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- Miz vs AJ Styles: No Contest
- Dean Ambrose def. Randy Orton
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 17, 2017
Video: Re-cap of the Alexa Bliss-Becky Lynch feud leading up to tonight's main event
Welcome to Smackdown Live and Smackdown this week comes to us from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee and we open on a view of the steel cage hanging above the ring.
We kick things off with Smackdown Comissioner Shane McMahon making his way out to the ring. On xommwntary we have Tom Phillips, JBL, Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga
We get a 'Shane-O-Mac' chant. Shane says in 2 weeks time the Alamodome will host the Royal Rumble and runs down a list of entries who will compete in the rumble.
They will all be competing to go onto to main event Wrestlemania. However on Smackdown the WWE Champion will take a detour after the rumble as he will defend the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber
AJ Styles comes out and questions this decision and Shane confirms it provided Styles is still WWE Champion after the rumble. Styles says Shane should consult him before doing something stupid. Shane informs Styles he's running Smackdown Live
The only one he's consulted with is Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan and the opportunity is there. They want the best of the best to walk into the Elimination Chamber and whoever walks out will be the WWE Champion and calls Styles the best and calls him phenomenal. The only thing that's not phenomenal is his attitude.
Styles threatens to take his attitude and WWE Championship and go back to Japan and never return. John Cena makes his way out. The crowd starts a 'AJ Styles/Cena Sucks' chant. Styles tells Cena to shut up. HE doesn't get to say nothing.
Styles calls Shane's decision to put Styles in the elimination chamber 2 weeks after the rumble stupid. He tells the crowd not to act like they care because they don't respect him or the championship.
Miz and Maryse come out and Miz tells AJ to consider his spotlight stolen and an elimination chamber match is a perfect story for his 2017. Whenever he gets his rematch against Ambrose he'll regain his Intercontinental Championship and when he becomes WWE Champion he will be where he belongs headlining Wrestlemania
Styles calls Miz delusional and says the best thing he can do is stay away from him and the Elimination Chamber. Miz says while Styles was in Japan, Miz was beating John Cena at Wrestlemania. He was beating up John Cena before beating up John Cena was cool.
Cena acts as instigator and Styles reminds Miz last time they were in Memphis he broke Miz' teeth and insults both Miz and Maryse. Shane then makes a non-title match between Miz and AJ Styles
Backstage: Dean Ambrose asks Shane for a match against Randy Orton
AJ STYLES VS THE MIZ
Miz works over the arm, Styles turns it around. Miz heads to the outside to re-group. John Cena joins the commentary. Miz and Styles back in the ring with a test of strength and Miz powers Styles down to the mat.
Styles comes back powering Miz to the mat. Miz with a kick. Side headlock on Styles. Irish whip, Miz ducks and Styles with a clothesline as he looks over at Cena
Styles unloads with punches in the corner. Miz takes control flooring Styles. Irish whip and Styles looks for the Calf Crusher but Miz reaches the ropes. Forearm by Styles.
Irish whip by Miz, Styles gets the boot up. Maryse with a distraction as Styles was setting up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Off the distraction, Miz sends Styles crashing to the floor as we go to commercial
Back from break, Miz with a surfboaard on Styles. Styles trying to mount a comeback but Miz still in control with a series of running dropkicks and the running corner clothesline. Miz off the ropes with an axehandle but Styles catches him looking for the Styles Clash.
Miz with a boot to the head and thumb to the eye. Miz plants Styles with a DDT. SCF countered. Styles counters a figure four and connnects with a pele kick. Styles on the apron drives a running knee into the Miz' face. Styles throws Miz into Cena and Cena throws Miz into the barricade as the referee calls for the bell.
Cena chases after Styles. Miz attacks Cena and gets laid out with an AA. Styles tries to attack Cena but gets laid out with an AA as well. Cena picks up the championship, looks at it and hands it to the official before leaving the ring
Backstage: Nikki Bella is making her way out to the ring
Back from break, Nikki Bella comes out and calls out Nikki. Natalya's voice can be heard somewhere in the crowd and Nikki spots her. Natalya tells her to watch the big screen and leaves.
Nikki tells her they're going to finish this right now. Natalya goes to the concession stands and tears down Nikki's merchandise. She spots a Bret Hart t-shirt but no Natalya and blames Nikki for turning the Hart Family against Natalya and says if she doesn't have merchandise then neither will Nikki
Nikki finds her and they brawl around the concession and merchandise area.
Backstage: Alexa Bliss is in the back and she is asked about being in a steel cage match. Alexa asks if she looks afraid. Was she afraid when she won the title in a tables match? She says that if Becky wants this match, lock them in the cage. She says the look on Becky's face after she loses will not be something to forget
Video: Kurt Angle being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with more footage than last night's footage.
DEAN AMBROSE VS RANDY ORTON
Orton with a rollup for a near fall. Wyatt tries to distract Ambrose but it fails. Ambrose with chops but Orton with an elbow. Ambrose with a running forearm and punches. Orton goes to the floor and then he returns to the ring. They have a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Ambrose with a wrist lock and he takes Orton to the mat. Ambrose with a side head lock take down. Orton with a head scissors and Ambrose escapes. Orton with a side head lock. Orton with a shoulder tackle and he poses. Ambrose with a drop toe hold and he rakes the face and punches Orton in the face. Ambrose with chops.
Orton sends Ambrose to the mat. Orton drops Ambrose on the top rope and Ambrose falls into the ring. Orton with a boot to the midsection and then he goes for the Garvin Stomp. Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock on Ambrose and he takes him to the mat. Ambrose with punches but Orton with an Irish whip. Orton runs into boots from Ambrose. Dean goes up top and he hits an elbow to the chest and gets a near fall.
Ambrose with a kick and he goes for the double underhook DDT but Orton escapes. Ambrose follows Orton to the floor and Orton with a kick and he tries to send Ambrose back into the ring but Ambrose rolls on the apron and connects with a clothesline. Ambrose gets distracted by Wyatt and Harper. Orton sends Ambrose into the ring post and then Orton with a backdrop driver onto the announce table.
We are back and Orton with a reverse chin lock. Dean with punches but Orton with a forearm. Ambrose with an Irish whip and Orton misses a clothesline but Ambrose does not miss. Both men are down. Ambrose with a running forearm followed by a second one. Ambrose with a clothesline and then he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Orton wtih a back elbow and then they exchange punches. Orton with a kick and European uppercut. Dean bounces off the ropes but Orton with a power slam. Orton gets a near fall. Orton puts Dean on the turnbuckles for a superplex but Dean with elbows.
Dean leaps over Orton but Orton tries for the RKO. Dean tries for the double underhook DDT but Orton escapes. Orton goes for an RKO and Dean avoids it. Orton with a kick and Dean bounces off the ropes and hits a clothesline. Ambrose wtih a running forearm but Orton with a kick and he sends Ambrose to the apron. Orton tries for the IEDDT but Ambrose sends him to the floor. Ambrose with a suicide dive and he hits Harper instead of Orton.
Orton with an IEDDT as Ambrose comes back into the ring. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat and Harper goes into the ring. Bray tells Harper to get out of the ring. Ambrose with a rollup for the three count
The winner of the match: Dean Ambrose
Backstage: Becky Lynch says Alexa already found out who she is when she tapped Alexa out last week. Tonight, she is in a cage match and has never run from a fight and tonight we will find out who Alexa is and it won't be Smackdown Women's Champion
Jerry Lawler welcomes his guest Dolph Ziggler and tries to get answers but Ziggler won't talk. Ziggler finally speaks and says he knows Lawler's trying to get answers and after showing footage of Ziggler attacking Kalisto. Ziggler then says he brought footage of his own and that footage was of Ziggler dropping elbows on Lawler's chest minutes before his heart attack and Ziggler says he knows Lawler blames him for the heart attack
Ziggler says he knows it's been a long hard road. And it's taken him years to face him man to man but if Lawler doesn't stop with the questions then Ziggler will finish what he started 4 years ago. Lawler has one more question. How does it feel knowing no matter how many times Ziggler changes his attitude he'll always be a loser. Ziggler lays Lawler out with a superkick and leaves the ring. Lawler gets up and yells for Ziggler to get back in the ring if he has any guts
Backstage: Becky and Alexa are preparing for their steel cage match
Video: First look at xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
Promo: Bray Wyatt appears on the big screen and announces The Wyatt Family's entry into the 2017 Royal Rumble but first he has personal matters to tend to. A family divided is no family at all and so next week it will be Randy Orton vs Luke Harper. One will survive and the other will fall
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: BECKY LYNCH VS ALEXA BLISS - STEEL CAGE MATCH
Alexa tries to leave the cage but Becky with a waist lock. Becky avoids being sent into the cage and then Alexa blocks being sent into the cage. Alexa with a kick and Alexa goes for the door but Becky stops her. Becky sends Alexa into the turnbuckles. Becky with an Irish whip but Alexa with an elbow and a boot. Alexa tries to climb to the top of the cage but Becky stops her. Alexa with a choke and she takes Becky to the mat. Alexa with a catapult and Becky climbs to the turnbuckles. Alexa pulls Becky off the cage. Becky with arm drags and a leg lariat. Becky is sent into the turnbuckles and Alexa with a forearm to the back.
Alexa sends Becky into the turnbuckles and she kicks Becky. Alexa with a forearm. Becky with an inside cradle for a near fall. Becky goes for a power bomb but Alexa gets to the cage and both of them climb the cage to the top rope. Alexa with kicks to Becky. Alexa sends Becky into the cage. Becky pulls Alexa off and Alexa hits the turnbuckles.
We are back and Alexa chokes Becky and drop kicks Becky. Alexa gets a near fall. Alexa with shoulders while Becky is against the cage. Alexa goes for another shoulder but Becky moves. Becky asks for the cage to be opened. Becky goes up top and she hits a missile drop kick for a near fall. Becky climbs the cage and she gets up top but Alexa grabs Becky by the hair and pulls her back into the cage. Alexa with forearms. Becky with a rebound side kick and then she hits a Super Exploder and both women are down. Becky gets a near fall.
Becky tries to get out of the cage but Alexa stops her and connects with forearms. Alexa tries to get out of the cage and Becky stops her and connects with forearms. Becky tries to kick Alexa away.
La Luchadora is in the doorway and Becky is shocked. Becky goes for DisArmHer and La Luchadora with a round kick to Becky. Alexa with a DDT for the three count.
The winner of the match: Alexa Bliss
Post Match: Alexa tells the referee to get out of the cage. Alexa tells La Luchadora to attack and they both kick Becky. La Luchadora holds Becky but Becky kicks Alexa and then she kicks La Luchadora and removes the mask to reveal Mickie James. Alexa hits Becky from behind and Mickie with a super kick.