The January 2nd episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:
5AJ Styles Shared His New Year’s Resolutions
WWE Champion AJ Styles came down to the ring and announced his New Year’s resolutions. Styles stated that he wanted to hold the WWE Championship until WrestleMania and then leave WrestleMania 34 with the title. AJ added that another one of his resolutions was to defeat Sami Zayn tonight.
SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan came down to the ring and joined Styles. Shane McMahon’s music then hit and the SmackDown Commissioner also joined Bryan and Styles in the ring. The crowd then chanted “Shane McMahon!” and “Daniel Bryan!”. Shane stated that he had the best intentions last week when he came down to the ring to remove Sami Zayn. Shane apologized for contributing to AJ’s loss last week to Kevin Owens. AJ accepted the apology.
Shane admitted to having issues with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Shane claimed that Daniel Bryan seems to favor Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for allowing Zayn to be ringside last week on SmackDown. Shane asked Daniel if he was turning the yes movement into the yep movement. Shane added that if Owens going to be ringside for the match, he will be there as well.
Daniel stated that both Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon will be ringside for the main event. Bryan said that if they are both going to be ringside, then he will join them as well. Shane McMahon added that they are going to start the new year off with a bang and Daniel Bryan started a “yes!” chant to end the segment.
Things just got a whole lot more interesting, as @FightOwensFight @shanemcmahon AND @WWEDanielBryan will all be ringside for @AJStylesOrg's match with @SamiZayn TONIGHT on #SDLive! pic.twitter.com/ozDpuiQ9tr
— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2018
Last week on SmackDown, Shane McMahon inadvertently cost AJ Styles his match against Kevin Owens. I’m guessing something similar will happen in tonight’s main event.