WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 18 | Bleacher Report
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On the road to WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2020, the final stop was the December 18 edition of Friday Night SmackDown. This show, airing for the rare time on FS1, promised an impressive event ahead of the last big pay-per-view of the WWE year.
The Street Profits have been unstoppable as tag team champions, holding the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship combined for 289 days as of this SmackDown. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode had plans to finally unseat Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford.
Bianca Belair has been a thorn in Bayley’s side since WWE Survivor Series. The Role Model had a plan to teach a lesson to The EST in a battle of the present and future of the women’s division.
Carmella announced she would hold a Champagne Toast ahead of her match with Sasha Banks at WWE TLC, basking in the certainty she would walk out as the new SmackDown women’s champion.
After feeling slighted by the “biased” Slammy Awards, Sami Zayn decided it was time to create his own annual award show: the Sami Awards. He presented his year-end successes for the world.
This show had so much going for it, and it was all up to WWE to let the talent shine through on the go-home show for TLC.
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Kevin Owens called out Roman Reigns. He demanded that they fight right away. He explained that he told his family not to watch what he did to The Tribal Chief on Sunday. He called Reigns a hypocrite and a poor example to his children.
Paul Heyman appeared on the titantron, labeling Owens a masochist for putting himself in Reigns’ line of sight after the beatdown he faced last week. KO stopped listening. He headed to the back to find The Tribal Chief.
Adam Pearce talked down Owens, telling him to wait for Sunday. Reigns headed to the ring as Owens walked by a monitor backstage. Reigns demanded KO acknowledge him and apologize. KO marched down to the ring before Jey Uso attacked him from behind. Officials saved Owens from further harm.
The promos in this rivalry have been excellent, but this might have been the best work yet. KO’s calm, dangerous tone translated so well. Even if it is hard to imagine him beating The Tribal Chief, he is clearly willing to take this fight to a level he has rarely gone.
From the family drama to the frequent mind games, this rivalry has slowly but surely risen to similar heights as Reigns’ battles with Uso. It has been wonderful to watch Owens regain his fire while finding a different but still memorable chemistry with The Tribal Chief.
This was the only sell for WWE TLC SmackDown needed. The stage is set for a motivated Owens to do anything to overcome the odds and truly overcome Reigns.