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Ric Serrano III from The Wrestling POV Podcast here with your SmackDown Live, Live Coverage
- AJ Styles def James Ellsworth via pinfall
- Miz def Apollo Crews via pinfall
- Dean Ambrose def Luke Harper via pinfall
- La Luchadora def Alexa Bliss via submission
- Mojo Rawley def Curt Hawkins via pinfall
- Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin Ends in No Contest
SmackDown Live- December 20, 2016
Welcome to SmackDown Live. We open up with a WWE Championship Match.
JAMES ELLSWORTH VS AJ STYLES (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH)
During match announcement James Ellsworth gets mixed crowd reaction, cheers for AJ. James Ellswoth goes for Sweet Chin Music Aj catches the kick hits him with punch, kick, back fist combo and pins Ellsworth for the win.
Winner of the match by pinfall: AJ Styles
After the match AJ attacks Ellsworth. Slams Ellsworth on announcers table and steel steps. AJ picks up apron and slams his head on the frame of the ring. AJ leaves but goes back and suplexes Ellsworth into the barricade. AJ goes into ring grabs mic and apologizes to fans for witnessing that but takes it back saying it's been coming for months and he can move on to more important things like, actually it's time to move on to 2017. He says he has everything including the WWE Championship, it's Merry Christmas to me and Happy New Year. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and says before we go to the New Year you have me. AJ says it will be a cake walk. Dolph said this is the same guy that took 4 tries to beat James Ellsworth? AJ says it will only take one try. Dolph says I'm the same guy who put his career on the line, what do you think i'll do to take that title. Baron Corbin interrupts. AJ leaves the ring. Baron tells Dolph it should be me fighting AJ not you, little man. Dolph says he earned it and Baron says the only reason why is because I wasn't here. Next week you will lose to AJ you don't steal the show you steal opportunities. Baron punches Dolph, Dolph comes back with flurry of punches, Corbin hits him with the End of Days.
Dolph backstage tells Daniel Bryan he wants Baron Corbin tonight. Daniel Bryan tells him if he loses he will give up his WWE title match next week to Baron Corbin.
APOLLO CREWS VS THE MIZ (INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH)
Apollo with a crucifix pin for a 2 count followed by a roll up pin for another 2 count. Miz throws Apollo to the corner and Apollo uses corner to hurdle Miz. Apollo throws Miz to the ropes and leap frogs him and hits a dropkick. Miz throws Apollo to ropes and leapfrogs Apollo and misses dropkick as Apollo holds onto ropes. Miz goes to outside and Apollo hits a running kick through the ropes. Apollo hits a moonsault off the apron. Back in the ring Apollo hits a diving cross body and Miz rolls to the outside.
Apollo hits a jumping enzuigiri gets a 2 count. Miz goes for Skull Crushing Finale and Apollo rolls him for 2 count. Maryse gets caught trying to interfere and gets ejected. Apollo rolls up Miz for 2 count off distraction. Apollo goes for back body drop, Miz flips backwards and bumps referee Miz pokes Apollo in the eye and hits a Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winner of the match by pinfall: The Miz
After the match Renee Young asks The Miz about his obsession with Dean Ambrose. Miz says my obsession? What about your obsession? You're the one sleeping with him. Renee slaps Miz and walks out.
After Zack Ryder injury there will be a 4 Corners Elimination Tag Team Title match Next Week between The Usos, Heath Slater and Rhyno, American Alpha and The Wyatt Family.
John Cena Returns Next Week
Natalya in ring says she's tired of all the rumors and asks for Nikki to come to ring. Nikki comes to ring. Before she could talk, Carmella interrupts and says she wants to see how Natalya weasels her way out of this. Natalya is a liar or has that silicone gone to your brain. Natalya tells her not to talk to Nikki like that. Carmella says didn't you tell me that someone needs to teach Nikki a lesson. Nikki is upset and Natalya says yes I said that in private, you're nothing but a Staten Island Snitch. Nikki asks Natalya if she attacked her. Natalya says you caused all of this and attacks Carmella and throws her into Christmas display by the entrance ramp. Natalya says alright I did it, you bitch, I have always despised you, I am wrestling royalty and you are nothing. You and your sister get everything because you're beautiful. You got the magazine covers and Total Divas Spin Off that should've been mine. My cat has more charisma than you. That's why John will never marry you. Nikki mouths I thought you were my friend.
Daniel Bryan backstage Alexa Bliss limps over and asks her how's the leg? Alexa says I hope you punish Becky for attacking me. He says her punishment will be a title match against Becky Lynch next week. He spoke with trainers and says she's 100%. If you don't fight your competition tonight you will be stripped of your title. Alexa walks off normally.
DEAN AMBROSE VS LUKE HARPER (w/ Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton)
Dean with a front dropkick. Dean throws Harper to the outside. Harper slides in and goes for Dirty Deeds. Harper reverses with a takedown and hits Dean with a catapult on the middle rope. Dean slides to the outside.
Harper with Dean on top, Dean knocks him down and leap frogs him. Harper turns around and hits blackhole slam. Harper with a crossface, Dean slowly escapes to a standing position. Harper hits a pendulum backbreaker. Harper with an Argentine backbreaker rack. Dean escapes, Harper pushes Dean into ropes, Dean hits flying clothesline. Harper launches Dean into middle turnbuckle. Harper hits superkick, Dean falls to outside. Dean snaps Harper's neck on the rope. Dean hits double axe handle to outside on Randy and Bray. Harper hits Dean with a sitdown powerbomb for 2 count. Harper goes for discus clothesline, Dean ducks and rolls him up for the 3 count.
Winner of the match by pinfall: Dean Ambrose
After the match Bray and Randy attack Dean hit Sister Abigail RKO. Lights go out and Wyatts disappear. Miz comes out and hits Dean with a Skull Crushing Finale.
ALEXA BLISS VS LA LUCHADORA
Luchadora rolls under 2 attacks by Alexa. Lateral press into pin for 2 count. Snapmare by Luchadora into body scissor held lock while rolling around the ring. Alexa with takedown and pin for 2 count. Luchadora on top rope met by Alexa. Luchadora grabs her arm and rolls into armbar. Alexa taps out.
Winner of the match by pinfall: La Luchadora
Luchadora runs around the ring in celebration and reveals herself to be Becky Lynch.
Ryan Phillipe backstage looking for Randy Orton. Mojo Rawley appears and Ryan asked about Randy. Mojo tells him Randy hasn't been the same guy since you shot Shooter together. Curt Hawkins interrupts and mistakens Ryan for Mark Wahlberg. Mojo says looks like you put your foot in your mouth and I'm gonna put my foot in your mouth in our match. Curt Hawkins tells him he will beat him with Cruel Intentions.
MOJO RAWLEY VS CURT HAWKINS
Ryan Phillipe on commentary. Hawkins with knee to gut tells Mojo to face the facts, goes to ropes and Mojo hits a shoulder tackle. Hawkins to the outside. Mojo with back body drop and 2 straight shoulder tackles followed by clotheslines and 2 stinger splashes. Mojo hits a pounce and a corner punch for the 3 count.
Winner of the match by pinfall: Mojo Rawley
Mojo and Ryan Phillipe celebrate in the ring.
James Ellsworth backstage with a sling, neckbrace, icepacks in extreme pain as he can't answer questions because of pain. Carmella interrupts and asks Ellsworth if he is ok and walks off with him.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BARON CORBIN (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER MATCH)
Before bell rings AJ interrupts and will be on commentary
Dolph comes out with punches. Dolph goes for crossbody, Corbin catches him. Dolph lands on feet hits standing dropkick. Corbin to the outside. Corbin with knee to the face twice. Corbin steps on Dolphs head while holding ropes breaks on 4 count. Corbin with knee to the ribs on the outside and stares down AJ. Corbin with pin for 2 count. Dolph with punches to the body in corner. Dolph irish whip reversed by Corbin who irish whips Dolph into corner sternum first. Corbin pin for 2 count. Corbin again irish whip to corner sternum first. Pin for 2 count. Dropkick by Dolph, ducks under punch hits flying clothesline. Dolph goes for splash in corner and gets hung up on top rope. Corbin goes for corner attack and slides to the outside runs inside and punches Dolph in the back of the head. Corbin punches Dolph's head against turnbuckle on outside.
Dolph with fameasser and pin for 2 count. Corbin goes for powerbomb and is reversed into jackknife pin for 2 count. Corbin hits an STO and pin for 2 count. Corbin tells AJ to pay attention. Corbin hits Dolph with a heavy right. Dolph with roll up pin for 2 count. Corbin with huge clothesline for 2 count. Corbin gets hung up on middle rope. Dolph hits neck breaker on middle rope. Dolph hits Zig Zag and pins for 2 count. Corbin throws Dolph against barriocade. Corbin breaks refs count and throws Dolph into barricade and then into AJ. Dolph hits superkick but can not beat 10 count.
Result of match: No Contest
After match AJ attacks both Dolph and Baron with a chair repeatedly until Daniel Bryan interrupts and announces that Next Week it will be Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin in a triple threat WWE Championship match.
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