Welcome to another SMACKDOWN RECAP on The Scrum Sports! Tonight, SMACKDOWN LIVE is coming from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The Wells Fargo Center just an hour away from where I live! The show begins with “The Champ That Runs The Camp”, AJ Styles coming out and gloating about how he’s beaten everyone, how he’s the best and how he’ll be the best… CUE JOHN CENA!!
After he comes out, AJ and Cena have a stare down in the middle of the ring. Cena wants the WWE World Championship and he wants to beat Ric Flair’s record. He wants a match with AJ. Dean Ambrose is out next and he’s mad. He wants his Championship back. Cena is pretty much delivering a standard promo right now and everyone is chanting for him. Arguing ensues and Shane’s music hits. Shane says that at NO MERCY… Cena, Dean and AJ will have a TRIPLE THREAT for the WWE World Champion. But, tonight, Dean and Cena are partners and AJ has to find one for himself.
MATCH. 01 — THE USO’S v THE HYPE BROS (TAG-TEAM MATCH)
Quick match, that sees he Uso’s get the win.
WINNERS VIA PINFALL: THE USO’S
The Miz is out after the commercial break. He says how he’s on top of the world. He’s the best, he’s the main event and he beats everyone put in front of him while having the Championship longer than many other legends like Pat Patterson, Triple H and many others. Ziggler is out now, he says how Miz is still scared. He hides behind everything and no one will ever take him as credible. Miz challenges him one more time. He wants it to be just him and Miz with no distractions, no wives, no nothing. Just them. Maryse interrupts but barely gets a word in due to the booing. Miz tells the fans to respect his wife and Daniel comes out.
Daniel tries to tell Miz he’s wrestling Ziggler but Miz says he wants a contract negotiation and he’s basically holding the IC Championship hostage until he gets what he wants. He and Maryse leave through the fans and we cut to AJ in the back. He bumps in to Corbin, he asks Corbin to be his partner, Corbin says he wants the Championship instead.
MATCH. 02 — BARON CORBIN v APOLLO CREWS (SINGLES MATCH)
Before the bell rings, Baron hits Apollo from behind and then Swagger’s music hits. The ring clears as Swagger starts kind of talking crazy… Mauro calls him a “Corn Fed Country Boy” and we go to the back to see Becky walking to the ring.
After commercial “Becky Balboa” comes out with the fans cheering her on. She says how great it is to be the Smackdown Women’s Champion and she’s ready for the ladies to come out and see who will be fighting her next.
MATCH. 03: ALEXA BLISS v NIKKI BELLA v NAOMI v NATALYA v CARMELLA (FATAL FIVE-WAY)
The match has a lot of spots in it. A bunch of near falls. A lot of finishers and finally Alexa pulls off the win.
WINNER AND NEW NUMBER ONE CONTENDER: ALEXA BLISS
After that, we get a stare down as we go to AJ in the back walking around still looking for a partner. He finds Kane, asks him and Kane laughs in to commercial break.
Come back from commercial to see Shane in the ring. He says were out here for a special ocassion. He talks about Heath Slater earning his spot and introduces him. He and Rhyno come out with the new Smackdown Tag-Team Championships. Rhyno getting that ECDub love. 🙂 Shane shows Heath the contract and Heath holds it up high. He signs the contract and gets on the mic and screams. He thanks everyone and his wife back home, Beulah. He wants her to get the refrigerator box and pack everything up because they’re moving into a double wide. He thanks Rhyno for being a friend and partner and says they’ll be fighting champions.
He then thanks his kids, starts naming them and The Ascension hit the arena and challenge to a match right now. Heath tries to have an excuse for not fighting but Shane says here will be a match anyway. He calls some guys to clear the ring . They do and we go to commercial.
MATCH. 04 — RHYNO/HEATH v THE ASCENSION ( SMACKDOWN TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP)
A few botches from both sides and not a memorable match at all. GORE! GORE! GORE! in Philly!
WINNERS AND STILL TAG CHAMPIONS: RHYNO/HEATH
Daniel runs in to AJ backstage and asks him if he found anyone. AJ says he doesn’t need anyone and goes to walk away. Daniel stops him and says they appointed one to him. James from a month ago on RAW when Strowman destroyed him is BACK IN ALL OF HIS CHINLESS GLORY!! AJ is disgusted as we find out Orton will address Wyatt after the break.
We come back with a CWC ad and they discuss the ending of the series live tomorrow night in the two hour finale. Orton’s music hits and he begins his sssssllllooooowwwwww walk down the ramp and into the ring. The fans chant for him and he climbs the turnbuckle o show support.Orton says Bray is he face of fear and being the face of fear, he’s afraid and that’s why he attacked him backstage and got the match cancelled last Sunday. He tells Bray to come to the ring if he has any balls. We get Bray in his customary foggy area and he starts spouting a story. He basically says that Orton should never sleep again.
The lights go out, Bray appears at ringside. Orton turns around to see him there and tells him to come into the ring. The lights go out again and come back up. Erick Rowan is behind Randy, he throws the mask off and attacks. Orton pulls out an rKo and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and we see a graphic for TALKING SMACK after tonight’s show is done. Alexa and Baron will be on.
MATCH. 05 — AJ STYLES/JAMES ELLSWORTH v JOHN CENA/DEAN AMBROSE (TAG MATCH)
The Miz comes out and obliterates James. He says he’s the damn main event, throws James to the side and says he’s AJ’s partner.
MATCH. 05 — AJ STYLES/THE MIZ v JOHN CENA/DEAN AMBROSE (TAG MATCH)
Everyone gets their intros and we of course go to commercial break. Ugh.
Lots of back and forth in this match. Lots of commercial breaks and a lot of eluding to backstabbing and conflict between both teams. And of course with this being Cena’s return… he picks up a clean win by pinning The Miz. Right afterwards, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Cena and the fans start booing him.
WINNERS VIA PINFALL: DEAN AMBROSE/JOHN CENA
They plug NO MERCY one more time, Dean has a stare down with AJ who’s at the top of the ramp as the show goes of the air. Goodnight everyone and thanks for reading along.