Two matches and Miz TV are set for next Tuesday’s Christmas Day episode of SmackDown LIVE.
Shinsuke Nakamura will defend the United States Championship against Rusev. Rusev pinned Nakamura in a tag team match last week that also had Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe. Rusev and Nakamura mocked one another on tonight’s episode, with Rusev comparing Nakamura to Sonic the Hedgehog due to his new blue attire. Nakamura countered later in the show, showing unflattering clips of Rusev on Total Divas.
Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe will go one-on-one as well. Joe interrupted Jeff Hardy’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 27, bringing up his “demons” from the past. This week, Hardy and Joe got into an altercation that Hardy got the better of, sending Joe reeling.
Also announced for next week is Miz TV with Shane McMahon. Miz has been trying to recruit him as a tag team partner ever since McMahon won the World Cup trophy at WWE Crown Jewel.
These segments were taped tonight in Fresno, California after tonight’s episode of SmackDown LIVE went off the air.