WWE SmackDown was the final stop on the road to this weekend’s TLC and the company had some interesting plans. Bayley would finally go one-on-one with Bianca Belair, while Carmella presented a champagne toast following last week’s victory over Sasha Banks.
Reigns and Uso Assault Kevin Owens
Ahead of his Universal Championship match at TLC, Kevin Owens kicked off the show, looking for some kind of explanation regarding last week’s attack. When Paul Heyman didn’t give KO what he wanted, he headed backstage in search of the Champion.
Reigns continued the mind games by heading to the ring as Owens searched for him backstage. When Owens finally headed to the ring, he was assaulted by both Jey Uso and Reigns as they once again sent a message to Reigns’ challenger at TLC.
Backstage, Reigns still wasn’t happy with the message that had been sent, so he sent his cousin to attack Owens once again, this time with a chair.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits(c) def. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
After weeks of issues, these two teams finally collided, with the Tag Team Championships on the line. Roode and Ziggler were on the front foot throughout the match and could have won the titles following a double-team-famouser, but in the end, The Street Profits beat Ziggler and Roode at their own game when Ford got a handful of tights to pick up the win.
Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott def. Billie Kay and Tamina
After last week’s loss to The Riott Squad, Billie Kay chose Tamina as her opponent against the duo in a rematch. It was another short match that saw The Riott Squad’s chemistry push them through, as Billie Kay took the pin after a double-team slam.
Carmella Gets the Better of Sasha Banks
Carmella hosted a champagne toast ahead of her Championship match with Sasha Banks this weekend. The Untouchable star claimed that she was already in The Boss’s head and that she already had her beat ahead of their match this weekend, which is why she can celebrate. Banks finally appeared and threw the champagne in Mell’s face before locking in the Bank Statement.
Once against Mella’s Somalia got involved and helped Carmella to attack Banks with the bottle of champagne.
Otis def. Shinsuke Nakamura
Chad Gable looked to continue his teaching from ringside as Otis took on The Artist. After Gable’s interference almost cost Otis the match, he was able to turn it around and pick up the win following a Vader Bomb.
Sami Zayn hosted the first-ever Sami Awards where he was the winner in the first two categories before Big E won Superstar of the year. Zayn said there had been a mix-up, but Big E launched an attack on the Intercontinental Champion before leaving with his trophy.
Bayley def. Bianca Belair
After weeks of issues, the two women finally met in one-on-one action. Bayley focused on the left arm throughout, hoping to take out much of Belair’s high flying offense. Belair showed off her strength and untapped ability throughout the match, but in the end, Bayley resorted to raking the eyes to set up her new finisher for the win.
The Beatdown Continues for Kevin Owens
Roman Reigns closed this week’s episode of SmackDown by addressing his issues with Kevin Owens. Despite several beatdowns throughout the night at the hands of Jey Uso, Owens still dragged himself out to the ring to respond. Owens was then given a preview of TLC when he was attacked with several chairs, before then being put through a table by both Uso and Reigns.
Reigns and Uso then piled ladders, tables, and chairs on top of Kevin Owens and continued the assault before exiting the ring. Owens was still able to get to his feet following the assault and told Reigns that nothing he did could keep him down and that he was coming for that title at TLC.