Will Becky Lynch Meet Me Halfway?
Does Mandy Rose enjoy Playing with the Boys?
Is Rusev’s fondest wish to return to his House at Pooh Corner by one?
Did Daniel Bryan’s dad sing Danny’s Song to him when he was younger?
Can AJ Styles figure out Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong?
None of these questions will be answered by either Kenny Loggins or by tonight’s episode of “Smackdown Live!”
The New Day make their way to the ring and Big E is dressed up as “Baby New Year” while Kofi and Xavier have tuxedos on. They announce that they will enter the Royal Rumble and announce that their doctor has told them they cannot eat pancakes anymore for their New Year’s Resolution. Big E continues to eat pancakes and says nobody sticks to their resolutions. They talk about some of the matches tonight and talk about the match to determine the final spot in a Fatal 5-Way match later tonight to see who takes on Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble. They hype up Samoa Joe as one participant and ask “Who?” is the other participant and Jeff Hardy’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.
Samoa Joe def. Jeff Hardy to earn the final spot in the Fatal 5-Way number 1 contender match for later on tonight.
Vince and Shane are in their office and AJ Styles walks in and says that maybe he should apologize for last week but he won’t. He says that Vince wanted to see the real AJ Styles and he will tonight unless he wants to see him right now. Shane gets up to defend Vince but Vince gets in between them. Shane tells Vince to be careful about seeing the real AJ Styles tonight.
Kayla Braxton is in the ring and she announces Rusev and he makes his way down to the ring with Lana. He says that his reign will be long and luscious, just like his beard and that he will defend it with strength and honor. He continues to talk about what he will do with the US Title and starts chanting “Rusev Day! USA!” and Shinsuke Nakamura comes from out of nowhere to attack Rusev. Lana jumps on Nakamura’s back to pull him off of Rusev and Rusev delivers a Machka kick to him that causes Lana to fall down. Rusev goes to check on Lana and Nakamura is able to hit Rusev with a Kinshasa. Nakamura poses with the title and then lays it on Rusev before making his way to the back.
Sonya Deville def. Naomi after Mandy Rose distracts Naomi by saying she sent her husband Jimmy Uso a risqué photo and showed it on the tron.
Randy Orton is shown talking about the upcoming Fatal 5-Way match and talks about how he will win. Rey Mysterio is then next and does more of the same. Mustafa Ali then talks about how he was the heart of 205 Live and that he wants to be the heart of Smackdown Live.
John Cena makes his way down to the ring and speaks about the things he has done. He talks about his Wrestlemania match with the Undertaker, his personal life playing out on TV, living in China and thinking growing out his hair was a good idea. He starts saying that someone will come down and say that he is too old to be there and that Nikki Bella left him and Becky Lynch’s music hits. She comes down and asks how it feels for The Man to come out. She says that not only was she aiming to pass Charlotte, but that she was aiming to pass Cena as well and that she is the person to take his spot. She says that if he has a problem with that that Nikki Bella won’t be the only woman to drop him this year. “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega interrupt and talk about how Cena and Becky are old news. She says that they are the future and that Cena and Vega are the past. Cena challenges them to a match and they accept.
Becky Lynch & John Cena def. Zelina Vega & Andrade “Cien” Almas. Becky gives Cena a “You Can’t See Me” and then makes her way to the back.
Shane McMahon is in his office and the Miz walks in and thanks him for giving them a chance to be a team. Shane talks about how busy he is and Miz is questioning on whether he is backing out or not. Shane says that he isn’t and Miz brings in a notebook pad with designs for their tag team outfit. Miz goes through some outfits and Shane walks away while the Miz is distracted with coming up with ideas with his designer.
Asuka is backstage and Triple H comes up to her and asks who she wants to face next. She says that anybody will do because nobody is ready for Asuka. Charlotte steps in and pleads her case and then Carmella comes to state her case. Becky Lynch comes in and says that she is the most deserving and Triple H says that they will take what they had to say under advisement.
AJ Styles def. Randy Orton, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio & Samoa Joe to earn a title match against the New Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble.