WWE Smackdown Live Results 1/2/18

Angelo Anderson
January 12, 2018

McMahon is now serving as the in-storyline commissioner of "SmackDown Live", and previously, he has been involved in some high-profile matches that include two "WrestleMania" bouts. Plus, we got the continuation of the WWE U.S. title tournament. So, 2018 year for blue brand begins with controversy. The normal thing to do in that situation would be booking a triple threat match, not a handicap one.

WWE has announced that WWE Champion AJ Styles will defend his title against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a Handicap Match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. McMahon announced that he will stay at Styles corner in his match against Zayn, which was the main event, to ensure a fair result.

Shelton Benjamin starts the match and takes a shot on Jimmy Uso, and tags in Chad Gable right away. The new tag team champions didn't want to enter the ring once again.

The main events for both SmackDown Live and Raw are now set for Royal Rumble, giving us a glimpse into who could win the men's 30-man over the top battle royal on January 28. Ruby ran down the fans, saying they probably believe in magic (they were in Orlando) even though they lead miserable lives. "The Riott Squad is real". Bryan accepted Styles' challenge but added that the match will take place at Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship belt. The referee, who was in the way, quickly dodged them by running and driving through the middle of the ropes to the outside. When he finally got in the ring to count the pinfall, Zayn kicked out. The go-nowhere segment made it clear that everyone would be ringside during the previously booked Styles-Zayn main event. He then got the referee to bar Owens from ringside.

It's sad for "The Man who built the house" has fallen in between Shane and Daniel's ego tussle - that is going on since Shane's match with Owens at Hell in a Cell. The following year at "WrestleMania 33", he then squared off against AJ Styles. Bryan came in following all that and his actions have come out as the complete opposite.

WWE Creative is so obviously teasing the idea that Bryan is in collusion with Owens and Zayn that there is no way in hell that is actually the route they are taking. The Bryan heel turn is too telegraphed. To date, the pair has swung from hot to cold, and friendly to angry without much sense of direction - and it's given us little sense of where this storyline between all of them is going.

McMahon famously took on The Undertaker at "WrestleMania 32" in 2016.

Intriguing, to say the least, and I suppose that's the point anyway, isn't it? The US Championship tournament also continued on Smackdown as Xavier Woods bested Aiden English to advance to the next round. English and Woods would be facing off for the first time, with The New Day and Rusev ringside.

As for the Men's Royal Rumble, for now just Elias, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, Finn Balor and Baron Corbin have been confirmed as entrants.

Mojo Rawley cut a promo talking about defeating Zack Ryder in the USA title tournament next week. He seemingly needs a tag team partner to make that match work.

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