Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/15/17: Smackdown Live Anaheim 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 Anaheim, California. The new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Bray Wyatt kicked off Smackdown Live. WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions American Alpha battled The Ascension in a non title tag team match. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose battled James Ellsworth in a non title match. Becky Lynch battled Mickie James in a one on one Women's Division match. New WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi sets her sights toward Wrestlemania 33. The main event saw WWE World Heavyweight Champion Bray Wyatt defend his title against John Cena and AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match.

** Smackdown Live **

- Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray receives the "You Deserve It" chants from the fans. Bray begins by speaking of Sister Abigail stating that she never said it would be easy, they would lie to him, they would denounce him and try to steal his gift. Sister Abigail was right and has always spoken the truth. Bray now has the whole damn world in his hands and all this power can be scary for all of us. Bray offers us to walk with him into paradise or get in his way and burn in the fire. John Cena's music hits and out comes the former champ. Cena recognizes Bray's fans and says he's done a great job brain washing them. Cena says no one deserves anything around here, Bray doesn't have the whole world in his hands, the whole world has a target on Bray's shoulder now that he's the champion. Cena says he's done talking and wants his rematch right now. AJ Styles interrupts next, accuses Cena of line jumping and demands his rematch against Bray for the title first. Daniel Bryan interrupts next and agrees that both Styles and Cena are owed rematches. Bryan announces a Triple Threat Match tonight between the three for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose is looking for Baron Corbin.

- American Alpha vs. The Ascension: The match closes out with Jordan missing a spear, allowing The Ascension to double team Gable. American Alpha regain control of the match, toss Konnor out and hit Grand Amplitude on Viktor to score the pinfall. After the match, The Usos appear on the Smackdown Live TitanTron. The Usos promise that they're coming for American Alpha and their titles. The Usos music hits, but they don't show up.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose runs into James Ellsworth and Carmella while still looking for Baron Corbin. Ambrose tells Ellsworth that Carmella is using him. Carmella asks Ellsworth if he's going to let Ambrose talk about her like that. Daniel Bryan appears and makes a match between Ellsworth and Ambrose tonight.

- Dean Ambrose vs. James Ellsworth: Ellsworth waits for Ambrose to come out, but Baron Corbin suddenly appears, dragging Ambrose's body onto the stage. Ambrose tries to fight back on Corbin, but Corbin gives Ambrose the Deep Six off the stage and into electronical equipment below. Referees rush to check on Ambrose after the sparks settle.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells Nikki Bella that her feud with Nattie Neidhart needs to stop now and he might have an idea. Nattie interrupts and accuses Nikki of always getting things her way. Nattie and Nikki begin brawling, forcing WWE Officials to separate them. Bryan announces Nattie vs. Nikki next week in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.

- Backstage, Baron Corbin blames Dean Ambrose for costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the WWE Elimination Chamber.

- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler says what he did to Apollo Crews and Kalisto at WWE Elimination Chamber should be considered as a warning to the New Era. No one steals his place and he will put everyone in theirs if he has to.

- Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with Becky and Mickie trading shots on the ropes. Becky sends Mickie flying off the apron with a forearm and Mickie lands on her shoulder. Mickie clutches her shoulder in pain and huddles in the corner. The referee checks on Mickie, who's still clutching her shoulder. Mickie suddenly Mick Kicks Becky in the face and scores the pinfall. Mickie laughs and bows to the fans for her fake injury performance.
Winner: Mickie James, by pinfall.

- Naomi Promo: The new WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi is in the ring. Naomi says she suffered an injury during her WWE Elimination Chamber match, but it's not stopping her from getting to Wrestlemania 33. Alexa Bliss suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Alexa pokes fun at Naomi's injury stating that Naomi realized she's not Alexa Bliss so she faked the injury because she can't win in a rematch. Naomi warns Alexa not to play games with her. Alexa gives Naomi one week to get ready or else hand over the title and get beat down.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Triple Threat Match": Bray Wyatt (c) vs. John Cena vs. AJ Styles: Before the match, Luke Harper appears and beats down Bray Wyatt at ringside before WWE Officials order Harper to leave. The match closes out with Styles trapping Cena in the Calf Crusher submission, but Cena counters into the STF submission. Bray breaks things up with a senton. Bray tosses Styles outside, but gets planted by a Cena AA for a near fall. Styles is back in and gets a near fall Styles Clash on Cena. Styles goes for a springboard, but Cena knocks Styles off the ropes and to the floor.
Bray hits Sister Abigail on Cena and scores the pinfall to retain the title. After the match, Randy Orton arrives and goes face to face with Bray. Orton states that Bray was not the champion when Orton won the Royal Rumble, but now he is. Orton officially announces that he will refuse his title shot at Wrestlemania 33 because his master Bray Wyatt is the champion. Orton and Bray pose to end the show.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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