Tuesday Night Smackdown! Live TV Report for August 30th, 2016
Introduction Segment: Video and Office Promo
Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Maryse, and General Manager Daniel Bryan’s confrontation from last week’s Talking Smack! is replayed. Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Bryan are watching in their office; Shane concurs with Daniel’s opinions on Miz, but says he cannot get that involved with the wrestlers. Bryan concedes but calls out McMahon’s statement as “ironic” since Shane is involved with Brock Lesnar.
Segment #2: Video Promo and Arena Promo
The regular Smackdown! Live video plays and we are in the American Airlines Arena of Dallas, Texas! Intercontinental Champion The Miz, along with Maryse, storms his way to the ring.
Miz fires off on Bryan and the fans for picking him/other wrestlers that actually get beat up and hit, over him who has a strategy to not get injured. He rants on the fans’ choice of “indie darlings” that spend twelve years before making it to the WWE; Miz puts himself over as the guy that is called upon for almost anything now, publicity-wise, that WWE needs.
Dolph Ziggler interrupts and agrees with Miz at first; however he informs “The Awesome One” that the people “see right through you.” He accuses Miz of just wanting “to be famous,” unlike the other wrestlers that have a true passion for wrestling. He begs Miz to prove that he’s “not a coward,” by just plain fighting him.
Dolph takes his shirt off and Miz gets ready, but backs away twice. Ziggler calls him “a soft, safe, coward.” Miz is infuriated and charges at the ring, but Maryse holds him back.
Later tonight, WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose faces “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin; Bray Wyatt has a prophecy for Randy Orton; and up next, The Hype Bros meet The Vaudevillians in the Tag-Team Championship Tournament!
Match #1: Tag-Team – The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) VS. The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
(Stipulation: Tag-Team Championship Tournament, First Round)
Ryder and English begin, and Zack is on top early. He elbows Aiden in the corner a few times and goes for the Broski Boot, but Simon pulls English out of the way. The Vaudevillians take advantage, as Aiden punishes Zack’s left arm. Simon is tagged in and clamps on a hammerlock (thanks, Mauro!) with push-ups!
Mojo gets the hot-tag and cleans house on Gotch and English; he hits a couple of splashes on Aiden in t corner and plants him with a Fireman’s Carry slam but Simon breaks up the subsequent pin attempt. Rawley clotheslines English hard and switches with Zack; they give Aiden their Hype-Ryder double-team, and Zack covers for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall and ADVANCING: The Hype Bros
Post-match, Ryder and Rawley are interviewed about their win. They declare that they will be the ones to be the first Smackdown! Live Tag-Team Champions. “We don’t get hyped; we stay hyped!”
Segment #3: Backstage Promo
A.J. Styles, dressed in John Cena’s “Never Give Up” headband, is introducing himself to agents; he walks into Apollo Crews, but can’t remember him. Crews reassures him, and A.J. makes fun of Apollo spelling out.
Segment #4: Arena Promo
A.J. Styles is out and proclaims himself “The Face That Runs The Place.” He warns WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose that he will be the holding the WWE World Championship after Backlash, where the two square off. Apollo Crews interjects and says that he asked General Manager Daniel for, and got, a match with Styles, right now!
Match #2: Single – A.J. Styles VS. Apollo Crews
A.J. slugs away to start, but Apollo kicks back and hits a big dropkick. He pulls Styles out of the ring and slams him off the apron. He promotes to the announcers as we take five.
Crews is still controlling, hitting a splash in the corner and then a moonsault from the apron onto the floor! he brings A.J. back in the ring, but “The Phenomenal One” slides out of a powerbomb attempt and hits a flying forearm. A.J. soars off the middle turnbuckle with a crossbody, but Apollo catches him into a fall-away slam! 1 – 2 – Styles gets his shoulder up!
Crews runs in the corner, but A.J. moves and jawbreaks Apollo with the top rope. He follows with The Phenomenal Forearm and takes this!
Winner via Pinfall: A.J. Styles
Segment #5: Video Promo
Rene Young is in West Virginia with Heath Slater and Rhyno; she is looking to get a better perspective of him at his home. Slater has Rene meet his wife, and then she asks him about his numerous … over the last few week, like getting beat up by Brock Lesnar and hit hard by Randy Orton. He puts a happy spin on each, and answers for Rhyno when she inquirers why “The Man-Beast” joined “The One Man Band.” Heath states that winning the Tag-Team Championships will mean being able to live in a
Segment #6: Arena Promo
Bray Wyatt makes his entrance to the ring and sits in his rocking chair. “I don’t fear snakes. I don’t fear monsters. I fear no man, because I am fear. When I think about the legend of Randy Orton, I don’t think of him as being some kind of mythological serpent; I think of him about just being a man. A man that has venom running through his veins and that excites me. You’re sick, Randy; you’re sick. You’re sick, but that’s what I like about you. And if you really do have voices inside of your head, Randy, and they’re telling you what to do, Randy, then I pray that those voices are telling to ‘run.’ Run, Randy, run.”
“The Viper” saunters out now. “Actually Bray, the voices in my head, the voices in my head are saying ‘who in the hell does this guy think he is?’” Orton declares himself “damaged” and gives Wyatt his focus. Bray is happy to see this side of Randy and threatens, “you are know longer ‘the predator’ in this situation. You are damaged; you are weak. I am ‘the predator’ now.” Wyatt warns Orton “at Backlash, I am going to cut the serpent’s head off.”
Randy accepts, and even wants to go at it now! He runs to the ring, but Wyatt’s video plays and we go to the next match screen, featuring the women.
Match #3: Tag-Team – Natalya and Alexa Bliss VS. Naomi and Becky Lynch
(Note: Nikki Bella is on commentary.) Natalya and Naomi start off, and Natalya bounces Naomi off the ropes with a sit-down drop. Naomi gets the upperhand quickly, and we go to a break.
Natalya has Naomi locked in a front-facelock, and then knocks Lynch off of the apron. Nattie tags in Alexa, and they double-slam Naomi. Bliss chokes Naomi on the middle rope with her foot, and then stomps on the back of her head repeatedly. Naomi tries a comeback, but Alexa turns it back around quickly. She rips at Naomi’s head, but then Naomi double-stomps Bliss in the chest.
Naomi tags in Becky, who clears the ring of Natalya, and then goes to work on Alexa. She is slung over the ropes but lands on the apron and rockets off the top turnbuckle with a front-dropkick. She covers but Nattie breaks it. on the outside, Carmella brawls with Nikki by the commentator’s table, and shoves her into the corner of the barricade.
In the ring, Lynch is caught off-guard by this, and Alexa rolls her up for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: Natalya and Alexa Bliss
Up next, Heath Slater and Rhyno take on the returning Headbangers in the Tag-Title Tournament!
Match #4: Tag-Team – The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) VS. Rhyno and Heath Slater
(Stipulation: Tag-Team Championship Tournament, First Round)
Mosh and Slater start, with Heath headlocking Mosh. He runs off the ropes with a shoulder-tackle, but Mosh hits back with a crossbody from the turnbuckles to Slater on the apron! Thrasher is in and gives Heath a clothesline and a big backdrop. Both Thrasher and Mosh double-flapjack Slater, but Heath kicks out of the following pin!
Mosh slings Slater into the turnbuckle and then knocks Rhyno down – busting him open in the process – and then The Headbangers drive Heath with a powerbomb/top-rope legddrop combo. Rhyno just stops the pin, and then tows Heath to their corner and orders for the tag. He runs in and Gores (Spears) Thrasher and covers for the victory!
Winners and ADVANCING: Rhyno and Heath Slater
Segment #7: Arena Promo
A new guy, Gary “The Milkman,” wants some competition. He gets Kane, who promptly chokeslams and walks away.
Match #5: Single – Baron Corbin VS. WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose (Non-Title)
They lockup and Dean turns Baron into a standing side-headlock. Corbin hits back with a shoulder-block, and hammers away with fists. Baron runs Dean off of the ropes, but the WWE World Champion hits back with fury-punches, and then clotheslines him on the floor form the apron! He drags Corbin to the announcer’s table and slams his head off of it, and then jawbreaks Baron in the ring with the top rope. Ambrose follows with a front-dropkick out of the corner, but Baron counters a corner-bulldog by hurling him into the opposite turnbuckle. He mount-punches and then tosses Dean to the floor.
Corbin is still governing, but Ambrose breaks out of a submission and goes for his patented rope-clothesline, but Baron reverses into a choke-sweeping-slam! 1 – 2 – Ambrose lifts his shoulder! “The Lone Wolf” continues to stretch Dean’s arm and face with an arm/chinlock, and then knees away. Ambrose whips Baron into the corner, but Corbin slides through and back into the ring, however Dean counters with tilt-a-whirl neckbreaker!
Baron hits back with a big clothesline, but Ambrose hits back with a punch. Ambrose hits the Lunatic Lariat off the middle rope, and then climbs the turnbuckle but is stopped. They both battle on the turnbuckle and Dean gets the better; he sends Corbin to the outside and follows with a dive-through-the-ropes!
Baron puts Ambrose back into the barrier and then stares at him. A.J. walks over and orders Corbin to keep on, but Baron gets in A.J.’s face. Ambrose runs into both of them and then dives off the top turnbuckle with an elbow! 1 – 2 – Corbin just raises his shoulder!
A.J. hops the apron and takes Dean’s attention, allowing Baron to roll him up, but Ambrose still kicks out! Dean is pushed into A.J., but ducks and Styles hits Corbin with a kick, causing referee Charles Robinson to call for the bell!
Winner via Disqualification: Baron Corbin
Post-match, Ambrose lays out Corbin and then crotches A.J. on the top rope as he went for his Phenomenal Forearm! Dean shakes Styles’ hand and takes his WWE World Championship with him to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live