The fallout from Survivor Series dominated this week’s episode of SmackDown, with Daniel Bryan set to challenge Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship, while Roman Reigns looked to comment on his huge victory over Drew McIntyre.
The Tribal Chief is Disappointed
Following an interesting weekend at Survivor Series, this week’s show kicked off with The Head of The Table, Roman Reigns, and Jey Uso. Reigns was disappointed with Uso after the loss at Survivor Series.
After being belittled by his cousin, Uso reacted by taking Otis out with a steel chair as he made his way to the ring for his match against King Corbin.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler def. The Street Profits
Fresh off their victory over The New Day at Survivor Series, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins defended against Roode and Ziggler. After berating the duo ahead of the match, Ford and Dawkins lived to regret it when Roode was able to roll Ford up to pin the Tag Team Champions.
Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan via Countout
Ahead of the match, Zayn reminded fans that he had already defeated Daniel Bryan back at WrestleMania. At one point, Bryan took a nasty bump off the barricade which changed the momentum of the match. Bryan almost picked up the victory with both the Arm Bar and The Yes Lock, but Zayn made it to the ropes. Interestingly Zayn picked up the win when he headed backstage with Bryan in tow and was the only star who made it back to answer the count.
Post-match, Bryan was being attacked by Jey Uso backstage before Kevin Owens made his return and went after Uso.
Owens approached Roman Reigns backstage and made it clear that he didn’t fear him, which was then something that Jey Uso was sent to fix.
Bianca Belair def. Natalya
Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley joined the commentary team ahead of the match. The action spilled to the outside and, after Bayley caused a distraction, she was punched in the face by Belair. Bayley then tried to interfere and was knocked off the apron by Natalya which allowed The EST of WWE to pick up the win with a rollup.
Murphy def. King Corbin
After their backstage altercation earlier in the night, Murphy decided to handle business against Corbin, who was originally scheduled to face Otis. The Mysterio family acted like the heels throughout and it was Dominik who was included in the finish when he pushed Corbin’s foot off the rope and helped Murphy secure the pin. After the match, Corbin declared that he wanted a rematch next week.
Backstage: Sami Zayn found Apollo Crews and Big E backstage and the former Tag Team Champion then showed Sami Zayn that he could defeat him in 10 seconds.
Backstage: Carmella stated that she lost herself when she started pleasing the WWE Universe and she doesn’t do that anymore, she answers to no one. Sasha Banks then attacked Carmella backstage and locked her in the Bank Statement.
Kevin Owens def. Jey Uso via DQ
The issues between Uso and Kevin Owens were finally set to be fixed in this week’s main event. Jey Uso had a point to prove to Roman Reigns who was already in a bad mood with his cousin but it’s unlikely that he was able to accomplish this since the match ended via DQ when Uso decided to attack Owens with a chair.
After the match, Owens delivered a stunner and then threw Uso over the announce table. Owens then shouted into the monitor as he attacked Uso with a steel chair and sent a message to the Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who was watching on backstage. Owens then told Reigns if he has a problem with him to come find him before delivering another stunner to Uso to end the show.