Introduction Segment: Video Promo, Welcoming, and Arena Promo
The regular Smackdown! Live video plays, the pyro blows in the Prudential Center, and we are live in Newark, New Jersey! James Ellsworth walks out and is allowed to talk about what happened last week. He gives props to Commissioner Shane McMahon for letting him tell the fans “goodbye.” He knows he messed up, but can’t let it be until he talks to Dean Ambrose, who he cost the WWE World Championship last week.
Dean obliges and reassures Ellsworth that all is OK, but to “never get in my way again.” WWE World Champion A.J. Styles now joins; he tries to convince James that Ambrose was using James, and tries to take credit for Ellsworth’s popularity. Ambrose retorts that James is a “hard-working” guy, not like A.J.
Both start to fight, and Styles gets the better with a jumping-kick and then his springboard-forearm smash! A.J. also tossed Ellsworth from the ring.
Segment #2: Backstage Promo
Ambrose and Ellsworth are discussing when General Manager Daniel Bryan orders them to calm. Dean tells James that he can’t fix this, but Bryan tries to. He books Ambrose against A.J. for later tonight, and if Dean wins, he gets another WWE World Championship shot; if he loses, this is his last shot.
Ellsworth keeps apologizing and Daniel warns him/bans him from ringside.
Match #1: Single – Randy Orton VS. Kane
(Stipulation: No Disqualification Rules)
They both go to the outside immediately and Randy grabs a chair. Kane counters and hits Orton with the chair, but is cut off by kicks. He gets the upperhand again after reversing a whip and then sidewalk-slamming Randy. Kane signals for the chokeslam but the lights go out and The Wyatt Family appear after. Orton tries an RKO but Kane shoves him off and then battles with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. Randy eventually capitalizes with the RKO and covers for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Randy Orton
Post-match, Harper hits Kane with the discus clothesline, and then Randy shoves Kane into Bray to drive him down with Sister Abigail. The Wyatts and Orton pose.
Later tonight, The Miz will have GM Bryan on his MizTV show, and up next, Nikki Bell and Women’s Champion Becky Lynch face Alexa Bliss and Carmela!
Segment #3: Video Promo
A montage of who Baron Corbin is airs.
Match #2: Tag-Team – Nikki Bella and Women’s Champion Becky Lynch VS. Carmela and Alexa Bliss
Nikki gives chase to Carmela, and then Alexa tags herself in. Bella waistlocks Bliss, but Alexa slaps out and pushes Nikki to the canvas. Bella makes the tag to Lynch who cleans house for a break.
Lynch is on fire over Carmela with clotheslines and a dropkick! She gears up and runs in the corner with a forearm, and then a spin-kick to the gut! Alexa chucks Becky into Nikki and then tags in. Lynch drops Bliss with a reverse-DDT, but Carmela distracts the referee. Alexa regains and plants the Women’s Champ with a DDT to get the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: Carmela and Alexa Bliss
Post-match, Alexa and Carmela are going to be asked some questions, but Bliss dismisses the interviewer. Carmela and Alexa talk about Survivor Series, saying that the women on Smackdown! are better than the women on Raw. Alexa predicts that Becky’s reign as Women’s Champion will be over on November 8th when they wrestle for the Championship.
Segment #4: Office Promo
GM Bryan and Commissioner McMahon gives Naomi a spot on Smackdown Live’s Women’s Team for Survivor Series. Natalya walks in and wants to be a “coach” for it, so Shane lets her be one.
Match #3: Tag-Team – The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey) VS. American Alpha (Jason Jordon and Chad Gable)
(Stipulation: Winners are on Smackdown! Live’s Tag-Team Match at Survivor Series)
Jordan and Gable finish this quickly with their Grand Amplitude double-team move!
Winners via Pinfall and Qualifying for Survivor Series: American Alpha
Segment #5: Arena Promo
The Miz and Maryse are in the ring; Miz brings out General Manager Daniel Bryan. They verbally-duel it out over which talk show is better, MizTV or Talking Smack! Miz move on to Survivor Series; Daniel announces that two qualifying matches for the Tag-Team will happen; and that Orton, Bray, Baron, Dean, and A.J. will be on Team Smackdown! Live.
Miz is irate that he was not even thought of for the team, but Daniel says it is because he is “afraid to fight.” Miz fires back that Bryan is the one who is “scared of the fight,” and that he should be just “mopping around John Cena’s house.” Daniel becomes furious, tossing Miz’s furniture around, and then ordering Miz to watch as Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler issues an Open Challenge for his title, next!
Match #4: Single for the Intercontinental Championship – Dolph Ziggler (Champion) VS. Curt Hawkins (Challenger)
Dolph superkicks Curt right off the bell and takes this!
Winner via Pinfall and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Post-match, Rene Young asks Dolph about the Intercontinental Championship. Ziggler puts over his big win and then challenges a Raw wrestler to face him at Survivor Series for the IC Title!
Segment #6: Backstage Promo
Dean Ambrose is questioned about his match with Styles and James Ellsworth. He says that he will win, but James walks up and wants to be back in his corner. Dean denies him, and Ellsworth walks away.
Up next, The Usos are wrestling
Segment #7: Backstage Promo
Bray and Luke are welcoming Randy into their “family.” Orton replies, “I was born with the devil whispering in my ear. I’m done trying to fight it. It’s almost as if ‘the darkness’ has shown me ‘the light.’ Bray, you are a ‘god.’”
Match #5: Tag-Team – The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) VS. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)
(Stipulation: Winners qualify for Survivor Series.)
Jimmy and Jey attack immediately, even before the bell! They dismantle Mosh and Thrasher pretty-quick and roll up Mosh to take this!
Winners via Pinfall and Qualifying for Survivor Series: The Usos
Segment #8: Backstage Promo
Dean kicks James out of the arena, despite Ellsworth trying one more time to be included in the main-event.
Dean Ambrose and WWE World Champion A.J. Styles make their entrances!
Match #6: Single – WWE World Champion A.J. Styles VS. Dean Ambrose (Non-Title)
(Stipulation: If Ambrose wins, he gets another Championship Match; if he loses, this is his last chance.)
They brawl around the ring at first, and then Dean tries a few different ways to pin A.J. in the ring. He locks on a Cloverleaf, but Styles makes it to the ropes for the break. He props A.J. atop the turnbuckle and then butterfly (double-underhook)-suplexes him! 1 – 2 – Styles kicks out!
Dean runs, but A.J. reverses into the Calf-Crusher; Dean is able to clasp the rope to break it. Ambrose crotches Styles on the barrier and then runs at him with a clothesline! He throws A.J. back in the ring but misses a blockbuster-neckbreaker form the top turnbuckle soon after.
Dean gains control again after diving from the top turnbuckle onto A.J. on the floor with an elbow! In the ring, Ambrose runs but is rolled-up by A.J. into a Calf-Crusher, but Dean does get out of it. They go back-and-forth until they double-clothesline each other!
James Ellsworth suddenly runs out and Dean is distracted. A.J. hits a Pele Kick, but Ambrose just gets his shoulder up on the subsequent pin! Security charges out and chases Ellsworth away. Dean and Styles trade close-calls, and then James and security run back through. A.J. hops off and shoulder-blocks Ellsworth that sends him hurling over the commentator’s table!
In the ring, Dean counters a springboard from A.J. and drives him to the mat with his Dirty Deeds DDT! Ambrose covers and collects the victory!
Winner and #1 Contender to the WWE World Championship: Dean Ambrose
Post-match, Dean celebrates and helps Ellsworth up on the stage to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live.