The final episode of WWE Smackdown in 2022 features a huge tag team match, a title match and a grudge match as well.
There’s a huge tag team match set to take place tonight on a live edition of Smackdown from Tampa, Florida. It was set up two weeks ago on December 16th when the 16-time WWE World Champion and one of the biggest superstars in WWE history, John Cena, appeared via video screen. Cena interrupted a promo featuring The Bloodline to inform them that Cena will team with Kevin Owens against the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn in a huge tag team main event.
For Cena, it will be his first match in a WWE ring in 2022. As Cena noted in his December 16th promo, he had an incredible streak of competing in at least one WWE match every year since his main roster debut 20 years ago in June 2002. Due to his very successful career as an actor in movies, television, TV show host, commercial pitchman and so on, Cena has not been a regular WWE performer for several years now.
Cena also worked full-time for WWE for about 17 straight years with most of that run being in main events, so you can’t deny his legacy as one of the biggest WWE superstars of all time. That’s why Smackdown announcer constantly refers to Cena as the greatest WWE superstar of all time.
The match itself is huge because of Cena’s presence, but also because Kevin Owens has been on a hot streak this month and is likely going to face Reigns at the Royal Rumble on January 28th. This match could set that up while also leading to problems between Reigns and Zayn if they happen to lose the match.
Roman Reigns isn’t lacking confidence going into the big match on Smackdown.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) December 30, 2022
John Cena is clearly excited about the match since he promoted it as a “must-see main event” match.
ONE MORE DAY until #Smackdown in Tampa, FL!
The LAST @WWE show of 2022 🗓️
A must-see MAIN EVENT 💥
CENA ✌️ and KO 👊
ROMAN 🩸and SAMI 👨🦰
C U TOMORROW NIGHT! https://t.co/mtvSAE4EwL
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 29, 2022
On Twitter, Sami Zayn called it the biggest televised match of the year.
TONIGHT! The biggest televised match of the year. pic.twitter.com/uf8jd2gxHj
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) December 30, 2022
There are two other matches advertised for Smackdown as well.
* Ronda Rousey will defend the Smackdown Women’s Title against Raquel Rodriguez. That’s because Rodriguez earned the title shot last week on Smackdown in a Gauntlet Match.
* Sheamus will also face Solo Sikoa in singles action after weeks of problems between The Brawling Brutes and The Bloodline.
Unfortunately, I won’t be home at 8 p.m. ET to write about Smackdown live like I usually do because I have plans tonight. I made plans with some family for tonight due to somebody having a birthday and we have had this plan set up for over a month. I can’t get out of it. I’ll try to do the Smackdown review later tonight if I’m still alert and it’s not too late. If not then it will be on Saturday morning.