BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 11 (UPI) — John Cena took on new challenger Baron Corbin Tuesday on Smackdown Live after The Lone Wolf got involved in his feud with AJ Styles.
The main event of the night, Corbin who has been a hot streak on Smackdown, looked dominant against the veteran Cena utilizing his strength and bigger size.
Throughout the match, Corbin would taunt Cena or become distracted by Styles who was giving commentary at ringside.
Once Cena was able to regain his composure, he nailed his opponent with his signature Five Knuckle Shuffle followed by an Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Styles and Cena stared each other down — the two rivals will meet for the WWE Championship Jan. 29 at the Royal Rumble.
Smackdown Live also featured the Wyatt Family consisting of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton rematching American Alpha for their recently lost Smackdown Tag-Team Championships.
The explosive back-and-fourth bout seemed to be going in the Wyatt Family’s favor until Orton inadvertently hit fellow member Luke Harper who was stationed ringside.
Angered, Harper attempted to enter the ring which led to American Alpha’s Chad Gable to roll up a distracted Orton for the surprise three count.
Orton and Harper then got into a shoving match until Bray entered the ring to end the confrontation. For his efforts, the Wyatt Family leader was accidentally hit by Harper after Orton charged at him angrily.
Still, Bray remained calm, choosing to speak to each member individually in an effort to keep his team afloat before heading to the back.
Other highlights from Smackdown Live included The Miz’s wife Maryse accidentally slapping her husband during an attack on Dean Ambrose, Natalya viciously attacking Nikki Bella before their match leading to a no contest, and general manager Daniel Bryan announcing that Alexa Bliss will defend her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch next week inside a steel cage.