Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: December 27, 2019
Location: Detroit, MI
WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights
Elias kicked-off the final SmackDown of the decade with an awesome song summarizing the worst things that happened in 2019 and what to expect in 2020. The lyrics also involved a list of things to expect for the night.
Daniel Bryan came to the ring for the advertised Triple Threat Match to decide the #1 contender to face The Fiend for the WWE Universal Championship. Bryan was followed by King Corbin who cut a heel promo before entering the ring. Corbin was interrupted by Roman Reigns who attacked him and delivered a Superman Punch, forcing The King to retreat through the crowd.
The New Day and Braun Strowman def. Cesaro, Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura: Sami Zayn made his official return to action in this three-on-three tag team match, as Braun Strowman and the New Day overcame the heels after Strowman hit the running power slam on the Intercontinental Champion for the win.
Post-match, Strowman shook a leg with the Tag-Team Champions as the heels complained.
Backstage: Baron Corbin refused to participate in the triple threat match and asked for it to be postponed. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz was made official instead.
Backstage: Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose got into an argument backstage. Rose asked Deville to accompany her for the match, but Deville reminded Rose that she didn’t help her out last week against Carmella. Rose said she couldn’t because she was covered with Otis’ sweat. Otis once again interrupted Rose and handed her a hand-made fruit cake to apologize for last week.
Carmella def. Mandy Rose: Carmella continued her winning streak as she took down the second member of Fire and Desire. Carmella hit a kick to the face for the win.
Sheamus cut yet another promo rambling about the state of SmackDown and said he will change the landscape of the blue brand after staying away from the show for nine months.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz ends in No Contest: The number one contender match never got going as King Corbin’s guards hit the ring and laid out both the superstars. Bryan and Miz retaliated and took out all the guards.
Backstage: Baron Corbin said he is ready to compete in the No.1 contender’s matchup despite the ‘injuries’ he suffered after Reigns’ attack in the opening segment. Corbin was blindsided by Miz and Bryan mid-promo.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross made their way out for the first-ever Moment of Bliss on FOX TV. Their guest for this week, Lacey Evans, made her entrance and went on to talk about the actions of Sasha Banks from last week. Evans said that Banks crossed the line when she got in the face of her daughter, and she will have to pay for her actions.
Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke: The heels made their entrance with a beat-up Dana Brooke to begin the tag-team encounter. Evans and Brooke gave good performances but couldn’t take down the more experienced duo, as Banks locked in the Banks Statement on Dana for the win.
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler and Mandy Rose crossed paths, and Ziggler asked Rose out for a date for the New Year’s Eve. Ziggler snatched the cake, Otis gifted, and stomped all over it. Later, Otis saw the destroyed cake and seemed sad and upset.
Mustafa Ali cut a promo talking about his year in WWE, which saw him compete for the WWE Championship, almost win the Money in the Bank, come up short for the IC title. Ali refused to back down from all the failures and said he will continue to fight for his dream in the upcoming year.
SmackDown Main Event | Daniel Bryan def. Baron Corbin & The Miz: The advertised triple threat with the winner getting a shot at Bray Wyatt’s Universal Championship at Royal Rumble finally got underway. Bryan had the match in the bag before Dolph Ziggler interrupted. Roman Reigns made the save and took out both Corbin and Ziggler. Bryan kicked out of a Skull Crushing Finale and locked in his Labell Lock to win the match.
Post-match, Bray Wyatt appeared on the Firefly Fun House and cut a menacing promo. Wyatt asked whether Bryan will let him in, and the final SmackDown of this decade ended with Bryan doing the YES chants in response.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. A Proper Women’s Division
RAW Women’s Division is down in the water with only Becky Lynch and Asuka as the relevant stars, Charlotte Flair is directionless, Kairi Sane is injured while other superstars are nowhere to be seen.
In contrast, the blue brand is doing amazingly well on that front, with every single woman on the roster being featured on the show each week. The sweet pairing of Alexa-Nikki, the rise of Evans as a top babyface, Dana Brooke and Carmella getting action every week, Mandy Rose’s storyline with Otis, etc. are promising signs for the division.
Featuring different talents helps to keep the show fresh, and allows the viewers to get a glimpse of various styles instead of being restricted to one. WWE needs to do the same on RAW as well, which has become highly stagnant.
2. Roman Reigns Royal Rumble Revisited
WWE has carefully booked Roman Reigns since his return in February, placing him alongside top heels such as Elias, Shane McMahon and King Corbin, which has helped Reigns to solidify his position as the top babyface in the company.
Reigns is getting tremendous positive reactions from the crowd each week, which is great news for the WWE officials. If rumors are to believed, WWE is preparing Reigns for a relaunch into the title scene once again, and Reigns is the frontrunner to win the Royal Rumble in a month’s time.
The last time Reigns was thrust into the main-event picture in 2014-15, he was met with massive negative reactions. However, if Reigns does win the Rumble this year, expect the fans to react in a much different way than 2015. Reigns eliminating Corbin to win the Rumble will be the icing on the cake.
3. Superstar Of The Decade
Daniel Bryan is arguably the greatest superstar of this generation, and his performances in the last decade are a testimony to this statement. Ever since debuting in WWE in 2010, Bryan has carved a Hall of Fame-worthy career for himself, despite staying retired for close to three years.
Bryan won the triple threat in the main-event, taking out his long-time rival Miz to earn a shot at The Fiend’s Universal Championship. The last show of the decade ending with Bryan doing the YES chants was fitting, and even though he might not topple The Fiend at Rumble, Byran-Wyatt has been an iconic rivalry for a long time and the latest chapter in this feud will be interesting.
4. Braun Strowman Is Not BURIED!
There are many fans of Braun Strowman who didn’t appreciate the Monster Among Men shaking a leg with the New Day this week, and called the segment out of character for the big man. However, Strowman continues to get enormous reactions from the crowd, and in no way has his position taken a hit.
Strowman being able to show some more personality is a good thing, and WWE could definitely put the former Tag-Team Champion in the main-event picture pretty soon. Strowman taking on his former mentor Bray Wyatt is a story that basically writes itself, and WWE should take the ball and make a run for it.