SmackDown results, Dec. 23, 2022: Strowman & Ricochet deck the halls with Imperium in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight
On a special holiday edition of SmackDown, The Monster of All Monsters joined forces with The One and Only to lay waste to Imperium’s Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci, Raquel Rodriguez battled through an arm injury to win a Gauntlet Match and the right to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, The Bloodline geared up for their Dec. 30 battle and so much more.
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SmackDown results, Dec. 23, 2022
The Bloodline geared up for multiple battles including Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn against John Cena & Kevin Owens next week on SmackDown
The Usos def. Hit Row in an Undisputed WWE Tag Team Title Match
The longest-reigning Tag Team Champions in WWE history Jey & Jimmy Uso repelled the difficult challenge of Hit Row’s Ashante "Thee" Adonis & Top Dolla and retained their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles after the earth-shattering 1-D.
Raquel Rodriguez won a Gauntlet Match to earn a SmackDown Women’s Title Match against Ronda Rousey
Gauntlet Match - Part 1: Xia Li def. Emma
In the first showdown of a Gauntlet Match to determine who will challenge SmackDown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey, Xia Li caught Emma with a beautiful Cyclone Kick for the victory.
Gauntlet Match - Part 2: Xia Li def. Tegan Nox
In the second contest of the Gauntlet Match, Tegan Nox rushed to the ring in search of payback against Xia Li for the attack that cost her a WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match last week. Despite her efforts, though, Li won a back-and-forth struggle on the apron before overcoming the determined Superstar with another Cyclone Kick out of nowhere.
Gauntlet Match - Part 3: Raquel Rodriguez def. Xia Li
Despite still suffering the effects of an arm injury following an assault from Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler last week, the ultra-tough Raquel Rodriguez eliminated Xia Li in the third part of the Gauntlet Match when she ducked out of the way of the Cyclone Kick to hit a one-armed Texana Bomb for the three-count.
Gauntlet Match - Part 4: Raquel Rodriguez def. Liv Morgan
The determined Raquel Rodriguez continued to power though her arm injury and withstood the impressive efforts of Liv Morgan in the fourth showdown of the Gauntlet Match. After countering Morgan's Oblivion attempt, Rodriguez hit another one-armed Texana Bomb for the win.
Gauntlet Match - Part 5: Raquel Rodriguez def. Sonya Deville
In what was originally to be the final part of the Gauntlet Match, Raquel Rodriguez took on Sonya Deville. Although the vicious Sonya was hellbent on bringing further injury to Raquel’s injured arm, she made the mistake of taking her attention off her opponent to argue with the official and ended up suffering the Texana Bomb for the loss.
Gauntlet Match - Part 6: Raquel Rodriguez def. Shayna Baszler
Although Raquel Rodriguez seemingly won the Gauntlet Match, SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey quickly interrupted the celebration to inform her that she still had one more opponent, Shayna Baszler. The Submission Magician went right to work on her war-torn opponent and her injured arm. When she ripped off Raquel’s arm brace and took time show it off to the WWE Universe, though, Rodriguez had the presence of mind to roll her up for the quick pin.
Bray Wyatt attacked a cameraman with the Mandible Claw
Rey Mysterio vs. Angel
Angel entered his matchup against Rey Mysterio looking to make The Master of the 619 step aside in favor of a new generation of Luchadores, as Karrion Kross and Scarlett lurked in the crowd. When Angel attempted to humiliate his legendary opponent with a 619 attempt of his own, however, Mysterio intercepted him and defeated one-half of Los Lotharios with a 619 into a devastating DDT.
Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci of Imperium in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight
Tis' the season for season’s beatings! In a WWE tradition, the Miracle on 34th Street Fight, Braun Strowman joined forces with Ricochet against Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci of Imperium. The two tandems got festively furious in an out-of-control showdown that incorporated multiple Christmas trees, giant candy cane Kendo sticks, gift-wrapped steel chairs, real-life ballerinas and even The New Day dressed as Nutcrackers.
The Monster of All Monsters used mistletoe and got Ricochet's girlfriend, ring announcer Samantha Irvin, to kiss and revive The One and Only. Then, after powerbombing Kaiser through a table full of cookies, Strowman returned to the ring to hit the powerslam on Vinci. Ricochet then climbed on the shoulders of his monstrous tag team partner and delivered an earth-shattering splash for the victory.