Below are the results and reaction from today’s WWE Smackdown, live from Green Bay, Wisconsin:
“This article will be shorter than usual since I’ve had to watch and review both Raw and SD on the same day.”
Dean Ambrose and James Ellsworth are backstage. Since Dean has helped Ellsworth over the past few weeks, he wants to return the favour by being at ringside for Ambrose’s match versus AJ Styles later. Dean says no.
No Disqualification Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Kane
Both men started quick, but Kane took advantage early on. He attempted to chokeslam Wyatt through the announce table, but the weird Wyatt thing happened and Luke Harper appeared. He hit Kane with a discuss clothesline to allow Bray to take control of the match. Kane began to come back with a clothesline and a DDT. Harper interfered but Kane took him out. As Harper got back in the ring, Randy Orton came out. Harper backed out the ring, and as he looked ready to RKO Wyatt, he RKO’d Kane instead and walked away. Wyatt pinned Kane.
Bray Wyatt def. Kane
Randy Orton would later be interviewed as to why he turned on Kane. He simply said: “if you can’t beat them, join them.”
“The match wasn’t good at all. Wyatt and Kane don’t have any chemistry so it was obvious that Harper and Orton were going to interfere to make it exciting. But that ending though, WOW. Nobody expected this and that’s why I love it. I sat forward so quickly and my jaw was wide open. Is Wyatt finally going to start recruiting? Even if you don’t like it, this was a great swerve and I’m excited to see where this goes. Hopefully we don’t get another Daniel Bryan type situation, where Orton rebels after a few weeks. I hope they drag this out for a while and Orton helps Wyatt recruit more members.”
AJ Styles is interviewed backstage and he talks trash about Ellsworth and Ambrose. He says Ambrose will be carried out after their match.
Becky Lynch Returns
Renee Young welcomes Becky Lynch back to the ring. Before she can talk, Alexa Bliss interrupts and welcomes Becky back from back surgery. Becky says she didn’t have back surgery. Alexa tells Renee to leave and says that Lynch grew a yellow streak down her spine, because she knew that Alexa would end her fairy tale. They both continue to talk trash before Alexa tries to attack Becky, but she sees it coming. The fight continues outside the ring, but Alexa takes control and throws Becky into the barricade. She DDTs Lynch in the ring, the grabs some yellow spray-paint and sprays a streak down her spine.
“A very good segment that showed off Alexa’s brilliant heel work, and Becky’s relate-able face champion. Alexa ruining Becky’s return was a great way to quickly continue their feud. Bliss standing tall and spray-painting Lynch was a nice reference to the days of NWO, and I’m excited for their match in Glasgow.”
The Hype Bros vs. The Ascension: Winner becomes part of SD’s Survivor Series Team
Ryder and Viktor start the match, with Ryder taking control until Konnor distracts him. Viktor sends him to the outside. The Ascension keep control of the match, until Ryder makes a hot tag to Rawley. Mojo pretty much destroys Viktor and Konnor, before him and Ryder hit the Hype Ryder to win.
The Hype Bros def. The Ascension
“A fun match. It’s sad to see how far The Ascension have fallen, but hopefully they can recover after Survivor Series. It’s good to see qualifying matches too. Hype Bros was the right choice to win right now, but Ascension dominating most of the match was dumb if they were just going to lose.”
Orton interview I mentioned earlier.
Daniel Bryan is in his office on the phone. Natalya walks in and says she should captain the Smackdown Women’s SS team. Bryan says that whoever wins the match between her and Nikki Bella will captain the team. The loser won’t be on the SS team at all.
Natalya vs. Nikki Bella: Winner becomes captain of SD’s Survivor Series Women’s team
Bella was in control early, even sending Nattie out the ring. Nattie responded with a big clothesline. She locked Nikki in a Sharpshooter, but Bella got to the ropes. Nattie kept control, before Nikki fought back. She hit a splash and a disaster kick, but Nattie responded with a Michinoku driver. Nikki managed to lock her in an STF to make Nattie tap out.
Nikki Bella def. Natalya
After the match, Carmella came out and beat down Nikki Bella. She hit her with a Bellabuster to stand tall.
“A good match and the attack after the match was good too, but there’s one big problem. Why isn’t Becky Lynch the captain of the SS team? She’s the champion so she’s clearly the best on the roster. She might defend her title at SS, but why wouldn’t you cancel that match so you could have your champ on your team? Lynch should lead her team into battle against Raw, so the fact that either Nikki or Natalya was going to be team captain really took my interest out of this match. I am glad that Carmella and Nikki are still feuding, and I liked Bella winning using her boyfriend’s move, but this should have been a regular qualifying match, not for team captaincy.”
Dean Ambrose is interviewed and he basically says that he will beat Styles tonight, and then he will get his WWE title back.
The Miz, Maryse, Kenny and Mikey come to the ring. Kenny and Mikey do a chant for Miz. He runs down Dolph Ziggler’s IC title reign, before Ziggler comes out. He challenges Miz to a match right now, but Miz declines. Miz and Spirit Squad attempt to attack Dolph, but Heath Slater and Rhyno come out. Ziggler and the Tag Team Champs get into the ring and go for the heels, but Maryse gets in the way. Slater asks Miz what his problem his, but Miz calls him and Rhyno a joke. He talks about Kenny pinning Slater last week, before challenging the champs to a title match against Kenny and Mikey. Rhyno angrily accepts.
“This was a good way to forward everyone’s story, but Miz was the star once again. Him berating Rhyno into accepting his challenge is brilliant heel work, and he continues to outshine most heels in WWE.”
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Spirit Squad
The Miz and Dolph Ziggler were on commentary. Slater starts off the match, but Kenny and Mikey quickly take control of the match. Slater gets fired up and almost makes a tag, but it cut off. He fights back and as Kenny tries to cut him off, he makes the tag to Rhyno, who went crazy. Kenny fakes a knee injury so Mikey can cheap shot the Man Beast. They try to double suplex Rhyno, but Slater knees Kenny. Miz and Ziggler square up to each other, before Slater throws Kenny into Miz. Rhyno gores Mikey to win.
Heath Slater and Rhyno def. The Spirit Squad
“A short but fun match. Did exactly what it needed to. It got Spirit Squad out of the title scene and forwarded Miz and Ziggler’s feud. This match was really entertaining and the right team went over.”
James Ellsworth asks Ambrose again if he can join him at ringside. Ambrose gives in and says yes.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (w/ James Ellsworth)
Ambrose was fired up early and sent Styles outside. Styles attacked Ellsworth and then hit a slingshot forearm to Ambrose. Styles goes for another forearm, but misses. This allows Dean to hit a suicide dive. He hits a fisherman suplex. AJ tries for a Calf Crusher, but Ambrose fights it off. He locks Styles in a Clover Leaf, but Styles gets to the ropes. Both men are on the apron, then Styles hits a suplex on the apron and both men go to the floor. AJ stays on top, but Ambrose comes back with a top rope elbow. Both men trades strikes before Dean hits a neckbreaker. AJ hits a reverse DDT, before Dean hits a jawbreaker and a superplex. Styles locks in a Calf Crusher, but Dean reaches the ropes. Styles dropkicks Ellsworth and then goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Dean counters and attempts a Dirty Deeds. He can’t hit it and AJ eventually hits the Pele kick. Ambrose throws Styles to the outside. James Ellsworth gets fired up and superkicks Styles, but he then realises that he’s cost Ambrose the match. Ambrose pleads to the ref, but he has to call the match off.
AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose by DQ
AJ’s hand is raised, while Ellsworth and Ambrose look gutted about the result.
“The match itself was a great match. Styles can get a good match out of anybody, especially Ambrose. I’ve never really been impressed with Dean’s in-ring ability, but every time he faces Styles, I get excited. These two have wonderful chemistry together and this bout was no exception. A thrilling match topped off with an interesting ending. Having Styles lose again would have been disappointing, but having Ambrose lose clean would have been underwhelming. So Ellsworth inadvertently costing Ambrose was a smart and unexpected move. It sets up an intriguing angle for next week’s SD, and I can’t wait to see what Ambrose’s reaction will be.”
“If you think Smackdown was better than Raw this week give me a HELL YEAH. HELLLLL YEAHHHH. It was better by a country mile. The Styles/Ambrose match was great, Randy Orton’s turn was shocking, and there wasn’t really a dull moment on the show. A thoroughly entertaining show, and SD didn’t even have John Cena, Apollo Crews, Curt Hawkins, Baron Corbin, Naomi or Jack Swagger on the show. There was the questionable Women’s SS team captaincy decision, but that’s the only gripe. An 8/10 for this week.”
So, what did you think of Smackdown this week? Was SD better than Raw this week?
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