Below are the results and reaction from WWE Smackdown, live from Newark, New Jersey:

James Ellsworth Opens The Show

Ellsworth comes out to say goodbye to the WWE fans. He wants to apologise to Dean Ambrose for costing him the number one contendership last week. He asks Ambrose to come out. Dean does, and he says he’s forgiven Ellsworth for what he did last week. AJ Styles then comes out and says that Ellsworth owes his career to him, that he made him recognizable. Ambrose and Styles then square up, and James gets in-between them. AJ pushes Ellsworth into Ambrose, then kicks Dean. He throws James out of the ring, before hitting a Phenomenal Forearm to Ambrose.

“James Ellsworth is such a perfect character. His sad face makes me want to cry and you can’t help but love him. His apology felt sincere and him and Ambrose’s relationship is so strange and likeable. AJ standing tall so early in the show meant that this feud was not done for the night and it set up their match later really well.” 

Ambrose, Ellsworth and Daniel Bryan are backstage. Bryan says that Ambrose will face Styles again in the main event tonight, and it’s his last chance to become number one contender to the WWE World Title. Ellsworth then apologises to Bryan, who tells him not to go to ringside during the match tonight.

No Disqualification Match: Kane vs. Randy Orton 

Both men get in the ring, but Orton quickly rolls out. He throws punches and hits Kane off the ring post. He grabs a chair, but Kane counters and grabs the chair himself. He hits Randy in the gut and on the back with the chair. They get back in the ring and Kane dominates. He hits a side slam and sets up for a Chokeslam, but the Wyatt Family comes out. Kane fights them off in and out of the ring, before Orton catches him with an RKO for the win.

Randy Orton def. Kane

After the match, Harper clotheslines Kane and stares down Orton. Bray Wyatt then hits Kane with a Sister Abigail. Wyatt and Harper pose over Kane, while Orton poses on the ropes.

“Pretty much what it needed to be to advance Orton’s turn. The match was short, but it was needed to show that Orton is really on Wyatt’s side. I really like that Harper is skeptical of Orton too, and him and Orton competing to impress Wyatt could be really fun.” 

Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch vs. Carmella and Alexa Bliss

Nikki and Carmella start the match, but Carmella quickly tags Bliss in. Bliss was on top, before all four women got in and Nikki and Becky cleared the ring. Bliss and Bella tag out, and Lynch is on fire. She hits an exploder suplex to Carmella. Bliss tags in and gets hit with a reverse DDT. Carmella distracts the referee, and gets sent to the floor by Becky. Bliss rakes Becky’s eyes and hits a big DDT for the victory.

Carmella and Alexa Bliss def. Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch

After the match, Bliss and Carmella cut promos. Carmella ran down the Raw women’s division and said that SD will win at Survivor Series. She then said that Nikki Bella needs to know her role and let her run the SD team. Bliss then said that will beat Lynch for the SD Women’s title next week. She considers herself the Wicked Witch of WWE, and said to Becky that next week she’s get her and her title too.

“A very nice match that forwarded both feuds. Bliss winning means she probably won’t win next week, but still hypes for the match. The after-match promos were very good too, and both women are progressing well as heels. I really liked that even though they are feuding, Carmella related her feud with Bella to Survivor Series. A good segment of the show overall.”

Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan tell Naomi that she is part of the SD Women’s SS team, along with Nikki, Lynch, Carmella and Bliss. Natalya comes in and offers to coach the team. The authority figures let her be coach.

Survivor Series Qualifying Match: Spirit Squad vs. American Alpha

Gable and Kenny start with Gable on top. Mikey is tagged in, and he takes control. Kenny is tagged in and goes for a tope rope leg crop, but misses. Jordan is in and goes crazy. He misses a charge though and is nearly pinned by Mikey. Gable gets tagged in and gets rid of Kenny. Alphas hit Grand Amplitude for the win. They join Heath Slater & Rhyno and the Hype Bros on SD’s SS 10 man tag team.

American Alpha def. Spirit Squad

“A quick match that did exactly what it needed to. American Alpha quickly won, making them look great and a big threat in the tag match. Moving on.”

MizTV with Daniel Bryan

Miz introduces Daniel Bryan. They trade insults about MizTV and Talking Smack, before moving on to Survivor Series. Bryan says there will be two more qualifying matches for the SS Tag Team bout. Miz doesn’t care and moves on to the SS five-on-five match. Bryan announces that SD’s team consists of Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles. Miz is annoyed that he isn’t on the team. Bryan says he was considered, but he needs wrestlers who aren’t scared of fighting. He says he isn’t afraid and that Bryan is. He then said that Daniel isn’t good at anything anymore and he should go back to John Cena’s house and mope around. Bryan threw a chair in anger and said that Miz is a bad wrestler, and since Miz turned down a shot at the IC title last week, he can sit on commentary and watch Ziggler defend the title in an open challenge.

“A great segment that put over Survivor Series really well. The chemistry between Miz and Bryan is brilliant, and Miz continuing to get under Bryan’s skin is great heel work. Wish we could see these two fight again. SD’s team for Survivor Series is looking good, and I can’t wait for them to face off against Raw.”

Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Curt Hawkins

Curt Hawkins answered Ziggler’s open challenge. He cut a promo and said Ziggler was going to face the facts. The bell rang, and Curt turned around into a superkick. Ziggler wins.

Dolph Ziggler def. Curt Hawkins

Ziggler cut a promo after the match saying he’s a fighting champion, and that any superstar on Raw can challenge him for the IC title at Survivor Series.

“I don’t like Hawkins’ gimmick so this was fun for me. Ziggler’s challenge for SS is interesting, and I hope he faces someone the fans actually want to see. Hopefully Sami Zayn or Neville get a shot.” 

Ambrose is backstage and Ellsworth approaches him. He asks him if he can be at ringside, and Dean says definitely not.

Orton, Wyatt and Harper are backstage in the dark. Wyatt insinuates that Harper is wary of Orton’s intentions. Wyatt knows that Orton is a snake and evil, which makes him perfect for the family. Orton says he was born with the devil whispering in his ear and he isn’t going to fight it anymore. He says Wyatt is a God, but Harper still looks suspicious.

Survivor Series Qualifying Match: The Usos vs. The Headbangers

Usos begin the attack before the match begins. They control the match, before Thrasher fights back and tags Mosh in. Mosh runs wild before the referee gets distracted. The Usos get a cheap shot and a roll-up for the win. They join Slater & Rhyno, Hype Bros and American Alpha in the 10 team tag match.

The Usos def. The Headbangers

“A very quick match that got The Usos over quickly. There wasn’t much to it, and I didn’t want to see Headbangers wrestling for too long so this was okay for me.” 

Styles is interviewed and says he will beat Ambrose. Ambrose also kicks Ellsworth out of the arena.

AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose

Ambrose quickly sends Styles to the floor and hits a suicide dive. He gets AJ back in the ring and grinds his face on the ring ropes. He locks Styles in a clover leaf, but AJ gets to the ropes. Dean gets a butterfly suplex from the second rope, before Styles locks in a Calf Crusher. Ambrose gets to the ropes and goes out of the ring. Ambrose crotched Styles on the barricade and clotheslined him off into the timekeeper’s area. They are back in the ring, and Ambrose misses with a blockbuster, and favours the knee. Styles goes for a springboard, but Dean hits a dropkick. He then hits a big elbow to the floor. He keeps control until AJ hits a suplex into the corner. Some back and forth before Dean hits a face slam. AJ comes back with some strikes and both clothesline each other. James Ellsworth then comes through the crowd and tries to cheer Ambrose. He only distracts him though, and Styles hits Dean with a Pele kick. Security come down and chase Ellsworth through the crowd. Styles and AJ counter each other, before AJ locks in another Calf Crusher. Ambrose reaches the ropes, and Ellsworth returns to ringside. Security begin to drag him away, before Styles shoves him over the announce table. He then tries to hit Dean with a Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose counters into a Dirty Deads. He wins and becomes number one contender to the WWE World Championship.

Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles

Ellsworth is carried up the ramp by security, with a big grin on his face. Ambrose smiles and holds him before walking away to end the show.

“Not the best encounter between Styles and Ambrose, but it was still a very good match. Like I said last week, Styles can carry anyone to a good match and he does this massively well with Ambrose. Dean felt desperate from the early going, since this was his last chance, and Ellsworth intruding was delightfully silly. It was lovely to see him avenge his wrongdoings last week, and I can’t wait to see the title match between AJ and Dean. Even though this is a match we have seen a lot, they produce a fine match every time, and this was no exception.”

Final Thoughts:

“I thought Raw was good this week, but Smackdown has topped it again. Raw has dull moments, Smackdown didn’t. The show was good throughout, with MizTV and the main event being the highlights. The SS qualifying matches weren’t great, but they were over quickly and served the right purpose. The Wyatt and Orton stuff continues to intrigue and this show set up Survivor Series really well. Plus, Curt Hawkins losing is like five seconds is always an up for me. A very good show overall – 8/10.”

So, was Smackdown better than Raw this week? What do you think of SD’s Survivor Series teams?

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