Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/22/17: Smackdown Live Ontario, California 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 Ontario, California. Daniel Bryan kicked off Smackdown Live with some unfortunately bad news for WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi. Alexa Bliss battled Becky Lynch for the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions American Alpha battled Breezango in a non title tag team match. Nikki Bella battled Nattie Neidhart in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. The main event was a 10 man battle royal to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

** Smackdown Live **

- Daniel Bryan Promo: Bryan calls out WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi to the ring. Bryan tells Naomi that he knows that she deserves the title, worked so hard, scratched and clawed, and has seen other women given more opportunities than her. Bryan says that unfortunately Naomi's medical records show that her doctors are unable to clear her to wrestle anytime soon, therefore she'll have to vacate her title. Naomi thanks Bryan for the opportunity, tells us how she felt winning the title, how she feels like she's letting everyone down now and realizes her dream of being home in Orlando at Wrestlemania 33 is probably gone now. Naomi hands over the title to Bryan and they share an emotional hug. Alexa Bliss interrupts, loves what just happened, mocks Naomi and suggests the title be returned to her. Bryan says that would make sense, but that's not how it's going to happen. Bryan announces Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch to crown a new champion and that match is now.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match": Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with Becky getting a near fall missile dropkick. Both ladies trade offense until Alexa lands a cheap shot to the throat of Becky after Alexa used the apron skirt as a distraction for the referee. Alexa scores the pinfall and wins the title. After the match, Mickie James hits the ring and brawls with Becky until Becky sends Mickie to the floor.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall, to win the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

- Backstage, Nattie Neidhart mocks Nikki Bella, calls Nikki a fraud and promises to expose Nikki tonight.

- American Alpha vs. Breezango: The match closes out with Jordan countering a double suplex and tags in Gable. Gable tosses Breeze to the floor and he and Jordan hit a double team bulldog to score the pinfall. After the match, The Usos interrupt and call American Alpha the future former champions. The Usos mock Alpha and state that there is no way to prepare for two brothers with nothing to lose.
Winners: American Alpha, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Nikki Bella says she doesn't care what Nattie Neidhart has to say and after tonight she'll be known as The Broken Hart.

- "Falls Count Anywhere Match": Nikki Bella vs. Nattie Neidhart: The match closes out with Nattie and Nikki fighting all the way backstage where Nikki tosses Nattie head first into a mirror and gets a near fall. Nikki and Nattie trade more strikes until Nattie tosses Nikki right into Maryse who was walking by. Nattie and Nikki brawl down the ramp where Nattie drops Nikki on the ground and goes for the Sharpshooter submission. Nikki counters and traps Nattie in the Fearless STF submission. Maryse suddenly runs out and attacks Nikki with a pipe repeatedly until The Miz pulls Maryse off Nikki. Nattie covers Nikki and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nattie Neidhart, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Bray Wyatt says that Randy Orton has earned the keys to the kingdom and whoever wins tonight's battle royal will be Bray's sacrificial lamb at Wrestlemania 33. Bray welcomes us to the Era of Bray and Orton tells us to run.

"#1 Contender's Battle Royal": Baron Corbin, AJ Styles, John Cena, The Miz, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews, Kalisto, Mojo Rawley, Luke Harper:

** Corbin eliminates Rawley.
** Ziggler eliminates Kalisto.
** Crews eliminates Ziggler.
** Corbin eliminates Crews.
** Cena eliminates The Miz.
** Ambrose eliminates Corbin.

** The Final Four: John Cena, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper: Corbin pulls Ambrose under the ropes and hits End of Days on the floor. Miz re-enters the ring illegally and tosses Cena out for the elimination. Miz escapes through the crowd as The referees force Cena out of the match. Styles and Harper brawl back and forth and end up on the apron. Harper pulls Ambrose back in, hits a super kick and eliminates Ambrose. Harper and Styles eventually both end up falling to the floor for a double elimination.
The referees review the replay and state that both Styles and Harper hit the floor at the same time. Daniel Bryan arrives and talks it over with the referees. Bryan officially announces the match a draw. Harper lays out Styles with the Harper Lariat as Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton appear on the TitanTron and laugh at Harper.
Winner: No Contest

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