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Smackdown TV report for 12/30/2022

Arena: Amalie Arena
City: Tampa, FL

Bray Wyatt comes out first. Bray says he doesn’t think of himself as a good person and doesn’t regret much but he feels sorry for attacking the camera man last week. As he goes to apologize to the camera man, L.A. Knight interrupts him. Knight says he paid someone to come down last week in that Howdy outfit to take the heat off him and he used to be a force but now all he is is a loser. Knight says Royal Rumble is coming down the pipe and it is going to be his first one and he wants to make it a special one and says he is going to do that by breaking Bray like dishes.

Bray asks the little idiot who does he think he’s talking to. Bray says it is time to remind him and the rest of the world just how cruel he can be and accepts the match.

Uncle Howdy makes his appearance. Uncle Howdy comes to the ring with Bray and Knight already there. Uncle Howdy then takes out Bray. Knight gets out of the ring and asks what’s going on. None of this makes sense. Howdy then goes to the back.

Sami Zayn is show walking in the back and knocks on the Bloodline’s dressing room door and Heyman answers and tells Sami how proud the Tribal Chief was with him standing in the ring in front of everyone and declaring his loyalty to the Bloodline, then backtracked and said it was interesting to see as he stood there with the Bloodline and everyone is chanting “Sami, Sami.” Heyman’s phone then rings and he tells Sami no more stalling techniques, time to go in and then had a weird look on his face after Sami walked in the door.

Sheamus VS. Solo Sikoa

Prior to the match, Michael Cole sent his condolences to the family of Don West, the former TNA personality who sadly passed away.

As Sheamus has Solo in a clover leaf, Jey distracts the referee and Jimmy pulls Solo to the rope. Ridge and Butch start fighting with the Usos. Sheamus off the top rope takes out everyone but they were able to ram Sheamus in the steel post and rolled him into Solo who gave him the Samoan Spike for the win.

Winner: Solo Sikoa

After the match, they continued to beat down Sheamus and put a chair around his neck but before Solo could run and kick him, Drew McIntyre came out and the Brawling Brutes and McIntyre sent the Bloodline off to the back.

Ronda Rousey VS. Raquel Rodriguez for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

As Raquel went for a pin, Shayna Baszler who was out there with Ronda put Ronda’s foot on the rope. Then Raquel put Rousey up on the rope and climbed up and as she climbed up, Ronda hooked her in an arm bar and they fell to the mat. Raquel had to immediately tap with her already injured arm in the hold.

Winner and Still Smackdown Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey

After the match, Charlotte Flair makes her return to confront Rousey. Rousey asked her if she was challenging her for the Rumble and Charlotte says no, no, no I am challenging you for tonight. Shayna tries to talk Ronda out of it and Rousey hands the belt to the ref who rang the bell.

Ronda Rousey VS. Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

Charlotte quickly kicked Ronda in the face but only a two count. Charlotte kicks Baszler then spears Ronda but Ronda rolled though to put her in the arm bar but Charlotte reversed the arm bar for the pin and new champion.

Winner and New Smackdown Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair

After the match Charlotte jumps in the crowd and celebrates with the fans.

They show Dominik Mysterio getting arrested when he and Rhea went to Rey Mysterio’s house on Christmas. Dominik says don’t let them take me, I won’t make it in jail.

In the back, The New Day is with Ricochet, Madcap Moss, Maximum Male Models, Top Dollar and Ashante with everyone joking about Top Dollar’s botch of jumping over the top rope last week. Top Dollar ends up pushing Ricochet.

Imperium is in the ring. Kaiser and Vinci put over Gunther as the best Intercontinental Champion, then show a video package of past title defenses but before Gunther could say anything, Braun Strowman comes to the ring. Strowman says one thing about your video, I clearly wasn’t in it. There might not be a man on Smackdown that can beat you but what about a monster. Imperium turned to walk away but Strowman stops them and says I am not asking you boy. Imperium then attacks Strowman, but Strowman gets but best of them until Strowman goes for the Strowman Express and Gunther moves and shoves Strowman into the barricade then attacks him with a chair then into the steps.

Gunther then puts Strowman in an arm lock in the ring and Imperium kept pulling officials out of the ring, but Ricochet comes with a chair and hits Vinci on his way to the ring and Gunther bails out before Ricochet could hit him.

Kevin Owens & John Cena VS. Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn

After being taken out outside by Roman and Sami, Cena was able to climb back onto the apron and Owens was able to tag Cena and he slams Sami and Roman comes in and he slams Roman as well and tags Owens who do a double you can’t see me fist. Roman falls out of the ring and Owens hits a stunner on Sami to get the win.

Winners: Kevin Owens and John Cena

Joe Adams
Joe Adams
Born, raised, and living in Pennsylvania, Joe has been a wrestling fan since the early 80's. He also likes the NFL, playing Madden Football on consoles, and camping. He is a proud father of four kids.

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