Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 12.14.16: Smackdown Live Washington DC Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

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 our nation's capital of Washington D.C. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias was this week's special guest on the show. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan kick off Smackdown Live having a meeting with James Ellsworth. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returns with another exciting edition of Miz TV. Carmella battled Nattie Neidhart in one on one Women's Division action. A Tag Team Division Battle Royal takes place to determine the new #1 Contenders. Alexa Bliss defends the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship against Becky Lynch. The main event saw a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match between Dolph Ziggler, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

** Smackdown Live **

- Backstage, Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan and James Ellsworth are in a meeting discussing Ellsworth consistently interfering in matches and that not being the reason they offered him a contract. Shane says Ellsworth can not interfere in Championship matches anymore. Ellsworth sneezes continuously and Bryan says Ellsworth looks like a mess. Shane and Bryan cancel Ellsworth's WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match against AJ Styles tonight because they feel he's unfit to wrestle. 

- Miz TV With The Miz: Miz says tonight's show is special because it brings together two great champions, he and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. Styles arrives and says James Ellsworth came down with a case of chinfulenza that's why their title match was called off. Styles promises that sooner or later he will destroy Ellsworth. Miz puts over Styles and wants to know what's next for the champ. Styles isn't sure because he's already beaten John Cena, Dean Ambrose and soon James Ellsworth, who else if left? Miz gives Styles his dues, but Miz reminds everyone that he made the WWE Intercontinental Championship legendary again and maybe he's on or above Styles' level. Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler suddenly interrupt. Ziggler says Miz and Styles talk alot of game considering they cheat to win matches and Miz can always hide behind Styles if Maryse’s skirt isn't available. Miz and Ziggler start brawling until Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale. Ambrose plants Miz with Dirty Deeds, as Styles retreats from the ring. Ambrose then hits Dirty Deeds on Ziggler just for the hell of it and stands alone. The lights  go out and pop back on with Luke Harper in the ring. Harper lays out Ambrose with the Harper Lariat to end the segment.

- Backstage, AJ Styles asks Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for protection cause he can't fight four guys at once. Bryan announces a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match between Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Luke Harper with the winner meeting AJ Styles in Chicago on December 27th.

- Carmella vs. Nattie Neidhart: Nikki Bella is on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Nattie slamming Carmella and going for the Sharpshooter submission. Carmella escapes and rolls outside. Nattie hits a baseball slide and then tries to talk to Nikki on commentary, trying to tell Nikki it wasn't her that attacked her at WWE Survivor Series. Nattie hits a forearm on Carmella and again tries to admit her innocence to Nikki. Carmella rolls up Nattie and scores the pinfall during Nattie's plea.
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall

- It's announced that John Cena will return at WWE Chicago on December 27th.

- Backstage Comedian Gabriel Iglesias tells Apollo Crews he's excited to be here and will be apart of Tribute to the Troops. Miz and Maryse interrupt and Gabriel asks Miz if he got his suit from Uranus. Miz says his suit cost $5,000 and Crews says he overpaid. Miz says he doesn't have time for them and walks out.

- "Battle Royal To Determine New #1 Contenders For The WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship": Breezango vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Vaudevillians vs. The Hype Bros vs. The Ascension vs. American Alpha: The match closes out with Konnor and Breeze double teaming Ryder. Breeze tries to toss out Konnor, but Konnor dumps Breeze on the apron. Ryder hits a drop kick and Konnor hits a spear to eliminate Breeze. Konnor counters a Rough Ryder and goes for a power bomb. Ryder counters and head scissors Konnor over the ropes and to the floor for the victory.
Winners: Hype Bros, to become the new #1 Contenders.

- Alexa Bliss Promo: Alexa says she was supposed to face Deanna Purrazzo, who is present, but Alexa refuses to fight charity cases. Alexa attacks Deanna and tosses her to the floor. Becky Lynch interrupts and apologizes for asking for her rematch last week, but since they're both dressed to wrestle she wants it now. Alexa refuses and says it'll be on her terms. Shane McMahon interrupts, says that that's not how things go on Smackdown Live and grants Becky her rematch right now.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with Becky hitting two clotheslines, a dropkick and a forearm. Alexa blocks the Bexploder and escapes the Dis-Arm-Her submission. Becky and Alexa brawl on the floor. Becky hits a forearm off the steel steps. Alexa gets counted out to save her title. After the match, Becky attacks Alexa, but Alexa fights back with a stomp. Becky with a hip toss, a stomp of her own on Alexa and then ground and pounds Alexa until Alexa escapes.
Winner: Becky Lynch, by count out. Alexa Bliss retains the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

- "Fatal Four Way Elimination, #1 Contenders Match": The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper:

* First Elimination: Miz tries to score a pinfall on Ambrose, but Ambrose counters and rolls up Miz for the pinfall.

* Second Elimination: Dolph Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Harper and then Ambrose follows with Dirty Deeds to score the pinfall on Harper.

* Final Elimination: The match closes out with Ziggler sending Ambrose into the ring post and then plants Ambrose with a facebuster. Ziggler and Ambrose take each other out with clotheslines. Miz returns and tries to distract Ziggler. Ziggler gives chase to Miz, but Ziggler gets taken out by an Ambrose suicide dive. Ziggler is back up and super kicks Miz. Ambrose tosses Ziggler into the ring post and then tosses Miz into the barricade, after Miz grabs Ambrose. Ziggler hits the super kick on Ambrose and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, to become the new #1 Contender.

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