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By Richard Trionfo on 2019-01-01 22:00:00

We are back and Samoa Joe says he proved that he was telling Jeff Hardy the truth.  Your obsession over him was your downfall.  When he wins the Fatal Five Way and then wins the WWE Championship, it will only send you further into your madness and rage.

John Cena makes his way to the ring.

John says the crowd is all over the place but it is good to feel that energy.  John says New Year's is a great time to look ahead and also to look back.  He bought a ticket to Wrestlemania and he probably shouldn't have had those beers before his match.  His personal life was shown on television.  He wrote a children's book.  He spent six months in China.  He also thinks his hairstyle is a good thing.  John says he still thinks he can float like a butterfly and sting like a bumblebee. 

John says we need to ask one question.  It is not 'what' or 'wooo'.  It is 'Why'?  Why is he here?  John says he does not have a reason.  The great thing is that in 30 seconds some man is going to come out and call him a broken down Hollywood wannabe who should leave as fast a Nikki Bella left him.  John wants someone's music to play.

It is not some man's music that plays, but THE MAN'S music and Becky Lynch comes out.

Becky welcomes John back before getting into the ring.  

Becky asks John how does it feel.  Becky asks how does it feel that you were expecting a man to come out, but you did not expect THE MAN to come out.  Becky says John said he felt like he was back where he belonged, but it is not that simple.  Becky says she was not aiming to pass Charlotte on the posters and billboards, she was looking to pass John Cena.  You personify everything that this company is . . . maybe was.  It is time for someone to take over your spot and fill your shoes and that is her.

Becky tells John if you have a problem with that, Nikki Bella won't be the only woman to drop you this year.

Andrade Almas' music plays and he comes out with Zelina Vega.

Zelina says she hates to interrupt this testosterone battle between the two men in the ring.  You are both former champions.  The key word is former . . . past tense, old news.  The McMahons promised a fresh start with new faces.  The year just started and all they see is an older face in John Cena and in Becky Lynch, she sees a broken face.  That didn't really heal up did it?  

Zelina introduces herself to John and she says she is the business manager to El Idolo, the future of Smackdown, Andrade Almas.  The year 2019 will be the Year of Tranquilo.

John introduces himself and he tells Zelina how this is done.  He says that Zelina is out of her weight class and he says Becky could beat up Almas.  John makes a challenge for a tag match.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three:  John Cena and Becky Lynch versus Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas

Becky tells John that he has this and will start the match against Vega.  They lock up and Becky with a side head lock.  Vega with forearms but Becky with a shoulder tackle.  Becky with a leg lariat and then she gets in Almas' face but Almas waves her off.  Vega tags in Almas and Becky wants to face Almas, but due to the rules Cena has to come in.  Cena isn't too excited to come in and he is willing to let Becky continue so Becky tags John in with some emphasis.

They lock up and Almas with a side head lock.  Almas goes Tranquilo in the ropes and Vega joins.  They go for a test of strength and Almas with a side head lock.  Cena with a side head lock.  Cena with a wrist lock and he wants to tag in Becky but Almas with kicks and punches.  Almas with a forearm and side head lock.  Almas with a side head lock take down.  Cena with a kick and Vega distracts Cena and allows Almas to hit Cena from behind.  Almas with forearms and knees in the corner.  Vega with a kick to Cena while Almas distracts the referee.  Almas gets a near fall.

Almas kicks Cena as he tries to get to his corner to make the tag.  Almas goes for a suplex but Cena blocks it and Cena with a suplex.  Almas with a clothesline and he gets a near fall.  Almas kicks Cena in the corner and he sets for the double knee strike and connects.  Almas gets a near fall.  Almas stands on Cena's ankle and then kicks Cena in the back.  Almas with forearms.  Almas goes to the turnbuckles for a moonsault and Cena moves but Almas hits the second one and gets a near fall.  Almas with an arm bar.  Almas with a forearm and he chokes Cena in the ropes.

Vega works over Cena in the ropes while Almas is with the referee.  Almas kicks Cena in the corner and then he climbs the turnbuckles to punch Cena.  Almas stands on Cena's shoulders in the corner.  Almas sets for the double knee strike but Almas misses when Cena moves out of the way.  Both men are down and Cena crawls to his corner and he makes the tag.  Becky with a slam to Vega followed by a back heel kick and flying forearm.  Becky kicks Vega in the corner and connects with European uppercuts.  Becky with an exploder.  Becky goes up top and hits a missile drop kick for a near fall.

Becky sets for DisArmHer and Almas pulls Vega out of the way.  Cena with the two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and Five Knuckle Shuffle to Almas.  Cena with an Attitude Adjustment followed by the Lightning Fist.  Becky pushes Cena out of the ring and Vega tries for a rollup but Becky with DisArmHer and Vega taps out.

Winners:  Becky Lynch and John Cena

After the match, Cena offers his hand to Becky but she walks away.

We take a look at last week's MizTV with Shane McMahon.

Shane McMahon is in his office and Miz enters. 

Miz thanks Shane for giving them a chance.  Last week, he was a little embarrassed about opening up.  Shane says he empathizes with Miz.  Shane says he has so much going on and Miz wants to know if Shane is backing out.  Shane says he is in.  Miz says he has something for Shane and he says that a team thinks together and they dress together.  Miz shows Shane their new look.

Shane says it feels like something in the Matrix and he does not feel it.  Miz takes off his jacket and says he doesn't even like it.  Miz suggests something that shows their passion.  Miz says if Shane thinks that is hot on the outside, wait until you see the inside.  Shane asks whose body did he use.  Shane suggests tapping into Miz' creativity.  Shane leaves while Miz brainstorms.

Miz looks for Shane as we go to commercial.

We are back with the New to The Main Roster video feature.

Asuka is in the back and Triple H stops by to congratulate her and he says it is that time of year.  Hunter asks Asuka who she feels deserves a shot at the Women's Championship.  Asuka says she will fight anyone because NO ONE IS READY FOR ASUKA.

Charlotte Flair happens to be standing there.  Charlotte says if it wasn't for Ronda Rousey, she would be champion.  She wants the title match.  Carmella says she was champion for 130 days and she beat both of them.  Becky says you can bicker all you want, but there is only one option to face Asuka and that is The Man. 

Hunter says he will take it under advisement and will let them know when they make a decision.

Asuka walks away.

Match Number Four:  Samoa Joe versus Mustafa Ali versus AJ Styles versus Randy Orton versus Rey Mysterio in a Number One Contender Match for Royal Rumble

Ali goes after Joe and Joe sends Ali face first to the mat and Ali rolls to the floor.  Styles with an enzuigiri to Joe and then he goes after Rey and hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker.  Styles punches Orton and kicks him in the corner.  Styles with a chop and Ali trips AJ and pulls him to the floor.  AJ sends Ali face first into the ring post.  Orton with a forearm to knock AJ off the apron.  Orton sets for the IEDDT on Ali but Ali with an enzuigiri followed by a rolling X Factor for a near fall.  

We see Daniel Bryan watching in the back as Rey hits a springboard seated splash.  AJ kicks Rey and gives him a hard Irish whip.  AJ with another hard Irish whip and Rey goes sternum first into the turnbuckles.  AJ punches Rey.  Rey with a kick and a springboard rana to send AJ to the floor.  Orton cuts off Rey and hits a power slam on Rey.  Ali with a drop kick to Orton.  Joe with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Ali.  Styles with a springboard moonsault into a reverse DDT and he gets a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Orton with boots to AJ.  Rey with a kick to the leg and forearms.  Orton drops down to give Rey a European uppercut.  Styles with a series of strikes to Orton and then he kicks Rey and clotheslines Orton over the top rope to the floor.  AJ with a baseball slide to Joe and then he sends Rey under the bottom rope to the floor.  Styles with an Irish whip to Ali and AJ is sent to the apron and connects with a forearm.  Joe with a leg trip to AJ on the apron followed by a back drop driver onto the apron by Orton and Joe with a uranage to send AJ through the announce table.

Ali with a corkscrew pescado onto Joe and Rey with a seated senton onto Orton.  Rey and Ali get into the ring.  Rey offerrs his hand and Ali shakes it but Rey with a waist lock.  Ali with a standing switch.  Rey with a satellite head scissors but Ali lands on his feet.  Rey with a head scissors and Rey is sent to the apron.  Rey with a forearm and Ali stops Rey on the turnbuckles.  Rey pushes Ali off the turnbuckles and Ali lands on his feet.  Ali with Spanish Fly to Rey.  Ali gets a near fall but Joe breaks it up.  Joe with knees to Ali.

Joe with an Irish whip to Ali and Joe misses a splash into the corner.  Ali with a tornado DDT and he goes up top.  Ali goes for the inward 450 but Joe moves.  Joe with the Coquina Clutch on Ali and Ali gets to the ropes but that will not stop Joe from applying the hold.  A Rey Mysterio 619 will stop Joe.  Rey with a 619 to Ali but Orton pulls Rey to the floor.   Orton with an RKO to Ali and Rey breaks up the cover with a springboard leg drop.

Rey with an enzuigiri that staggers Orton and he falls into the ropes.  Rey with a 619.  Joe grabs Mysterio but Rey with a rana.  Styles with a springboard 450 splash for the three count.

Winner:  AJ Styles

We go to credits.


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