This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live. Tonight Shane McMahon will come out to start the show after his losing albeit valiant effort to defeat team RAW this past Sunday night at WWE Survivor Series. What will Daniel Bryan have to say to Shane? Will AJ cross paths with Jinder Mahal? Will anyone debut tonight like Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille did last night on RAW? All of these questions and more will be answered tonight so be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST for all of the action and stay right here after the show for the post-show podcast!
-We open the show with a recap of the mens Survivor Series match.
-Shane McMahon comes out to the ring to start the show in the arena and talks about how Smackdown! Live failed to win Survivor Series under his leadership and that even if they lost that Smackdown! Live is the number one brand in the WWE. Shane compliments everyone on the roster excluding Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Shane has Kevin and Sami come out to the ring and explain their actions. Kevin chatises Shane and says that it's his fault they lost the match and would have won if they were put on the team. Kevin says that Shane needs to apologize to them before Shane says that he needs to shut up and that he and Sami have no respect for anyone on the roster or in the crowd.
Shane teases firing them before they plead their case against it and Shane calls them delusional. Shane talks about how much the locker room hates them, Shane starting to fire them before he's interrupted by Daniel Bryan. Daniel comes out to the ring and makes a lumberjack match between them and New Day before leaving as we go to commercial.
Jey Uso vs Shelton Benjamin
They exchange strikes to start the match before exchanging knees to the midsection and Jey dropping Shelton with a back elbow before Shelton sends Jey out of the ring and to the floor with a knee as we go to commercial.
Jey slaps Shelton and drops him with a series of superkicks and a Samoan drop as we come back from commercial. Jey hits a running hip attack in the corner, Shelton rolling out of the ring to regroup before Chad takes out Jimmy at ringside. Shelton rolls Jay up when he's distracted by Chad for a near fall before missing a splash off of the top and Shelton then hits Pay Dirt for the pin and the win.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin via pinfall
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