At first, we saw highlights from last week’s fight between Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler and also the post-match attack by King Corbin and Ziggler. Then, these two came out to open the show with a promo. Corbin recapped how great his year 2019 has been and said that he’ll humiliate Reigns at TLC.
Corbin also noted that Reigns wouldn’t be here tonight and that everybody how comes in his and Ziggler’s path, will be put down. Then, the New Day made their entrance and Corbin talked about Kofi Kingston losing his WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar. Kofi answered that he still would be the champion of the people and that after his defeat against Lesnar he went on to become SmackDown Tag Team Champion.
Kofi and Big E entered the ring and then Kofi continued by saying that he didn’t like what Ziggler and Corbin did last week to Reigns. Corbin said to Ziggler that Kofi would talk a lot for a guy who just had one great night in his career. As a consequence, Kingston slapped Corbin. The King said that if he wants to be a locker room leader, then he would get embarrassed like Reigns and then Corbin and Ziggler headed to the back.
Backstage, Corbin and Ziggler found several of Corbin’s security guys lying unconscious on the ground. They acted as they would have no idea who could do that.
Opinion: I really hope that this match at TLC will be the end of the feud between Corbin and Reigns. Corbin’s gimmick is just horrible and the only thing that works in this feud is that the fans hate Corbin so much, that they cheer for Roman. Kofi did a good job in this segment. Corbin also acts good, but the whole “King”-gimmick is just horrible.
“Fire and Desire” Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Ahead of this match, we saw a video package which showed us Alexa Bliss’ return and also the match between Bliss and Mandy Rose during last week’s episode. Then, Bliss and Nikki Cross got interviewed in the backstage area, but suddenly Sonya Deville and Rose attacked them.
They brawled onto the stage before they started their match which ended after not even three minutes as Cross performed the Neckbreaker for the win.
As this match was over, we saw Sami Zayn and “Heavy Machinery” Tucker and Otis in the backstage area. Tucker and Otis offered him a gift ahead of their match against Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro. Zayn opened his present and it was ham what disgusted him. He said that this would be the worst present in his life and that he is vegan. Otis said sorry, but Zayn was all fired up. Cesaro and Nakamura came into the picture and Zayn said that they would take them out later. Cesaro threw the ham onto the floor what made Otis angry.
Opinion: They wanted to let this upcoming rivalry between Deville and Rose, and Bliss and Cross look personal, but in the end, the match was really short. They’ll just use Rose and Deville to bring over the other two women. The backstage segment was fun while Zayn is just a beast when it comes to promos and such segments.
“The Revival” Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder vs. Shorty G and Mustafa Ali
This was clearly the most entertaining stuff in this episode until to that point. The four men delivered a great match and it looked several times as Shorty G and Ali would pick up the win. However, after about nine minutes, the Revival delivered a Shatter Machine for the win.
Opinion: That was a good match to let the Revival look strong ahead of their title match against the New Day at TLC and at the same time, Shorty G and Ali still had the chance to show their abilities.
Elias’ appearance and Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Kayla Braxton interviewed Bayley backstage. The SmackDown Women’s Champion said that she was tired of listening to others and that she would now do the things for herself. Then, we heard a guitar starting to play. Bayley went a few steps over to run into Elias and Dana Brooke. Bayles said that he couldn’t play the guitar when she gives an interview.
Elias answered that he picked Bayley for Secret Santa and wanted to play a song for her. He sang that she asked Santa for a threesome between himself, Bayley and Sasha Banks, but he had to say no since Bayley would look like a dude with her new haircut. Brooke laughed about it which led to Bayley challenging her for a match.
After the commercial break, the match between the two women started, but just last about three minutes as then Bayley hit Brooke with a kind of a Facebuster for the win.
Opinion: Great to see Elias back on SmackDown in the recent weeks, but I just miss these segments when he sits in the ring with his guitar and gets interrupted by others. Hopefully, they bring them back soon. Besides, it looks like this kind of the Facebuster could become Bayley’s new finisher and they try to bring it over with such matches. However, if they gave the two women more time, this would have been an interesting match.
Interview with the Miz
Before this interview, we got another promo by Sheamus as we saw it within the last few weeks too (when will he finally be back?).
Then we saw Renee Young interviewing the Miz in his house. Young started the interview by asking about Daniel Bryan. The Miz answered that he hadn’t heard or seen anything from him. He said that they bring the best and worst out of each other and he doesn’t like Bryan, but he respects him.
Young asked the A-Lister about his match on Sunday against Bray Wyatt and he gave the typical answer that Wyatt would have crossed a line when he brought his family into the game. He added that matches against Wyatt changed the wrestlers but noted that he’s changed too since he’s a father. Young asked the A-Lister if he would be afraid, but then we heard screams from distance.
The Miz stood up and ran to his wife who held one of their baby monitors in her hand. It showed their kid in her bed and she was suddenly surrounded by the puppets of the Firefly Fun House and we also saw Wyatt itself on the monitor. The Miz and Maryse ran upstairs to check on their child. Their daughter was ok, but in her bed was a Fiend doll. The Miz asked where this puppet came from and then told the camera team to leave their house.
After that, the Firefly Fun House intro played and we saw Wyatt with the Fiend doll. He said that he tried to be nice since it was the holiday season. Wyatt then said that he still thinks that Bryan is with him. He added that you could teach yourself to not feel pain or love and slammed his own head on the table to prove it. He added that he could teach it the Miz too if he lets him in and said that Marine 5 would be fire before waving goodbye.
Opinion: In general, I’m still a fan of this feud even though this was one of the worse segments of Wyatt as it seems a bit unrealistic that he takes over the house of the Miz and the police doesn’t intervene at any point. I’m curious if and when we’ll see Bryan back on TV and how he has changed when he returns. Anyways, I just can’t imagine that the Miz will stand any chance against the Fiend on Sunday.
“Heavy Machinery” Otis and Tucker vs. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Sami Zayn)
This was a good match (the second one which lasted over three minutes of this whole episode) and especially Otis was totally over with the crowd. However, in the end, a little distraction by Zayn gave Nakamura the chance to perform the Kinshasa for the win.
Opinion: A solid match and the Heavy Machinery was totally over with the crowd. Meanwhile, I’m sorry for Cesaro and Nakamura as they are in no man’s land at the moment and without Zayn, nobody would care about them at all.
Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler vs. “New Day” Kofi Kingston and Big E
At first, we had the match Corbin vs Kingston which already got scheduled at the beginning of this episode right after the opening segment between these four men. However, as Ziggler tried to intervene, the ref sent him backstage. Then, the Showoff started a brawl at ringside with Big E what led to the tag team match.
However, this tag team match didn’t take long at all since then Corbin and Ziggler once more used handcuffs, but this time on Kingston. They placed the handcuffs over a turnbuckle as they did last week with Reigns. The Revival also came out to deliver a Shatter Machine to Big E.
However, then Reigns’ music hit. He took out several security guards of Corbin on the ramp. Then, he fought off the Revival, Ziggler and Corbin after one and another. However, Reigns then had to eat a Superkick by Ziggler. The Revival placed him on the announce table as Ziggler climbed up a ladder. Anyways, The Big Dog recovered to climb up the ladder too and sent Ziggler through the table. He then helped Kofi to get free as the show closed.
Opinion: The only reason for this whole segment was to let the Big Dog get this big spot as the hero who saved Kingston and Big E. Anyways, I don’t know how often I have to say this but this segment once more showed that Reigns just looks way too strong as he fought off four top superstars of the WWE. However, the live crowd cheered heavily for him and that’s all that matters for Vince in the backstage area.
All in all, it wasn’t one of the best episodes of SmackDown since we didn’t get that much wrestling and besides the appearance of Wyatt wasn’t as great as we are used to it. Besides, the feud between Reigns and Corbin is just completely ridiculous and hopefully, this feud will be over after their match at TLC. In general, SmackDown and RAW should look at NXT how much in-ring wrestling we get there as the blue and red brand focus too much on backstage segments and such stuff in my eyes.