WWE held a dark match prior to the start of Friday night's WWE television taping.

Kicking off the evening inside the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana for the January 10th WWE television shoot that included WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX and WWE 205 Live on the WWE Network was a non-televised one-on-one showdown.

The match saw Mustafa Ali defeat Drew Gulak prior to the live WWE Friday Night SmackDown broadcast began.