The January 1, 2021 Edition of Smackdown Live was a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand which took place on January 1, 2021 at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After scoring another controversial victory over Kevin Owens inside the Steel Cage on the Christmas edition of SmackDown last week, Roman Reigns came to the squared circle to look back on the year 2020 and praise those near him, including Paul Heyman and especially Jey Uso.
KO soon interrupted, however, insulting The Head of the Table before informing Reigns and Uso that he would be going to WWE Official Adam Pierce in order to secure a match of redemption against Reigns’ unhinged cousin.
After beating Sami Zayn to recapture the Intercontinental Title in one of the biggest wins of his career on Christmas Day, Big E battled the intolerable King Corbin in their scheduled one-on-one matchup - with the self-proclaimed "Master Strategist" joining the SmackDown announce team.
However, when it looked like Big E was about to close the door on Corbin, Zayn suddenly attacked and brought an end to the match by disqualification. The Powerhouse of Positivity soon found himself suffering a 3-on-1 assault at the hands of Zayn and The Knights of the Lone Wolf. Until, all of a sudden, Apollo Crews emerged to clear the ring of all opposition.
As a result, Big E joined together with Crews to take on Sami Zayn & King Corbin. When The Lone Wolf grew frustrated with Zayn trying to run the show and nearly hitting him, King Corbin and his minions decided to take a walk and leave Sami out to dry. This opened the door for Crews to close the door for his team with the Spinning Sit-out Powerbomb.
Although Billie Kay thought she might get a partner to team with her once again against The Riott Squad, she instead unintentionally inspired an unlikely alliance between Natalya and Tamina, as they emerged together for a match against Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott.
During the match, Billie stayed at ringside, although it was unclear at times which team she was supporting. Then, Kay got up on the ring steps. This distracted Tamina long enough for Morgan to roll her up for the quick three-count. However, when Billie tried to celebrate with The Riott Squad, they opted to leave without her.
In an explosive tag team showdown, SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks once again joined forces with Bianca Belair against Bayley & Carmella.
When Bianca and Bayley battled outside the ring, Reginald got himself involved in the action. Moments after The Boss delivered a slap to Reginald on the apron, Carmella used the distraction to plant Banks face-first into the canvas and pin the SmackDown Women's Champion!
The Street Profits’ “New Year’s Day Smoke-Tacular” included a drum solo accompaniment by Angelo Dawkins and 2021 predictions, including Dolph Ziggler getting the nickname "The Heartache Kid" and their “I WAS Intercontinental Champion” shirt will start selling on WWE Shop and become the No. 1 T-Shirt of 2021.
But the celebration was cut short with an absolutely brutal sneak attack by Ziggler and Robert Roode, including a chair assault that appeared to cause a serious injury to Montez Ford's knee.
One week after Daniel Bryan declared his entry into the Royal Rumble Match, The Leader of the “Yes!” Movement prepared for the huge match by teaming with the Alpha Academy’s “Blue-Collar Solid” against Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura.
The Artist and The Swiss Cyborg knocked Otis from the ring. However, when they turned their attention to Bryan, Cesaro was knocked from the ring with Bryan's Running Knee. And with his partner gone, Nakamura was forced to tap out to the "Yes!" Lock.
After Roman Reigns retained his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in controversial fashion last week, KO claimed The Head of the Table needs Jey Uso to keep the title and challenged "Main Event" Jey Uso to a match.
After defeating Uso with the Stunner, Owens handcuffed his defeated opponent to the ring ropes and proceeded to punish him in an effort to get Reigns to come to him.
But when he handcuffed Uso's hands together and looked to continue the onslaught out in the ThumderDome, Roman Reigns ambushed him. Together, Reigns and Uso absolutely destroyed KO, slamming him into the LED screens before The Big Dog hurled his adversary off a ledge, sending him crashing down through a table.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Big E defeated King Corbin (w/ Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler) by DQ (2:50)
- Big E & Apollo Crews defeated Sami Zayn & King Corbin (w/ Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler) (5:10)
- The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) defeated Natalya & Tamina Snuka (w/ Billie Kay) (2:25)
- Bayley & Carmella defeated Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair (10:00)
- Otis & Daniel Bryan (w/ Chad Gable) defeated Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura (10:00)
- Kevin Owens defeated Jey Uso (7:17)
Other on-screen talent
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