Not exactly thrilled with the fact that he would be defending his title as WWE Champion in a handicap match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles kicked off Smackdown LIVE with some in-ring venting that soon brought his opponents out to jeer him. Styles was pretty blunt, saying he didn't think that it was fair, and he seemed pretty fed up with the bickering between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon. They've both beaten him individually, he'd face them for the title individually, even on the same night. During the video, The Usos admit that at first they thought the stipulation in the PPV match is unfair as they have nothing left to prove in WWE. Bryan says Shane is puzzled eh? Styles had a sit down with Renee Young to discuss the events of last week's show. Good match from these two; they have similar styles and came up in pro wrestling in an nearly parallel way.
Intense action followed, with Lynch looking for some sweet payback as she caught Ruby in a Dis-Arm-Her and forced her nemesis to tap out.
The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) def.
Zack Ryder in a U.S. Title tournament first round match. I don't like either of these guys, and Mojo annoys me to no end.
Rawley won in a quick match to advance in the tournament bracket.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin came out to "demand justice" for the way their SmackDown Tag Team Title match went down last week. And, of course, anything Rusev Day is pretty damn good. Fandango pinned Rusev with a roll-up. Kevin Owens got disqualified for using a steel chair, but McMahon once again restarted the match. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton. Since we're talking about handicap matches let's have one tonight. Good enough match, though it was a bit of a sloppy cluster at parts. That celebration was cut short however when Commissioner Shane McMahon chose to hit the scene and make another handicap match for the night. A DQ win was announced, and then Shane said the match was No Count Out, No DQ, and Anything Goes. Zayn finally lost the match after a Kinshasa from Nakamura and an RKO from Orton.