- Above is video of Sarah Schreiber talking to Zelina Vega and Andrade "Cien" Almas after Almas teamed with Samoa Joe to defeat Rey Mysterio and Mustafa Ali on this week's WWE SmackDown. All 5 of these Superstars are now official for the Royal Rumble matches later this month. Vega interrupts Schreiber and says Almas is going into this year's Rumble match more focused and ready than ever before. Almas says 2019 will be the year of Tranquilo and this is just the beginning.
- WWE NXT Superstars Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic of Heavy Machinery worked a dark main event after tonight's WWE SmackDown tapings in Jacksonville, FL. The defeated The Colons. Heavy Machinery is headed to WWE's main roster soon but there's no word yet on if they will be on the blue brand.
The other dark main event after tonight's SmackDown in Jacksonville saw WWE Champion Daniel Bryan retain his title over AJ Styles by disqualification. The DQ came when Bryan hit Styles with a low kick. After the bell, AJ came back with a low blow of his own, a Phenomenal Forearm and a Styles Clash.
#SDLive post-show Dark Match: AJ Styles def. Daniel Bryan via DQ after Bryan kicks Styles in the groin.— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) January 9, 2019
Lots of mic work from Bryan ragging on Jacksonville.
After the match AJ returns the favor with a low blow kick, phenomenal forearm and Styles Clash.
Crowd leaves happy. pic.twitter.com/6abXkCOhje
- As noted, tonight's SmackDown main event saw Becky Lynch defeat Carmella and Charlotte Flair to become the new #1 contender to SmackDown Women's Champion Asuka for a title shot at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Lynch tweeted the following after earning the title shot and facing off with Asuka to end the show.
The Man wrote, "@WWEAsuka, at the Royal Rumble I'm going to slap that paper plate off your face for cooling down my title. Some people like to rescue animals, but I'm a sucker for titles in distress."
.@WWEAsuka, at the Royal Rumble I'm going to slap that paper plate off your face for cooling down my title. Some people like to rescue animals, but I'm a sucker for titles in distress. https://t.co/maRMrlOnom— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 9, 2019