WWE SmackDown Location: Dayton, OH Date: January 21, 2016
Three days before Roman Reigns will attempt to defend his title against 29 other Superstars in an unprecedented Royal Rumble Match, Bray Wyatt and his horrific cohorts sent a dominate message as SmackDown became a staging ground for all-out anarchy.
Three days after one of the greatest “Highlight Reels” in history descended into absolute mayhem on Raw, Chris Jericho journeyed to SmackDown for the first time in 14 months. While Y2J seemed primed to be the “savior of WWE” and emerge from Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match with Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The New Day interrupted him in a state of tremendous sadness.
Still heartbroken over Jericho’s destruction of their beloved trombone, Francesca, the WWE Tag Team Champions’ attempt to get retribution on the six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion was ultimately detoured by the immediate Six-Man showdown against Dolph Ziggler and The Usos.
Dolph Ziggler and The Usos defeated WWE tag team champions The New Day in a 6-man tag team match
Moments after Ambrose invited an emerging Kevin Owens into the ring, however, Miz attacked the titleholder from behind. Though the A-Lister called Owens to join his assault, The Awesome One soon found himself the victim on a surprise Pop-up Powerbomb by the prizefighter. Owens then directed his attention back to The Lunatic Fringe, but Ambrose turned the tables on Owens and ultimately hit Miz with Dirty Deeds for good measure. Who will be the Last Man Standing? Find out this Sunday on WWE Network!
Bray Wyatt defeated Ryback
After Bray Wyatt clubbed Ryback from behind during a Six-Man Tag Team Match on Raw, The Big Guy came to SmackDown looking for payback in a one-on-one contest against The New Face of Fear.
Prior to their match against Roman Reigns, The League of Nations engaged in a 4-on-1 assault on Kalisto — the high-flying competitor who will challenge Unites States Champion Alberto Del Rio in a rematch for the title this Sunday at Royal Rumble. The question now is: What condition will the masked warrior be in when he does?
WWE world heavyweight champion Roman Reigns defeated The League of Nations by disqualification in a “4-on-1” handicap match
On Monday, it was revealed that Roman Reigns will be the No. 1 entry when he puts his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line in a historic Royal Rumble Match this Sunday. But first, The Big Dog got a taste of the odds when he faced the entire The League of Nations on SmackDown.
At the climax of the fierce showdown, the referee was forced to call for the bell when Reigns’ opponents failed to stop abusing their numbers advantage. When The League of Nations continued to attack after the bell, The Usos joined the party. Though Jimmy and Jey Uso were soon overcome as well, their help allowed Reigns to bounce back and take The League to task.
Before he could celebrate, however, The Wyatt Family appeared from nowhere. Though Reigns fought with everything he had left, Bray Wyatt and his ominous forces left him lying and sent a powerful message that the Royal Rumble Match would be theirs.
Don’t miss Royal Rumble, this Sunday at 8p.m. ET /5 p.m. PT on WWE Network.