The first SmackDown of 2020 takes place from the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee tonight.
Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns take on King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler in a tag team match. Bryan defeated Corbin and The Miz in a triple threat match last week to earn a title shot against Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble. Reigns attacked Corbin several times last week and even delayed the triple threat match.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks take on Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke and Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross in a triple threat tag team match. Two weeks ago, Banks taunted Evans' daughter at ringside, which caused Evans to snap. Evans then appeared on A Moment of Bliss last week and promised to get her hands on Bayley and Banks. Evans and Brooke didn't get the job done and now have two teams to contend with.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
They recapped Daniel Bryan defeating King Corbin and The Miz in a triple threat match to earn a title shot against "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt.
In the back, Daniel Bryan was wrapping his hands when The Miz approached. Miz noted Bray Wyatt invaded his house and threatened his daughter. He promised to take everything from Wyatt, but Bryan gets the title shot.
Miz is going to figure out another way to get revenge on Wyatt. He then told Bryan to defeat Wyatt at the Royal Rumble and beat him for the Universal title.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks made their way to the ring. Bayley talked about change being tough and noted the fans aren't good enough to make changes.
In 2019, Bayley and Banks looked in the mirror and made significant changes. She noted they're locker room leaders and mentioned Lacey Evans.
Evans and Dana Brooke interrupted. Evans told Bayley and Banks to keep her daughter's name out of their mouths. She promised to teach her daughter that the bad guys will lose.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross made their way onto the stage. Bliss noted there's an intense rivalry between the other two teams and wondered if they should even be in the match.
Cross pointed out they should be in the match to prove they deserve a title shot at the tag team champions. Bliss agreed, and they started walking towards the ring.
Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke defeated SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Evans jumped Banks to start the match. Banks quickly tagged out to Cross to avoid Evans. On commentary, Michael Cole stressed that Dana Brooke has improved.
Banks made a blind tag, and Bayley pulled Brooke out of the ring. Bliss took out Bayley with a sliding dropkick. Bayley and Banks took over and isolated Bliss on their side of the ring.
Evans, Brooke, Banks, and Bayley all ended up on the floor. Cross then hit a crossbody to the floor, wiping out everyone but Banks. Banks grabbed Cross and threw her into the ring steps.
Back from the break, Brooke was firmly in control and ran wild. She hit a cartwheel into a splash for a near fall.
Bayley pulled Brooke down by the hair and slammed her on the mat. Banks followed up with a knee for a two count.
The heels regained control and isolated Brooke from her corner. Bayley hit a knee on Brooke into a back suplex by Banks for a close near fall.
Evans got the hot tag and ran wild. She hit a standing moonsault on Bayley. Evans was firmly in control and attempted her moonsault off the top, but Banks pulled Bayley out of the way.
Bayley hit a Bayley-to-Belly on Evans, but Bliss and Cross broke up the pin attempt.
The finish came when Evans rocked Banks with the Women's Right. Brooke then hit the Swanton bomb on Banks for the win.
They recapped Dolph Ziggler hitting on Mandy Rose and stepping on the cake Otis's mother made that he gave to Rose.
In the back, Rose approached Otis as he curled a beer keg. Rose asked if his mama made anything for New Year's. He ignored her and told her to ask Dolph Ziggler. She tried to apologize, but Tucker showed up. He told Otis to concentrate on the match later and gave Rose a disapproving look.
Back from the break, The Miz was walking backstage. He ran into Kofi Kingston, and Big E. He's still feeling upset about Bray Wyatt, so they tried to cheer him up. Kingston pointed out that Miz held the most titles in the 2010s. Big E noted that Miz's tied with Kingston for most titles.
Miz didn't care about titles and knocked the pancakes down. Miz has more significant problems with "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. He then challenged Kingston to a match, and Big E got in Miz's face. Kingston then agreed to the match.
In the ring, Elias sang a song and made fun of Sami Zayn, Shane McMahon, The Revival, Dolph Ziggler's stand up comedy, and King Corbin. Elias then promised to win the Royal Rumble.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves discussed The Revival feeling like an elite tag team put in situations to make them look bad. They recapped Heavy Machinery defeating The Revival in the Miracle on 34th Street Fight.
Earlier today in the locker room, The Revival was furious about the street fight and Elias making fun of them.
Shorty G approached and told them to embrace the jokes. They made a bunch of short jokes, but Shorty G noted it didn't bother him. Dash Wilder challenged Shorty G to a match, and he accepted.
Shorty G defeated Dash Wilder (w/Scott Dawson)
Dawson joined Michael Cole and Corey Graves on commentary.
Wilder had the early advantage and hit a back suplex off the top turnbuckle for a near fall.
Shorty G made a comeback and rolled up Wilder for a two count. Wilder attempted a back suplex, but Shorty G rolled through and applied the ankle lock for the win.
After the match, The Revival jumped Shorty G and hit the Shatter Machine.
Suddenly, Sheamus's music hit and he walked down to the ring.
Sheamus entered the ring, and The Revival left. Sheamus then turned around and hit the Brogue Kick on Shorty G. There was a slight "Welcome Back" chant.
Kofi Kingston (w/Big E) defeated The Miz
They went back and forth early and were pretty even. Kingston caught Miz with a huge monkey flip and laughed at Miz. Kingston then teased a dive but bounced back in the ring.
Miz took over with a kick to the gut. He backed Kingston into the corner and nailed a series of kicks. Miz followed up with the running knees in the corner, but Kingson countered with a boot to the face.
Kingston hit the boom drop and set up for the trouble in paradise. Miz avoided the move and attempted the skull crushing finale. Kingston reversed and rolled up Miz for the win.
After the match, Miz jumped Kingston, and the fans chanted, "You suck" at him. He was furious that the fans would do that to him.
In the back, Cathy Kelly interviewed Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. Bryan promised to win the Univeral championship and leave the Royal Rumble with the title.
Reigns pointed out he plans on winning the Royal Rumble match, so that means he'll be facing Bryan at WrestleMania.
They teased having the match, but Bryan told Reigns to be ready for the tag match later. Reigns said only King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler are the ones not ready.
Backstage, Cathy Kelly knocked on The Miz's locker room door.
John Morrison opened the door making his debut. He got a decent reaction from the fans.
Kelly was surprised to see Morrison and asked about Miz. Morrison noted Miz isn't talking to anyone right now.
Otis (w/Tucker) defeated Drew Gulak
Before the match, Gulak mocked Otis for getting rejected by Mandy Rose. He noted she should be with someone like Dolph Ziggler or himself. Gulak started showing a powerpoint presentation, but Otis jumped him.
Otis was firmly in control and hit a suplex on Gulak.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville watched the match in the back on the monitor.
Dolph Ziggler joined them, and Rose feels he should apologize to Otis.
Otis dominated the match and hit the caterpillar. He then followed up with the Vader Bomb for the win.
Braun Strowman defeated Cesaro (w/Sami Zayn & Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura)
Corey Graves pointed out that nobody has been able to get their hands on Zayn.
Strowman was firmly in control and hit a big splash in the corner. He then knocked Cesaro off the apron into the barricade.
Back from the break, Cesaro was firmly in control. Nakamura interfered to help Cesaro. Cesaro locked on a sleeper, but Strowman fought back.
Strowman knocked Nakamura off the apron. He ran around ringside, knocking down Cesaro and Nakamura. Zayn rolled under the ring to avoid Strowman.
Cesaro regained control and attempted the neutralizer, but Strowman countered into the power slam for the win.
After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura hit the Kinshasa on Strowman.
Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler
Corbin jumped Reigns from behind to gain an early advantage. Reigns fired back and hit a Samoan drop. He followed up with the drive-by, but Ziggler caused a distraction, allowing Corbin to take over.
The faces fought back, and Bryan sent the heels to the floor.
Bryan began leading the fans in a Yes chant when the lights started to flicker. Bray Wyatt's laugh echoed throughout the arena.
Back from the break, Reigns was firmly in control until Corbin hit the Deep Six for a near fall. The heels isolated Reigns in their corner and cut him off from Bryan.
Corbin missed a charge in the corner and Reigns rocked him with a superman punch.
Bryan got the hot tag and ran wild. He rocked Ziggler with kicks in the corner and hit a super hurricanrana.
Bryan hit the Yes Kicks, but Ziggler rolled up Bryan for a two count. Bryan reversed into the Lebell Lock, but Corbin made the save.
Reigns took out Corbin with a spear, but Ziggler hit a superkick on Reigns.
Bryan hit the running knee on Ziggler, but the lights went out.
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt appeared at ringside, and the lights turned red.
Bryan hit a suicide dive on Wyatt, and they briefly brawled around ringside. Wyatt took over and applied the Mandible Claw on Bryan.
The lights came back on, and Wyatt disappeared. Reigns checked on Bryan, but Ziggler and Corbin attacked him.
The heels handcuffed Reigns to the ropes and pulled out dog food.
Suddenly, The Usos music hit, and they made their return.
The Usos rocked Ziggler and Corbin with double superkicks. They freed Reigns, and all three embraced in the ring. The fans broke into a loud "Usos" chant.
Next Week: Lacey Evans goes one-on-one with Sasha Banks.