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:
3Xavier Woods Advanced In The US Title Tournament
New Day was backstage before Aiden English and Rusev interrupted. English said that he wished every day was Rusev Day. English vowed to defeat Woods tonight and advance in the United States Championship tournament.
Rusev accompanied English to the ring and sang him a song in the ring. Big E and Kofi Kingston accompanied Woods to the ring. Woods controlled the match early and threw English out of the ring. Woods connected with a kick and then was distracted by Rusev. English slammed Woods’ face off the steel steps and brought him back into the ring.
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers were shown backstage watching the match as English applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring. Woods broke free and booted English in the face. Woods followed it up with a Backbreaker for a two count. English planted Woods with a Powerbomb and went for the cover but Woods kicked out at two. Woods dropped English off the second rope and then hit an Elbow Drop for the pinfall victory. After the match, New Day celebrated with pancakes and threw a couple of them at Byron Saxton and Corey Graves.
— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2018
Woods and English had a solid match tonight. Xavier will have a much tougher challenge when he faces Jinder Mahal in the next round.