December 18, 2018
As SmackDown opened, Shane McMahon gave another speech regarding change and to give fans what they want, riling them up. In the end, however, also Shane McMahon said about Paige that, she will not going anywhere but her role will change.
Becky Lynch headed to the ring and said she doesn’t care who runs the show because The Man is in charge and demanded a match with Ronda Rousey. Charlotte came out to say she will go against Ronda first. Asuka also came out before a surprising entry of Vince McMahon. He asked why Becky and Charlotte were making excuses for themselves when the match had no rules. He told them to get over it and take it up with Ronda. He asked if Asuka would like to defend her title that night and she agreed.
Asuka vs. Naomi (Women’s Title)
Instead of giving a title shot to Lynch or Flair, McMahon brings out Naomi as Asuka’s first challenger. Becky and Charlotte are not happy at all. The match started with Becky and Charlotte at the ringside. In a slow but entertaining match, which also moved to ringside for quite some time, Asuka countered Naomi’s jump from the top rope before putting on the Asukalock one last time for the win.
Winner and still Smackdown Women’s Champion: Asuka
Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe’s feud continues
Jeff came out and said his demons were in the past and challenged Joe to come out and face him. Samoa Joe comes out to apologize to Jeff Hardy. Joe reveals this is actually an intervention and he knows Jeff’s demons are going to come back. Hardy says he knows he is never going back to his past problems. Jeff asks if Joe is just mad because he has never won a title in WWE. Joe tries to strike and Jeff hits him with the Twist of Fate.
Mixed Tag Team Match
The Miz &
Mandy Rose vs. R-Truth & Carmella
Mandy Rose and The Miz’s partnered to face Fabulous Truth. Mandy and Mella started the bout before Miz and Truth come in. Truth gets the upper hand and clotheslines him out of the ring. Mella then hit Mandy with a superkick afterward, but Miz was able to sneak in and hit his finisher on Truth for the win.
Winners: The Miz & Mandy Rose
The Usos vs The Club
The Usos came out and asked for the Bar but they got the Club instead who are fed up of watching from the sidelines from last few months. Gallows and Anderson started swiftly on their return before match set in the routine. Uso countered a Suplex from Anderson and was on the top rope when the Bar showed up. Then Sanity came out in the ring leading to a disqualification. The Bar watched on as Sanity destroyed everyone present in the ring. Smackdown tag team championship is getting more interesting.
Winners: No Contest
Andrade Almas and Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali and AJ Styles
Coming out for the main event, Bryan again thrashed the entire WWE universe and the crowd. As the match started, Bryan tagged Almas to avoid facing Styles. After countering Alma twice with Irish Whip and a dropkick, Styles tagged out. Alma used his power to take control of Ali and Bryan tagged in. Bryan was sent out of the ring and Styles kicked Almas off the apron before Ali brought down their opponent with a backdrop at the ringside. Alma and Bryan kept the pressure on Ali for some time. Styles got the tag and cleared his opponents from the ring. After a series of missed moves, AJ hit a moonsault DDT and tagged Ali who again hit a DDT on Bryan and then fended off Almas, hitting Bryan with his move and pin him to win the match.