Join us tonight at 8pm/ET for the second week in the NEW ERA of Smackdown! What can we expect this time now that we start the build to Ambrose vs. Ziggler for the WWE Title at SummerSlam? Will we see Dolph turn heel tonight? Will they wait until the PPV itself? Or perhaps later in the week? Also, what can we expect to see from the ladies after that effective segment from last week? Will Randy Orton comment on his "invasion" of RAW/attack on Brock Lesnar on RAW? We will hopefully find out some or ALL of those answers tonight!
SMACKDOWN! LIVE (08.02.16)
NASHVILLE, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, David Otunga
Written by Brendan Wahl
Randy Orton watches the footage from his attack on Brock Lesnar on RAW alongside Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon. Shane's not pleased but admits that the attack was still awesome. There's a security team but Orton says they don't need to protect "Team Blue" and it only takes one RKO to drop Brock Lesnar. The Miz and Maryse stop them down the hall for some reason with Miz saying that no one hoisted him up on their shoulders when he brought the title to the show. Bryan said he was only happy to draft the title and not Miz himself. Daniel makes Kalisto vs. Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin with the winner getting an IC Title shot at SummerSlam. Dean Ambrose then makes a really random appearance and we go to the opening.
Dean Ambrose comes down with WWE Title in hand and apparently has something to say tonight. He welcomes everyone to the show and introduces himself before talking about how he busted ass and beat both of his Shield brothers to get to the top of the industry. He's gonna represent Smackdown! Live and build his legacy so that brings him to SummerSlam and Dolph Ziggler. He talks about Dolph winning the #1 contendership last week and then invites him down to the ring. The PPV challenger says he's a big fan and that they're pretty similar but Dean says that they're different because Dolph is all show and he's all go. Dolph reminds everyone that he started as a male cheerleader and says that they didn't start on level playing fields but he has scratched and clawed his way to the top. Dean says that Dolph just wastes his time complaining but he doesn't give a damn about what people think of him as championship material. He adds that Dolph is too worried about what the office, the fans and the internet think of him and how he looks to everyone. According to him, Ziggler is going to steal the show... and he's going to lose. Dolph talks about going to a live event when he was five years old and hoping that he would become a superstar ever since that day. He talks about being overlooked for a long time and cuts an impassioned promo about beating Dean's ass and winning the title because he's that damn good. Ambrose tells him that his real problem is that he's not as good as he thinks he is and then Dean walks away. Suddenly and out of nowhere, Bray Wyatt appears in the ring and lays out Dolph with Sister Abigail! He says that Dolph doesn't deserve the power of calling himself a champion and says that he stole something from him. Bray challenges Dolph to face him right here tonight and if he wins then he is worthy of being the #1 contender but if Bray wins then HE will take Dolph's place at SummerSlam.
Dolph Ziggler tells Bryan and Shane to make the match between him and Wyatt even though Bryan tries to convince him otherwise. Dolph wants to prove everyone wrong though and tells Shane to make the match... so he does.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz [w /Maryse] joins the announce table for color commentary.
Winner gets an Intercontinental Title shot at SummerSlam
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin hammers away on both guys but both guys team up on him and Crews enzuiguris Corbin to the outside. Kalisto with a quick rollup on Crews for a two count and then all three men end up outside the ring as we go to commercial.
When we come back, Baron has both guys down in opposite corners. He nails both of them with clotheslines but Crews escapes... and runs into Baron's boot. Corbin is sent to the outside and Apollo hits Kalisto with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Baron with a spinning back suplex on Crews for a near fall of his own and then hammers away on both opponents with his knees. Kalisto goes for something on Corbin but Apollo dropkicks them both out of the ring. Apollo then grabs a quick rollup on Kalisto for the win.
WINNER via PINFALL: Apollo Crews (6:44)
Baron Corbin pounds on Kalisto until Apollo Crews makes the save! However, Miz sees the opportunity and takes out Crews with the Skull-Crushing Finale. However, Corbin just doesn't care and hits the End of Days on Miz too.
A video is shown hyping up Brock vs. Orton.
Becky Lynch vs. Eva Marie
Eva seemingly pulls something in her leg and has the whole match waived off. The ringside trainer and the referee help her walk back down the aisle as Becky is perplexed.
Renee Young interviews Carmella who says that the Eva Marie thing is a scam. Nattie interrupts though and says that she should be the one getting interviewed because she's going to carry the women's division on Smackdown! She brings up the fact that Carmella was drafted last onto the roster and promises to teach her a lesson in humility.
American Alpha vs. The Vaudevillains
Gable starts with a takedown on Gotch and rides him down but Gotch reverses into a wristlock. Gable bridges and flips out though, taking him down with a drop toehold into an armbar. Jordan is tagged in and dropkicks Gotch down for a one count so Gotch hits a knee to the face and tags in English. The blind tag is made to Gable, who hits a top-rope clothesline on both Vaudevillains. A cheapshot by Gotch allows Aiden to take advantage on Gable. They use some double-team right hands and it results in a two count for Gotch. Aiden is tagged but misses a charge in the corner. Gable then tosses Gotch, clotheslines Aiden and tags in Jordan! Overhead belly-to-bellies for BOTH Vaudevillains and they hit Grand Amplitude on Aiden English for the win.
WINNERS via PINFALL (Gable over English): American Alpha (3:27)
AJ Styles comes down to the ring to talk about John Cena but thankfully we cut right to the chase as Cena quickly answers the call like a dog and makes his way out. Cena says he's here for the message so he tells AJ to talk and reveal it. AJ says he could just "beat up John Cena" (his favourite thing to do) and says that he's got a message for the Cenation, who proceeds to chant "soccer mom hair." AJ is upset because he's beaten Cena up in the ring and outside the ring and yet he's still in the WWE. He doesn't want John here anymore and adds that he doesn't belong in the ring with him. AJ refers to the people of Nashville as the weakest-minded people of all, specifically the "stupid delusional kids" in the crowd who dress up in their Cena gear. AJ also refers to the parents of those kids as being the kind of people that accept participation medals for sports. AJ says you get a trophy for being a WINNER. He's a winner and he beat John Cena but he doesn't have a trophy of his own. Cena says that AJ has some issues and that the fans make up their own mind on whether they like him or not. Styles wants to prove that John Cena is a big fraud and asks why he's still here so Cena says he's here to shut his mouth. He says that the kids and parents aren't delusional just because they believe in something and says that he's still here because he loves this company and he loves this business. John also loves doing stuff like the ESPYs, the Teen Choice Awards and other stuff like that because he loves to tell them that he won't leave the WWE because it's HIS HOME. There is no place else for John, according to him, and he asks AJ what in the hell he's doing here. AJ mockingly claps for him and then finally issues his challenge: he wants Cena one-on-one at SummerSlam. John says he needs to teach AJ's ass a lesson and accepts. AJ says that Cena will have to admit that he's better than him after SummerSlam. AJ does a mic drop and gets the final word before leaving the ring.
Randy Orton vs. Fandango [w /Tyler Breeze]
Orton takes Fandango down quite easily to start and kicks him in the mid-section followed up by a vertical suplex for a one count. A distraction by Breeze allows a dropkick by Fandango for a one count of his own and then he quickly goes to a chinlock. Randy backdrops out of it and ducks a clothesline before hitting a snap powerslan. Breeze runs in but also gets powerslammed. Fandango then gets taken down with the elevated DDT and we get set for an RKO. Brock Lesnar suddenly appears in the crowd, allowing Fandango to sneak up... and receive an RKO! Brock then fights through security and F5s Orton in the middle of the ring for the DQ.
WINNER via DQ: Randy Orton (3:04)
Security are eventually able to get Brock to go to the back.
Heath Slater approaches Daniel Bryan and says he would look awesome on the SummerSlam poster. Bryan says that Heath will have to EARN a Smackdown! Live contract and it will be next week. He makes Heath guess who that will be and suddenly Rhyno comes out of nowhere and Gores him!
Renee Young talks to Dean Ambrose who says that anything can happen in terms of the Ziggler/Wyatt match. He's not surprised by Bray's appearance but is really surprised that Dolph would put his spot on the line so soon after winning it. Dean takes off his microphone and walks off.
Randy Orton ignores a potential interview and walks away.
Carmella comes out for a match but Natalya jumps her from behind and puts her in the Sharpshooter before referees break it up.
Bryan and Shane try to talk Ziggler out of the match so he gives them a "screw you" for not believing in him.
WWE Champion Dean Ambrose joins the announce table for color commentary.
(Dolph Ziggler's #1 contendership spot is on the line)
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt
Dolph immediately hits a dropkick and the Fameasser but only gets a two count. He goes for a superkick but Wyatt bails to the floor so Dolph runs over... and eats a clothesline. Bray whips Dolph into the barricade and then brings him back into the ring. Dolph ducks a right hand and gets a rollup for a two count as we head to a break.
When we come back, they are both on the ropes and Bray hits a superplex for a two count. He goes to a chinlock and just yanks on his neck. Dolph fights back up to his feet and hits a jawbreaker to escape and then catches him with a back elbow. He nails him with a pair of clotheslines, a neckbreaker and a big elbowdrop but only scores a two count. Bray fights back with a shot to the throat and takes him over with a suplex slam and a senton for a near fall. Bray goes to the corner but decides to loosen the padding on the buckle. The ref pushes him back and Dolph uses this time to hit the Zig-Zag for the closest near fall ever! Dolph decides to finish the job and take of the buckle padding but Bray goes for Sister Abigail. Dolph reverses to a rollup for two. Bray hits a uranage for two as the crowd is losing their collective minds. Bray slowly makes his way over to Dolph but the Show-Off fights back... and gets grounded again. Bray goes nuts on him with right hands and whips him into the corner but Dolph smacks Bray into the exposed buckle. One superkick later and Dolph keeps his spot at SummerSlam.
WINNER via PINFALL: Dolph Ziggler (11:48)
Dolph gets on the ropes and has a staredown with Ambrose to end the show. Oh wait because Erick Rowan runs in and attacks Ziggler. Ambrose makes the save but the numbers are too much and the champion gets taken down to the mat. Bray takes Ziggler down with Sister Abigail to end the show for real this time.
That's it, folks! Hope you enjoyed Smackdown!