SmackDown results: Dec. 24, 2021
Paul Heyman pondered what may be the end of his career after being fired by Roman Reigns
Still reeling over being fired by Universal Champion Roman Reigns last week, the devastated former Special Counsel Paul Heyman sat down with Kayla Braxton to discuss the incident and to ultimately share his realization that it may be time to acknowledge the end of his career.
Charlotte Flair def. Toni Storm to retain the SmackDown Women’s Title
Toni Storm showed incredible heart against the dominant 13-time Women’s Champion, battling through the excruciating Figure-Eight Leglock to reach the ropes. However, The Queen recovered to reverse a small package to pick up the three-count.
Sami Zayn triumphed in the 12 Days of Christmas 12-Man Gauntlet Match to earn an Intercontinental Title Match
Angel def. Mansoor
In the opening bout of the Gauntlet Match, Angel defeated a very game Mansoor with the Wing Clipper.
Angel def. Erik
Angel soon followed up with a second victory over Erik with another Wing Clipper.
Shanky def. Angel
The humongous Shanky was the next Superstar to make his presence known in the Gauntlet Match when he hurled Angel to the canvas with extreme force to move one step closer to an Intercontinental Title opportunity.
Ivar def. Shanky
Ivar emerged next and flattened Shanky with a Viking Splash for the three-count.
Sheamus def. Ivar
Sheamus overcame Ivar with an earth-shattering Brogue Kick.
Sheamus def. Drew Gulak
In about five seconds, The Celtic Warrior put away Drew Gulak with his second straight win by Brogue Kick.
Sheamus def. Cesaro
Cesaro emerged next to raise The Bar, so to speak, and lock horns with his old tag team partner and current rival Sheamus. Interference by Ridge Holland distracted Cesaro as he was going for the Neutralizer, and Sheamus put The Swiss Superman down with another earth-shattering Brogue Kick.
Ricochet def. Sheamus
Ridge Holland again attempted a distraction to throw Ricochet off his game, paving the way for Sheamus to knock his opponent off the apron with the knee.
As The Celtic Warrior was getting The Human Highlight Reel back in the ring, however, Cesaro returned to neutralize Holland. This distracted Sheamus enough for Ricochet seize his moment and roll up former WWE Champion up for the win.
Ricochet def. Humberto
Prior to Ricochet’s next match again Humberto, Sheamus blasted the former United States Champion with a pre-match Brogue Kick. Nevertheless, the resilient Human Highlight Reel recovered, caught his opponent coming off the top rope and overcame the crafty Superstar with the Recoil.
Ricochet def. Jinder Mahal
Feeling the momentum, Ricochet repelled the attack by Jinder Mahal and used his amazing athleticism to counter the Khallas and pick up the quick pin over the former WWE Champion.
Sami Zayn def. Ricochet
In the final showdown of the 12 Days of Christmas 12-Man Gauntlet Match, a war-torn Ricochet found himself in a battle against Sami Zayn.
Ricochet launched into the Shooting Star Press, only to meet the waiting knees of The Master Strategist. Zayn then finished his opponent with the Helluva Kick to earn an Intercontinental Title Match against Shinsuke Nakamura.
Drew McIntyre & The New Day def. The Usos & Madcap Moss in a Six-Man Tag Team Miracle on 34th Street Fight
A thrilling match incorporated everything from candy cane Kendo sticks, steel chairs, presents, Christmas Trees, Eggnog, and weaponized cookie trays (yes, with the cookies still on them.) Then, with yuletide distraction laid out in every direction, McIntyre finished off Madcap Moss with a festive Claymore Kick.