Posted on 1/15/122 by Bob Magee
They recapped the Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman
angle from last week. It also included Seth Rollins' return
with references to The Shield.
Michael Cole and Pat McAfee discussed Roman Reigns and Seth
"Freakin" Rollins going face-to-face later tonight. They
also mentioned Lita returning to SmackDown for the first
time in 20 years.
The Usos Segment
Jey noted they beat The New Day last week, but they respect
them. New Day are the only team to push them to the limit.
Jimmy claimed The Usos are the greatest tag team of all
Jey thinks they should help Roman Reigns when he goes face-
to-face with Seth Rollins. They pointed out that management
set up a fatal four-way to determine their next challengers.
Jimmy then did the introductions for each team.
Fatal Four-way Championship Contenders match: The Viking
Raiders defeated Los Lotharios, Cesaro & Mansoor, and Jinder
Mahal & Shanky (9:34)
They had a fine match that dragged but picked up towards the
The Usos gave the instructions to all four teams and then
super kicked Ivar and Mansoor. The Usos slipped out of the
ring as a brawl broke out before they went to break.
The match started during the commercial break. The Usos
joined Cole and McAfee on commentary.
Mahal and Shanky isolated Erik in their corner and beat him
down. Ivar tagged in and knocked Angel and Humberto off the
apron. He then knocked Mansoor and Cesaro off the apron as
Shanky missed a splash in the corner, and Erik dropped Ivar
on Shanky in the corner. Ivar climbed to the top rope, but
Mahal cut him off. Mahal and Ivar fought on the top rope.
Cesaro then jumped up and tried to help Mahal with a double
superplex. Instead, Erik jumped back in and gave Cesaro and
Mahal a double powerbomb as they gave Ivar a double
Back from the break, Humberto tried to prevent Mansoor from
tagging Cesaro. Mansoor fought back, and Cesaro got the hot
tag. Cesaro ran wild and gave Humberto the Samoan drop.
Cesaro tried to give Ivar the giant swing, but Humberto
broke it up. Mahal then hit the Khallas on Humberto.
Los Lotharios gave Mahal a double superkick and hit a double
suicide dive on Mahal and Shanky. Ivar set up for a dive,
but Los Lotharios caught him with a double superkick. The
Viking Raiders fought back and hit the Viking Experience on
Humberto for the win.
The Viking Raiders are the number one contenders for the tag
team titles. The Usos jumped on the announce table and
taunted The Viking Raiders.
They recapped Sonya Deville interfering in Naomi's match
with Charlotte Flair.
Naomi approached Deville in her office. Naomi was furious
that Deville interfered in her business last week. She
demanded to know why Deville had a problem with her. Deville
pointed out that Naomi can't touch her as long as she's
wearing her jacket because she's managment.
Deville threatened Naomi that she'd lose her Royal Rumble
spot or get fired if she touched her. Naomi walked off when
Adam Pearce walked into the office. He noted it's chilly in
the room. Pearce turned the temperture up.
They showed a video looking back at The Shield.
Sami Zayn Segment
Sami Zayn was good in the segment although it had an abrupt
and weak ending.
Sami Zayn discussed the conspiracy against him. He brought
up that actor Johnny Knoxville joined the conspiracy. Zayn
played the footage of Knoxville throwing him out of the ring
to earn a spot in the Royal Rumble match. Zayn was happy
that Knoxville's in the Rumble because he's entering the
Zayn was upset that Knoxville thinks he could be a wrestler.
However, Zayn can do whatever Knoxville does but better. He
claimed that everyone knows that he's a bigger jackass than
Zayn then introduced his show In Zayn. Zayn ran to the back
but came back in a shopping cart with two nameless guys
pushing him. They set up a ramp down the aisle with the
target/crash pad on the other side of the ring. Zayn
pretended he wanted to do the stunt.
The two guys went to push him, but Zayn kept stopping them.
Finally, Zayn went to do the stunt but stopped it at the
last second. He jumped in the ring when Rick Boogs and
Shinksuke Nakamura appeared out of nowhere. Boogs cut his
hair and had a different look. Boogs gave Zayn a press slam
to end the segment.
In the back, Aliyah was worried about embarrassing herself
tonight in her first singles match on SmackDown. Natalya
approached and noted there's no shame in losing to her.
Natalya said she holds three records in the Guinness Book of
World Records. Aliyah claimed she didn't know that still
existed. Natalya didn't appreciate the comment. Aliyah ran
off to the ring. Natalya promised to break the Guiness World
Record of 3.8 Seconds for the fastest women's match.
Aliyah defeated Natalya (2.79) (WWE time 3.17)
Natalya jumped Aliyah before the match and viciously beat
her down around the ring. The referee asked Aliyah if she
could continue, but she didn't answer. They announced she
couldn't compete, but Aliyah convinced the referee to change
The bell rang, and Aliyah instantly caught Natalya in a
small package for the win. After the match, they announced
that Aliyah set a new record for the fastest women's match
with 3.17 seconds.
In the back, Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce were impressed
with Aliyah's win. They noted it's boiling in the office.
They recapped Seth Rollins turning on The Shield eight years
This was a fun segment.
Michael Cole introduced Lita to a big reaction from the
fans. The fans broke into a loud "Lita" chant. Cole noted
Lita influenced the women on the current roster. Cole
wondered why Lita decided to enter the Rumble this year.
Lita noted she was in the main event on Raw and entered the
Hall of Fame but never in the Rumble match.
Lita feels she has one more run left in her. She plans on
winning the Rumble and main eventing WrestleMania. The fans
popped. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair
interrupted and made her way to the ring.
Flair grabbed the mic from Cole and took over the interview.
Flair mocked Lita and pointed out that she's entering the
Rumble as champion. Flair promised to win the Rumble, throw
Lita out and pick her opponent at WrestleMania. Flair
wondered how she's going to deal with losing.
Lita called Flair Tonya Harding and made fun of her giant
head. The fans broke into a loud "giant head" chant. Flair
mentioned defeating Lita's friend Trish Stratus at
SummerSlam. She claimed she broke and retired Stratus. Lita
pretended to slap Flair, and Flair covered up. Lita then hit
the twist of fate to end the segment.
They recapped the 12 Days of Christmas Street Fight from
last month. They also recapped Ricochet breaking Ridge
Holland's nose at Day 1.
In the back, Sheamus noted Holland's at home because of
Ricochet. He promised to get some revenge tonight.
Sheamus defeated Ricochet (9:36)
Sheamus and Ricochet had a good hard-hitting match.
Ricochet promised to defeat Sheamus and break his nose too.
Ricochet had the early advantage with a side headlock.
Sheamus broke free with a shoulder tackle and stomped on
Ricochet's fingers. Ricochet sent Sheamus to the floor and
followed up with a dive. Sheamus regained control by
tripping Ricochet on the apron. Sheamus then gave Ricochet a
slingshot underneath the ring.
Back from the break, Sheamus was firmly in control, but
Ricochet fought back. He hit a springboard crossbody off the
second rope to regain control. Sheamus missed the Brogue
Kick and ended up on the apron. Ricochet hung Sheamus on the
second rope and hit a lionsault to Sheamus' back for a near
Sheamus avoided the 450 splash, but Ricochet landed on his
feet. Sheamus recovered and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.
Sheamus attempted White Noise off the top rope, but Ricochet
Ricochet fought back and hit a sunset flip powerbomb for
another close near fall. Ricochet tried to pick up Sheamus,
but he broke free. The finish came when Ricochet went for a
headspring knee, but Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick in mid-air
for the win.
They recapped Aliyah defeating Natalya earlier and setting
the record for the fastest match at 3.17 seconds.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville discussed the rules for the
Royal Rumble. Pearce and Deville were still hot, so Pearce
went to find someone to help. Deville took her jacket off
when Naomi walked into the office. She noted Deville's not
wearing her jacket therefore she could fight her.
Pearce ran back in and agreed that Deville cost Naomi her
match last week. Pearce announced Naomi vs. SmackDown
Women's Champion Charlotte Flair in a championship
contender's match next week.
They recapped Seth Rollins defeating Brock Lesnar and Roman
Reigns seven years ago at WrestleMania 31.
Madcap Moss (w/Happy Corbin) defeated Kofi Kingston (5:45)
Moss and Kingston had a fine match.
Before the match, Kingston read a proclamation from King
Woods. Woods suffered a calf injury last week and has to
miss the Royal Rumble this year. However, Woods decreed that
Kingston would enter the Rumble match representing the
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss made their way to the ring.
Corbin noted he's happy because he's rich and good-looking.
The only thing that'll make him happier is throwing Kingston
out of the Rumble.
The only time they were happier was when they injured Drew
McIntrye's neck. Moss told a bad joke and started laughing
until Kingston began laughing. Kingston promised to defeat
Moss picked up Kingston, but he reversed and sent Moss to
the floor. Kingston then hit a dive wiping out the heels as
they went to a break.
Back from the break, Moss was firmly in control and gave
Kingston a fallaway slam. Kingston fought back and rocked
Moss with a clothesline and dropkick. He followed up with a
kick to the chest and the Boom Drop. He set up for the
Trouble in Paradise, but Corbin caused a distraction.
Moss avoided Trouble in Paradise and briefly took over.
Kingston went for a flying crossbody, but Moss caught him.
Kingston briefly fought back and went for the SOS, but Moss
countered into the Punchline for the win.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Seth "Freakin"Rollins
Rollins and Reigns had a good segment but the ending was
anti-climatic. The fans treated Reigns as the face in the
Seth Rollins came to the ring first before they went to a
break. As Universal Champion Roman Reigns made his entrance,
McAfee noted he'd been champion for 502 days. Cole added
that he breaks Brock Lesnar's record when he reaches 504.
The fans broke into a loud "Roman Reigns" chant. Reigns
demanded that Omaha acknowledge him, and they popped. The
fans broke into a loud "Roman" chant. Rollins tried to get
Reigns to put his fist out as they did as The Shield. Reigns
said that's beneath him now. Rollins pointed out that he
beat Reigns every time they fought.
Reigns noted he's in God mode and the greatest of all time.
Rollins said he's out here to acknowledge Reigns and his
accomplishments. Rollins pointed out that Reigns didn't win
the title on his own. First, he needed The Shield, and now
he needs The Usos. Rollins claimed he created Reigns, so he
could destroy him.
Reigns felt he was wasting his time. He noted Rollins
dresses like a clown and sounds like a clown because he's a
clown. He admitted that he wouldn't have picked Rollins from
Raw. If he wanted to face a megastar, he would have picked
Suddenly, The Usos tried to jump Rollins, but he ran out of
the ring to the announce table. The Usos chased him, but
Rollins escaped again. Rollins and Reigns had a brief
staredown before Rollins ran off.
Next Week: SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair takes
on Naomi in a championship contender's match.