The 02/12/19 edition of SmackDown Live, out of the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE SmackDown Live results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1017 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Queen Deserves the Crown
After a recap of Becky Lynch’s suspension at the hands of Vince McMahon last night, Charlotte Flair opened the show to reveal why Vince chose her to replace Becky Lynch in the main event of WrestleMania.
The Queen said everyone’s assumptions that Vince chose her because she is his favorite are wrong, it was actually because she is the very best (duh). Becky said so herself when she chose Charlotte to replace her in the match against Ronda at Survivor Series.
She then addressed Ronda Rousey, saying that she would be at ringside for her match against Ruby Riott at Elimination Chamber, but not to worry, as she had no plans of interfering.
Naomi and Carmella vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs. The IIconics
Loser Enters Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match First
Before the action got started, each of the SmackDown teams in the upcoming Elimination Chamber match for the new Women’s Tag Team Championships gave their reasoning as to why they would be the ones leave the pay-per-view with the titles.
In the ring, Sonya Deville kicked things off against Carmella, and when neither woman was able to defeat the other, they tagged in their partners, Mandy Rose and Naomi. The IIconics wisely kept themselves out of harm’s way, refusing to allow anyone to tag them in.
The remaining four women went back and forth until Naomi hit a split-legged moonsault on Mandy Rose, winning the match for Fabulous Glow. This means that Mandy and Sonya will start the Elimination Chamber match against Bayley and Sasha Banks.
Post-match, The IIconics decided to get their hands a little dirty after all, beating Carmella and Naomi down and standing tall to close things out.
Winner: Naomi and Carmella
McMiz TV: The Usos
After a brief argument over which duo was the best tag team in the world, The Usos and Shane O’Miz played a game of who knows their tag partner best (which Usos would have had in the bag, had Shane and Miz not cheated their way through it).
Things became slightly less friendly when Miz brought up Mandy Rose, leading to Jimmy and Jey laying out Miz and Shane with matching
Mustafa Ali Injury Update
In what appeared to be a snowy back yard, Mustafa Ali gave a heartfelt speech about his disappointment in his body giving out before his heart did. His recent concussion made him ineligible to compete in the Elimination Chamber match on Sunday.
Although it’s definitely a let down that he won’t be able to compete in the pay-per-view, we can only hope he gets well soon and is right back in the main event picture when he is!
6-Man Gauntlet Match
Winner Enters WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match Last
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
After a moment of uncertainty, it was decided that Kofi Kingston would represent The New Day in the match. Bryan did his best to stretch Kofi to the point of tapping out while Kofi effortlessly flew around the ring, wearing the champion down. Kingston caught Bryan with a dropkick as he went for a headbutt and it looked as though Kofi might take the victory here, but the match continued.
Seeing his new leader losing grip on the bout, Rowan interfered. Big E and Xavier Woods brawled with Rowan to get him away from Kingston and were ejected because of it. At first, Rowan was allowed to stay but soon threw Kofi over the barricade while the referee wasn’t looking. The referee was onto him this time,and forced Rowan to leave as well. This allowed Kofi a fair shot against Bryan, and he soon landed a Trouble in Paradise, advancing to the second round of the gauntlet match.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston vs. Jeff Hardy
Worn out from his lengthy match against Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston (understandably) started off a little slower against Jeff Hardy than he had against his first opponent. Much of the start of the match consisted of Kofi avoiding Hardy’s offense, rather than making hard-hitting moves of his own. This abruptly changed when Kofi hit a cross-body off the top rope, then an SOS, winning the second match.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
A fresh Samoa Joe wasted no time putting the boots to Kofi Kingston, clearly thinking that he would easily capture an early victory. What Joe did not expect was Kofi’s determination to defeat his third opponent and continue the streak he had created for himself.
No matter what Joe threw at him, Kofi refused to stay down. After shoving Kofi from the ropes onto the floor, Joe was certain that he would win via countout, but Kofi again persevered. Samoa Joe then caught Kofi in a Coquina Clutch, thinking this time he had Kingston for sure, but Kofi reversed the submission, holding Joe down long enough to advance to the fourth round of the match.
Back on his feet, Samoa Joe was absolutely furious, grabbing Kofi in another Coquina Clutch. Officials attempted to separate them, but by the time Joe was chased away by AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston was already unconscious.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston vs. AJ Styles
AJ Styles, being the honorable gentleman that he is, did his best to revive Kingston, then was very hesitant to fight him once he was back on his feet. His opponent’s refusal to face him incensed Kingston, who became extremely aggressive with Styles until The Phenomenal One had no choice but to fight back.
Angry at this point, Styles held nothing back against the fatigued Kofi Kingston. Miraculously, Kingston held out once again, giving Styles a fight he most certainly hadn’t anticipated. Right after the 60-minute mark, however, Kofi Kingston finally gave in to exhaustion, tapping out to Styles’ Calf Crusher.
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
AJ Styles stood poised in the ring, waiting for his opponent to appear. The Viper took the low road, however, hitting Styles from behind with an RKO outta nowhere, officially becoming the last entrant in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday.
Winner: Randy Orton
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