Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and tonight's episode begins with footage of Shane McMahon addressing the Smackdown roster much in the same way The McMahons did on Raw saying this will be a fresh start for Smackdown
Tonight's show comes to us from Fresno, California and we kick things off with "The Man" making her way out to the ring. Becky Lynch is in the ring. Becky says she doesn't care who runs the show because "The Man" is in charge and she's out here with the people
The only thing she wants is the Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey delivered to her. At TLC she cost Becky the Smackdown Women's Championship and didn't even have the decency to fight her and she's worked way to hard for everything she has to let Ronda take it away from her
Charlotte Flair is out next. Charlotte tells Becky to take number 2 and stand behind The Queen because Ronda stole her opportunity. Charlotte says days of Becky Lynch looking up to her are Then, Now and Forever and if not for Ronda Rousey she would have been 8 times Smackdown Women's Champion
Asuka is out next as the new champion makes her way down to the ring. Charlotte and Becky call Asuka a paper champion and they never beat her.
Vince McMahon comes out next and Vince wishes the WWE Universe Happy Holidays. He next congratulates the new champion Asuka and then asks Becky why she's angry and making excuses. They competed in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match and anyone could be involved including Ronda Rousey who said she would write the next chapter.
Instead of complaining, they should take their frustrations out on Ronda Rousey. Vince then asks Asuka how she'd like to defend her championship tonight.
Naomi comes out and tells Charlotte she had her opportunity. Becky was The Man but doesn't have the title anymore and Naomi wants it. Vince says let's have a match right now and it will be Asuka defending her Smackdown Women's Championship against Naomi. Next.
SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: ASUKA VS NAOMI
Asuka and Naomi lock up and Naomi goes to work on the arm. Asuka reverses and Naomi kicks Asuka. Asuka takes Naomi down working the arm as Charlotte and Becky look on from ringside.
Side headlock takedown by Asuka and Naomi escapes getting back to her feet. Waistlock by Asuka and Naomi flips over going for a dropkick but misses.
Naomi takes Asuka down and connects with a kick to the back. Asuka quickly turns things around looking for an ankle lock. Sit out full nelson by Naomi for a series of nearfalls. Naomi goes for a chinlock but Asuka goes back to work on the arm.
Naomi and Asuka trade forearms and Asuka with a kick to the ribs. Asuka with a series of kicks. Asuka runs into an elbow, Asuka has Naomi tied up in the top rope but Naomi stands up and delivers a side russian leg sweep from the tpp rope as both women crash to the mat.
We are back and Asuka and Naomi are on the outside. Naomi is sent back into the ring as Asuka looks to go up to the top rope and a dropkick from behind as Naomi rolls to the outside. Asuka goes after Naomi kicking her.
Asuka looking to send Naomi into the timekeeper's area but Naomi climbs onto the barricade and connects with a kick. The ferefee administering the 10 count but both women beat the count at 9 as they roll back into the ring.
Naomi and Asuka trade forearms. Asuka with a kick and Naomi with a kick of her own. She goes to the top rope and looks for the split leg moonsault but Asuka gets the knees up and applies The Asuka Lock. Naomi rolls through for a nearfall but Asuka applies the Asuka Lock yet again. Naomi continues to fight free. Naomi hits the Rearview and yet another nearfall
Naomi on the apron leaps over the ropes onto Asuka but Asuka immediately turns it into the Asuka Lock as Naomi taps out
The winner of the match: Asuka
Backstage: Miz knocks on Shane's door but Vince McMahon comes out and Miz says he's been loyal to the company and appeals to Vince saying he and Shane are going through a rough patch and he believes he and Shane could be a great team and asks for his blessing. Vince says he's not giving Miz his blessing but says he will find a team and Miz can find a partner tonight and prove himself
We are back and Rusev and Lana are in the interview area. Rusev is asked about his victory over Shinsuke Nakamura in last week's tag match. Rusev says he hopes the McMahons are watching. He is a man of action and he told Nakamura he had to be afraid of him. Rusev says he is handsome and a hunk. He has amazing biceps. Rusev talks about his beard and how you can make thousands of dollars to make clothes for babies. Nakamura looks like Sonic the Hedgehog. When Rusev gets his hands on Nakamura, he will win the title on the greatest day . . . Rusev Day.
Jeff Hardy's music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Jeff says he heard Samoa Joe wanted to apologize to him. Some of the things that Joe said were true. He was weak and he made mistakes, but that was then and this is now. Jeff appreciates the fact that every day he wakes up and he is alive, well, and here. Jeff says he wants to hear this apology face to face.
Samoa Joe comes out and he tells Jeff Hardy he is sorry. He says he is sorry because this is no apology. Joe says he has been forced to deceive Jeff. This is an intervention. Joe tells Jeff to look at him. Joe says he has known Jeff for a while and everyone is worried. It is the holidays and with Jeff's fragile nature, his demons will get to him.
Jeff says the more than Joe reminds him, the more he will not go back. Jeff says he sees through Joe. You attack people's weaknesses to cover up for your own insecurities Joe. What haunts you? Is it that you have been here for two years and you haven't won a championship? Hardy blocks a punch and kicks Joe and hits a Twist of Fate.
THE MIZ AND MANDY ROSE VS THE FABULOUS TRUTH
Mandy and Carmella start things off and they lock up. Mandy with a snap mare but Carmella with a satellite head scissors and drop kick. MIz tags in and Truth with a rollup for a near fall. Truth clotheslines Miz over the top rope to the floor. It is time for a DANCE BREAK!
Mandy misses a knee and Carmella with a super kick. Miz with a Skull Crushing FInale on Truth for the three count.
The winners of the match: Mandy Rose and Miz
We take a look back at what happened last week when Mustafa Ali faced Daniel Bryan.
We are told that Mustafa Ali is now a member of the Smackdown roster.
We are back and it is time to take a look at the new faces on the roster. We see Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery, Nikki Cross, and EC3.
The Usos make their way to the ring.
Jimmy says no matter how much things change around here, Jey says it remains the same that the Usos run Smackdown. Jimmy says they did not win, but they were not the team that got pinned. Jey wants the Bar to come to the ring.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt and make their way onto the stage.
Karl says it is the Usos, the New Day, and the Bar week after week. They are great teams having great matches, but last week he watched a rap battle while the Good Brothers have not been on Smackdown since August. Luke mentions that is four months that one of the greatest teams of the decade have been on the sidelines. It is time to clean things up.
Jimmy says they are not the reason you have fallen through the cracks. You need to step up or step on. Jey says they better turn around if they don't want to be part of this.
THE GOOD BROTHERS VS THE USOS
The match is joined in progress and Anderson with a side head lock on Jimmy. We see Jimmy getting knocked to the floor during the commercial break. Anderson with an Irish whip and a European uppercut into the corner. Gallows tags in and he kicks Jimmy in the temple and gets a near fall. Gallows with elbows and a reverse chin lock. Gallows with a knee to the midsection and then he misses a boot into the corner and both men are down. Jey and Anderson tag in and Jey with clotheslines and a thrust kick.
Jey with an uppercut and Samoan drop. Jey misses a running hip strike into the corner. Anderson with a kick in the corner followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Gallows tags in and he gets Jey on his shoulders but Jimmy pulls Anderson to the floor. Gallows with a sit out choke slam for a near fall. Gallows misses a splash into the corner. Jimmy tags in and Jey tags in as well. Gallows catches Jimmy off the turnbuckles. Gallows is clotheslined over the top rope to the floor but Anderson makes the tag. Jey goes for a plancha but Anderson with a boot to the head and Jey gets caught in the ropes.
Anderson holds his knee while all four men are down on the floor. Anderson sends Jey back into the ring and he goes up top. Anderson with a neck breaker off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Jey is also favoring the leg that was caught in the ropes. Jey goes for a Samoan drop and Anderson escapes. Gallows makes the tag as Jey gets an O'Connor Roll. Gallows with a thrust kick for a near fall. Gallows goes for a Doctor Bomb but Jey lands on his feet. Jimmy tags in and Jey with a thrust kick and Jimmy with a cross body for a near fall. Jimmy goes up tpo and Gallows with an uppercut.
Anderson tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles for a superplex but Jimmy pushes Anderson off. Jimmy jumps over Anderson and hits a super kick on Gallows on the apron and then Anderson. JImmy goes up top and the music for the Bar plays.
Jimmy with a splash and Sanity breaks up the cover.
The winners of the match: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso (by disqualification)
Post Match: Dain with a running cross body on Jey while Sanity works over Anderson and Jimmy.
Sanity walks past The Bar as they go up the ramp.
Sheamus and Cesaro attack Jimmy and then they send Anderson into the ringside barrier. Sheamus and Cesaro send Gallows into the ringside barrier. Jey is sent into the ringside barrier.
Shinsuke Nakamura says he should be afraid of Rusev and we see a montage of Rusev's legs on Total Divas. Nakamura says that Rusev is not a contender for the United States Championship. He is a total diva.
We see AJ Styles and Mustafa Ali in the locker room discussing strategy.
We are back and it is a Christmas miracle because Shane McMahon will be on MizTV next week. Rusev will get his chance next week against Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Championship. Jeff Hardy will face Samoa Joe next week.
The New Day remind everyone to watch the New Day special Wednesday night on USA Network.
Daniel Bryan has something to say before our main event.
DANIEL BRYAN AND ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS VS MUSTAFA ALI AND AJ STYLES
Bryan and Styles start things off but Bryan tags in Almas. Almas with a kick and chops. Styles with an Irish whip and he runs into an elbow. Almas has a kick blocked but Almas with a back elbow for a near fall. Almas with a forearm in the corner. Almas with a knee and he tries for a slam but Styles blocks it. Styles with a drop kick and both men are down. Styles with a wrist lock and Ali tags in.
Ali goes to the turnbuckles and stomps on the arm. Almas with a forearm and he gets Ali on his shoulders. Ali with an arm drag and he gets a rollup but Almas escapes. Bryan tags in and he kicks Ali. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Bryan slaps Ali in the corner. Bryan with an abdominal stretch. Almas tags in and he drops a leg on the arm. Almas with chops to Ali. Bryan tags in and he chops Ali. Bryan with an Irish whip and Ali goes to the apron and kicks Bryan. Ali with a rolling X Factor and Bryan rolls to the floor.
Almas goes tranquilo in the ropes to stop a dive by Ali. Styles with a drop kick to Almas and then Styles sends Ali onto Bryan and Almas
We are back and Bryan with a single leg crab on Ali. Ali kicks Bryan to get Daniel to release the hold. Almas tags in and hits a splash for a near fall. Almas with a single leg crab of his own. Almas gets a near fall. Bryan tags in and he kicks Ali as he tries to get to his corner to make the tag. Ali with a kick and punches. Bryan with a clothesline that flips Ali and Bryan applies a surfboard. Bryan with a Dragon sleeper and Bryan adds a body scissors but Ali is able to get to the ropes. Almas with a chop and he sends Ali high into the air and lands chest first on the mat.
Almas gets a near fall. Almas goes for a power bomb but Ali counters with a rana. Almas with a clothesline and then Almas goes to the turnbuckles. Almas goes for a moonsault and lands on his feet but when he goes for the second attempt, Ali gets his knees up. Bryan and Styles tag in and Styles with forearms and kicks followed by a clothesline. Styles with a sliding forearm. Styles with a splash into the corner and then Styles with a neck breaker for a near fall. Styles is sent to the apron and then he leaps over Bryan on a springboard move. Styles with a Calf Crusher and Bryan rolls through but Styles holds on. Almas kicks Styles to force a release of the hold. Almas sets for the hammer lock DDT but Styles sends Almas over the top rope to the floor. Ali with a rana off the ring steps. Bryan misses a running drop kick into the corner.
Styles with a kick and he sets for the Styles Clash but Bryan escapes and hits a round kick followed by a second round kick. Bryan runs into a boot from Styles and AJ with a springboard moonsault into a reverse DDT and both men are down. Ali tags in and he hits a tornado DDT. Bryan is pulled into the corner but Almas stops Ali on the turnbuckles. Styles with a Phenomenal Forearm to Almas while Ali hits the inward 450 splash for the three count.
The winners of the match: