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WWE's Royal Rumble plans point to a SmackDown Live victor

WWE's Royal Rumble plans point to a SmackDown Live victor

WWE SmackDown Live was broadcast from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on January 2, 2018. Finally, Breezango get one more match against The Bludgeon Brothers thanks to their best friends The Ascension. Woods pinned English with a springboard elbow drop. After last week's controversial conclusion to the main event between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Kevin Owens that saw SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon inadvertently cost AJ Styles the match after Shane came down to ringside to make sure that Sami Zayn was ejected, the first SmackDown LIVE of 2018 would see WWE Champion AJ Styles go one-on-one with Sami Zayn in a non-title match. Sarah Logan pinned Tamina. Xavier Woods will move on to the semi-final and take on the Modern-Day Maharaja Jinder Mahal. Natalya and her crew looking to restore a little bit of order in the women's division, by letting the Riot Squad know who's in charge.

Following a awful women's segment that bored and obviously annoyed the crowd, Lynch emerged alongside women's champion Charlotte Flair and Naomi to clear the ring of The Riott Squad, which had cut a promo and then entered the women's Royal Rumble. "Our success is real", she said before entering her team in the women's Royal Rumble match.

Though AJ didn't close the show as often as he arguably should have in 2017, every match he was involved in was the must-see match of the night. With all these feuding personalities in one place, this match was definitely volatile. More to add to that, AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn match later that night ended in controversy too.

There was not much meat here ultimately due to the brief nature of each half of this match, but it was a smart angle to play considering it makes the most sense for these teams to square off again in a few weeks at the Royal Rumble.

The New Year always kicks off with the Rumble - with two Royal Rumble matches this year going along side a brace of championship matches to determine who will be facing who at the year's biggest show, Wrestlemania from New Orleans in April.

Owens eventually got himself tossed from ringside, and in a bid to keep things fair.

WWE Smackdown Live can be seen Tuesday nights at 8/7c on the USA Network.

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