1. Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler
2. Becky Lynch def. La Luchadora
3. Carmella def. Aliyah
4. American Alpha def. Breezango
5. Dean Ambrose def. The Miz
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE - JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - JANUARY 3, 2017
Welcome to the first Smackdown Live of 2017 and Smackdown is coming to us from the Jacksonville Veteran Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida and we kick things off with the WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz making his way out to the ring accompanied by Maryse
Miz takes the mic and says everyone is looking at the 'It' couple. The ratings spike, the most must-see WWE Superstar, the reigning Intercontinental Champion married to the hottest woman and his new year's resolution is forgiveness and to be more forgiving and one person owes him an apology and calls out Renee Young asking her to grace them with her presence and come out to the ring and apologize
Miz says Smackdown Live will not continue until he gets his apology and that's not on him, it's on Renee Young just like 2 weeks ago when she slapped him in the face during their interview. Just like last week when Dean Ambrose attacked him. She set him up and let personal feelings get in the way of professional obligation and now all of a sudden Dean Ambrose has a championship match tonight
The crowd starts chanting 'We Want Ambrose' and Miz says 'Yea well I want an apology'. Miz wants to know how Renee can sleep at night. Ambrose comes out to the ring and Miz climbs out and stands on the apron. Maryse slaps Ambrose. Miz and Maryse leave the ring and Ambrose says the hard part of his night is over because Maryse hits harder than Miz
Tonight: Royal Rumble Contract Signing between John Cena and AJ Styles
Up Next: Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BARON CORBIN
Ziggler on the attack early on. Corbin misses with a right hand. Corbin avoids a dropkick and stomps on Ziggler. Knee to Ziggler and Corbin steps on Ziggler's head.
Irish whip sends Ziggler across the ring, hitting the turnbuckle hard. Uppercut to Ziggler. Ziggler fighting out of the corner and Corbin with an elbow sends Ziggler crashing to the floor.
Corbin drives Ziggler into the apron and throws him back into the ring. Right hand by Corbin. Forearm to the jaw and Corbin charges but runs into a boot. Ziggler connects with a dropkick sending Corbin to the outside as Smackdown goes to commercial
We are back from break and Corbin in control trapping Ziggler in a half nelson/rear chinlock. Ziggler off the ropes gets caught by Corbin. Ziggler off the ropes gets planted by Corbin
Ziggler trying to mount some type of offense. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash. Swinging neckbreaker to Corbin and Ziggler drops the elbow. Clothesline to Ziggler by Corbin
Ziggler with a Famouser on Corbin. Ziggler with a ZigZag to Corbin and a kickout at two by Corbin. Corbin picks Ziggler up and blasts him with the End Of Days for the three count
The winner of the match: Baron Corbin
Post Match: Corbin slides to the outside and returns with a steel chair in hand but is interrupted by Kalisto who sends Corbin fleeing to the outside. Ziggler gets to his feet, Kalisto turns around and Ziggler nails him with a superkick and yells that he never needed anyone
Backstage: James Ellsworth wishes Carmella good luck on her match tonight and gives her his t-shirt. Carmella says he should come to the ring for her match tonight
Locker Room: Ziggler walks in and starts tearing the place apart. Apollo Crews tells Ziggler to calm down and Ziggler tells him to mind his own business. Crews says Kalisto is his friend so he's making it his business and Ziggler attacks Crews before Rhyno and Mojo Rawley break things up
BECKY LYNCH VS LA LUCHADORA
Waistlock by Becky. La Luchadora with a right hand. Ground and pound by Becky. Double leg takedown and Becky again unloads with punches. Becky bounces La Luchardora's head off the turnbuckle. Elbow to Becky. Becky with the Becks-ploder.
La Luchadora slides under the ring and comes out from the other side. She floors Becky. La Luchadora goes to the top rope. La Luchadora misses and Becky locks in the Dis-arm Her for the submission
The winner of the match: Becky Lynch
Post Match: Becky rips the mask off to reveal Alexa Bliss but a second Luchadora attacks from behind and Alexa lays Becky out with a DDT
We are back and the official contract signing carpet is in the ring so that means we need the Smackdown General Manager Bryan Bryan to officiate the contract signing between John Cena and AJ Styles.
Bryan brings out the challenger Cena Cena out first. WWE Champion AJ Styles is out next. Cena sits at the table while Styles continues to stand.
Styles wants to know why are they doing this. They go back over a dozen years. They competed in the small towns in high school gyms in front of nobody because we loved what we did. Cena is not like them. He is off television for four months and he gets a title match against him? How does this work?
Bryan says he understands where Styles is coming from but Bryan wants Styles to know where he is coming from. Last week, they beat Raw for the first time. It was because Styles was in the main event and Cena returned to Smackdown. They need the momentum going into the Royal Rumble with the match that everyone is talking about AJ Styles versus John Cena.
Bryans says this is the match that everyone wants and this is the match that they are going to give the people. Bryan reminds Styles that he beat Cena three times already. He wishes them luck and leaves the ring.
Styles says that Cena is the luckiest man on the planet. You were gifted a title match by the man who is basically your brother-in-law. This is the best for Smackdown and for AJ Styles. My . . look how the tables have turned. It was last year when you had this title, you told him he needed a win so he would be more than an indie guy. Styles tells Cena if he doesn't win, he does not belong in the WWE. Styles reminds Cena that he beat him three times. No one saw you because you weren't here and Smackdown beat Raw because he is the champion, not Cena.
Styles tells Cena that they can do it without you. Cena says he has a lot of respect for Styles. Styles tells Cena to stop with the talk about respect because you are covering yourself. You admitted that what you said about The Rock was not the truth. Styles says that what Cena said about the Rock is true about Cena. Styles says Cena has been great for the WWE for a long time. Styles points out the words 'has been'. Styles tells Cena to look at him. He says that when it comes to Hollywood, Cena will never be as good as the Rock. When it comes to the ring, you will never be as good as AJ Styles.
Styles signs the contract.
Cena says being a man is being humble when you are wrong and being able to apologize. A big part of being a man is when you are pushed by someone, you push back. He says that Styles made the biggest mistake of his life. He pissed off Cena Cena. You are right. He says he needs a win to prove he does belong because of chumps like you who think he has already lett. Cena says he is pushing back and he says he lost all respect for Styles and he calls him a punk ass bitch. You know why everybody is talking about Cena versus Styles is because the people who dislike him think that Styles is the man to replace him. Cena says that he has a career of shutting up people who yap their mouths and he makes them eat their words. You finally got the courage to bow up and face John Cena.He will make Styles look as dumb as he looks.
Cena talks about passion. He says Styles goes where they tell him to go and Cena is told to stop. You walk down the ramp because you have to. Cena says he walks down that ramp because he wants to. Cena says that others would have left if they had his opportunities in Hollywood, but he is still here and that is passion. You signed the contract and it is one signature away from being official. Cena says that Styles needs this match, he needs this match, and the people need this match. You are just like everyone who says that Cena sucks and tries to knock him off. They do their best, but on their best day, they could never be him.
He tells Styles to bring his family, his friends, bring the noise, bring your A Game, and he is still going to kick AJ's ass and win that championship. Why? Because he is John Cena . . . recognize.
Baron Corbin comes out and he says on his first day in the WWE he won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal so he is going to be the first Smackdown superstar to enter the Royal Rumble. He says he will be winning the match. He says he does not care if it is you or you, he is leaving Wrestlemania the WWE Champion.
Cena says he is glad Baron is out here because he knows that Styles won't fight him but he knows the biggest guy in the room will fight him.
Styles drop kicks Cena after Cena knocks over the contract signing table. Styles leaves the ring and Corbin stands over Cena and says that maybe your time is up.
Backstage: Maryse is walking in the back and she sees Renee Young. Maryse tells Renee on behalf of her husband . . . and she slaps Renee. She says that Renee deserved that and she tells Renee never to touch her husband.
CARMELLA VS ALIYAH
Carmella with a side head lock but Aliyah with a reversal. Aliyah with a snap mare but Carmella lands on her feet. Aliyah with a leg sweep and jackknife cover. Aliyah goes for an O'Connor Roll but Carmella holds on to the ropes and then he punches Aliyah. Carmella sends Aliyah into the turnbuckles. Carmella with a bronco buster for a near fall. Carmella with a reverse chin lock. Aliyah with a jaw breaker and clotheslines. Aliyah with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Aliyah runs Carmella into the turnbuckles and hits a cross body into the corner. Aliyah goes to the turnbuckles but Ellsworth grabs the leg and Carmella with a thrust kick. Carmella with the Code of Silence for the three count.
The winner of the match: Carmella
Backstage: Chad Gable and Jason Jordan walk in the back as we go to commercial.
BREEZANGO VS AMERICAN ALPHA
Gable and Breeze start things off and Breeze gives Gable a ticket. Breeze has the ticket ripped up and Gable with a suplex. Jordan tags in and knocks Fandango off the apron. Jordan tags in Gable and they hit Grand Amplitude for the three count.
The winners of the match: American Alpha
Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and he says that nothing last forever. Cherish what you have because reality will hit you later. You haven't won anything just yet. You may think that you have stolen the light that binds this family, but you have only made it stronger. Next week, they are coming to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Harper is cut off by Orton who took his 'RUN' line.
We are back and Natalya and Nikki Bella are in the ring. Nikki says she knows that Natalya despises her but she cannot hate her. She says she feels bad for Natalya. You think this is about her looks, the spinoff and the man she is with? They have tried to build a brand on their name while Nattie is living off her family name. Nikki mentions Natalya's music and how she uses the Sharpshooter. You said she was nothing two weeks ago, but Natalya, you are the nothing of the Hart Foundation.
Natalya says you want to make this about her family. She calls Nikki sick and selfish. You have been setting this up for weeks. She shows her Uncle Bret's tweet about Nikki. Natalya says she does not want to know what Nikki did to get her Uncle Bret Hart to send out that tweet. Natalya says she is better than Bret. Natalya says Nikki got everything because of her sex appeal. Natalya says that beauty fades and when that happens, John will leave you. When John leaves you, you are going to die alone. Nikki punches Natalya and leaves the ring.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose is walking in the back and he is asked if Dean is ready for his match. Dean says he will make this simple. He will take away the most important thing to the Miz and it is not his wife, it is his Intercontinental Championship.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: THE MIZ VS DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose with a double leg take down and punches. Miz goes to the floor and Ambrose follows after him. Ambrose kicks Miz when they get back into the ring. Ambrose with chops. Ambrose floats over in the corner and Miz goes to the floor. Miz talks strategy with Maryse and Ambrose goes after Miz on the floor. Miz goes into the ring and back to the floor. Ambrose turns his back but Ambrose with a boot and Ambrose sends Miz to the floor and into the ring steps and ringside barrier.
Ambrose drops Miz onto the ringside barrier and then he hits a running forearm on Miz. Ambrose gets a near fall and Miz goes back to the floor. Ambrose sends Miz across the announce table. Miz with a drop kick while Maryse distracts Ambrose. Miz sends Ambrose into the ring steps.
We are back and Miz charges into the corner but Ambrose back drops Miz over the top rope and he lands on the ring steps before hitting the floor. Ambrose with an elbow to the chest from the turnbuckles. Ambrose sends Miz back into the ring and Ambrose with running forearms. Ambrose with a clothesline and a running forearm into the corner but Miz pushes Ambrose away on the bulldog. Miz misses the round kick and Ambrose with a rollup for a near fall. Miz backs Ambrose into the turnbuckles and then he blocks a boot from Ambrose and drops down to work on the knee. Miz with a knee to the hamstring.
Ambrose kicks Miz away when he sets for the figure four. Ambrose tries to bounce off the ropes but Miz stops Ambrose from hitting the clothesline and Miz gets a near fall. Ambrose with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ambrose goes up top but Miz recovers and punches Ambrose. Miz sets for a superplex but Ambrose blocks it. Ambrose with head butts and forearms and Miz falls to the mat. Maryse gets on the apron and Ambrose is delayed coming off and Ambrose is caught by Miz and Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale but Ambrose kicks out.
Miz with kicks to the chest. Ambrose ducks the round kick and gets a rollup. Ambrose bounces in the ropes and hits a clothesline. Ambrose is the first to his feet. Ambrose clotheslines Miz over the top rope and then Ambrose with a suicide dive. Maryse slaps Ambrose and the referee is about to disqualify Miz but Ambrose wants the referee to send her to the back and Ambrose joins in the call.
Miz hits Dean from behind with the title belt while the referee was not looking and Miz can only get a near fall. Miz sets for the Skull Crushing Finale but Dean counters into the double underhook DDT for the three count.
The winner of the match and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose