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Previously on SmackDown Live!
- Dolph Ziggler Solidifies Heel Turn
- American Alpha Retain SmackDown Tag Team Championships
- Alexa Bliss Forced to Defend SmackDown Women's Championship inside a Steel Cage against Becky Lynch
Coverage begins now!
PROMO (In-Ring): Shane McMahon comes down to the ring and announces that before WrestleMania, the WWE Championship will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber. AJ comes to the ramp, and questions Shane's authority. Shane comes back that he wants the best of the best to compete for the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber. Shane then compliments AJ saying he is truly phenomenal, but the only thing that's not is his attitude. AJ then threatens to go back to Japan with the title, prompting John Cena to come down the ramp. AJ then stops Cena before he could talk, stating he gets handed everything and he earns everything. AJ asks who's next to come out and steal his spotlight, prompting The Miz to come down to the ring. Miz says whenever he gets his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship, he will be exactly where he belongs. After winning the WWE Title, he will be in the main event of WrestleMania. AJ says to Miz the best thing he can do for his career is staying away from the Elimination Chamber. Miz then says while AJ was in Japan getting his soccer mom haircut done, he was beating up John Cena before it was cool. Shane then sets the first match for the evening. AJ Styles vs. The Miz!
PROMO (Backstage): Dean Ambrose approaches Shane McMahon, saying he wants a new Intercontinental Championship belt. Shane says he can't do that. Dean then asks if he can dismember the Viper, and wants a match with Randy Orton. Shane obliges.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. The Miz w/ Maryse: AJ starts out with the upper hand, with a lot of chain wrestling. Miz then gets to the ropes, retreats outside the ring, and rests up. Miz then starts keeping AJ on his toes. Miz then lands a couple kicks to the midsection. AJ reverses and lands a missile drop kick to regain his offense. Early 2-Count on Miz. Miz reverses AJ's offense with a hip toss, and goes back on the offense. AJ puts Miz in the Calf Crusher, and Miz gets to the ropes for the break. AJ then hits Miz with a vicious forearm. 2-Count. Maryse then distracts AJ and Miz kicks AJ off the apron as we head to commercial.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. The Miz w/ Maryse (continued): We come back from break with Miz on offense laying lots of Daniel Bryan-esque corner drop kicks. Miz then climbs the top rope and goes for high-flying offense. AJ catches him and goes for the Styles Clas. Miz hits AJ with a thumb to the eye, and hits a DDT. 2-Count. Miz then goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, and AJ counters with a wheelbarrow roll-up. 2-count. AJ throws Miz outside the ring, and throws Miz at John Cena on commentary. Referee calls the bell, and when Cena chases AJ into the ring, Miz attacks Cena. Cena then hits The Miz and AJ Styles with the AA.
RESULT: The Miz by DQ
THOUGHTS: Good story-telling and a great heel vs heel match. Maryse didn't necessarily get involved with this match, but it didn't really take anything away from this match. 3/5 stars.
PROMO (In-Ring): Nikki Bella comes down to the ring, visibly on guard from Natayla. We see a video package of what happened last week on SmackDown Live, with Natayla attacking Nikki Bella. Nikki then says tonight, her and I are gonna finish what they started. She calls Natayla down to the ring, and Natayla doesn't oblige. Nikki then says she's not a woman. Natayla from the crowd says there's something she wants to show her. A video plays on the TitanTron with Natayla going through the merch table. Nattie then rips off the Nikki Bella merch, and says Nikki is pitting her family against her. Nattie then says both Nikki and Bret Hart have 1 thing in common, they are going to die alone. Nikki then spears Nattie through the table, and the fight is on. Security then attempts to break up the pair and after a few more punches, the pair are separated.
PROMO (Backstage): Alexa Bliss says she's not afraid to face Becky Lynch tonight in a Steel Cage. She says when she leave the cage with the title, the look on Becky's face will be one that no one will forget.
VIDEO PACKAGE: We are shown the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. KURT ANGLE!
MATCH: Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose vs. "The Viper" Randy Orton: Before the match, we are shown the final moments of the Tag Team Title Match last week, mainly when Luke Harper hit Bray with a superkick by accident. The match starts with the Wyatt Family circling like buzzards. Orton goes for a quick shock pin, and Ambrose kicks out at 1. Orton then keeps on the offense, hitting Ambrose with stiff elbows. Orton then heads outside the ring for a breath. Ambrose then takes over with chain wrestling. Orton counters and we go back and forth for control. Orton turns the tables and throws Ambrose on the top rope, and goes to work on Dean's midsection. Ambrose reverses Orton and goes for the pin. 2-count. Orton escapes to the outside, and Dean hits him with a vicious clothesline. Orton then drives Ambrose into the steel post, then Orton bounces him off the announce table as we go to commercial.
MATCH: Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose vs. "The Viper" Randy Orton (cont'd): We return from break to find Ambrose regaining offensive control. 2-count after a swinging neckbreaker. The two trade blows, and as Ambrose goes for the springboard clothesline, Orton hits the Power Slam. 2-Count. Orton puts Ambrose on the top rope going for a superplex. AMbrose reverses, and goes for Dirty Deeds. Orton counters. Ambrose then hits the Springboard Clothesline. 2-Count. Wyatt Family then start plotting, and Orton goes for "Vintage Orton." Ambrose hits the Suicide Dive, but hits Luke Harper instead. Orton then hits the second rope DDT, and begins to set up for the RKO. Harper gets in the ring, and as Randy gets rid of him, Dean rolls up Orton for the win.
RESULT: Dean Ambrose wins via Rollup Pin THOUGHTS: Match only furthered the on-going distain within the Wyatt Family. Dean looked strong, but not as strong as I'd like for the IC Champion After the match, Luke Harper and Randy Orton start to get in each others face. They begin to trade blows, and Bray separates the two. Bray then hits Harper with a right hook, and Luke Harper leaves the ring. Randy and Bray exchange looks as we leave the ring. 3/5 on the match.
PROMO (Backstage): Becky Lynch says to backstage interviewer that after tonight, Alexa Bliss will not look so good without her championship.
PROMO (In-Ring):The King's Corner KING'S BACK! He introduces his guest, whose ego is bigger and better than the rest, Dolph Ziggler. King welcomes Ziggles to King's Court, and he doesn't respond. He says that he's known him for a long time, and he's seen his kindness go away. Ziggles still doesn't respond. King says he is frustrated, and that he's going through an attitude change. Ziggles doesn't respond. We are then shown the final moments of his match last week as he kicks the tar out of Kalisto. Apollo then saves Kalisto, but Dolph annihilates the both with a steel chair. King asks for a answer for that, and Ziggles responds with threatening to leave the ring. King says an oil painting would be a better interview. Ziggles says he'll talk, saying he wasn't going to play his game making him look bad. He says that he knew that because he brought some footage for himself. We are shown a video from Sept 2012 of Dolph giving King continuous elbows on his chest. The heart attack is brought up, and Dolph says that King blames him. Dolph says he doesn't stop with the question, he will finish what he started 4 years ago. King responds with 1 more question. "How does it feel to know that no matter how many times you change your attitude, you will always be a loser?" Dolph then hits King with a Superkick to the mid-section. JBL then comes to the rescue of King, and helps him up. King then screams for Ziggler, saying if you've got any guts, you'll get back in this ring. Ziggler departs.
PROMO (Backstage): The Wyatt Family will be in the Rumble Match. But first, next week. Harper and Orton will face each other next week in a match.
SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Becky Lynch Becky starts out with early offense, but Alexa makes a quick attempt at escaping through the door. Becky counters, and the door closes. Alexa then goes on offense, and catapults into the corner, but Becky counters and starts to climb the cage. Alexa drags Becky back down, and the two trade blows to gain control. Becky goes for a quick cover. 2-count. Both then start to climb the cage, and Alexa gives becky kicks to the midsection. Becky then slams Alexa's face on the top turnbuckle as we go to commercial.
SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Becky Lynch (cont'd) We return to find Alexa in solid control, shoving Becky against the steel cage. Becky then tries to escape through the door, but is caught by Alexa. Becky then hits a front missile drop kick off the top rope. 2-Count. Becky starts to climb the cage, and makes her way to the top. Becky then goes over the side, and Alexa grabs her hair. Becky then falls back into the cage, and Alexa goes back on offense. Becky counters with a Becks-ploder off the top rope. 2-Count. Becky then goes for the door, and Alexa stops her again. La Luchadora then blocks the door. Becky then goes for the dis-arm-her. La Luchadora then hits Becky, and Alexa hits the snap DDT. Alexa Wins.
RESULT: Alexa Bliss retains by shenanigans with the assist to "La Luchadora."
THOUGHTS: Alexa Bliss wins by the assist of La Luchadora, who is revealed to be Mickie James! I am loving the advancement of this feud. Look for this to culminate at the Royal Rumble!
FINAL THOUGHTS: Smackdown continues to blow Monday Night Raw out of the water. They are seriously and definitely the "A" show of WWE Programming.
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