Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 10.12.16: 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 San Jose, California. Dolph Ziggler may be the new WWE Intercontinental Champion, but his feud with The Miz and The Spirit Squad continued. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan throw out a challenge to RAW for the upcoming WWE Survivor Series event. Carmella battled Naomi one on one. Chad Gable of American Alpha battled Jimmy Uso. AJ Styles promises us a victory speech for retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE No Mercy. AJ Styles battled James Ellsworth. The main event saw Randy Orton and Kane battle Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in tag team action.

*** Smackdown Live ***

- Dolph Ziggler Promo: The new WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler kicked off Smackdown Live this week. Ziggler says he overcame the odds on Sunday in his huge win. The Miz and Maryse immediately interrupt Ziggler. Miz says he brought prestige to the title, now they will mourn it's funeral. Miz says he's the hero of this story and the hero always comes out on top in the end. Ziggler mocks Miz for crying after losing, angering Miz, who promises that he and the Spirit Squad aren't done with Ziggler just yet. Mikey and Kenny arrive and head to the ring. Mikey and Kenny were placed in a Handicap Match against Ziggler by Daniel Bryan and that match is now.

- "2-On-1 Handicap Match": Dolph Ziggler vs. Mikey and Kenny: The match closes out with Ziggler stopping a double teaming by hitting a double DDT on Mikey and Kenny. Ziggler swings on Kenny, but Mikey lands a cheap shot on Ziggler. Kenny gets a near fall on Ziggler, but then walks right into a super kick by Ziggler. Ziggler covers and scores the pinfall. After the match, Miz lays out Ziggler with the Skull Crushing Finale. Mikey and Kenny are about to join in on the attack when suddenly Heath Slater and Rhyno hit the ring and make the save. 
- Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan have a challenge for RAW, to take place at the WWE Survivor Series if they accept. Shane and Bryan propose three 5-On-5 Elimination Matches. One with the top superstars of both brands, one with the top tag teams of both brands and one with the top ladies of both brands.

- Carmella vs. Naomi: Before the match, we see a video taken from earlier in the day of Carmella again attacking and beating down Nikki Bella backstage. The match closes out with Carmella in control of Naomi. Nikki Bella arrives at ringside and distracts Carmella, who wants a piece of Nikki. Naomi takes advantage of the distraction and scores the pinfall on Carmella. After the match, Nikki goes after Carmella, but Carmella retreats and heads to the back.
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Alexa Bliss was watching the Naomi vs. Carmella match and says she could beat Naomi any day of the week. Daniel Bryan appears, overhearing Alexa. Bryan likes what he's hearing so he makes Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi official for next week.

- Chad Gable vs. Jimmy Uso: The match closes out with Jimmy rolling up Gable and with the help from Jey behind the referees back, is able to hold down Gable for the pinfall.
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Mojo makes fun of Zack Ryder for not partying with him last night. Ryder wants them to stay focused on the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship. The Ascension appears and stare down Mojo and Ryder.

- AJ Styles' Victory Speech: Styles brags about beating John Cena and Dean Ambrose and says he's a winner and winners always find a way to win. Styles promises someone an opportunity tonight for a main event match, as Dean Ambrose interrupts. Ambrose knows Styles likes the easy way out so he can see Styles wasn't expecting Ambrose. Styles says he's already got his opponent and it's some one not on the roster. Styles calls out jobber James Ellsworth. Ambrose says he's sitting at ringside to watch this match, but Styles disagrees and doesn't want Ambrose at ringside. Daniel Bryan interrupts and says Styles doesn't make the matches around here, but he likes the Styles vs. Ellsworth idea. Bryan also agrees that Ambrose shouldn't be at ringside. Instead Bryan makes Ambrose the special guest referee and the match is now.

- AJ Styles vs. James Ellsworth, with Special Guest Referee Dean Ambrose: Ambrose grabs the referees shirt, puts it on, checks Styles for foreign objects and pulls pranks on Styles throughout the match. Styles gets irritated with Ambrose. Ambrose ends up laying out Styles with Dirty Deeds, throws Ellsworth on top of Styles and counts the pinfall.
Winner: James Ellsworth, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Randy Orton cuts a promo about his world and asks Kane if he wants to come along. Kane says Orton has issues, but he's in.

- Backstage, AJ Styles is furious with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. Styles says he's going to take matters into his own hands. Bryan, meanwhile, has an idea for Ellsworth next week.

- Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt vs. Kane and Randy Orton: The match closes out with Orton going for a tag to Kane, but the lights suddenly go out. The lights pop back on, Kane is missing and Harper is standing in Orton's corner. Bray takes advantage of the distraction and hits Sister Abigail on Orton for the pinfall.
Winners: Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, by pinfall.

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