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.
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 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.
Winners: Nattie Neidhart and Alexa Bliss, by 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.
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by DQ.