WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 24, 2021) with a show emanating from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, featuring all the latest build to the Day 1 pay-per-view event coming up on January 1, 2022.
Advertised for tonight: Charlotte Flair defends the SmackDown women’s championship against Toni Storm, Paul Heyman speaks for the first time after being fired by Roman Reigns, and there will be a 12 man gauntlet match to determine the top contender to the Intercontinental championship.
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 24
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s show.
We get footage of Paul Heyman being interviewed by Kayla Braxton earlier today.
She says she’s just here to get his side of the story and Paul says he told Roman Reigns the truth, and a truth he didn’t want to hear at that, and because of that he got fired and smashed in the face, embarrassed in public. Kayla asks him if he regrets telling the truth and he says no, because his role as special counsel was to tell Roman these uncomfortable truths.
He talks about being kicked out of Roman’s locker room like he’s a rookie and reiterates his claim that Reigns needs to be protected from Brock Lesnar. He talks about maybe picking up and starting again before saying maybe he has to acknowledge that his career is, most likely, over.
We get entrances and go to break before our opening match can begin.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Toni Storm (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Feeling out, Flair with an early edge but Storm holding her own, basement dropkick for two and Charlotte goes for a walk. Back inside, taking it to Toni, smashing her face into the turnbuckles, choking her over the middle rope, figure four headscissors applied.
Wrenching it in, letting Storm loose and into the corner, Toni with a small package but Flair knocks her to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair in control, goading Storm over and over, lariat for two! Jawing at her, drawing her up, Toni snaps off a suplex for breathing room! Corner hip attack, waistlock broken with an elbow, Charlotte charges in, blocks the boot and lands a vicious elbow!
Dodge the knee drop to the leg, bridging German suplex... FLAIR KICKS OUT! Putting Storm face-first into the turnbuckle, Flair walks over her and climbs up top, nobody home on the moonsault but the standing moonsault connects... NOPE! Another cover, same result, off the ropes, Natural Selection but Toni pops up and hits a German suplex!
Over the back, Charlotte reverses, spinning toehold into the figure four leglock! Bridging up, Figure Eight applied! Storm rolls over and reverses and gets the ropes! Off the ropes, big boot, a second sends Toni crashing through the ropes and to the floor!
To the floor, Storm bounces Flair’s face off the post, windmill punches, back inside, Flair with an O’Connor roll and a handful of tight but referee Ryan Tran catches her! European clutch from Toni, backslide, small package, all nearfalls, Flair reverses...
Charlotte Flair wins by pinfall with a small package to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
We get a recap of the Madcap Moss / Happy Corbin shenanigans with Drew McIntyre’s sword from last week.
New Day are hanging out backstage when Drew McIntyre rolls up with his sword. They talk about how Drew is always ready for battle and they’re ready to hand out Season’s Beatings.
Rick Boogs appears to play in Shinsuke Nakamura, who will be overseeing the crowning of his #1 contender in our gauntlet match, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Xia Li cuts a promo on Natalya, saying she’s known women like her her entire life and she won’t fear her, she’ll fight her.
Angel Garza vs. Cesaro vs. Drew Gulak vs. Erik vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Ivar vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Mansoor vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shanky vs. Sheamus (WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match Gauntlet Match)
Garza and Mansoor to start, Mansoor with a Manhattan Drop, side headlock, shot off, Angel tears his pants off and fires off some kicks, underhooks...
Angel Garza eliminates Mansoor by pinfall with the Wing Clipper.
Erik is out third.
Angel with a boot, up top, diving moonsault to the floor but Erik catches him and hits a bodyslam on the floor! Viking fired up, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Erik with right hands, up and over, judo throw, big knee, cover... NOPE! German suplex follows, folding press, still just a two count! Tripping Erik up, smashing his face into the mat, Wing Clipper connects...
Angel Garza eliminates Erik by pinfall with Wing Clipper.
Shanky is out fourth.
Shanky coming in with a lariat, fireman’s carry...
Shanky eliminates Angel Garza with a Wasteland.
Ivar is out fifth.
Shanky with a boot to cut him off, Ivar with body blows, corner lariat, Bronco Buster connects! Up top...
Ivar eliminates Shanky by pinfall with a 747 Splash.
Sheamus is out sixth.
Front kick, punches, Ivar lights him up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus with a reverse chinlock while Ridge Holland watches his idol intently. Ivar fights out, big side slam, calling for the raid to continue, elbows blcok, Banzai Drop out of the corner can’t keep the Celtic Warrior down! Fireman’s carry, Warbeard slips out, Sheamus is ready...
Sheamus eliminates Ivar by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Drew Gulak is out seventh...
Sheamus eliminates Drew Gulak by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Cesaro is out eighth, with taped ribs.
Fighting on the floor, Cesaro inside with a diving crossbody for two! Finlay Roll, back suplex as Sheamus takes control, elbows and clubbing blows to the ribs, armbar as the Swiss Superman tries to steel his resolve to fight back into it. Body blows back the Celtic Warrior into the corner, whip across, boot up, missile dropkick!
Giant swing, corner uppercut, Ridge Holland runs interference and Sheamus takes advantage...
Sheamus eliminates Cesaro by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Ricochet is out ninth.
Ricochet running hot, Asai Moonsault and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ricochet lighting Sheamus up with strikes but he gets caught by the Irish Curse! Reverse chinlock applied, trying to grind the high flyer down, Ricky comes back with punches, off the ropes, powerslam from the Celtic Warrior gets a two count!
Beats of the Bodhran, dragging Ricochet into position, off the top but nobody’s home! Ricky with a DDT... ONLY TWO! Leg kicks, chops, Ricochet floats over, drop toehold into the corner, springboard crossbody, quebrada... KNEES UP, REVERSED INTO A SMALL PACKAGE FOR TWO!
Hanging Sheamus over the top rope, springboard lariat, standing moonsault... NO GOOD! Ridge Holland runs interference, Sheamus knees Ricky to the floor! Cesaro returns and takes Ridge out, Ricochet with a dropkick to the back...
Ricochet eliminates Sheamus by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Humberto Carrillo is out tenth.
Sheamus lays Ricochet out with a Brogue Kick before leaving!
Referee Jessika Carr makes sure Ricochet is good and ready, Carrillo lays into him, moonsault off the top but Ricky gets his knees up! Recoil connects...
Ricochet eliminates Humberto Carrillo by pinfall with Recoil.
Jinder Mahal is out eleventh.
Mahal in strong, Ricochet reverses Khallas...
Ricochet eliminates Jinder Mahal by pinfall with a victory roll.
Sami Zayn is out last and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Zayn is on top of Ricochet and mauling him with punches. Kicks, drawing him up, whip into a lariat for two! Sami up on the second rope, Ricky tries to cut him off and gets booted down. Ricochet snaps off a leaping Frankensteiner... NOPE!
Leg kicks and chops, Blue Thunder Driver blocked, reversed into a crossbody for two! Running dropkick, nobody home, Blue Thunder Driver... NOT ENOUGH! Elbows to the back, setting up, Ricochet fires up with elbows, Zayn gets the exploder suplex into the corner!
Lying in wait, charging in but Ricky nails him with a superkick! Fireman’s carry... BENADRYLLER CAN’T KEEP SAMI ZAYN DOWN! Up top, jockeying for position, shooting star press off the top but Zayn gets the knees up! Exploder suplex into the corner, waiting for him to get up...
Sami Zayn wins, last eliminating Ricochet by pinfall with the Helluva Kick to become #1 contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
We get another recap of the Reigns/Heyman breakdown and to go break.
Back from commercial, we get a nice career retrospective video package for Paul Heyman.
We get entrances for our main event and go to break.
Drew McIntyre & New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Madcap Moss & the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (Miracle on 34th Street Fight)
Woods and Jey to start, Xavier with a side headlock, shot off, duck a lariat, slide under, block a superkick and he lays Uso out with a rolling elbow for two! Tag made, off the ropes, Kingston with a Penalty Kick, running double teams, cover for two. Jey rams him into the corner, tag to Jimmy and they work Kofi over.
Tags made, McIntyre in on Moss, big right hands get a throat thrust and Madcap backs him into the corner with punches. Drew explodes out with a lariat, chops, Future Shock DDT connects and the match breaks down with the Usos and New Day brawling on the floor!
Fireman’s carry, Happy Corbin runs in with a candy cane kendo stick and beats McIntyre up! Usos and New Day fighting up on the stage, throwing each other into presents and through Christmas trees as we go to break.
Back from commercial, the heels are running hot, Moss beating McIntyre down in the ring while the Usos work on Xavier Woods, smashing him with presents. Madcap with a straight suplex and the Usos smash Kofi between two Christmas trees before jousting Woods with the trees!
Moss with boots up, Xavier hits a Van Daminator on Jimmy Uso and Jey has a bad experience with some eggnog! Kofi and Jimmy at it in the ring, leaping lariat, Boom Drop! Kingston brings some cookies into the ring, up top... DIVING COOKIE SHEET SMASHES TO THE FLOOR! Madcap hammering Drew with right hands, but he runs into a lariat!
McIntyre with lariats, belly-to-belly suplexes, jumping neckbreaker into the kip-up! Counting down, Corbin runs interference and blocks the Claymore, sending Drew chasing him around the ring! Kofi corners him with a candy cane kendo stick and Happy decides to square up until Kingston dumps a pitcher of eggnog over his head!
McIntyre dumps a pitcher each over Moss’ and Corbin’s heads! Rolling Madcap back inside...
Drew McIntyre & New Day win by pinfall with Claymore from McIntyre on Madcap Moss.
Babyfaces celebrate and throw shirts to the crowd.
That’s the show, folks.