WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton (with Luke Harper)
As the Wyatts came to the ring, JBL spoke in quiet tones comparing the team to the legendary Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen tandem. There was a slight pop when the Wyatts’ entrance ended followed by a small “Randy” chant. The champions had control early, including Slater nailing a nice spinkick on Orton. Orton sent him up and over to the apron outside, where Wyatt swept his legs and sent him to the floor. When he returned, Orton picked him up and slammed him down over the ropes. Slater bounced back in, where he was nailed with the Garvin stomp. Wyatt tagged back in and worked over Slater, including a running splash in the corner.
Slater was deposited back out to the floor, where he struggled to get to his feet Orton set him up for the hanging DDT when Slater returned to the apron. Slater tried to fight him off but after Wyatt hit him, Orton caught him with his snap powerslam for a two count. Wyatt cinched in a side chinlock. He sent Slater into the ropes for a backdrop but Slater kicked him and made the tag. Rhyno cleaned house on Wyatt, including a shoulderblock off the buckles. Orton protected Wyatt but was knocked off the apron to the floor. Rhyno followed and tried to gore Orton on the floor but instead got Luke Harper, who took the bullet for Randy. When Rhyno returned to the ring, he was nailed with the RKO out of nowhere and pinned.
Winners: Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton
After the Match: Wyatt placed the belt on Harper’s shoulder, so it appears we will be looking at them defending under the Freebird rule perhaps. Orton then placed the other belt on Luke’s shoulder. The crowd really reacted for the Wyatts posing in triumph.
Backstage: We see The Wyatts and Bray says if they want to prove that they are the best team they can…Randy interrupts and says he was like American Alpha, he was naive and blind. He has seen the light. They proved it at Survivor Series and they will prove it tonight. Randy asks Luke if he will do what needs to be done against Kane.
Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton versus Chad Gable and Jason Jordan
Orton and Jordan start things off and Jordan with a waist lock. Orton with a standing switch but Jordan with a single leg take down. Jordan with a waist lock and Orton with an elbow and he sends Jordan into the turnbuckles. Jordan with an Irish whip but Orton with an elbow. Jordan with arm drags into an arm bar. We see Slater and Rhyno watching from the proper angle in the back.
Wyatt tags in and Jordan with a rollup followed by a bridge and he gets a few near falls. Gable tags in and he hits a series of shoulders in the corner and then Jordan tags in and they hit a double drop kick and Wyatt goes to the floor and he rearranges the announce table. Wyatt returns to the ring and he punches Jordan. Jordan goes for a cross body but Wyatt drops down and Jordan hits the ropes and bounces off and Wyatt gets a near fall. Orton tags in and he kicks Jordan. Oton drops Jordan on the top rope and he bounces in the air before hitting the mat and Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a stomp to the leg and he goes for a reverse chin lock. Jordan almost gets to his corner but Orton pulls him into teh center of the ring. Gable makes the blind tag and he hits a springboard cross body and he knocks Wyatt down in the corner. Gable is put on the turnbuckles and then he applies an arm bar submission in the ropes. Wyatt knocks Gable off the turnbuckles as we go to commercial. We are back and Wyatt with a splash into the corner and he gets a near fall on Gable. Wyatt sends Gable to the apron and then Wyatt punches Gable but Gable blocks it and he punches Wyatt. Wyatt with a kick and DDT on the apron for a near fall. Orton tags in and gets a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock. Gable with a punch and kick to Orton. Orton with a power slam and Orton gets a near fall. Wyatt tags in and he head butts Gable. Gable with a drop kick and both men are down. Wyatt knocks Jordan off the apron and Gable gets to his corner but Jordan is not there.
Wyatt with a splash into the corner followed by a uranage for a near fall. Wyatt punches Gable and Orton tags back in. Orton puts Gable on the turnbuckles. Orton takes his time to set up for the superplex but Gable with a punch. Gable blocks the superplex but Orton with an uppercut to crotch Gable. Orton with a superplex and he is a little groggy too. Wyatt and Jordan tag in and Jordan with forearms to Wyatt and a drop kick to Orton. Jordan with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then Jordan with a Saito Suplex for a near fall. Orton is sent to the floor and Gable hits a cannonball off the apron. Wyatt with a flying forearm for a near fall. Wyatt goes for the uranage but Jordan blocks it and he hits a German suplex. The lights are out and they come back on and Harper is at ringside. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but he takes too long. Gable with a drop kick. Orton with an RKO to Gable but Jordan with a shoudler in the corner. Jordan goes for a shoulder to Wyatt but Harper pulls Wyatt out of the way and Jordan hits the ring post and Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.
Winners: Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt
Men’s Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman) vs Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon)
The champions start off, and they go at it until all the other partners get in, and Rollins and Reigns start to team up against Team Smackdown. Shane tags in and cleans house, then AJ and Ambrose wind up working together to clear out the ring…but then they turn their attention on each other and start brawling. Shane McMahon tries to separate them, AJ nails Ambrose from behind, and Strowman comes in and hits a running powerslam to eliminate Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
Strowman drags Shane into the ring, and Shane unloads with a flurry of pounches, but Strowman is too big and crushes Shane with a splash in the corner. AJ tries for a Phenomenal forearm, but Strowman knocks him to the floor, then flattens Orton when he tries to come in. Bray Wyatt is in and goes face to face with Strowman, and Wyatt tells Strowman to attack Team Raw, and he goozles Jericho, then lets him go and clotheslines Wyatt’s had off. Strowman knocks Wyatt to the floor with a diving dropkick. Strowman goes after Wyatt and rams him into the ring apron. Orton gives Strowman an RKO into the announce table, then helps Wyatt up and they put Strowman on the table and Shane comes off the top rope with an elbowdrop to Strowman that sends them both through the table. The brawl continues on the floor, and AJ Styles dumps Shane back into the ring, but James Ellsworth holds Strowman’s foot from under the ring to prevent him from getting back in, and Strowman gets counted out.
Braun Strowman is eliminated.
Strowman beats Ellsworth up to the top of the ramp and tosses him off the stage into some production equipment before walking to the back. Owens is in the ring and working Shane over, does the Shane dance, and covers for 2. Jericho tags in and dropkicks Shane for 2, he goes for a Lionsault, but Shane gets the knees up and gets a small package on Jericho for 2. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Shane, another on Randy Orton, and he covers Shane for 2. Rollins tags in and puts the boots to Shane, then Jericho tags in and comes off the top with a splash that misses, and Shane tags Styles in. Styles goes to work on Jericho and hits an over the knee neckbreaker for 2. Jericho blocks the Styles Clash and goes for the Walls of Jericho, Styles breaks free and gets the Calf Crusher, and Jericho rams AJ’s head into the mat and goes for the Walls again, Styles reverses to a small package, Styles unlaods with a series of strikes, nails Owens on the apron, goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens comes in and nails styles with Jericho’s list and hits him with Jericho’s list. He gives styles the pop-up powerbomb as the referee calls for the DQ.
In Ring: Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Shane McMahon, AJ Styles, and James Ellsworth make their way to the ring. Edge says he has been watching Smackdown since the brand split. It is the land of opportunity. There is one person who personifies the beacon of light on this show and he says he wants to shake that man’s hand. AJ thinks Edge is talking about him, but he shakes James Ellsworth’s hand. James says he has been a fan of Edge’s his whole life. He would love to do the five second pose. AJ stops it from happening. He says it was stupid then and it is stupid now. AJ says he is the face that runs this place. No one cares about Ellsworth and no one cares about you. He tells Edge to ask a question to someone who matters on this team.
Edge asks his former tag team partner, Randy Orton if he is there. He wants to know what is going on. Edge asks Randy if Bray needs to hold a string in the middle of Randy’s back. Bray says the Randy that you know is dead. You will see a far more dangerous viper than before on Sunday. Edge says Shane has his work cut out on Sunday.Shane says nobody has to get along or like each other. For one night, they have to be on the same page. He says AJ is the World Champion and he may be the face that runs this place. One thing is for sure, this is our team. This is the money show and since you love your little cliches, maybe you will be competing in Shane-O-Macdown. AJ says that sounds stupid. AJ tells Shane they will stick together because of him and because he decided to be the bigger man and coexist with this hot head Dean Ambrose. He is someone who does not follow the plan and he punches someone on Raw.
Dean calls AJ a bonehead and says he is Kool and the Gang. When the match is over on Sunday, he will be coming after AJ and at TLC he will use every table, ladder, and chair to win his title back. AJ says he agreed to play nice at Survivor Series, but maybe he will and maybe he won’t. The lights go out and there is a blue tint in the building. The fires rise from the stage and the Undertaker makes his way to the ring. Undertaker looks at all of the members of the Smackdown men’s team. Taker says there could be no better man to be Commissioner of Smackdown than the man who has no fear. He says he is here for two reasons. Wrestlemania will no longer define who he is. He says he is back taking souls and digging holes. Survivor Series is where the Undertaker was born and Smackdown has always been his home. That brings him to the second reason he is out here. At this year’s Survivor Series, there is no reason to fear failure, but if you fail, you will have reason to fear the Dead Man.
Team Raw better REST IN PEACE.
In Ring: Shane says that Stephanie should get in there to and compete. Stephanie brings out Shane’s opponents on Sunday. Stephanie says they will show Shane how lazy and complacent they really are. As they stand around Shane and Daniel, Daniel asks if they think they came alone. Daniel gestures to the back and they come through the crowd.
They stand across from each other in the ring. Kevin says look who showed up. Kevin welcomes everyone to the Kevin Owens Show. He tells AJ to get that hair out of his face because on the Kevin Owens show, that belt means absolutely nothing. AJ takes a mic and he says this belt, the World Championship means nothing? Where he comes from, that thing on your shoulder says you are no more than a paper champion. This means he is the champ that runs the camp. He is the Face that Runs the Place. Kevin appreciates that AJ stole someone’s catchphrase. He says his title means more because he is holding it. He will prove it on Sunday. AJ tells Kevin the only thing he has proved is that he is still on Chris Jericho’s sugar tit. AJ reminds Kevin that he got along with Chris and past actions predict future before. Worry about getting that knife in your back or your name on the list.
Kevin says Chris will never turn his back on him because he is a better champion and a better friend. Chris hugs Kevin. Chris calls AJ a stupid idiot. Where you come from down there on Smackdown, he does not know how things work, but here, when you insult Chris Jericho and his best friend, do you know what happens? AJ Styles, YOU JUST MADE THE LIST. Chris tells AJ he does not like his stupid soccer mom hair so it made the list. Chris wants to know what the hell James Ellsworth is. Chris says it appears there is a lost child at ringside and he asks for his parents to pick him up. Chris says James is weird looking and he says weird looking guys on Raw . . . GET PUT ON THE LIST. Bray talks to Braun and he says he gave him the keys to the kingdom and this is how you repay him? You abandoned your brothers. You abandoned Bray. They destroy the monster that Bray created.
Orton and Strowman get face to face with each other. Seth says that Shane does not want to get into this fight. Braun took care of the New Day. Seth says you don’t know what to expect when him and Roman are on the same page.
Dean paces and he attacks Seth. Everyone brawls in and out of the ring. Strowman works over Shane and then he goes after Styles. Strowman throws Dean to the mat. Strowman with a splash to Shane. Ambrose and Styles work over Strowman but that does not work too well. Ambrose with a forearm and Styles with a forearm that does nothing. Shane with a forearm that sends him and Strowman over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose sends Rollins to the floor and then he hits a suicide dive. Jericho with a springboard drop kick to Styles. Orton with an RKO to Jericho. Roman with a Superman punch to Orton. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Roman with a Superman punch to Wyatt. Styles stops Reigns from a dive to the floor. Rollins with a Pedigree to Styles and then Rollins picks up Styles and Reigns power bombs Styles onto Team Smackdown on the floor.
Randy Orton vs. Kane – No Disqualification Match
Orton went right to the floor at the bell. Kane followed by Randy nailed him. He went to grab a chair but Kane cut him off and nailed Orton across the back with it. Orton was tossed back inside the ring with Kane following with the chair. Kane sent Orton into the corner and nailed a sideslam. He set up for a chokeslam but the lights went off and when they returned, Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt were outside the ring. Kane kicked Orton down but the Wyatts grabbed him by the legs and pulled him to the floor. Kane fought them off, then nailed Kane with a big right. They followed Kane into the ring. He fought them off until Randy nailed the RKO out of nowhere to score the pin.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match: Orton and Harper faced off after the match. Kane rose to his feet and was nailed with a discus clothesline by Luke. Bray nailed Sister Abigail on Kane as Oton watched on and continued to stare back and forth at Harper. Orton went to the ropes and posed as the Wyatts stood over Kane. Of note, Orton never actually physically helped The Wyatts, so if he’s playing mind games, that could still be in play.
Backstage: Somewhere in the dark, The Wyatts were with Randy Orton. Bray said that a viper is always welcome among them. Orton said he was born with the Devil whispering in his ear and he was tired of trying to fight it. He told Wyatt that he is a God.