I am back once more with the play-by-play of Smackdown! Live show and end with my analysis.
The show starts with a video package of last week's even leading to the main event to Smackdown! 's second PPV, No Mercy. Then we go to the ring where Daniel Bryan is already in the ring, with a table and announces a contract signing for the Smackdown! Women's Championship match. He announces their Women's champion, Becky Lynch. Once she is in, Daniel says that they will remain civil. He calls out Alexa Bliss. They recap how she won the fatal 5 way to become the Number one contender.
Alexa starts off by making fun of Becky Lynch, saying she should moisturize. Becky says she here to fight, not go into a beauty pageant. Alexa tels her she is the type to ends up failing miserably and tends to never get to the top. She tells her she was not born to be a champion. Becky says she is right. She was not born to be a champion, but she believed in herself and worked hard to become champion. "I was not born to be a champion, I fought to be a champion!". Alexa calls her a "One Hit Wonder". She throws Becky down, signs the contract, and throws the contract and the table onto Becky. Alexa goes to leave, but Becky tails her and shows her why she is champion. She goes back to the ring, signs her contract, takes her title and leaves the ring. The match is set for No Mercy in two weeks.
Backstage, we see the Usos on their way to the ring, and then we see American Alpha. They face each other next.
Back from break, we see Daniel Bryan walking backstage, and he is stopped by The Miz and Maryse. Daniel says they signed a new deal so it can't be that. It could be the title match later on. Miz says that's it. Daniel says they can cancel the match, but also cancel his new contract ass he will not fulfill his part of the contract. Miz and Maryse walks away. We go to the ring, where The Usos makes their way out. They show what occured two weeks ago when they turned on American Alpha and hurt Chad Gable. American Alpha make their way out.
American Alpha vs. The Usos
The match starts off with Chad Gable taking down Jimmy Uso, and takes down Jey when he attempts to rush the ring. Fisherman suplex to Jimmy. Smackdown! Champions Heath Slater an Rhyno are watching on television from backstage as American Alpha continue to dominate on both Usos. The usos double team trip Gable into twisting his knee through the ropes and Jimmy tackles his caught leg. Chad tumbles to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from break, The Usos remain in control of Chad gable. The announcers say the winner of this match will face the new Tag Team Champions. Jimmy tagged Jey but Gable hit a back elbow to Jey before he could enter the ring, giving Chad time to tag Jason Jordan, but was interupted by Jey. Chad jumped and got the hot tag to Jason. Both Usos are in the ring, Jordan hits a couple of Belly to belly suplexes on each Uso. Exploder suplex onto Jey and got a two count.
Jason attempts a second rope belly to belly suplex, but Jey pushes him off, but Jordan rushes back but is thrown off again only to get hit with a superkick by Jimmy. Jey flies into the top rope splash. Two count interupted by Chad. Chad is thrown out, but Jordan hits a Capture suplex on Jimmy, and hits a nasty looking clothesline to Jey. Jordan goes to tag Chad, but Chad showed to be favoring his knee, so Jason went back to attack The Usos, but was overpowered, as they hit a double superkick, and a second Samoan Splash and a three count.
Your Winners: The Usos
So at No Mercy, it will be Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Titles. Post-match, they confirm the match, and Heath and Rhyno are talking together, heath calling them "The Beauty and the Man-Beast". Heath is looking for a good way to get with the crowd, but they are interrupted by The Usos. The Usos were trying to get under their skin, until Rhyno showed anger, and The Usos left. They announce Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan later tonight.
Once return from break, Jack Swagger is sitting at ringside with the commentary team, as Apollo Crews makes his way to the ring. They show a recap of last week after Corbin attacked Crews and Swagger made his way out. We get the entrance of Baron Corbin.
Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
Right from the start, Apollo takes control with power, and hits a fallaway into a Samoan slam, and gets a two count. They go to the outside. Apollo shows aggressiveness and throws Corbin through the barricades. Apollo throws him back in, and another two count. Corbin takes over and hits a running dropkick, sending Apollo to the outside. He hits massive forearms to thwe head multiple times and sends him into the post. He grabs Apollo, and hits the End of Days and gets the three count.
Your Winner: Baron Corbin
Post-match, he rolls out of the ring and confronts Jack Swagger but walks away. We see Dean Ambrose getting ready backstage as he faces John Cena later on. We also get Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
Back from break, we have another video package for Curt Hawkins. We then get an interview with Nikki Bella and Naomi. They talk about facing Carmella and Natalya. Then another interview from Renee Young with Dolph Ziggler. He heads to the ring as his match is next. The Miz makes his way out next along with wifey Maryse. We go to a commercial before the match begins.
WWE Intercontinental Championship match: (c) The Miz w/Maryse vs. Dolph Ziggler
As we return from break, they announce the participants and the match begins. They start off with some basic mat wrestling, with Dolph attempting a pinfall a few times. They go to the outside. The Miz attempts a sneak attack but Dolph dodges and hits a clothesline on the outside. Maryse distracts Dolph as he tries to go back in, and Miz hits a dropkick on Dolph and then sends him back to the floor.
Back in the ring, Miz hits a double axhandle off the top rope. He tries to go for the Skull Crusher Finale, but Dolph gets out of it and tries to hit a superkick, and Miz catches it and hits a flapjack on Dolph. Miz continues to use Daniel bryan's moves on Dolph to mock Daniel. Dolph tries to get out, but get rushed in the turnbuckle. Miz hits a running kick to the face of Dolph. He puts Dolph in a Surfboard. Dolph gets to his feet and stomps on the foot of Miz to get out of the move. Dolph goes for his comeback Tiger splash and neckbreaker combo, but Miz shoves him back into the turnbuckle. Miz hits a few running dropkicks to Dolph. Miz goes for another Double Axhandle off the top, but Dolph hits a high dropkick of his own to counter. Both try to hit some moves and they each reverse, until Dolph hits his high Jump DDT. Dolph goes for the superkick again, but Miz dodges and Dolph rushes him into a clothesline to the outside as we go to a commercial.
BAck fro mbreak, Dolph is trying to hit a superplex off the top rope, but Miz jumps over and hits a sunset flip bomb off the second rope. He got a two count. Miz works on Dolph's leg, but Miz counters with a sleeper. Miz got his foot on the rope. More back and forth, until Dolph hits his Fameasser and gets a 2 count. HE attempts the Zig Zag, but Miz held onto the ropes. Maryse was about to spray Dolph in the face again, but the ref caught her and sends her back. Dolph hits the Zig Zag but only got a two count. The Miz rolls himself out and tried to use the title belt on Dolph but Dolph sends him into the steps. He throws him into the ring. While the ref grabs the belt to put it away, the Miz grabs Maryse' spray and sprays Dolph in his eyes and hits his Skull Crushing Finale. He gets the pinfall.
Your Winner: The Miz
They remind us that Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena as well as Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan are coming up tonight. We go to commercial.
Back fro mbreak, we get the Connor's Cure stuff again, and then get the entrance of Randy Orton.
Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan
Orton goes for the RKO right off the bat, but Erick shoves him off and overpowers him. He hits a big dropkick on Orton that sends him tot he outside. Rowan continues the attack by pounding Orton's head on the steel steps. As he coems in, Orton kicks him and hits the hanging DDT on Erick. Orton gets riled up. He readies himself for the RKO. He gets the 3 count.
Your Winner: Randy Orton
Post-match, the lights go out in Wyatt fashion. There is a white sheep mask in the ring with Orton, with a painted face resembling a clown. Wyatt appears on the screen. Same speech about beign a god, and to run. Up next, is Nikki bella and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella.
Back from break, Carmella, Natalya and Nikki Bella are already in the ring. Naomi makes her way out.
Nikki Bella and Naomi vs. Natalya and Carmella
As the bell rang, Natalya knocked Naomi out of the ring, and Natalya was about to put Nikki in the Sharpshooter right away. Carmella pulls her out and proceeds to beatdown on Nikki. The bell sounds. Naomi rushes in the ring and hit a high kick to Natalya, and goes help Nikki.
Your Winners: No one
Backstage, AJ says he has no rivalry because he is champion and he beat Cena and Ambrose already. He says it makes sense that he is in a triple threat match, is because it is the only way he could lose his title, by not being pinned. We go back to the ring as John Cena makes his entrance. We go to commercial.
As we return, we get the entrance of Dean Ambrose. They announce Ambrose will be on Talking Smack after the show.
Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
Early "Let's Go Cena, Cena Sucks" Chants. They tie up and goes into a headlock. They release. Another tip up and headlock. Basic wrestling moves back into another headlock. Cena tries to control, and goes for a running tackle but Ambrose moved and Cena goes shoulder first into the post. We go to break.
Back from break, they are going at each other. Dean hits a few clotheslines on John, and gets his turnbuckle clothesline and bulldog combo. He tries to go for Dirty Deeds, but Cena reverses into the STF. Dean makes it to the ropes. Dean throws John to the outside. Dean goes to jump through the ropes and John caught him but they both tumbled. Ambrose sends John back into the ring, and Dean goes to the top rope. He hits a top rope body press but Cena rolled back and had him in his arms and hits an Attitude Era. Two count. He attempts a second one, but Dean reverses into the Dirty Deeds. Two count again.
They exchange fists back and forth. Cena goes for another Attitude Adjustment, but Dean reverses and gets a sunset flip and gets the three count.
Your Winner: Dean Ambrose
Post-match, AJ flies from the crowd and hits his Phenomenal Forearm on John Cena, and a Pelee kick on Dean Ambrose. Daniel came out and said that was Phenomenal. He says Shane promised Dean a singles title match. It will happen next tuesday on Smackdown! Live. AJ turns around, and Dean hits him with the Dirty Deeds. That ends the show.
A decent show this week. A pretty good main event, that granted, was shorter than I expected. The match ended at 9:54pm EST, ao there could have been more room for this match. Even with the AJ attack and Daniel's announcement, there was a good 3 minutes of Dean posing to the crowd before the show ended. Let's go with the Wins and Fails of the show.
- Dolph Ziggler and The Miz match: Awesome match. It was better than at Backlash. The ending was disappointing since it was once again, not a clean win, but there could have been another way of ending it.
- Apollo Crews: For a while, Apollo hasn't been that popular because he is a bit too clean cut. However, this week, he had some intensity and I liked it. He needs a good push though.
- AJ Styles. We did not get to see much of him this week but what we saw was awesome. That Phenomenal Forearm out of the crowd was just shocking.
- The women's match: Or lack there of. 20 seconds.
- John Cena. Since his return, he hasn't been impressive. Not much time in the ring, or on the mic.
- Miz and Daniel Bryan tease: They are teasing it, but Daniel won't fight again. Let's not make us hope he is.