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Previously at the 2017 Royal Rumble
- Naomi, Nikki Bella, and Becky Lynch win 6-Women Tag Team Match
- John Cena becomes 16x World Champion, defeating AJ Styles in hellacious match.
VIDEO PACKAGE: A recap of the 2017 Royal Rumble Match!
PROMO (Backstage): Shane, Daniel, and AJ Styles start the show discussing AJ's Mandatory Rematch Clause. It's also revealed that Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz, John Cena, AJ Styles, and the Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose will compete in the Elimination Chamber Match. Also, in the main event, Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles.
PROMO (In-Ring): The NEW WWE Champion John Cena comes down to the ring and announces "THE CHAMP IS HEREEEEEE!!!." He then says that he was wrong about AJ. He says that AJ brings out the best in him. The Wyatt Family then comes down to the ring, minus Luke Harper. Bray Wyatt then takes to the mic, saying "The more things change around here, the more things stay EXACTLY the same." Wyatt then reminds Cena that in 2 weeks, he will locked inside a cage with him, and there will be no where to run or hide. And when all the dust is cleared, he will be leaving the NEW WWE Champion, and the world will have finally entered the World of Wyatts. Randy Orton then says if Cena leaves the Chamber with the title, he will see him at WrestleMania. Bray and Orton then come down to the ring, looking to outnumber John Cena. Luke Harper then enters and comes to the aid of John Cena. Bray and Randy then retreat, but before they can leave, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon comes to the arena, and makes a tag team match starting after the break. WWE Champion John Cena and Luke Harper vs. The Wyatt Family!
MATCH: WWE Champion John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family:Bray Wyatt and John Cena start, but tags are quickly made. We start to see the control of Bray Wyatt over Luke Harper still being strong. Offense really goes to each team back and forth. It's interesting to see that Bray still has a bit of control over Luke Harper. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton take control with Randy hitting the DDT from the middle rope. Randy then calls for the RKO. John Cena counters but cannot get back to his corner. Bray is tagged in and makes a B line for Harper. Wyatt then shows his control over Harper. Wyatt then goes for the Senton, but Cena rolls out. Orton then tags in and hits Cena with a Power Slam. 2-Count. Orton then hits Harper off the apron, and Cena goes on the offensive. Cena then hits the 5-Knuckle Shuffle on Orton, and sets up for the AA. Orton counters, and Bray tags in. Harper comes into the ring to face Orton. Harper then hits Orton with punch, Bray goes for Sister Abigail. Harper counters, but Randy then hits Cena with the RKO! 1-2-3.
RESULT: Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt wins via RKO
THOUGHTS: The fact that Bray still has mind control over Luke Harper is very interesting to me. I hope they run with that control. A great opening match to get SmackDown Live off to a great start!
MATCH: Carmella w/ James Ellsworth vs. Delilah Dawson (Local Talent) James Ellsworth comes to the entrance ramp, and tries to quiet down the crowd. He then introduces Carmella to the ring for her match. She comes down to a local talent already in the ring. Carmella immediately takes control and throws Delilah across the ring. Then, while distracted by Ellsworth, Carmella almost gets rolled up. Then, while ref is not looking, Ellsworth grabs Dawson's legs, setting up Carmella for the Code of Silence submission.
RESULT: Carmella wins by Code of Silence
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Kalisto: Ziggler goes on the attack quickly against Kalisto. Kalisto comes back with some stiff kicks to Ziggler. Kalisto then hits Ziggler a crossbody. 2-Count. Ziggler then goes back on the offense, but Kalisto hits Ziggler with a spinning kick. Ziggler comes back with a thunderous SuperKick. 1-2-3.
RESULT: Ziggler wins by Super Kick THOUGHTS: A decent match, hoping to get more out of a heel Dolph Ziggler though. After the match, Apollo Crews comes down to the ring to stop Ziggler from attacking Kalisto. Ziggler retreats leaving Apollo in the ring with Kalisto.
PROMO (Backstage): Becky and Naomi come backstage. Becky says that she will not forget what Mickie James did to her, costing her a championship match. Naomi and her have mutual targets, and Naomi is very happy that she pinned Alexa Bliss during the 6-Women Tag Team Match on Sunday.
MATCH: Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Mickie James & SmackDown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss: Becky Lynch starts out strong against Alexa Bliss. Naomi then tags in and continues the strong offense. Naomi then tags a hard Irish Whip off the ropes. Mickie James then tags in and takes control of Naomi. Another quick tag in for Alexa Bliss, continuing the destruction of Naomi. Naomi then counters with a big kick to Alexa. As Naomi goes for a tag, Alexa grabs Naomi by the hair and drags her back to the middle of the ring. 2 hot tags for Becky and Mickie, and Becky goes on the offense, hitting James with the "Straight Fire!" Becky then heads to the top rope, but James flips her off the top rope as we go to commercial.
MATCH: Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Mickie James & SmackDown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss(cont'd): We come back from commercial with Alexa in control of Becky. James then tags in, and traps Becky in the corner with a foot to her throat. Becky starts fighting back, but James hits her with a knee to the mid-section. James hits the Hurricanrana on Becky. 2-Count. Becky then hits elbows on Mickie James, but James fights back right away. Alexa tags in and goes right back on the offense on Becky Lynch. Lynch then hits the roll-up on Bliss. 2-Count. Lynch tags in Naomi, and she immediately goes on the offense. Naomi then hits the rapid kicks, and slams Bliss to the mat on her face. 2-Count. Naomi hits a double springboard flip from the corner to pin Alexa. 1-2-3.
RESULT: Naomi and Becky Lynch win over Mickie James & Alexa Bliss
THOUGHTS: That's most likely going to set up Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss for the belt at Elimination Chamber. And I am very happy about that!
PROMO (Backstage): American Alpha talk about what's next. Chad says we've been standing here for a month and no one has stepped up to challenge them. They announce that they are going to go down to the ring and issue an Open Challenge for the Tag Team Championships! (Spencer absolutely loves an Open Challenge!)
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Usos vs. American Alpha All the tag teams (The Vaudevillains, Heath Slater & Rhyno, Breezango, The Ascension) all come down to the ring. Mass chaos ensues as we go to commercial.
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Fight marches on with all of the tag teams on SmackDown Live. American Alpha stand tall with Heath Slater & Rhyno. No Contest. (Not quite sure what that was about....)
PROMO (Backstage): Natalya comes into Daniel Bryan's office, and Nikki Bella comes in as well. Daniel says that a match with Nikki Bella vs. Natalya at Elimination Chamber.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose (The Miz w/ Maryse on Commentary): AJ starts out strong against Dean. But then a bunch of back and forth offense. Dean puts AJ in the Sharpshooter, and then a lot of chain wrestling between the two. AJ hits Dean with Superkick to the mid-section. Miz on Commentary says that Daniel Bryan is the reason he is not champion anymore, criticizing David Otunga about his accomplishments. Back in the ring, AJ is back on the offense, rolling up Dean for a 2-Count. Dean counters and flips AJ up in the air with a back-body drop. Dean then throws AJ outta the ring. Baron Corbin then comes down to the ring as we go to commercial.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose (The Miz w/ Maryse on Commentary)(cont'd): Baron Corbin now joins the commentary table. Back in the ring, AJ goes on the offensive, hitting Dean with a Pumphandle Slam. 2-Count. AJ returns on the offensive with a series of kicks and slams. 2-Count. Back on commentary, Baron and Miz go back and forth with trash talk. Miz questions Baron Corbin's experiences in the Chamber Match. Back in the ring, AJ continues his assault on Dean, but Dean counters with a swinging neckbreaker. Dean continues assault on AJ and goes to hit AJ with a Superplex, but AJ sneaks out and goes for a torture rack. Dean goes for a rollup. 2-Count. Back on Commentary, Miz's assault on Baron Corbin continues. AJ and Dean putting on a stellar match, counter after counter!! AJ hits kick on Dean, but Dean catches him, but AJ counters with Crucifix Pin. 2-Count. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but Dean counters. AJ hits Pele Kick on Dean, but Ambrose hits Lunatic Lariat. Ambrose hits flying elbow off the top rope on Styles. Back on Commentary, Baron Corbin and The Miz comes to blows. They scramble towards the ring, and distract referee. AJ takes advantage and hits Styles Clash. 1-2-3.
RESULT: AJ Styles win with Styles Clash
THOUGHTS: This match was freaking epic. A lot of distractions on commentary though took a little away from this match. But this one of the best SmackDown has had since the brand split started back in July.
FINAL THOUGHTS: How many times can I say it people??? SmackDown is the A show. Time and time again, they put on great matches that go with storylines. Commentary is great with Mauro time and time again. If you're not watching SmackDown Live, there's something wrong with you.
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