Smackdown Live (12/4/2018)

Ringside Intel brings you play-by-play and results for tonight’s Smackdown Live (12/4/2018) broadcast. Pre-show starts at 7:50 pm EST and the main show starts at 8 pm EST. Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Asuka sign the contract for their TLC Triple Threat Match. Tweet and follow @RingsideIntel on Twitter.

Smackdown Live: 8 pm EST

Smackdown General Manager Paige comes out and introduces the competitors in the upcoming first-ever women’s TLC match for their contract signing. Becky, Charlotte and Asuka cut promos on each other. Becky is the first to sign the contract and the crowd chants her name as she leaves. Charlotte and Asuka are next to sign but they get into it and Asuka challenges her to a match right now. But then Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville come out and have some gripes about the title picture. Paige ends up making a tag match with Charlotte and Asuka against Rose and Deville.

Tag Team Match: Charlotte Flair & Asuka vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

Rose and Deville score the surprise victory.

Winners: Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

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Triple Threat Match: Jey Uso vs. Cesaro vs. Xavier Woods

One member from each team involved in the upcoming tag title match at TLC will compete in this Triple Threat. Jey Uso picks up the win with a superkick to Cesaro.

Winner: Jey Uso

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Rusev cuts a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura.

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The Miz is in the ring for an edition of Miz TV. Before he can get into it, R-Truth and Carmella come out and do a dance break. Then they leave again. Miz introduces his guest, WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. Bryan says he recently realized he doesn’t care about the fans’ opinions anymore and that’s why he is now champion. He’s willing to do what needs to be done. Bryan points out that the fans are all sheep, noting their predictable “What?” chant, then he quotes Alexander Hamilton about how giving power to the mindless masses is dangerous for society.

Bryan says all these people are destroying the world, destroying the environment, with their mass consumption. Bryan says his only sin is that he kicked one man in the groin, on one day, to get the title. These people destroy the world each and every day, day after day. Count the sins, Bryan says. Miz says Bryan had been on him about being the bad guy for years, and now he’s taking a page out of his playbook. Miz wants to know if Bryan has become champion by ultimately listening to him. Bryan answers yes. Then no. Then yes again. Then no again. And over and over.

Bryan says it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that the old Daniel Bryan is dead. AJ Styles’ music hits and out comes the former champ. Styles chases Bryan around but then attacks Miz after he gets in the way. Bryan gets hold of Styles and Miz ends up hitting him with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Bryan makes his way back up the aisle and he looks, almost admiringly, at Miz, his former enemy, who just came to his rescue. It is a new day, indeed.

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Singles Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton

During the match, Samoa Joe comes on the big screen and causes a distraction, allowing Orton to hit an RKO for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton

After the match, Joe comes back on the big screen and gives Jeff a lecture about “moderation” when consuming alcoholic beverages.

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Singles Match: AJ Styles vs. The Miz

Daniel Bryan joins the commentary table. Bell sounds and Miz and Styles lock horns and jockey for position. Styles levels Miz with a dropkick and then mean mugs Bryan at ringside. Miz turns the tide and starts to put together some attacks on Styles. Bryan flips out on Byron Saxton for asking him a question about what his daughter will think of his actions. Miz clocks Styles with a kick to the face as it cuts to commercial.

Back again and Styles plants Miz with some shots. He delivers a fireman carry-neckbreaker for a nearfall. Miz fires back and the two scramble until Miz spikes Styles with a big DDT for a nearfall of his own. They end up outside the ring and Bryan steps toward Styles. Bryan offers him a handshake, but it’s just a distraction, as Miz throws Styles into the steel steps. Back in the ring and Miz hits the Skull-Crushing Finale. He pins. 1-2-… but Styles gets the shoulder up.

Miz distracts the ref and Bryan tries to interfere again. Styles kicks him off and then gets a Calf-Crusher on Miz, forcing him to tap.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match, Bryan attacks Styles and goes to work on his leg. Bryan throws Styles’ leg into the ring-post repeatedly. He mercilessly batters Styles around the ringside area. In the ring, Bryan slaps a heel-hook on Styles and wrenches the leg until officials run out and pull him off. The crowd boos. Bryan pretends like he’s going to leave but then he goes back for more, stomping Styles over and over. Then Bryan grabs his title and poses for the crowd as they vocalize their distaste for his actions.

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