Introduction Segment: Video Promo, Welcoming, and Arena Promo
Survivor Series is recapped via video highlights, and then Shane McMahon’s music hits. The Commissioner sorely walks out, as announcers Mauro Ranallo, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, David Otunga, and Tom Phillips greet us.
McMahon apologies for not being himself due to the Team Raw VS. Team Smackdown! Live match at Survivor Series; he gives props to Team Raw for their efforts, but is happy Smackdown! won. He was “surprised” on how The Wyatt Family got along, but disappointed that Dean Ambrose and WWE World Champion A.J. Styles could not.
Dean interrupts and wonders what’s up with Shane. He then brings out James Ellsworth, who he touts as the “man who single-handily eliminated Braun Strowman.” He wants to tell everyone some news, but McMahon wanted to hold it in the office. Ambrose doesn’t wait and informs Ellsworth that he is now officially signed to Smackdown! Live. The Commissioner has some news of his own for Dean – “The Lunatic Fringe” has the night off, completely banned from the building because of his actions at Survivor Series.
WWE World Champion A.J. Styles interjects and is not happy about James’ new deal. He actually challenges Ellsworth to a Ladder Match tonight, putting Ellsworth’s contract on the line; James agrees!
Segment #2: Backstage Promo
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse are being photographed. General Manager Daniel Bryan walks up and Miz assumes that there will be a big “celebration.” Bryan denies this and instead books him against Kalisto for the Intercontinental Championship, much to Miz’s protests.
Later tonight, there will be a Tag-Team Turmoil to determine #1 Contenders for the Tag-Team Titles!
Match #1: Single for the Intercontinental Championship – Kalisto (Challenger) VS. The Miz (Champion) (with Maryse)
They lockup and Miz ties Kalisto in a wristlock. Kalisto hops out of it and they trade wristlocks until Kalisto arm-flips Miz. He tries to take this with a couple of quick pin-combos, and then flies through the ropes with a Tope Suicida!
Miz is in control for a short-time until Kalisto ducks and dives around. He continues to hit Miz with fast-moves but only get two-counts! Kalisto goes to the top, but is distracted by Baron Corbin. Miz takes advantage with his Skull-Krushing Finale and then covers fort he victory!
Winner via Pinfall and STILL Intercontinental Champion: The Miz (with Maryse)
Post-match, Baron plants Kalisto with his End of Days flatliner. As Miz is celebrating on the stage, Dolph Ziggler is behind and winds up for a superkick, which he hits and then walks away!
Segment #3: Office Promo
Shane and Daniel are discussing the I.C. Title picture; Bryan promises to handle that and leaves Alexa Bliss to Shane! She wants her Women’s Championship rematch, which the Women’s Champion Becky Lynch walks in and gives her at T.L.C. on December 4. Natalya joins and blames the Women’s Tag-Team Match loss on Becky. Shane books Natalya to face Becky tonight, and then Ambrose walks back in, offering pizza to both Lynch and McMahon. Shane orders him to exit again.
Segment #4: Backstage Promo
Bryan reprimands Baron for attacking Kalisto; he makes Corbin face Kane later tonight as “punishment.”
Match #2: Tag-Team Turmoil – The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor) VS. The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) VS. The Fashion Police (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) VS. American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) VS. The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) VS. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)
(Stipulation: #1 Contender’s Match for the Tag-Team Championship; winners will face Tag-Team Champions Rhyno and Heath Slater at T.L.C.)
The Ascension dominate until Ryder reverses a double-suplex attempt into a double-neckbreaker. The Hype Bros finish Konnor and Viktor with their double-team HypeRyder.
Eliminated via Pinfall: The Ascension
The Fashion Police – Fandango and Tyler Breeze – charge out but are tossed over the ropes quickly.
Fandango and Tyler gain a little momentum, hitting Zack with a slingshot-springboard-elbow and taking out The Hype Bros!
Eliminated via Pinfall: The Hype Bros
American Alpha run out and dispose of The Fashion Police very quickly!
Eliminated via Pinfall: The Fashion Police
Aiden English and Simon Gotch are quickly reduced from this contest, after a German-Suplex-Pin!
Eliminated via Pinfall: The Vaudevillians
The Usos stroll out and set this showdown up slowly.
Jimmy and Jey are controlling with grounding locks, wearing down Jason. They slip up by missing and Jordan makes the hot-tag! He cleans house on Jimmy with suplexes and punches in the corner. he dives off of the middle turnbuckle onto Jey, but can’t get this with a German-suplex Pin on Jimmy. He fights off Jey on the outside but Jimmy shoves him into the ring post. Jimmy tags in Jey but Chad gets his shoulder up after the dive!
Jey goes for a Samoan Drop but Chad slips out; he switches with Jason, who picks Jey up on his shoulder. Chad soars off of the top turnbuckle with a bulldog, but Jimmy just breaks the count! Jey rockets off of the top turnbuckle with a Samoan Splash, but Jason raises his knees and turns him into an inside-cradle for a near-fall!
The Usos try a double-team on Jordan, but Gable stops it and American Alpha completes this with Grand Amplitude!
The bell doesn’t ring however, and The Wyatt Family appear on the Titantron! Bray announces that they are part of this, and will meet Gable and Jordan next week on Smackdown! to determine the final #1 Contenders!
Winners: No Contest
Segment #5: Office Promo
Daniel is with James Ellsworth talking to him about the Ladder Match. Ellsworth clichés about heart, and then Dean Ambrose – dressed as a Mountie – enters. Bryan tries to get him to leave before Shane walks in, but McMahon sees him first. The Commissioner is not happy with Dean, but he leaves instead to refrain from “doing something I regret.”
Match #3: Single – Natalya VS. Women’s Champion Becky Lynch (Non-Title)
(Note: Alexa Bliss is on commentary.)
Becky hits hard with forearms but is tripped on the top turnbuckle and given a sit-down powermbomb for two!
Natalya has Lynch in a modified abdominal-stretch! Becky elbows out of it and armdrags Natalya, but is taken down again quickly. Natalya sit-down scoop-slams the Women’s Champion, and then rips out one of Lynch’s hair-extensions. Becky small-packages her for two and then builds up! She hits a running-forearm and then tries to trap Natalya in her armbar finisher a couple of times, but Natalya reverses into separate roll-ups.
Natalya goes for The Sharpshooter, but Lynch reverses into The Disarmer, forcing Natalya to give in!
Winner via Pinfall: Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
Post-match, Alexa assaults Lynch, hitting her with a forearm and driving her into the canvas with a DDT!
Segment #6: Office Promo
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Maryse walk in on Daniel Bryan while he is on the phone. Miz demands that Dolph Ziggler “be suspended” after attacking him earlier. Bryan instead books him and Ziggler in an Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match at T.L.C., and this will be their last encounter.
Segment #7: Locker Room Promo
Nikki Bella Carmela argue over who attacked Nikki at Survivor Series. Bella tells Carmela that they will face-off at T.L.C. in a No Disqualification Match!
Kane and Baron Corbin make their entrances for their match, next!
Match #4: Kane VS. Baron Corbin
Kane tries a Chokeslam right away but Baron runs off of the ropes; Kane hits a big boot instead, but Corbin hits many punches. Kane whips Baron, but Corbin slides to the outside and back in the ring; he clotheslines Kane over the ropes but turns around into Kalisto, who sprung from the top rope with a seated-senton, although causing the dq!
Winner via Disqualification: Baron Corbin
Post-match, Kalisto rolls out of the ring and Kane chokeslams Baron! Kane leaves and Kalisto stands over Corbin; he grabs a chair but Baron escapes before Kalisto can whack him with it. Corbin runs back in, where Kalisto throws the chair at him and then kicks him!
Match #5: Ladder Match Single – James Ellsworth VS. WWE World Champion A.J. Styles (Non-Title)
(Stipulation: If James wins, he gets a Smackdown! Live contract and future WWE World Championship Match.)
A.J. completely governs this until Dean Ambrose runs in. He helps Ellsworth until A.J. hits him with the Phenomenal Forearm. James comes back though, and superkicks Styles into the ropes, where A.J. gets tied up. Ellsworth climbs the ladder and grabs the contract for the victory!
Winner via Climbing The Ladder and NEW Smackdown! Live Roster Member: James Ellsworth
Post-match, Dean and James celebrate as A.J. looks on in disbelief to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live.