Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 12.28.16: Smackdown Live Chicago 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 Chicago, Illinois. John Cena made his return to Smackdown Live to kick off the show. The Wyatt Family defended the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match against Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Usos and American Alpha. Alexa Bliss defended the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship against Becky Lynch. In the main event, AJ Styles defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat Match.

- John Cena Promo: Cena says he missed this as the fans boo him on his return. The fans chant "CM Punk" and Cena asks if they're saying "Cena Sucks". Cena hypes tonight's show, says he's a fan of AJ Styles, but wonders if Styles can survive still the champ tonight. Cena says the reason he's here is to prove everyone wrong that he's not leaving the WWE for Hollywood and he's nowhere near being washed up. Cena announces that whoever wins tonight's WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, he's challenging at the WWE Royal Rumble. It's time to turn this "New Era" b.s. back to the "My Time Is Now" era.

- Backstage, Maryse says the only interviews he's doing tonight is with the unprofessional journalist that slapped him last week, Renee Young.

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship, Fatal Four Way Elimination Match": The Wyatt Family (c) vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Usos vs. American Alpha:

** First Elimination: Rhyno gets beat down until finally hot tagging Slater. Slater unloads and takes control until getting laid out with a super kick. Slater gets covered, pinned and Slater and Rhyno are eliminated.

** Second Elimination: American Alpha hit double Alphaplexes on Jey Uso, taking control. Gable lands a sunset flip pinfall attempt, but Jey counters into a near fall of his own. Gable counters and rolls through on a Jey pinfall attempt and scores the pinfall, eliminating The Usos. After the elimination, The Usos beat down Gable before finally leaving.

** Final Elimination: Bray gets a few shots in on Jordan outside, setting Orton up to hit the Hangman DDT on Jordan. Orton goes for the RKO on Jordan, but then turns his attention to Gable in the corner. Harper tries to help, but accidentally catches an Orton elbow, knocking Harper back. American Alpha hit Grand Amplitude, score the pinfall and win the tag team titles.
Winners: American Alpha, by pinfall, to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler says he's a wild card in tonight's title match and he could change everything.

- Backstage, James Ellsworth talks about people making fun of him for being different. Carmella interrupts and tells Ellsworth that it's the people that ask him stupid interview questions are the ones that make fun of him.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with someone dressed as La Luchadora running down to ringside. Becky counters Twisted Bliss and traps Alexa in the Dis-Arm-Her submission. Alexa makes it to the ropes and La Luchadora distracts Becky. Alexa distracts the referee as La Luchadora attacks Becky and tosses her into the turnbuckle. Alexa hits a DDT on Becky and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. 

- Backstage, Renee Young gets an attitude from Maryse. The Miz sends security away and brags about what he's done to Dean Ambrose. Ambrose appears dressed as a security guard and beats down The Miz.

- Backstage, Nikki Bella says she's proud of her success, came back from a career ending neck injury and is in love with John Cena. Nikki says anything she has to say to Nattie Neidhart she'll say to her face.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Triple Threat Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Ziggler blocking a Styles Clash, kicks out of a rollup and gets a near fall super kick on Styles. Ziggler attacks Corbin, but Corbin lays Ziggler out with Deep Six and gets a near fall. Ziggler counters End of Days in midair and lays out Corbin with the Zig Zag. Corbin sends Ziggler into the corner and places him on the turnbuckle. Corbin lays out Ziggler with End of Days, but Corbin gets rocked with the Phenomenal Forearm by Styles. Styles, covers, scores the pinfall and retains the title. After the match, John Cena hits the ring and extends his hand to Styles. Styles talks trash, but Cena says he's trying to show him respect. Styles lays the title down as if drawing a line on Cena, shakes Cena's hand and says his title isn't going anywhere. 
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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