Results for the December 23, 2022 episode of WWE SmackDown.
On the program for this episode of WWE SmackDown on December 23, 2022 recorded last week in Chicago (Illinois), the tag team titles at stake, a Gauntlet for a challenger spot from Ronda Rousey, and a Miracle on 34th Street Fight in the main event.
The show begins with a Bloodline promo. Paul Heyman takes the floor to discuss Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns’ match against John Cena and Kevin Owens next week, Reigns recalls he made millions just by crushing John Cena and Kevin Owens, but it’s Sami Zayn the star of this promo.
Sami Zayn takes the mic and explains in an impassioned promo that he was looking for a family and found it in the Bloodline. He loves the band and considers them his family. He says he has everything he needs to be happy, but there’s a “dark cloud” hanging over him, and it’s Kevin Owens.
Zayn is furious to see Kevin Owens around and even more so since he brought John Cena back. He promises to crush them next week. Roman Reigns hugs Zayn next.
The Usos defend their titles against Hit Row in the first match of the night.
The Usos ont battu Hit Row by falling with their 1-D on Top Dolla to retain their titles.
The Gauntlet for Ronda Rousey’s SmackDown Championship challenger spot starts Xia Li against Emma.
- Xia Li defeated Emma by pinfall with a cyclone kick
- Xia Li defeated Tegan Nox by fall with the cyclone kick
- Raquel Rodriguez defeated Xia Li by pinfall with her Texana Bomb
- Raquel Rodriguez defeated Liv Morgan by pinfall with her Texana Bomb
- Raquel Rodriguez defeated Sonya Deville by pinfall with her Texana Bomb
- Raquel Rodriguez defeated Shayna Baszler by pinfall with a roll up
Raquel Rodriguez won the Gauntlet Match to become Ronda Rousey’s challenger. The championship match will take place in next week’s episode.
Bray Wyatt is in the ring for a promo in which he talks about LA Knight, who he says deserves an apology. But he claims he’s not Uncle Howdy, and he knows everyone thought he was. Suddenly, he snaps and attacks a cameraman. Officials come to the rescue of the cameraman but Wyatt will have had time to bring him a mandible claw.
Rey Mysterio a battu Angel Garza by pinfall with a 619 and a DDT slingshot.
Karrion Kross followed the match from the front rows. A long exchange of glances between Kross and Mysterio took place after the match.
Backstage at the return of the commercial, Emma went to meet Karrion Kross and Scarlett to tell them that she did not like the lack of respect towards Rey Mysterio, and even less towards Riddick Moss (who is obviously no longer Madcap) . Scarlett laughs at Emma who slaps her. She wants revenge, but Kross holds her back. “You have no idea what you just did,” he told her.
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The show ends with the Miracle on 34th Street Fight between the team of Braun Strowman and Ricochet and that of Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci (Imperium). Gunther is not present.
Ricochet and Braun Strowman defeated Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci by fall, Ricochet having carried his Recoil on Vinci, then Strowman a powerslam, preceding a splash of Ricochet from the shoulders of Strowman still on Vinci for the count of three.
A special Christmas match featuring Christmas trees, candy cane kendo-sticks, a prima ballerina coming out of a gift box, the New Days as nutcrackers, and Samantha Irvin waking up Ricochet by kissing him under the mistletoe.