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WWE SmackDown video highlights: Adam Pearce wins gauntlet match

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Shinsuke Nakamura shined in the number one contender's gauntlet match on last night's SmackDown, but it was an unlikely opponent who emerged as Roman Reigns' Royal Rumble challenger.

Authority figure Adam Pearce won the gauntlet match after being forced into it by Reigns. Reigns was upset with Pearce for making last week's Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso main event and this week's gauntlet. It was said that Reigns had Paul Heyman pull some strings to get Pearce added to the match.

Pearce reluctantly came down to the ring with Reigns, Uso, and Heyman as the last person to enter the gauntlet match. Reigns and Uso laid out Nakamura, then Reigns threw Pearce into the ring. Uso gave Pearce a superkick and Reigns called for the bell to ring to start Nakamura and Pearce's match. Uso then put Pearce on top of Nakamura and the referee counted the pin.

Nakamura had defeated Daniel Bryan, Baron Corbin, and Rey Mysterio during the gauntlet match. Sami Zayn also took part in the gauntlet.

Last night's show also featured a title change as Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode defeated The Street Profits to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles. In storyline, Montez Ford's leg was injured going into the match after Ziggler and Roode attacked it with a steel chair last week.

More coverage from last night --

WWE SmackDown video highlights --

A video package looks back at Roman Reigns laying out Kevin Owens last week

Roman Reigns takes issue with Adam Pearce's actions

Big E vs. Apollo Crews for the Intercontinental title

Carmella says Sasha Banks can't touch her in terms of raw talent

The Street Profits vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for the SmackDown Tag Team titles

Paul Heyman pulled some strings to get Adam Pearce added to the gauntlet match

Gauntlet match: Rey Mysterio vs. Sami Zayn

Gauntlet match: Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Gauntlet match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin

Gauntlet match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Bryan

Gauntlet match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Adam Pearce

SmackDown fallout: Ziggler & Roode are feeling absolutely glorious after their win

SmackDown fallout: Ziggler & Roode take part in their Tag Team title photoshoot

SmackDown fallout: Apollo Crews is demanding an IC title rematch against Big E

 SmackDown fallout: Chad Gable trains Otis for the Royal Rumble