JUST two days after Conflict of Champions and the superstars of SmackDown LIVE had been again in motion – they usually’re already trying towards the Royal Rumble on January 28.
Listed below are 5 necessary issues we learnt from the blue-brand present final evening.
Daniel Bryan needs to guard Shane McMahon from himself
The present opened with a promo between Bryan and Shane – with Shane asking for a proof behind Bryan’s quick depend at Conflict of Champions.
Bryan mentioned he was attempting to cease Shane from turning into Mr McMahon. It ended respectfully however have we actually seen the final of tensions between the pair?
A backstage phase between Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn drew a parallel to the Bryan vs Authority storyline from 4 years in the past.
However now it’s Shane as a (supposedly) babyface authority determine maintaining down heels KO and Zayn – an attention-grabbing twist on the identical story WWE has been peddling for the reason that days of Stone Chilly Steve Austin vs evil boss Vince McMahon.
Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura not less than received some redemption from Sunday once they teamed with AJ Kinds to defeat Jinder Mahal, KO, and Zayn afterward the present.
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable’s title chase remains to be on
The tag group championship Deadly Four-Method at Conflict of Champions was an electrical matchup.
Chad Gable was pinned on the evening, however he additionally regarded like a killer together with his collection of bone-rattling roll-through German suplexes.
And Benjamin and Gable’s title prospects aren’t over but. Final evening they received a giant non-title win over tag champs The Usos.
As soon as once more, Gable regarded unimaginable – he’s lastly received the sting that might take him to the subsequent degree in WWE.
Naomi is getting into the Royal Rumble
Charlotte Aptitude got here out to deal with the history-making ladies’s Royal Rumble – however she was quickly joined by Naomi, who introduced she’s going to enter the match.
It was pleasant however the message was clear: Naomi is coming for Charlotte’s title.
The pair then teamed to defeat Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan.
No matter occurs between Charlotte and Naomi, it seems just like the Riott Squad are shedding floor already.
It was a really merry Rusev Day
There was enjoyable Christmas-themed match when Rusev and Aiden English took on The New Day in Crimbo fancy gown.
Rusev and English – dressed as ‘Rusev Claus’ and Frosty the Snowman – instructed The New Day they had been on the naughty listing.
However Kofi and Woods received the final chortle once they put English face’s in a cream pie (actually) and hit an elbow for the win.
Regardless that Rusev misplaced, he ought to be celebrating.
After years of dreadful reserving, he’s nonetheless received himself, Aiden English, and Rusev Day over sufficient to make him one in all SmackDown’s most entertaining acts.
Dolph Ziggler has forfeited the US title… or so it appears
Ziggler got here out holding his newly received US Championship and scorned for followers by telling them that irrespective of how good he’s, it’s by no means sufficient – they usually’re unfit.
He then dropped the title within the ring and walked away.
Has he forfeited the belt, or is it a part of a convoluted plot to sucker in followers and potential opponents?
This could possibly be WWE’s probability to ditch the title altogether.
One much less title on the roster can be no dangerous factor – there are means too many championships lately.
One factor’s for certain not less than: laying down the championship is essentially the most attention-grabbing factor Ziggler as carried out in ages.