WWE Smackdown Live Review 12.12.17 w/ The Chairman
We’re six days away from Clash of Champions where every title on Smackdown Live is on the line. We still however have one more episode of Smackdown Live to go. The main event featured Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens, find out who walked out victorious. Also find out what other matches were added to Clash of Champions.
The show begins with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens backstage wearing Daniel Bryan YES t-shirts only the shirts say YEP. The duo are planning an occupy Smackdown Live movement.
AJ Styles heads to the ring and criticizes Jinder Mahal’s reign as WWE Champion and how he needed help from Great Khali and the Singh Brothers to retain his title. This prompted the Singh Brothers to come to the ring. The Singh Brothers tell Styles they’re no longer with Jinder and will stand in his corner at Clash of Champions. Styles however shows pictures of the WWE tour in India from last week where the Singh Brothers were with Jinder. Moments later Jinder comes out, but Styles tells him not to bother coming down. Styles says he’s isn’t falling for an ambush and that their match Sunday will be one on one as he attacks Samir and Sunil. Jinder stands on the apron and starts yelling at Styles for a moment.
Charlotte Flair vs Ruby Riott (w/ Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)
Charlotte is putting her Smackdown Live Women’s Championship on the line against Natalya at Clash of Champions in a lumberjack match so of course Natalya is joining for commentary. Charlotte starts the match with some early offense which prompts Ruby to retreat outside before the break.
After the break Ruby gets drilled into the corner by an STO from Charlotte. Charlotte then delivers the big boot which prompts Sarah Logan to jump onto the apron. Chaos breaks out as Charlotte throws Riott outside and then ends up taking down all the Riott Squad members. Natalya confronts Charlotte and gets attacked even. Charlotte continues fighting off the Riott Squad, but Natalya takes Charlotte out with a clothesline to throw the match out.
The Riott Squad end up getting Charlotte in the ring. Charlotte tries fighting them off, but the numbers game is too strong. The Riott Squad get her on the outside and start using the steel steps. The Riott Squad plan something big, but Naomi returns and makes the save. She drills Logan and Morgan with a double dropkick then beats down Ruby Riott in the ring before her stablemates save her. As the Riott Squad reach the stage, they get ambushed by Carmella, Tamina, and Lana.
WINNER: Charlotte Flair by disqualification
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Most of the in ring action for the match took place during commercial which was unfortunate. Clearly the intent was to show the post match theatrics more. Worst part is how similar these new female trios on Raw and Smackdown receive the same booking. Last night Absolution gets beat down by the other women of Raw and now tonight Riott Squad get beat down on Smackdown. I think Absolution will be okay with an established star Paige as the leader, but Riott Squad could easily end up becoming enhancement talents to Charlotte, Becky, and Naomi in a matter of weeks.
Backstage Daniel Bryan is on the phone with Shane McMahon talking about Clash of Champions. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn stop by and drop off an occupy Smackdown Live flyer.
Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler
Bobby Roode joins for commentary as he’s wrestling Corbin and Ziggler at Clash of Champions in a triple threat match for the United States Championship. The match doesn’t last long as the second both men are down, Roode ambushes Ziggler with a Glorious DDT throwing the match out. Sure enough, he gives Corbin a Glorious DDT as well.
WINNER: Baron Corbin by disqualification
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Well for the second week in a row, we pretty much get the same exact match and finish. Only we’re changing the wrestlers around where last week Ziggler was the one on commentary and this week it was Roode. I still would’ve preferred this feud to focus just on Corbin and Roode, but somehow Ziggler ended up tossed into this. Guess we’ll see what happens Sunday…
Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) vs Local Talents
Before the match it was announced Harper and Rowan would take on Breezango at Clash of Champions. As for tonight, it was another squash for the Bludgeon Brothers.
WINNER: Bludgeon Brothers via pinfall
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: The highlight of this squash was the girlish scream one of the local talents did when the Bludgeon Brothers finished him off. Hopefully this was the last of these squash matches being they have a big match Sunday vs Tyler Breeze and Fandango and Rowan and Harper actually do something meaningful.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come to the ring talking about their problems the past nine months and their issues with Shane McMahon. They decide to launch the YEP! Movement and tell everyone to occupy the ring. Nobody shows up of course until Daniel Bryan. Bryan goes to the ring and is confused on what Owens and Zayn are doing. Owens and Zayn tell Bryan that their current situation was similar to the same one he had. Bryan told them his situation was completely different and that the YES! Movement was about the fans. Bryan however did want to make sure that Owens and Zayn’s match at Clash of Champions was fair so he appointed himself as the second special guest referee.
The Usos vs Rusev & Aiden English
New Day joins for commentary eating pancakes. Aiden English is singing his twelve days of Rusev until the Usos head the ring and degrade English for a variety of things. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin come out and speak their mind regarding the fatal four way tag team title match at Clash of Champions as well. The match finally gets underway just as a break begins.
Smackdown Live returns with Rusev holding Jey Uso in a bearhug. After Rusev lets up, tags are made and Jimmy Uso gets some offense in on Aiden English including a Samoan Drop. English gets superkicked and was thought to be finished, but Rusev breaks up the pin. Things get chaotic in the end of this one as Aiden distracts the referee while Rusev lands a Machka Kick on Jimmy on the outside. Aiden takes advantage and hits the Director’s Cut to win the match.
WINNERS: Aiden English and Rusev via pinfall
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Rusev and Aiden English are picking up some huge wins the past few weeks. They are definitely now a threat in this fatal four way match at Clash of Champions. The Usos and New Day have been dominating the tag team scene all year and we all know what Gable and Benjamin can do as well. I’m excited for this match at Clash!
Backstage Renee is with AJ Styles. Styles said he wasn’t fooled by the Singh Brothers earlier in the show and he doesn’t need anyone’s help. He then is ambushed backstage by Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers.
The Clash of Champions Kickoff show is going to feature Mojo Rawley vs Zack Ryder.
Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Randy Orton) vs Kevin Owens (w/ Sami Zayn)
Before the match Renee interviews Orton and Nakamura about Owens and Zayn briefly. Daniel Bryan joins the commentary team for the main event. Owens dominates most of the match in the early going. Nakamura works a little offense in, but it’s mostly Owens and he whips Nakamura into the barricade before the break.
After the break, Owens and Nakamura exchange blows. Nakamura drills Owens with a running dropkick. Nakamura then traps Owens in the corner with Good Vibrations. Nakamura then hangs Owens in the corner and delivers a knee strike into a pin. Owens kicked out. Nakamura then lifts Owens up the ropes looking for a superplex. Owens manages to fight out of it with a series of headbutts. Owens goes for a senton, but Nakamura blocks it by getting his knees up. Nakamura tries for an exploder suplex, but can’t get it. Sure enough the referee gets knocked out which prompts Daniel Bryan to take over the duties. Nakamura takes Owens down with a kick and Bryan makes a two count. Zayn enters the ring and confronts Bryan, this prompts Orton to engage him and the two brawl on the outside. Nakamura in the ring measures up Owens for the Kinshasa, but Zayn having dealt with Orton leaps on the apron. Nakamura charges at Zayn, but the distraction was enough for Owens to take Nakamura out with the Pop Up Powerbomb for the win.
WINNER: Kevin Owens via pinfall
After the match, Renee interviews Owens and Zayn and they said that they’re the absolute best YEP! YEP! YEP!
CHAIRMAN’S TAKE: Decent main event. It was a match you wished there would’ve been something more on the line and possibly seen on a pay per view. Either or, there are some key elements in the story going into Sunday. Bryan getting involved as the ref will create tension between himself and Shane McMahon. Zayn and Owens are fighting for their careers and McMahon will do whatever it takes to rid the WWE of Zayn and Owens. Clash may not be the best ppv of 2017, but there are a few matches to give it a look at least.
RATING: 4 out of 10. The show wasn’t good. Go home shows are usually very good or very bad and this one was bad. The main event between Owens and Nakamura was definitely solid. I’m also getting behind Rusev and Aiden English as an upcoming tag team so I’m excited to see whether or not they become a staple in the solid tag division of Smackdown Live. However the women’s division on the blue brand is a complete mess right now. Bludgeon Brother squash matches are getting really old. The United States Championship scene has been diluted by Ziggler’s unnecessary addition and the fact they did the exact same thing with these three superstars as last week is lazy writing. Styles and Mahal is the WWE Championship match, but is playing second string to Shane McMahon once again because you know the tag match will be the main event. Of course Mahal isn’t a main event caliber superstar, never should’ve won the title in the first place, and the second Styles gets a new feud the better. With that, thanks for reading and enjoy Clash of Champions this Sunday.