Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/1/17: Smackdown Live Corpus Christi 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 Corpus Christi, Texas. WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and Luke Harper battled Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton in tag team action. Carmella battled Delilah Dawson in one on one Women's Division action. Dolph Ziggler battled Kalisto in one on one action. WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James battled Becky Lynch and Naomi in Women's Division tag team action. WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions American Alpha issued an open challenge for tonight. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose battled AJ Styles in a one on one non title match.

*** Smackdown Live ***

- Backstage, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan brag about the success Smackdown Live had at the WWE Royal Rumble. AJ Styles demands a one on one rematch with John Cena. Shane and Bryan decline Styles' request and instead announce he along with Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose and The Miz will face John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber. Dean Ambrose interrupts, mocks Styles and Styles storms off.

- John Cena Promo: New WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena kicks off the show. Cena talks about his WWE Royal Rumble victory over AJ Styles and also gives Styles credit. Cena hypes defending the title inside the Elimination Chamber when suddenly The Wyatt Family interrupt. Bray says it's the same old thing with John Cena and guarantees he's taking Cena's title at Elimination Chamber because it's Bray's destiny. Randy Orton reminds Cena that he won the Royal Rumble match, so if Cena makes it out of the Chamber alive and is still the champ then he has to face Orton at Wrestlemania 33. The Wyatts promise that one way or the other they will set the title free. Bray and Orton surround Cena when the lights suddenly go out. The lights pop back on, Luke Harper is in the ring and joins Cena's side. Shane McMahon arrives and announces Bray and Orton vs. Harper and Cena to kick off Smackdown Live.

- John Cena and Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton: The match closes out with Cena hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Orton, but Orton comes back with a power slam. Harper gets in and stares down Orton as Bray tries to keep both men separated. Harper punches Orton and then he and Bray both counter Sister Abigail attempts. Orton hits Harper and helps set up Bray to hit Sister Abigail on Harper. Orton then hits the RKO on Cena and scores the pinfall on the champion.
Winners: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, by pinfall.

- Carmella vs. Delilah Dawson: The match closes out with Carmella making quick work of Delilah. Ellsworth trips up Delilah which sets up Carmella to lock in the Code of Silence submission for the tap out victory.
Winner: Carmella, by submission.

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Kalisto: The match closes out with Ziggler taking control and hitting a super kick on Kalisto for the quick pinfall. After the match, Ziggler attacks Kalisto and tries to rip Kalisto's mask off. Apollo Crews hits the ring to make the save as Ziggler escapes into the crowd.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Becky Lynch and Naomi hype their up coming match against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

- Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James: The match closes out with Naomi hot tagging and unloading. Mickie and Alexa double team Naomi until Becky makes the save and tackles Mickie out of the ring and to the floor. Naomi takes out Alexa with the Split Legged Moonsault and scores the pinfall on the champion.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Naomi, by pinfall.

- Backstage, WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions American Alpha throw out an open challenge to any tag team tonight.

- "American Alpha Open Challenge": Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are in the ring awaiting their opponents. The Usos, The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, Tyler Breeze and Fandango, and Heath Slater and Rhyno hit the ring and a huge 12 man brawl breaks out. The brawl continues with referees trying to separate everyone and no official match taking place.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan calls a meeting with both Nattie Neidhart and Nikki Bella. Bryan announces that Nikki will battle Nattie at WWE Elimination Chamber. Nattie storms off furious with the decision.

- Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles: The Miz and Baron Corbin are on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Ambrose countering the Styles Clash and then both men counter pinfalls. Styles hits the Pele Kick, but Ambrose rebounds with the lariat. Styles escapes outside, but gets hit with the Ambrose elbow off the ropes. Miz and Corbin start brawling at ringside which distracts the referee. Ambrose lays out Corbin and Miz, but gets hit by Styles with the Styles Clash for the pinfall. After the match, Miz lays out Ambrose with the Skull Crushing Finale. Corbin lays out Miz with End of Days and then picks up Ambrose and lays him out with End of Days to end the show.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall.

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