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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Winners: Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, by pinfall.