It’s hard to think about Smackdown Live without Paige but we have to move to this so-called new era. The McMahon family will be in the charge in this special Christmas edition of the show. Royal Rumble is still more than a month away which is why this episode should be a filler one. The main event of the night will feature a US championship match between Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Multiple other matches are also official on this Smackdown episode for Christmas. Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe will finally lock horns to settle out their bad blood that is ongoing for quite sometimes. There will be a huge eight-man tag team match on the show. Plus, The Miz will host a special edition of Miz TV with Shane McMahon as the guest. Just like Raw, Smackdown is also done with the tapings, last week. The Save Mart Center in Fresno, California was the host of the arena.
Rusev earned the US Championship opportunity by pinning Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match, two weeks ago. Even prior to that, the current champion attacked Rusev from the back to start a feud. Tonight marks the first bout between them to settle out the difference. Rusev is getting an opportunity to get the title back that made him the superstar at the beginning of the career.
We have noted that the taping of Smackdown is over in Fresno bringing out the spoilers on the internet. Even WWE.com gave updates on this particular match which confirmed that we have crowned a new US Champion through this match. Rusev pinned Shinsuke Nakamura via a super-kick to get the win. This should make the Bulgarian Brute relevant on the roster from now on.
Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe will battle it out in a solid encounter. These two veterans are likely to deliver a physical battle much to the delight of the fans. Although it is certain that one single match is not enough to keep remove the bad blood between them. So we expect a DQ result from this match. Joe will gain the upper hand continuing his heel antics to set up another match between them in the near future.
The Miz is trying to get Shane McMahon as his tag team partner on Smackdown for a long time. He will continue with the pledge while hosting the Miz TV and inviting Shane McMahon one more time on it. WWE definitely has some plans with this storyline, going forward. Hence it’s certain that Shane McMahon will finally agree to the begging from the A-lister. This will officially form a tag team from the most unlikely duos on Smackdown.
A huge tag team match will take place on Smackdown featuring the returnees from last week. The New Day and The Good Brothers will team up against SAnitY and The Bar that should be a fun contest on the show. Also, there are some speculations about Daniel Bryan’s health after Mustafa Ali botched a move, last week. But spoilers say he is okay and hence the WWE Champion will attend the show.