Survivor Series is in the books, and WWE has moved out of The Six, but Smackdown is even deeper into the Great White North. With the blue brand having lost two out of three Elimination Matches, seen massive dissension even in winning the final one, failing to bring the Cruiserweights to their side, and still being stuck with The Miz, could there be consequences for the Superstars? Here’s all the results of the first Smackdown after Survivor Series!
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Shane McMahon kicked off the show, somehow with no visible ill effects from his efforts on Sunday. Shane gave props to everyone in the men’s Elimination Match, then pointed out that somehow Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton managed to stay in line, while Styles and Ambrose simply couldn’t put their grudge aside.
That brought out Ambrose, who figured that winning the match was all that mattered, but Shane said that Ambrose nearly cost them the win by joining with Reigns and Rollins against Styles. Ambrose blew him off and brought out the MVP of Team Smackdown, James Ellsworth, complete with neck brace. Ambrose spoiled the surprise, which was that Ellsworth has earned himself a Smackdown contract for his work at Survivor Series. Meanwhile, Shane gave Ambrose the night off and kicked him out of the building because of his actions on Sunday.
AJ Styles entered to complain that Ambrose wasn’t fired, and said that Dean definitely didn’t deserve his World title shot at TLC. Also, he wasn’t a fan of Ellsworth getting a contract, but suggested Ellsworth could earn that right by facing him in a Ladder match for the contract. Ellsworth pointed out that he’s already beaten Styles twice, and said that he wanted an extra prize for winning: a World Title match in the future.
Shane made sure to escort Ambrose out of the arena.
– The Miz d. Kalisto to retain the Intercontinental Title (pinfall, Skull-Crushing Finale)
Baron Corbin ran in from the crowd, distracting Kalisto and leading to the finish. After the match, Corbin hit Kalisto with the End of Days. Meanwhile, a celebrating Miz turned into a Superkick from Dolph Ziggler on the entrance ramp.
Backstage, Becky Lynch gave Alexa Bliss her rematch at TLC, but was interrupted by Natalya, who blamed Becky for the loss at Survivor Series. Oh, and Ambrose was back in the building. But he brought pizza!
Tag Team Turmoil
– The Hype Bros d. The Ascension (Ryder pinned Viktor, Hype Ryder)
– Breezango d. The Hype Bros (Fandango pinned Ryder, Slingshot Elbowdrop)
– American Alpha d. Breezango (Gable pinned Fandango, rollup)
– American Alpha d. The Vaudevillains (Jordan pinned English, German Suplex)
– American Alpha d. The Usos (Gable pinned Jimmy Uso, Grand Amplitude)
After the match, The Wyatt Family appeared on the video screen and declared they would face American Alpha next week for the right to face Slater and Rhyno at TLC.
Backstage, Ambrose re-appeared while Daniel Bryan was giving James Ellsworth a pep talk, dressed as a Mountie. Because he always gets his man, you see. Bryan calmed down an irate Shane and suggested he also take the night off.
– Becky Lynch d. Natalya (submission, Disarm Her)
Alexa Bliss was on commentary, and attacked Becky immediately after the match.
Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title (with a guarantee this will be the final match between them), and Nikki Bella vs Carmella in a No DQ match are made official for TLC.
– Baron Corbin d. Kane by DQ when Kalisto attacked Corbin
Post-match, Kane chokeslammed Corbin and Kalisto grabbed a chair, kicking it into Corbin’s face.
– James Ellsworth d. AJ Styles in a Ladder Match to earn his Smackdown contract and a future World Title shot
If you’ve been paying attention at all, you won’t be shocked to learn that Dean Ambrose appeared mid-match, dressed as a hockey player, and interfered in the match. Styles actually dealt with Ambrose, but Ellsworth knocked him off the ladder, then hit No Chin Music, which left Styles tangled in the ropes, allowing Ellsworth to win.