SmackDown results: Jan. 19, 2024
Roman Reigns did not appear at the Undisputed WWE Universal Title Match Contract Signing. Nick Aldis informed Paul Heyman that he might have AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and LA Knight battle for a "vacant" title instead.
Styles brawled with Knight, and Orton promised he would reintroduce Reigns to the RKO.
Santos Escobar, Angel & Humberto def. The LWO
Although Carlito hit the Backstabber on Humberto in the height of their explosive Six-Man Tag Team Match, his failure to realize that Santos Escobar had tagged himself opened the door for his adversary to pick up the quick pinfall.
A returning Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate def. Pretty Deadly
In a surprise SmackDown moment, the tough-as-nails Pete Dunne returned to team with Tyler Bate against Elton Prince and Kit Wilson. In the final moments, The Big Strong Boi leaped over the top rope to take out Wilson at ringside and set up The BruiserWeight to score the huge victory over Prince with the Bitter End.
Logan Paul targeted Kevin Owens' arm in a brutal assault
WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Kayden Carter & Katana Chance def. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter successfully defended their WWE Women's Tag Team Titles over Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn with the Keg Stand. After the bell, however, The Kabuki Warriors stepped into the ring, and it wasn't long before the titleholders accepted a challenge from the dangerous Damage CTRL Superstars.
LA Knight vs. AJ Styles ended in a No-Contest
After a distraction by Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa unleashed a sneak attack on LA Knight and AJ Styles in which "The Tribal Heir" delivered a Samoan Spike to two of Roman Reigns’ Royal Rumble challengers.
Randy Orton def. Solo Sikoa
In the final moments of a turbulent main event, a disruption between Jimmy Uso, LA Knight and AJ Styles outside the ring caused Solo Sikoa to make the crucial mistake of turning his back on The Viper. Without warning, WWE's Apex Preador hit the RKO that gave him a monumental win en route to the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way Match at Royal Rumble.
In the aftermath, Randy Orton hit and Knight and Styles with a pair of RKOs. From out of nowhere, however, Roman Reigns blasted him with a Superman Punch. The Head of the Table then signed the contract for the Royal Rumble title showdown. When he attempted to follow up with the Spear on Orton, though, The Viper countered with a thunderous RKO.