An optimist stayed up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stayed up to make sure the old year left.
Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso make their way out to the ring to start Smackdown. Roman wishes everybody a happy new year and how 2020 was a rough year. He talks about how he made it work and that he wears a golden glove because everything he touches turns to greatness. He talks about how he made Heyman greater and how Jey just needs to listen to him to become greater like he did in 2020. Roman talks about how he helped Jey become “main event Uso” and that he loves him. Kevin Owens comes out to the ring and Roman tells them to cut his music. He berates Owens and tells him that he had his chance and it is his time to move on. Owens then takes his turn to talk and that Roman has failed his family being champion. Owens tells Roman that he should be embarrassed by the way he has retained the Universal Championship. Owens says he wants a piece of Jey tonight. Owens says he will talk to whoever he needs to backstage to get the match.
Big E def. King Corbin by DQ when Big E is attacked by Sami Zayn. Blake and Cutler join in on the attack on Big E and Apollo Crews comes down to make the save as Smackdown goes to commercial.
Apollo Crews & Big E def. Sami Zayn & King Corbin. Corbin left with the Knights of the Lone Wolf towards the end of the match and that allowed Apollo to pick up the win.
Adam Pearce is backstage and is approached by Kevin Owens. Owens tells him he wants a match with Jey Uso and Pearce tells him that he is taking orders from Roman. Owens scoffs at that and tells him that he is not the same Pearce he once was. Pearce tells him he cannot have a match with Jey and Owens says he wants Roman then. Pearce tells him he cannot do that and Owens wants Pearce to act like a boss and give him the match with Jey. Pearce then gives him the match with Jey and Owens thanks him.
Big E and Apollo Crews are walking backstage and they are talking about what happened in the ring. Kayla Braxton then appears and asks Big E what is next for him. Big E talks about how everybody has been congratulating him and he says he will be a fighting champion. He says he will be a fighting champion and will issue an open challenge and Apollo says he will accept the challenge. He then says Big E may not be lucky next week and the two share an awkward laugh.
The Riott Squad def. Tamina & Natalya
Carmella & Bayley def. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair
Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman are backstage and Roman talks about how the Jey/Owens match was made official. He takes issue with the match being made and asks Heyman to find out who made the match official.
Sonya Deville is seen walking backstage and the roster are all surprised to see her.
The Street Profits are in the ring and Montez says they are there to celebrate the new year. They talk about how 2020 sucked and then unveil a drum set. Dawkins plays the drums a bit and they then give predictions for 2021. Montez makes his first prediction that the shirt they bestowed Sami Zayn last week will be the best seller of the year. He then says Dolph Ziggler will become the “Heartache Kid” and they are then attacked by Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. They take care of Dawkins and then Roode attacks Montez with a chair. Dawkins comes back to help but the damage was done. Roode and Ziggler stop the attack and stand tall as Smackdown goes to commercial.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are walking backstage and they are asked about why they attacked the Street Profits. Ziggler talks about how it was vicious and that they deserved it. Roode then talks about the attack some more and Ziggler wants a rematch for the tag titles.
Daniel Bryan & Otis def. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
Roman Reigns is in his room and is informed by Paul Heyman that Adam Pearce was behind making the match official. Roman tells Jey to show everybody what “Main Event” Uso is all about and Jey leaves for the ring.
Kevin Owens def. Jey Uso. Owens attacks Jey after the match and hits him with a Stunner. Owens waits for Roman Reigns to come out but Roman does not come out. Owens gets on the headset of Corey Graves and calls out Roman. Owens then handcuffs Jey to the top rope and eats a superkick from Owens. Owens continues his attack on Jey as he continues to call out Roman. Owens uncuffs Jey from the rope and drags Jey out of the ring. Jey shoves Owens away and tries to run off but Owens catches up and continues his attack. Roman Reigns then finally appears and attacks Owens. Jey then joins in on the attack and hands Roman a chair and the two attack Owens with their respective chair. The beat down continues around the ThunderDome screens and Roman throws Owens off that and through some tables on the floor. Roman stands tall as referees check on Owens as Smackdown comes to a close.