Smackdown Live Notes (06/12/16)

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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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Tag Team Championship: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (c) defeated Rhyno and Heath Slater.

Hype Bros defeated The Ascension.

Baron Corbin defeated Kalisto.

Chad Gable defeated Tyler Breeze.

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) defeated Dean Ambrose

Sporting a cast on his left ankle and a pretty noticeable limp, AJ Styles kicked off the show. Despite Styles dismissing the crowds in recent weeks, Styles has garnered an even bigger reaction from the crowds, mainly due to the fact he’s the best wrestler the WWE have.

After discussing last night’s events, Styles announced he wasn’t medically clear to compete tonight, which quickly drew James Ellsworth from backstage. Ellsworth was remarkably overconfident when addressing Styles, bordering maniacal at times. After giving respect to Ambrose, Styles also warned Ellsworth how much of a lunatic Dean Ambrose is. Before Styles finished his sentence, Ambrose emerged, delivered a dirty deeds to Ellsworth and promptly left.

WWE Tag Team Championship: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (c) vs Heath Slater and Rhyno
Invoking their championship rematch clause, Slater and Rhyno attempted to recapture what they lost on Sunday night at TLC. However, the increasingly dangerous alliance of Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt stood in their way with Luke Harper at ringside. The match itself was pretty good as far as television matches go, Wyatt and Orton work incredibly well together, as seen tonight as well as Sunday night. They worked really well towards the Slater hot tag but it was quickly canceled out with a lovely power slam from Orton which was followed up with an RKO for the victory.

Backstage, Kalisto explained why he asked for a rematch against Baron Corbin, explaining that he was going to exploit his only advantage over Corbin… speed. Could’ve been Kalisto’s best promo ever, despite it being 20 seconds long. The former Lucha Dragon has a better deliverance of his sentences when he’s fired up.

After Carmella cut a nauseating promo ahead of her match with Natalya. Natalya attacked Carmella before the match and chased her backstage where she ran into Nikki Bella. Natalya attempted to explain her innocence but it fell on deaf ears.

Hype Bros vs The Ascension
Mojo Rawley will cause me to drink someday. The Ascension dominated the early stages, their crushing tandem offense kept Zack Ryder in their corner for long periods of time. They worked towards the inevitable Mojo Rawley got Tag and just as JBL loudly proclaimed ‘Ballgame’ the Hype Bros picked up another victory over The Ascension with the Hype Ryder.

WWE’s real power couple, The Miz and Maryse emerged for another compelling episode of MizTv. I can’t lie to you, The Miz is my favorite thing about WWE right now. No better mic worker on Earth at this moment in time.

The Miz welcomed Dean Ambrose to MizTv. Despite it not needing much justification, Ambrose explained his actions from earlier tonight. As you’d expect, Miz went to great lengths to suggest that Ambrose deserved it. The Miz cowered behind Maryse once Ambrose began to raise his voice. To calm the tension, The Miz handed Ambrose a participation award, telling him ‘at least you tried!’

Daniel Bryan emerged once voices were raised and set The Miz vs Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship.

Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
Corbin flattened Kalisto early on and delivered a series of clubbing blows before launching him to the outside. Kalisto began to wake up a little and just escaped the 10 count. As he warned earlier, Kalisto tried to utilize his speed but Corbin reversed a hurricanrana into an End of Days which looked really impressive, picking up the victory in relatively straightforward fashion.

Chad Gable vs Tyler Breeze
Gable looked really good here, the singles match served as a good opportunity to showcase what both these men can do outside of the tag team bouts.
A relatively straight forward contest where Gable picked up the victory with a bridging German Suplex.

Accompanied by a ton of Pyrotechnics, Alexa Blissed kicked off her championship victory celebration. Lynch quickly interrupted the segment, strutting to the ring with a purpose. Once again, Alexa Bliss outclassed Lynch on the mic and evaded Becky Lynch’s advances when she demanded a championship rematch as Lynch demanded her rematch at that very instance.

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs Dean Ambrose
Ambrose’s intensity gave him the clear upper hand in the early stages, the lunatic unleashed his built up anger and disappointment, causing The Miz to cower behind Maryse as Ambrose went for a tope suicida.

The Miz targeted the left leg of Ambrose, slowing him down to a limp. Showcasing a plethora of moves whilst attacking the left leg, it nearly looked all over when The Miz reversed a missile dropkick into a Figure Four Leg-Lock. Ambrose soon fought back and looked poised to win until Ellsworth came down to the ring and inadvertently cost Ambrose the title, distracting the referee whilst Ambrose rolled up The Miz for longer than 5 seconds at least. The Miz took advantage of the distraction with a Skull Crushing Finale for the victory.

Final Word:
A really fun show tonight, plenty of drama and fallout following WWE:TLC . I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for a lot of the new rivalries on the blue brand. All roads now lead to the Royal Rumble.

ShowGrade: 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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