesline for the three count.
Winners: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
After the match, Jey reminds the referee that he was the legal man in the match.
Another referee comes to the ring and he tells Chad and Shelton to stay where they are. The second referee shows the first referee about the legal man in the match.
The referee apologizes and he restarts the match.
We go to commercial.
The Usos knock Gable and Jordan off the apron and then they send them into the ringside barrier. Jey with a super kick and uppercut followed by a Samoan drop. Jey with a running hip into the corner that misses when Gable pulls Shelton out of the way. Chad takes care of Jimmy on the floor.. Shelton with a rollup for a near fall followed by a spinebuster. Jimmy with a super kick to Chad when Jey avoids the clothesline off the turnbuckles. Jey escapes the power bomb. Jimmy tags in and they hit super kicks. Jey tags back in and he hits the Superfly Splash for the three count.
Winners: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn walk in the back and Renee Young wishes Sami luck in his match. She asks Kevin about everyone being at ringside. Kevin asks if tonight will be any different than last week? Kevin says he had an omelet last week and he had eggs sunny side up last week. That is different. Last week, they were in Chicago and tonight they are in Orlando. That was different. It will not be different when Sami beats AJ Styles. Sami with a few YEPs.
Sami says that Daniel Bryan is trying to make sure that everything is done right. Kevin says that Sami will defeat AJ and the House that AJ built and tear it down brick by brick.
Tyler Breeze and Fandango versus Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Harper and Rowan attack before the bell and they take care of Breeze before hitting a cross body on Fandango.
The Ascension make their way to the ring and they get on the apron. Harper knocks Konnor off the apron and Rowan brings Viktor into the ring. Harper with a super kick to Konnor to knock him off the apron. Harper and Rowan with the T Gimmick on Viktor.