“No Mercy Shown”
Introduction Segment: Video Promo and Welcoming
The events surrounding the WWE World Championship with Champion A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose, and John Cena from last week airs, as well as a promo for The Intercontinental Championship Match scheduled for tonight between Dolph Ziggler and Champion The Miz. We go live to the arena, where General Manager Daniel Bryan is already in the ring with a table and the mat carpeted in blue.
Segment #2: Arena Promo
Daniel promotes the No Mercy pay-per-view in two weeks. He asks Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and her challenger, Alexa Bliss, to come out for the contract signing for their Women’s Championship Match at No Mercy. Both oblige and argue about who was “born to be a champion.” Becky takes the cliché route for a face – albeit good – while Alexa steps up her heel game, dressing down Lynch.
Alexa signs the contract first and then hits Becky with the clipboard; she also tips the table over and then leaves. Becky chases after but Bliss escapes to the back. Lynch runs back in and signs the contract too.
The Usos are walking through the backstage area and will be wrestling American Alpha – who are also shown walking the halls – up next!
Segment #3: Backstage Promo
Intercontinental Champion The Miz, with his wife Maryse, protests to GM Bryan his bout with Dolph Ziggler tonight. Daniel agrees at first, but says that also means Miz’s contract will be terminated. Miz eventually
Match #1: Tag-Team – The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) VS. American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable)
(Stipulation: #1 Contender’s Bout for the Smackdown! Tag-Team Championship)
Chad starts off aggressively with Jimmy by sweeping him up and mount-punching. He focuses on Jimmy’s left leg in retaliation for The Usos injuring Chad’s; soon, though, The Usos double-team Chad and use the middle rope to hurt his left leg.
The Usos are in control, working over Gable’s leg. Chad is able to break from their corner and slowly crawl over, but Jey just grabs him. Gable still uses his strength to leap a little further and get the hot-tag to Jordan! He explodes on Jey with suplexes, and tries a second-turnbuckle overhead-belly-to-belly, but Jimmy stops it. Jey superkicks and then Jimmy follows with the Samoan Splash off of the top turnbuckle! 1 – 2 – Chad just dives in to break the pin!
Gable is knocked off the apron and appears to have re-injured his knee; after a big suplex, both Jason and Jimmy are down on the canvas. Jordan lags over to Chad, but decides not to tag because of Gable’s injury. Jordan slides out of a Samoan Drop attempt into a sunset flip, but only gets two! Jimmy chop-blocks Chad’s knee and then both Usos superkick Jason for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall and NEW #1 Contenders: The Usos
Segment #4: Backstage Promo
Smackdown! Tag-Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno were watching in a room. Heath wants to start a new chant for the crowd, “Rhy….no!” Rhyno is not too enthused until The Usos walk in. They accuse Slater and Rhyno of cheating at Backlash and tease getting into a fight, but back away when Rhyno gets in their faces.
Match #2: Single – Apollo Crews VS. Baron Corbin
(Note: Jack Swagger is on commentary.)
Apollo tries for a bit, but Baron is too strong, finishing Crews off with his End of Days!
Winner via Pinfall: Baron Corbin
Dean Ambrose is shown warming up backstage for his match with John Cena in tonight’s main event!
Segment #5: Video Promo
The new-and-improved Curt Hawkins is shown.
Segment #6: Backstage Promo
Naomi and Nikki Bella are interviewed about their opponents, Natalya and Carmella. Naomi talks about how Natalya was once a leader for the women, and Nikki goes on about Carmella trying to take her spot.
Segment #7: Backstage Promo
Rene Young interviews Dolph Ziggler about his Intercontinental Championship Match. Dolph hypes himself up and puts over his Hall-of-Fame status at Kent State University; he goes on about how he can do anything and he belongs, which he says will mean even more after defeating The Miz.
Dolph and Intercontinental Champion The Miz make their entrances for their contest!
Match #3: Single for the Intercontinental Championship – Dolph Ziggler (Challenger) VS. The Miz (Challenger) (with Maryse)
Dolph begins with amateur-wrestling moves and locks on a grounding sleeper, but Miz manages to get to the ropes. The I.C. Champion takes control and dives with an axe-handle off of the top turnbuckle. Ziggler tries a comeback but is hurled into the ring post, shoulder-first. Miz kicks hard and then locks on a surfboard-stretch.
Dolph twirls him around and then gears up with clotheslines and a splash in the corner. He tries a move, but Miz shoves him into the ring post, again shoulder-first! Miz follows with a couple of running-dropkicks and a clothesline, and then ascends the turnbuckle again. He goes for another axe-handle, but Dolph counters with a dropkick for a near-fall!
Ziggler kicks and tries the Famouser, but Miz stops him. The Champion goes for his Skull Krushing Finale finisher, but Dolph gets out of it and drives Miz down with a leaping-DDT! 1 – 2 – Miz just gets his shoulder up! Miz regains himself and clotheslines Ziggler to the floor!
Both are on the top turnbuckle with in a suplex-position; Miz hammers out of it and almost sunset-flip-powerbombs him. Dolph punches but is dropped for two! “The Show-Off” reverses the Figure-4 attempt into another grounding sleeper, but Miz scurries to the ropes. Miz goes for Skull Krushing again, but Dolph reverses into a victory-roll for another near-fall! He plants Miz with The Famouser, but still can’t put him away!
Dolph tries his Zig-Zag finisher, but Miz clutches the rope to hold on. Maryse goes to spray Ziggler in the eyes, but the referee sees her and ejects her to the back. Miz argues, but is rolled-up! Miz reverses but only gets two! Dolph hits back with his Zig Zag! 1 – 2 – Miz just raises his shoulder!
Miz crawls out of the ring and collects his Intercontinental Championship, but Dolph follows and pushes Miz into the steel steps. The referee removes the Intercontinental Championship, but doesn’t see Miz spray Dolph in the eyes! Miz deposits Ziggler to the mat with his Skull Krushing Finale! 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall and STILL Intercontinental Champion The Miz
Up next, Randy Orton takes on Erick Rowan!
Match #4: Single – Randy Orton VS. Erick Rowan
Rowan governs early with a spinning-powerslm and numerous elbow drops. He punches at Randy and then kicks him a few times in the corner. Erick dropkicks Orton to the outside and then slams his head a couple of times off of the steel steps. He puts Randy back in the ring and taunts the crowd, but is kicked as he climbed back on the apron. Orton follows with the draping-DDT, and signals for the R.K.O.! He hits it and referee Mike Chioda counts to three!
Winner via Pinfall: Randy Orton
Post-match, the lights are out in the arena and then a sheep’s mask is in the ring as they appear. Bray is on the Titantron clapping. “Bravo, bravo. Randy Orton, ladies and gentleman. ‘The Viper’ strikes again. They love you.” // “But the problem is for you, Randy, is that you are just a man that can die at any moment. But I am a ‘god,’ Randy. A ‘god’ can never die. Run.”
Women’s Tag-Team action follows the break!
Match #5: Tag-Team – Natalya and Carmella VS. Nikki Bella and Naomi
Natalya kicks Naomi right out of the ring, but is picked up into Bella’s T.K.O. position; Nikki kicks Carmella away but Natalya gets out of the fireman’s-carry and sweeps Nikki into a Sharpshooter. Carmella pulls at Bella’s head, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winners via Disqualification: Nikki Bella and Naomi
Post-match, Naomi fends off Natalya and Carmella, who backs up the aisle.
Segment #8: Backstage Promo
WWE World Champion A.J. Styles is questioned about John Cena and Dean Ambrose. he is not worried, as he has already defeated both, and says the only way he loses is if Cena or Dean pin the other.
John Cena makes his entrance for the main-event, next!
Match #6: Single – John Cena VS. Dean Ambrose
They lockup and Dean turns John into a standing-side headlock, and then takes him down with a headlock. They both get to their feet and measure each other out, and then Cena locks on a standing side-headlock. He hits a shoulder-block and tries an Attitude Adjustment, but Ambrose gets out of it and goes for Dirty Deeds; John escapes and executes a side-headlock take-down! John throws Dean into the corner and runs, but Ambrose moves and Cena hits the ring post, shoulder-first!
“The Lunatic Fringe” is still governing, running John out of the corner with a running-bulldog after a clothesline in the corner. Cena manages to trap Dean in the S.T.F. but Ambrose crawls to the bottom rope for the break! John runs but is chucked to the floor! Dean follows with a dive-through-the-ropes, but Cena sort of catches him and both tumble.
Ambrose puts John back into the ring and climbs the turnbuckle, rocketing off with a crossbody! Cena rolls through and tosses Dean to the canvas with an Attitude Adjustment. 1 – 2 – Ambrose gets his shoulder up! John goes for another, but Dean counters and directs Cena’s head to the mat with his Dirty Deeds DDT! 1 – 2 – Ambrose kicks out!
Both slug away and John goes for a third A.A.., but Dean slides out into a sunset-flip for the sudden victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Post-match, as Ambrose celebrates, WWE World Champion A.J. Styles runs out and assaults both Dean and John. GM Bryan walks out and informs A.J. that Ambrose will get his WWE World Championship rematch, NEXT Tuesday! Styles turns around into a Dirty Deeds, and then Dean poses and celebrates to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live
This was another great Smackdown! They continue to be the better of the two live shows, all-around, week-after-week.
Excellence: promos by Alexa and Becky, Miz, Heath Slater and Rhyno, Naomi and Nikki, and Dolph. Matches between Alpha/Usos, Dolph/Miz, and Ambrose/Cena.
Really loved the start of the show and thought that both Becky and Alexa did extremely well getting themselves over to hype up their match. This is a match I want to (and will) see, and it was this promo that really made it for me!
Heath Slater and Rhyno are awesome together, and I really hope their Tag-Team and momentum lasts a while. The Usos new turn as been great too, and I hope they keep this attitude going for a while as well.
Glad Miz is still Intercontinental Champion! Excited for the Triple-Threat WWE World Championship Match at No Mercy and A.J./Dean’s WWE World Championship Match next week!
Bogus: promos by Curt Hawkins (don’t care), Bray Wyatt (more of the same), and WWE World Champion A.J. Styles (a little lacking this week). Matches between Apollo/Baron (don’t care) and Women’s Tag-Team (shouldn’t have ended that short with that way).
As I was typing this review, I was watching Talking Smack!, and Carmella made a good point on it: why did the referee disqualify her and Natalya after she threw Nikki into the barrier? That happens almost all of the time, and no one else gets dq’ed unless they go through the barricade, and event then, there is no dq sometimes! Inconsistency at its finest!
Getting bored by the Orton/Bray feud; time to spice it up, get a definite winner, and move on.
Thought that Cena and Ambrose should’ve cut promos to build their match; that’s the only part that would’ve propelled it a bit more.
Overall, another great edition! For next week, a quick pick is for Dean to win the WWE World Championship next Tuesday, and then that is fire for A.J. to win it back at No Mercy. Until Raw, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Fans!