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WWE SmackDown Live Results 16th January 2018 Results, Live Commentary; Huge Title Match Announced For Tonight

How will the United States Championship tournament pan out?
Updated: 17 January 2018 08:33 IST - Published: 17 January 2018 08:16 IST
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That's the end of tonight's SmackDown Live! We have a new United States Champion in Bobby Roode! Glorious! Here are the results for tonight's show:

- Jinder Mahal defeats Xavier Woods to move to the final of the United States Championship Tournament
- Bobby Roode defeats Mojo Rawley to move to the final of the United States Championship tournament
- The Riott Squad defeat Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch
- Bobby Roode defeats Jinder Mahal to become the new United States Champion
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Roode goes to the top rope and lands a Blockbuster and covers... but Mahal just kicks out. Roode can't believe it.

Roode goes for the Glorious DDT but Mahal counters with a cover, but Roode kicks out. Both men clothesline each other; Roode lands a spinebuster and goes for the Glorious DDT, but Mahal counters.

Mahal goes for the Khallas but Roode countered and hit the Glorious DDT and gets the three count.

Bobby Roode defeats Jinder Mahal to become the new United States Champion
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Jinder goes to work on Roode's ribs again; Roode lands an elbow to the face of Jinder and then somehow clotheslines Jinder out of the ring and then lands another clothesline from the outside. 

Roode goes to the top corner for a crossbody, but didn't land the move properly and Jinder capitalises with a quick cover, but just the two count. 
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After Mahal lands a few punches, Roode tries to counter with a quick cover, but Mahal gets a huge superkick! Jinder covers, but Roode just about kicks out. 
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Roode tries to fight back with a few punches, but Mahal lands a huge knee on Roode's face and covers... but Roode somehow kicks out!
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Jinder continues to go to work on Roode's ribs...
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Back from the break, Mahal is still targetting Roode's rib cage as he drags Roode's ribs onto the ring post and then pushes him into the barricade. 

Mahal now has Roode in an abdominal stretch, as Roode struggles with a rib injury. 
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Jinder immediately pushes Roode to the turnbuckle. Roode lands a few punches and a chop, before Mahal gets a few kicks into Roode's injured ribs. Roode fights back with a couple of punches on Mahal's head; Mahal lands a huge boot, but Roode moves out of the way which pushes Mahal outside. 

Roode follows him outside, but Mahal capitalises on Roode's injury and throws him into the steps, before throwing him ribs first into the barricade, as we head to the commercial break. 
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SmackDown Live GM, Daniel Bryan, and Commissioner, Shane McMahon, are ringside before the start of the US Title Tournament finals between Jinder Mahal (minus The Singh Brothers) and Bobby Roode. 
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Backstage, The Usos are interviewed about their match against Gable and Benjamin at the Royal Rumble and sound supremely confident as they hype their match, but are attacked by Gable and Benjamin during the interview and tell them that they are not going to hold on to their SmackDown tag team titles for long!
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Back from the break, Ruby Riott has taken control for her team and tags in Morgan, who tells Riott to throw Lynch's face into her knees. Lynch tries to get a tag but Morgan pulls her to the floor by her hair. Logan is tagged in and has Lynch in a headlock and then takes her down. Becky recovers and tags in Naomi who punches Logan off the apron and then multiple kicks to Morgan and then a crossbody.

She covers, but just the two count as Logan breaks the count. Charlotte takes out Logan with a spear, but Morgan takes advantage of the distraction and lands what looks like a modified codebreaker and gets the three count.

The Riott Squad defeat Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch. 
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Charlotte and Liv Morgan kick things off to start the match and Flair immediately throws Morgan to the floor twice and covers, for just the one count. Morgan lands a huge kick to Charlotte's face, but counters with huge chops.

Ruby Riott is tagged in, but Charlotte is still in control and tags in Becky Lynch, who lands a few rights before Naomi is tagged in, and as we head into the break, the team of Charlotte, Naomi and Lynch are in control. 
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Roode goes for the Glorious DDT, but Rawley counters and throws him high in the air and Roode falls face first into the mat. Rawley tries to take advantage, but he wastes some time in trash talking and Roode capitalises with a boot to Rawley's face. Roode then lands a Glorious DDT and the three count. 

Bobby Roode defeats Mojo Rawley to advance to the final of the United States Championship tournament.

After the match, Roode is attacked by The Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal arrives on the scene to say that he will defeat him next week. Roode wants the match to happen tonight, but Mahal isn't keen and says the "match will happen on my time". 

SmackDown Live GM Daniel Bryan makes an entrance and announces that the United States Championship match will happen tonight!!!
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Rawley then throws Roode into the turnbuckle and drives into Roode's sternum; Rawley tries it once more, but Roode steps out of the way and Rawley runs into the post. 

Roode takes advantage of this and lands a few clotheslines, and follows it up with the neckbreaker. 
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Back from the break, Rawley still has control of the match and has Roode in a submission hold, but Roode counters; Rawley recovers and lands a huge boot on Roode's face and covers... just the two count. 
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Rawley lands a huge elbow to the face of Roode and then ran into Roode to knock him down, followed by a headbutt. Rawley then lands a huge kick and follows Roode to the outside and pushes him into the barricade. That looked brutal! Rawley looks determined to win the title!
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Right at the start of the match, Rawley throws Roode face first to the mat. Roode then puts Rawley in a headlock, then a knockdown, followed by another headlock...
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In the other second round match of the United States Championship tournament, Bobby Roode will face off against former Hype Bro, Mojo Rawley.
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Backstage, WWE Champion AJ Styles is interviewed and says that he'll be against three people in the Royal Rumble in his handicap match against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens - he counts Owens as two people! 

He then hilariously names the duo as 'Kami' and sounds incredibly confident about retaining his title at Royal Rumble! 
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Woods and Jinder exchange rights; Woods then lands a huge right on Jinder and then an enzuigiri, followed by a Shining Wizard... Woods covers but Jinder just kicks out. 

Meanwhile, Big E and Kofi and The Singh Brothers brawl outside and move to the locker room.

Woods then lands a suplex and then goes to the top rope for an elbow drop, but Mahal moves out and throws him into the bottom rope. Jinder Mahal then lands the Khallas and the three count.

Jinder Mahal defeats Xavier Woods and moves to the final of the United States Championship Tournament. 
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Back from the break, Mahal and Woods are in the second rope and Woods pushes him off the turnbuckle and lands a picture perfect missile drop kick!
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Jinder then lands a knee to Woods' face and covers, but The New Day member shows tenacity and grit to kick out once more.
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In the ring, Woods tries to fight back once more but is thrown face first into the ropes. Woods is struggling on the outside and almost got counted out. Back in the ring, Woods lands a number of rights but Mahal, once again, throws Woods hard into the turnbuckle!! That looked painful.
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Meanwhile, outside, The New Day are throwing pancakes at The Singh Brothers!! That's something we haven't seen before!!!
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... back from the break, Mahal is in control of the match and has Woods in a submission hold. Woods fights back with a kick to the knee of Mahal, but Mahal clotheslines him and covers... just the two count. 
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Mahal covers after a shot to the chest of Woods, but he kicks out, as we go into the commercial break...
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Right off the bat, Mahal knocks down Woods with a HUGE boot to the face of Woods. He then lands a knee drop; Woods tries to recover with a few punches, but Mahal knocks him down once again and puts Woods in a chin lock.
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Howdy, wrasslin' fans from around the world! Tonight's SmackDown kicks off with the United States Tournament, with Xavier Woods - accompanied by his New Day mates - facing former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. 

Before the start of the match, The New Day are campaigning for Xavier Woods to become the next WWE United States Champion. 
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Xavier Woods and Jinder Mahal clash in United States Title Tournament Semifinal
The United States Championship Tournament continues this Tuesday on SmackDown LIVE with the Semifinal Round, and the first matchup will see The New Day’s Xavier Woods taking on former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Woods’ impressive showing in the first round against Aiden English has many believing he can knock Mahal out of the running, but The Modern Day Maharaja had words of warning for The New Day’s resident trombonist last week.

Bobby Roode battles Mojo Rawley in United States Title Tournament Semifinal
The second semifinal battle will see Bobby Roode clash with Mojo Rawley. Roode made it to this point by defeating former United States Champion Baron Corbin, while Rawley pummeled his former Hype Bros partner Zack Ryder to cement his spot in the semifinals.

The two Superstars came face to face last Tuesday when The Glorious One confronted Mojo after his victory over Ryder. However, rather than engage Roode, Rawley chose to leave the ring.

What will happen when these two rising Superstars collide with a championship opportunity hanging in the balance?

Charlotte Flair, Naomi & Becky Lynch take on The Riott squad after being defeated last Tuesday by Becky Lynch, Ruby Riott showed that she and The Riott Squad would not be backing down from The Irish Lass Kicker, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Naomi, issuing a challenge for a Six-Woman Tag Team Match this week on SmackDown LIVE.

The Queen and her friends were more than happy to accept.

How will Owens & Zayn react to Shane McMahon’s meddling in their match?

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn tried to sneak out of a 3-on-2 Handicap Match against AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura last week, once by count-out and once by disqualification, but were thwarted twice by SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, who turned the bout into a No Count-out, No Disqualification brawl.

That did not go well for Owens & Zayn, who felt the wrath of their three rivals before suffering defeat. Surely, this Tuesday, the two friends will be looking for answers. Will they get what they’re looking for from SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, who many think is giving them special treatment?

(Preview credits: WWE.com)