WWE Smackdown! Live Results for 12/18/18 The Empress of Tomorrow Begins Her Reign as Champion

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-We open the show with a pep talk by the management before we open up in the arena with Becky Lynch and Charlotte. Becky talks about Ronda did last night and calls her a Roddy Piper cosplayer before Charlotte says that she would have become champion before the new Smackdown! Live Women's champion Asuka comes out to the ring. Asuka says that she's champion now before they all argue until the chairman of the WWE Mr.McMahon comes out to the ring. Vince tells Charlotte and Becky to stop whining before asking Asuka to defend her title tonight. Naomi comes out and says that she deserves a shot and Vince approves.

WWE Smackdown! Women's Championship Match

Asuka (c) vs Naomi

Asuka and Naomi start the match off by wringing each other's arms and flipping with the help of the ropes Asuka takes Naomi down several times as Becky and Charlotte look on from ringside. Naomi comes back with a snap mare into a PK before Asuka locks in an ankle lock, Naomi getting free and hitting a sit down powerbomb. Naomi then hits an avalanche wide Russian leg sweep as we go to commercial.

Asuka is in control as we return to the action in the ring, Asuka hitting a missile dropkick that sends her out of the ring and Naomi hits an enzuigiri off of the barricade. They exchange strikes in the ring before Asuka hits a high knee and Naomi drops her with a mule kick. Asuka locks in the Asuka locks when Naomi goes for a split legged moonsault, Naomi getting free several times before hitting Asuka with the Rear View for a near fall. Asuka then counters a springboard move into a code breaker for a near fall and finishing with the Asuka Lock for the tap and the win.

Winner: Asuka retains her Smackdown! Women's Championship when she defeats Naomi via submission.