Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 9.7.16: 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 Lincoln, Nebraska. This week's show was the go home show to this Sunday's WWE Backlash pay per view. All the ladies give their final thoughts before entering the Six Pack Challenge this Sunday to crown an inaugural WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion. Daniel Bryan and WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz continue their rivalry. The Miz battled Apollo Crews in a non title match. Nikki Bella, Naomi and Becky Lynch battled Nattie Neidhart, Alexa Bliss and Carmella in a Six Woman Tag Team Match. The Semi Finals of the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament finished as The Usos battled American Alpha and Heath Slater and Rhyno battled The Hype Bros. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles meet face to face one last time before their match this Sunday. 

- Women's Division Forum Promo: Daniel Bryan is in the ring with Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Carmella and Nattie Neidhart. Becky says becoming champion would mean being on the road and away from home would be worth it. Nattie interrupts, calls Becky boring and states that Smackdown Live should be Nattie's show. Alexa Bliss interrupts and calls Nattie and Becky whiners. Carmella interrupts and warns everyone to take a look at what she's done to Nikki the past few weeks. Becky tries to instigate a fight between Alexa and Carmella. Naomi and Nikki arrive next as Alexa, Carmella and Nattie cornered Becky. Nattie lands a forearm on Nikki and a six lady brawl breaks out.

- Backstage, The Miz and Maryse interrupt Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon talking about the Women's Division. Miz says the WWE Intercontinental Championship is the only prestigious title in the WWE, Dolph Ziggler never earned a title shot and thinks Bryan is still bitter over Miz putting him in check two weeks ago. Bryan says the difference between Miz and the Women's Division is that the women actually want to fight. Bryan says if Miz wants to back out against Ziggler that's fine, just vacate the title now.

- The Miz vs. Apollo Crews: Dolph Ziggler was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Crews hitting a corner splash on Miz and Miz rolls to the floor. Crews follows as Miz slaps Ziggler in the face. Miz shoves Crews into Ziggler and then shoves Crews into the steel steps. Back to the ring, Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Crews and scores the pinfall. After the match, Miz and Maryse celebrate with the WWE Intercontinental Championship as Ziggler looks on outside.
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall.

- Backstage, AJ Styles demands to know who gave Renee Young the footage of what happened last week with Dean Ambrose. The production guy steps forward and AJ asks if he thinks it's funny and what would happen if he got him fired. AJ shoves the production guy and walks out.

- Backstage, The Usos admit that American Alpha deserve to be on Smackdown Live, but The Usos still run the tag team division.

- Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray cuts a promo about apex predators, scouring for food, surviving, the predator terrorizing man and it's the survival of the fittest. Bray says Randy Orton is no longer the great predator, Bray Wyatt now is. Bray says he's a God, holds a greater weapon than Orton and at WWE Backlash Orton goes from the predator to the prey.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Nikki Bella, Naomi and Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart, Alexa Bliss and Carmella: The match closes out with Nikki hitting a back elbow on Alexa and follows that up with a springboard side kick for a near fall. Alexa hits a jaw breaker on Nikki and tags Carmella. Nikki hits a cutter on Carmella, but Nikki gets taken out by a Nattie lariat. Naomi drop kicks Nattie to the floor as Becky spears Alexa. Carmella locks Nikki in the Code of Silence submission and forces Nikki to tap out.
Winners: Nattie Neidhart, Alexa Bliss and Carmella, by submission.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi Finals Match": American Alpha vs. The Usos: The match closes out with Jordan hitting a spear on Jimmy in the corner and then tags in Gable. Jordan and Gable hit Grand Amplitude on Jimmy and score the pinfall. After the match, The Usos shake hands with Jordan and Gable and then suddenly TURN HEEL! Jimmy plants an Uso Kick on Jordan and then The Usos beat down Gable. The Usos send Jordan into the ring post and then target Gable's leg. Jimmy holds Gable as Jey lands a jumping thrust kick to the back of Gable's knee. Jey traps Gable in a single leg crab submission and works over the leg some more. Jimmy goes to the top rope and lands an Uso Splash right on Gable's injured leg. The Usos finally leave after destroying Gable's leg.
Winners: American Alpha, by pinfall, to advance to the Finals of the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament.

- Backstage, Randy Orton tells a story about a snake, a rabbit and man and how the snake got both after waiting for the man to get over confident. Orton says at Backlash he'll wait patiently and Bray will never know what hit him.

- Fandango Promo: Fandango found a lady to tango with him and asks about her tattoos. Fandango then says that her hips lie and he wants someone with fire in their belly. Kane arrives and gets called a Big Red Dancing Machine by Fandango. Kane grabs Fandango, choke slams him and mocks his dancing.

- Backstage, AJ Styles grabs a fan's phone and throws it against the wall for not paying attention to him.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi Finals Match": The Hype Bros vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno: The match closes out with Rhyno hitting a spine buster on Ryder for a near fall. Slater and Mojo go to the floor as Rhyno hits a clothesline on Ryder. Ryder gets a near fall rollup on Slater and follows that with a drop toe hold. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot, but Rhyno drags Slater to the corner and tags in. Rhyno crushes Ryder with the Gore and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno, by pinfall, to advance to the Finals of the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament.

- Backstage, The Usos state that American Alpha was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The WWE Universe turned their back on The Usos and now The Usos demand respect.

- Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles Face To Face Meeting: Ambrose gives Styles a participation bowling trophy and says that's the only title he's winning. Styles asks if Ambrose realizes who he's dealing with and there's no time for jokes. Ambrose jokes about Styles being dropped groin first on the ropes last week and says he wanted to give Styles a high pitched voice to go with his soccer mom haircut. Styles reminds Ambrose of how he beat John Cena, will do the same to Ambrose and take his title. Ambrose says he's not John Cena, in Ambrose's future Ambrose leaves Backlash still the champion and they don't hand out trophies to the face that comes in second place. Styles kicks Ambrose in the groin and then busts the bowling trophy over the back of Ambrose. Styles celebrates to end the show.

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