Two days after TLC, we’ve got two new champions looking to celebrate their title wins, and two more who are very happy to have retained their championships. Plus, James Ellsworth has invoked his shot at the World Title, but after the events of TLC, will AJ Styles be healthy enough to have the match? Find out what happened at the first Smackdown after TLC right here!
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AJ Styles came out in a walking boot to celebrate his victory at TLC, but also revealed that he isn’t medically cleared to compete, so couldn’t face Ellsworth as planned. Ellsworth showed up and mocked Styles’ injuries, claiming AJ was ducking him. Styles reminded Ellsworth that Dean Ambrose isn’t the forgiving type, and Ambrose appeared, hitting Ellsworth with Dirty Deeds.
– Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton d. Heath Slater and Rhyno to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Titles (Orton pinned Slater, RKO)
– Natalya vs Carmella never happened, as the brawled to the back, where Natalya ran into Nikki Bella and denied the accusations against her. Nikki walked away.
– The Hype Bros d. The Ascension (Ryder pinned Viktor, Hype Ryder)
Miz TV featured The Miz gloating about still being Intercontinental Champion, before introducing his guest Dean Ambrose. Miz relentlessly taunted Ambrose for losing at TLC, as well as denying the audience a World Title match that evening thanks to injuring Styles. In recognition of Ambrose’s work at TLC, he was awarded the Miz Participation Award, which is an actual physical plaque, because he didn’t win, but at least he tried. Daniel Bryan interrupted before things broke down, and made Miz vs Ambrose for the Intercontinental Title the main event of the evening.
– Baron Corbin d. Kalisto (pinfall, End of Days)
– Chad Gable d. Tyler Breeze (pinfall, Chaos Theory)
Alexa Bliss came out to celebrate her title victory, claiming that she proved happy endings don’t exist. Becky Lynch came out and demanded her rematch, but Bliss refused and left the ring.
– The Miz d. Dean Ambrose to retain the Intercontinental Title (pinfall, Skull-Crushing Finale)
James Ellsworth came to ringside during the match, distracting the referee during an Ambrose pinning attempt and leading to the finish.