- Above is a video promo for Monday's WWE RAW episode on the USA Network, which will be the go-home show for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The promo hypes up Liv Morgan and Rusev vs. Lana and Bobby Lashley, plus the Ladder Match between Rey Mysterio and WWE United States Champion Andrade. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman have also been announced for Monday's RAW from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
- The dark main event after this week's WWE 205 Live in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum saw WWE Universal Champion "The Fiend" retain his title over Daniel Bryan.
As noted, this week's SmackDown on FOX saw Kane return to make a special appearance, which was just a ruse to lure The Fiend out to the ring. Wyatt came from a hole in the ring but ended up getting attacked by Bryan after facing off with Kane. Bryan beat on Wyatt as he crawled back into the hole, coming up with a handful of The Fiend's hair. Bryan later issued a backstage challenge for a Strap Match stipulation to be added to their title match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 26, and the match change was confirmed by the announcers.
Deville had asked Rose to talk Otis into being at ringside for her match with Alexa Bliss this week. Deville saw how Rose defeated Bliss last week, thanks to a distraction from Heavy Machinery, and figured Otis would bring her the same advantage in her match with Bliss. The match saw Rose go to the top rope to interfere, but Nikki Cross shoved her off, and into the arms of Otis. This caused everyone to be distracted as Otis and Rose smiled at each other, and Bliss took advantage to get the pin on Deville. Rose would then enter the ring to apologize to Deville, but the damage was done.
Rose took to Twitter after the show and commented on falling for Otis.
She wrote, "Always there to help me when I'm down. I feel like I'm always falling for you!! [smiling face emoji]"
Otis responded to that tweet and wrote, "Nothin' will Happen to You My Beautiful [person raising both hands in celebration emoji] Peach [peach emoji] in my Protective Arms [smiling face emoji] When Your Down... I'll Always pick you Up [hugging face emoji]"
Otis made another tweet and wrote, "[smiling face emoji] I LIKE YOU [smiling face with smiling eyes emoji] A LOT [raised fist emoji] My Beautiful [person raising both hands in celebration emoji] Peach [peach emoji] @WWE_MandyRose"
Deville did make one tweet after SmackDown went off the air, which may have been filled with sarcasm. She wrote, "Cheers 2020 you've been great [thumbs up emoji]"
Below are clips of tonight's match and post-show footage of Tucker and Otis reflecting on what happened to Kayla Braxton. Otis said it felt nice and warm to have Rose in his arms, and he really felt it between them when they locked eyes. Otis went on about how his heart is filled, and he's filled but ready to explode. Tucker gave a friendly warning to his tag team partner, noting that he's excited for him, but he doesn't want to see Otis get his big heart broken.
You can also see their related tweets below:
???????????????????????????????? https://t.co/Vm92XE6eKQ— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) January 18, 2020
Nothin' will Happen to You My Beautiful ???? Peach ?? in my Protective Arms ??— OTIS (Dozer) (@otiswwe) January 18, 2020
When Your Down...
I'll Always pick you Up ?? https://t.co/83KKKvfK9p
Cheers 2020 you've been great ??— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) January 18, 2020