With Raw lasting more than three hours each and every week and SmackDown Live almost always lasting exactly two, there are naturally going to be more big moments in the former than the latter on the majority of occasions. It's just simple math. This week was even more likely with Raw having the advantage of staging its 25th anniversary which was a show jam-packed with Superstars and moments. Tuesday night's show was the go home for the Royal Rumble this weekend however so never fear, there were plenty of big moments to choose from to make up our top five on SmackDown Live.
5. Ten Years Later And Kofi's Still Got It
This week doesn't just mark the 25th anniversary of Raw and the 30th anniversary of the Royal Rumble. It also marks ten years as a WWE Superstar for Kofi Kingston. Since Big E and Xavier Woods are so much younger than Kingston, they often make fun of him for his age but take nothing away from the former United States Champion as he has most definitely still got it. He and his fellow New Day members announced their entry into the Rumble match this past Tuesday so we will likely see some inventive stunt from Kingston. In six-man tag action on SmackDown Live this week though we saw the high flier do what he does best. Kingston threw himself backward over the ropes, a stunt he has mastered in his 10 years on the roster, taking out both Rusev and Jinder Mahal.
4. Slammed Face First
The four women who are being led by Paige and Ruby Riott in their separate factions have been getting a bit of a bad wrap since arriving on Raw and SmackDown Live. Both their in-ring skills and mic ability have been left wanting, but that's exactly why they have been paired up with more experienced heads. Liv Morgan was given a fresh chance to shine this past Tuesday against Naomi and even though she was ultimately beaten, she looked good doing it. There was a point in the match where she dodged kick after kick from Naomi in what was an entertaining spot, then there's the move featured in the GIF above. Time that move wrong, and it could either look terrible or seriously hurt Naomi. Morgan nailed it though and landed it safely but made it look devastating.
3. A Different Type Of Dive
There were quite a lot of reasons why SmackDown Live was a little lackluster last week. One of the main reasons was because the blue brand's star attraction didn't feature, their tag division. All of the show's tag teams are shining right now and thankfully the scene returned to television this week. Chad Gable took on Jey Uso in a one-on-one match before their respective teams go to war in a two out of three falls match at the Royal Rumble this Sunday. The two men put on a predictably great match and despite eventually losing, Usos' odd-angled suicide dive provided the heart-in-mouth moment of the matchup. The fans in the front row instantly jumped to their feet to see how exactly the tag champ hit the floor.
2. RKO Outta Nowhere!
Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin are no strangers to one another having met in the ring a few times since both being on SmackDown Live. While they may meet again in the Royal Rumble match this weekend, the two couldn't wait until then to do battle once more. The King of Strong Style went one on one with The Lone Wolf this past Tuesday in a match that was better than most would have likely expected it to be. A Kinshasha that was reversed into a Deep Six by Corbin was impressive, but not enough to keep his opponent down. An RKO from an interfering Randy Orton on the other hand? That brought a swift and abrupt end to the match. Plus Corbin got one for good measure also.
1. An Impressive Double Finisher
AJ Styles got off to a terrific start in the first of his two matches at the end of this week's SmackDown Live. The WWE Champion did not hang around and had Kevin Owens tapping to the calf crusher just a couple of minutes after the bell rang. Sami Zayn managed to do a lot better than that. He did well to do so as well considering his injured best friend being tended to at ringside could have easily distracted him from the matter at hand. Instead, it was distracting The Phenomenal One who kept returning to KO to inflict more punishment. That short attention span ultimately cost Styles. While he was distracted, Zayn hit him with a Helluva Kick and then smashed him to the mat with a Blue Thunder Bomb for good measure. A great looking way to end a match and a show.