Smackdown Live Notes: January 10th, 2017

Cena vs. Corbin

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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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Kalisto defeated Dolph Ziggler

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: American Alpha (c) defeated The Wyatts

Carmella defeated CJ Lunde

John Cena defeated Baron Corbin

Kicking off the show, Dean Ambrose emerged to a good pop, noticeably in a better mood than he has been in recent weeks. Winning the Intercontinental Championship last week, Ambrose welcomed us to the first Ambrose Asylum of 2017. Ambrose announced his intentions to enter the Royal Rumble match. Ambrose’s guest for his infamous show was The Miz and Maryse.

As you can imagine, The Miz cut another killer promo, insisting that everyday Ambrose held the championship, the championship lost more of its value. The Miz also announced he was entering the Royal Rumble. The Miz asked Ambrose to hand over the championship, Ambrose agreed handing him a participation award instead of the Championship. The Miz beat down Ambrose, some would say justifiably so. Ambrose then hit The Miz with a Dirty Deeds.

Natalya beat down Nikki Bella backstage, injuring Nikki Bella.

The match never actually happened, Nikki Bella limped to the ring before the pair brawled on the ramp before they moved back into the ring. Natalya got the upperhand in the end, locking in a sharpshooter on the outside.

Dolph Ziggler joined Dasha Fuentes for a backstage interview, where Dasha asked him about what occurred last week when he Superkicked Kalisto. Kalisto saved Ziggler from Corbin. Ziggler was asked for an explanation, which he didn’t give.

Dolph Ziggler vs Kalisto
In good storytelling, instead of working rest holds straight away, Ziggler was forced to retreat by an aggressive Kalisto. Ziggler controlled the opening stages whilst Mauro credited his amateur wrestling background. Ziggler was utilising a noticeably more heelish moveset, getting ahead by any means necessary. The match came to a quick close when Kalisto won the match via crucifix pin after Ziggler went for a pin himself. Dolph then attacked Kalisto after the match, visibly frustrated with himself for losing again. Ziggler attacked Kalisto with a chair. Apollo Crews came to the rescue for Kalisto, admittedly a little late. Ziggler then attacked Crews with the same chair.

John Cena was interviewed by Renee Young backstage. Cena cut a great promo, Cena admitted he was overthinking about Baron Corbin and Styles calling him a has been. Cena is noticeably reverting back to the days where he used to say ‘recognise’ to finish sentences. John Cena is a treat on the microphone, I’d say this segment was worth the watch.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: American Alpha (c) vs The Wyatts
They cut to a break shortly before the match began so we returned to American Alpha having the upper hand, only for the match to be a very 50/50 contest. Both teams had good chemistry with each other, Bray and Chad Gable were especially smooth. They worked towards the Jason Jordan hot tag, which worked well until he was distracted by Luke Harper. Bray looked great when he worked over Jason Jordan. Gable got the second hot tag and ran riot. Orton took advantage of Luke Harper providing a distraction again, hitting Gable with a DDT. Just as Orton looked poised to deliver an RKO, Harper distracted Orton, allowing Gable to get the roll up victory.

After the match, Luke Harper and Randy Orton had a big coming together. Harper accidentally kicked Bray, a kick clearly meant for Orton. The three faced off with each other before separately leaving the ring.

Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch argued backstage, so Daniel Bryan set a steel cage match for the WWE Women’s Championship. Good stuff!

Carmella vs CJ Lunde (enhancement talent)
With Ellsworth cheering her on at ringside, Carmella easily got the upper hand of Lunde. JBL called Lunde “Jack Gallagher’s sister, Susan Boyle.”
Thanks to help from Ellsworth at ringside, Carmella got the upper hand again, eventually winning the match with her patented Code of Silence finisher. Sloppy, horrible match. I don’t want to say Enhancement talent vs Enhancement talent but it was very close.

Corbin was interrupted by AJ Styles during an interview backstage, only for him to just wish him good luck, saying tonight is his night.

Baron Corbin vs John Cena
Cena emerged to the loudest reaction of the night, as usual. Cena controlled the opening moments, only for Corbin to big boot Cena and then control proceedings before throwing Cena out of the ring. Corbin used his aggression and power to control the match but he was often distracted by Styles at ringside. Cena made Corbin look really good here. Everytime Cena went for his 5 moves of doom, Corbin worked out of it. Eventually, Cena powered through and hit Corbin with the AA for the victory. Solid match, Corbin looked really strong.

Final Word
Good show, a lot of fun. Definitely not their best in the last few weeks, however, that would be remarkably difficult to beat their last few shows. A few enjoyable matches, good story progression and a very smooth two hours.

Show Grade: B+

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