WWE SmackDown Live 1/16/18 Highlights + Results, New NXT Signings

A brand new WWE United States Champion will finally be crowned, but on SmackDown Live! Plus: Major NXT signings news!

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On Tuesday, WWE.com confirmed the signings of Ricochet (Trevor Mann) of NJPW, Dragon Gate, and Lucha Underground fame, along with former IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Todd “War Beard Hanson” Smith) and Mae Young Classic participant Candice LeRae. Rowe is currently engaged to SmackDown Live star Sarah Logan and LeRae is married to WWE NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia headliner Johnny Gargano.

Fast Facts about Ricochet:

  • 2014 NJPW Best of Super Juniors Tournament winner
  • Inaugural Lucha Underground Champion (as Prince Puma)
  • Three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
  • Former PWG World Champion and Battle of Los Angeles (BOLA) winner (2014, 2017)

Fast Facts about War Machine:

  • Former ROH Wrestling Tag Team Champions
  • Two-time NJPW IWGP Tag Team Champions
  • Former WhatCulture Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions

Fast Facts about Candice LeRae:

  • Intergender wrestling pioneer
  • Mae Young Class alum (2017)
  • Former PWG Tag Team Champion (with Joey Ryan)

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WWE SmackDown Live on USA Network 1/16/18 Highlights + Results – Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX:

Jinder Mahal def. Xavier Woods of The New Day in the Second Round of the United States Title Tournament

“Glorious” Bobby Roode def. Mojo Rawley in the Second Round of the United States Title Tournament

Randy Orton cut a promo stating he’ll win the Royal Rumble match for the third time and second consecutive year.

WWE Champion AJ Styles has a message for Royal Rumble opponents Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

After a physical confrontation, SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan has opted to make the tournament final TONIGHT for the vacant U.S. Title!

Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan) def. WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi

Tournament Final for vacant WWE United States Championship: Bobby Roode def. Jinder Mahal to become the new U.S. Champion!

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