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SMACKDOWN! LIVE (01.31.17)
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (American Bank Center)
Host: Tom Phillips
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, David Otunga
Written by Brendan Wahl
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon tell AJ Styles that they will talk to him about his rematch at a later date but they mention that the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship will feature John Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, the Miz and Dean Ambrose. Dean decided he has unfinished business with AJ so a match is made between them tonight.
16-time WWE Champion John Cena comes down to the ring to talk about his victory over AJ Styles and puts him over as being an elite WWE superstar. He lays down the gauntlet to any and all challengers and that brings forth the arrival of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. Bray mocks Cena's victory and calls this whole thing just a "vicious cycle." He says that Cena will be trapped like a rat in the chamber with him and there will be nowhere to run or hide. Bray talked about how he will win the championship at Elimination Chamber and then we will be entering the Wyatt Era. Orton then gets a chance to talk and says that if Cena miraculously makes it out of the chamber alive, the Wyatts are going to set that championship free at Wrestlemania anyway. They slowly make their way toward the ring and corner John in the ring but then Luke Harper suddenly appears in the ring and stands with Cena as Bray and Orton retreats. This brought about the entrance of Shane McMahon, who decided to make it official tonight - Cena and Harper will take on Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. NOW.
1) The Wyatt Family defeated John Cena & Luke Harper by pinfall in 12:34 when Orton pinned Cena following an RKO. Interestingly, Harper was fine when he was facing Orton in the ring but when Bray Wyatt tagged himself in, he left the ring and stood in front of the guardrail. This happened again later when Cena reached for the hot tag and Harper was ready but then stopped when Bray got tagged in on the other side. Later on, it seemed Harper was going to hit Bray with his own Sister Abigail but then backed out and went after Orton instead.
TONIGHT - Becky Lynch & Naomi take on Women's Champion Alexa Bliss & Mickie James; Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose faces AJ Styles in a non-title match
James Ellsworth gives Carmella quite the ring introduction before she comes down for her match.
2) Carmella defeated Delilah Dawson by submission in 1:27 when she locked on the Code of Silence. JBL described Delilah, who is a graduate of Funaki's wrestling school, as some kind of combination between "Rey Mysterio and a smurf." Ellsworth interfered in the match which led to Carmella's victory.
3) Dolph Ziggler defeated Kalisto by pinfall in 2:02 when he hit him with a superkick. Dolph then went after Kalisto's mask but Apollo Crews runs out and goes after him but Dolph goes into the crowd to escape.
Becky Lynch and Naomi gave a quick interview regarding Alexa Bliss and Mickie James regarding their tag team match tonight. Naomi reminds everyone that she got a pinfall victory over Bliss at the Rumble in a 6-man tag.
4) Becky Lynch & Naomi defeated Women's Champion Alexa Bliss & Mickie James by pinfall in 11:00 when Naomi hit a split-legged moonsault on Bliss. Much like at the Rumble, Mickie didn't seem to have any ring rust and worked quite well with both ladies. Naomi played face-in-peril for the most part but did tease another victory over Bliss a few times. The match went through the commercials as well, which was refreshing for a women's match on Smackdown. Naomi earned a second pin over the champion thus making me think that she will probably get a title shot at Elimination Chamber.
Tag Team Champions American Alpha talk about how no one has gone after their titles for a while and then Gable decided to issue an open challenge in the ring to any team. They then hit the ring and awaited their challenge, which arrived in the form of every other tag team on the roster. A huge brawl broke out between all the superstars as they cut away to commercial. After the break, the brawl continued and it came down to American Alpha and Beauty & the Man-Beast standing tall.
Natalya had security 'clear' the area before going to talk to Daniel Bryan. Nikki Bella then came in to interrupt and they started arguing but Nattie made sure her security detail was close by. Bryan booked a match between Nikki and Nattie at Elimination Chamber.
Neville cuts a quick promo about proving himself as the champion tonight on 205 Live.
The Miz joins the announce table for color commentary.
5) AJ Styles defeated Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose by pinfall in 18:39 when he hit the Styles Clash. Early in the match, Baron Corbin decided to interrupt as the show went to a commercial break. As the show returned, Corbin was seen at the announce table doing color commentary as well. Lots of near falls and the match got tons of TV time with a pretty hot crowd. Meanwhile, the announce table looked like the clown car due to the insane amount of people sitting there. Eventually, Baron got fed up with Miz and started brawling with him at the table, which distracted the referee while Ambrose had Styles pinned following a top-rope clothesline. Dean nailed both guys but that allowed AJ to capitalize and get the win. After the match, Miz nailed Ambrose with a Skull-Crushing Finale but then Corbin nailed both Miz AND Ambrose with the End of Days as AJ watched from the entrance ramp.