Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 8.31.16: SmackDown Live

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 in Dallas, Texas. The journey to crown the first WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions continues with round one of an eight team tournament. The renewed rivalry between Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan and The Miz continues. #1 Contender AJ Styles battled Apollo Crews in one on one action. Bray Wyatt challenges Randy Orton to a match at WWE Backlash. Nattie Neidhart and Alexa Bliss battled Becky Lynch and Naomi in Women's Division tag team action, while Carmella and Nikki Bella continued their feud. In the main event, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose battled Baron Corbin in a one on one non-title match.

*** Smackdown Live ***

- Backstage, Shane McMahon feels that Daniel Bryan owes The Miz an apology after what happened on Talking Smack last week, even though Shane agrees with what Bryan said. Shane feels Bryan shouldn't get involved with the talent. Bryan questions Shane about his issue with Brock Lesnar.

- The Miz Promo: Miz says after 148 days he has made a championship with no prestige prestigious again, whether Daniel Bryan apologizes or not, Miz knows what really goes on backstage. Miz doesn't understand how he is seen as unworthy as he's gone 10 solid and dedicated years in the WWE injury free and given his all. Miz is sick of seeing useless talent get repeated opportunities while guys like him are considered unworthy. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and says that the fans see right through his charade, that's why no one cares about him and that's why Daniel Bryan thinks he's a soft coward. Ziggler says each and every week Miz proves what a coward he is, but if he wants to prove that he's not a coward then start tonight with Ziggler, with no title on the line, no referee and no bell to stop and start the match. Miz accepts the challenge, but then leaves the ring. Ziggler says Bryan was right, Miz is a coward. Maryse holds Miz back to end the promo.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament Match": The Vaudevillains vs. The Hype Bros: The match closes out with English and Gotch double teaming Ryder. Gotch with a rolling fireman's carry and English with a flying clothesline. Mojo finally tags in and unloads clotheslines on English and then a corner splash. Ryder tags back in and nails the Broski Boot on Gotch. Mojo and Ryder hit the Hype Ryder to score the pinfall.
Winners: The Hype Bros, by pinfall, to advance in the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament.

- Backstage, AJ Styles says hello to everyone and reminds Apollo Crews that he's the face that runs the place. Styles spells out place for Crews.

- AJ Styles Promo: Styles says he's the face that runs the place, beats up John Cena, beat Cena at Summer Slam and who'll beat Dean Ambrose at WWE Backlash. Apollo Crews interrupts Styles. Styles asks Crews if he's here to challenge him to a spelling bee. Crews says Daniel Bryan just gave him a match against Styles and it starts now.

- AJ Styles vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Styles hitting a lariat on Crews, but gets caught on a cross body attempt and dropped with a Samoan drop for a near fall. Styles lands a boot on Crews, a jawbreaker and picks up the pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall.

- A video from earlier shows Heath Slater, Rhyno and Heath's wife Beulah in Slater's West Virginia home. Slater talks about not being drafted, being Randy Orton's first opponent back, standing up to Brock Lesnar and how he and Rhyno will be the first ever WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions.

- Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray says he doesn't fear snakes or monsters, Randy Orton is just a man that thinks he has venom in his veins, but Orton's flaws have all been exposed thanks to Brock Lesnar. Orton is now a damaged man and the voices inside Orton's head better tell him to run. Randy Orton interrupts and says the voices in his head are asking who the hell is Bray Wyatt? Orton says he's been damaged a long time and that's what gives him his charm. Bray says that Orton is no longer the predator, Bray is and a predator kills. Orton says he's been told that time and time again and has survived many huge matches and came back. Orton accepts Bray's challenge for Backlash and says he's not afraid to fight someone that thinks they're a god. Orton says he's not afraid to kick Bray's ass right now. Orton heads to the ring, but the lights go out. The lights pop back on and Bray is gone. 

- Nattie Neidhart and Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi and Becky Lynch: Nikki Bella is on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Becky getting a near fall exploder suplex on Alexa. Carmella comes outta nowhere and attacks Nikki Bella at ringside. Nikki sends Carmella into the ring post. Carmella unloads on Nikki and sends her into the barricade. Becky gets distracted by Carmella and Nikki outside brawling. Alexa rolls up Becky with a handful of tights for the pinfall.
Winners: Nattie Neidhart and Alexa Bliss, by pinfall.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament Match": Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Headbangers: The match closes out with  The Headbangers double teaming Slater for a near fall. Mosh hits Slater with a forearm and a running butt splash before knocking Rhyno off the apron. The Headbangers hit their Stage Dive finisher on Slater, but Rhyno tosses Mosh outside and tags himself in. Rhyno nails the Gore on Thrasher and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno, by pinfall, to advance in the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament.

- An unknown local wrestler challenges anyone to a match right now. Kane stalks to the ring and lays out the local wrestler with a choke slam. 

- Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin: AJ Styles is on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Corbin hitting Deep Six on Ambrose for a near fall. Corbin sends Ambrose into the barricade and then talks smack to Styles. Ambrose shoves Corbin into Styles. Back in the ring, Ambrose hits a flying elbow on Corbin for a near fall. Styles leaps onto the apron and gets some shots in on Ambrose, causing a DQ. After the match, Ambrose suicide dives onto Styles.
Styles tosses Ambrose over the announcers table. Ambrose hits a flying clothesline off the announcers table onto Styles. Corbin attacks Ambrose from behind and throws him into the ring. Ambrose plants Corbin with Dirty Deeds. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose drops Styles crotch first on the ropes. Ambrose shakes the ropes up and down on Styles,  shakes Styles hand, grabs his title and leaves.
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by DQ.

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