SmackDown results, Dec. 22, 2023: Orton, Styles and Knight brawl with The Bloodline and each other en route to New Year’s Revolution
With Randy Orton, LA Knight and AJ Styles set to battle in a Triple Threat Match to determine who will challenge Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble, a brawl with The Bloodline ended with them attacking each other. Plus, Kevin Owens and Santos Escobar advanced to the United States Title Tournament Final.
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SmackDown results, Dec. 22, 2023
Randy Orton, AJ Styles and LA Knight to battle in a Triple Threat Match to determine who will challenge Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble
Bianca Belair, Shotzi, Zelina Vega & Michin def. Damage CTRL in a Holiday Havoc Eight-Woman Tag Team Match
Bianca Belair, Shotzi, Zelina Vega and Michin joined forces against WWE Women's Champion IYO SKY, Asuka, Bayley and Kairi Sane of Damage CTRL in a Holiday Havoc Eight-Woman Tag Team Match. The anything-goes bout incorporated many implements of destruction, including steel chairs and trash can lids wrapped as presents, candy cane Kendo sticks, tables and so much more.
When Asuka and Sane opened the larger gift boxes, Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn suddenly emerged from within and attacked The Kabuki Warriors. After Belair took out Bayley with the K.O.D., Michin drove SKY through the table with a senton off the top rope and pinned the WWE Women's Champion!
NXT North American Champion Dragon Lee def. Butch
In the final moments of a very tough showdown, NXT North American Champion Dragon Lee countered Butch's Bitter End with a Destroyer. This paved the way for him to hit Operation Dragon and retain his title.
Kevin Owens def. Carmelo Hayes to move to the United States Title Tournament Final
Entering the match with a cast on his hand, a determined Kevin Owens battled NXT sensation Carmelo Hayes to see who would move one step closer to an opportunity to challenge United States Champion Logan Paul.
Despite Hayes' extreme determination, Owens emerged victorious by hitting a Pop-up Powerbomb, senton off the top rope and finally a Stunner to defeat his talented opponent.
Santos Escobar def. Bobby Lashley to move to the United States Title Tournament Final
During Bobby Lashley's United States Title Tournament Semifinal Match against Santos Escobar, it appeared as if two fans suddenly jumped the barricade in lucha masks. Although ring security attempted to escort one of them away, it wasn't long before they attacked The Street Profits. This distraction allowed Escobar to roll up The All Mighty with a fistful of tights and earn the right to battle Kevin Owens in the United States Title Tournament Finals in two weeks at New Years Revolution.
Moments after the bell, the mystery assailants ripped off their masks as they flanked Escobar and reveled themselves to be a returning Angel and Humberto.
AJ Styles def. Solo Sikoa by Disqualification
After two torturous months on the sidelines, AJ Styles finally had an opportunity to get his hands on the menacing Solo Sikoa, the Superstar who attempted to end his career.
Styles connected with a Phenomenal Forearm on The Enforcer of the Bloodline, but Roman Reigns suddenly attacked The Phenomenal One, who won via disqualification.
Although Styles fought back, Reigns and Solo unleashed a savage 2-on-1 assault. When Randy Orton charged to the ring to even the odds, Jimmy Uso joined the fray as well. This brought LA Knight to the ring, and Knight and The Viper sent The Bloodline packing.
Styles, however, took exception to Knight and Orton meddling in his match, and it wasn't long before the three Superstars began to brawl as The Bloodline watched.