Smackdown is set to feature Dean Ambrose defending the Intercontinental Title against Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler in a three-way match, plus The New Day vs. Lucha Dragons for the WWE Tag Titles.
Smackdown opened with full pyro inside the arena before Michael Cole introduced the show from Des Moines. Cole was joined by Booker T and Jerry Lawler on commentary. On the stage, presents and other Christmas-related items were assembled on the stage to signal this as a holiday-themed show. Cole hyped the IC Title match tonight.
But, first, ring announcer Eden Stiles introduced a WWE Tag Title match to kick things off.
New Day was out first, including Big E. returning home to Iowa. The tag champs did the walk-and-talk promo on the way to the ring with a holiday theme, plus some thoughts on not winning a single Slammy last night. Also, they refuse to lose the Tag Titles before Christmas, which would ruin their holidays. They sang a few tunes before Lucha Dragons came to the ring to challenge for the Tag Titles. Cole noted that Kalisto won a Slammy last night for his Salida del Sol from the top of the ladder at TLC two weeks ago.
NEW DAY VS LUCHA DRAGONS - WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Kalisto was unable to knock Big E. off his feet with a series of kicks, so he tagged in Sin Cara, who landed a double-foot kick to the chest to knock down Big E. to the mat. Sin Cara followed with a big chop to Kofi’s chest before Kalisto tagged in to splash Kofi for a two count. Sin Cara tagged back in and took a dropkick that sent him tumbling through the ropes. On the outside, Xavier played the trombone in Sin Cara’s face, allowing Kingston to deliver a big dropkick that sent Sin Cara to the floor. New Day danced and celebrated heading to break.
Back from break, Lucha Dragons mounted a comeback, but Xavier got involved from the outside taking out Kalisto behind the ref’s back. New Day feigned concern for Kalisto, then Big E. picked up Kalisto and ran him clear across the ringside area smashing his back into the barricade.
Back in the ring, New Day began working over Kalisto while Woods held up a gift box.Wood put the present back under the ringside tree, then Lucha Dragons finally scored a tag. They followed with a big dive onto Kingston and Big E. on the outside, but Sin Cara seemed to get the worst of it. Kofi also sold a left knee injury.
Back in the ring, Kalisto nailed a cross-body on Big E., but Woods had the referee occupied. Kalisto regrouped and nailed Salida del Sol, then tagged in Sin Cara, who prepared for a top-rope splash, but Woods ran interference while the ref tried to get Kingston off the ring apron. Sin Cara then flew right into Big E., who nailed the Big Ending for the pin and the win.
The winners of the match: New Day
Backstage: Santino Marella was setting up a Christmas party. Marella pulled out his snake puppet to place the star atop the tree. Santino walked off, then an arm yanked the star off the top of the tree. It sure looked like Stardust.
Holiday Messages: Dolph Ziggler, Divas champion Charlotte playing a spoiled brat, Tyler Breeze, and Roman Reigns.
Coming back from break, WWE flashed one of their “Did You Knows” with a claim about being the #1 show socially on all of TV last night, beating “Kardashians, Big Big Theory, Gotham, and Monday Night Football.” No numbers or stats were cited. A Nielsen logo was displayed on the bottom of the screen.
Backstage: Renee Young brought in IC champion Dean Ambrose for a promo about his IC Title defense tonight. Ambrose said he’s still a little silly from getting hit in the head last night in the steel cage, but he’s going after Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler tonight with full force.
Suddenly, the Wyatt theme music interrupted. Bray Wyatt led his group down to the ring, then the four Wyatts stood together in the ring. No promo.
The Dudleys’s theme played to set up the next match. Out came Bubba Ray and Devon for what Eden Stiles announced was another eight-man tag match in this series. Ryback was out next to join them, followed by Kane.
WYATT FAMILY VS DUDLEY BOYZ, KANE AND RYBACK
The Wyatts beat down Kane. They continued to beat down Kane until Ryback got the hot tag. Ryback wanted Shell-Shock to end the match, but the Wyatts used their team unity to cut him off. Wyatt set up for a pinfall, but Smackdown went to break with Wyatt about to cover Ryback.
Back on Smackdown, the Wyatts were still working on Ryback. Kane finally accepted a tag from Ryback, then the action broke down all over ringside. On the outside, Rowan exploded on Ryback with a clothesline sending him into the front row. Back in the ring, Devon and Bubba combined for a hangman’s neckbreaker on Wyatt. But, Wyatt kicked out of a pin. The Wyatts then used their numbers advantage again to take out Devon. Bubba was left alone to take Sister Abigail from Wyatt for the pin and the win.
The winners of the match: The Wyatt Family
Backstage: At the Christmas party, Tyler Breeze and Summer Rae complained about how minimal the party is. Damien Sandow and Adam Rose also skipped out. Marella then ran in wanting to know what happened to his party. In walked Stardust and The Ascension to tell Marella that they ruined Christmas. Suddenly, Neville, dressed like an elf, stormed in to warn The Wasteland about ruining Christmas. Konnor wanted to know what elf army is going to stop them. In walked Titus O’Neil to back up Neville and defend the honor of Christmas. Stardust declared Christmas canceled. Or, they’ll have to take it back by beating his Ascension. Titus smiled and said he’ll send The Ascension to urgent care on a sled.
Up Next: The Usos, confirmed to be in the building, face Alberto Del Rio & Rusev in tag action.
In-ring: The League of Nations was introduced to the ring back from break. Meanwhile, Cole hyped John Cena returning this Monday on Raw to face U.S. champion Alberto Del Rio. The Usos were out next to face The League in tag action.
THE USOS VS THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
No sign of Lana accompanying Rusev to the ring. Apparently the deal is Lana does not accompany Rusev to the ring for League activity, only individual Rusev business. The match started with The League dominating The Usos, who answered with a double-team flapjack on Rusev for a two count. Uso then dropkicked Rusev to the outside. Jimmy followed with a splash to Rusev on the outside after Jey splashed Del Rio on the other side of the ring.
Back in the ring, a four-way battle broke out until Rusev kicked Uso square in the face. Rusev stood tall in the ring, Sheamus applaused down at ringside, and The Usos regrouped on the floor as Raw cut to break.
Jimmy gets to his feet and Jey tags in, Jey unloads on Del Rio. Running back splash across the ring to Del Rio. Del Rio seated on the top rope and Jey hooks Del Rio up for a suplex but Del Rio counters and Jey finds himself in the tree of woe. Del Rio delivers the double stomp for the three count
The winners of the match: The League Of Nations
Post Match: League Of Nations set Jimmy up for a Brogue Kick but Roman Reigns comes out to take out Lague Of Nations. Superman Punch to Del Rio. Superman Punch to Rusev
More Christmas Messages from WWE Diva and Superstars, Becky Lynch , Santino Marella and New Day
ADRIAN NEVILLE AND TITUS O'NEIL VS THE ASCENSION
Neville with a side headlock on Konnor. Series of kicks by Neville. Konnor reverses an irish whip but runs into a boot. Neville with a crossbody and Konnor with a forearm to Neville.
Uppercut by Konnor. Viktor in with punches and kicks. Clothesline in the corner by Konnor. Backbreaker to Neville and Neville jumps off. Konnor misses a splash in the corner. Viktor misses with elbow drops and O'Neil gets the tag. Series of clotheslines to The Ascension and its a stand off between Marella and Stardust on the outside. The Ascension join Starust and Marella brings out The Cobra. Neville takes out Stardust and The Ascension.
O'Neil with a big boot to Viktor. Neville tags and goes to the top rope hitting The Red Arrow for the three count
The winners of the match: Neville And Titus O'Neil
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler says he had a match against Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens got involved. He had a match with Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose got involved. He wants this match to be his alone and he's going to make 2016 his year and do it by winning the whole thing
CHARLOTTE VS BRIE BELLA
Charlotte backs Brie into the corner. Charlotte runs into a boot. Charlotte with a neckbreaker. Charlotte delivers series of kneedrops. Necklock by Charotte turned into a facelock. Brie tries to fight back but Charlotte sends her back to the mat and another kneedrop
Series of clotheslines by Brie and a dropkick. Brie hits the running knee to the face. Brie from the second rope connects with a missile dropkick. The Yes Kicks by Brie to Charlotte. Brie misses with the roundhouse and Charlotte hits a spear.
Team Bad thewn make their way out to the ring. Team Bad make their way to the announce table and throw eggnog in Becky's face. Charlotte just looks on and proceeds to lock in the Figure Eight for the tap out
The winner of the match: Charlotte
Backstage: Kevin Owens says tonight he's in a triple threat for his intercontinental champion just like the slammy for breakout star is his. Neville can walk around with that slammy but he's the real breakout star just like Ambrose is walking around with his intercontinental championship and tonight he's turning Smackdown into the Kevin Owens Show and walking out champion
DEAN AMBROSE VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS KEVIN OWENS
Owens and Ziggler quickly moved to the floor continuing their fight from Raw. Owens teased a powerbomb on the floor, but Ambrose came flying at him with a suicide dive. Ambrose and Ziggler then battled until Owens smashed both of them with a running butt splash on the floor. Owens screamed at the crowd heading to break.
Back from break, the fight spilled up to the top of the ramp, where Owens started using Christmas presents and trees as weapons on both Ambrose and Ziggler. Owens wanted to powerbomb Ambrose off the stage, but Ziggler superkicked him from the side. Ambrose and Ziggler then chucked Owens off the stage into a pile of trees and presents down below.
Ambrose and Ziggler decided to have a one-on-one battle, which spilled down the entrance ramp toward the ring. Back inside the ring, Ambrose hit a wheelbarrow facebuster on Ziggler for a two count. Ambrose then climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Ziggler cut him off. Suddenly, Owens was back in the ring. A wild sequence unfolded with a superkick and rebound lariat putting all three men down on the mat.
Reset at 8:00. Owens made sure neither opponent pinned the other, then chucked Ziggler into the ring steps on the floor. Back in the ring, Owens clotheslined Ambrose, but Ziggler returned to the ring and hopped on Owens’s back with a sleeper. Owens sold fading, then decided to run across the ring to backpack slam Ziggler onto Ambrose, which also broke up the sleeper. All three men sold on the mat again.
Reset at 10:00. Owens posted Ziggler, who spilled to the outside. He then wanted Ambrose and connected with a big overhead suplex into almost a German Suplex putting Ambrose on his head. Owens covered for a two count. The ref then checked on Ambrose, who sold the effects of landing on his head. WWE replayed the move a few times as the announcers did a good job of selling the impact of the move.
Owens left the ring to discard Ziggler, then returned to the ring to taunt and punch Ambrose. Ambrose shook it off and slapped Owens, then wanted Dirty Deeds, but Ziggler sprung back into the ring to hit the Zig-Zag on both men. Ziggler draped an arm over Dean, but the champ kicked out.
At 13:00, Ziggler stalked Ambrose for a superkick, but Ambrose blocked. So, he superkicked Owens onto the ring apron. But, Ambrose sprung on Ziggler for Dirty Deeds. Ambrose covered Ziggler for the pin and the win, fighting through the pain as the crowd cheered Ambrose’s victory.
The winner of the match: Dean Ambrose
Post Match: Ambrose had a wild celebration at ringside while Owens tore up the Christmas set on the stage. Ambrose then stood tall on the ring steps with a determined look in his eyes as Cole commended Dean for the win. Smackdown signed off with the final look at Ambrose holding the IC Title belt.