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- The Hype Bros. def. The Vaudevillains
- AJ Styles def. Apollo Crews
- Alexa Bliss and Natalya def. Naomi and Becky Lynch
- Heath Slater and Rhyno def. The Headbangers
- Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin: No winner
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE - DALLAS, TEXAS - AUGUST 30, 2016
Smackdown Live comes to us this week from the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas and we kick things off with Miz and Maryse coming out to the ring
Miz tells the fans not to dare boo him after being pushed aside week after week by the General Manager and Commissioner. 148 Days it took to get everyone's attention for a prestigious title that was once prestigious but is now tarnished by quitters
Miz says he's smarter and finds a way not to get hit. Miz says the people don't see the big picture. They don't see what goes on backstage. They call him when they need a spokesperson, commercial, movie. He does it all day in and day out never getting injured but everyone thinks he's unworthy because he didn't spend his first 12 years wrestling in bingo halls
When fans dub him unworthy it makes all of them cowards. Miz goes to continue but is interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler says Miz makes a lot of great points but there's a reason the people don't get behind him. They see through everything he does. They live the business and go above and beyond but all Miz wants is to be famous which is why no one will ever believe in him.
They see through the facade. He just wants to walk the red carpet, hold up a title and be famous and every week he has a chance to prove he can change that yet he doesn't. Miz wants to talk about opportunities and if he wants to prove to everyone he's not a coward then do it right now. No titles, no referees, no bell. Ziggler and Miz. Ziggler's giving him a chance to prove he's not a coward.
Ziggler is ready but Miz and Maryse exit the ring. Ziggler says everyone was right he's nothing about a soft safe coward. Miz turns around ready to run back into the ring but Maryse stops him saying Ziggler doesn't deserve it.
Tonight: Sermon For The Serpent
Up Next: The Vaudevillains vs The Hype Bros
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - THE HYPE BROS. VS THE VAUDEVILLAINS
Shoulderblock by English. Ryder with a dropkick and right hands. Ryder sets up for the Broski Boot but English slides out. Dropkick by Ryder. Swinging neckbreaker on the outside and The Vaudevillains turn the tables
Simon Gotch in, whipping English into the corner and into Ryder. Gotch with a suplex and hammerlock by Gotch. Rolling fireman's carry and a tag to English. English to the top rope but Ryder moves out of the way
Mojo Rawley unloads on both members of The Vaudevillains. Stinger Splash in the corner and Rawley plants English for a three count but it's broken up by Gotch. Broski Boot by Ryder to Gotch. Ryder tags in and goes to the top rope. Rawley picks English up and Ryder delivers the Hype Ryder to English for the three count
The winners of the match: The Hype Brothers
Post Match: Ryder says one down, two to go. A lot of great teams but The Hype Train is leaving and not coming back and Rawley says at Backlash they're taking the tag team titles because they don't get hyped, they stay hyped
Backstage: AJ Styles is walking and meets Apollo Crews who introducess himself. Apollo Crews. That's C-R-E-W-S and Styles tells him this isn't a spelling bee and introduces himself as The Face That Runs The P-L-A-C-E and tells Crews to write that down
AJ Styles maks his way out to the ring. The crowd starts an "AJ Styles" chant. Styles says The Phenomenal One is here. The Face That Runs The Place is here. And The Face That Beats Up John Cena and beat John Cena at Summerslam and The Face that will beat Dean Ambrose
Ambrose is going to see Styles' face in his nightmare and while he's lying on his face at Backlash when Styles is crowned the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Apollo Crews interrupts and Styles orders Crews' music cut off and wants to know why Crews is out here.
Crews says he went to Daniel Bryan and got permission to challenge AJ Styles to a match and that match is right now.
APOLLO CREWS VS AJ STYLES
Styles unloads on Crews. Irish whip by Styles and Crews with a dropkick. Crews pulls Styles out of the ring and bounces Styles' head off the apron as Smackdown goes to commercial
Back from break, Crews still in control. Styles tries to mount a comeback but gets sent to the outside. Punches by Crews and Crews sits Styles on the turnbuckle. Crews hooks Styles up but Styles escapes and hits a running forearm in the corner
Styles off the second rope gets caught by Crews and Crews delivers a Samoan Drop. Crews goes to the top rope and rolls through but runs into a pair of boots. Styles snaps Crews' neck off the top rope. Phenomenal Forearm by Styles for the three count
The winner of the match: AJ Styles
This Past Weekend: Renee Young is visiting with Heath Slater. Rhyno is there as well. Slater introduces his wife. Renee asks Slater how he got to where he is now and takes Slater back to draft night where he was left out of the draft
Slater says he believes it was an oversight and one thing Slater is not is an after thought. We then go to the night where he confronted Brock Lesnar and Slater says not too many people stood toe to toe with The Beast.
We go back to 2 weeks ago where Slater nearly secured a contract when he almost defeated Randy Orton.
Next question for Slater is what it's like to be teaming with Rhyno. Slater says he's lucky to be teaming with Rhyno and it's not for him but more for his family. Slater says Rhyno is helping him out so he can start providing for his family and when he wins the tag team championships he can move out of the trailer and into a double wide
SERMON FOR THE SERPENT
Bray Wyatt comes out and says he doesn't fear snakes or monsters. He fears no man because he is fear and doesn't think of Randy Orton as a mythological serpent but just a man. A man who believes he has venom running through his veins and that excites Wyatt. Wyatt calls Orton sick, and he likes that and he found what Lesnar did at Summerslam interesting
He exploited Orton's flaws. Orton went in as a man who thought he was untouchable but came out of that match damaged. Wyatt says he eradicates the infected and if Orton hears voices in his head he should listen because they're telling him to run.
Randy Orton makes his way out to the ring and says the voices in his head are asking him who the hell does this guy think he is. Orton says he's been damaged a long time and is what gives him most of his charm so from one damaged man to another Wyatt has his attention.
Wyatt says that's the Randy Orton he wanted to see. He's covered in scars but still isn't afraid and admires that. But Orton is no longer the predator. Orton is damaged and weak and Wyatt is the predator now. What a predator does best is kill and at Backlash he will cut off the serpent's head and place it on his mantle
Orton says he's played that game with many people over the years and is still standing. The scars Wyatt needs to concern himself with are not the scars Orton's suffered on the outside but the scars within. The demons. Wyatt wants Orton at Backlash? He's got it. Orton says he's not afraid of a man who calls himself a god and is not afraid of kicking Wyatt's ass right now and slides into the ring as the lights go out and Smackdown goes to break
Up Next: Alexa Bliss and Natalya vs Naomi and Becky Lynch
NAOMI AND BECKY LYNCH VS ALEXA BLISS AND NATALYA
Natalya runs into a boot. Natalya off the ropes and Naomi counters a dropkick. Hurricanrana sends Natalya to the outside. Alexa and Natalya re-group as Smackdown goes to break
Facelock by Natalya on Naomi. Naomi looking for the tag but Natalya shoves Naomi and takes a cheap shot at Becky. Alexa tags in and double hair whip sends Naomi to the mat. Alexa chokes Naomi out on the ropes. Alexa standing on Naomi as the referee administers the 5 count
Ground and pound by Alexa still preventing the tag. Alexa working over the neck. Naomi gets to her feet. Naomi with an opening creating separation between herself and Alexa and Becky gets the tag unloading on Alexa. Flying Firearm in the corner. Back elbow by Alexa. Becky with a right forearm and a dropkick from the top rope.
Natalya breaks up the nearfall. Naomi sends her to the outside. Carmella attacks Nikki who was on commentary, Meanwhile, back in the ring Alexa rolls Becky up for the three count
The winners of the match: Alexa Bliss and Natalya
Video: Look back at The Headbangers during The Attitude Era
Up Next: Rhyno and Heath Slater vs The Headbangers
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: THE HEADBANGERS VS HEATH SLATER AND RHYNO
Waistlock on Mosh. Thrasher misses with a clothesline and hits a forearm. Springboard flying crossbody by Mosh on Slater
Suplex by Thrasher. Mosh back in. Irish whip and double flapjack to Slater. Mosh with the cover and a nearfall. Chinlock on Slater. Slater fighting out of it but Mosh still in control
Mosh with a back elbow and a cheap shot to Rhyno. Thrasher in off the top rope with a legdrop and Rhyno breaks up the nearfall. Rhyno tags in and hits a Gore for the three count
The winners of the match: Heath Slater and Rhyno
A local wrestler is in the ring as we come back from break and introduces himself as Greg Milkman and he's been granted a license to compete tonight but there's no one in the back and says he won't leave until someone comes out and gets some. Kane then comes out to the ring and chokeslams him then leaves
BARON CORBIN VS DEAN AMBROSE
Irish whip and a right hand floors Ambrose. Corbin with another right hand and Ambrose is backed in the corner. Kneestrike brings Ambrose to his knees. Ambrose with a clothesline sends Corbin over the top rope to the floor. Running clothesline from the apron by Ambrose
Ambrose bounces Corbin's head off the announce table while glaring at AJ Styles who is out on commentary. Ambrose snaps Corbin's neck off the top rope. Dropkick off the top rope by Ambrose. Lariat clothesline from behind by Corbin and a ground and pound on Ambrose. Corbin sends Ambrose to the outside as Smackdown goes to commercial
Back from break, Corbin in control wearing Ambrose down. Elbows by Ambrose. Ambrose looks for the Lunatic Lariat but Corbin plants Ambrose
Back to work on the back and neck as he has the chinlock-half nelson combination locked in. Ambrose fighting back. Irish whip and Corbin slides to the outside. Back in, Ambrose with a swinging neckbreaker
Ambrose unloads on Corbin. Corbin counters Dirty Deeds driving Ambrose into the corner. Clothesline by Corbin puts Ambrose down. Ambrose with a right hand, Corbin answers with one of his own. Ambrose hits the Lunatic Lariat.
Ambrose to the top rope cut off by Corbin delivering forearms. corbin hooks Ambrose up but Ambrose delivers right hands and a headbutt. Corbin crashes to the outside afer Ambrose pulled down the top rope.
Ambrose with a suicide dive to the outside. Corbin gets thrown back into the ring. Deep Six by Corbin to Ambrose and Ambrose slides to the outside. Corbin sends Ambrose crashing into the barricade. Styles leaves his position at commentary and tells Corbin to stay on Ambrose. Corbin gets in Styles face. Ambrose shoves Corbin into Styles. Elbow drop from the top rope.
Dirty Deeds countered by Corbin and Styles on the apron accidentally hits Corbin with the Phenomenal Forearm as the referee calls for the bell.
The winner of the match: None
A brawl erupts between Ambrose and Styles on the outside. Corbin attacks Ambrose. Ambrose lays Corbin out with Dirty Deeds. Styles tries to attack Ambrose but gets caught on the top rope. Ambrose calls for his championship and exits the ring leaving Styles in the ring