This week’s SmackDown will be live from Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama. As the Royal Rumble is just 2 weeks away, build up for the PPV event will continue.
SmackDown started with Becky Lynch driving into the parking lot in
1. Becky calls out Asuka
Lynch came to the ring and started talking about facing Asuka at The Royal Rumble. She said that everyone on Raw and SmackDown is trying to be like her and mocked Asuka for losing to Charlotte at WrestleMania and falling off the radar. Asuka came out to interrupt Becky and told her she was all hype and no sting.
The IIconics interrupted and told Asuka that her behavior wasn’t becoming of a champion before telling Becky that she was behaving like a “typical man”. The IIconics then said they planned to win the women’s Royal Rumble before becoming the first women’s Tag-Team Champions.
2. Becky Lynch vs Peyton Royce
Becky Lynch challenged Royce to an impromptu match. However, Becky completely dominated the openings stages, continued clubbing Royce with right hands as she tried to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her but Royce rolled outside. Becky hit her with a sliding dropkick before rolling her back into the ring. Royce took control as Becky followed her in and kept pressure for some time. Becky wrested back control with an Exploder Suplex before quickly locking in a Dis-Arm-Her for the win.
Winner- Becky Lynch by submission
Lacey Evans was shown watching the match from backstage for some reason.
3. Asuka vs Billie Kay
Asuka came into the ring after Lynch’s match was over and started shouting at her in Japanese. She then challenged Billie Key for a match to show she can do what Becky just did better. Key who was helping Royce to go backstage was dragged by Asuka in the ring and the referee started the match. Asuka immediately hit Kay with a hip attack before going for her version of a Dis-Arm-Her. Asuka then applied the Asuka Lock for the win.
Winner- Asuka by Submission
4. More Drama
Becky got in the ring to stands toe to toe with Asuka. Before anything could happen, AJ Styles’ music hits and he heads down to the ring and made his way to concession stands.
Styles, with the crowd cheering, throwing t-shirts into a crowd of fans in the arena and mocking Bryan. Daniel Bryan attacked him out of nowhere but AJ hit him with spinebuster through a table before officials dragged him away.
Mandy Rose was shown giving her hotel room keys to Jimmy Uso.
Andrade (yes, only Andrade) and Zelina Vega gave a backstage interview. Andrade said that Mysterio is a legend but last week he pinned him and he will beat him again today while Vega promoted Andrade to win Royal Rumble.
5. Samoa Joe vs Mustafa Ali
Samoa Joe was supposed to face Mustafa Ali next but he attacked Ali as
he posed during his entrance. This one never had a chance to be a contest and had to be called off after Joe’s heinous attack. Joe laughed as he stood over Ali’s unconscious body before pretending to leave only to return and dish out more punishment.
As Rey Mysterio headed to the ring, Nikki Cross was shown in the cage shouting- “Play with me”.
Samoa Joe, in a
6. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio
Andrade showed some strength initially but they mostly went back and forth in the initial stage. Andrade
Winner- Andrade by pinfall
Jimmy Uso went to Mandy Rose’ Room but declined her advances. Naomi showed up and attacked Mandy. They brawled for a while before Mandy ran off.
7. Shane McMahon’s Birthday Party
The Miz has a whole party set up for Shane complete with gifts, a couple of cakes and some balloons. Miz handed Shane a pair of Jordans as the gift and then went on to show Shane’s career highlight video. Shane seems happy.
Shane said he has always wanted to be a tag team champion and he is proud to have The Miz as his partner. Miz started singing Birthday song but was interrupted by The Bar. Shane booked a match between Sheamus and the Miz.
8. The Miz vs Sheamus
Miz had to wrestle in a suit. Sheamus was sent out of the ring early but he soon took control. Miz countered White Noise with a roll-up for two. He avoided Sheamus in the corner and hit a couple of running dropkicks. Sheamus hit a clothesline. Cesaro ended up being put through one of the cake tables by Shane while Miz rolled Sheamus up for the pin and the win. Winner- The Miz by pinfall
Shane ended the show by hitting coast to coast with a cake on Sheamus’s face.