WWE Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (Christmas Eve 2021)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here!

Tonight's program featured three matches, but held approximately 75 minutes of wrestling out of a 90-95 minute block (not counting commercials). This is the best wrestling-to-minute ratio we've had in years.


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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for Christmas Eve 2021

Matches Tonight: Three
  • SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Charlotte Flair(c) vs Toni Storm. Flair dominated for the bulk of the match. Storm had perhaps 45 seconds of offense throughout the match but when she shined, she shined. 8:16-8:31pm EST.
  • 12 Days of Christmas Gauntlet Match: The winner of this gauntlet will receive an Intercontinental Championship match. Entrants announced are Shanky, Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn, Mansoor, Cesaro, Sheamus, Drew Gulak, Los Lotharios, Ricochet, and the Viking Raiders. This was a long match, as a twelve-man gauntlet should be. For those interested in the elimination sequence, see below. Sami Zayn picked up the win over Ricochet--his only elimination of the night. He'll now face Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. 8:41-9:25pm EST.
  • Gauntlet Elimination Order: We began at 8:43 with Mansoor and Angel Garza. Garza pinned Mansoor at 8:44 after roughly 90 seconds. Erik of the Viking Raiders was out next at 8:45. Angel eliminated Erik at 8:50, and Shanky joined the match. Shanky eliminated Angel at 8:52, and Ivar of the Viking Raiders joined the match. Ivar pinned Shanky at 8:53, and Sheamus joined the fray immediately. Sheamus picked up the pin at 9:00*, and then eliminated Drew Gulak in roughly three seconds at 9:00. Cesaro joined the action but was eliminated by Sheamus at 9:04pm. Ricochet was out next and eliminated Sheamus at 9:14pm.* Humberto (Carrillo) joined next and was eliminated seconds later. Jinder Mahal joined at 9:14pm and was eliminated less than ninety seconds later by Ricochet at 9:15. Sami Zayn joined as our last entrant at 9:16. Sami Zayn would go on to pick up the win over Ricochet at 9:25pm.* Ricochet, Angel and Sheamus were the stars of this gauntlet.
  • * Denotes matches extended due to commercial breaks.

  • Miracle on 34th Street Fight Main Event Match: Drew McIntyre & the New Day vs the Usos and Madcap Moss w/ Happy Corbin. Our main event was full of the usual, annual hi-jinks and saw McIntyre pick up the win for his team. 9:44-9:57pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Unemployed Paul Heyman: Heyman addressed last week's firing and stated he may have to acknowledge that his career is over. He reiterated that he was protecting Roman from Brock. 8:01-8:09pm EST.
From us to you, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and/or Happy Saturday!

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