48 hours removed from Survivor Series, SmackDown Live had the tough task of living in a world where they finished second best to Raw with a whole year before they can attempt to rectify that. Team Blue had to try and leave that fact in the past and look ahead though. After all, the next pay-per-view will be a blue one, Clash of Champions in December. Tuesday night marked the end of the fight for brand supremacy and the beginning of the build to SmackDown Live's next big show.
5. Who Are The Heels And Who Are The Faces?
The Usos picked up one of SmackDown Live's three wins at Survivor Series with a win over The Bar. In the build to the pay-per-view, Jimmy and Jey had their hands full with Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. That rivalry continued this past Tuesday when Jey Uso went one on one with Shelton. What is becoming less and less clear in this feud is who the fans should root for and who they should root against. The Usos turned heel earlier this year, but ironically that only seems to have made the fans like them more. Benjamin and Gable, on the other hand, are meant to be clean cut babyfaces, but their actions lately suggest otherwise. During the singles match this week, Gable even jumped up on the apron and set the wheels in motion for what eventually turned out to be a Shelton win.
4. Texas Doesn't Deserve A WWE Championship Match
At Survivor Series on Sunday night, Tom Phillips dropped a bombshell when he revealed that Jinder Mahal had revoked his WWE Championship rematch clause. That just two days later on SmackDown Live, The Phenomenal One would have to shake off his defeat from The Beast and put his title on the line. Well, somewhere between Sunday night and Tuesday night WWE decided that wasn't going to happen. Instead, they merely had Styles come to the ring and talk about his loss at the hands of Lesnar. It was at that point Jinder Mahal appeared on the titantron and revealed that his championship rematch would actually be taking place at Clash Of Champions next month.
3. Apparently, A Lumberjack Match Is Worse Than Getting Fired
The biggest issue for SmackDown Live coming out of Survivor Series was obviously the attack by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on Shane McMahon. It effectively cost Team Blue the main event and hence Raw won the entire night. That all meant that Shane-O Mac was the first out on Tuesday night and he demanded Zayn and KO join him. The commissioner had punishment of the highest order on his mind and actually wanted to fire the troublesome pair. Daniel Bryan intervened, however, and had what he believed to be a more fitting punishment on his mind—a lumberjack match against The New Day. The entire rest of the roster would act as the lumberjacks, and obviously, none of them are big fans of Owens and Zayn right now.
2. NXT Will Have No Women Left
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose aligned with Paige on Raw on Monday night in what was a pretty shocking turn of events. Fans joked that the SmackDown Live women's division needed a little injection of their own in order to level the playing field. Wel,l stop joking and start believing because Team Blue got themselves three brand new Superstars on Tuesday night. Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan arrived and immediately introduced themselves to Naomi. The pleasantries began and ended there though as the trio then went about beating down the leader of the Glow Movement. Becky Lynch tried to help out, but only wound up getting an even worse beating than Naomi had suffered. SmackDown Live's new threesome didn't stop there either. Later in the night, they also attacked Charlotte and Natalya, throwing the Women's Championship match into disarray.
1. Owens And Zayn's Win Probably Didn't Feel Like A Win
As ordered by Daniel Bryan, the main event of the night was a tag team lumberjack match. Owens and Zayn took on The New Day with the rest of the roster surrounding the ring. As expected the Canadians did try to escape, but that proved to be almost impossible. Deep into the match though, Baron Corbin accidentally struck fellow lumberjack Bobby Roode and well naturally chaos ensued. All the lumberjacks began fighting among each other and amidst all the chaos, Sami Zayn rolled up Kofi Kingston for the win. KO immediately took his leave through the crowd but Zayn wasn't so lucky. The victor was left to suffer a beat down from all three members of New Day. So much for friendship.