In the dynamic world of WWE SmackDown, December 15, 2023, proved to be another eventful night as Superstars clashed at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As storylines progressed and rivalries intensified, the WWE Universe witnessed high-octane action and intrigue.
Top of the agenda was LA Knight, who has been vocal about his desire to face Roman Reigns once again for the prestigious Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Knight, still burning from his loss to Reigns at WWE Crown Jewel, is not alone in his pursuit of The Head of the Table. Randy Orton has his own unsettled scores with The Bloodline, marking his SmackDown presence with a clear intent to rekindle his enmity with Reigns. In response to the mounting challenges, Reigns graced the WWE Universe with a much-awaited return to the blue brand.
Shifting focus, the familial rivalry between Randy Orton and The Bloodline witnessed another chapter unfold as Orton stepped into the ring for a confrontational single bout against Jimmy Uso. The match added fuel to the storied conflict between the seasoned Orton and the dominant wrestling dynasty.
Meanwhile, the WWE Women’s division delivered its share of surprises. After last week’s unexpected assault by Michin and Zelina Vega on Kairi Sane and Women’s Champion IYO SKY, vengeance was on the line as Asuka and Sane aimed to settle scores with Michin and Vega. With tensions running high, the women competitors were poised to unleash their fury in a tag team confrontation.
The journey to the United States Championship saw further development as the tournament pressed on with two first-round match-ups. Making his impactful SmackDown debut, Carmelo Hayes squared off against Grayson Waller, while Austin Theory and Kevin Owens revived their longstanding rivalry in their own tournament clash. Santos Escobar and Bobby Lashley had already secured their advancement in the bracket, edging past Dragon Lee and Karrion Kross, respectively, a week prior. With the title currently around the waist of Logan Paul, the competition was heating up as Superstars jostled for position and the coveted championship opportunity.
Per information from WWE’s event page, the night also promised the presence of high-caliber talent, with names like SKY, Bianca Belair, Knight, and Lashley advertised to make appearances.
Opening the night, Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Kevin Patrick welcomed the audiences tuning in from around the globe. Kicking things into gear, The Bloodline made a show-stopping entrance, setting the stage for a night chock-full of WWE SmackDown showdowns.