The build to the Royal Rumble continues as SmackDown takes place from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, tonight.
The Usos are set to take on King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler. The Usos made their return when they came out to help their cousin Roman Reigns last Friday. Corbin and Ziggler attempted to cover Reigns in dog food again until The Usos made the save.
Lacey Evans goes one-on-one with Sasha Banks. Evans has been feuding with Banks and SmackDown Women's Bayley in the last few weeks. Banks taunted Evan's daughter at ringside a few weeks ago, causing Evans to snap.
The Miz hosts Miz TV with special guest John Morrison. Morrison made his return to WWE last Friday after being gone for several years. Last week, The Miz was frustrated with his inability to gain revenge on "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. Miz ended up getting into an argument with Kofi Kingston and challenged him to a match. Kingston defeated Miz, but Miz attacked Kingston after.
Cathy Kelley attempted to interview Miz in his locker room, but Morrison opened the door. He informed Kelley that Miz didn't have anything left to say that night.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
SmackDown started with The Miz hosting Miz TV.
They recapped Miz attacking Kofi Kingston after losing last week.
Miz received a mix of cheers and boos from the fans. Miz admitted to having a bad day last week, and Kingston's positivity made him furious. He apologized to Kingston for his actions last week. He talked about the last month was very bad. Miz noted he failed to defeat "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt to win the Universal Championship.
Miz then mentioned one bright spot in the last month. He pointed out that a good friend has returned. Miz then introduced his guest and former tag team partner John Morrison.
The fans gave Morrison a good reaction and chanted, "Welcome Back." Miz noted he and Morrison were one of the greatest tag teams in the 21st century. Miz then showed a video package covering Morrison's career.
Miz then welcomed Morrison back to WWE. Morrison talked about the original plans for his return at the Royal Rumble, but he saw what Miz was going through. Morrison blamed the fans for Miz's recent problems. He ripped the fans for not respecting Miz enough. He began insulting fans in the front row. Morrison seemed a bit shaky and a bit off, but that might be his style.
New Day's music hit and they made their way to the ring. Big E said he didn't believe Miz's apology because he's not a good actor. Big E joked that Miz couldn't even land the role as the back end of the human centipede.
Miz said he respected Kingston winning the WWE Championship and then mocked him for losing the title in six seconds. Kingston corrected him that it was eight seconds and noted Miz changed. He's not cool Miz anymore. Kingston led the fans in chanting "you suck" at Miz.
The Miz (w/John Morrison) defeated Kofi Kingston (w/Big E)
John Morrison and Big E jointed Corey Graves and Michael Cole on commentary.
Miz blocked a monkey flip attempt and went for the figure four leg lock. Kingston rolled up Miz for a close near fall. Miz recovered and used a chin lock to slow the pace down.
Kingston made a comeback and hit a back elbow. He followed up with a suicide dive. Miz then shoved Kingston into Big E. Morrison, and Big E both left commentary and stayed at ringside.
Kingston fought back and hit the boom drop. He attempted the trouble in paradise, but Miz blocked the move and attacked the leg. Kingston recovered and hit a crossbody for a close two count.
Miz regained control and hit a DDT for a near fall. Miz hit a series of It kicks, but Kingston attempted the SOS. Miz avoided the move and attempted the Skull Crushing Finale. Kingston rolled up Miz for a close near fall.
Kingston hit the SOS for a very close two count. Kingston leaped off the top, but Miz attacked the leg again. He followed up by applying the figure four leg lock, but Kingston made the ropes.
Miz got in Big E's face, and Morrison leaped off the steps onto Big E. Kingston was distracted, and Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Bray Wyatt hosted another edition of the Firefly Funhouse. He asked the camera to come closer and said he loves you.
Wyatt told Bryan that he's in a lot of trouble. He first wanted Bryan to remember. Clips aired of Bryan joining The Wyat Family in 2014. Then he tried to change him. Now he wants to hurt Bryan. Wyatt's furious that Bryan gets another title shot. He promised to defeat Bryan at the Royal Rumble.
In the back, Sonya Deville spoke to Mandy Rose as she got ready for her match. Deville was overly enthusiastic and was excited for Rose to win later.
Rose was distracted and had something to take care of before her match. Rose pulled out a box and looked in it.
In the ring, Elias sang a song about winning the Royal Rumble. He mentioned Brock Lesnar and promised to throw him out.
In the back, Otis and Tucker were getting ready when Mandy Rose approached. She apologized for letting Dolph Ziggler ruin the cake Otis's mom made. She gave Otis a cake that read, "I'm sorry." Otis was beyond thrilled.
Mandy Rose (w/Sonya Deville) defeated Alexa Bliss (w/Nikki Cross)
In a video from earlier today, Bliss and Cross both promised to win the Royal Rumble.
Rose shoved Bliss until she snapped and attacked Rose in the corner. Rose briefly took over, but Bliss recovered. Bliss hit a sliding dropkick to the floor.
Deville distracted Bliss, and Cross pulled Deville off the apron. Rose caught Bliss with a knee as she entered the ring.
Rose slowed the pace down and applied a chin lock.
Bliss fired up and made a comeback. She rocked Rose with a slap and dropkick.
Bliss hit the double knees when Heavy Machinery's music hit. Otis and Tucker came down to ringside, eating the cake.
Bliss was distracted, and Rose rolled her up for the win.
Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks
As Evans made her way to the ring, her SmackDown stats included she's the mother of one daughter.
Bank's music hit, but she didn't come out.
On the big screen, SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley explained that Banks isn't even here tonight. She noted Banks is in the studio working on her next album. Bayley's there because she has to.
Evans noted she's ready to fight anywhere and anytime, especially in the heartland of America. The fans popped big and chanted "U.S.A."
Evans then challenged Bayley to come to the ring and defend the title.
Bayley noted she's not her mom, and Bayley isn't Evans' snot nose kid.
Evans ran out of the ring to the back.
In the back, Evans approached Bayley's locker room. Suddenly, Bayley attacked Evans from behind. She told Evans to go home and put on her mom jeans.
Evans and Bayley continued to brawl in the back. Bayley avoided the Woman's right and ran off.
They recapped Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler from last week.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Daniel Bryan in the back. Bryan noted he knows that Bray Wyatt can be beaten, and he will beat him at the Royal Rumble.
Suddenly, Ramblin Rabbit appeared on the screen. He told Bryan there is a way to defeat The Fiend, and he knows the secret. Before he could say it, Wyatt put his hand over his mouth and noted snitches get stitches.
Braun Strowman defeated Intercontinental Shinsuke Nakamura (w/Sami Zayn & Cesaro) In a non-title match
They recapped Strowman defeating Cesaro last week and Nakamura hitting the Kinsasha after the match.
Strowman dominated Nakamura in the early moments. Strowman missed a splash in the corner, and Nakamura took over.
Strowman regained control with a big boot.
Zayn distracted Strowman on the floor. Cesaro shoved Strowman into the ring post, and Nakamura sent him into the timekeeper's area.
Back from the break, Nakamura was firmly in control and applied a chin lock to slow the pace down.
Strowman rocked Nakamura with a hard clothesline and followed up with a shoulder tackle. He then hit a big splash in the corner.
Strowman went for the power slam, but Nakamura slipped out the back and hit a knee for a near fall.
Strowman hit a huge spinebuster. Zayn tried to distract the referee, and Cesaro slipped in with a chair. The referee caught Cesaro, and Strowman knocked him out of the ring.
Zayn passed Nakamura the Intercontinental title. He tried to hit Strowman, but he ducked and hit the power slam for the win.
After the match, Strowman held up the title but Zayn took it back.
In the back, Sheamus mocked Shorty G and showed footage of his attack on Shorty G last week.
In the locker room, Daniel Bryan found a present waiting for him. He unwrapped it and found a nearly decapitated Ramblin Rabbit.
Roman Reigns made his way down to ring. Reigns talked about 2019 being a blessed year, but it ended rough. Corbin's crew attacked and humiliated him.
Reigns pointed out he always has back up, but this time, he didn't need his friends. He needed the help of his family.
Reigns said that 2020 is his year. He promised to win the Royal Rumble and headline WrestleMania for the fifth time. He's going to do that with his cousins The Usos by his side.
The Usos made their way down to ringside. They talked about sitting on the sidelines and it being tough watching Queen Corbin attacking Reigns. They noted if you mess with one of them, you disrespect the whole family.
King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler interrupted and came down to the ring. Corbin promised to win the Royal Rumble and noted Reigns wouldn't be able to hide.
Reigns then challenged Corbin to a match at the Royal Rumble, and he accepted. Corbin mocked The Usos and Reigns. The Usos then hit a dive over the top rope on to Corbin's security.
King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler defeated The Usos DQ
The heels had the early advantage. They isolated Jey and cut him off from his corner.
Jimmy got the hot tag and started running wild. He climbed to the top turnbuckle when The Revival made their way to ringside.
Jimmy was distracted, and Corbin took over. Ziggler pulled Jey off the apron and threw him into the barricade.
Roman Reigns music hit, and he came back out. He gave The Revival the superman punch.
Back from the break, Jey was firmly in control and rocked Corbin with a superkick.
Jimmy hit a dive over the top rope, but Corbin caught him and threw him into Reigns.
Corbin jumped Jey and threw him into the ring post.
Reigns then hit the spear on Corbin on the floor for the disqualification.
Reigns cleared the announce table.
Suddenly, Robert Roode returned and jumped Reigns.
The heels took over and beat down Reigns and The Usos.
Roode gave Reigns a spinebuster on the table, and Ziggler hit an elbow on Reigns through the table.
They then buried Reigns under the broken table and chairs.
Next Week: John Morrison goes one-on-one with Big E.