The New Year’s Day episode of SmackDown Live was taped on Saturday at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
205 Live: Kalisto def. Lio Rush – Royal Rumble Fatal 4-Way Cruiserweight Championship Qualifier
The crowd with “Lio Rush sucks” chant as Kalisto looks to build momentum. A distraction from the members of Lucha House Party allows Kalisto to pick up the victory.
Akira Tozawa def. Drew Gulak – Royal Rumble Fatal 4-Way Cruiserweight Championship Qualifier
Tozawa wins despite hometown-guy Gulak having the crowd in his corner.
SmackDown Live: The New Day Promo
The New Day reveal the doctor has advised them to stay away from pancakes and that they are done throwing pancakes. All 3 members declare themselves for the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match.
Samoa Joe def. Jeff Hardy
Joe locks Hardy in the Coquina Clutch to pick up the victory via submission. Joe joins the Fatal 5-Way main event matchup.
Backstage Segment – AJ Styles, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon
Styles refuses to apologize for last week’s action and says that he will show his real side in the Fatal 5-Way unless Vince wants to see it personally again. Shane warns Styles to be careful what he wishes for.
Rusev Day Celebration
New United States Champion Rusev in the ring with Lana. Crowd chants “Rusev Day USA”. Shinsuke Nakamura crashes the celebration by sneak-attacking the champ. Lana is injured while trying to stop Nakamura who hits his finisher twice and leaves the real-life couple lying the ring.
Sonya Deville def. Naomi
Mandy Rose rolls out and Sonya Deville takes her spot. Rose reveals on the mic that she sent Jimmy Uso a photo of herself earlier in the day. Naomi is distracted and Deville manages to pick up the victory. WWE seems to have kicked off the reported sexting storyline.
John Cena and Becky Lynch Promo
Cena makes his WWE TV return and cuts a promo. Huge reaction from the crowd. Becky Lynch shows up and verbally roasts John. Nikki Bella is name-dropped during the promo. Zelina Vega and Andrade “Cien” Almas interrupt.
John Cena and Becky Lynch vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega – Mixed Tag Team Match
Lynch shoves Cena out of the ring and locks Vega in the Dis-Arm-Her to score the victory. Post-match she mocks Cena with his “You Can’t See me” hand gesture.
Backstage segment -The Miz and Shane McMahon
The Miz talks about Shane’s dressing sense in his office. Shane runs off after Miz shows his co-bestie a mock-up of how he should dress.
Backstage segment – Triple H, Asuka, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Carmella
Triple H asks Asuka who deserves a shot at her SmackDown Women’s Championship. Asuka says she is ready to take on anyone. Charlotte Flair, Carmella and Becky Lynch show up to pitch themselves. Triple H says he will consult The McMahons and let them know.
Samoa Joe vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Mustafa Ali vs. AJ Styles in a Fatal 5-Way – #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble
Joe drives Styles through the announcers’ table. Styles makes a comeback later on and pins Orton for the win.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble.