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WWE SmackDown Live Results, 26th December 2017, Live Updates And Commentary; Two Big Names Confirmed For Royal Rumble

Will SmackDown Live erupt into chaos once again?
Updated: 27 December 2017 08:33 IST - Published: 27 December 2017 08:17 IST
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Here are the results of tonight's matches on SmackDown Live:

- Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeat Rusev and Aiden English, and The New Day, and are the No. 1 contenders for The Usos' tag team titles
- Ruby Riott defeats Naomi
- Bobby Roode defeats Baron Corbin in the first round of the United States Championship tournament
- Jinder Mahal defeats Tye Dillinger in the first round of the United States Championship tournament
- Kevin Owens defeats AJ Styles
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AJ Styles who looks displeased, stares at Shane, who mouths "I'm sorry", while Owens and Zayn are celebrating in the ring! 
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Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring and tells the referee to eject Zayn from ringside. The referee is distracted when Styles has Owens in a roll-up cover and what looked like a clear three count.

Owens then gets a roll-up cover, and now the referee who is back, counts to three.

Kevin Owens defeats AJ Styles
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Owens puts Styles to the top rope but Styles somehow gets off the top rope; Styles then takes out Sami Zayn on the outside, while Owens is thrown into the post. 

Zayn interferes once again, and Owens almost capitalised on it as he lands a super kick, but Styles kicked out. 
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Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Owens counters for a Pop Up Powerbomb, which is countered by Styles, who lands a Pele Kick. Owens lands a gutbuster and then an elbow from the top rope and covers, but just the two count. 

Acrobatic Owens, there!
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Styles then lands a Ushigoroshi on Owens; the two then trade rights and lefts. Styles gets multiple combination punches and a huge forearm on a tired Owens, who is struggling to get to his feet. 
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Styles somehow recovers and lands a huge facebuster on Owens, who lands heavily on his face. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Owens moves out of the way. 

Owens then lands a neckbreaker on Styles and covers... but just the two count.
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Owens has Styles in a sleeper and the WWE Champion tries to fight back but Owens shows no mercy as he lands a hug kick, and continues to put Styles in a sleeper hold. 
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Owens puts Styles in a sleeper and then lands a knee to Styles' back. Styles tries to recover, but Owens then lands an elbow drop and then a huge kick to the back of the WWE Champion.
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Back in the ring, Styles is kicked out with venom by Owens and lands awkwardly into the floor. Owens then goes outside and throws Styles to the floor; back in the ring, Owens lands a Senton and covers, but just the two count. 
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At the start of the match, AJ Styles lands a huge drop kick. He then lands a huge knee to Owens' face. Owens then hits an elbow on Styles; Styles then throws Owens to the turnbuckle. Styles then lands the Calf Crusher on Owens, who almost immediately grabs hold of the rope. 

Owens rolls out of the ring and Styles follows him and kicks him in the back of the knee. 
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Randy Orton is interviewed and says that he's looking to the future and that he's only going to be thinking about himself.

The legendary world champion then officially announces himself as a contender for the Royal Rumble match. Shinsuke Nakamura arrives on the scene and he also seemingly announces his appearance at Royal Rumble by saying, "Let's Rumble".
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Backstage, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are interviewed. Owens has the bottle of champagne that Daniel Bryan refused last week, and says that he'll open it when he defeats AJ Styles. 
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Back from the break, Jinder has Dillinger in a chin lock; Dillinger counters with elbows to the stomach of Jinder. Dillinger on the offensive as he lands a lariat, punches and clotheslines him. He then goes to the top rope and lands a crossbody, but Jinder takes advantage with a roll-up cover but Dillinger kicks out.

Jinder's mouth is bleeding as he's busted open. Dillinger lands a DDT, but can't capitalise. Mahal counters and lands a Khallas and gets the three count.

Jinder Mahal defeats Tye Dillinger
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Jinder Mahal right from the start of the match with a legsweep; Dillinger counters and gets a backslide cover, but Jinder kicks out at one, as we head into the ad break.
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Former WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal, is next in action in a first round match for the United States match against Tye Dillinger.
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Roode then goes to the top turnbuckle and Corbin follows. Roode headbutts Corbin to the floor; Roode then rolls up Corbin and covers him for the three count.

Bobby Roode defeats Baron Corbin