WWE Smackdown Results 12/17/2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
From Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Report by James B. of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Following the first WWE title change on Monday Night Raw in 4+ years, let's see what new champ Roman Reigns and company have in store tonight. Something tells me Mr. McMahon didn't make the trip to Newark for this one.
As expected, the new champ opens the show with a prolonged victory entrance through the crowd. Roman spends a few minutes thanking his supporters and explaining how much it meant to win on his daughter's birthday. Also as expected, he is interrupted by Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior tells Reigns he's legitimately happy for him and hope he enjoys his title run because he knows it'll be short. Sheamus says that he was asked by the McMahon's to escort Roman out of the arena, and he's backed up by about 10 “security guards”. Roman doesn't budge, and one-by-one the security guards enter the ring and immediately get tossed out. Sheamus doesn't budge off his perch on the ramp, and admits defeat in his attempt to rid the arena of Reigns.
Tonight's opening match is Alberto Del Rio vs. Ryback. They start the match trading big power punches and kicks, followed by an exchange of holds and headlocks. The middle of the match is hurt by an obvious botch. Ryback goes for his Thesz press off the ropes and Del Rio just stands there. They awkwardly embrace before resuming the action. Del Rio locks the arm-breaker in over the top rope, but Ryback doesn't exactly sell it well, with him doing flying shoulder tackles a minute later. Del Rio goes for his patented Si! kick but Ryback catches it and turns it into a spine buster. Ryback hits the meat-hook clothesline and sets Del Rio up for Shellshock before the League of Nations music hits. Barrett, Sheamus and Rusev rush down the aisle, but don't actually enter the ring. Del Rio takes advantage of a distracted Ryback to hit a big kick and lock in the cross-arm-breaker for the submission victory. After the match, Sheamus lands a Brogue Kick and Rusev locks in the Accolade on a knocked-out Ryback.
With all due respect to Dolph Ziggler, this was the best Tyler Breeze Smackdown segment since his debut. Breeze and Summer Rae have their intimate backstage moment interrupted by Goldust who was apparently hiding behind a curtain for no reason. Breeze and Titus O'Neil put on a slow-ish, but entertaining match before Goldust heads down to the ring to join Summer Rae in the VIP lounge. He sips martinis and nibbles on strawberries before taking Breeze's selfie stick and snapping pictures with King Lawler. Breeze has enough of the shenanigans and threatens to come after Goldust, but the Prime Time Playa hits Clash of the Titus for the win. Goldust jumps on the apron and takes more selfies with the defeated Prince Pretty. Fun, entertaining segment which should set up a nice rivalry for a couple weeks.
The New Day has been one of the best things on WWE television over the past couple months, but man oh man are these promos getting longer and longer. I'm pretty confident that the majority of Smackdown's viewing audience is not familiar with Rich Homie Quan, so they probably could have shelved a few of these jokes. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston take on the Lucha Dragons. They put on another really fun match, but like most New Day matches, the man on the outside stole the show. Big E took out a cell phone to show King a new dance move, he attempted to play Xavier's trombone, he pulled Sin Cara off the apron when he was waiting for a tag, and he had more hip wiggles than we can count. Sin Cara takes Kofi and Big E out in one over-the-top-rope dive, and Kalisto hits a big sunset flip off the top rope on Xaview for the clean pin. The Lucha Dragons pick up another win over the tag team champs.
Like the storyline, don't love the execution. Becky Lynch and Brie Bella square off with Team B.A.D. ominously watching from the front row. Not even a minute into the match, Charlotte's music hits and the Diva's champ comes down to cheer on Becky. If she wanted to come watch, why didn't she walk with Becky a minute earlier? Why wouldn't you let Brie and Becky get into a little bit of a rhythm for a couple minutes before Charlotte arrives? It didn't fit well with the flow of events and the air got sucked out of the match. Much like her dad did on Monday, Charlotte trips Brie and allows Becky to lock in the dis-arm-her for the submission win. The post-match confrontation was very good, however, with Becky figuring out that Charlotte doesn't think she can win matches on her own without the interference.
Tonight's main event features Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler. The match plays out just as you would expect with Owens providing a good deal of offense and Ziggler playing the plucky underdog. Ziggler hits a modified version of the Zig-Zag on the outside of the ring into the barricade for some unique offense. Eventually, Owens loses his cool and gets disqualified after tossing Ziggler over the announce table. Intercontinental Champ Dean Ambrose comes down to make the save, but Owens slithers out of the ring, landing one more good shot on Ziggler before he departs. Ambrose leans in to check on Ziggler and eats a superkick for his trouble. Accidental? On purpose? We're not quite sure, but Owens certainly enjoyed it from his vantage point on the stage.