The final SmackDown of the year will decide to who face The Fiend at the Royal Rumble – who will ‘let him in’ at the start of 2020?
The show opens with Elias, who sings to the crowd that everybody needs Elias, runs down the year that was and hypes up the card tonight.
Daniel Bryan came out for the triple threat to kick off the show, but King Corbin cut a promo calling Bryan and Miz terrible fathers and calls it a disgrace he has to compete for his title shot when he beat Roman Reigns twice. Roman Reigns music then hit, and the kings’ men dropped Corbin off his throne. Roman Reigns appeared and the two brawled all over ringside. Reigns was set to spear Corbin, but he bailed.
Backstage, King Corbin complains to agents about postponing the match.
Braun Strowman and The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn & Cesaro via pinfall
Oh wow, Sami Zayn is actually wrestling. Sami Zayn and his team were in firm control, including a vicious uppercut to Kofi by Cesaro which sent both over the announce table. Nakamura, Zayn and Cesaro keep cutting off Kofi Kingston until he tags in Braun Strowman, who got a huge reaction. Nakamura tries to use the pancake tray, but Kofi intercepts and hits Shinsuke behind his back, Strowman hits the powerslam for the win.
Post-match, The New Day ask Braun Strowman to swivel his hips like them, and he obliges. Hey, it got a big reaction.
Backstage, Kayla Braxton reveals that King Corbin is refusing to compete so, therefore, Daniel Bryan will face The Miz instead tonight in a number one contender’s match.
We then see Sonya Deville is upset with Mandy Rose for not accompanying her to the ring last week, because Rose couldn’t go to ringside because she had Otis’ sweat all over her. Otis then appears and gives Mandy some of his mums holiday fruit cake and tries to tell her how he feels, but she has to go to her match, which is next.
We find out Roman Reigns will be facing Dolph Ziggler on FOX’s New Years Eve show in Times Square. That should be pretty cool.
Carmella defeated Mandy Rose via pinfall
These two a pretty hard-hitting, serviceable match. I maintain that these two are sorely underrated. The two exchange pinning combinations until Mella counters an O’Connor roll into a superkick for the win.
We then get another promo from Sheamus, who says he went away for nine months and left in the hands of boys. He closes by saying he is back to break down the door on a whole new SmackDown.
Universal Title Number One Contenders Match: The Miz and Daniel Bryan went to a double disqualification
Daniel Bryan outwrestled Miz to open, working the arm and hitting stiff kicks. Both men hit a crossbody on each other, but then Corbin’s men came out to attack both of them for a disqualification.
Miz and Daniel Bryan took out all the men, post-match. King Corbin says he sent his men out to ensure justice is done. Kayla Braxton tells Corbin that Roman Reigns has left the building, so Corbin decides he is ready for his triple threat match. Miz and Bryan attack Corbin and his men backstage.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross welcome Lacey Evans to an episode of ‘A Moment of Bliss’. They discuss Sasha Banks taunting Lacey’s daughter, with Lacey saying she crossed a line you do not cross. She says she is done with this nonsense and heads to the ring to fight Banks and Bayley.
Dana Brooke was set to team with Evans, but Bayley and Banks drag Brooke out and the four brawl on the ramp with referees breaking them up.
Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans via submission
Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans beat down Bayley to open until Bayley and Banks could double team Brooke, taking the advantage. Brooke gets the hot tag, who runs wild on Bayley. Evans hit her turnaround moonsault but Banks broke it up, who then pursued ‘The Boss’ right into a Bayley-to-belly, which in turn was broken up by Dana Brooke. Brooke got a tag nowhere near her corner and rolled up Sasha but that was turned into the Banks Statement for the submission victory.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler tries to hit on Mandy Rose. He mocks Otis’ for his fruit cake and stomps it into the ground (smart move with brand new trainers mate). King Corbin rushes him off before anything else happens.
Mustafa Ali talks about his past year, the struggles he has had and how he will always be the light in WWE and will continue his quest to become a champion in WWE.
Backstage, Otis discovers his mashed-up holiday cake and looks sad.
Universal Title Number One Contenders Match: Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz and King Corbin via submission
Daniel Bryan and The Miz attack King Corbin to open, until Corbin bails to the outside. Corbin then picks his spots, driving both men into the barricades and taking control on the outside. All three work well together, with King Corbin once again being a tremendous base in a multi-man match. There was a great spot where Miz had Corbin locked in a figure four, but Bryan hit a headbutt from the top as well for a near fall, which was then turned into a LaBell lock/inverted figure four, very creative. Bryan looked set to win with the running knee, but Ziggler hit a superkick on Bryan. King Corbin had it won, but Roman pulled Corbin out and took him out of the equation. Miz and Bryan then had a pretty good singles match where Miz works the injured knee of Daniel Bryan. They exchange submission holds, until Bryan transitions into the LaBell Lock for the win.
Post-match, Bryan celebrates until he interrupted by the Firefly Fun House. Universal Champion Bray Wyatt congratulates Bryan on his win, but asks him what is he willing to do for the title and if he is willing to ‘let him in’. Bryan answers by leading a yes chant to close the show.