Good evening Fight Fans, and welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of WWE Smackdown on FOX! Please enjoy the show and be sure to hang out afterwards for the post-show podcast!
-Roman Reigns comes out to the ring and demands an apology for what Baron Corbin did to him at Survivor Series before saying that he should be thanking him. Corbin comes out and says his fearless leadership won the match for their team at Survivor Series and that Roman's ego got in the way before Roman challenges him to a match. Corbin says that he's thankful that he doesn't live in this part of the country where the food is worse than the football before Corbin tells Roman to fight Robert Roode before Roode and Ziggler come out to the ring as we go to commercial.
Robert Roode w/Dolph Ziggler & Baron Corbin vs Roman Reigns
Roode drops Roman and yells at him before locking in a side headlock and Roman gets free before dropping Roode with a shoulder block. Roode rolls out of the ring and regroups with Dolph and Baron before Dolph distracts Roman and Roode attacks him from behind. Roman comes back with mounted punches in the corner before sending Roode out of the ring with a right hand before hitting a drive by dropkick. Roman then walks down Corbin and Ziggler before rolling Roode back into the ring, Roode knocking Roman off of the apron and into the announce desk before driving him into it and the barricade as we go to commercial.
We return to Roman in control before Roode rolls Roman up for a near fall and hits a diving blockbuster for another near fall before Roman counters the Glorious DDT into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall of his own. Dolph pulls Roode out of the ring to avoid a superman punch before Roode sends Roman into the ring post and the steps before rolling him back into the ring. Roman then hits a superman punch for a near fall before Roode counters a spear into a spinebuster for a near fall before Roman knocks Corbin from the apron and hits Roode with a superman punch and a spear for the pin and the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns defeats Robert Roode via pinfall with a spear.
-After the match Roman fights off Corbin and Ziggler before Roode beats on him and places his head on a chair before he goes to hit Roman with Corbin's scepter and Roman drops him with a superman punch. Roman then spears Roode through the time keeper's area and sends Dolph into the WWE universe with the steps before shoving the announce desk on top of Roode.
-We then get a teaser for Bray Wyatt unveiling the latest member of the Firefly Funhouse as we go to commercial.
-We return to the announce desk still flipped over, but Roode no longer under it before we get a recap of the Universal championship match between The Fiend and Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series. We then throw to Bray on the big screen where he talks about what he's thankful for and that he had a blast playing with Daniel at Survivor Series before setting up a rematch between the two at the next pay-per-view.
-We get promo by Sheamus who has returned after nearly a year and that Smackdown will be his once he returns
Ali vs Drew Gulak
Drew hits Ali with forearms and they run the ropes before Ali does flips and dropkicks Drew for a quick two count. Drew tosses Ali from the top turnbuckle for a two count before taking Ali down and locking in a single leg Boston crab before Ali gets free and superkicks Drew for a two count. Ali then hits a tornado DDT into a 450 for the pin and the win.
Winner: Ali defeats Drew Gulak via pinfall with 450.
-We see the Smackdown Women's champion and Sasha Banks making their way out to the ring before we get a Black Friday commercial by Heavy Machinery as we go to commercial.
-We see Daniel Bryan pacing back and forth backstage before we get a recap of the women's matches at Survivor Series in which NXT were victorious in both instances before and Sasha Banks come out to the ring and the champion addresses the entire Smackdown women's roster. Bayley says that Smackdown lost because the locker room let the brand down before Sasha says that the entire team was the weakest link before insulting everyone else on the team. Lacey Evans comes out to the ring and says that Bayley and Sasha lack any class and wouldn't trust them for anything and that the Smackdown women's division needs a real woman to be the locker room leader. Lacey then lays Sasha out with the Woman's Right before leaving as we go to Daniel Bryan deep in thought backstage before he's interviewed and asked about a rematch before we throw to the Firefly Funhouse. Bray says that the story of Thanksgiving is a lie and that Daniel Bryan can change before Bray and the pig start rapping. Daniel then says nothing as the camera zooms in on him as we go to commercial.
Sonya Deville w/Mandy Rose vs Nikki Cross
Sonya drops Nikki with a right hand before hitting a sliding knee for a quick two count and locking in a rear chin lock before Nikki hits a jawbreaker. Nikki hits a bulldog and gets distracted by Mandy at ringside before Sonya knocks her off of the top turnbuckle. Nikki then pins Sonya with an inside cradle out of nowhere for the pin and the win.
Winner: Nikki Cross defeats Sonya Deville via pinfall.
-After the match Sonya and Mandy attack Nikki before she's saved by the returning Alexa Bliss before we go back to Daniel Bryan who is now joined by The Miz. Miz tries to convince Daniel not to take the match, even going as far to say that he's important to Smackdown and the locker room before leaving as we go to commercial.
-We return to see Drake Maverick trying to get a kiss from Dana Brooke with a mistletoe before Elias returns and sings a song before Drake leaves.
-The New Day then come out to the ring and issue an open challenge answered by Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro who are accompanied by Sami Zayn.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big-E) (c) Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro w/Sami Zayn
Cesaro and Kofi start the match before Cesaro drags Kofi to the corner and Shinsuke drops him with a kick before Kofi lands on his feet when Shinsuke goes for a monkey flip. Kofi dropkicks Shinsuke before Shinsuke hits running knees in the corner for a quick two count before sending him over the top rope and onto the apron. Cesaro then sends Kofi over the announce desk with a running uppercut as we go to commercial.
We come back to E hitting Shinsuke with a belly to belly suplex before missing a jumping splash and Shinsuke hits him with knees to the ribs. E hits a uranage for a two count before Cesaro hits a diving splash and E counters the Neutralizer before New Day hit the Midnight Hour to Shinsuke for a near fall that Cesaro breaks up. Cesaro catches Kofi in midair with an uppercut before uppercuting E and Kofi rolls Shinsuke up when he goes for the Kinshasa before dropping Kofi with a rolling kick. Shinsuke hits a sliding knee for a near fall that E breaks up before Cesaro beats on Kofi in the corner and catches him when he goes for Trouble in Paradise. Cesaro drops Kofi across the top rope before Sami gets ejected at ringside and Kofi hits the Trouble in Paradise for the pin and the win.
Winner: New Day retain their Smackdown Tag Team titles by defeating Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura when Kofi pins Cesaro with the Trouble in Paradise.
-We then get an update on Robert Roode before Daniel Bryan makes his way out to the ring as we go to commercial.
-Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring and says that he was changed during his match against The Fiend at Survivor Series before saying that he was changed by the WWE Universe. Daniel says that the Yes Movement has been brought back to life before asking the WWE Universe if he accepts the rematch before Daniel and the entire arena do the Yes Chant. Bray shows up on the big screen again and says that The Miz is right and that The Fiend will remove his mask and his true fork before Bray says that The Fiend knows why he's gone after Daniel. The Fiend then appears through a hole in the ring before dragging Bryan into the hole and rips out Daniel's hair before the lights go out and we go off the air.