SmackDown Notes: 11/08/2016

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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Emanating from The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, the pre-recorded Smackdown Live was full of surprises and big moments that kept the notoriously raucous Glaswegian audience on its toes.


Survivor Series tag team qualifying: Breezango defeated The Vaudevillains.

Naomi defeated Natalya.

Kalisto vs Baron Corbin: No Contest.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) defeated Alexa Bliss via Submission.

Curt Hawkins defeated Apollo Crews.

The Wyatt Family defeated James Ellsworth, Dean Ambrose and Kane.

AJ Styles kicked off the show, the WWE Champion was noticeably sour-faced following his loss to Ambrose last week, due to James Ellsworth interfering. Styles was in no mood for the Glaswegian crowd, requesting they neither boo or cheer as all he was interested in was last week’s travesty that occurred in the main event of Smackdown Live. Justifiably, Styles was disgusted at the fact he has to face Ambrose once again. Styles then belittled Ellsworth’s appearance, likening him to a foot.

Baron Corbin interrupted, to be followed by Orton, Bray & Harper who all emerged at the same time. Ambrose then came down to the ring, before turning back around to go back to the top of the ramp and welcome James Ellsworth. Ellsworth, much to the annoyance of everyone in the ring, received a big pop from the crowd. Following a verbal joust, Styles squared up to Ambrose, causing Corbin to leave the ring. Just as the Wyatt trio entered, Shane entered to defuse the situation. Much to the delight of him, Ellsworth was picked as the Smackdown Live team mascot. Shane McMahon pitted The Wyatt trio against Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose and James Ellsworth. WWE.. have you ever heard of the joke that was still funny after being told 1000 times? Neither have I, Ellsworth is that joke.

Corbin bumped into Shane backstage, insisting he wasn’t interested in the tag match tonight. The Lone Wolf stuck to his guns, knowing that Shane needs him more than he needs the team. The result of this was that Shane took Corbin out of the tag match and pitted him against Kalisto.

Breezango vs The VaudeVillains
After the VaudeVillains jobber entrance, Breezango emerged in.. interesting fashion. Dressing as the YMCA fashion police, they handed out tickets for people wearing awful clothes. The Vaudevillains were well aware of the repercussions for whoever won this match and so they wasted little time in trying to defeat Breezango as quickly as possible. It turned out the complete antithesis as Breezango won in quick fashion following a Superkick and Falcon Arrow combination.

Natalya vs Naomi
Joining the commentary team was Nikki Bella, still delighted at the fact she is the team captain for the Smackdown women’s team heading into Survivor Series. Just as the action got underway, Carmella came down to the ring, causing Natalya to keep them apart. Using her whistle similar to Bill Alfonso, Natalya couldn’t get in the way of Nikki Bella smashing Carmella with a punch. Natalya raced back into the ring on the nine count, only to be defeated by a possum roll-up from Naomi.

Ellsworth persuaded Ambrose that the pair don’t need Corbin. Daniel Bryan approached them, offering them Kane’s services. Ellsworth asked Kane what the strategy was, only for Kane to respond “Don’t tag in.”

Baron Corbin vs Kalisto was scheduled to happen, somewhat of a grudge match following Corbin’s repeat violent beatdowns of Kalisto in recent weeks. If only Kalisto could fight like his former Lucha Dragons partner, shoot fighter Hunico. Baron Corbin flattened Kalisto as he entered the ring, before the match even begun. Corbin went to further assault Kalisto, only for Corbin to slip and damage his knee. Kalisto, after considering heading back to the locker room, chose to deliver Karma, splashing onto the knee from the top rope before leaving.

Throughout the show, they showed plenty of video packages leading up to tonight’s main event, Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss.

Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch (c)
Despite the commentators and video packages advertising it as such, the women’s championship match took place at the top of the first hour, heading into the second hour of Smackdown.

During Bliss’ entrance, Daniel Bryan bumped into Shane McMahon, informing the Smackdown commissioner that Corbin could not compete or recover in time for Survivor Series, so Bryan will have to pick someone else.

A championship bout that got off to a strong start, Bliss took advantage of a temporarily distracted Lynch, tossing her out of the ring before throwing her into the steel steps. Bliss focused her main attack on the left arm of Becky Lynch, trying to weaken any advances for submission holds later in the match. Inevitably, Becky Lynch fought back, following up the Bex-ploder with a two-count pin. Lynch struggled throughout the majority of the match, selling the left arm well, causing her to strike with more power in her right arm. Lynch submitted Alexa Bliss with the disarm-her, despite Bliss’ foot clearly being on the bottom rope. Decent match spoiled by the finish.

The Miz and Maryse approached the pair of Bryan & Shane backstage, questioning why Ziggler is wrestling Sami Zayn. Bryan informed them that in a deal, Ziggler will defend against RAW superstars, whilst Brian Kendrick has to defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto, if Kalisto wins, the entire Cruiserweight division moves to Smackdown. The Smackdown GM then followed this up by suggesting that The Miz should cash in on his rematch clause for the intercontinental championship next week, on the 900th episode of Smackdown.

Curt Hawkins vs Apollo Crews
It finally happened. Curt Hawkins lasted longer than 10 seconds in a wrestling match since his return. Crews looked very impressive here, combining his fine athleticism with a strong moveset. However the moveset couldn’t defeat the cunning of Hawkins, who won via rollup.

Renee Young interviewed Dolph Ziggler backstage, who was very enthusiastic about defending his Intercontinental Championship against both The Miz and Sami Zayn in the coming weeks.

The Wyatt Family vs James Ellsworth, Dean Ambrose and Kane
AJ Styles, joining the commentary team for this match, had plenty to say about Dean Ambrose and James Ellsworth. After Bray’s attempts, Orton did a good job of working over Ambrose before Kane tagged in, eager to get back at Orton following his betrayal last week. Kane refused to tag in Ellsworth, despite the crowd chanting for him to tag Ellsworth in.

The Wyatts dominated for the early stages, the chemistry and mere fact that three rotating men were working better than two seemed a given, considering one team had Ellsworth. Ambrose got the hot tag, who after fighting back a little, ran straight into a big boot from Harper. A double lariat sent both Ambrose and Wyatt down, leading to Ellsworth getting the… hot tag… much to the delight of the crowd. Wyatt reversed a no-chin-music into a Sister Abigail straight away, in hilarious fashion.

After the match, Shane defused a potentially violent situation. Whilst Ambrose, Wyatt, Styles, Shane and Orton bickered, Daniel Bryan emerged to a huge ovation. Daniel Bryan, after brief thought, picked Shane McMahon to be the fifth member of the Smackdown men’s Survivor Series team. This came as good news for the rest of the team, who were seemingly satisfied with the pick.

Final Word
A good show, certainly not Smackdown’s best, however one of the better ones in recent weeks. Full of big news and big moments, the blue brand will enjoy the fact that their show was once again miles better than RAW. My only grievance, once again, is James Ellsworth. As Conor McGregor says, and in reference to James Ellsworth: “Get Da Fook outta here”

Grade: B

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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