Smackdown Live Results – 1/15/19
Smackdown Live Results – 1/15/19
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton
Becky Lynch driving into the arena and running into an interview as soon as she steps out of her vehicle.
She scoffs at the idea of waiting to ask a question we know the answer to and heads to the ring, tossing her keys at the interviewer. On the way she runs into New Day observing Heavy Machinery’s Otis Dozovic making and drinking some kind of crazy protein shake. New Day don’t want a sip but The Man is up for the challenge and says it’s a little weak before heading off.
In the ring, she gets on the mic and says in a few short weeks she gets a chance to take her SmackDown Women’s Championship back. She got the whole world talking about it, but where is it now? Everyone thinks what she did was a fluke and that it was all easy… until they try it, and boy are they all trying. Men, women, Raw, SmackDown, all trying to find that extra badass gear ever since she broke through.
And Asuka is finding out just how hard leading this division really is. There’s those that try to discredit Lynch, say that she’s hype, and yet she delivers on everything she says every single time. Asuka walked into WrestleMania last year indestructible and unbeatable… and yet she lost. Not only did she lose, but it shook her to her core, and the invincible Asuka couldn’t beat once the woman Becky beat five times in a row around the world, and she asks if Lynch is ready for her?
Enter Asuka. She gets on the mic and says Becky is like a little bee, but no sting. After Royal Rumble, she won’t be in Charlotte’s shadow, she’ll be in Asuka’s! A primal scream from the champion punctuates that statement, and–
Enter the Iconic Duo. Billie Kay starts and tells Asuka that’s not how a proper champion behaves, making scary faces and threats. Where’s the dignity and the class? Peyton Royce then addresses “that bully Becky”, and Billie dubs her Bossy Becky and calls it typical behaviour from a man. (Internalized misogyny is a hell of a drug, ma’am.) Anyway, they say it doesn’t matter who wins the title match because they’re going to win the Royal Rumble and then the tag belts and then make WrestleMania absolutely… iconic.
Becky turns to Asuka and says she’ll show her why she’s the talk of the industry and then asks which Iconic wants to be made an example of right here in Birmingham, Alabama. They debate amongst themselves
BECKY LYNCH VS PEYTON ROYCE:
Lynch with a rollup for a 2 count, Backslide for a 2 count, Exploder Suplex, Royce with a Spinning Heel Kick for a near fall, Becky grabs the arm & locks in the Dis-Arm-Her & Royce taps out
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH
Asuka gets on the mic and yells a bunch of stuff at Becky in Japanese and they stare each other down. Asuka addresses the Iconic Duo in there as well and chases after them, throwing Kay into the apron and into the ring!
ASUKA VS BILLIE KAY:
Sliding Knee then locks in the Asuka Lock & Kay taps
Lacey Evans was shown watching from the back
AJ Styles is at the concession stand. He’s got a table full of hot dogs, popcorn, and soda lined up and you can barely hear him over the excited fans there.
He says the people spent their hard-earned money to be here and that means they should do what makes ‘em happy, and if that means eating a hot dog, so be it. He’s gonna kick Daniel Bryan’s ass at the Royal Rumble and take his title back, and he punctuates his point by throwing t-shirts to the crowd… BRYAN ATTACKS HIM OUT OF THE CROWD! WE GOT A CONCESSION STAND BRAWL!
STYLES WITH A DOUBLE LEG THROUGH THE HOT DOG TABLE! THERE’S MUSTARD EVERYWHERE, IT’S TUPELO ALL OVER AGAIN!
We go backstage with the Usos, when a man delivers a present. Jey reads the card for Jimmy, and it’s about how whoever sent it is a naughty girl that needs to be locked up in the Uso Penitentiary. He finishes the note, and of course it’s from Mandy Rose. There’s a key to her hotel room in the box and he asks Jimmy what he’s going to do, but his brother is uncertain.
Samoa Joe is walking backstage when he runs into EC3 flexing in front of a mirror
Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega are interviewed backstage.
Almas says Rey Mysterio was his idol, but last week he showed him times have changed and he’s the future. Vega says what year it is and that it’s time to focus on the future. A future in which Almas beats Rey, wins the Royal Rumble, and wins the WWE Championship at WrestleMania
Samoa Joe vs Mustafa Ali:
Joe attacks Ali before the bell rings, Ali still has his entrance mask on, Joe rips it off then posts Ali, Jabs and Headbutts then posts Ali again, Joe comes back for Ali again, he thinks about a Powebomb, instead just tosses Ali into the barricade
Match never happens
Backstage, Sonya Devill tells Mandy Rose she’s stressing her out and asks if she’s sure she wants to give her hotel key out saying it’s a bit scandalous. Mandy’s sure & says that’s the point, and she just can’t stand Naomi, so if she can make her life the slightest bit more miserable, she will. She’s going to break her marriage to Jimmy up, and she walks off, leaving Sonya with a very “cishets, whatcha gonna do?” expression on her face
We go backstage with Rey Mysterio walking when he runs across Nikki Cross shaking a chain link barrier and offering to play with him
REY MYSTERIO VS ANDRADE ‘CIEN’ ALMAS W/ZELINA VEGA:
Almas ducks the 619, Mysterio counters La Sombra into a flash pin for a 2 count, Almas with a Running Meteora for a near fall, Mysterio with a Diving Hurricanrana off the apron to the floor, Running Hurricanrana, but Almas holds on & turns it into a flash pin for a 2 count, Andrade blocks a Yoshi Tonic, Double Moonsault for a 2 count, Mysterio with The Destructor de Mexicano for a near fall (2 weeks is a row, guess it wasn’t a botch last week), Andrade blocks 619, but Rey counters into a Crucifx Bomb for a near fall, 619, up top, but Vega with a distaction gives Andrade the chance to crotch Rey & hit an Elevated La Sombra for the win
WINNER: ANDRADE ‘CIEN’ ALMAS
Jimmy Uso is standing in front of a hotel door.
He knocks after some hesitation and uses the key to let himself in. He steps in and Mandy is seated on a chair in a short black robe, beckoning him to come closer. She says the time to play hard to get is over and she takes the robe off to reveal her undergarments. She asks what he thinks and what his wife will thing, and Uso says he can’t do this and it needs to stop.
Rose has different ideas… and a photographer busts in, as if we don’t have video footage of the whole exchange right here on cable TV. Anyway, Mandy says this isn’t about him, it’s about how much she hates Naomi. She calls Naomi a nobody that will never be as hot as her and everybody knows it. So when she sees the photos, which I remind you, we have video footage of the context for that was broadcast on TV, it’ll destroy her entire life.
Jimmy kinda shrugs it off and leaves, at which point Naomi comes in and BEATS! HER! ASS! Rose with a spear into the bed, mounted punches, they brawl to the floor and in front of the TV, hammering each other with right hands! Naomi yanks Mandy back into it, mounted punches, but she gets thrown over the chair from earlier and Rose beats a retreat while she’s stunned.
Uso comes to check on her and she’s fine but she didn’t get her like she wanted
Miz has assembled for Shane McMahon’s birthday.
He gets on the mic and welcomes us to the best birthday bash in the world and introduces Shane as one half of the Best Tag Team in the World. McMahon shuffles his way to the ring and the A-Lister wishes him a happy birthday on all our behalf. Shane thanks him and Birmingham and says he appreciates it but he’s a little uncomfortable with birthday parties.
Miz asks if this looks like Chuck E. Cheese’s before saying he called Shane’s favorite bakery and got two cakes, one of which McMahon points out has a picture of them on it. This is a segue to talk about the Best in the World trophy, which Miz says he hopes means as much to him as this present does to Shane. McMahon opens the gift… and it’s sneakers that he’s very excited about.
The A-Lister points out they match all the outfits he’s devised and directs Shane to the tron for his next gift, which is a video package focused on Shane’s career and especially his story with the Miz over the last few months. McMahon thanks him and says Miz opening up makes him want to open up himself– ever since he was a kid, he always dreamt of being tag team champions, first with Andre the Giant, but he’s very proud to be walking into Royal Rumble with Miz as his partner.
Miz leads a singalong of “Happy Birthday” that is rudely interrupted by the Bar.
Sheamus says that was embarrassing, but more embarrassing is that they didn’t invite the tag champs. Cesaro says it’s more shameful that they didn’t invite Vince, but Sheamus points out he doesn’t give a damn about Shane and just didn’t show up, and claims they’ll destroy them at Royal Rumble. Shane fires back and says they teamed up on Miz last week and calls the Celtic Warrior out as a fake tough guy for Brogue Kicking Miz while he wasn’t looking.
He proposes to see how tough he is tonight in a singles match against Miz right here tonight! The A-Lister protests saying he’s wearing a suit, to which Shane says he wasn’t dressed when he won their trophy and pumps him up by listing off his accomplishments and furthermore it’s his birthday wish, so Miz agrees.
THE MIZ VS SHEAMUS:
Miz counters White Noise for a 2 count, Sheamus counters Skull-Crushing Finale, Miz with a pair of Running Dropkicks, he goes for a third, but Sheamus with a Lariat, Cesaro hangs up Miz, Shane throws Cesaro through a table with cake & Miz rolls up Sheamus for the win
WINNER: THE MIZ
Sheamus goes after Miz, but Shane comes to his aid & Miz with a Skull-Crushing Finale to Sheamus then they set him up in the corner for Shane, Miz grabs a cake and puts it right by Sheamus as Shane goes Coast to Coast driving the cake into Sheamus