Welcome to SmackDown Live.
WWE Smackdown opened up with a video feature on Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey at this past weekend’s Survivor Series PPV.
Charlotte Flair made her way to the ring. Flair smiled. A fan yelled, “Thank you Charlotte” and she said, “Yes, thank me.” She said she put the baddest beating of the so-called baddest woman on the planet and she is so proud of it. She asked Ronda Rousey is she was looking at her bruises and welts and walking a little shower. She Smasaid if Ronda was looking for an apology, she’s not going to get it. Flair said she enjoyed every second of beating her ass. She said it was for her locker room and the champ. She spent half her career fighting against Becky Lynch and she fought at Survivor Series for Becky Lynch. Lynch told her to give Ronda the beating that she would have and Charlotte did. Flair bragged that Rousey bowed down to the Queen.
Smackdown GM Paige came out and said she didn’t have to apologize. Paige said that she and everyone loved it. Paige said that on Raw, Ronda said she was going to find Flair and take care of her. Flair said that if she sticks her nose in her business again, she’s going to put Rousey’s hair in a chair again and stomp it a million times. Flair said no one can stop her. Paige reminded her she put her hands on five WWE officials, so she has no choice but to fine Flair $100,000.
Before Flair really had a chance to respond, out came the IIconics. Peyton began staring lifelessly. Billie asked her what was wrong, then figured out that she was imitating Charlotte Flair on Sunday. They began mocking Flair, then said they know that they are Paige’s favorites. Flair said that she was ready to help them find out and offered to face one of them right now.
Charlotte Flair vs. Billie Kaye
Flair was aggressive with chops early and brought Kaye down with a side headlock, grinding again. Flair nails a series of kneedrops and Kaye was already on the ropes. Flair took her down and went for the figure four but Kaye scrambled for the ropes to break up the attempt. Kaye retreated to the floor. Flair smiled and followed out and back to the ring. Kaye returned to the floor, but this time when Charlotte followed, she was caught with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Flair caught her with an O’Connor Roll but was sent into the buckle when Kaye kicked up. Peyton worked over Flair on the corner as Kaye distracred the referee.
Flair came back with a Fall Away Slam, followed by Natural Selection for the pin.
Your winner, Charlotte Flair.
Flair said that wasn’t enough for her and challenged Royce to face her. Royce looked like she didn’t want to wrestle. She finally agreed but entered the ring with great trepidation. Royce then exited immediately.
Charlotte Flair vs. Peyton Royce
Flair finally attacked her and drilled her into the corner, nailing several shoulderblocks. Royce kicked her away but Flair almost immediately regained control and tossed her to the floor. Flair met her with chops against the barricade.
Royce gained control and yanked her down by the hair. She kicked at Flair, then tossed her into the ring, scoring a near fall. Royce drilled her with a right hand and scored another pinfall attempt. Flair finally caught her with a big boot. Flair went for a slam but Billie Kaye attacked Flair from behind.
Your winner, Charlotte Flair by DQ!
The IIconics worked over Flair. The crowd chanted for Becky Lynch. They went to the floor to get a steel chair but the WWE staffer at ringside didn’t want to hand it over That delay gave Flair enough time to recover and spear them both on the floor. Flair began beating Kaye’s head into the announcers’ table, the followed suit with Royce. She then did it to each of them at the same time. Flair ran Kaye into the ringside barricade and drilled her with a hard knee.
Royce was run into the steel stairs at ringside. Kaye was snatched up and tossed over one of the announcing tables. Royce was then tossed over the table as well. Flair stepped up on the table, extended her arms and told everyone to “Bow down.”
They basically gave 1/4th of the entire show to Flair and it was pretty entertaining.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio said he’s seen a lot, good and bad, but he’s never seen anything like Randy Orton. He said that Orton wants to do to him what he did to Jeff Hardy. He said he didn’t come back to be one of the Viper’s victims. He said Randy may be at the top of his game, but so is Rey. Wait and see.
They announced Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio would take place later tonight.
The announcers recapped Daniel Bryan’s WWE title win last week. We will hear from him later tonight.
They showed The Miz backstage signing a copy of MizTV for someone. They pushed that MizTV with Shane McMahon would be up next.
The fans chanted, “Miz is awesome” and he smirked and said that it was good to be home. Miz gave Shane McMahoin a big introduction, acting as he was so blown away and impressed to have teamed with him. McMahon came out walking like Charlotte Flair had given him a beating and he actually sold it. Miz did his dance as he came to the ring. He asked Shane to do the shuffle but Shane he was too banged up to do it.
The World Cup was at ringside.
Miz said they fought to the bitter end at Survivor Series, just as they did at Crown Jewel. Miz was putting over Shane but saying “we” did everything. Shane said he liked the “we” thing but only doesn’t remember much after Braun Strowman clotheslined him out of the air. Miz said that he was saying “we” to be a team player. Shane said that he knows it’s Miz’s show but usually the host asks questions.
Miz said that he was 2/3rd the best in the word and Shane was 1/3rd, he asked if Shane would team up with him as a tag team. Miz tried to push him on the merits of being a team, saying it would be the best team in the world. He said that at Survivor Series, he saw a Survivor and a Champion. Shane said that with their responsibilities, he didn’t think it was a good idea. Miz said this wasn’t the reaction as he thought he would get. He said he went to Paige earlier and if he’s as much as a man…well a McMahon, they could compete right now.