With Kevin Owens, Shane McMahon, and Daniel Bryan all at ringside for the main event, Sami Zayn pinned AJ Styles on the first SmackDown of 2018.
Zayn won the non-title match after there was more confusion caused by Owens, Shane, and Bryan on the outside. With Styles having lost in a similar fashion to Owens last week, he got on the microphone after and mentioned that he should just face Owens & Zayn in a handicap match.
Daniel Bryan liked the idea and made Styles defending his WWE Championship against the team of Owens & Zayn official for the Royal Rumble.
Also on SmackDown, Becky Lynch returned to television and was out for revenge against The Riott Squad, The Usos vs, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin got restarted thanks to the use of video replay, and the United States title tournament continued with Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English.
More coverage from last night --
- WWE 205 Live results: Goldust & Alexander team up, TJP returns
- AJ Styles to defend WWE title in handicap match at Royal Rumble
- WWE SmackDown live results: AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
WWE SmackDown video highlights --
Kevin Owens, Shane McMahon, and Daniel Bryan will all be at ringside for the main event
The Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin for the Tag Team titles gets restarted
The Bludgeon Brothers destroy Breezango and The Ascension
Kofi Kingston and Big E get Xavier Woods a gift, Aiden English and Rusev interrupt
Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English in a US title tournament first round match
Natalya, Carmella & Tamina vs. The Riott Squad, Becky Lynch returns
WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn in a non-title match
SmackDown fallout: Basketball legend Karl Malone shares the ring with Bobby Roode
SmackDown fallout: Karl Malone discusses his time at SmackDown, history in WCW
SmackDown fallout: English isn't ready to give up his campaign to become US Champion
SmackDown fallout: The Ascension will face The Bludgeon Brothers next week