Smack down airing tonight (December 30) with a live broadcast from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. It’s the fifth Smack down episode during the nine-week build to Royal Rumblewhich takes place on January 28.
John Cena’s return to WWE ruins everything for Sami Zayn
John Cena returns to WWE tonight for his first and only match of 2022. He teams up with Kevin Owens to take on Sami Zayn and WWE Universal Champion Roman reigns.
All was well for The Bloodline after WarGames when Sami Zayn proved his loyalty to Reigns at the expense of his best friend Owens. It looked like Zayn was going to be rewarded by becoming a full Uce on the December 16 episode of Smack down. But that’s when John Cena showed his stupid face (via satellite) and ruined everything for Sami. Sami now has to prove his worth again in tonight’s tag team match. Roman Reigns never loses, so if Cena and Owens find a way to win, you know Sami will be responsible. All the hard work he put in to curry favor with The Bloodline could go up in smoke, just like that, thanks to Super Cena.
There are several ways WWE can book the end of this match, which is one of the most anticipated fights on TV of the year. If the idea is to make Kevin Owens the next challenger for Reigns gold at Royal Rumble, then the babyfaces probably go over and Zayn takes the fall. If the idea is rather to set up a Wrestle Mania 39 match for John Cena, so whoever wants a piece of him can show up and help The Bloodline win.
As far as I know, Cena hasn’t won a match on WWE TV or PPV since 2019, so I think he’s going here. And if that’s what happens, it might not be long before Sami is hit by the rest of The Bloodline. Keep in mind that the Disposal chamber The PPV in Montreal is around seven weeks away, and it makes a lot of sense that local hero Zayn will be positioned opposite Roman in the main event of this card. Cena’s return could set everything in motion in tonight’s main event.
The rest of the title scene
Smack down Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey must defend her belt tonight against Raquel Rodriguez. Rumor has it that it corresponds to Royal Rumble, so maybe there will be a twisted finish to give them a reason to fight again in a few weeks. Raquel could probably use the extra time to recover given her kayfabe elbow injury, although that didn’t stop her from beating four different women last week.
Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER retained his belt against Ricochet two weeks ago, but now has Braun Strowman on his radar. Will the monster among men make a statement tonight imposing its will on Imperium?
Jimmy and Jey Uso beat Hit Row last week to continue their current record as oldest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions all time. Their services will likely be needed to aid the other Bloodline members struggling tonight.
You never know when Bayley and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions IYO SKY and Dakota Kai will appear on Smack down treat Michael Cole like garbage.
Other things to watch out for
– Lacey Evans returns to WWE tonight and her stated goal is “to destroy all women in WWE”. It is not yet known which processed foods she intends to use to accomplish her mission.
– Sheamus hasn’t been on TV for a few weeks, but he’s back tonight to take on Solo Sikoa in a singles match. Well, theoretically it’s a singles match, but there should be plenty of ringside involvement from The Bloodline and the Brawling Brutes. Can Sheamus take Solo out of the mix so he can’t interfere in Cena’s tag match later that night?
– Bray Wyatt demanded an apology from LA Knight last week after proving he was a different person from Uncle Howdy. The segment ended with Wyatt snapping and attacking a cameraman. Will tonight’s angle with Knight get us closer to a Pitch Black Mountain Dew match at Royal Rumble?
– Rey Mysterio returned from injury last week with a win over Angel. Now that Rey is back in the ring, it’s only a matter of time before Karrion Kross and Scarlett attempt to end his storied career.
– Speaking of Scarlett, she was slapped last week by Emma. Does this lead to a mixed match of Kross & Scarlett against Emma &
brainless Riddick Moss?
– Xia Li dressed up to fuck Tegan Nox during a women’s tag team title match a few weeks ago. Li then beat Nox in less than two minutes in a glove match last week. Will Nox finally make him pay tonight?
– When will Liv Morgan declare her place in the women’s Royal Rumble match?
– Can Legado del Fantasma or the Viking Raiders get back on track after struggling to gain momentum this month?
– Drew McIntyre has been out of action for Survivor Series due to injury. Will he make a surprise comeback tonight to neutralize The Usos in Cena’s main event?
What are you looking for Smack down?