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WWE SmackDown Live results (Jan. 30, 2018): Royal Rumble fallout

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 30, 2018) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring the fallout show from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in at the very same venue.

Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura is your new number one contender, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


This is a call to arms, will you stand beside me? This is our time to fight, no more compromising. And this blackened heart will sing for sad solidarity. Halo over our demise, following a god so blind. Sallow in their sickening, but me, I’m just here to liveblog this wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Shinsuke Nakamura being announced as the winner of the men’s Royal Rumble and making his entrance.

He says at the Royal Rumble, Sami Zayn? Knee to the face. John Cena? Knee to the face. Roman Reigns? Knee to the face. At WrestleMania, AJ Styles? Knee to the face, and new WWE Champion.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their entrance and KO asks the crowd to give it up for Shinsuke. He says he can point at the sign and talk about how he’s gonna beat AJ Styles all he wants, but two nights ago they were screwed out of their title. They should be standing here tonight as the very first WWE co-Champions, but instead he got pinned when he wasn’t the legal man.

Once again they were victims of the vendetta machine constructed by Shane McMahon, hell bent on holding them down. Sami says the referee has one job, protect the integrity of the match at all costs, and Kev never tagged in, he just got caught up in the heat of the moment, and his passion coupled with the incompetence of the referee and any way you slice it AJ Styles pinned the wrong man.

Kev says they have the right for another shot, and it won’t be AJ that Shinsuke will face at WrestleMania, it’ll be them. Nakamura fires back that Styles is a winner and they’re losers.

Enter AJ Styles. He says Owens and Zayn can cry and complain all they want, but a dream match is gonna happen in New Orleans on the grandest stage of them all, and it’ll be between him and Shinsuke Nakamura. But right here, right now (Van Halen is kicking ass in America?), in Philly, in the House That AJ Styles Built, he wants to turn the dream match into a dream team and take on Kevin and Sami right here tonight.

KO and Zayn leave rather than answer but turn around. Sami asks if he really wants this match... and gives him “Nope!” for an answer, so he and Shinsuke rush the apron and clobber them down with forearms!

Commentary hypes up a United States Championship #1 contender’s four-way and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a still picture recap of the Royal Rumble.

Daniel Bryan is in his office when Owens and Zayn roll up. He says AJ doesn’t have the power to make matches, but he does, and they thank him before he goes on and makes the tag match Styles proposed. They complain about the injustice but Bryan says the referee’s decision is final and he watched the tape from a million different angles and it was a mistake.

Owens says a mistake is when you set your alarm wrong, not a life-altering catastrophe like that, and Dan knows they deserve another title shot. Bryan says he does agree, and promises them another opportunity. Sami hugs him and Bryan says next week, he’s gonna have a huge match where the winner faces AJ at Fast Lane-- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn! It’s gonna be fantastic, he can’t wait!

Kev and Sami are, uh, less happy about it.

Jinder Mahal vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev vs. Zack Ryder (WWE United States Intercontinental Championship)

Pairing off, Rusev and Ryder head to the floor as Mahal beats on Kingston, off the ropes, duck a few lariats, sunset flip but Jinder sits down on him into a cover. Kofi returns a schoolboy, ducks another lariat but runs right into a knee strike! Zack in, he floats over Mahal and low bridges him before turning and blocking a punch from Rusev and taking it to him.

Rusev with the body avalanche over the ropes as Big E throws pancakes at commentary. Putting the boots to Ryder in the ring, meanwhile Jinder rolls Kingston back in, stomping away at him as well. Fending the heels off, Kofi suplexes Zack but he counters to a neckbreaker! Jinder right on him, crossface strike, clubbing blow, whip across, Ryder hits a facebuster and clotheslines him to the floor!

Off the ropes, diving dropkick to the floor, Kingston follows it up with the turning trust fall senton! Rusev’s fired up, hopping, off the ropes... but Sunil Singh stops him short. Aiden English comes around to jaw at him and throws him into the New Day, knocking their pancakes to the floor! Referee Jason Ayers throws everybody out and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Mahal whips Kofi at the ringpost but he jumps over, comes back... and gets thrown right into the steps anyway. Jinder tosses Rusev into the barricade, rolls Ryder inside, and covers him for two. Overhead elbow, stomps, punches to Rusev when he comes in but the Bulgarian Brute starts getting them through the line. Duck a lariat, big roundhouse kick and a second follows when he tries to get up right after!

Charging at him in the corner, Jinder heads outside after and Ryder capitalizes, corner knees and a missile dropkick set Rusev in the corner for repeated forearm strikes. Down and out, Broski Boot connects but Mahal kicks his head off with a superkick... NOPE! Kingston in with a diving axehandle, Boom Drop follows, he’s tuning up the band with claps but Zack runs over so he shifts gears, SOS!

Jinder makes the save and wipes him out with a lariat but Rusev dumps the Modern-Day Maharaja to the floor. He stacks Kofi on top of Zack, stomp to the back but Jinder slips in with a schoolboy for a nearfall! Big running knee follows and he’s fired up! Calling for it but Rusev breaks the cobra clutch and Gallon Throws Ryder into a Rough Ryder on him!

Match breaks down a bit, Rusev and Kofi jockeying for position, he blocks SOS and locks the Accolade on...

Rusev wins by submission with the Accolade on Kofi Kingston, becoming #1 contender to the WWE United States Championship.

Rusev goes over for a quick staredown with Bobby Roode (who’s been on commentary this entire time) and we’re informed the title match will be next week.

The Usos cut a promo from the bowels of the arena about how they have the tag division on lock and everybody needs to listen to what they got to say because they’re coming live and in living color... after the break.

Back from commercial we get tossed to the Fashion Files.

Breezango are building their own top ten, and it’s all them, except #10, which is the Ascension. The Ascension are right there screening questions for them, like what kind of conditioner they use. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin roll up and Gable calls them clowns that are embarrasing their division. Tyler Breeze asks if it’s about as embarrassing as losing to the Usos twice.

Gable and Benjamin ask if they think they can win tonight but they give them the answer for them, “no”, and flip the table on their way out.

The Usos make their entrance and get in the ring for a promo. If this is the city of brotherly love, they want some love for the tag champs. They said they were gonna get silly in Philly and on Sunday they beat Gable and Benjamin 2-0, but it ain’t new because they’ve been sweeping through the division since they came to SmackDown. Roll call-- American Alpha? Locked down. American Alpha II? Locked down. Hype Bros? Locked down. Breezango? Locked down. New Day? Locked down. Even Sheamus and Cesaro, who aren’t on SmackDown, are behind bars.

When they say day one ish it’s not about moving merch, it’s a lifestyle, about being 100 and true to yourself. The struggle to wake up in the morning, get good grades, any struggle you go through, but it only makes you stronger, and that’s why they struggle together. And that makes them different from every tag team in the locker room, because they share their struggle and only get stronger together.

It don’t matter whether you’re from the Club, the Bar, the Shield, or if you’re brothers yourself, they’re not saying they’re the best tag team, but... they’re the best tag team. Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary. They go to leave but music hits and out come the Bludgeon Brothers. They set down their hammers and gear next to the Usos and continue to the ring to send us to break.

Back from commercial in time for the bell!

Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) vs. Rory Gulak & ???

Harper starts with one dude and beats on him in the corner, tag, assisted whip, freight train crossbody block and Luke tags back in. Rowan hoists the guy on his shoulder and approaches Rory Gulak, who turns and goes to run away but sees Harper right there. Erick makes the tag for Rory and then Harper hits the boot on him! World’s Strongest Slam on the other guy with Gulak in the corner, tag made.

Body avalanche, assisted Brodie Bomb and now Rory is isolated...

Bludgeon Brothers win by pinfall with the double crucifix powerbomb on Rory Gulak.

Daniel Bryan gets a handcam promo talking about how they’re always trying to make the show more interesting and engaging so he’s introducing an official top ten that will be voted on by the roster. There are a few ground rules, the first is that he and Shane won’t have votes, and the other rule is that you can’t vote for yourself. He’s very excited about it.

Shane McMahon is on his phone in his office talking about how great the Royal Rumble was when Tye Dillinger rolls up. Tye says any other day he’d be all about a top ten list, but he’s here to talk about the Royal Rumble. It was a chance at WrestleMania that was taken from him--

Baron Corbin rolls up to complain about Bryan handing another opportunity to Owens and Zayn. Shane says he agrees and will talk to Bryan about it and Baron asks if he’s changed his last name or if he’s still in charge and a McMahon. Tye butts in and Corbin asks if he’s still here, to which Dillinger says he’s here but Baron’s Money in the Bank briefcase isn’t.

Shane says they settle things in the ring here and makes a match between them.

Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial we get a video package hyping up Ronda Rousey’s debut at the Royal Rumble.

Charlotte Flair is interviewed about the women’s Royal Rumble. She was really proud to watch history being made, but as she sat there it was the first time in her career she didn’t want to be champion. She wanted to be in that ring with all those legends, see if she could hold her own, and maybe outlast everyone from #3 like some guy she knows.

And then the moment came, she was in the ring with Alexa Bliss and Asuka... and then, Ronda Rousey. All she knows is that she’s walking into WrestleMania as SmackDown Women’s Champion, but who’s standing across from her in New Orleans? Is it--

Enter the Riott Squad. Ruby Riott says to forget about Asuka and Rousey, does Charlotte hear herself? Her ego is as big as her father’s-- of course she thinks she’d win the Rumble and of course she thinks she can pick her opponent at WrestleMania. Ruby’s known people like her at every stage of her career, incredibly talented and incredibly entitled.

But there’s only one Ruby Riott, the way she talks, looks, and acts, but Flair is just a cheap imitation of her father. The Squad get in the ring and Riott continues, saying Charlotte’s time is over and if it’s up to her, she won’t even make it to WrestleMania. Flair asks if she’s done yet and Wooo!s in her face, and we got a brawl! Mounted punches from Charlotte, Sarah Logan pulls her off but the champion fends them off and clears the ring!

Second try and they manage to use That Damned Numbers Game to overwhelm Flair! Basement superkick lays her the rest of the way out! Logan hits the cartwheel knee drop and Ruby kicks at her a few times to set up Liv Morgan’s slingshot stomp! They drag Charlotte up and Ruby puts her down with the Riott Kick! The Squad go to leave... and Carmella comes down with her briefcase!

She’s cashing in! ...except referee Danilo Anfibio takes a bit too long to hand the case over to the ring announcer and Flair dodges a kick that hits him square in the back and knocks him off the mat! Carmella turns around and sees an angry Flair staring her down and gets the hell outta Dodge.

Shinsuke Nakamura is warming up backstage when AJ Styles rolls up to ask him about his plans for tonight. Shinsuke says he’s gonna beat him at WrestleMania. AJ asks him again and again Nakamura says he’s gonna beat him at WrestleMania. Styles asks if he’s messing with him and again Shinsuke starts saying he’s gonna beat him... before swerving and saying he’s messing with him and they’ll be fine out there... as long as AJ listens to him.

Tye Dillinger makes his entrance but we run a Mixed Match Challenge hype reel and go to break before the match can begin.

Back from commercial, Carmella is interviewed and scoffs at the notion that what just happened was bad luck. She spins it like she was just trying to show Charlotte that she can strike at any time and she’d never dream of cashing in with a broken nail.

Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger

Circling, Baron walks into a kick from Dillinger and falls to the outside where the Perfect Ten stays on him, punching away and throwing him into the barricade. Diving forearm off the steps, another right, he rolls Corbin in the ring and chops him hard in the corner but Baron gets a knee off and uses it to set up mounted punches in the middle of the ring.

Hard whip to the corner, body avalanche, Tye throwing right hands, off the ropes, front kick blocks the back body drop but the Lone Wolf lays him out with a single punch! He dumps Dillinger to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Corbin is in control with the half nelson neck crank, Dillinger gets to his feet, escapes with body blows but takes a knee and gets whipped to the corner. Up and over, Baron slides out and back in, Tye ducks the lariat and passes Corbin into the post hard! Left hands, Corbin shoves him away, off the ropes, flying forearm, he blocks the pop-up knee and hits a pump kick!

Strike rush finishes with a lariat, he draws the big man up for a headbutt, follows it with chops, takes the knee pad down, fireman’s carry but Corbin slips out and clobbers him with a strike to the back of the head. Goozle, he lands the chokebreaker, wristlock...

Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with the short-arm End of Days.

Rusev Day get a handcam promo where Aiden sings about how next week can only end with victory on Rusev Day. Rusev tells Roode that Tuesday is his swansong as champion because he’ll machka. Roode gets a handcam promo where he circles Rusev Day on the calendar but notes that when you’re champion, your schedule fills up quickly, and he represents that by writing “glorious” across the calendar.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are in the locker room getting ready in silence and Sami speaks first. He says the good news is that one of them will be getting a title shot, but it’s a shame they have to wrestle each other. But hey, opportunity’s all they ever need. Owens says yeah, unless he fails, and Zayn ripostes about KO getting pinned. Kev shoots back about Sami getting eliminated in the Rumble so quickly.

Sami says at least tonight they won’t fail because Kev’s in his corner, and Owens says he won’t fail... tonight.

We get an ad for WWE 24 and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another still picture recap of the Royal Rumble.

This feeds into hype for 205’s general manager announcement tonight, featuring all the tweets from cruiserweight talent about who they want as GM.

Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin

Benjamin and Fandango to start, Shelton clobbers Tyler off the apron but Dango comes at him with chops. Whip reversed, front kick, duck a lariat but Benjamin catches him with the spinebuster! Grab a hammerlock, wrench it in for a minute, tag Gable in and he comes in with a big knee to the midsection. Knee drop armbreakers, drawing him up, off the ropes, Fandango ducks a lariat and hits a wheelbarrow bulldog for a nearfall!

Chop, whip, Gable slides low and picks Breeze off the apron! Shoulder block back in, he tries to slingshot and Dango counters for a two count! Rolling Koppo kick connects, nearfall in return and the Olympian locks a top wristlock on. Off the ropes, Fandango with a schoolboy, duck the lariat, tag to Tyler! In with kicks, ducks a lariat from Benjamin, lays him out with a kick!

Corner forearm, but he ducks lariat and Gable catches him with a waistlock. Blind tag, Chad crossbodies Dango to the floor, Shelton has an electric chair, Tyler tries to reverse to a Frankensteiner, blocked, Gable comes off the top...

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin win by pinfall with the powerbomb / diving lariat combination.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a hype video for WrestleMania focusing on the party atmosphere in New Orleans.

AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Owens and Styles to start, KO gets a waistlock, standing switch, block the German suplex and Kev picks the leg to escape. AJ with the kip-up Frankensteiner but Owens heads to his corner and tags Zayn in. Tag to Nakamura, Sami grabs an armbar but Shinsuke is able to reverse and force him to the ropes for his weird break, which Owens is none too happy about.

Knee drop, Good Vibrations, Styles tags back in. Punch to the kidney, Zayn with a kick, side headlock applied, shoot off, leapfrog, drop down, dropkick connects and AJ stops Sami from getting away for the tag! Nakamura tags back in, but Zayn gets him in the corner and tags Owens in to put boots to him. Drawing him up, right hand, crossface blow, kick to the back, tag back to Zayn.

Sami in with punches, referee Jason Ayers warns him off so he tags Kev back in. Right hand drops the King of Strong Style to one knee, following it with chops, whip reversed but KO has the back body drop scouted with a front kick. He doesn’t have the strike combo scouted and Nakamura’s able to hit a couple strong knees to the ribs and grab a front chancery for a moment.

Zayn runs interference and Owens is able to run Shinsuke over. KO yells at Sami for being on the floor and levels Nakamura with a short-arm lariat. Cover gets one and he keeps yelling at Zayn to get back in the corner when Nakamura knocks him out and into Sami. They bicker and Zayn starts walking out to send us to break.

Back from commercial and Owens has Styles locked in a reverse chinlock when the camera pans to reveal that Zayn hasn’t actually walked out yet. Clubbing AJ down as he tries to escape, but the champ lands on his feet after a back suplex and drops him with the Styles Rush! Off the ropes, sliding forearm, KO crawling and reaching and he’s up in the corner.

Corner lariat, fireman’s carry denied but Styles shifts gears and hits the back suplex facebuster... SAMI MAKES THE SAVE! He tags in, crossfaces into mounted punches, pulling AJ up and hitting him with a chop. Reverse chinlock applied, Owens is screaming for the tag but Zayn says he’s got it. A little bit of yelling later and he gives in and makes the tag.

Senton, tag right back, they bicker and Styles comes from behind! Owens fights him off but this is the last straw for Sami and he walks out for real this time! Back body drop puts the champ on the apron, springboard caught into a fireman’s carry gutbuster and a Vader Bomb elbow drop... NOPE! Kev knocks Nakamura off the apron, AJ off the ropes, he floats over the pop-up, Pele kick, tag to Shinsuke!

Nakamura ducks a lariat, off the ropes with a jump kick to set up the chest kicks, get him with the left when he catches the right, corner knee sets up the rope-hung knee! Fired up in the corner... and Owens rolls out of the ring. AJ brings him back in, Shinsuke lands a kick...

AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura win by pinfall with Kinshasa from Nakamura on Kevin Owens.

Sami Zayn is shown watching on a monitor backstage and he’s interviewed. Is this the end of their friendship? Nope, this is about the opportunity next week, and Kevin has had his opportunities, but Sami’s been overlooked and it’s his time. People call him KO’s best friend, next week they’re gonna call him the guy who beat Kevin Owens, and then he’s gonna be the guy who beat AJ Styles to become WWE Champion.

Styles and Nakamura celebrate for the crowd.

That’s the show, folks.