- As seen on tonight's SmackDown Live, WWE Champion AJ Styles quickly defeated James Ellsworth in the opening match on the show. Styles proceeded to destroy Ellsworth after the match, which resulted in Ellsworth being stretchered to the back.
Later in the show, WWE teased a new relationship storyline between Ellsworth and Carmella. As Ellsworth was leaving the arena, Dasha Fuentes tried to interview Ellsworth and hurled several questions at him. Carmella came to his defense and walked Ellsworth away.
"Are you okay Jimmy, are you okay?" Carmella asked Ellsworth. "You poor baby, you went through so much tonight. It's okay baby, I'm going to take care of you."
- What was the better show this week, Monday Night RAW or SmackDown Live? You can vote in the poll on the right hand side of the page (for desktop users) or in the Twitter poll below, which has SmackDown winning as of this writing with 76%.
What was the better show this week?— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) December 21, 2016
- Speaking of Carmella, it was confirmed on tonight's SmackDown Live that Natalya was the one who secretly attacked Nikki Bella at last month's Survivor Series pay-per-view, resulting in Natalya replacing Nikki at the event. Carmella commented on the revelation on Twitter, writing:
I was telling the truth all along!!! Love me or hate me, at least I'm real!! Hi haters, how's that tea??? ????— Carmella (@CarmellaWWE) December 21, 2016