WWE SmackDown Live Results (12/25): Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev

WWE SmackDown Live Results (12/25)

WWE SmackDown Live
December 25, 2018
Save Mart Center
Fresno, California

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

Daniel Bryan, Carmella and R-Truth In-Ring Segment: 

Truth welcomes everyone to a special Christmas edition of SmackDown. He’s been up all night delivering presents to all the good boys and girls in the WWE Universe with the help of Carmelfa. They had to stop at Smackdown as a gift to themselves. It’s time for a Carol Break. The New Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring. As WWE Champion, he accepts that instead of spending time with his family for Christmas, he has to be in this cesspool. He will not accept the fraud that is Truthy Claus. It might be obvious to you, but this is not the real Santa Claus. Bryan calls The Fabulous Truth fickle.

Bryan is not here to talk about them. He is here to expose the real Santa Claus. Bryan understands why you venerate Santa Claus. He is the symbol of your materialistic desires.Over the last 40 years, your cheap materialistic desires have cost us the coral reefs. It has made islands of misfit garbage all over the world. It gets the glaciers melting and the sea levels rising. In 20 years, there will be no North Pole and no Santa Claus. Truth says that Bryan is an angry little elf.

Is that a joke? Truth should expect nothing less because his career is nothing but an old joke. That may be true, but Bryan better watch out. He better not shout. Truthy Claus is going to Royal Rumble and since they won Mixed Match Challenge, he will be number 30 in the Rumble. After he wins, he will become the WWE Champion and he will be the last one laughing. That’s only if Bryan is still the champion at WrestleMania.  How does Truth expect to win the Rumble if he cannot count to thirty? Instead of counting, we have another dance break. Bryan attacks Truth from behind. Bryan makes Truth tap out to The Heel Hook.

First Match: Andrade Cien Almas w/Zelina Vega vs. Mustafa Ali 

Almas dropkicks Ali immediately after the bell rings. Almas repeatedly stomps on Ali’s chest. Almas with a knife edge chop. Almas bodyslams Ali. Almas follows that with a Sliding Boot. Almas with a Belly to Back Suplex. Almas slaps Ali in the chest. Ali is throwing forearms at Almas. Almas drives his knee into the midsection of Ali. Ali slips over Almas back. Ali with a Hurricanrana. Ali decks Almas with a back elbow smash. Ali is distracted by Zelina Vega. Almas sends Ali crashing to the outside.

Ali with a Roll Through X-Factor for a two count. Almas applies a waist lock. Almas goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Ali holds onto the ropes. Ali kicks Almas in the chest. Ali SuperKicks Almas. Almas responds with a Discus Elbow Smash for a two count. Vega is displaying her frustration on the outside. Almas goes for a Tornado DDT, but Ali counters with a Standing Dropkick.

Almas gets Ali tied in the tree of woe. Almas with a Flying Double Foot Stomp for a two count. Almas follows that with a heavy chop. Almas and Ali are trading back and forth shots. Ali goes for a Sunset Flip PowerBomb, but Almas lands back on his feet. Almas goes for a ShotGun Meteora, but Ali ducks out of the way. Ali hits The Satellite DDT. Ali pulls Almas to the corner. Ali lands The 054 to pickup the victory.

Winner: Mustafa Ali via Pinfall 

Second Match: The Usos, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Bar & Sanity in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

The New Day are providing their own ringside commentary. Anderson and Sheamus will start things off. Sheamus drives Anderson back first into the turnbuckles. Anderson kicks Sheamus in the chest. Anderson with a knife edge chop. Sheamus reverses out of the irish whip from Anderson. Anderson with a Big Boot. Sheamus thrust kicks the midsection of Anderson. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Anderson drops Cesaro with a SpineBuster. Anderson tags in Jey Uso. Jey delivers a Running StinkFace for a one count. Jey applies a wrist lock. Jey tags in Jimmy.

Jimmy with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Jimmy applies a wrist lock. Cesaro levels Jimmy with a knee lift. Cesaro tags in Alexander Wolfe. Wolfe with a Forearm Smash across the chest of Jimmy. Wolfe bounces Jimmy’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Wolfe tags in Dain. Dain kicks Jimmy in the gut. Dain goes for a Bodyslam, but Jimmy lands back on his feet. Jimmy blasts Dain with a knife edge chop. Jimmy with a back elbow smash. Eric Young is running interference. Dain hits The Divide. Sanity and The Bar are cutting the ring in half.

Dain clotheslines Jimmy. Dain tags in Wolfe. Wolfe repeatedly stomps on Jimmy’s chest. Wolfe with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Wolfe applies a front face lock. Wolfe tags in Sheamus. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Sheamus follows that with The Ten Beats Of Bodhran. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Jimmy decks Sheamus with a JawBreaker. Sheamus knocks Jey off the ring apron. Sheamus blocks a boot from Jimmy. Jimmy drops Sheamus with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro with a Big Boot to Anderson. Jimmy clears the ring. Jimmy with a Samoan Drop. Jimmy makes the hot tag to Gallows.

Gallows with a pair of clotheslines for Wolfe. Gallows knocks Sheamus off the ring apron. Gallows with a Body Avalanche. Gallows follows that with a PumpHandle Slam for a one count. Anderson drops Dain with a Jumping NeckBreaker. Cesaro uppercuts Anderson. Gallows launches Cesaro over the top rope. Wolfe kicks Gallows in the jaw. Sheamus tags himself in. Sheamus with a Bicycle Knee Strike. The Bar hits their White Noise/Diving Clothesline Combination for a two count. The Usos fires back with a SuperKick Party. Sheamus Brogue Kicks Jimmy. Jey SuperKicks Sheamus. Jey ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Cesaro with a Pop Up European Uppercut. Gallows SuperKicks Cesaro. Gallows tags in Anderson. The Good Brothers plants Cesaro with The Magic Killer to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Usos, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows via Pinfall 

– Video Packages for Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery, Nikki Cross and EC3.

Miz TV With Special Guest: Shane McMahon 

Merry Christmas. What better way to close out this historic year of SmackDown with one of the members of the McMahon family. Miz brings out Shane McMahon. Did Shane see The Miz’s tag match last week? What are the changes for Smackdown Live? It’s not about The McMahons. They are here to listen to all of you. You say you want new superstars, they are on the way. New matchups have already happened. Smackdown has always been the land of opportunity and they are going to listen to the fans. SmackDown did not suffer like Raw did because they had Paige. Miz feels that Shane would have enough time on his hands to be his tag team partner.

Miz was successful last week in his tag match against the winners of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2.  Shane dances around the issue. Why does Miz continue to beg Shane to be his tag team partner? It’s not about sucking up or getting special favors. It’s about his dad. Miz has never heard his father say that he was proud of him. Even when he was in the main event of WrestleMania 27, his dad said that he should have thanked the Rock for helping him. Has Miz done enough? The answer has always been no, but then there was the World Cup.

His father was impressed by Shane’s courage. Shane fights for what he believes in and has no fear. Could you imagine Miz and Shane being best tag team in the world? That was the first time he felt that he broke through with his dad. Miz knows they would be a good tag team. Miz knows that Shane has more important things to do, but you did say that the new WWE is about putting opportunities in the hands of the WWE Universe.The crowd is up for the pairing and Shane says everything that you said resonated with him. Shane says that Miz better not screw him or there will be major consequences.

Third Match: Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Joe backs Hardy into the turnbuckles. Hardy ducks a clothesline from Joe. Hardy with a back elbow smash. Hardy is teeing off on Joe. Hardy with clubbing shoulder blocks. Hardy plays to the crowd. Joe rams Hardy’s face across the top rope. Joe with a flurry of jabs. Joe drives his elbow into Hardy’s back. Hardy kicks Joe in the gut. Hardy follows that with a Mule Kick. Hardy with a Rebound Dropkick for a two count. Hardy is mauling Joe in the corner.

Joe drops Hardy with a Running Elbow Strike. Hardy bounces Joe’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Hardy repeatedly stomps on Joe’s chest. Joe reverses out of the irish whip from Hardy. Joe with a Running Elbow Smash. Joe hits The CSS Enzuigiri for a two count. Joe with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Joe gets Hardy trapped in The Abdominal Stretch. Joe rolls Hardy over for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, Joe applies the cravate. Joe tells Hardy to give up.

Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy with a Basement Dropkick for a two count. Hardy kicks Joe in the gut. Joe negates The Twist Of Fate. Hardy with a Back Elbow Smash. Hardy connects with The Whisper In The Wind for a two count. Hardy drops Joe with The Twist Of Fate. Joe heads to the outside. Hardy with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Hardy follows that with a Flying Clothesline off the ring apron. Hardy with a series of clubbing knee smashes which forces the referee to call for the bell. After the match, Hardy launches Joe over the announce table. Joe locks in The Coquina Clutch.

Match Results: No-Contest 

– Next week on SmackDown Live, John Cena will make his long awaited return. Also we’ll have The New Day’s New Years Celebration.

Fourth Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev w/Lana For The WWE United States Championship 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Quick stalemate in the corner. The referee calls for a clean break. Nakamura is playing mind games with Rusev. Rusev shoves Nakamura. Rusev is throwing haymakers at Nakamura. Nakamura with a Big Boot. Rusev responds with a shoulder tackle for a one count. Rusev whips Nakamura to the corner. Rusev with a series of corner clotheslines. Rusev goes for a BodySlam, but Nakamura counters with a Triangle Choke. Rusev heads to the outside. Nakamura tells Rusev to bring it. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations. Nakamura applies the cravate. Following a snap mare takeover, Nakamura goes for a knee drop, but Rusev ducks out of the way. Rusev with a Vertical Suplex. Rusev with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count.

Rusev repeatedly stomps on Nakamura’s back. Rusev with clubbing shoulder blocks. Nakamura side steps Rusev into the turnbuckles. Nakamura kicks Rusev in the back of the head. Nakamura with a Running Knee Smash for a one count. Nakamura kicks Rusev in the back. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Rusev. Nakamura is trying to knock Rusev out with his feet. Rusev is displaying his fighting spirit. Nakamura drops Rusev with a Knee Lift. Nakamura is choking Rusev with his boot. Nakamura goes for a Release Exploder Suplex, but Rusev blocks it. Rusev goes for an Inside Out Lariat, but Nakamura counters with a Cross ArmBreaker.

Nakamura sends Rusev to the ring apron. Rusev with a Forearm Smash. Rusev goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Nakamura blocks it. Nakamura dropkicks Rusev off the ring apron. Nakamura drives his knees into the ribs of Rusev. Nakamura with a Knee Drop for a two count. Nakamura is toying around with Rusev. Nakamura applies a front face lock. Rusev creates distance with a Front Slam. Rusev blocks a boot from Nakamura. Rusev with two clotheslines. Rusev levels Nakamura with a Body Avalanche. Rusev with a Fallaway Slam. Rusev with a Running Shoulder Block. Rusev nails Nakamura with a Spin Kick for a two count.

Rusev plays to the crowd. Rusev goes for a Bodyslam, but Nakamura lands back on his feet. Nakamura with a Forearm Smash. Rusev with a High Head Kick for a two count. Nakamura crawls out of the ring. Rusev sends Nakamura shoulder first into the ringside barricade. Nakamura with a Wrap Around Tiger Feint Kick. Nakamur sends Rusev crashing into the steel ring steps. Nakamura slams Rusev’s head on the announce table.

Nakamura with a Flying Knee Drop. Nakamura follows that with a Flying Knee Strike. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Rusev counters with The Machka Kick for a two count. Rusev is fired up. Nakamura fights out of The Accolade. Nakamura with a triangle choke. Rusev PowerBombs Nakamura. Nakamura drives Rusev shoulder first into the steel ring post. Nakamura rolls Rusev over for a two count. Nakamura with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Nakamura with an Elevated Kinshasa. Rusev responds with an Inside Out Lariat. Rusev connects with The Macha Kick to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WWE United States Champion, Rusev via Pinfall 

Mr. McMahon & AJ Styles Segment: 

Author: Josh Lopez