The following are the results of the Smackdown tapings, the first for the USA Network, from Laredo, Texas:
– John Cena opens Smackdown to a huge pop. He demands a rematch with Alberto Del Rio for the United States championship, but Del Rio taunts him in return. The pair seemed destined to have their rematch at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
* Kalisto Def. Alberto Del Rio in what was said to be a great non-titled match. It’s interesting that Kalisto went over here, he’s been on a slight role since winning his slammy award.
– The Miz comes out to host MizTV, but is interrupted by WWE Tag Team Champions the New Day. They talk about Chris Jericho, but are interrupted by Dolph Ziggler, then Goldust, then R-Truth, then Neville. This leads to a match.
* Goldust, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, & Neville Def. The New Day and the Miz. The random assortment of Face wrestlers with seemingly no current direction are able to pick up a win over the tag team champions and WWE’s version of Ryan Seacrest.
* Charlotte (c) Def. Becky Lynch after an assist from Ric Flair. This should also lead to a final encounter at the Royal Rumble.
* Dean Ambrose (c) Vs. Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship ends in a Double Countout after they brawl around ringside and to the backstage area. This ends Smackdown. This feud has been picking up steam and it seems as though it has left Dolph Ziggler in the dust.
Another interesting point was that current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns did not appear on the broadcast.