Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 1/18/17: Smackdown Live Memphis 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 Memphis, Tennessee. Shane McMahon kicked off Smackdown Live with a huge announcement. WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles battled The Miz in a one on one non title match. Nikki Bella and Nattie Neidhart's feud continued. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose battled Randy Orton in a non title one on one match. Hometown boy Jerry "The King" Lawler was here this week for his King's Court talk show, with Dolph Ziggler as his guest. In the main event, Alexa Bliss defended her WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship against Becky Lynch in a Steel Cage Match.  

** Smackdown Live **

- Shane McMahon Promo: Shane kicks off Smackdown Live in the ring, hypes the WWE Royal Rumble and announces that next month the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber with the winner going to Wrestlemania 33. AJ Styles interrupts Shane and heads to the ring. Styles says he's never been in an Elimination Chamber match and threatens to go back to NJPW with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Shane says that Styles has to get past John Cena at the WWE Royal Rumble first. John Cena interrupts and heads to the ring. Styles accuses Cena's brother in law, Daniel Bryan, of giving Cena a title shot at Royal Rumble. The Miz and Maryse interrupt and head to the ring. Miz says he's winning the title next, brags about his WWE career and says that while Styles was in NJPW growing his soccer mom hair due, he was beating up John Cena long before doing it was cool. Cena says that it sounds like Miz thinks he's better than Styles and Styles says that last time they were in Memphis Styles knocked out Miz's teeth. Cena continues to instigate Styles and Miz to fight until Shane finally steps in and announces Styles vs. The Miz tonight.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose suggests to Shane McMahon to put him in the Elimination Chamber match. Shane says they'll talk about it. Ambrose says it would be nice to win a new belt because his WWE Intercontinental Championship stinks like The Miz and is sticky. Ambrose then asks for a match with Randy Orton tonight and Shane grants it.

- AJ Styles vs. The Miz: John Cena is on commentary for this match. The match closes out with The Miz landing a cheap shot thumb to the eye of Styles and then drops Styles with a DDT. Styles sends Miz to the apron and then Pele Kicks Miz to the floor. Styles hits a knee on Miz from the apron and then tosses Miz into Cena at the commentary table. Cena gives chase to Styles and the referee calls for the bell, DQ'ing Styles. After the match, Miz attacks Cena, but gets dropped in the AA. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena dodges it and plants Styles.
Winner: The Miz, by DQ.

- Nikki Bella Promo: Nikki immediately calls out Nattie Neidhart. Nattie appears in the stands and tells Nikki she wants to show her something. Nattie goes to a merchandise stand, takes down Nikki's merchandise and belittles her "ex-uncle" Bret Hart's merchandise. Nattie says Nikki and Bret will both die alone and starts throwing Nikki's merchandise in the garbage. Nikki suddenly appears out of nowhere and begins brawling with Nattie until security separates both ladies. 

- Backstage, Alexa Bliss calls Becky Lynch a human Chucky doll and Alexa is confident she'll retain her title.

- Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton: The match closes out with Ambrose tossing Orton outside. Harper helps up Orton, but Harper gets taken out with an Ambrose suicide dive. Orton hits the draping DDT on Ambrose and then goes for the RKO. Harper gets in the ring, distracting Orton and Bray Wyatt, who yells at Harper to get out of the ring. Ambrose rolls up Orton and scores the pinfall. After the match, Bray and Harper go face to face. Orton and Harper then argue, but Bray separates them. Orton and Harper start brawling as Bray tries to separate them. Bray punches Harper, but Harper comes back and says Orton is the cause of all this. Harper walks out as Bray and Orton go face to face. 
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall

- Backstage, Becky Lynch says she has never run from a fight and will win the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship tonight.

- The King's Court: Jerry Lawler introduces Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler arrives. Lawler asks Ziggler why is he so angry now, is it cause he's frustrated? Ziggler doesn't answer. Lawler shows highlights of Ziggler attacking Kalisto and Apollo Crews with a steel chair. Ziggler still refuses to answer for what he did. Lawler cracks jokes saying an interview with an oil painting would've been more interesting. Ziggler says he knew Lawler would play games with him tonight and make him look stupid. Ziggler shows footage of Ziggler dropping elbows on Lawler back in 2012 before Lawler had his heart attack. Ziggler says he knows Lawler always blamed him for his heart attack and never wanted to face Ziggler. Ziggler says if Lawler doesn't stop asking questions than Ziggler will finish what he started in 2012. Lawler asks Ziggler how does it feel to always be a loser no matter how many times you change your attitude. Ziggler plants a super kick on Lawler and leaves the ring as JBL comes to help Lawler. Lawler dares Ziggler to come back to end the segment.

- Backstage, Bray Wyatt announces that The Wyatt Family will be in the Royal Rumble. Also Randy Orton faces Luke Harper next week, one will stand and the other will fall.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship, Steel Cage Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with Becky landing a kick on Alexa while she was on the top rope. Becky flips Alexa with the exploder suplex off the top rope and gets a near fall. Alexa crawls to the cage door and asks for it to be open to try to escape to victory. Becky stops Alexa, but suddenly La Luchadora appears in the doorway distracting Becky. Alexa tries to take advantage, but Becky locks Alexa in the Dis-Arm-Her submission. Alexa is about to tap out, however, La Luchadora enters the cage and attacks Becky. Alexa hits a DDT on Becky and scores the pinfall to retain the title. After the match, Alexa and La Luchadora beat down Becky. Becky fights back, unloads on both, rips off La Luchadora's mask and reveals........Mickie James! Becky is shocked that it's Mickie as Mickie and Alexa beat down Becky again. Becky is left laid out as Alexa and Mickie celebrate.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

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