Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 8.24.16: SmackDown Live Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is here with your Smackdown Live Recap Edition.  

This week's Smackdown Live took place at The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Smackdown Live introduced the newly created WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship and the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. A tournament to crown the new tag team champions began. Becky Lynch battled Alexa Bliss in one on one Women's Division action. Nikki Bella battled Carmella in one on one Women's Division action. AJ Styles battled Dolph Ziggler to crown a #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

*** Smackdown Live ***

- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler is in a bad mood after losing at Summer Slam. AJ Styles introduces himself as the new WWE franchise after beating John Cena at Summer Slam. Styles mocks Ziggler for losing and says he hates losers. Ziggler attacks and starts swinging on Styles. Other WWE Superstars and WWE Officials separate Ziggler and Styles. Ziggler tells Styles to mind his own business.

- Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan Promo: The whole Smackdown Live roster is present and we see the brand new WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship and WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship on display. Bryan announces that there will be a Six Pack Challenge Match at WWE Backlash to crown the first WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion between Nikki Bella, Nattie Neidhart, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Becky Lynch.
Shane announces a tag team tournament with the Finals taking place at WWE Backlash to crown the first WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions. Heath Slater interrupts and wants in. Shane and Bryan tell Slater that if he can find a partner and win the whole tournament, they'll give him a Smackdown Live contract. AJ Styles interrupts, but gets jumped from behind by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler and Styles brawl until they're separated by WWE Officials.

- Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss: Nattie Neidhart and Naomi are on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Becky unloading on Alexa and hitting a leg lariat. Becky hits a flying forearm in the corner, but Alexa comes back and gets a near fall power bomb. Becky ends up trapping Alexa in the Dis-Arm-Her submission and forces Alexa to tap out.
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission.

- Backstage, Heath Slater is trying to get WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz to be his tag team partner.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament": The Usos vs. The Ascension: The match closes out with Viktor getting a near fall back slide. Jey hits the Samoan Drop, but can't hit the running hip splash as Konnor hits a pounce on Jey. Jimmy hits an Uso Kick on Konnor and follows that with a suicide dive. Jey hits an Uso Kick on Viktor and Jimmy hits the Uso Splash for the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall, to advance in the tag team tournament. 

- AJ Styles Promo: Styles says he sees a lot of angry faces and a lot of jealousy from guys like Dolph Ziggler. Styles brags about beating John Cena and is wearing Cena's wrist band. Styles says he runs this place now and should be the #1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Dolph Ziggler comes out, but gets held back by Jamie Noble, Billy Kidman and WWE Officials. Daniel Bryan arrives and says enough is enough. Styles will face Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Backlash. Tonight Styles faces Dolph Ziggler. If Ziggler wins then it'll be Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler at WWE Backlash for the title.

- Nikki Bella vs. Carmella: Carmella attacks Nikki from behind and ground and pounds Nikki. Carmella hits a thrust kick and a reverse STO on Nikki. More ground and pound on Nikki. Carmella hits Nikki with her own Bella Buster and leaves Nikki laid out.
Winner: No Contest

- Backstage, Heath Slater offers The Miz a shot at being his partner again. Slater feels this is the best opportunity for him. Miz says he's currently talking to Steven Spielberg about being the next Indiana Jones.

- Randy Orton Promo: Nobody thought Orton would be here but here he is. Orton says that Shane McMahon thought by intervening he did the right thing, but their paths will cross again. Bray Wyatt interrupts and asks Orton how his head is, he saw what Brock Lesnar did to him and his eyes changed to blank. Bray says that Orton is proof that he is just a man, not a god like Bray is and a god never dies. The lights go out and Bray disappears.

- Backstage, Shane McMahon says he doubts Stephanie McMahon will do anything about what Brock Lesnar did to him at Summer Slam. Last he heard Brock was only fined $500. Shane promises that he's not done with Brock yet.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament": American Alpha vs. Breezango: The match closes out with Breeze hitting Jordan with a modified Beauty Shot for a near fall. Gable hits Fandango with a cross body and they both fall to the floor. Jordan gets a near fall rollup on Breeze and then hits a Alpha Plex on Breeze. Jordan hits a corner spear on Breeze and tags in Gable. Jordan and Gable hit Grand Amplitude and score the pinfall.
Winners: American Alpha, by pinfall, to advance in the tag team tournament.

- Backstage, Heath Slater asks Arn Anderson to be his partner. Anderson says no because Slater is no Ric Flair. Rhyno interrupts and asks if a tag team champion will be able to make payments on an above ground pool. Rhyno then accepts Slater’s offer to be his tag team partner.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose says he was gambling at the Mohegan Casino when he heard he'd have a #1 contender announced tonight. Ambrose is sitting in on commentary to watch.

- #1 Contenders Match For The WWE World Heavyweight Championship": AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler: Dean Ambrose sits in on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Styles missing a springboard 450 on Ziggler. Ziggler hits a DDT on Styles for a near fall. Ziggler blocks the Styles Clash, shoves Styles off and hits the Zig Zag for a near fall. Styles counters a super kick, shoves Ziggler off and then kicks Ziggler in the knee. Styles plants Ziggler with the Styles Clash and scores the pinfall. After the match, Styles gets in Ambrose's face and knocks his head set off his head. Styles and Ambrose go nose to nose to end the show.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to become #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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