Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, brings you the Smackdown Live Recap for the week.
This week Smackdown Live was live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and concluded with day 4 of the NXT/WWE live pay per view and live TV Canadian invasion experience. The Miz is forced by Daniel Bryan to defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kalisto. A Tag Team Turmoil Match takes place with the winning team becoming #1 Contenders. WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Becky Lynch battled Nattie Neidhart. Baron Corbin had to battle Kane as punishment for costing Smackdown Live the Cruiserweight Division at WWE Survivor Series. In the main event, James Ellsworth battled AJ Styles in a Ladder Match for a chance to win a WWE Smackdown Live contract.
*** Smackdown Live ***
- Backstage, Daniel Bryan interrupts The Miz's photo shoot and orders Miz to get to the ring now. Miz will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kalisto, as punishment for humiliating Smackdown Live at WWE Survivor Series by cheating to beat Sami Zayn.
- Backstage, Dean Ambrose asks Shane if he really wants him to leave the building. Shane says he needs to leave. Ambrose tries to stall as much as possible and tries to change Shane's mind until finally leaving the building.
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Backstage, Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch interrupt Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. Becky agrees to give Alexa a WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match at WWE TLC. Alexa tells Becky that she has two weeks to shine up the title for Alexa. Nattie Neidhart interrupts and blames Becky for Team Smackdown Live losing. Shane says everyone is to blame, things might have been different if Nikki Bella wasn't jumped and then announces that Becky will face Nattie tonight. Dean Ambrose walks in eating pizza and Shane again tells Ambrose to get out of the building.
- Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells Baron Corbin he doesn't mind superstars trying to make a name for themselves, but Corbin is being reckless and stupid. Corbin says Bryan doesn't understand that Corbin is the big picture. Bryan announces Corbin will face Kane tonight as punishment for costing Smackdown Live the Cruiserweight Division at WWE Survivor Series.
** First Elimination: The Ascension double team Ryder and go for a double suplex. Ryder hits a double neck breaker and tags Mojo. Mojo unloads and he and Ryder hit the Hype Ryder to score the pinfall and eliminate The Ascension.
** Second Elimination: Ryder goes for the Broski Boot on Breeze, but Breeze dodges it. Breeze sends Ryder into a Fandango forearm. Fandango hits a slingshot elbow on Ryder and scores the pinfall eliminating The Hype Bros.
** Third Elimination: Breeze and Fandango double team Gable. Fandango goes for a sunset flip, but Gable counters with a rollup, scores the pinfall and Breezago are eliminated.
** Fourth Elimination: Gable clotheslines English out of the ring and then drop kicks Gotch. Jordan hits a german suplex on Gotch, bridges it and scores the pinfall, eliminating The Vaudevillains.
Winners: American Alpha, to become the current #1 Contenders.
- Backstage, Daniel Bryan asks James Ellsworth if he's ready for tonight and to be careful against AJ Styles. Dean Ambrose appears dressed as The Mountie. Bryan tells Ambrose to leave the building before Shane McMahon freaks out. Shane McMahon arrives, calls Ambrose disrespectful and insubordinate and walks out. Ambrose asks if anyone wants to know why he's dressed like The Mountie. Bryan asks why and Ambrose says because the The Mountie always gets his man.
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission.
- Backstage, The Miz demands that Dolph Ziggler be suspended. Daniel Bryan instead announces Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match at WWE TLC for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Miz promises that he'll write the final chapter in his feud with Ziggler and bring it to a Skull Crushing Finale.
- Backstage, Carmella is making fun of Nikki Bella on the phone. Nikki enters, accuses Carmella of attacking her at WWE Survivor Series. Carmella says she always admits when she does something, can't take credit on this one and maybe Nikki should ask Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Nikki says she got her brother in law Daniel Bryan to give her a match against Carmella at WWE TLC.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by DQ.
Winner: James Ellsworth, by contract retrieval, to win a Smackdown Live contract.