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Cathy Kelly is backstage with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Cathy asks about Bryan’s title shot. Bryan goes on about how people are mentally breaking because of The Fiend, but he’s the only one who hasn’t and he will prove that by winning at the Royal Rumble. Reigns says that means Bryan is walking into WrestleMania 36 with the Universal Title, which is perfect because he’s entering the Rumble and winning it. Reigns declares that the WrestleMania main event will be Reigns vs. Bryan. Reigns goes on about how Bryan took the title from him. Bryan says if Reigns is trying to fire him up, that will do it and he’ll be even more ready at WrestleMania. They are on the same page for tonight’s main event, but ready to battle for the title at WrestleMania.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs. King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler
We go back to the ring and out first comes Roman Reigns for tonight’s main event. The pyro goes off and Reigns heads to the ring. The announcers talk about Reigns’ defeating Dolph Ziggler on the FOX New Year’s Eve special. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans is announced for next week. We go to the ring and out first comes Dolph Ziggler for his team. King Baron Corbin is out next and he’s carried on his caravan. The bell rings and Corbin goes at it with Reigns to start. Corbin unloads in the corner and beats Reigns down. Reigns comes back and hits an early Drive By on Corbin. Ziggler interferes, allowing Corbin to turn it around as they re-enter the ring. Ziggler goes to work on Reigns but Reigns drops him with a big boot in the middle of the ring.
Bryan tags in and rocks Ziggler with uppercuts. Bryan ducks a Ziggler clothesline and kicks Corbin through the ropes. Bryan sends Ziggler out. Fans chant “yes!” but we start to hear the laughs of WWE Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt echo out over the arena. Bryan looks around and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Reigns unloads in the corner with clotheslines to Corbin as fans count along. Reigns with a big boot now. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch but has to stop and knock Ziggler off the apron. Corbin catches Reigns with a Deep Six for a close 2 count. Corbin takes it out and sends Reigns into the steel ring steps. Corbin sends Reigns face-first into the top of the announce table and brings it back in. Ziggler taunts Reigns on the mat, getting in his face now as the legal man.
Reigns unloads on Ziggler but Ziggler comes back with a neckbreaker. Corbin tags back in and stomps away. Corbin plays the heel and launches Reigns into the turnbuckles for more boos. Bryan looks on as Corbin sends Reigns back into the ring post and the referee warns him. Fans try to rally for Reigns but Corbin sends him into the corner again with power. Reigns finally nails a big Superman Punch out of nowhere. Ziggler and Bryan both reach for tags as fans pop.
Bryan and Ziggler unload on each other with strikes in the middle of the ring. Bryan with a big flying clothesline in the middle of the ring. Fans pop for Bryan as he gets hyped up. Bryan with a big dropkick in the corner and then Yes Kicks as fans go along with him. Bryan takes Ziggler to the top for a hurricanrana to the mat. Bryan calls for fans to get the chant going now. Bryan with more Yes Kicks while Ziggler is on his knees now. Ziggler ducks the final kick and rolls Bryan for a close 2 count. Bryan goes right into the LeBell Lock. Corbin comes from behind and finally breaks the hold with a cheap shot. Corbin goes for a chokeslam but reigns blocks it with a big Spear. Ziggler superkicks Reigns out. Bryan blocks a Zig Zag and hits the big running knee to Ziggler. Bryan sits up but the lights go out in the arena and we hear the familiar sounds of The Fiend’s arrival.
The Fiend appears at ringside as the red light shines over the arena. The menacing sounds play. Bryan runs the ropes and nails as suicide dive, sending Wyatt into the barrier. Bryan unloads on The Fiend but he keeps taking everything. Wyatt applies the Mandible Claw and uses it to launch Bryan through the barrier. The Fiend puts Bryan back down on the ground with the Mandible and laughs to the mixed reactions. The menacing sounds start back up as The Fiend stands tall over Bryan. The lights go out again and The Fiend disappears.
The lights come back on and we see WWE officials checking on Bryan in the barrier debris at ringside. Reigns comes over to check on Bryan but Ziggler attacks and sends Reigns into Bryan on the ground. Corbin joins in and brings Reigns in the ring. Corbin pounds on Reigns and he has handcuffs now. Ziggler and Corbin look to chain Reigns up in the ring and humiliate him again as Ziggler pulls out a can of dog food like before. The music suddenly hits and out comes The Usos for their return.
Fans pop as Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso meet Ziggler with a double superkick. They send Corbin out and then nails a double suicide dive on both heels as Reigns starts to recover. The Usos help Reigns to his feet as their music hits. Ziggler and Corbin recover at ringside and look on. The first SmackDown of 2020 goes off the air with The Usos standing in the ring with Reigns.