Tonight on SmackDown Live, John Cena returns after a two-month absence. What will Cena should say to the WWE universe? And how will the face of by no means giving up clarify away the truth that he apparently gave up after dropping to AJ Styles at No Mercy? Plus, three championship matches will happen, with the World Championship, Tag Team Championship, and Women’s Championship all on the road. Which titles, if any, will change palms? The present will start tonight at eight:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network. Read on for match outcomes and spoilers, adopted by a preview of the night time’s occasions written earlier this afternoon.
eight:00 – John Cena enters and is welcomed again with a “John Cena sucks!” singalong from the viewers. Cena is happy to be again and says that there’s nothing like the thrill of the WWE universe. He provides that as a result of Chicago is a spot of champions, there shall be three championship matches tonight, with the World Championship, Tag Team Championship and Women’s Championship on the road. Cena polls the gang on who they need to win the World Championship, and nearly everyone seems to be on AJ Styles’ aspect.
So, Cena asks himself, what’s he doing right here? The crowd chants “Undertaker!” Cena says that 2016 wasn’t a terrific yr for him, however tonight, he’s right here to set the report straight: he isn’t executed, and he isn’t leaving anytime quickly. When you’re knocked down, you get again up and maintain kicking ass, Cena says, and so he challenges the winner of tonight’s primary occasion to a championship match on the Royal Rumble.
eight:16 – Backstage, The Miz says he refuses to be interviewed tonight by anybody aside from the unprofessional journalist Renee Young.
eight:17 – American Alpha defeats The Wyatt Family, Heath Slater and Rhyno, and The Usos in a Four Corners Elimination Match, turning into the brand new Tag Team Champions. Five minutes into the match, Heath Slater and Rhyno are eradicated by The Usos. A couple of minutes later, although, American Alpha eliminates The Usos. After being eradicated, The Usos proceed to assault American Alpha at ringside. At the conclusion of the match, Chad Gable pins Randy Orton for the victory.
eight:49 – Backstage, Dolph Ziggler says in an interview that placing his title alternative on the road final week might not have been the perfect concept. However, he says that tonight he may lastly be capable of defeat the chances and turn into World Champion.
eight:51 – In a backstage interview, James Ellsworth says that folks making enjoyable of him typically brings him down. Carmella enters and says that she finds Ellsworth uniquely engaging. They stroll off collectively.
eight:53 – Alexa Bliss defeats Becky Lynch and retains her Women’s Championship. Towards the top of the match, La Luchadora, the jobber Becky Lynch impersonated final week, runs out and distracts Lynch. This permits Alexa Bliss to get the pin and retain her championship. We by no means discover out who was within the La Luchadora masks.
9:16 – Backstage, Renee Young goes to see The Miz outdoors his dressing room. She is clearly upset that she has to speak to him and asks him a generic query. As he’s answering, Dean Ambrose seems and assaults The Miz.
9:23 – Backstage, Nikki Bella says that the extra success you obtain, the extra individuals need to knock you down. She is requested to answer Natalya’s betrayal, however Bella says she is going to save her feedback so she will say them to Natalya’s face.
9:24 – Backstage, Baron Corbin says that he ought to have been acknowledged as a most important occasion expertise way back and that AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler are about to see their final days with the WWE.
9:25 – AJ Styles defeats Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a triple menace match, retaining his World Championship. At one level, AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler truly work collectively to take out Baron Corbin, performing an unimaginable two-person desk dive meant to take Corbin out. However, that alliance doesn’t final very lengthy, with Styles and Ziggler preventing each other instantly after this spot. At the top of the match, Baron Corbin appears able to pin Dolph Ziggler and rating a victory. However, Styles comes out of nowhere to assault Corbin and pin Ziggler himself.
9:58 – As AJ Styles stands within the ring together with his championship, John Cena enters and stares Styles down. But he then extends his hand and congratulates Styles on the victory. Styles is extraordinarily hesitant, assuming Cena has some trick up his sleeve, however he ultimately shakes Cena’s hand because the present ends.
John Cena returns to SmackDown Live this night after taking a hiatus to movie his actuality collection, American Grit. Cena has been feuding with AJ Styles, the WWE World Champion, for a number of months now, and the 2 had a match again at SummerSlam again in August. Styles emerged victorious, and a humiliated Cena took off his “never give up” armband and disappeared. He returned a couple of weeks later to problem Styles to a different championship match, and so Cena confronted Styles (and Dean Ambrose) at No Mercy in October. Once once more, Cena misplaced. He nonetheless clearly needs one other title run, so how will Cena have the ability to tackle AJ Styles after two humiliating losses?
Meanwhile, AJ Styles will probably be a bit busy tonight defending his World Championship. Last week, Daniel Bryan introduced that The Phenomenal One can be dealing with Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a triple menace match with the World Championship on the road. This occurred after Corbin and Ziggler clashed over who ought to get a shot on the title, with Corbin saying that Ziggler has been given far too many possibilities this yr. Will AJ Styles be capable of maintain on to the World Championship? Could we truly enter 2017 with Dolph Ziggler or Baron Corbin as the brand new champ that runs the camp?
That’s the primary of three title matches happening tonight, with the second being for the Tag Team Championship. On December 27th’s present, the Wyatt Family has to defend their title towards The Usos, American Alpha, and Heath Slater and Rhyno in a Four Corners Elimination match. Although The Hype Bros. earned a shot on the title a number of weeks in the past, these plans needed to be scrapped when Zack Ryder suffered a legitimate injury in the ring which will take him out of action for several months.
And within the women’s division, the feud between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch continues. Last week, Lynch pretended to be a mask-wearing jobber simply to have an opportunity to beat up Alexa Bliss, who was livid about Lynch’s trickery. Tonight, Alexa Bliss will struggle Becky Lynch as soon as once more, with the Women’s Championship belt on the road. Will Lynch be capable of reclaim her belt? Or will Bliss be capable of put an finish to her as soon as and for all?
We’ll discover out tonight when SmackDown Live airs on the USA Network.
Zack Ryder legitimately injured his knee on a current episode of SmackDown Live, and he has now revealed that he might be out for a number of months.