WWE SmackDown Live
December 26, 2017
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Daniel Bryan, Shelton Benjamin, Chad Gable, Aiden English, Rusev and The New Day In-Ring Segment:
In light of @HEELZiggler's apparent decision to voluntarily relinquish the #USTitle, #SDLive GM @WWEDanielBryan announces a TOURNAMENT to crown the next titleholder! pic.twitter.com/xB4CKU4cGf
— WWE (@WWE) December 27, 2017
Bryan says that it’s great to be back in Chicago. Last weeks SmackDown Live was quiet a roller coaster. One of the most shocking moments of 2017 came from an unexpected place. We see the video of Dolph Ziggler dropping the US Championship. Ziggler has refused to respond to any Bryan’s text messages.
Due to his actions, Ziggler has voluntarily relinquished the US Title. Everyone in the WWE Universe wishes you the best of luck. Bryan calls Ziggler one of the all time greats, but we do need to move forward. There will be a tournament to crown the new US Champion. The tournament starts right here tonight. Baron Corbin will face Bobby Roode in one of the first round matches.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin comes out to interrupt Bryan. Gable wants to know what Bryan is going to do with the Tag Team Situation? Didn’t Gable and Benjamin had a title opportunity two weeks ago at Clash of Champions? Gable says that’s not fair. They never got their one on one match against The Usos. Why was New Day and Rusev Day added to the match? Benjamin says that they’re the true SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions.
Rusev Day makes their way to the ring. Why does Rusev Day deserve to face the Usos, they will disclose. They beat the champs two weeks ago. At Clash of Champions, did they lose? No. You know what days comes right after Christmas. Gable says that it’s Boxing Day. Rusev calls Gable a fool because its, RUSEV DAY!
The New Day joins the conversation. All these other teams are wasting Bryan’s time. Let’s take the Kofi Kingston True/False Challenge. Did Chad Gable and Old Jason Jordan get pinned at Clash of Champions? True. Did the oddly charismatic team of Rusev Day get pinned last week? True. Who else but the New Day deserve a title shot?
Logic states that it’s the New Day who are the rightful number one contenders for the Smackdown WWE World Tag Team Titles. No one wants to see Bryan spinning his hips. Will Bryan make up his mind or does he have to ask his mommy, Shane McMahon? Everybody has made valid points so there will be a Triple Threat Match with the winners facing The Usos for the Tag Team Titles.
First Match: The New Day w/Kofi Kingston vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev Day in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match To Determine The Number One Contender To The WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
The Usos joins the commentary team for this match. Woods, English and Gable will start things off. Gable kicks Woods in the gut. English applies a side headlock. Woods rolls English over for a one count. Woods and Gable starts shoving each other. Gable bumps into Rusev. English whips Gable out of the ring. Benjamin drops Rusev with a Shoulder Tackle. Big E clotheslines Benjamin on the floor. Woods clotheslines English over the top rope. Woods lands a SomerSault Plancha. Woods rolls English back into the ring. Woods decks English with a Knee Strike for a two count. Woods tags in Big E. Big E PowerBombs Woods on top of English for a two count. New Day goes for the UpUp Down Down, but English lands back on his feet.
Rusev sends Woods crashing to the outside. Gable connects with a Double German Suplex. Gable with the lateral press for a two count. Gable tags in Benjamin. Gable and Benjamin are double teaming Big E in the corner. Benjamin kicks English out of the ring. Benjamin follows that with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. English delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Big E. Rusev tags himself in. Rusev repeatedly stomps on Big E’s chest. Gable and Benjamin with Stereo Jumping Knee Strikes for a two count. English with an Axe Handle Strike to the back of Benjamin. Big E explodes out of the corner with a Double Lariat.
Big E tags in Woods. Woods delivers a series of forearm smashes. Woods with a dropkick to the back of English. Woods kicks Gable in the jaw. Woods follows that with the Honor Roll. Woods slides under English. Woods with a Rolling Elbow Strike for a two count. Gable tags in Benjamin. Benjamin shoves English into Rusev. Benjamin connects with a SpineBuster. Woods responds with an Enzuigiri. Gable knocks Big E off the ring apron. Gable with an Exploder Suplex to Woods. English levels Gable with a Running Knee. English makes the hot tag to Rusev. Rusev fires up with multiple lariats. Rusev runs through Woods with a Body Avalanche. Rusev ducks a clothesline from Big E. Rusev hits the Spinning Heel Kick. Rusev drops Benjamin with The Machka Kick. Rusev goes for a Suicide Dive, but Gable counters with a forearm smash.
English makes the blind tag. Gable with a Roll Through German Suplex to Rusev. English clotheslines Gable. Woods lands a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Woods is lighting up Gable’s chest. Big E tags himself in. The New Day with a Uranage Slam/Back Stabber Combination for a two count. The New Day goes for The Midnight Hour, but Gable blocks it. Benjamin connects with the Avalanche Pay Dirt. Gable follows that with a MoonSault for a two count. English dropkicks Benjamin. Gable goes for another Rolling German Suplex, but English blocks it. Woods with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Gable. Woods hits the SlingShot Tornado DDT. English responds with a Death Valley PowerBomb to Woods.
Benjamin places English on the top turnbuckle. Benjamin and Gable goes for a Stereo SuperPlex, but Rusev counters with The Tower of Doom. English connects with a Frog Splash for a two count. Woods rolls Rusev over for a two count. Rusev delivers a nasty leg lariat to Woods. Rusev gets Woods and Gable trapped in the Double Accolade. Benjamin breaks up the submission attempt. Benjamin with a haymaker to English. Big E Spears Benjamin out of the ring. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Benjamin lands back on his feet. Big E creates distance with a back elbow strike. Benjamin responds with a Running Pay Dirt. Gable and Benjamin plants Big E with a Diving Clothesline/PowerBomb Combination to pickup the victory.
Winner: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin via Pinfall
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon Backstage Segment:
The Ascension & Breezango Fashion Files Segment:
Second Match: The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango
Harper and Fandango will start things off. Breezango with Stereo Dropkicks to The Bludgeon Brothers. Rowan launches Breeze out of the ring. Harper connects with The Winds of Change. Rowan deposits Breeze face first on the ring apron. Rowan rolls Breeze back into the ring. Rowan tags in Harper. Harper slaps Rowan in the face. Rowan runs through with a Body Avalanche. Harper follows that with a Big Boot.
The Bludgeon Brothers hits the Double SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Harper knocks Fandango off the ring apron. Rowan bounces Fandango’s head on the steel ring steps. Rowan sends Fandango back first across the ringside barricade. The Ascension drops Harper with a Double Shoulder Block to cause the disqualification. The Ascension carries Breezango to the backstage area.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers via Disqualification
The Ascension & Breezango Backstage Interview:
Third Match: Naomi vs. Ruby Riott w/The Riott Squad
Naomi and Ruby are engaging in rockers punches. Ruby with a Knee Lift to Naomi. Ruby drives Naomi’s head to the canvas. Ruby transitions into a ground and pound attack. Ruby goes for a BodySlam, but Naomi lands back on her feet. Naomi ducks a clothesline from Ruby. Naomi connects with a SpringBoard Leg Lariat for a two count. Liv Morgan hops on the ring apron to distract Naomi. Naomi punches Morgan in the jaw. Naomi with a Shoulder Block to Sarah Logan.
Ruby kicks Naomi in the back of the knee. Ruby lays out Naomi with The Riott Kick to pickup the victory. After the match, The Riott Squad are putting the boots to Naomi. Charlotte Flair comes out to make the save. Charlotte clotheslines Logan on the floor. Charlotte Spears Ruby. Charlotte with a Ground and Pound Attack to Morgan. Logan drops Charlotte with a Big Boot. Ruby follows that with another Riott Kick. The Riott Squad tosses Charlotte out of the ring. The Riott Squad runs away from Natalya, Carmella, Lana and Tamina Snuka.
Winner: Ruby Riott via Pinfall
"2018 will be no different than 2017, because…#SDLive will STILL be the house that A-J STYLES BUILT!" – @WWE Champion @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/HR9Tmlt1jU
— WWE (@WWE) December 27, 2017
Fourth Match: Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin in a First Round Match In The Vacated WWE United States Championship Tournament
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Roode applies a side headlock. Corbin backs Roode into the turnbuckles. Roode delivers multiple haymakers. Corbin is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Roode with a Corner Clothesline to Corbin. Roode follows that with a NeckBreaker for a one count. Corbin drags Roode out of the ring. Corbin drives Roode back first into the ring apron. Corbin launches Roode back first across the ringside barricade. Corbin gets Roode tied in the tree of woe. Corbin with a Sledgehammer Punch to Roode. Corbin rolls Roode back into the ring.
Corbin connects with a Corner Spear. Corbin drops Roode with a Straight Right Hand. Roode lands two knife edge chops. Corbin responds with a Side Walk Slam for a two count. Corbin applies a Waist Lock. Roode creates distance with a Back Elbow Strike. Corbin tosses Roode out of the ring. Roode rams his shoulders into the midsection of Corbin. Corbin with a Forearm Smash that knocks Roode off the ring apron. Corbin delivers a stiff Running Lariat on the outside. Corbin is talking trash to the Chicago Crowd.
Roode kicks Corbin in the jaw. Roode lowers the top rope which sends Corbin tumbling to the outside. Roode ducks a clotheslines from Corbin. Roode hits a Running Forearm Smash. Roode clotheslines Corbin over the top rope. Roode with a Flying Clothesline off the ring apron. Roode rolls Corbin back into the ring. Roode goes for a BullDog, but Corbin blocks it. Roode connects with The BlockBuster for a two count. Corbin punches Roode in the gut.
Corbin sends Roode shoulder first to the steel ring post. Corbin goes for The End of Days, but Roode lands back on his feet. Roode drops Corbin with The SpineBuster. Roode does The Glorious Pose in the center of the ring. Roode goes for The Glorious DDT, but Corbin counters with Deep Six for a two count. Corbin places Roode on the top turnbuckle. Corbin and Roode are trading back and forth shots. Roode HeadButts Corbin. Corbin catches Roode in mid-air. Corbin goes for The ChokeSlam Back Breaker, but Roode rolls him over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Bobby Roode via Pinfall
Is @WWEDillinger about to leave @JinderMahal seeing nothing but 1️⃣0️⃣?#SDLive #USTitle pic.twitter.com/foDN7xaUbd
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 27, 2017
"I'm not going to pop this 🍾 until AFTER I beat @AJStylesOrg tonight…" – @FightOwensFight #SDLive pic.twitter.com/fmJhttgdUD
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 27, 2017
Fifth Match: Jinder Mahal w/The Singh Brothers vs. Tye Dillinger in a First Round Match In The Vacated WWE United States Championship Tournament
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Jinder floats over into a front facelock. Dillinger transitions into a waist lock. Dillinger drops Jinder with a Back Elbow Strike for a one count. Dillinger with a BackSlide Cover for a one count. Jinder rolls himself out of the ring. Dillinger bounces Jinder’s head on the ring apron. Dillinger rams his shoulders into the midsection of Jinder. Dillinger goes for a Sunset Flip, but Jinder blocks it. Jinder delivers multiple haymakers.
Jinder kicks Dillinger in the gut. Jinder with a Swinging NeckBreaker to Dillinger. Jinder applies a Half Nelson Chin Lock. Jinder drives Dillinger’s head to the canvas. Jinder with a series of SlingShot Knee Drops to Dillinger. Coming out of the commercial break, Jinder has Dillinger in a Half Nelson Chin Lock. Dillinger gets back to a vertical base. Dillinger lands a knife edge chop. Jinder responds with a Throat Punch. Dillinger kicks Jinder in the jaw. Dillinger fires off more knife edge chops.
Dillinger connects with his lighting quick offense. Dillinger repeatedly stomps on Jinder’s chest in the corner. Dillinger goes for The Tye Breaker, but Jinder blocks it. Dillinger with a Flying Crossbody Block to Jinder. Jinder rolls Dillinger over for a two count. Jinder connects with a Double Knee GutBuster for a two count. Dillinger responds with a DDT for a two count. Dillinger transitions into a Corner Mount. Jinder takes out the legs of Dillinger. Jinder plants Dillinger with The Khallas to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jinder Mahal via Pinfall
Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura Backstage Interview:
Sixth Match: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens w/Sami Zayn
Styles starts things off with a dropkick. Styles bounces Owens head on the top turnbuckle. Styles with two more haymakers to Owens. Following a snap mare takeover, Styles lands a Leaping Knee Drop. Owens responds with a Back Elbow Strike. Owens applies a waist lock. Owens drives Styles head to the canvas. Styles sends Owens to the corner. Owens whips Styles face first to the middle turnbuckle. Owens goes for the Running Cannonball Strike, but Styles counters with The Calf Crusher. Owens crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Owens is trying to regain his composure on the outside.
Styles clotheslines Owens on the floor. Styles is talking smack to Sami Zayn. Styles rolls Owens back into the ring. Styles is targeting the left leg of Owens. Owens kicks Styles out of the ring. Owens with a Running Shoulder Block to Styles. Owens follows that with a Running Senton for a two count. Owens applies a rear chin lock. Styles levels Owens with The Phenomenal Blitz. Owens regains momentum with a Rolling Lariat. Owens kicks Styles in the back.
Coming out of the commercial break, Owens has Styles in Chin Lock City. Styles creates distance with multiple bodyshots. Owens drops Styles with a Big Boot for a two count. Owens wants the Chicago Crowd to shut up. Styles connects with a WheelBarrow FaceBuster. Styles goes for a Leaping Corner Clothesline, but Owens ducks out of the way. Owens with the Inside Out Lariat for a two count. Owens hits a NeckBreaker for another two count. Owens goes for The Running Cannonball, but Styles counters with the Ushigoroshi.
Styles and Owens are trading back and forth shots. Styles levels Owens with The Phenomenal Blitz. Styles follows that with a Running Forearm Smash. Styles goes for The Styles Clash, but Owens blocks it. Styles ducks a clothesline from Owens. Styles decks Owens with the Pele Kick. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Owens counters with a GutBuster. Owens lands a Flying Elbow Drop off the second rope for a two count.
Owens places Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles connects with a Rack Bomb for a two count. Styles takes out Zayn with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Styles sends Owens shoulder first to the steel ring post. Styles is distracted by Zayn who hops on the ring apron. Owens SuperKicks Zayn. Shane McMahon arrives to the ringside area. The referee ejects Zayn from the ringside. Styles has the cover on Owens, but the referee wasn’t paying attention. Owens rolls Styles over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Kevin Owens via Pinfall