A pretty unusual start to Thursday night’s hottest show as Renee Young was waiting for backstage to get an interview with Dean Ambrose. The Lunatic Fringe’s entrance in a black pickup truck occurred just in time for the start of the show. Ambrose made a beeline toward the ring to state that he was challenging Kevin Owens to a Last Man Standing Match at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 24
Sheamus crashed the huge announcement to repay the stitches he had received on Raw in the hands of Ambrose. In the meantime, Kevin Owens showed up to accept the challenge a started a two on one assault on Ambrose. Neville came out to break things off which set up the huge tag team main event for the night.
Dudley Boyz vs. Wyatt family member Luke Harper and Eric Rowan (Tables match)
Bray Wyatt was missing from his flocks, noticeably, but that did not prevent rest of the trifecta from putting their dominance over the attitude era adversaries. Despite an early setback that saw the frightening Harper & Rowan blindside The Dudleys — as well as the attempted interference from Braun Strowman — WWE’s extreme tag team prevailed after pushing Harper through a table set up at ringside. Though, the following moments saw them going through their favorite tables and the Cajundome heard “Follow the buzzards!”
The social outcasts vs. Goldust, Damien Sandow, Jack Swagger and Zack Ryder
The social outcasts managed to trend in the right direction after they once again prevailed in the 8 man tag team match on Smackdown. Heath Slater provided a right hand to create a distraction with Bo Dallas hitting the running Bo-Dog for the win.
United States championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto
Just three days after Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship in arguably the biggest upset in RAW’s 23 year history, the two Superstars’ rivalry reached new heights on Thursday’s hottest show in an epic United States Championship rematch in which Del Rio managed to gain the upper hand with outside interference from King Barrett and once again became the new United States champion.
Becky Lynch vs. Brie Bella
During a backstage interview, Becky proposed for a Divas title opportunity at the Royal Rumble event. We will see on RAW if Charlotte accepts. Inside the ring, she met Brie Bella and continued his momentum going for the proposed title match as she made Brie tap out with the disarmer locked in.
Dean Ambrose and Neville vs. Kevin Owens and Sheamus
SmackDown on USA Network’s third main event of the evening could not be contained by the traditional rules of a tag team contest, as Kevin Owens & Sheamus made sure of that. The Celtic Warrior and KO’s relentless attack against The Lunatic Fringe outside the ring — which included the steel steps and the top of the SmackDown announce table — forced the referee to disqualify the brash pair.
Owens and Sheamus clear the announce table. Neville with a flying plancha onto Sheamus and Owens on the outside. Ambrose with the Dirty Deeds to Owens. Neville connects with the Red Arrow to Owens and the show went off the air.