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SmackDown – Dec 23

SmackDown – Dec 23

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*Emanating from Chicago, IL.

*The Bloodline to the ring…Paul Heyman introduces the Tribal Chief…Roman Reigns says he’s fully confident the Usos will successfully defend the tag titles tonight…then next week Solo Sikoa will take care of Sheamus just before Roman & Sami Zayn smash Kevin Owens & John Cena.

(1)  The Usos def. Hit Row…retain their Undisputed Tag Team Championship…Top Dolla has both Usos up for a slam but his injured knee gives out…he drops both Usos, then eats a superkick from each…Usos hit the 1-D & Jimmy covers for the win (09:04).

*Imperium backstage with Kayla…they believe their street fight tonight will be an abomination to professional wrestlers like themselves.

(2)  Raquel Rodriguez wins a 6-(which turned out to be 7)-WOMAN #1 CONTENDER GAUNTLET MATCH by last eliminating Shayna Baszler (23:50).

+ Xia Li def. Emma with a Cyclone Kick for the win (01:47).

+ Xia Li def. Tegan Nox with a Cyclone Kick for the win (01:32).

+ Raquel Rodriguez def. Xia Li…Raquel ducks the Cyclone Kick & gets Li up to deliver the Chingona Bomb for the win (06:16).

+ Raquel Rodriguez def. Liv Morgan…Raquel avoids ob-LIV-ion & counters into the Chingona Bomb for the win (10:34).

+ Raquel Rodriguez def. Sonya Deville…Sonya is wrenching on Raquel’s bad arm while sitting on the top buckle for leverage…Raquel escapes & pulls Sonya off the buckle into position to deliver the Chingona Bomb for the win (03:03…total 23:12)…AFTERRonda Rousey out…informs Raquel she hasn’t won anything yet…Shayna Baszler heads to the ring & even though the ref is confused, he lets the match continue…

+ Raquel Rodriguez def. Shayna Baszler…Shayna pulls Raquel’s elbow brace off & looks to do more damage…but while she celebrates getting the brace off, Raquel hits a Schoolgirl for the Roll Up win (00:38…total: 23:50).

*Bray Wyatt to the ring…says LA Knight owes him an apology for not believing Uncle Howdy was real/someone other than Bray in disguise…Bray loses his train of thought & drops the mic…then attacks the nearest cameraman & has to be pulled off.

(3)  Rey Mysterio def. Angel…after a cheap shot from Humberto, Angel tries to mock Rey by delivering a 619…but Rey reverses & hits the 619 himself…follows with a slingshot into a DDT for the win (03:59)…while Karrion Kross & Scarlett watched from 20 rows deep in the audience, but didn’t get involved.

*Emma confronts Scarlett backstage after she called Madcap Moss a “fool” a few weeks ago…Emma slaps Scarlett…Karrion Kross stops Scarlett from attacking but tells Emma, “You have no idea what you’ve just done.”

*John Cena video package…with his match next week, he will have wrestled at least 1 match for 20 straight years.

*Lacey Evans vignette…her new “mission” begins next week.

(4)  Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. Imperium…in a MIRACLE ON 34th STREET FIGHT…Imperium open life-sized gifts in front of the ‘tron to reveal a Ballerina in one…then New Day dressed as Nutcrackers (& they do, in fact, crack some nuts as each kicks a member of Imperium in the yambag)…Ricochet hits the Recoil on Vinci…Strowman follows with a Running Powerslam, then puts Richochet on his shoulders to land a Monster Splash on Vinci for the win (12:34).


WWE SmackDown PREVIEW – Dec. 30, 2022 – Tampa, FL

+ Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens & John Cena

+ Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez – for the SmackDown Women’s Championship

+ Solo Sikoa vs. Sheamus

+ Lacey Evans returns

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