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WWE SmackDown spoilers (Dec. 25, 2018): Rusev vs. Nakamura, Christmas shenanigans, more!

Unlike last year, WWE will be giving their cast and crew the holidays off in 2018. For New Year’s week, that means turning some regular weekend house shows into tapings. For Christmas Eve & Day, it means taping after the live broadcast of Raw and SmackDown the week prior.

Team Blue did their double-dip in Fresno, California at the Save Mart Center on Dec. 18.

Here’s what will air next Tuesday, Dec. 25:

- Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows & The Usos def. SAnitY & The Bar via pinfall (The Club on Cesaro after a Magic Killer). The New Day were out on commentary in Santa costumes and the crowd got pancakes and a trombone carol after the match.

- Fabulous Truth hit the ring dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a Christmas dance break and a promo where R-Truth can’t get the name of the reindeer right. The new Daniel Bryan cuts them off to rail against consumerism and to warn that the Jolly Old Elf will be in trouble when global warming melts all the glaciers at the North Pole. Truth thinks he’s joking and Bryan says Truth’s career is a joke. They banter about the 30 spot in the Rumbles Fabulous Truth won via Mixed Match Challenge and Truth possibly challenging Bryan at ‘Mania, but Bryan says he can’t even count to 30 (which Truth then tries to disprove by doing it but screws up). It’s the set-up for another dance break, but DB attacks and slaps the LaBell Lock on Truth before leaving with his title held high.

- Mustafa Ali def. Andrade “Cien” Almas via pinfall after an 0-5-4

- Shane McMahon is the guest on a holiday edition of Miz TV. Shane puts over the “new era”, then Miz presses him on their tag team. Vince isn’t impressed enough by the A-Lister to make it happen apparently, but Miz wants Shane to put his money where his mouth is and do what the fans want. They ask the crowd if they should team up, which was said to have received a mixed/muted response. They take that as a “yes” though, and raise the World Cup trophy together before Miz ends the segment by leading a “YES” chant.

- Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe via countout. After what sounds like a standard/lengthy match, Joe rolled out to avoid Whisper in the Wind, so Jeff attacked him out there (and I guess rolled back in) to trigger the countout. They brawled afterwards and Hardy went for a Twist of Fate on the announce desk, but Joe countered into a Coquina Clutch. Officials had to pull him off and force him to leave

- Rusev def. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall after a Machka Kick to become the NEW United States champion. Lana celebrates with him to end the show.

Sound like a present you’ll be opening next Tuesday?

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