Next week’s edition of WWE Smackdown takes place on Christmas Eve, so WWE decided to tape the episode following Friday’s episode of Smackdown.
Here is what happened on Smackdown from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, which was taped after the December 17 episode of Smackdown. Thanks to Twitter user @TheQumarZaman for the spoilers.
12 Days of Christmas Gauntlet Match
There was a 12-Man Gauntlet Match to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Title in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas. The Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs were at ringside.
* Angel defeated Mansoor.
* Angel defeated Erik of the Viking Raiders.
* Shanky defeated Angel.
* Ivar of the Viking Raiders defeated Shanky.
* Sheamus defeated Ivar.
* Sheamus defeated Drew Gulak.
* Sheamus defeated Cesaro following a distraction from Ridge Holland.
* Ricochet defeated Sheamus thanks to Cesaro attacking Holland.
* Ricochet defeated Humberto.
* Ricochet defeated Jinder Mahal.
* Sami Zayn defeated Ricochet with a Helluva Kick in the final part of the Gauntlet.
It was announced that Sami Zayn will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Day 1 on January 1 in Atlanta.
* Smackdown Women’s Championship:Charlotte Flair defeated Toni Storm to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Flair won by countering an inside cradle with one of her own and that was enough for Flair to win the match.
* Miracle on 34th Street Fight: Drew McIntyre & The New Day (Kofi Kingston & King Xavier Woods) defeated Madcap Moss & The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso).
Happy Corbin was using a candy cane kendo stick to attack McIntyre during the match. The Usos were destroying the stage setup by beating up Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. At one point, Kofi poured a pitcher of egg nog over the head of Corbin. McIntyre also poured a pitcher of egg nog over both Corbin & Moss. The match ended when McIntyre hit Moss with a Claymore Kick in the middle of the ring. After the match, the babyface trio of McIntyre, Kofi Kingston & King Woods threw out gifts to the fans.
The taping reportedly took about 90 minutes. By inserting commercials and perhaps some backstage segments, WWE should easily be able to fill the two hours of content on Christmas Eve next Friday.
With Shinsuke Nakamura facing Sami Zayn at WWE Day 1, the updated WWE Day 1 lineup for January 1 looks like this:
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Championship: Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan
Edge vs. The Miz
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (King Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston)
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Sami Zayn
Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss
You can watch WWE Day 1 streaming LIVE on New Year’s Day, Saturday Jan. 1 at 8 ET / 5 PT on WWE Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.