The road to Royal Rumble continues for WWE Champion AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shane McMahon, and Daniel Bryan!
WWE SmackDown Live 1/9/18 on USA Network takes place at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. Roll Tide!
WWE SmackDown Live 1/9/18 Highlights + Results:
Becky Lynch (with WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair) def. Ruby Riott (with Riott Squad members Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) via submission. Not sure why they’re already having Riott lose with no big payoff, but happy to see the underutilized Lynch back in the win column.
The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) destroyed The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor).
Mojo Rawley def. Zack Ryder to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Title Tournament vs. Bobby Roode. Rawley’s online unscripted promos have been great, but he seriously needs to change his gear, get a better spray tan, and a new entrance.
Daniel Bryan booked Usos vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable in a Best of Three Falls match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Royal Rumble.
Shane McMahon continues to question Daniel Bryan’s leadership.
Becky Lynch enters the Royal Rumble match.
Breezango def. Rusev Day via the dreaded rollup. WWE has money in Rusev and aren’t capitalizing at all on his momentum.
Jinder Mahal (with Singh Bros.) hypes up his U.S. Title Tournament Semifinal match with Xavier Woods.
3-on-2 Handicap Match as ordered by GM Shane McMahon: WWE Champion AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. KO and Zayn tried to leave, but McMahon restarted the match and made it No DQ.
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