This week on SmackDown (12/6/2016), Dean Ambrose take on The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship and AJ Styles announces an injury.
AJ Styles announced on SmackDown this week that he has an ankle injury. He was in a walking boot on SmackDown and it doesn’t seem to be something that’s too serious. This meant that the scheduled World Championship match with James Ellsworth had to be postponed. James Ellsworth was pretty good in this segment saying that Styles was “ducking” him. This led to both trading before Dean Ambrose came out to give Ellsworth Dirty Deeds.
The Wyatt Family/Heath Slater & Rhyno
The Wyatt Family beat Heath Slater and Rhyno once again in a rematch from TLC for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship to open SmackDown (for some reason they used the Raw Tag Title graphic). Randy Orton pinned Slater after an RKO after Bray Wyatt shoved him to Randy. The Wyatt Family certainly looks like a well-oiled machine, they may hold those titles for a long time.
As for Heath Slater and Rhyno, it looks like the end of the line for those two, as it should be. Rhyno and Slater were never going to be much of a team and were never given the chance to be that. On Talking Smack, these two started to blame each other for the losses with Rhyno walking out on Heath. It would be nice to get a feud between the two out of this, but I’m not sure we’ll even get that.
Carmella came out on SmackDown to address the rumour she started of Natalya being the one to attack Nikki Bella at Survivor Series. Carmella said the Nattie was jealous and envious of Nikki. Carmella is easily becoming on of the best talkers on SmackDown, every promo she does is delivered so flawlessly. She has that “it” factor.
Natalya came out to beat down Carmella, but didn’t get to finish the job as Carmella fled to the back. When Natalya got backstage, she was confronted by Nikki who just shook her head and walked away.
I really thought these two were done after TLC, but Kalisto wanted one more shot. He really had his speed on display in this match, but Corbin hit End of Days for the 3-count. I don’t know how great this has been for Kalisto, although he has shown a lot of heart. It’s certainly great for Corbin who is starting to string together some momentum.
Alexa Bliss/Becky Lynch
Alexa Bliss said it best, ding dong the witch is champ. She also said that Becky called her “a word that rhymed with witch. This b**** runs the whole Smackdown Women’s Division.” Now that’s the way to start a championship reign. Alexa made a statement at TLC and an even louder on on SmackDown. Alexa teased giving Becky a rematch right then after Becky came out to confront her, but ended up backing out of the ring. I love the potential that Alexa as champ brings. She has so much personality and I’m sure her reign will be a memorable one.
Dean Ambrose/The Miz/James Ellsworth
Once again, James Ellsworth plays the biggest part on SmackDown. It’s become a theme over the past couple months. Dean Ambrose got a shot at the Intercontinental Championship after The Miz was antagonizing him on MizTV earlier in the evening. The other reason was that Styles could not defend the World Championship as advertised.
The match was pretty back and forth, but was starting to trend towards and Ambrose win. As usual, James Ellsworth derailed that finish. Ambrose was on the top rope when Maryse crotched him. This brought James Ellsworth down to tell the referee what had happened. When Ellsworth did that, Ambrose had a Small Package and was waiting for the referee to count. Ambrose is distracted after he sees Ellsworth and Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win and successful title defense.
Chad Gable beat Tyler Breeze while The Hype Bros beat The Ascension. I have to think that one of these teams will be next in line for a tag title shot sooner or later.
Sophia Grace showed up on SmackDown for some promotion with Nikki Bella. I’m not even sure who she is and I don’t care to research it. WWE sure gets some random celebrities to do really random stuff.
I feel like I wasted time watching SmackDown this week. The best thing was the 5 minute segment between Becky and Alexa and the opening with Styles. Other than those things, nothing really changed on SmackDown. No new feuds, just continuity. I know the injury to Styles made them rewrite the show, but it just seems like a rehash of TLC for the most part.