Welcome to WWE Smackdown Live and this week Smackdown is coming to us from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and we kick things off with WWE Champion AJ Styles making his way out to the ring
AJ says all he has been thinking of is defending his championship something he worked hard to get back and asks what good is being a champion if you're not willing to fight so he will defend his championship Sunday
Styles says Jinder Mahal will do everything and anything to get his championship back and he agrees with him. AJ is then interrupted by The Singh Brothers. They say usually at this time they introduce Jinder Mahal. But not tonight. They then turn everyone's attention to the big screen where we see footage from 2 weeks ago of Jinder attacking The Singh Brothers
Styles says after seeing that he kind of feels sorry for them and invites them to the ring to hug it out with ol' Uncle Al. The Singhs walk down to the ring and Styles hugs them and they thank him for their support and the reason they're out here is to tell him that this Sunday at Clash Of Champions they want to be in AJ Styles' corner because as far as Jinder Mahal goes he's facing AJ Styles alone and calls him a disgrace to India
Styles tells them to say how they really feel. They say while he flew first class and got the best hotel, they flew economic and he makes them dress alike and can' even tell them apart
Styles then turns their attention to a still photo of a WWE Live Event from New Delhi where they were in the ring with mahal. Styles asks if they're with him or not. They say they are done and shake AJ's hand. Jinder Mahal then comes out. Styles tells him not to even bother coming down to the ring because he's not buying that The Singh Brothers aren't working with Mahal.
Styles says when The Singhs said it would be AJ and Jinder alone, they were right and he appreciates them being honest and headbutts them clearing the ring. Mahal then jumps up on the apron but Styles is ready and Mahal steps down and checks on The Singh Brothers
Video: Riot Squad's Smackdown debut and path of destruction
Natalya is out on commentary for the opening match
RUBY RIOT VS CHARLOTTE FLAIR
Waistlock takedown by Charlotte on Ruby. Ruby with a roll up and Charlotte with a kick. Fallaway slam sends Ruby to the outside as we switch to split screen
Ruby back in the ring and Sarah Logan with the distraction as Ruby attacks from behind and unloads with punches on Charlotte. Charlotte's head is bounced off the turnbuckle. Charlotte side steps ruby and goes for a headscissors but Ruby slams Charlotte's head into the bottm turnbuckle. Submission hold on Charlotte as Sarah and Liv look on from ringside. Chinlock applied by Ruby
Charlotte gets to her feet and backs Ruby into the corner. Ruby grabs the hair and pulls Charlotte back to the mat. Beck to the chinlock and Charlotte gets out of it. Kick to Ruby and Charlotte with the Flair chops.
We are back to full screen and Charlotte bounces Ruby's head off the turnbuckle. Sarah gets knocked to the floor with a punch. A punch for Liv and Charlotte drives Ruby into the apron. Natalya gets knocked out but gets up and lands a punch as the referee calls for the bell.
Riot Squad bring Charlotte back into the ring. Charlotte begins to fight them off but the numbers catch up as they drive Charlotte into the ring steps and the barricades
Naomi runs down to the ring and takes out Ruby Riot. Sarah and Liv pull her out of the ring as the Squad retreat up the ramp and Tamina, Carmella and Lana attack from behind
The winner of the match by disqualification: Charlotte
Up Next: Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler
Backstage: Daniel Bryan is on the phone with Shane McMahon and says he has everything under control and will be out there for the main event. The Guardian Angels walk in but quickly leave and Daniel picks up a photo of Shane McMahon with the words "HELP US END SHANE MCMAHON'S TYRANNY" under it
The commentary table just became Glorious as Corey, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton are joined by Bobby Roode for the next match
BARON CORBIN VS DOLPH ZIGGLER
Corbin and Ziggler lock up and Corbin powers Ziggler into the corner. A slap by Corbin and Ziggler shoves him. Corbin with a right hand. Ziggler with a dropkick and clothesine. Corbin charges at Ziggler but hits the ring post instead. Roode puts the headset down and leaves the announce table and enters the ring.
Roode waits for Ziggler to get to his feet and delivers The Glorious DDT. Corbin looks for a chokeslam but Roode counters it and hits a Glorious DDT on Corbin as the referee calls for the bell
The winner of the match: None
Up Next: The Bludgeon Brothers
THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS JOE MONROE AND COLIN DELANEY
Rowan with a dropkick and Harper tags in. Rowan whips Harper into Delaney and then into Monroe. Rowan picks Monroe up and throws him back into the ring. Rowan picks Monroe up and Harper delivers a powerbom. The Dludgeon Brothers then pick Colin Delaney up drive him to the mat for the three count
The winners of the match: The Bludgeon Brothers
Up Next: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Occupy Smackdown
THE GUARDIAN ANGELS OCCUPY SMACKDOWN
We are back from commercial. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, The Guardian Angels, make their way out to the ring. Owens takes the mic and says the "Yep Movement" has arrived. Zayn asks if Owens feels the energy in the building and the WWE Universe has finally decided to stand with them and stand up against WWE Management to which Owens repeatedly answered "Yep".
Sami says last week WWE management took things too far and they throw to the big screen where we see footage from last week's main event where Kevin Owens was handcuffed to the ropes.
Owens says you think Stephanie is ruthless and Vince is brutal but after the nine months they had on Smackdown, Shane is the worst McMahon of them all. Not only did Shane have him handcuffed like a criminal. On top of that he put The Guardian Angels in a match where if they lose they will be fired. Owens then says it's time to put a stop to Shane and tells the roster to come out and join the "Yep Movement"
Daniel Bryan walks out and makes his way down to the ring. Owens introduces Daniel as the inspiration for the "Yep Movement". Sami says he honestly thought thousands would walk otu but it doesn't matter because they have the one person who occupied Raw.
Daniel asks what they're doing. Owens says Bryan had the Yes Movement and as a tribute to him they have the "Yep Movement". Owens says they've been degraded in the nine months they've been on Smackdown and say they are th evictim and compare themselves to Daniel Bryan
Bryan says they are nothing like him because the Yes Movement was never about him, it was about the WWE Universe. Owens says Shane made himself referee Sunday because he wants to screw them and take food off their families' table
Daniel says he and Shane have an agreement but they have each other's backs but he says they are talented and this Sunday they have a chance to prove they belong on Smackdown and he trusts Shane to have his back just as he will have Shane's back and this Sunday a second referee will be added to the match and that referee will be Daniel Bryan. Bryan leaves the ring and Owens and Zayn celebrate.
Up Next: The Usos vs Rusev and Aiden English
New Day are out on commentary for the next match
Aiden and Rusev are in the ring and Aiden finishes the Christmas song he starte last week. They're interrupted by The Usos and then by Gable and Benjamin and we swith to split screen as the next match up begins
AIDEN ENGLISH AND ALEXANDER RUSEV VS THE USOS
English and Rusev in control as Aiden unloads on Jey. Rusev tags in and lands a kick. Back to full screen and Rusev with a bear hug on Jey.
Rusev misses with a right hand to Jimmy. Jey with a kick to the side of the head brings Rusev to his knees. Jimmy in unloading with clotheslines on Aiden. Samoan Drop on English. Jimmy charges across the ring and runs into a boot. Jimmy plants Aiden and goes for a cover but it's broken up by Rusev. Rusev on the outside hits a kick to Jimmy. Aiden with a DDT to Jey and the cover for the three count
The winners of the match: Rusev and Aiden English
Backstage: AJ Styles says everyone saw through The Singh Brothers and unlike Jinder Mahal he doesn't need anyone in his corner and Sunday he's going to beat the odds. Jinder attacks from behind and this Sunday AJ will not beat the odds
Tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS KEVIN OWENS
Owens with a kick and forearm followed by more kicks and elbows. Owens with a side head lock. Owens holds on when Nakamura tries to send him off the ropes. Nakamura powers out of the hold but Owens with a knee and forearm. Owens with a front face lock and chop. Nakamura with a forearm and they go back and forth. Owens with a knee and Nakamura with a kick. Nakamura misses a kick and Owens goes to the floor.
Owens runs Nakamura into the apron and Owens sends Nakamura back into the ring and hits a back senton for a near fall. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Nakamura with punches but Owens with a kick and crossface for a near fall. Owens with a knee to the midsection followed by European uppercuts. Nakamura with an Irish whip and Nakamura with a running knee into the corner. Nakamura with forearms and he puts Owens on the top turnbuckle but Owens avoids Nakamura and Nakamura's knee goes into the turnbuckles.
Owens sends Nakamura into the ringside barrier and we go to commercial.
We are back and Nakamura with punches but Owens with a forearm to the back. Nakamura with a snap mare and leaping knee drop. Nakamura runs into a boot and Owens hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Owens punches Nakamura and he kicks Nakamura in the chest. Owens with a kick to the chest and he goes for the back senton but Nakamura gets his knees up.
Owens and Nakamura with forearms and Nakamura with a flying boot that sends Owens to the mat. Nakamura with strikes and a sit out gourdbuster. Nakamura with kicks to Owens but Owens blocks a kick. Nakamura with an enzuigiri to Owens. Nakamura with a running knee into the midsection followed by more knees. Nakamura with boots in the corner. Nakamura with more knees in the corner. Nakamura puts Owens on the turnbuckles and hits a running knee to the midsection and Nakamura gets a near fall.
Nakamura puts Owens on the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms. Nakamura goes for a superplex but Owens blocks it and Owens with a head butt to send Nakamura to the mat. Owens with a senton but Nakamura gets his knees up. Owens with elbows but he accidentally hits the referee with a forearm.
Daniel Bryan gets up and he takes off the referee's shirt to put it on. Nakamura avoids a pop up power bomb and hits a round kick and Bryan makes the count but Owens kicks out.
Zayn gets in the ring and he argues with Bryan. Orton attacks Zayn and they go to the floor. Zayn with a thumb to the eyes and then he sends Orton into the ring post. Nakamura gets distracted by Zayn and Owens with a pop up power bomb for the three count.
The winner of the match: Kevin Owens