The build to the Royal Rumble continues tonight on SmackDown from Birmingham, Alabama.
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan defends against AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble. Last week, Styles viciously attacked Bryan after his match. Bryan was enraged that Styles attacked him. He promises to show Styles an even more vicious side tonight.
Rey Mysterio goes one-on-one with Andrade “Cien” Almas. Almas pinned Mysterio in a tag match last week, and they tore the house down when they were in the ring together.
Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair and Carmella in a number one contender's match last Tuesday. Lynch now takes on SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka at the Royal Rumble. Both are scheduled to appear tonight ahead of their championship match.
The Miz and Shane McMahon will challenge SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar at the Royal Rumble. Tonight, Miz throws McMahon “The Best Birthday Bash In The World.” Plus, Carmella takes on Sonya Deville.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Becky Lynch arrived in the back of the arena. Kayla Braxton tried to interview her but Lynch is going to call out Asuka in the ring. She walked off and threw the keys at Braxton.
The New Day was with Heavy Machinery making milkshakes. Otis Dozovic puts a bunch of gross things in a blender and drank it. Lynch walks in and drinks some of Dozovic's milkshake. They shake hands and Lynch notes it’s a little weak.
Lynch made her way down to the ring. The fans love Lynch and broke into a loud “Becky” chant. Lynch noted she’s the one that made the SmackDown Women’s championship mean something. Lynch promised to win the title back at the Royal Rumble.
This brought out Asuka. She noted that Lynch is all talk and hype. Asuka said after the Royal Rumble Lynch won’t be in Charlotte Flair’s shadow. Instead, Lynch will be in Asuka’s shadow.
This brought out the IIconics. They said it doesn’t matter who wins between Lynch and Asuka because they’ll win the Royal Rumble and headline Wrestlemania. Lynch challenged either Billie Kay or Peyton Royce to face her right now.
Becky Lynch defeated Peyton Royce (w/Billie Kay)
Asuka sat at ringside for the match. In the back, Lacey Evans is shown watching the match.
Lynch was firmly in control of the match. Royce caught Lynch with a punch to take over. She slowed the pace down. Lynch made a comeback and caught Royce with a clothesline. Royce rolled to the floor and Kay checked on her. Lynch tried to attack but Royce rocked her with a clothesline to take over.
Back from commercial, Royce had the advantage but Lynch fought back. Lynch sat on the turnbuckle but Royce caught her with a kick for a near fall. Royce tried to pin Lynch but she rolled threw and locked on the Dis-arm-her for the win.
After the match, Asuka jumped in the ring and screamed at Lynch. The IIconics tried to walk away but Asuka chased Kay and threw her in the ring for a match.
Asuka defeated Billie Kay
Asuka dominated the match. She locked on her version of Lynch’s Dis-arm-her. Kay rolled her up for a near fall but Asuka reversed into the Asuka lock for the win.
After the match, Asuka and Lynch went face-to-face.
AJ Styles' music hit and he walked down to the ring. Corey Graves wondered why he was out there. Styles them jumped into the crowd and walked up the steps.
AJ Styles went to the concession stand like Daniel Bryan did last week. He had a bunch of hot dogs and popcorn. He noted the fans are allowed to eat whatever they want. He promised to beat Bryan at the Royal Rumble.
Styles then started throwing t-shirts into the crowd of fans to celebrate. Suddenly, Daniel Bryan attacked Styles. They brawled and Bryan ended up going through a table.
In the back, The Usos were in the middle of a photo shoot. A delivery came for Jimmy. He assumed it was an early anniversary gift from Naomi. It was actually a letter from Mandy Rose and her hotel room key. Jey wondered what his brother Jimmy is going to do.
Samoa Joe was walking in the back towards the ring for his match. He passed by EC3 who was admiring himself in a mirror.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. Almas noted that Mysterio was his idol but times are different now. He promised to defeat Mysterio later tonight. Vega guaranteed that Almas is going win the Royal Rumble.
Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali
The match never happened. Joe attacked Ali before the bell rang. He threw him into the ring post and beat him down at ringside. He threw him into the ring post again and Ali went flying.
Joe teased walking away but came back. He teased power bombing Ali through the announce table but threw him into the barricade instead.
In the back, Sonya Deville asked Mandy Rose if she’s sure about giving her hotel room key to Jimmy Uso. Rose noted she hates Naomi so much and wants to break up their marriage. She left for her date.
Rey Mysterio was walking backstage towards the ring. He ran into Nikki Cross. She was standing behind a fence shouting at Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton asked Samoa Joe why provoked him to attack Ali. Joe laughed at her and said that it wasn’t an attack. He entering his first Royal Rumble and promised to win. All 29 superstars in the match are his targets.
Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Rey Mysterio
This was a great match with innovative moves and fast-paced back and forth action. They traded moves early but Mysterio slowed the pace down with a side headlock. Almas grabbed the mask and threw Mysterio into the ropes. Mysterio regained control and went right back to the headlock.
Almas took over and worked over the elbow. Mysterio tried to break free by bouncing off the ropes but Almas held on. Mysterio leaped off the second rope into the head scissors. He went for the 619 but Almas avoided the move. Almas went for the hammerlock DDT but Mysterio rolled him up for a two count.
In an awesome spot, Almas caught Mysterio in the electric chair. Mysterio leaned forward and they fell over the top rope to the floor. Almas landed on his knees and got back up to his feet with Mysterio still on his shoulders. He then swung Mysterio around into a sit out powerbomb.
Back from commercial, Almas missed the double knees in the corner. He caught Mysterio but Mysterio countered into a DDT for a close near fall. Almas threw Mysterio into the turnbuckle and hit the double knees in the corner for a two count.
Mysterio tried to climb to the top turnbuckle but Almas tripped him. He was caught between the middle and top turnbuckle. Almas went for the double foot stomp but Mysterio pushed him to the apron. Mysterio followed up with a hurricanrana sending Almas to the floor. Mysterio then hit a huge seated Senton to the floor.
Almas caught Mysterio with a back elbow for a near fall. Mysterio went for the Canadian Destroyer like last week but Almas countered. Almas went for a moonsault but Mysterio moved. Almas landed on his feet and hit standing moonsault for a near fall.
Mysterio fought back and hit the Canadian Destroyer for a close two count. Mysterio went for the 619 but Almas caught him in a Samoan drop. Mysterio reversed into the crucifix bomb for a very close near fall.
Mysterio hit the 619 and climbed to the top rope. Vega jumped up on the apron and distracted the referee. Almas yanked Mysterio’s legs and crotched him on the turnbuckle. He then hit the hammerlock DDT on Mysterio off the top turnbuckle for the win.
At the hotel, Jimmy Uso approached a hotel room door. After the commercial, Jimmy finally knocked on the door and entered the room. Rose was sitting in a chair in a black robe.
She told Jimmy not to be shy and to come closer. She took off the robe to reveal sexy black lingerie. Jimmy stopped her and told her they can’t do this. Suddenly, a photographer jumped out and took a bunch of pictures and ran off.
Rose then laid out her entire plan to Jimmy to destroy Naomi. Rose noted she doesn’t want Jimmy and just hates Naomi. She said Naomi’s never going to be as hot as her. Rose said when Naomi sees the pictures of Jimmy and Rose it’ll destroy her.
Jimmy left and Naomi walked in. They brawled in the hotel room. Rose threw Naomi over a chair and ran out. Jimmy ran back in to check on her. Naomi was unhappy she didn’t Rose get back like she wanted to.
The Miz came out to celebrate Shane McMahon’s birthday with “The Best Birthday Bash In The World.” The ring was dressed up with a birthday sign and balloons. There are also two cakes, a table of presents and the Best in the World trophy. The fans chanted “Happy Birthday.” McMahon noted he doesn’t like making a big deal out of his birthday.
Miz gave McMahon a pair of Jordan’s as a present. McMahon loved the shoes. Miz then showed a video package on McMahon’s career. McMahon thanked Miz for opening up a few weeks ago. McMahon decided to share as well. He said as a kid his dream was to be Tag Team champions. His original partner was going to be Andre The Giant. McMahon’s happy to be teaming with Miz. Miz and the crowd then sang Happy Birthday to McMahon.
This brought out The Bar. They noted that McMahon’s father wasn’t at the celebration. McMahon pointed out that The Bar attacked Miz last week. He challenged Sheamus to take on the Miz right now. Miz said he’s not dressed to wrestle. McMahon pointed out he wasn’t ready at the Best in the World tournament. Miz finally agreed to the match.
The Miz (w/Shane McMahon) defeated Sheamus (w/Cesaro)
Miz competed in his dress pants and shirt. Miz sent Sheamus to the floor and he almost fell into the cake. Sheamus gained control and rocked Miz with a knee in the corner.
Miz fought back and hit the running dropkicks in the corner. Sheamus took back over with a clothesline. Cesaro tried to interfere but McMahon pulled him off the apron and Cesaro fell into the cake. Miz then rolled up Sheamus for the win.
After the match, Sheamus attacked Miz and beat him down. McMahon made the save and attacked Sheamus. McMahon then hit the coast-to-coast on Sheamus with Miz holding up a part of the cake in front of Sheamus. Miz and McMahon held up the Best in the World trophy.