WWE SmackDown | 2024

prabuteamJanuary 20, 2024

The journey to the Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 27 continued on Friday night’s SmackDown. The Fox broadcast was ablaze as the contract signing for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship took center stage, featuring Roman Reigns defending against AJ Styles, LA Knight, and Randy Orton.

In a dazzling turn of events, United States Champion Logan Paul made a return, gracing The Kevin Owens Show alongside his Rumble challenger. The impact of these developments on the top feuds and Superstars leading up to the first premium live event of 2024 was significant. Let’s dive into the announced segments for the January 19 episode:

  1. Contract signing for the Fatal 4-Way Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at Royal Rumble with Roman Reigns, LA Knight, Randy Orton, and AJ Styles.
  2. The KO Show featuring United States Champion Logan Paul.
  3. Randy Orton facing off against Solo Sikoa.
  4. Butch and Tyler Bate taking on Pretty Deadly.
  5. Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Kayden Carter and Katana Chance vs. The Unholy Union (Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn).
  6. LWO (Carlito, Cruz Del Toro, and Joaquin Wilde) vs. Santos Escobar, Angel Garza, and Humberto Carrillo.

SmackDown kicked off with a dismayed Roman Reigns, who declared his return to rectify the situation with Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa. Sikoa pledged to fix everything, setting a tense atmosphere.

The sold-out State Farm Arena witnessed LA Knight, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton entering to sign the contract for their Royal Rumble title match against The Tribal Chief. However, Paul Heyman dropped a bombshell, revealing that Reigns would not be signing the contract that night. SmackDown GM Nick Aldis threatened to strip Reigns of the title, leading to a chaotic altercation between Styles and Knight. Orton capped off the segment by menacingly threatening Heyman with an RKO.

This intense segment ignited the crowd, paving the way for a potential showdown between Styles and Knight. The pull-apart brawl hinted at a possible match between them, possibly even on the same night. Heyman, true to form, delivered captivating facial expressions, while Knight’s sustained popularity bodes well for his future in the spotlight.


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