SmackDown: Sami Zayn beats WWE Champion AJ Styles in non-title match
By Jefferson Lake, WWE Editor
Last Updated: 03/01/18 8:43am
Sami Zayn defeated WWE Champion AJ Styles in a non-title match on the first SmackDown of 2018, a result which has consequences for the Royal Rumble.
Zayn scored the pinfall in - perhaps unsurprisingly - controversial circumstances after Kevin Owens had distracted the champion on the ring apron, hitting a Helluva Kick before getting the three-count.
Owens had been at ringside alongside Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan and was arguing against McMahon's decision to make him leave when the distraction occurred.
A furious Styles then took to the mic to suggest both Zayn and Owens face him in a handicap match, and Bryan proceeded to book that match there and then - with the WWE title on the line at Royal Rumble.
The Usos retain tag-team championship
SmackDown's tag-team champions remain the Usos but at one point on Tuesday night, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin had the belts in their hands after being declared the winners.
The referee raised their hands after a double-team powerbomb off the top rope saw Gable pin Jimmy Uso, but Jey Uso had actually been the legal man and the match was restarted.
The brothers eventually sealed the win with a double superkick on Benjamin followed by a splash off the top rope for the three.
Woods through to US tournament semi-finals
Xavier Woods became the latest competitor to advance to the semi-finals in the tournament for the United States championship vacated by Dolph Ziggler when he beat Aiden English.
Woods made it an unhappy Rusev Day for English with a top-rope elbow drop to secure his place in the final four and a match against Jinder Mahal.
Riott Squad back to winning ways
Natalya, Tamina and Carmella were bidding for a successive win over the Riott Squad but fell short and ate the defeat when Sarah Logan hit a cartwheel knee drop onto the back of Tamina's head.
After the match, Ruby Riott confirmed Logan and Liv Morgan's entrance into the Royal Rumble but found herself cut off by Charlotte Flair, who introduced Naomi and the returning Becky Lynch, to a huge ovation.
A three-on-three brawl ensued and ended with Lynch giving Bexploders to both Riott and Morgan.