WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: The Bloodline invade main event but suffer the consequences
A special New Year's Revolution branded episode of WWE SmackDown promised to determine the No. 1 contender for the undisputed WWE universal championship. Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, Jimmy Uso and Paul Heyman tried to make sure that wouldn't happen. Friday night was headlined by a triple-threat match between AJ Styles, LA Knight and Randy Orton. Each man had a bone to pick with The Bloodline but none willing to wait their turn. The match was meant to determine who would challenge Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Reigns and company had other ideas. This week's episode also crowned a challenger for Logan Paul's United States championship, featured a WWE women's title defense and the return of a long-absent tag team.
AJ Styles vs. LA Knight vs. Randy Orton ends in a no-contest
following interference from The Bloodline. The announcers' table was put to the test early and passed its safety check with ease. Orton twice dropped Knight and once dropped Styles onto the table. Styles flipped through the second attempt and gave Orton a taste of his own medicine.Kevin Owens def. Santos Escobar via pinfall after hitting a stunner. Owens won a tournament to determine U.S. champion Paul's challenger at the Royal Rumble. Owens punched out Paul post-match.
Karrion Kross and the returning Authors of Pain joined forces to lay out Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits. AOP and Paul Ellering have not been seen in WWE since 2020. Lashley declared his entry into the Royal Rumble moments before the assault.
WWE women's championship -- Iyo Sky (c) def. Michin via pinfall after hitting her signature moonsault to retain her title.
Butch and Tyler Bate def. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) via pinfall following a double Tyler Driver. Bate was Butch's surprise tag team partner.
Ashante Adonis asked SmackDown general manager Nick Aldis for an opportunity. Aldis said he was a believer in Adonis and had things in mind.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Randy Orton, AJ Styles and LA Knight lay out The Bloodline
Roman Reigns is at a disadvantage at the 2024 Royal Rumble but his odds of remaining champion are getting worse by the week. Title challengers AJ Styles, LA Knight and Randy Orton found common ground on WWE SmackDown and laid out The Bloodline. Reigns' "Island of Relevancy" might consider more diplomacy in the future. SmackDown General Manager Nick Aldis punished The Bloodline for repeatedly ruining main event matches. Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa and a partner of their choosing -- in Reigns' absence -- were booked against Knight, Orton and Styles. Unfortunately, no one cared to rescue The Bloodline from a handicap match.
Knight, Orton and Styles def. The Bloodline (Sikoa and Uso) via pinfall
Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo def. LWO (Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro) via pinfall with a rope-assisted roll-up. Carlito and Santos Escobar brawled during the match.
Logan Paul threatened to sue Kevin Owens if he used his cast in their United States title match at the Royal Rumble. Owens invited Paul to hash it out next week on "The Kevin Owens Show."
Tyler Bate tried to convince Butch to team together moving forward but Butch refused. They also teased reverting to Butch's original ring name, Pete Dunne.
Bianca Belair def. Bayley via pinfall after hitting KOD as Damage CTRL watched on. Bayley was upset with the lack of support but Dakota Kai said the referee had his eyes on them.
Lashley and the Street Profits called out Karrion Kross, The Street Profits, Scarlet and Paul Ellering. The villainous faction cut a sinister promo naming themselves The Final Testament.
Carmelo Hayes vs. Austin Theory ends in a no-contest after an accident occurred. Theory attempted a seated springboard Spanish fly that resulted in Theory's head being sandwiched between Hayes' and the mat. The match was booked after Theory and Grayson Waller interrupted Hayes' negotiations with Aldis.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Randy Orton strikes down his Royal Rumble opponents
Randy Orton is Royal Rumble ready. Orton stood tall over AJ Styles, LA Knight and Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown ahead of their fatal four-way match for the undisputed WWE universal championship. Next Saturday's pay-per-view officially has a world title match after all four parties signed a contract on Friday night. Reigns has The Bloodline in his back pocket, but Orton is holding all the cards heading into next week's go-home show. Other highlights from this week's show include a brawl between United States champion Logan Paul and challenger Kevin Owens, as well as another WWE women's tag team championship title defense by Katana Chance and Kayden Carter.
*Knight def. Styles via disqualification
*Orton def. Sikoa via pinfall
Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo) def. LWO (Carlito, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro) via pinfall after Escobar rolled up Carlito with a schoolboy pin.
Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits cut a promo on The Final Testament.
British Strong Style (Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate) def. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) via pinfall after Dunne hit Prince with Bitter End. Dunne officially shed his Butch moniker.
Logan Paul stood tall after brawling with Kevin Owens on "The KO Show."
WWE women's tag team championships -- Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (c) def. The Unholy Union (Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn) via pinfall by hitting Afterparty on Fyre. Post-match, Asuka and Kaira Sane confronted the champions.
The Final Testament starred in a vignette teasing a match with Lashley and the Street Profits next week.
Carmelo Hayes challenged Austin Theory to a rematch but Grayson Waller accepted it instead.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: LA Knight builds Royal Rumble momentum, Jimmy Uso plays politician
There are a lot of dynamics heading into the 2024 Royal Rumble. LA Knight looked like a million bucks on WWE SmackDown ahead of a fatal four-way title match against Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and AJ Styles, but Jimmy Uso is making moves behind the scenes. Reigns tasked The Bloodline with clearing a route for him to successfully defend his undisputed WWE universal title against his three challengers. Uso, Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman each had methods for accomplishing the goal to varying success. Unfortunately, dealing with Knight, Orton and Styles is a big ask. SmackDown also featured several superstars receiving their numbers for Saturday's Royal Rumble match, new champions and more.
Santos Escobar def. Carlito via pinfall with a folding press.
NXT manager Ava Raine -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's daughter -- and SmackDown general manager Nick Aldis had a meeting.
Bobby Lashley and Escobar had a tense encounter while selecting their Royal Rumble numbers. Lashley seemed happy with what he drew.
Bayley starred in a vignette about creating Damage CTRL and the group's success.
R-Truth seemingly drew a high number for the Rumble. He also confused Aldis with Raw general manager Adam Pearce.
WWE women's tag team championships -- Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) def. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter via pinfall after hitting an inverted DDT and diving elbow drop combination to win the titles.
Bianca Belair seemed confident with her Rumble number but Bayley looked unenthusiastic about her draw.
The Final Testament took out Lashley and the Street Profits in a brawl.
Austin Theory def. Carmelo Hayes via pinfall by using the tights. Trick Williams saved Hayes from a two-on-one assault by Theory and Grayson Waller.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: The Rock confronts Roman Reigns, sets stage for WrestleMania XL
Cody Rhodes and Bayley both made their decisions for who they'll challenge at WrestleMania XL during this week's WWE SmackDown. Bayley finally revealed she knew about Damage CTRL's bullying and will now face Iyo Sky for the WWE women's championship, ending her time with the Damage CTRL faction she personally created. Meanwhile, Rhodes made the shocking call to not have a rematch with Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE universal championship. Instead, he's going to let someone else take a crack at "The Head of the Table" -- The Rock. The show went off the air with "The People's Champ" finally sharing the ring with his cousin, setting the stage for one of the biggest WrestleMania matches of all time.
Bayley picks Iyo Sky as her WrestleMania XL opponent, breaks away from Damage CTRL. A backstage segment earlier in the night showed Iyo Sky, Kairi Sane and Asuka talking smack about Bayley, only this time it was in English and Bayley heard the whole thing from behind a door. Later in the night all of Damage CTRL (sans Dakota Kai) were out in the ring for Bayley's announcement. After mulling her options, Bayley hits Asuka, Sane and Sky with some Japanese words, confirming she knew about them talking behind her back for months. She confronted Sky and asked what happened between them, only to get jumped from behind by Sane and Asuka. She beat the two away with a metal pipe, stopped short of nailing Sky and announced they'd meet at WrestleMania for the WWE women's championship.
Kevin Owens def. Austin Theory via pinfall thanks to Logan Paul tossing brass knuckles in the ring. Owens confronted Paul about a rematch for the United States championship to open the show, then chased him into the crowd after knocking out both Theory and Grayson Waller.
Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate def. Pretty Deadly, the LWO and Legado Del Fantasma via pinfall with a double-team powerbomb on Kit Wilson. The two advance to a No. 1 contender's match for the undisputed WWE tag team titles. Another four-way will take place on Raw to determine Dunne & Bate's opponents, and the No. 1 contenders will challenge Finn Balor and Damian Priest at Elimination Chamber.
Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits vs. The Final Testamentnever officially started as the bell never rang. B-Fab officially joined Lashley after attacking Scarlett and "The All Mighty" sent Kross running after hitting a Spear.
Tiffany Stratton def. Michin via pinfall with her Prettiest Moonsault Ever finisher. Stratton officially signed with SmackDown early in the night and immediately picked a fight with Michin by slapping her in the face.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Roman Reigns, The Rock to confront Triple H about WrestleMania decision
A power struggle is brewing on WWE SmackDown. Chief content officer Paul Levesque stood firm in his decision to book Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes for WrestleMania 40, but that may ruffle the feathers of Triple H's old foe The Rock. Levesque kicked off SmackDown on Friday to support Rhodes' rightfully earned rematch against undisputed WWE universal champion Reigns. WWE's creative leader took shots at Reigns and Dwayne Johnson while defending his decision. That set the stage for a dramatic episode of SmackDown. The Bloodline's special counsel Paul Heyman revealed that Reigns and The Rock will appear next week to confront "The Game." SmackDown also set the stage for a men's Elimination Chamber match to determine Seth Rollins' challenger at WrestleMania. Twelve superstars will compete in qualifying matches over the next seven days on SmackDown and Raw. Plus, Damage CTRL's implosion was another focal point of Friday night.
Drew McIntyre def. AJ Styles via pinfall after hitting a Claymore kick to qualify for the men's Elimination Chamber match.
Pretty Deadly star in a vignette.
Bianca Belair def. Michin via pinfall after hitting KOD to qualify for the women's Elimination Chamber match.
Dakota Kai sided with Bayley, saving her from Damage CTRL.
Bobby Lashley, Street Profits and B-Fab cut a promo on The Final Testament.
British Strong Style (Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate) def. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) via pinfall after Dunne hit Gargano with Bitter End. Dunne and Bate will challenge Judgement Day for the undisputed tag team titles at Elimination Chamber.
Dominik Mysterio and Kevin Owens had a verbal altercation ahead of their Elimination Chamber qualifier match.
Logan Paul threw a tantrum to Aldis and Pearce over having to qualify for the Elimination Chamber. Aldis revealed he'd face The Miz next week.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: The Rock joins The Bloodline, blames fans for ruining WrestleMania 40
The Bloodline is bigger and badder than ever. The Rock officially joined forces with Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman on Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown. If it wasn't clear already, Reigns vs. The Rock is off the table for WrestleMania 40. The powerhouse cousins appeared to align at the WrestleMania 40 press conference last week. They cemented it on SmackDown. Dwayne Johnson fully embraced his inner villain by becoming a full-fledged member of The Bloodline. SmackDown featured four matches that impacted either the men's or women's Elimination Chamber matches. Logan Paul and Naomi were among those trying to qualify for next week's titular matches in Perth. Elsewhere on SmackDown, a new superstar was officially welcomed to the blue brand.
Kevin Owens def. Dominik Mysterio via pinfall with a pop-up powerbomb. Owens qualifies for the men's Elimination Chamber match.
Drew McIntyre and LA Knight traded barbs during an interview backstage.
Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate vs. Dominik Mysterio and R-Truth was proposed following a verbal altercation.
Tiffany Stratton def. Zelina Vega via pinfall after landing the Prettiest Moonsault Ever. Stratton qualifies for the women's Elimination Chamber match. Elektra Lopez interfered, costing Vega the match.
Karl Anderson picked a fight with The O.C. teammate AJ Styles, leading to a standoff.
Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) def. Beau Morris and Javier Bernal via pinfall after hitting a neckbreaker-powerbomb combination in a squash match.
Logan Paul def. The Miz via pinfall courtesy of an STO. Paul qualifies for the men's Elimination Chamber match.
Naomi def. Alba Fyre via submission after locking in the Slay-O-Mission. Naomi qualifies for the women's Elimination Chamber match.
Dakota Kai asked Bayley for help after incurring Damage CTRL's wrath but Bayley said there's still trust to build between them.
Bronn Breakker officially joined SmackDown as announced by general manager Nick Aldis.