Smackdown Live Notes 14/12/16

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Robbie Radford

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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Carmella defeated Natalya

Tag Team Number One Contendership: The Hype Bros defeated American Alpha, Breezango, The Ascension, Heath Slater and Rhyno and The VaudeVillains

Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss via count out

Number one contenders match: Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz, Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose

Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan reviewed the footage from last week’s Intercontinental Championship match, where The Miz retained the gold following assistance from Maryse and Ellsworth inadvertently costing Ambrose via interference. Ellsworth stood by them, coughing up his lungs whilst maintaining that he can compete tonight, only to be refused by Daniel Bryan who sent him home immediately to recover. His WWE Championship match had once again been postponed. I get the feeling it may be because Styles is injured still..!

The Miz and Maryse stood in the ring, looking suave as ever, ready to present another scintillating episode of MizTv. Tonight, MizTv welcomed AJ Styles. Initially, the pair seemed to get on well, bonding over puns for Ellsworth’s untimely illness. The two champions discussed what was next for AJ Styles considering Styles has defeated Dean Ambrose and John Cena in recent months. After exchanging pleasantries, The Miz took shots at the credibility of the WWE Championship, insisting that he’s above the WWE Championship. As the pair looked poised to square off, Dean Ambrose emerged, followed by Dolph Ziggler. After a brief standoff, Ziggler took a Skull Crushing Finale, Miz took a Dirty Deeds and AJ Styles evaded the action. From seemingly out of nowhere, Luke Harper appeared in the ring, taking out Ambrose before pointing to AJ Styles.

After confronting Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan backstage, the pair decided on finding a new number one contender for the WWE Championship by pitting The Miz vs Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper in a fatal four-way elimination match.

Carmella vs Natalya
Natalya once again attempted to plead her innocence to Nikki Bella, following the accusations surrounding Natalya attacking Nikki Bella, fueled by Carmella. Interrupted by Carmella’s entrance, Natalya went straight for Carmella once the bell rang. This match was never going to set the World on fire but Carmella is improving on a weekly basis and can now garner genuine heat from the crowd. With Nikki Bella, you can imagine there was a shmoz finish where Carmella picked up the win via schoolboy roll up after Natalya was distracted by Nikki Bella at ringside.

Fluffy (Gabriel Iglesias) appeared backstage and bumped into Apollo Crews. They were interrupted by Maryse, who chastised Iglesias for being loud and distracting The Miz who was preparing for the fatal four way tonight. After a verbal joust between Iglesias and The Miz, The Miz left the scene.

Tag Team Number One Contendership: The Hype Bros vs American Alpha, Breezango, The Ascension, Heath Slater and Rhyno and The VaudeVillains
As difficult to follow as you can imagine, an interesting moment came where Heath Slater accidentally eliminated Rhyno early on, furthering their slow-burning break up storyline that began last week on Talking Smack. The first team eliminated was The VaudeVillains. Jason Jordan went on a suplex and spear spree before being eliminated by Tyler Breeze, eliminating American Alpha, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Tyler Breeze and Konnor formed a temporary alliance, eliminating Heath Slater to fully eliminated Slater & Rhyno. Konnor, Ryder and Breeze remained at this point. Konnor eliminated Breeze before Ryder eliminated Konnor to win it for The Hype Bros. Good match, one of the better Battle Royals in recent memory.

An interesting promo package ran for Baron Corbin, likening him to a lone wolf once again.

Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch
Initially, Bliss was meant to wrestle enhancement talent, although Bliss insisted she was above these types of matches and beat down her opponent. Lynch came out and set her rematch for right now, which Bliss refused. Shane McMahon emerged and overturned Bliss’ decision, setting the rematch against Becky Lynch at that instance.

The match was getting into a good tempo, Bliss garnered good heat early on via despicable tactics. Just as the match was getting into the swing of things, Bliss injured her knee and was counted out, losing the match but retaining her championship. They fought after the match where it became obvious that Bliss faked her injury in order to retain the championship, although Lynch will most likely get a rematch down the line.

WWE Championship Number One Contendership: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper vs The Miz
Luke Harper got off to a flying start, decimating Ziggler and Ambrose straight away, much to the happiness of The Miz who applauded Harper’s efforts. After refusing Miz’s offer of a temporary alliance, Ziggler and Ambrose teamed up to remove Harper from the ring. Harper looked fantastic here, countering a lot of the other three’s big spots. Much to the delight of the crowd, Ambrose eliminated The Miz via rollup early on. Harper dominated the duo for another large sequence, the Wyatt Family member looked immense tonight, up until he was eliminated by Ziggler and Ambrose working in tandem, combining a superkick with a Dirty Deeds. Interestingly, the crowd weren’t a fan of Harper’s elimination, boo’s were very audible.

As both Ambrose and Ziggler laid flat, The Miz came back ringside, only to be taken out by Ziggler and Ambrose. Ambrose was distracted by The Miz at ringside and then walked right into a superkick, allowing Ziggler to pick up an emphatic victory. Another good match but the wrong man won. Would go as far as saying the most interesting option was eliminated first.

Final Word
Really fun show tonight, two great elimination matches and a solid women’s championship match. Definitely a fun-filled two hours. Perhaps not the best Smackdown Live show, however, it was still really good!

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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