WWE’s fallout from the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chair’s pay-per-view for the SmackDown brand came as part of a pre-recorded episode of the show that fell on Christmas day.
This week’s show boasted three Championship matches and kicked off with Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns in a rematch from TLC, but this time inside a steel cage.
Steel Cage Match for the Universal Championship | Roman Reigns(c) def. Kevin Owens
After almost destroying Kevin Owens in a TLC match on Sunday night, Roman Reigns put his Universal Championship on the line once more as the two men collided this week on SmackDown inside a steel cage.
Kevin Owens almost picked up the win following a fantastic frog splash, but Reigns was able to roll the shoulder and take over the momentum.
Roman Reigns was able to reverse a senton from KO to then deliver a spear, and Owens shockingly kicked out. Reigns then looked to walk out of the cage door, only to be held back by Owens.
KO was then about to climb through the door himself before Jey Uso arrived and tried to intervene. Roman Reigns used this to his advantage, dragged Owens back in, and delivered a Superman Punch.
After Owens delivered a Stunner, Uso handcuffed him to the side of the cage which then allowed Reigns to easily walk out of the door and retain.
Triple Threat Elimination Match for the Women’s Tag Team Championships | Charlotte Flair and Asuka(c) def. Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks, Bayley and Carmella
The new Women’s Tag Team Champions made their way over to SmackDown for their first Championship defense since their TLC win. After being interrupted by Bayley, Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, and Bayley, an interesting title match was setup.
Despite the strange teams, the women were able to co-exist and Bianca Belair was given the chance to square off against The Queen. Sasha Banks renewed her rivalry with Bayley by eliminating her former friend with a frog splash following a spine buster from Bianca Belair.
Belair came close with an inside cradle on Charlotte before she delivered a sit-out powerbomb to Asuka but it wasn’t enough.
Banks had been taken out by Reginald on the outside and because she didn’t have a person to tag, she fell victim to Natural Selection from Charlotte.
Daniel Bryan def. Jey Uso
Jey Uso attacked Daniel Bryan before he was able to make it down to the ring, and had to be restrained by WWE officials. The match finally got underway with Uso showing some aggression by throwing Bryan into the steel steps on the outside.
Despite being on the back foot for most of the match, Bryan pulled off the surprise win following the running knee.
Lumberjack Match for the Intercontinental Championship | Big E def. Sami Zayn(c)
After weeks of issues and after Big E crashed the Sami Awards last week, the former New Day member was finally handed an Intercontinental Championship shot.
After becoming involved in the match, a brawl began between all of the Lumberjacks and Zayn tried to run out of the arena. The lumberjacks chased him and put him back in the ring where he was given a Belly to Belly, a splash, and a Big Ending by Big E, to pick up the win.
SmackDown went off the air as Big E celebrated in the ring with The Street Profits, Apollo Crews, Otis, and several other SmackDown stars.