SmackDown LIVE results, Dec. 26, 2017
WWE Champion AJ Styles took on Kevin Owens in a non-title main event that took several controversial turns. Elsewhere, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan changed the landscape of Team Blue when he announced a United States Title Tournament.
SmackDown LIVE Results : Quick Hits
- Daniel Bryan made major title-related announcements
- The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango ends in a no contest
- Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin in a United States Championship Tournament First-Round Match
- Jinder Mahal def. Tye Dillinger in a United States Championship Tournament First-Round Match
- Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles
Daniel Bryan made major title-related announcements
In the wake of Dolph Ziggler oddly laying his United States Title downand walking out on SmackDown LIVE last week, Team Blue General Manager Daniel Bryan kicked off the show to say that he could only assume that Ziggler, who has not returned Bryan’s calls and texts, was relinquishing the title. With that, The “Yes!” Man announced a tournament to crown a new U.S. Champion and revealed that one of tonight’s first-round matches would be Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin.
However, before the WWE Universe could bask in the excitement of that revelation, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, Rusev & Aiden English and The New Day all made their way out to the ring to petition to be next in line for a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity against The Usos.
With all three teams making compelling arguments, The “Yes!” Man made another major declaration: The units would square off in a Triple Threat Match, with the winning team getting the next crack inside The Uso Penitentiary … oh, and that match? Yup, you guessed it, it would be next.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango ends in a no contest
Here’s a new mystery for The Fashion Police: How the heck do you stop The Bludgeon Brothers?
After being gifted an opportunity at redemption by their “best friends” The Ascension, Tyler Breeze & Fandango had the not-so-pleasant task of attempting to topple Harper & Rowan on Team Blue. Breezango gave it a valiant effort, but they appeared grossly overmatched when Harper & Rowan, who clearly had the match locked up, picked their opponents off the mat before the three-count.
Harper & Rowan continued to bludgeon The Fashion Police, and with no end in sight, The Ascension hit the scene to save their Fashion Files compadres from certain doom, carrying them to the locker room area.
However, Breezango were in for another surprise during a post-match interview when their “best friends” The Ascension volunteered them for yet another rematch against The Bludgeon Brothers next week.
Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin in a United States Championship Tournament First-Round Match
It just hasn’t been Baron Corbin’s month.
- The former titleholder tried to get back on track in a first-round bout of the United States Championship Tournament against Bobby Roode,
- but it was to no avail, as The Glorious One prevailed in the hard-hitting contest by defeating Corbin with an amazing, and sudden, rollup.
- A furious Corbin seethed in the ring after the bell, and Roode celebrated his glorious advancement in the tournament.
inder Mahal def. Tye Dillinger in a United States Championship Tournament First-Round Match
Jinder Mahal was looking to carve out a new path on Team Blue, while Tye Dillinger was attempting to make a major name for himself on SmackDown LIVE in one night, making this United States Championship Tournament First-Round Match mighty interesting.
Flanked by The Singh Brothers at ringside, The Modern Day Maharaja attempted to use his size and strength advantages over Dillinger to wear him down. However, The Perfect 10 refused to quit, firing back every chance he could on the former WWE Champion.
Despite Dillinger’s most diligent efforts, the ring-rattling power of the Khallas was too much for him, and Mahal earned the victory to advance in the tournament
Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles
It’s probably fitting for the last SmackDown LIVE match of 2017 to end in absolute chaos. WWE Champion AJ Styles and Kevin Owens (with Sami Zayn in his corner) threw down in this chaotic main event.
- During the match, Styles went to dive onto Owens on the outside the ring, though KO got out of the way, and AJ instead connected with Zayn.
- With Styles gearing up for the Phenomenal Forearm moments later, Zayn got on the apron to try and prevent AJ’s attack. Styles swung and missed at Zayn,
- who hopped off the apron, which prompted SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon to hit the scene to get the official to eject Zayn from ringside.
- As Shane-O-Mac, Sami and the official had words, Styles caught Owens in a small package that very well could have scored him the victory.
- However, since the referee was preoccupied with Zayn and Shane, AJ relinquished the small package to try and regain the official’s attention.
- The distraction left Styles vulnerable, and KO turned the tide by rolling Styles up for the win.
- After the contest, Owens and Zayn celebrated as The Phenomenal One shot a look to the Commissioner as he exited up the ramp, though Shane appeared to offer an apology to the WWE Champion.
The war is clearly ongoing, but the final battle of 2017 was awarded to Owens & Zayn.