Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton’s main event match took a horrifying turn when The Viper sadistically targeted The Biggest Little Man after the bell. Elsewhere, Charlotte Flair and Daniel Bryan addressed their surprising actions over the past week.
Fresh off her shocking assault of Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey during their instant classic at Survivor Series, Charlotte Flair arrived on SmackDown LIVE with a simple message: She wasn’t sorry. The Queen stated that she fulfilled her intention of fighting for Becky Lynch, so she did exactly what she thought Lynch would’ve done. Charlotte’s cold words prompted the arrival of SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige. The two talked about Ronda’s promise to finish what Charlotte started, and Flair responded by vowing to put the boots to Rousey again if she bumped into her at WWE TLC: Tables Ladders & Chairs next month. However, Paige also delivered some bad news, announcing that she was fining The Queen a staggering $100,000 after she attacked five WWE officials this past Sunday.
Before Charlotte could fully respond to the fine announcement, she was interrupted by The IIconics, who ran The Queen down for her actions this past Sunday. Certainly in no mood for talk, Flair bluntly told The IIconics that if they wanted a fight, then they could get one right now.
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan famously said “Fight for your dreams, and they will fight for you” several months ago when he emotionally announced that he had been cleared to return to in-ring competition. However, that mantra has now been completely flipped on its head, with Bryan declaring that his shocking attitude change last week was due to his dreams. Bryan revealed that his dream to regain the WWE Title compelled him to kick AJ Styles below the belt last week to secure his title victory. With the WWE Universe in complete shock, he then said that the old Daniel Bryan and The “Yes!” Movement were dead. All that was left now was the WWE Champion and a man who would never again give up on his dreams.
With Rey Mysterio clearly labeled as Randy Orton’s newest target, the two faced off in one-on-one competition on the blue brand. Orton, resentful of Mysterio’s connection with the WWE Universe, attempted to bring his usual methodical attack to The Biggest Little Man in the SmackDown LIVE main event.
Orton relentlessly attempted to wear down Rey-Rey with several stinging strikes and attempted to rip off Mysterio’s legendary mask, but Mysterio fired back with his signature heart and dynamic offense. In the pivotal moment, The Apex Predator struck with an unbelievable RKO on the outside when Rey was attempting his signature head-first slide. Orton then dragged Rey’s lifeless body into the ring and connected with another RKO to pick up the win. Clearly not satisfied with merely claiming the victory, The Viper grabbed a steel chair, placed it around Rey’s neck and ran his foe into the ring post. Standing over his prey, Orton stole Rey’s mask and held it in the air as medical personnel tended to the clearly hurt Mysterio.
In other action … Charlotte Flair def. Billie Kay … Charlotte Flair def. Peyton Royce via disqualification … Shane McMahon and The Miz teamed up in a tag bout after “Miz TV” … The New Day def. The Bar & Big Show in a Thanksgiving Feast Fight … and Asuka & Naomi def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville.