When The Bar crashed The Miz’s “Bestie Birthday Bash” for Shane McMahon, it led to an impromptu match between Miz and Sheamus that saw The Bar covered in cake. Elsewhere, SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka and Becky Lynch attempted to one-up each other as their Royal Rumble title clash approaches.
After WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan disrespected the WWE Universe from the concourse last week, mocking them for their lifestyle choices and eating habits, AJ Styles took to the concourse this week to celebrate everything from hot dogs to the soft drinks we wash them down with! However, Styles got more than he bargained for when Bryan popped out of nowhere, sucker-punched AJ and began to beat him down. The Phenomenal One rallied back in the scrap to take down The Beard, slamming the WWE Champion through a table before security pried him away.
In one of the most anticipated rematches in recent SmackDown LIVE history, Rey Mysterio collided with Andrade on SmackDown LIVE. With both Superstars looking to prove their superiority as well as claim a big win ahead of the Royal Rumble event, Rey and Andrade produced a high-octane thriller from the jump.
Highlights included Rey dropping Andrade with everything from a dazzling hurricanrana off the top turnbuckle onto the ringside floor and Andrade pummeling Rey with his signature impactful, freaky-athletic offense. In the height of the action, Mysterio drilled his foe with a 619 and was seemingly nearing victory. However, when Zelina Vega got on the apron and distracted the referee, Andrade swiped Rey off the top rope and connected with a hanging Hammerlock DDT, securing another win over The Greatest Mask of All Time.
The Miz spared no expense or grand gesture as he attempted to throw “The Best Birthday Bash in the World” for his tag team partner and co-bestie, Shane McMahon. Miz went all out, ordering two cakes (with an image of Miz and Shane on one of them) for his partner, a new pair of sneakers that noted sneakerhead Shane-O-Mac had never even seen before and a full highlight reel of Shane McMahon’s most memorable career moments, concluding with Shane and The A-Lister becoming a tag team.
Shane, although skeptical at first, seemed genuinely touched by Miz’s thoughtfulness and then opened up to Miz about how he’s always wanted to be Tag Team Champion and that he is honored to be walking into Royal Rumble with Miz as his partner. Miz assured Shane that they would achieve Shane’s dream by becoming SmackDown Tag Team Champions at Royal Rumble. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly, and the “Birthday” song began to be sung, but SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar arrived, clearly with party-pooping on their minds.
Sheamus & Cesaro made it clear that Miz & Shane should get all the celebrating out of their systems now because there was no way they would be celebrating after their match with the REAL best tag team in the world at the Royal Rumble. Shane-O-Mac took great exception to that claim, suggesting that Sheamus & Cesaro couldn’t be all that great since they had to resort to sneak-attacking his partner last week. Shane then suggested that Sheamus should square off with Miz right now if he’s really as big and bad as he’s suggesting. Miz was a bit taken aback since he wasn’t dressed to compete, but Shane built his partner up, reminding Miz that Shane wasn’t dressed to compete when he won the WWE World Cup. With Shane clearly confident in Miz’s ability to pull it off, The A-Lister seemingly became overcome with self-assurance and told The Celtic Warrior to bring it on.
In other action … The IIconics interrupted a standoff between Asuka and Becky Lynch … Becky Lynch def. Peyton Royce … Asuka def. Billie Kay … Samoa Joe heinously assaulted Mustafa Ali prior to their scheduled match … and The Miz def. Sheamus.