The SmackDown crew were in Pittsburgh, PA tonight for SmackDown and 205 Live tapings. SmackDown will air on New Year’s day with 205 Live airing the following night.
– Kalisto defeated Lio Rush
With the win, Kalisto qualifies for the Cruiserweight title fatal four way match at the Royal Rumble.
– Akira Tozawa defeated Drew Gulak
Tozawa enters the fatal four way with the win.
A fatal five way is announced for later tonight, with the winner facing Daniel Bryan for the WWE title at the Royal Rumble.
The New Day came out. They called out Brock Lesnar, mentioning how he isn’t there every week despite being Universal champion. They then said that due to doctors orders, no more pancakes. The crowd didn’t like that.
– Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy
This was to determine the fifth entrant in the fatal five way match set for later in the tapings. Joe won after Hardy passed out from a choke.
Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon and Triple H were backstage with AJ Styles. He won’t apologize for what he did last week and and will show the real side of himself tonight.
Rusev and Lana came out for a Rusev Day celebration. Nakamura comes out and attacks Rusev from behind. Lana tries to stop it by launching herself on Nakamura’s back. Nakamura drops to the floor, laying out Lana. As Rusev tended to her, Nakamura hit the kinshasa twice and held the United States title in the air.
– Sonya Deville defeated Naomi
This originally was supposed to be Naomi facing Mandy Rose, but Rose slid out of the ring and Deville took her spot. During the match, Rose revealed that she sent Jimmy Uso a photo of her in a towel earlier today. This distracted Naomi, which led to Deville getting the win.
John Cena came out and talked about everything that went on in 2018, including his relationship ending, starring in movies and growing out his hair. Becky Lynch arrived, saying that she is here to become WWE’s marquee star and said “If you have a problem with that, Nikki Bella won’t be the only woman to drop you this year”. They are then interrupted by Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega, which eventually leads to a mixed tag team match.
– John Cena and Becky Lynch defeated Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega
Lynch threw Cena out of the ring after he hit his finishers on Almas then submitted Vega with the disarmher.
The Miz was in Shane McMahon’s office saying that if they are to be tag team partners, Shane should dress like him. Miz showed Shane a mock-up of what that would look like. Shane apparently wasn’t a fan as he exited his office soon after.
Backstage, Triple H asks Asuka who deserved the next title match. Asuka said she’d fight anyone. Charlotte, Carmella and Becky Lynch appeared, saying they wanted the match. Triple H said he would talk to the McMahons.
– AJ Styles defeated Mustafa Ali, Samoa Joe, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio in a fatal five way match
Styles became the number one contender for the WWE title after pinning Orton. That would make AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan official for the Royal Rumble.