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A Christmas special episode of Smackdown Live aired last night in a non-live format. People got a dose of Rusev Day thanks to a big championship change on the show. Two of the bitter rivals engaged in a battle that turned out into a brawl. A new tag team formed on the show alongside a huge eight-man tag team action on the card. Check out the results from the show that got taped at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
R-Truth and Carmella kicked off the Christmas special edition of Smackdown Live. They were dressed in Christmas themed attires perfect to the festive mood. The audience was having fun with their antics and dance breaks until Daniel Bryan interrupted the segment. He claimed Santa Claus will not exist in 20 years and engaged in a verbal brawl with Truth.
Truth reminded him of his Mixed Match Challenge win using which he can enter the Royal Rumble 2019 match and challenged him in a title match. An angry Bryan took a cheap shot on R-Truth to start a brawl. The WWE Champion put him into the LeBell Lock and stomped away to Truth until the officials came out to make the save.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and The Usos squared off against SAnitY and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar in an eight-man tag team match. The New Day was present at the announce table dressed in Christmas costumes. Usos landed superkicks to put SAnitY members out of the equation. Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer on Sheamus to pick up the win. The New Day scattered pancakes all around the crowd as the match was over.
Mustafa Ali competed on Smackdown Live against Andrade Cien Almas. Almas started the match with a drop-kick to take control. Ali came back hitting some kicks but Almas gave him a right elbow. He missed the Double-Knees to the corner allowing Ali to hit a DDT. An inverted 450 splash followed to give Ali his first singles win against the former NXT Champion. Daniel Bryan attacked Ali at backstage after the match.
The Miz hosted a special edition of Miz TV with Shane McMahon guest. Miz started asking Shane to become his new tag team partner, as expected. He mentioned that this is his chance to show the other McMahons that he is a much better in-ring performer. The crowd cheered as Smackdown commissioner agreed to the words of The Miz. The two posed with the Best in the World trophy, thereafter.
Jeff Hardy competed in a singles contest against Samoa Joe on Smackdown. Joe dominated the early part of the match putting an abdominal stretch on his opponent. Hardy came back with some pendant moves like Whisper in the Wind and Twist of Fate. The referee disqualified the match after Hardy went irate and denied to stop hitting Joe. Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch to punish Hardy before leaving.
Mandy Rose tried to bring Jimmy Uso under the mistletoe when Naomi interrupted. She was furious and threw her shoes on Mandy.
Rusev competed against Shinsuke Nakamura over the United States Championship on Smackdown main event. The contender started the encounter with a suplex followed by a series of clotheslines. But Nakamura hit him with a Knee to come back. Nakamura locked in the Triangle Choke Hold and sent Rusev to the ring post. Rusev avoider Kinshasa and connected with another superkick to become the new US Champion.
Backstage, Vince McMahon and AJ Styles met where The Boss wanted to see the real AJ Styles. He wanted to bring the animal out of AJ and slapped to the face. An angry Styles hit a right hand to McMahon to close the show.