Tonight on Smackdown, AJ Styles faces Dean Ambrose in the main event. If Ambrose wins, he gets a World title match.
We see Ambrose with some stagehand in the locker room area. They’re joined by James Ellsworth. Ellsworth thanks Ambrose for everything he’s done the past couple weeks. No one on earth thought he could have two wins over Styles. Ellsworth then says he wants to be in Ambrose’s corner tonight. Ambrose doesn’t think it’s a great idea, but Ellsworth is welcome to hang out in the locker room.
Bray Wyatt makes his way down to the ring. We go to last week’s nonsense with Randy Orton, Luke Harper and Kane. Back to the arena, Kane is coming out. We’re going into our first match.
MATCH 1-NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH: BRAY WYATT VS. KANE
They immediately trade uppercuts, with Kane getting the upper hand. Kane hits a clothesline and a basement dropkick. Wyatt comes back with punches and a clothesline for 1. Wyatt keeps up the attack with more punches, then tries to come off the buckles. Kane meets him with an uppercut in midair, then hits a couple corner clotheslines and a sidewalk slam. Kane heads up top for the clothesline, but drops down when Wyatt bails to the floor. Wyatt meets Kane with some shots and goes for a chair. Kane stops that with a punch, then throws Wyatt into the ring steps. He starts to tear up the announce desk and signals for the chokeslam. The lights go out, and when they come on, Harper is on the announce desk. He boots Kane in the face, then lands a discus clothesline on the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, Wyatt has cinched in a rear chinlock. Kane counters with a jawbreaker, then runs into a clothesline for 2. Wyatt goes back to the chinlock, which Kane tries to fight out of. Wyatt breaks it and hits an avalanche in the corner. He goes for another, but runs into a big boot. Kane with a leaping DDT off the ropes. He goes up top once more, coming off with a flying clothesline. He signals for the chokeslam, but Wyatt is pulled to the floor by Harper. Kane attacks both Family members, then rolls Wyatt back inside. Harper tries an attack from behind, only to eat a punch. Kane turns around into a standing uranage for 2. Wyatt signals for Sister Abigail, but Kane breaks it witha goozle. Wyatt kicks Kane away and levels him with a flying back elbow.
Orton charges down to the ring and has a stare-down with Harper in the ring. Kane does the sit-up and signals for a chokeslam, but Orton drops him with an RKO. Wyatt gets the easy 3.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT
Wyatt and Harper look on with expressions of confusion.
Charley Caruso is standing by. She flubs her lines, then introduces AJ Styles. She points out the two matches with James Ellsworth. Styles says he looks like a melted WWE action figure. Even with Dean Ambrose’s help, Ellsworth couldn’t lace his boots. And Ambrose probably thinks this is all funny, but Styles won’t think that when Styles rearranges his face. Tonight, Ambrose will have to be carried out of the building, and if he sees Ellsworth, Ellsworth will be missing more than his chin when Styles is done with him.
Renee Young is in the ring, and she introduces Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, who is making her return to the show after being off for a few weeks due to an illness. She will defend the title in two weeks against Alexa Bliss. Young welcomes her back, but before she can get anywhere, Bliss comes out. Her “Sorry Not Sorry” shirt is pretty hip…if you’re an 11 year-old. She tells Lynch she looks great for someone who just had back surgery. Lynch points out she didn’t have back surgery. Bliss offers to fill everyone in, then offers to take over for Young, calling her Katie Couric in the process, which leads to a “Katie” chance. Bliss claims when she became the #1 contender, Lynch grew a yellow streak down her spine, because she knew Bliss would end her Cinderella story. Lynch calls her “Dumbo” based on the Disney references. Bliss calls her a world-class con artist after she tries to explain why she was in the hospital. Lynch can’t fool her. She’s waiting for an excuse for the next match. She calls Lynch an orange troll and says her pathetic life means nothing. She then tells Lynch to just hand over the title. I cannot help but notice the shadow from Bliss’ schnozz makes it look like she’s sporting a Hitler. She’s really quite repugnant. Lynch tells her she has a snowball’s chance in hell if Bliss thinks Lynch will just hand over the title. Bliss tells her to calm down and hold onto the belt tight, because in two weeks, it’s hers. Bliss then tries a cheap shot, but Lynch sees it coming and beats her down. At ringside, Bliss comes back with a couple rams into the ring apron before rolling Lynch back in. She plants Lynch with a DDT and walks over her back. She grabs a conveniently placed can of yellow spray paint from the timekeeper’s area and paints a yellow streak down Lynch’s back (which she botches by not using enough paint). Bliss looks a bit like Hulk Hogan, so that makes sense.
MATCH 2-SURVIVOR SERIES QUALIFIER: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. THE HYPE BROS (MOJO RAWLEY AND ZACK RYDER)
We get an inset promo from the Ascension. They call themselves the biggest and baddest team on Smackdown, and at Survivor Series, they will rise. The Hype Bros get the same treatment. Rawley is the drizzling sh*ts on the mic.
The winners of this match will be on Team Smackdown in the 10-team elimination match. Viktor starts with a headlock on Ryder. Tackle, drop-down, kick and a splash by Viktor. Ryder comes back with a boot out of the corner before knocking Konnor off the apron. Viktor clotheslines him to the floor before tagging Konnor. Konnor lands a shot on the ring apron, then takes the match back inside. Viktor tags back in off a European uppercut and hits a jumping knee for 2. Ryder boots Viktor off and goes for the tag, but gets whipped to the heel corner. Konnor in with some stomps. He talks trash to Rawley, then turns around into a jawbreaker. Ryder tries for a tag, but gets caught and put down with a spinebuster. Konnor misses a spinning elbow drop from the middle, allowing Ryder to tag out. Rawley and Viktor, who also tagged in go at it before Rawley hits the Pounce. He connects with a pair of Lambo Leaps, then drops Viktor face-first off a fireman’s carry. That gets 2 before Konnor breaks it up. Rawley sends Konnor shoulder-first into the post. Viktor misses a charge on an incoming Ryder, and that sets up the Hype Ryder for 3.
WINNERS: THE HYPE BROS
The Bros join Rhyno and Heath Slater, who already qualified by way of being the Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
We see Randy Orton in the back. He’s joined by Charley Caruso, who asks for an explanation about earlier. Orton stares off into space before saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
Daniel Bryan is on the phone with Shane McMahon, talking about Survivor Series. He ends the call when Natalya enters the room. She’s concerned about RAW and Hell in a Cell, where RAW will have three main events. She has a way to bring things back around to Smackdown, and that is to make her the team captain at Survivor Series. According to Bryan, Nikki Bella had the same idea, so they will have a match to determine the captain. The winner gets to be the captain, and the loser gets excluded from the team completely.
MATCH 3-WINNER IS THE TEAM SMACKDOWN CAPTAIN AT SURVIVOR SERIES: NIKKI BELLA VS. NATALYA
Given that Nikki is still currently boffing John Cena, I will be shocked if she loses. That, and the booking of Nattie has been horrible for far too long now. Nattie goes right for an arm wringer, which Nikki counters into an Oklahoma roll for 1. Nattie comes back with a schoolgirl for 2. Nikki with a crucifix for 1. Nikki knocks Nattie to the floor with a shoulder, then hits a baseball slide. Nattie pulls her down onto the apron, then hits Nattie By Nature. Back in the ring, Nattie gets a pair of 1-counts, then looks for the Sharpshooter. Nikki kicks her off, but Nattie comes back with a clothesline for 2. Nattie applies an abdominal stretch, then turns it into a modified bow-and-arrow. Nikki fights out and counters into a roll-up for 2. Nattie puts her back down and walks over her stomach. Nattie applies a modified surfboard. Nikki breaks it with a kick to the knee and hits a Thesz press before Nattie hits yet another clothesline for 2. Nattie locks in a sleeper. Nikki breaks it with her arse before Nattie yanks her down by the hair. Nattie stomps Nikki down and looks for the Sharpshooter again, locking it in this time. Nikki crawls for the bottom rope and gets the break. Nikki snaps off a suplex before missing a legdrop. Nikki hits a facebreaker off a clothesline attempt. She connects with a corner clothesline and a Disaster Kick for 2. She sets up the TKO, but Nattie escapes and hits a Michinoku driver #2 for 2. She locks Nikki in a surfboard, but Nikki escapes, rolls through and applies an STF for the submission win.
WINNER: NIKKI BELLA
Carmella attacks Nikki from behind as she’s celebrating and hits the Bella Buster before doing the “You can’t see me” taunt. That’s not even Nikki’s finisher anymore, so who gives a damn?
Charley Caruso is with Dean Ambrose. She asks for a response to AJ Styles’ comments earlier tonight. Ambrose says listening to Styles whine has been fun, but the time for fun and games is over. Tonight, it’s about becoming the #1 contender for the World Championship and getting back his title. They say karma’s another word for a female dog, and we haven’t seen anything yet.
The Miz, Maryse and the Spirit Squad come down to the ring. Maryse looks especially horrible tonight. We get a cheer from Kenny and Mikey to kick this off. Miz calls these days dark times. He’s no longer the Intercontinental Champion. It’s day 16 of the “Dolph Ziggler Intercontinental Championship Burial Tour”. The people who he feels most sorry for are the legends who made the IC title so prestigious. He talks about Pat Patterson for a minute before Ziggler cuts him off.
Ziggler says he feels sorry for everyone who has had to deal with this crap for the last six months. If Miz wants his rematch, he can have it right now. Miz says fighting champions don’t get goaded into fighting on other people’s terms. He will take the match when he’s good and ready. But, if Ziggler wants a fight, they will accommodate him.
Rhyno and Heath Slater take exception and join Ziggler at ringside. Slater mocks Miz for putting his wife in front of him after saying he wants a fight. He then asks what’s Miz’s problem is. Miz calls him a joke, and calls their tag title reign a joke. Slater says real champions don’t run from challenges. Miz points out Kenny pinned Slater last week. Kenny and Mikey would love to challenge Slater and Rhyno for the titles, and Miz makes a formal challenge. Slater sees what Miz is trying to do. Miz eggs him on, and Rhyno accepts on his behalf.
MATCH 4-SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: THE SPIRIT SQUAD (KENNY AND MIKEY) VS. RHYNO AND HEATH SLATER
This match was made during the commercials, and it’s joined in progress. Slater has Kenny in a top wristlock before Kenny turns over and rams him into the heel corner. Ziggler is on commentary, as is Miz. Just die already. Back to the match, Kenny winds up and hits a clothesline before catapulting Slater into the middle rope for 2. Kenny hits a short-arm and tags in Mikey, who does an assisted moonsault for 2. Mikey drops an elbow and kicks imaginary dirt into Slater’s face. Kenny back in with a punch off the middle buckle. Slater avoids a piledriver with a back-body drop. Kenny hangs on and goes into a sunset flip for 2, but Slater rolls through and kicks Kenny in the face. He goes for the tag, but Kenny trips him up and tags in Mikey. Mikey drops another elbow, hits a snapmare and applies a rear chinlock with a ridiculous amount of theatrics. He turns it into a neck vice and then into a front chancery before sending Slater into the ropes. Slater comes back with a flying knee and goes for the tag. He kicks Mikey off and tags Rhyno after Kenny also tags in. Rhyno attacks everything in sight before running into Kenny’s boot. Kenny feigns a knee injury off a hop off the buckles, allowing Mikey to plant a boot in Rhyno’s face. Kenny rolls Rhyno up with a schoolboy, but only gets 2. Mikey tags in, and the Squad look for a double suplex. Slater comes in and takes Kenny out with a Harlem Sidekick, allowing Rhyno to hit a belly-to-belly on Mikey for 2. At ringside, Ziggler and Miz start screaming at each other. Slater knocks Kenny off the apron and into Miz. Rhyno then Gores Mikey for the 3.
WINNERS AND STILL CHAMPIONS: RHYNO AND HEATH SLATER
We see Dean Ambrose in the back. He spots James Ellsworth sulking. Ellsworth just wants to return the favour from the past couple of weeks. He begs Ambrose to be in his corner. Ambrose looks him up and down a couple times, then agrees before telling Ellsworth to be careful.
MATCH 5: WWE WORLD CHAMPION AJ STYLES VS. DEAN AMBROSE (W/JAMES ELLSWORTH) (NON-TITLE); IF AMBROSE WINS, HE BECOMES THE #1 CONTENDER
Ambrose immediately throws Styles to the corner and stomps him down. Ambrose nails a back elbow for a 1-count, then pounds away on Styles in the corner. Styles comes back with a boot off the ropes, but then misses a clothesline. Ambrose sends him to the floor with one of his own. Styles sees Ellsworth at ringside and piefaces him by the ring steps. Ambrose helps Ellsworth before Styles lays him out with a slingshot forearm. Commercials.
Back from the break, Ambrose fights out of a chinlock and throws a few punches before Styles plants him with a dropkick. Ambrose heads to the floor, and Styles tries to take him out with a slingshot plancha, but misses. Ambrose heads back in and connects with a tope suicida. Back in, Ambrose connects with a couple forearms and a clothesline. A fisherman’s suplex gets 2. Styles tries for the Calf Crusher out of the corner, but Ambrose rolls through and tries for a Texas cloverleaf. Styles escapes, misses a clothesline and gets hooked in a backslide for 2. Ambrose immediately turns the pin into a fujiwara. Styles starts to roll through, and Ambrose counters into the cloverleaf. Styles nearly taps before he manages to crawl to the bottom rope. Styles rolls to the apron, where Ambrose tries for a suplex. Styles blocks it and tries to reverse. Ambrose lands feet-first on the apron, and the two fight it out before Styles hits a snap suplex to the floor from the apron. Commercials.
Back from the break, Ambrose is holding his head in the corner. Styles sets him up for a superplex. Ambrose blocks before they trade headbutts. Styles tries again, but it gets reversed into a gourdbuster. Ambrose comes off with the elbowline, and now both are down. The two get back up and trade punches, with Ambrose getting the better of the exchange. Styles avoids a suplex, goes into his series of strikes, then gets caught in a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Ambrose sets Styles up for a superplex now, but Styles drops down and drops Ambrose face-first onto the buckles in the process. He then comes off the middle with his moonsault into an inverted DDT for 2. I’ve seen him do that spot a million times, and that was one of the best. No stopping on the feet or anything. Styles sets up the Clash, but Ambrose lifts him for an Alabama Slam. Styles escapes and tries again, with Ambrose rolling through into a jackknife for 2. Ambrose hits the Lunatic Lariat off a pair of strikes, turning Styles inside-out. Ambrose sets Styles up top once more and hits the superplex this time. Styles is up first, and Ambrose catches him in a fireman’s carry. Styles escapes and counters into the Calf Crusher. Ambrose grabs Styles by the neck and slams Styles repeatedly to try and break the hold. Styles shakes it off and goes right back to it. Ambrose reaches for the ropes and eventually makes it after slapping himself in the face repeatedly. Ambrose can’t stand up. Styles looks like he’s going to pounce, but instead absolutely wipes Ellsworth out with a baseball slide. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose kicks him in midair. Styles escapes Dirty Deeds, sees the Lunatic Lariat coming and looks for the Ushi-Goroshi. Ambrose counters into a sunset flip for 2. Ambrose misses a clothesline and gets caught with the Pele. He goes for the Styles Clash once more, but Ambrose backdrops him to the floor near Ellsworth. Ellsworth realizes what’s up and gets all psyched, hitting Styles with the No Chin Music. Ambrose sees this, as does the referee, resulting in the DQ.
WINNER: AJ STYLES
Ellsworth realized what had happened almost immediately after hitting the kick, and now Ambrose is livid.
END OF SHOW