As famous earlier, WWE taped this week’s episode of SmackDown on Tuesday so they might give the wrestlers the break day for Christmas. F4WOnline subscriber jackfoley posted extra particulars from the tapings on the F4W board.
An fascinating notice from the lumberjack match is that Angel Garza was one of many lumberjacks. It’s not clear if he was moved to SmackDown or if this was a one-off however it’s odd to have him as a lumberjack when there are different SmackDown wrestlers backstage who may have been utilized in that spot.
I’m at present within the WWE Thunderdome for this week’s SmackDown tapings, I believed you may wanna know what’s gonna go down. I’ll replace the thread throughout the night time.
They opened straight with the WWE Common Championship match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. Good, contemplating that is most likely gonna come proper after the NFL lead-in on FOX.
Actually good match, Reigns retained after Jey Uso cuffed Owens from exterior to the cage stopping him from exiting the cage. Roman realized it and really, very, very slowly exited the cage with Owens telling him just about “you ought to be ashamed of retaining like this, yadda yadda”. It was scene.
After that there was a LONG pause (about 10 minutes) the place they’d the digital followers tape generic cheers and boos reactions for future use.
Charlotte Aptitude and Asuka then got here to the ring for his or her tag titles protection and had been joined by Bayley, Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair and Carmella. Sasha truly dropped her title throughout her entrance, which for positive can be edited off the published (Sasha truly mouthed on digicam “we’re gonna edit this out” as Bayley was pointing at her and laughing about it, which was fairly humorous). Turned out it was a triple risk ELIMINATION tag staff match for the tag titles, occurring proper now. Lengthy match, first elimination after Sasha hit Bayley with a frog splash and pinned her, eliminating Bayley and Carmella (which once more begs the query: why did Bayley beat Bianca final week?). Later within the match, Charlotte blocked Sasha within the Determine four and Bianca used her hair, from the apron, to tug Sasha to her nook and tag her in, which was distinctive. Sasha hit Charlotte with a Meteora (a bit lengthy, I truly thought her knee hit Charlotte straight within the face) and practically killed herself with a really dangerous head scissors to Carmella’s sommelier (which is now formally named “Reginald”). Bayley returned to hit Sasha and stop Bianca from tagging her accomplice in and Charlotte returned to the match ending Bianca off with Pure Choice for the pin (so Bayley was pinned once more, however a minimum of she value Bianca the titles). Charlotte and Asuka retain and can most likely face the Riott Squad quickly, since they made some extent to point out them watching the match from backstage.
Road Earnings promo from backstage interrupted by Sami Zayn berating a Social Media worker asking her to inform him who leaked his “rant” from final week. Worker walked away, Road Earnings gave Zayn a t-shirt that stated “I WAS the Intercontinental Champion”,
Bryan vs Jey Uso was alleged to occur however Jey attacked Bryan throughout his entrance and bodyslammed him on the ramp. After a industrial break, Bryan entered the ring in opposition to Pat Buck’s recommendation and the match began. One other lengthy match (each a part of the present up to now has gone 2-Three segments), Jey Uso injured his left knee throughout the match, which performed into the ending. Jey hit the Superfly Splash on Bryan however was too sluggish to pin him due to the influence on the injured knee. Bryan put Jey first within the LeBell lock, then a half crab however Jey reached the ropes. Jey went for a superkick however Bryan averted it and completed him with the Busaiku knee for the win.
Up subsequent, the Lumberjack Match for the Intercontinental Championship between Huge E and Sami Zayn, which would be the major occasion. Lumberjacks had been: Cesaro, Nakamura, King Corbin, Blake and Cutler, Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza (so sure, Uncooked guys can be utilized as Lumberjacks on SmackDown for some motive), Road Earnings, Otis, Chad Gable, Drew Gulak, Lince Dorado, Apollo Crews, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode and Kalisto (apparently within the heel facet). Heel lumberjacks, as normal, made positive to hit the babyface, Huge E on this case, and after about four instances of doing that, the babyface lumberjacks brawled with them. Sami tried to flee throughout the melee however the face lumberjacks carried him on their shoulders to the ring. Huge E hit him with a stomach to stomach, a operating splash and a Huge Ending for the win and the title change to shut the Christmas Day version of SmackDown with all of the babyfaces celebrating and confetti filling the world.