Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 4/5/17: Smackdown Live Orlando Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

The first Smackdown Live after Wrestlemania 33 is upon us this week. The Orton Era begins, in Orlando, Florida with Randy Orton as the newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion. What will Orton have in store for us as he now goes from the Apex Predator to the champion with the target on his back?

** This Weeks Card **
- Naomi defended her WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss.
- "Perfect Ten" Tye Dillinger made his main roster debut and battled Curt Hawkins.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose battled Baron Corbin in a non title Street Fight Match.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Luke Harper battled Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan.

- Promos By: New WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, The Miz and Maryse and WWE Commissioner Shane McMahon.

- A former NXT World Champion makes a surprise debut on Smackdown Live.

** Smackdown Live **

- Randy Orton Promo: Orton says he proved that he's Bray Wyatt's master and he'll never forget Orton's name. Bray appears on the TitanTron and says Orton is the master of nothing. Bray says he gets his rematch against Orton, is going to make it something special, will push Orton's mind to insanity, will twist him mentally and physically and one of them will be sentenced to eternal damnation. Bray challenges Orton to a House of Horrors Match and Orton accepts. Bray suddenly appears behind Orton, but Orton gets the upperhand. Erick Rowan suddenly pulls Orton outside and tosses Orton into the barricade. Rowan and Bray double team Orton until Luke Harper hits the ring and saves Orton. 

- Backstage, The Miz and Maryse continue to mock John Cena and Nikki Bella. Miz calls out the power couple and promises that this will be the last time you ever see them tonight.

- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship Match": Naomi (c) vs. Alexa Bliss: The match closes out with Naomi hitting Rear View, but gets a near fall. Naomi flies off the top rope and takes out Alexa, but Alexa counters the split legged moonsault. Alexa goes after Naomi's knee and tries to steal a pinfall using the ropes for leverage. Naomi traps Alexa in a submission hold and forces Alexa to tap out to retain the title.
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

- Curt Hawkins vs. Tye Dillinger: Before the match, Hawkins says he's sick of people talking about the draft, issues an open challenge and gives that person to the count of ten to come out. "Perfect Ten" Tye Dillinger arrives making his main roster debut. The match closes out with Dillinger unloading ten corner punches on Hawkins. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Hawkins and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Tye Dillinger, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Mojo Rawley is celebrating his Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win. Mojo says this is just the beginning and has raised the bar.

- The Miz and Maryse Promo: Miz and Maryse come out dressed as John Cena and Nikki Bella. Miz and Maryse mock Cena and Nikki, their Wrestlemania wedding proposal and how they're leaving WWE for Hollywood. Shinsuke Nakamura's music hits and Nakamura makes his Smackdown Live debut. Miz and Maryse leave as Nakamura takes in the fans cheers and welcomes to Smackdown Live.

- "Street Fight Match" Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Ambrose whipping Corbin with a strap. Ambrose hits the elbow off the top rope onto Corbin outside. Ambrose puts Corbin on a bridged table and unloads punches. Ambrose hits the flying elbow off the top rope and puts Corbin through the table. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but gets crotched by Corbin this time. Corbin hits End of Days and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall.

- Shane McMahon Promo: Shane talks about the draft on RAW and every RAW superstar needs to hope they get drafted to Smackdown Live, the best show going. AJ Styles interrupts and heads to the ring. Styles says he doesn't want to go anywhere because he helped build Smackdown Live. Styles says no one from RAW will take that spot away from him. Styles then tells Shane he owes him something after their match at Wrestlemania 33. Styles extends his hand and Shane shakes it. Styles poses and leaves the ring.

- Randy Orton and Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan: The match closes out with Orton going for the draping DDT on Rowan, but Bray makes the save. Orton hits the draping DDT on Bray instead and goes for the RKO. The lights suddenly go out in the arena. The lights pop back on and Bray is standing on the ramp. Rowan charges Orton, but Orton dodges Rowan. Harper hits a super kick on Rowan and Orton hits the RKO for the pinfall.
Winners: Randy Orton and Luke Harper, by pinfall.

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