Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 3/1/17: Smackdown Live St. Paul, Minnesota 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 St. Paul, Minnesota. The Miz returned with Miz TV with his special guest being John Cena. Becky Lynch battled Mickie James in a 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match. AJ Styles battled Luke Harper in a #1 Contenders Match. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose battled Curt Hawkins in a one on one non title match. Dolph Ziggler battled Apollo Crews one on one in a Steel Chairs Match. The Allegiance between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton came to a boil.

** Smackdown Live **

- Backstage, AJ Styles tells Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan that if you look at the right angle from last week you'd see that Styles clearly won the battle royal. Bryan says his match with Luke Harper is still on. Styles mocks Harper, as Harper suddenly appears behind Styles. Styles sees Harper and walks off. Harper thanks Shane and Bryan for the opportunity.

- Miz TV With Special Guest John Cena: The Miz and Maryse invite John Cena out to start. Miz then orders Cena's microphone to be cut because he doesn't want Cena talking unless given permission to. Miz blames Cena for all of Miz's missed opportunities, blames Cena for derailing Miz's run with the WWE World Title a few years back after Miz beat Cena at Wrestlemania, calls Cena a hypocrite, points out that Cena is doing the same things with Hollywood that Cena called The Rock out on a few years back and Cena even stole Ric Flair's spotlight. Cena finally gets to speak and says if he had his choice standing in a ring this close to Wrestlemania, it would be with The Undertaker and not with The Miz.
Cena accuses Miz of stealing The Rock's electricity, Chris Jericho's personality, Ric Flair's Figure Four and Daniel Bryan's offense to the point where Miz has no clue who he's supposed to be. Maryse steps in and says Cena will never be half the man that The Miz is and Cena's problem is that he's an ego maniac freak. Maryse slaps Cena and Cena says Maryse just made a huge mistake. Nikki Bella hits the ring and helps Cena chase Miz and Maryse out. Nikki calls Maryse a bitch and threatens to break her in half.

- "2 Out Of 3 Falls Match": Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James:

** First Fall: Becky unloads on Mickie with lariats and a drop kick. Becky traps Mickie in the corner and unloads forearms. Mickie comes back, hits a DDT on Becky and scores the pinfall, to go up 1-0.

** Second Fall: Mickie gets two straight near falls on Becky until Becky regains control. Mickie returns, hits a flapjack on Becky and goes to the top rope. Becky dodges Mickie, but Mickie lands and rolls through. Becky catches Mickie in a roll up and scores the pinfall, tying things at 1-1. 

** Final Fall: WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Alexa Bliss comes down to ringside and distracts the referee as Becky goes for the pinfall on Mickie. Becky grabs the referees attention just as Mickie almost steals a pinfall on Becky. Becky traps Mickie in the Dis Arm Her submission and makes Mickie tap out to win the match 2-1.
Winner: Becky Lynch, 2 falls to 1.

- Backstage, Luke Harper says he knows true evil and Bray Wyatt needs  to fear Harper now. Bray Wyatt interrupts on screen and says the whole world wants to hear what he has to say and Bray's blood brother Randy Orton will be by his side.

- Backstage, Alexa Bliss gets interrupted by Nattie Neidhart who says she's coming for Alexa's title.

- Backstage, AJ Styles says it's not right that he's being forced to fight Luke Harper tonight because Harper clearly hit the floor first last week. Styles says he's beating Harper and moving on to Wrestlemania 33.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Luke Harper vs. AJ Styles: The match closes out with Harper getting a near fall sitdown power bomb. Styles hits the Phenomenal Forearm and scores the pinfall on Harper, however, Harper's foot was on the bottom rope and the referee missed it. Styles celebrates as Shane McMahon comes out to the ring, informs the referee of his error and restarts the match. Styles is livid at Shane as Harper goes for a super kick. Styles ducks and Harper accidentally nails Shane with the super kick. Styles scores the surprise pinfall on Harper and now will face Bray Wyatt for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 33.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to become the #1 Contender.

- Backstage, James Ellsworth and Carmella interrupt John Cena and Nikki Bella and laughs at them. Ellsworth says everything about Nikki is fake. Cena challenges Ellsworth and Carmella to a tag match next week.

- Dean Ambrose vs. Curt Hawkins: The match never happens as Ambrose hits the ring and lays Hawkins out with Dirty Deeds before grabbing a microphone.
Winner: No Contest.

- Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose warns Baron Corbin that messing with Ambrose is a huge mistake and then calls Corbin out. Corbin appears on the TitanTron and says he doesn't come when Ambrose calls his name. Corbin blames Ambrose for costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Elimination Chamber and says that Ambrose is now a deer in headlights that Corbin will run down. Ambrose and Corbin both warn each other that bad things will happen if they get in each others way.

- "Steel Chairs Match": Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Ziggler trying to cheat with a rollup with his feet on the ropes for leverage, but Crews kicks out. Ziggler suplexes Crews on top of a steel chair and gets another near fall. Ziggler sticks a thumb in Crews' eye and then jams a steel chair into Crews' throat. The referee checks on Crews allowing Ziggler to attack Crews from behind. Ziggler crotches Crews on top of a steel chair and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.

- Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray says it didn't matter if it was AJ Styles or Luke Harper because they're both mortals. Bray says Styles will feel the spirit of his master when he's defeated. Randy Orton suddenly appears on the TitanTron at The Wyatt Family Compound. Orton says he has been playing Bray this whole time and this world of Bray's will never be Orton's world. Orton remembers saying that if you can't beat them, then join them...well now it's if you can't beat them, then join them, then screw them. Orton reveals that Sister Abigail was buried beneath The Wyatt Family Compound and he can see the fear in Bray's eyes, as he's about to be stripped of his powers. Orton says Bray's black heart is pounding because he knows Orton is about to destroy the one thing that gives Bray his powers.
Orton promises that he will be the master and Bray the servant as he dumps gasoline all over the Compound where Sister Abigail is buried. Orton says he's coming for Bray and his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania and we're about to hear Sister Abigail scream once he lights her up. Bray begs Orton not to do it as Orton makes a trail of gas outside the Compound. Orton lights the place on fire and does his pose as Bray loses his mind in the ring to end the show.

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