January 15, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Becky Lynch defeated Peyton Royce via Dis-Arm-Her
- Asuka defeated Billie Kay via Asuka Lock
- Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali never started due to Joe attacking Ali before the match
- Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Rey Mysterio via Hammerlock DDT
- The Miz defeated Sheamus via roll up
Backstage: Becky Lynch, The New Day, Heavy Machinery
SmackDown Live kicks off with former WWE SmackDown women’s champion Becky Lynch pulling into the arena. She’s asked if she believes if she is ready for Asuka at the Royal Rumble. Becky says she’ll know the answer in the ring.
As she’s walking, the camera cuts to The New Day who are backstage with Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight. Dozovic and Knight are putting a bunch of ingredients in a blender. Dozovic takes a drink from it and offer Becky a drink. Becky drinks it and says it’s a little weak.
In-Ring: Becky Lynch, Asuka, The IIconics
She walks down to the ring as the fans chant “Becky”. She says that in two weeks at the Rumble, she gets a chance to take back her SmackDown women’s title. It’s the same title that she had the whole world talking about. But where is it now? And now the whole roster thinks that what she’s doing is a fluke. That connecting with the people, creating a buzz, main eventing and being the man is easy. They think it’s easy until they try it but women on Raw and SmackDown are trying to be bad asses ever since she broke though. But Asuka is finding out how hard leading the division really is.
Lynch says there are those who call her hype yet she delivers on everything she says, every time. But if you really want to talk about hype, Asuka walked into last year’s WrestleMania as indestructible. Unbeatable. If you are to believe her hype yet she lost. Not only did she lose but it shook her to her core and she fell off the radar. But Asuka talks about hype. Asuka couldn’t beat Charlotte but Becky could. Yet Asuka asks if she’s ready for her?
Asuka’s music hits and she walks down the ring. A loud “Becky” chant from the crowd. Asuka says Becky likes to talk about buzz like a bee. But there’s no sting. After the Royal Rumble, Becky will not be in Charlotte’s shadow. She will be in her shadow.
The IIconics’ music hits. Billie Kay says no Asuka. That is not how a proper champion should behave. Making scary faces and threats. Where’s the dignity, the class? Peyton says if she thinks Asuka is bad, Becky is worse. They call her bossy Becky, typical behavior from a man. But all of this is temporary because they will win the women’s Royal Rumble match and they will become the first ever WWE women’s tag team champions. And then they will make WrestleMania iconic.
Becky asks Asuka if she wants to know what the buzz is about, she will show her why she is the talk of the industry. She turns to the IIconics and asks which one of them wants to fight.
Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce
Back from commercial, we have WWE SmackDown women’s champion Asuka at ring side. Becky goes for the roll-up on Peyton Royce but Royce kicks out. An arm bar take down by Becky as she goes for the Dis-arm-her but Royce gets out of it. A loud “Becky” chant from the crowd. A right hand by Becky as she sends Peyton to the ropes. A side drop kick by Becky. A back slide cover but Peyton kicks out. A hip toss take down by Becky.
Backstage, we see Lacey Evans watching the match.
Peyton rolls to the outside. Becky with a baseball slide to the back of Peyton. Becky throws Peyton back in the ring. A right hand by Royce. She goes for the cover but Becky kicks out. Royce stomps on Becky in the corner. Royce with right hands. Royce with a head lock. Becky fights back as Peyton rolls to the outside again. Billie Kay checking on Royce. Becky throws Billie Kay but a right hand by Peyton Royce.
Back from commercial, a head lock by Peyton on Becky inside the ring. Becky gets out of it fighting back. Becky climbs the second rope but a big kick by Peyton brings Becky down. She goes for the cover but Becky Lynch kicks out. Peyton goes for the cover but Becky reverses it and locks in the Dis-arm-her as Peyton Royce taps out.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Asuka vs. Billie Kay
Asuka turns her attention to the IIconics outside of the ring. They walk away but Asuka runs to the outside and throws Billie Kay in the ring. The referee rings the bell. The hip attack by Asuka followed by a sliding knee. She goes for the cover but Billie Kay kicks out. Asuka with an arm bar and gets in the Dis-arm-her on Billie Kay while looking at Becky Lynch. Billie Kay rolls her up but Asuka kicks out. Asuka gets the Asuka lock as Billie Kay taps out.
Segment: AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan
Backstage, AJ Styles is at the concession stand like Daniel Bryan last week. The fans chanting “AJ” as he hypes them up. Styles says that they spent their hard earned money to be here and if they want a hot dog, they can have one. They’re no different than the fans in Phoenix, Arizona where he’ll beat Daniel Bryan. AJ Styles throws AJ merchandise into the crowd.
In comes Daniel Bryan through the crowd who beats on AJ Styles but Styles fights back. Both men fighting backstage in front of the fans. AJ drops Daniel Bryan through a table full of food. Security grabs AJ Styles.
Backstage: The Usos
The Usos are taking promo pics. In comes a staff member who hands Jimmy a box. Jey opens it and there’s a rose with a letter inside. The letter is a love letter signed by Mandy Rose which has a hotel room key card inside. Jey asks Jimmy what he will do and Jimmy says he doesn’t know.
Later backstage, Sonya Deville asked Mandy Rose if she was sure about giving her room key to Jimmy. Mandy said that she can’t stand Naomi and wants to break up their marriage.
Backstage: Samoa Joe, EC3
SD ➡️ SD3?
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2019
We see Samoa Joe walking backstage and he sees EC3 flexing in front of a mirror.
Backstage: Andrade Almas, Zelina Vega
Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega are backstage and Andrade is asked about pinning Rey Mysterio last week. Andrade says Mysterio was his idol. Vega says it’s 2019 and it’s time to look at the future. And the future is that Andrade will pin Mysterio tonight, he’ll win the Royal Rumble and win the WWE title at WrestleMania.
Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali
Samoa Joe beats on Mustafa Ali during his entrance. The bell doesn’t ring and Joe throws Ali into the ring post on the outside of the ring. The referee tells Samoa Joe to leave. Joe walks back but returns and beats on Ali.
Backstage: Rey Mysterio, Nikki Cross
Nikki wants to play… play with Nikki… play with Nikki… hehehehehehehe pic.twitter.com/zjWW4XdxJm
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2019
Rey Mysterio is walking backstage and sees Nikki Cross.
Backstage: Samoa Joe
Joe is backstage and is asked about why he attacked Mustafa Ali. Joe says that wasn’t an attack, that was a statement. Joe says he will enter the Royal Rumble and win it. And how he treated Mustafa Ali is how he will treat the other 29 men at the Royal Rumble.
Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
The bell rings and we are under way. An acrobatic take down by Mysterio as Andrade goes down. Andrade takes Mysterio down as the two reverse holds. A head lock by Mysterio. Andrade gets up and pulls Mysterio by the mask and sends him to the ropes. Andrade ducks but Mysterio with a head lock again. Andrade gets out of it and kicks Mysterio down. Andrade with an arm bar but elbows by Mysterio. Andrade lifts Mysterio and Rey bounces off the ropes, flips Andrade down but Andrade keeps the arm bar. Andrade throws Rey Mysterio into the turnbuckle. Andrade goes back to work on Rey’s left arm. A kick to the thigh by Mysterio but Andrade still working on the arm. Mysterio bounces off the ropes and a hurricanrana takes Andrade down. Mysterio runs to the ropes and another hurricanrana this time sends Andrade to the outside. Andrade gets back in the ring, Mysterio drops Andrade into the second rope and goes for the 619 but Andrade moves out of the way and goes for the hammerlock DDT. Mysterio gets out of it as the two men square off. Mysterio jumps off the ropes and wraps his legs around Andrade as both men go over the top rope onto the outside. They land with Mysterio on Andrade’s shoulders and a sit down power bomb by Andrade.
Back from commercial, Mysterio lands a DDT. He goes for the cover but Andrade kicks out. Mysterio runs towards Andrade but Andrade throws him into the turnbuckle. With Mysterio sitting down in the corner, the double knees by Andrade. He goes for the cover but Mysterio kicks out. Andrade lifts Mysterio but Mysterio wraps his legs around Andrade and drops him into the turnbuckle. Mysterio climbs the top rope but Andrade trips him down. Mysterio is tangled in the ropes. Andrade climbs the top rope but Mysterio pushes Andrade off as Almas falls onto the ropes and onto the ring apron. Mysterio climbs the top turnbuckle and lands a hurricanrana off the top rope, from the ring apron onto the outside. Mysterio climbs the top rope with Andrade still on the outside. Mysterio jumps off and sits on Andrade.
Back from commercial, both men are down in the ring. Both men back up and Andrade with a spinning back elbow. Andrade climbs the top rope, goes for the moonsault, Mysterio moves, Andrade lands on his feet and does another moonsault this time landing on Mysterio. He goes for the cover but Rey Mysterio kicks out. Both men back up, Mysterio runs to the ropes, he flips over Andrade and lands a piledriver. He goes for the cover but Andrade kicks out.
Mysterio goes for the 619 but Andrade catches him on his shoulder. He drops backwards but Mysterio locks in the cover as Andrade kicks out on the 2 count. Mysterio with a kick to the side of the face as Andrade falls on the second rope. Rey Mysterio lands the 619 ass he climbs the top rope. Vega distracts the referee as Andrade trips up Mysterio. With Mysterio on the top rope, Andrade grabs him and drops him with the hammerlock DDT. He goes for the cover and gets the 3 count.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
Segment: Jimmy Uso, Mandy Rose, Naomi
We see Jimmy Uso at the door of a hotel room. He knocks on the door and slides in the key card. He walks in as Mandy is sitting wearing a black robe. Mandy tells Jimmy to come closer and not to be shy. She stands up and tells him the time to play hard to get is over. She takes off her black robe and she’s seen wearing black lingerie. She asks Jimmy what he thinks. What will his wife think. Jimmy tells her that they can’t do this, he can’t do this and it needs to stop.
Mandy tells him yes as a camera man comes in, takes pictures and leaves. Jimmy asks what that was about. Mandy asks if he really thought she wanted him and that this isn’t about him. It’s about his wife, she despises Naomi. Mandy says Naomi walks around thinking she owns the place. She will never be as hot as her and all three of them know it. And when Naomi will see the pictures of them together, they will destroy her entire life. Jimmy leaves the room.
The camera cuts to a surprised Mandy as Naomi gets in the room and starts to beat on Mandy. The two fight as Mandy eventually gets the upper hand and leaves the room. In comes Jimmy Uso who checks up on his wife.
In-Ring: The Miz, Shane McMahon, The Bar
The Miz introduces the birthday boy, Shane McMahon. Corey Graves mentions how Pete Gas, Rodney and Joey Abs (The Mean Street Posse) have nothing on this. The Miz wishes Shane McMahon a happy birthday. The Miz has balloons, a table and the Best in the World trophy in the ring. Shane McMahon thanks everyone as the fans chant happy birthday.
Shane says he’s not comfortable with birthday parties and The Miz says this isn’t your typical birthday party. He didn’t go to Chuck E. Cheese. He didn’t get a discount grocery store cake, he went to his favorite bakery. One of the cakes has a picture of Shane and The Miz trophy on it. The Miz says the trophy means a lot to him as he hands Shane a gift. The Miz says it’s difficult to shop for Shane McMahon, his dad is Vince McMahon.
The Miz tells Shane he tried his best as Shane opens the gift. The Miz gets Shane a pair of Jordan 33s to wear for the Royal Rumble. Shane likes the gift and thanks him. The Miz tells Shane to look at the tron for his next gift. It’s a video of showing clips throughout Shane McMahon’s career. Shane says he is actually speechless and he wants to thank him. Shane says he wants to thank him for a couple of weeks ago where The Miz opened up about his relationship with his dad.
This leads to Shane saying that ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of being a tag team champion. And how his first partner would have been Andre the Giant but he is proud to be going to the Royal Rumble with The Miz as his partner. The Miz tells him that his dream will come true because they will capture the SmackDown tag team titles. But first he wants everyone to sing Shane happy birthday. Everyone starts to sing Shane happy birthday.
The Bar’s music hits as the WWE SmackDown Live tag team champions come out. The Bar joke about how they weren’t invited to Shane’s party and how Vince was invited but he didn’t care about his son’s birthday party. Sheamus talks about how they will beat them at the Royal Rumble. Shane McMahon says that last week, they tag teamed on The Miz. Shane tells Sheamus that since he is tough, why not see how tough he is. And why doesn’t Sheamus go one on one with The Miz tonight. The Miz tells Shane he’s not dressed, he’s wearing a suit. Shane tells The Miz he wasn’t dressed for when he won the Best in the World. He calls Miz the A lister and that’s what he wants for his birthday. That gets The Miz hyped up as he agrees to it.
The Miz vs. Sheamus
The bell rings and we are under way. Sheamus throws The Miz into the corner. Sheamus with a big kick to the face as The Miz goes down and rolls to the ring apron. Sheamus grabs The Miz and clobbers Miz with fists to the chest. The Miz falls to the outside. The Miz gets back in the ring and a big knee to the gut by Sheamus followed by a head lock.
The Miz fights out of it and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Sheamus throws him off. A boot to the face by The Miz followed by right hands. A drop kick in the corner by The Miz. He goes for another drop kick but a big clothesline by Sheamus takes The Miz down. With the referee distracted, Cesaro goes to hit The Miz. Shane grabs Cesaro and throws him off as Cesaro lands on the table on the outside of the ring going through the table and the cakes.
Sheamus is distracted as The Miz rolls him up and gets the 3 count.
Winner: The Miz
After the match, Sheamus starts to beat on The Miz but Shane comes in and beats on Sheamus. The Skull Crushing Finale by The Miz. The two men place Sheamus in the corner. Shane McMahon climbs the top rope as The Miz places a cake in front of Sheamus. Shane McMahon goes coast to coast and lands it on Sheamus. Shane McMahon and The Miz hold up the Best in the World trophy as SmackDown goes off the air.