Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 9.14.16: 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 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. New WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles had no time to celebrate as John Cena and Dean Ambrose targeted the champion. The Usos battled The Hype Bros in tag team action in a rematch from WWE Backlash. The Miz, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler continued their feud. Baron Corbin battled Apollo Crews in a rematch from WWE Backlash. A new #1 contender was decided for the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship between Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Bella, Carmella and Nattie Neidhart. Heath Slater signs his Smackdown Live contract. Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt continued their feud. John Cena and Dean Ambrose teamed up to battle AJ Styles and a mystery partner.

- AJ Styles Promo: The new WWE World Heavyweight Champion kicks off the show. Styles says that he said he'd beat John Cena and he said he'd beat Dean Ambrose and he did both. Styles says that he's now the champ that runs the camp. John Cena returns and interrupts Styles. Cena is here to take back his wrist band Styles has, take back the WWE World Championship, tie Ric Flair's world title win record and do it by beating Styles. Dean Ambrose interrupts next and says Styles became a life long enemy after kicking Ambrose in the family jewels on Sunday. Cena accuses Ambrose of not having any balls and Ambrose doesn't care what Cena, who's a lazy part timer, thinks. Ambrose says we all know Cena can't get it done in the ring anymore, he couldn't even beat Styles and will never beat Ambrose either. Shane McMahon interrupts and applauds the Styles vs. Cena match at Summer Slam and the Styles vs. Ambrose match at Backlash. Shane isn't too happy that Styles chose to take the easy way to the title by cheating. Shane announces Ambrose and Cena vs. Styles and a partner of his choice tonight and Styles vs. Cena vs. Ambrose in a triple threat match at WWE No Mercy for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- The Usos vs. The Hype Bros: The match closes out with Mojo tagging in and unloading clotheslines on Jimmy. Mojo hits a corner splash on Jimmy and then dodges Jey charging at him with an attempted hip splash. Mojo hits a splash on Jey, but eats an Uso Kick from Jimmy. Jimmy goes to the top rope and hits the Uso Splash on Mojo for the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall.

- The Miz Promo: Miz mentions how everyone has labeled him a coward, but he left WWE Backlash still the WWE Intercontinental Champion and has made the title more prestigious than ever. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and says the fans will never see Miz as a top guy because everyone sees right through him. Miz says if he listened to the fans he'd be six feet under just like Ziggler's career. Ziggler admit’s that Miz is doing great, but Miz will always have an asterisk attached to his name. Ziggler asks for one more match, one on one, no distractions. Daniel Bryan arrives and says it's because of Maryse that Miz is still the champion. Bryan announces that Ziggler will get a rematch. Miz says he wants his title renegotiated and Bryan will not get what he wants until Miz gets what he wants. Miz says he's calling his own shots and there isn't a damn thing Bryan's going to do about it. Miz and Maryse leave the ring to end the promo.

- Backstage, AJ Styles asks Baron Corbin to be his partner. Corbin says he'd rather be his opponent.

- Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews: Before the match can even start, Corbin attacks Crews from behind. Corbin tosses Crews into the barricade and plants Crews with End Of Days on the floor. Jack Swagger hits the ring and goes face to face with Corbin. Swagger says as of 12:01 tonight, he's officially apart of Smackdown Live. Swagger brags about his accomplishments and abilities. Swagger says to forget everything you know about Swagger, Swagger plans on being a big problem. Swagger finishes with a WE THE PEOPLE! chant.
Winner: No Contest

- Becky Lynch Promo: Becky says she had the fight of her life against five other women, the journey is greater than the destination and she's a fighting champion, so come at her.

- "#1 Contenders, Fatal Five Way Match": Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella vs. Nattie Neidhart: The match closes out with Nattie sending Naomi into the steel steps. Nikki sends Nattie into the barricade shoulder first. Nikki and Alexa trade shots on the top rope. Carmella gets involved and counters a Nikki modified cutter with a super kick. Carmella covers, but Alexa breaks up the pinfall and tosses Carmella outside. Alexa covers Nikki and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall, to become #1 contender.

- Backstage, AJ Styles asks Kane to be his partner because the Phenomenal One and The Devil's Favorite Demon has a great ring to it. Kane laughs and walks away.

- Heath Slater’s Contract Signing: Shane McMahon says Heath Slater earned his spot on the Smackdown Live roster by winning the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship with Rhyno at WWE Backlash. Slater comes down to the ring, officially signs his contract, thanks Shane, thanks Daniel Bryan, thanks his wife, thanks Rhyno and says he and Rhyno will battle anyone, anytime, anyplace. The Ascension interrupt and say that they like the anytime, anyplace stipulation Slater just said. The Ascension wants tonight and right now. Slater declines, but Shane makes the match official.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match": Rhyno and Heath Slater (c) vs. The Ascension: The match closes out with Rhyno hitting a clothesline and a spine buster on Viktor for a near fall. Slater jumps on Konnor's back, but Slater gets tossed to the floor. Rhyno shoulder blocks Konnor outside and then hits a Gore on Viktor to score the pinfall.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells AJ Styles that since he never found a partner, Styles will team up with local independent wrestler James Ellsworth.

- Randy Orton Promo: Orton says that Bray Wyatt calls himself the face of fear because he's afraid and he's afraid of Orton. Orton says that Bray was afraid to fight him at WWE Backlash so Bray attacked Orton from behind. Orton says that if Bray has any balls than he should come to the ring and face his fears. Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and says that a wise man knows when to stay down, all Orton had to do was stay down, but instead Orton chose to embarrass Bray.
Bray doesn't like that and nothing will stop Bray from finishing Orton. The lights flip off and then back on and Bray appears sitting on the announcers table. Orton dares Bray to get in the ring, but the lights flip off and then back on again revealing Erick Rowan in the ring. Rowan hits a running forearm on Orton and tries to ground and pound Orton. Orton fights back and drops Rowan with an RKO to end the promo.

- John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and James Ellsworth: Before the match, The Miz comes out of nowhere, beats down Ellsworth, hits the Skull Crushing Finale and then agrees to tag with Styles. The match closes out with Ambrose dropping Styles with a swinging neck breaker. Cena hits a series of flying shoulder tackles on Miz, plants Miz with a side slam and then Five Knuckle Shuffles Miz.
Cena goes for AA on Miz, but Styles makes the save. Ambrose tosses Styles outside and then hits a suicide dive on Styles. Cena hits the AA on Miz and scores the pinfall. After the match, Ambrose attacks Cena and plants Cena with Dirty Deeds. Winners: Dean Ambrose and John Cena, by pinfall.

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