WWE SmackDown Live
December 18, 2018
Save Mart Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Shane McMahon & Paige Backstage Segment:
Vince McMahon, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Asuka and Naomi In-Ring Segment:
Becky doesn’t care who is running the show because The Man is in charge. Everyone is in the back listening to some corporate nonsense. This is where the real business is conducted. Becky wants the Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey. She made Ronnie tap out in a dressing room. At TLC, Rousey didn’t have the courtesy to get in her face. Becky has worked way too hard for way too long for some Roddy Piper cosplayer to take it from her. Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring.
Charlotte tells Becky to take a number. How about the number two so she can stand behind the queen? Rousey also stole her opportunity at TLC. Speaking of cosplayers, Becky’s days of standing behind Charlotte are over. The days of looking up to her are then, now, and forever. The odds are that if Rousey was not there, Charlotte would have become an Eight Time Women’s Champion. Asuka joins the conversation. Everybody can forget about Ronda Rousey because Asuka is the champion now. This leads us to a long bickering contest before Vince McMahon appears on the stage.
Vince wishes everyone a Happy Holidays. Vince congratulates Asuka on her victory. This is conduct unbecoming an individual. Is Becky angry because she expects something? Charlotte is making excuses at the same time. They both participated in a TLC match and anything goes and anyone can get involved. Ronda Rousey said she would write the next chapters in your careers, so do something about it. Would Asuka like to defend her championship tonight? Is anyone ready for Asuka? Naomi makes her way out and she has a mic. Charlotte has had countless opportunities. Becky was the man, but she don’t have the title any more. Naomi wants it. Vince grants Naomi her wish.
First Match: Asuka (c) vs. Naomi For The WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
— WWE (@WWE) December 19, 2018
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Naomi applies a wrist lock. Asuka reverses the hold. Naomi kicks the left hamstring of Asuka. Asuka with an arm-drag takeover. Asuka applies an arm-bar. Naomi with a side headlock takeover. Asuka responds with a headscissors escape. This leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Naomi goes for a Big Boot, but Asuka ducks out of the way. Asuka goes for a Back Body Drop, but Naomi lands back on her feet. Double Dropkick. Asuka kicks Naomi in the gut. Asuka negates The Full Nelson Bomb. Naomi kicks Asuka in the back. Asuka applies a Standing Ankle Lock. Naomi with a SitOut Full Nelson Bomb for a two count.
Long Pinning Exchange. Asuka locks in The Dis-Arm-Her. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Strike. Asuka repeatedly kicks Naomi in the back. Naomi decks Asuka with a back elbow smash. Asuka with a Super Octopus Stretch. Naomi responds with an Avalanche Side Russian Leg Sweep. Asuka heads to the outside. Naomi with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Naomi rolls Asuka back into the ring. Naomi repeatedly stomps on Asuka’s chest. Naomi is choking Asuka with her boot. Naomi with a Sliding Lariat. Naomi applies a rear chin lock. Asuka gets back to a vertical base. Asuka with shots to the midsection of Naomi. Naomi shoves Asuka. Naomi and Asuka are trading back and forth leg kicks.
Naomi avoids a Running Hip Attack. Naomi with a ShotGun Dropkick. Asuka pulls Naomi off the ring apron. Asuka with a Missile Dropkick. Asuka repeatedly kicks Naomi in the face. Naomi with a Flying Enzuigiri off the ringside barricade. Following a forearm exchange, Asuka drops Naomi with a Pop Up Knee Strike. Naomi responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Naomi goes for a Split Legged MoonSault, but Asuka gets her knees up in the air. Naomi fights out of The Asuka Lock. Asuka goes for a German Suplex, but Naomi rolls her over for a two count. Naomi hits The Rear View for a two count. Naomi goes for a SpringBoard Seated Senton, but Asuka counters with The CodeBreaker for a two count. Asuka makes Naomi tap out to The Asuka Lock.
Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Champion, Asuka via Submission
Mr. McMahon & The Miz Backstage Segment:
Rusev Backstage Interview:
Jeff Hardy & Samoa Joe In-Ring Segment:
Some of the things that Samoa Joe said were true. Hardy was weak and he made mistakes, but that was then and this is now. Hardy appreciates the fact that every day he wakes up and he is alive, well, and here. Hardy wants to hear this apology face to face. Joe is sorry because this is no apology. Joe has been forced to deceive Hardy.
This is an intervention. Joe tells Hardy to look at him. It is the holidays and with Hardy’s fragile nature, his demons will get to him. Hardy sees through Joe. Joe attack people’s weaknesses to cover up for his own insecurities. What haunts him? Is it that Joe has been here for two years and has yet to become the WWE Champion? Hardy kicks Joe in the gut. Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate.
Second Match: The Miz & Mandy Rose vs. R-Truth & Carmella in a Mixed Tag Team Match
— WWE (@WWE) December 19, 2018
Rose and Carmella will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rose backs Carmella into the ropes. Rose with a snap mare takeover. Carmella ducks a clothesline from Rose. Carmella with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Carmella dropkicks Rose. Carmella tags in Truth.
Truth ducks a clothesline from Miz. Miz goes for a Hip Toss, but Truth rolls him over for a two count. Truth clotheslines Miz over the top rope. It’s time for a dance break. Carmella avoids a Bicycle Knee Strike. Carmella SuperKicks Rose. Carmella kicks Rose out of the ring. Miz plants Truth with The Skull Crushing Finale to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Miz & Mandy Rose via Pinfall
The Usos, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows In-Ring Segment:
Third Match: The Usos vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
— WWE (@WWE) December 19, 2018
Jimmy and Anderson will start things off. Anderson applies a side headlock. Anderson kicks Jimmu in the gut. Anderson whips Jimmy to the corner. Anderson with a Running European Uppercut. Anderson tags in Gallows. Gallows HeadButts the midsection of Jimmy. Gallows drops Jimmy with a High Leg Kick for a two count. Gallows with clubbing elbow smashes. Gallows applies a rear chin lock. Jimmy gets back to a vertical base. Gallows with a Knee Lift. Gallows goes for a Running Boot, but Jimmy ducks out of the way. Jey and Anderson are tagged in.
Jey with two clotheslines. Jey thrust kicks the midsection of Anderson. Jey ducks a clothesline from Anderson. Jey with a Samoan Drop. Jey plays to the crowd. Anderson avoids The Running StinkFace. Anderson hits The Rocket Kick. Anderson with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Anderson and Gallows goes for The Boot Of Doom, but Jimmy pulls Anderson out of the ring. Jey kicks out of The Gallows Pole. The Usos side steps Gallows into the turnbuckles. Double Enzuigiri. Gallows goes for a Double ChokeSlam, but The Usos blocks it. The Usos clotheslines Gallows over the top rope.
Jey goes for a Suicide Dive, but Anderson counters with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Anderson rolls Jey back into the ring. Anderson with a Flying NeckBreaker for a two count. Jey goes for The Samoan Drop, but Anderson lands back on his feet. Standing Switch Exchange. Gallows tags himself in. Gallows SuperKicks Jey for a two count. Gallows goes for a GutWrench PowerBomb, but Jey blocks it. Jey tags in Jimmy.
Jey SuperKicks Gallows. Jimmy follows that with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Gallows uppercuts Jimmy. Gallows tags in Anderson. Jey shoves Anderson off the top turnbuckle. Jimmy unloads Two SuperKicks. Jimmy sets up for The Uso Splash. The Bar makes their way to the ringside area. Jimmy lands The Uso Splash for a two count. Alexander Wolfe dropkicks Jimmy which causes the disqualification. After the match, Sanity and The Bar destroys The Usos and The Good Brothers.
Winner: The Usos via Disqualification
Shinsuke Nakamura Promo:
Lineup For Next Weeks SmackDown Live
– Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
– Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev w/Lana For The WWE United States Championship
– Shane McMahon will be a special guest on Miz TV
Fourth Match: Daniel Bryan & Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega vs. AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali
— WWE (@WWE) December 19, 2018
Almas and Styles will start things off. Almas kicks Styles in the gut. Almas with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Almas blasts Styles with a knife edge chop. Almas drives his knee into the midsection of Styles. Styles reverses out of the irish whip from Almas. Almas decks Styles with a back elbow smash. Styles blocks a boot from Almas. Almas ducks a clothesline from Styles. Almas drops Styles with a Discus Elbow Smash for a one count. Almas is mauling Styles in the corner. Styles and Almas are trading back and forth shots. Almas with a back elbow smash. Styles leapfrogs over Almas. Styles dropkicks Almas. Styles applies a wrist lock. Styles tags in Ali.
Ali with a Flying Double Foot Stomp. Ali applies a wrist lock. Ali fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Ali with an arm-drag takeover. Ali rolls Almas over for a two count. Ali targets the injured left wrist of Almas. Almas tags in Bryan. Bryan repeatedly kicks Ali in the chest. Bryan bounces Ali’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bryan applies The Abdominal Stretch. Ali breaks free with a Hip Toss. Bryan tags in Almas. Almas with a Swinging Arm-Ringer. Almas taunts Styles. Almas with a knife edge chop. Almas slaps Styles in the chest. Almas tags in Bryan. Bryan with a throat chop. Bryan whips Ali to the corner. Ali kicks Bryan in the face. Ali with a Roll Through X-Factor. Bryan heads to the outside.
Almas and Vega delivers their signature tranquilo pose. Styles dropkicks Almas out of the ring. Ali lands a SomerSault Plancha. Coming out of the commercial break, Bryan has Ali trapped in The Lion Tamer. Bryan tags in Almas. Almas with a Flying Splash for a two count. Almas applies a single leg crab. Almas dropkicks the back of Ali for a two count. Almas and Bryan are cutting the ring in half. Bryan with a series of Fickle Kicks. Ali kicks Bryan in the chest. Ali is throwing haymakers at Bryan. Bryan with an Inside Out Lariat. Bryan with a SurfBoard Stretch. Ali grabs the bottom rope to create separation. Bryan tags in Almas. Almas talks smack to Ali. Ali is displaying his fighting spirit.
Almas mocks Styles. Almas goes for a PowerBomb, but Ali counters with a Hurricanrana. Almas with an Inside Out Lariat. Almas goes for a Double MoonSault, but Ali gets his knees up in the air. Ali makes the hot tag to Styles. Styles hits The Phenomenal Blitz. Styles follows that with a Basement Forearm Smash. Styles with a Leaping Corner Clothesline. Styles goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Bryan counters with a Knee Strike. Styles responds with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Styles dives over Bryan. Styles locks in The Calf Crusher. Almas breaks the submission hold.
Almas goes for a HammerLock DDT, but Styles blocks it. Styles sends Almas crashing to the outside. Ali with a Hurricanrana on the floor. Bryan goes for The Running Knee, but Ali ducks out of the way. Styles kicks Bryan in the gut. Styles goes for The Styles Clash, but Bryan counters with Two Heavy Kicks. Styles kicks Bryan in the jaw. Styles with a MoonSault Reverse DDT. Styles tags in Ali. Ali drops Bryan with a Spinning DDT. Ali drags Bryan to the corner. Almas stops Ali in his tracks. Styles connects with The Phenomenal Forearm. Ali lands The 054 to pickup the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali via Pinfall