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Previously on SmackDown Live!
- Alexa Bliss retains SmackDown Women's Championship thanks to Mickie James!
- Elimination Chamber returns in February!
- Wyatt Family Tension Continues!
PROMO (Backstage): Daniel Bryan opens SmackDown Live with Miz & Maryse wanting a rematch against Dean Ambrose. Daniel obliges and makes the match a Lumberjack match for tonight's main event!
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper (Brother vs. Brother): Orton starts out strong, contest moves to the outside of the ring right in front of Bray Wyatt, who is in his rocking chair not acknowledging either brother. Randy takes control in the ring, and goes for Vintage Orton early. Orton gets up and looks for the RKO, Harper rolls out of the ring. Match spills outside the ring and Orton starts assaulting Harper on the announce table. Harper comes back with a Big Boot on Orton, and Bray Wyatt rises from his chair. Wyatt throws Orton back in the ring, and then throws Harper back in the ring as we go to commercial.
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper (Cont'd) We come back from break with Luke Harper in control. Harper hits a big powerslam on Orton, then heads to the top rope. Orton counters, and hits Harper with a Superplex. 2-Count. Orton and Harper trade punches and knees. Orton then goes for the Power Slam! 2-Count. Harper then hits the Body Slam! 2-Count. Orton goes for the RKO, Harper counters. 2-Count. Orton goes for it again, Harper hits a superkick. 2-Count. Orton then hits an RKO! 1.2.3!
RESULT: Randy Orton Wins with an RKO Outta Nowhere
THOUGHTS: Great Match! Good showcase from both men! After the match, Bray Wyatt helps Luke Harper up, and hits him with a Sister Abigail! The final piece of the puzzle is laid. Great storytelling with the Wyatt Family.
VIDEO PACKAGE: We are shown a video package recapping the SmackDown Women's Championship match last week inside a steel cage. La Luchadora interfering in the match, and helps Becky Lynch win the match. Mickie James is revealed to be La Luchadora.
PROMO (In-Ring): Renee Young begins to interview Mickie James, asking her why she decided to help Alexa Bliss. She runs down her impressive resume, but Renee says she didn't answer her question. Mickie then says she's never stopped watching WWE even though she's been gone. "Becky Lynch, and the women of the revolution like to pretend they were the first female athletes in the WWE." She then says that Alexa has been fighting the self-righteousness of the revolution since Day 1. Mickie says she has a lot of respect for Alexa, because if it wasn't for her she wouldn't be standing here. This is about the re-invention of Mickie James. That draws Becky Lynch down to the ring. Becky makes a B-Line for Mickie, and Mickie flees the ringside area. Alexa Bliss then blindsides Becky and then her and Mickie double team Becky. Bliss then hits Twisted Bliss on Becky and the segmenet ends.
VIDEO PACKAGE: James Ellsworth and Carmella go shopping for new clothes for Ellsworth. Ellsworth tries on a bunch of jeans and shirts. This was honestly a pretty painful video package....
BATTLE ROYALE MATCH: Winner is in the Royal Rumble Match! Rhyno goes to eliminate Heath Slater. Vaudevillains ELIMINATED. Curt Hawkins ELIMINATED by Mojo Rawley. Victor ELIMINATED by Heath Slater. Heath Slater ELIMINATED by Connor. Rhyno and Connor ELIMINATED by Mojo Rawley. Mojo Rawley, Fandango, and Tyler Breeze Remain. Fandango ELIMINATED by Tyler Breeze by mistake. Tyler Breeze ELIMINATED by Mojo Rawley!
RESULT: Mojo Rawley Wins & moves onto the Royal Rumble Match!
THOUGHTS: Poor Vaudevillians....how the mighty have fallen...
VIDEO PACKAGE:Dasha Fuentes is interviewing Nikki Bella on her way into the arena earlier today. Natalya then interrupts, and attacks Nikki Bella throwing her against the production truck.
PROMO (In-Ring): AJ Styles starts off by showing us the Royal Rumble Poster, showing that John Cena is in the front of the line-up and AJ Styles is "WAAAYYYYY" in the back. He then calls out John Cena. Cena obliges, and comes down to the ring. AJ says that he's tired of Cena's "Ra Ra Speeches." We are then shown a clip from the Today Show from Monday. AJ angrily says that he's been holding the show down since he's been gone and no one missed him. AJ then calls Cena a sorry excuse for a wrestler. He's gonna beat Cena at the Royal Rumble. Cena then comes back saying he has already buried him. Cena has held this place for well over a decade. Cena says that he's not a gut from Atlanta, he's just a guy holding onto that championship because "I let you." "There's only 1 John Cena, you better recognize."
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Kalisto Kalisto starts out strong, but Dolph Ziggler hits Kalisto immediately with a SuperKick. 1-2-3.
RESULT: Dolph Ziggler Wins with a Superkick
THOUGHTS: After the match, Ziggler grabs a steel chair, and JBL goes to stop him. Apollo Crews comes in and throws Ziggler into the ring post. Apollo then goes to hit him with the steel chair, and Ziggler retreats.
MATCH: Naomi vs. Natayla Before match even starts, Nikki is attacking Natayla, the referees in the back try to pull Nikki off of Natayla. Naomi takes to the mic, demanding a new opponent. Alexa Bliss comes out, but says she's not out here to answer a challenge. Alexa asks Naomi who are you again, or better yet, "Who do you think you are?" Naomi challenges Alexa to a title match. Alexa says Naomi isn't even worth her time, and leaves.
PROMO (Backstage): Dean Ambrose says that this lumberjack match is going to be unpredictable. And that he is going to outlast 29 other guys to win the Royal Rumble Match.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LUMBERJACK MATCH: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz w/ Maryse: Both men throws each other other the top rope, and both immediately get back in the ring before the Lumberjacks get a hold of them. Dean Ambrose then goes outta the ring, and defends himself against Breezeango. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds early, Miz counters, and The Miz goes over the top rope. The lumberjacks then beat up The Miz, and throw him back into the ring as we go to commercial.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LUMBERJACK MATCH: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz w/ Maryse:(cont'd) We come back from break, to see Ambrose going for the Lunatic Lariat. The lumberjacks pull Dean outta the ring and mob him. Miz then hits DDT. 2-Count. He then berates the Lumberjacks for not doing their job. Miz then goes for the "Yes" kicks. Ambrose then goes for roll-up. 2-Count. Miz then throws Dean out of the ring. Miz fights them off, and hits Miz with a flying elbow from the top rope. 2-Count. Dean then goes on the offense, and send The Miz outta the fing. Dean then hits the Suicide Dive on The Miz. They move to the Announce Table, and the Lumberjacks throw them both into the ring. Maryse holds Dean by the leg, and Miz hits the flying knee on Dean. 2-Count. The Miz then hits the "Daniel Bryan-esque" Corner Drop Kicks. Miz then tries to escape the ring, and Dean Ambrose hits a flying dive on Miz and the Lumberjacks. Ambrose hits the Lunatic Lariat. Baron Corbin then gets involved, and the Lumberjacks all get in the ring. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds after all of that. 1-2-3.
RESULT: Dean Ambrose wins with Dirty Deeds
THOUGHTS: What an absolutely amazing main event! Showcased not only Dean and Miz, but a lot of other talent ahead of the Royal Rumble!
FINAL THOUGHTS: Smackdown is where it's at everyone. Great matches, great storytelling, great talent, great promos. I'm sorry, but Mick and Steph have A LOT to do to catch up to Shane and Daniel. Thanks for joining me for another LIVE edition of SmackDown Live!
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