SmackDown Results: Cracks apparent in The Shield as Punk & The Usos prevailed

SmackDown Results: Cracks apparent in The Shield as Punk & The Usos prevailed

The Shield denied rumors of dissention; The Usos def. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns by Disqualification

WASHINGTON, DC – In the first SmackDown of 2014, The Best in the World CM Punk and the high-octane Usos reigned supreme over a Shield trio who couldn’t seem to get on the same page. Plus, WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust withstood the formidable challenge of The Wyatt Family and Bray Wyatt himself delivered a creepy message about Daniel Bryan joining the fold.

The Usos vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

The Usos clash with The Shield on SmackDown.

At the opening of SmackDown, United States Champion Dean Ambrose addressed recent speculation about possible dissention in the ranks of The Hounds of Justice – informing CM Punk, in particular, that he couldn’t divide and conquer them. Roman Reigns added that there was no weak link to divide and Seth Rollins said that any setbacks they had were temporary, since in the end, they would do what they do best – come together and dominate. 

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Ambrose then joined the SmackDown announce team as his cohorts battled The Usos. However, when it looked as if Jimmy & Jey might close the door on their black-clad adversaries, Ambrose intervened – bringing an abrupt end to the match by disqualification. 

The Shield’s post-match attack would be thwarted when The Straight Edge Superstar emerged to even the odds and helped to send the Hounds packing. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero would then create a huge SmackDown main event showdown on the WWE App: Ambrose, Reigns & Rollins vs. Punk & the Samoan warriors!

R-Truth def. Fandango

R-Truth vs. Fandango: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

R-Truth goes one-on-one with Fandango on SmackDown.

At the height of R-Truth’s fast-paced matchup against Fandango, Xavier Woods opted to expand his role as guest SmackDown commentator, breaking into dance on top of the announce table and encouraging The Funkadactyls to do the same at the top of the ramp.

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This impromptu busting-of-the-move caused enough commotion for Truth to hurl his opponent into the canvas face first for the three-count. The Rapping Superstar then joined Woods, Naomi and Cameron for a post-match celebration dance.

WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan - WWE Tag Team Title Match: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

The Rhodes Brothers defend their WWE Tag Team Titles against The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper & Erick Rowan.

With Bray Wyatt and the newest Wyatt Family member Daniel Bryan noticeably absent, fellow disciplines, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, absolutely punished Cody Rhodes for the majority of their championship opportunity.

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However, in the end, Rowan failed to see Goldust tag himself into the bout – a mistake that cost him huge and allowed The Bizarre One to roll him up for the pin.

Nikki Bella def. Aksana

Nikki Bella vs. Aksana: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

Nikki Bella and Aksana square off in Divas action on SmackDown.

Successful in blocking out the turmoil facing his sister Brie and Daniel Bryan over The Beard’s decision to join the Wyatt Family,  Nikki Bella overcame Aksana in impressive fashion.

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Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston def. Curtis Axel

Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston faces off with the former title holder Curtis Axel.

Speaking of impressive, Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston picked up an extremely powerful victory on the first SmackDown of 2014, overcoming former titleholder Curtis Axel with The Big Ending.

Photos: Big E powers through Axel Supernatural feats of strength

Bad News Barrett squashed the New Year’s hopes of the WWE Universe

Bad News Barrett squashes the New Year's hopes of the WWE Universe: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

Bad News Barrett starts off the new year for the WWE Universe in a bad way.

Bad News Barrett once again offered his special brand of disconcerting news to the WWE Universe, informing them that all their New Year’s resolutions would result in them being as fat, unhealthy and unproductive as they were when the year began! “Decorum please!”

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CM Punk & The Usos def. The Shield

CM Punk & The Usos vs. The Shield - Six-Man Tag Team Match: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

CM Punk teams with The Usos to take on The Shield in the main event of SmackDown.

With an absence of teamwork and apparent communication problems between The Shield in the final moments of a huge SmackDown main event, The Usos helped CM Punk take down Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. This cleared the way for The Best in the World to overcome Dean Ambrose with the GTS for the victory.

Bray Wyatt brought forth a creepy message about Daniel Bryan

Bray Wyatt says Daniel Bryan has a "home" now: SmackDown, Jan. 3, 2014

Bray Wyatt shares an unsettling update on the status of Daniel Bryan.

Just when it looked like the lights were about to go out on another turbulent SmackDown, Bray Wyatt turned up the dark with a frightening message about The Beard.

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