Below is the results and reaction from Smackdown Live, in San Diego, California:
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane to open the show.
This is very standard action. Bray hits a running senton and looks like he’s about to hit Sister Abigail. Randy Orton appears upside down on the Titan Tron and taunts Wyatt. This distracts Bray who gets knocked out the ring by Kane and doesn’t get back in. He leaves to find Orton.
Kane def Bray Wyatt Via Count-Out.
Baron Corbin Backstage Interview
He’s asked about Jack Swagger and says he would “drop him where he stands”. Swagger wants him and dares him to do so. Corbin says he will do it in the ring. This sets up a match for later in the night.
Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss becomes a Tag Match.
Carmella is on commentary. Not too much action happens before the match is thrown out. Carmella calls Nikki a “Kardashian wannabe” and threatens her. Nikki throws Alexa into Carmella, and she reponds by attacking Bella in the ring, causing a DQ. Both Bliss and Carmella continue the attack, before Becky Lynch comes to the rescue. Tag Team match instead of the singles match.
Little happens until Becky gets the hot tag. Her and Alexa fight. Carmella climbs in and superkicks Becky. Nikki Bella then spears Carmella out of the ring, and then chases her to the back. Alexa Bliss takes advantage, and hits a Twisted Bliss to pin the Smackdown Women’s Champion.
Alexa Bliss & Carmella def. Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella.
Orton Traps Wyatt
Bray Wyatt looks for Randy Orton backstage. He sees his rocking chair and walks up to it. Orton then loks him in the room. A security camera in the room shows Wyatt’s reaction.
Daniel Bryan and Breast Cancer Survivors/Fighters in the ring
Daniel Bryan led the segment that payed tribute to breast cancer survivors and those fighting to survive and help cure the disease. He said all of their names to big cheers. Each lady was give a Smackdown Women’s Title
We saw a similar segment on Raw yesterday, this one was just as lovely. Hopefully this disease can be cured soon.
The Vaudevillains vs Hypes Bros
The Vaudevillains get a jobber entrance for some reason. Hype Bros come out and are as annoying as ever. Not ,uch to say about this one, they quickly dispatched of Gotch & English with the Rough Ryder. The Ascension were on the entrance ramp to watch the Hype Bros win. Looks like a No Mercy pre-show match is set.
Hypes Bros def. The Vaudevillains.
MizTV with guest Dolph Ziggler
I didn’t think I would say that The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler is Smackdown’s best feud.
The Miz quickly brings out Dolph Ziggler. He says since this will be his last appearance on Smackdown, he’s had a video package of his career highlights prepared. The package itself shows Ziggler’s most embarrassing moments, highlighting his World Title loss, his debut as a golf caddie, and The Spirit Squad. Ziggler cuts another passionate promo about how he won’t be losing at No Mercy. Miz then brings out two members of The Spirit Squad. They try and get Ziggler to join in their routine like the old days. They then attack Ziggler, but Dolph gets the upper hand and superkicks both. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler reverses and nearly kicks a retreating Miz. Dolph Ziggler stands tall to end the segment. This really helped build up to an already hyped Career vs Title Match.
Jey Uso vs Jason Jordan
A really quick match. Uso had the upper hand throughout most of the match, until Jordan rolled up Uso for the win.
Jason Jordan def. Jey Uso.
After the match, Jimmy Uso threw Chad Gable into the steps. Jason Jordan came to aid his partner, but Jey Uso chopped his knee. They went for a splash onto his knee, but Tag Champs Rhyno and Heath Slater made the save.
Bray Wyatt escapes the locked room
There were more backstage segments where we see Wyatt still locked in the room. They just involved him talking in riddles like he usually does.
Anyway, Randy Orton comes to check on him, but doesn’t hear anything coming from the room. He unlocks the shutter and realises Bray is no longer there. Orton is confused and throws the rocking chair at the wall. Randy shouts “where are you, Bray?” a few times.
Curt Hawkins Promo
This was pretty much the same as the other vignettes that air every week. It is announced that Hawkins will be at No Mercy.
Jack Swagger vs Baron Corbin
Another short match. Corbin dominated the match, grounding Swagger and punching him repeatedly. Swagger tuned this around and got Corbin in the Patriot Lock. Corbin reaches for the ropes, but the referee thinks he’s tapping out. He declares Swagger the winner, and Baron Corbin is livid. Corbin throws over the steel steps and tears apart the announce table.
Jack Swagger def. Baron Corbin via Submission.
AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, John Cena Confrontation
AJ is out first. He devalues his No Mercy opponents and expresses how great he’s been since beating Cena. Ambrose comes out next, and he looked mad. He says he’s sick of being screwed in title matches and that he’s better then both Cena and Styles. Cena comes out, and doesn’t get chance to speak because Styles jumps in. Styles thinks Cena is disrespectful and isn’t in the same league as Ric Flair. He says “you chase history, I make history”. Ambrose then jumps in and berates Cena for having no respect for him. He states that he worked more matches than anyone in 2015 and 2016. Cena finally talk and simply says “talk is cheap” before taking down Ambrose. He throws Styles out of the ring and delivers an AA to Dean. Styles attacks Cena and hits the Phenomenal Forearm. Styles leaves the ring, but Ambrose jumps him and plants AJ with a Dirty Deeds on the steel ramp. Ambrose holds the WWE World Title high to end the show.
Again, another decent showing from Smackdown and a good go-home show for No Mercy. The highs of the night were the final segment and MizTV. Everyone involved cut really good promos and the action that proceeded was an excellent way to build to the respected matches. The Wyatt-Orton segments weren’t bad, but it would have been nice to have seen Wyatt lay out Orton. Also, leaving his match with Kane made him look weak again. Nothing else truly stood out, but no matches or segments were particularly bad. The finish to Swagger/Corbin was a bit dumb, but Corbin will probably beat Swagger at No Mercy. Overall, a solid showing from Smackdown, and I think it trumps Raw once again this week. The extra hour of Raw really makes a difference. 7.5/10.
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