- Ryan Cook
- AUG 16, 2016
- 7:30PM EDT
Welcome to the FIghtful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live! I'm Ryan Cook and I'll be taking you through all of tonight's action as WWE Champion Dean Ambrose squares off against Dolph Ziggler on Miz TV before they face each other this Sunday at Summerslam. John Cena gets ready for his match against AJ Styles by taking on Alberto Del Rio and the womens division is heating up and will Heath Slater return to Smackdown! Live? Be sure to come back here at 8 PM EST to find out!
-We open with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon backstage with Randy Orton, having him sign the contract for his match with Brock, unusual, but I guess it makes sense because they're trying to keep them separated. Heath Slater then brings a fruit basket as a form of apology. Heath says he watched last weeks Smackdown! Live and saw they wanted to give him a contract. Randy takes a bite of an apple, saying he has an idea as we go to the introduction. We open with Maryse introducing The Miz as we start Miz TV.
Dean Ambrose quickly interrupts them however, only to be interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. The Miz starts berating Doph, saying he was a flop, he started off strong and fizzled out, saying that Dolph is in the middle of a career resurgence. Dolph says he's not worried about after Summerslam, only about Summerslam and the belt. Dean says he doesn't buy the new Dolph, Dolph asks Dean what he wants him to do. Dean says that if Doph wins it won't change anything, it won't silence anyone, that once you get the belt then it starts getting really hard, all the critics are still there and you have a huge target on your back.
Dean says that Dolph can't handle pressure, saying he's got a chip on his shoulder and it's going to bury him because he's never felt pressure like he'll feel Sunday night. Dean says that Dolph doesn't want it bad enough, never has and he'll never get it. Dolph says that Dean doesn't know a thing about him, but he does know he'll have to push as hard as he can, but he will win and become champion. Dolph goes off on a tangent then super kicks Dean out of no where, didn't see that coming. They then tease a 12 man tag team match next as we go to commercial.
-Apollo Crews came out and powerbombed The Miz during the break apparently.
The Usos, American Alpha & Hype Bros vs The Vaudevillians, The Ascension & Breezeango
Viktor starts off with Gable, but Gable tags in Mojo then everyone gets in the ring as we go to commercial. Jey Uso takes out Aiden English then tags in Jason Jordan then goes for a pin off of a suplex, but Connor breaks it up. Hype os come in and then get taken out then The Usos dive out of the ring. AA hit Grand Amplitude for the pin and the win.
Winner: American Alpha via pinfall with Grand Amplitude.
-They show Dean Ambrose backstage then plug his match with Eric Rowan next then Eva Marie trying for a third time up next as we go to commercial.
Eva Marie vs Naomi
Winner:No Contest due to traffic jam?...
-AJ confronts ADR backstage talking about how he beat Cena and injured him for 9 months. ADR says he's beat up Cena for a long time and doesn't need a pep talk. AJ says maybe he's right and why he's in the main event at Summerslam and ADR isn't even on the card. They then plug Dean vs Eric Rowan and Randy vs Heath Slater up next.
-We get a vignette for Curt Hawkins
Randy Orton vs Heath Slater
Randy tosses Heath in the ring post then drops him with a clothesline then does his signature stomps. Randy then hits a series of european uppercuts in the corner then gets himself disqualified after Randy doesn't answer the 5 count, pummeling Slater with right hands in the corner. Randy tosses Slater outside then tosses him over the announce table. Randy then does a hanging DDT on the barricade beside the ring as the crowd chants RKO. Randy tosses Slater back into the ring then hits a german suplex as a message to Brock then does his signature pose, that was cool. Randy hits another german then an RKO.
Winner: Heath Slater via disqualifcation.
-Bray then declares that they're here as we go to commercial.
-As we come back Heath is backstage being examined. Daniel and Shane come out and congratulate him and say he will get the contract. He mistakes Daniel for Mick Foley and Stephanie. Bray met Randy on the way to the ring apparently during commercial, they're doing these commercial subplots a lot.
Dean Ambrose vs Eric Rowan
They start off quick, Dean being agressive, but Rowan is just too strong. Dean manages to dropkick Rowan out of the ring then dives out after him, quickly tossing him back in, but Rowan is ready and hits a spinning powerslam to hault Dean's momentum. Dean goes out of the ring then Rowan tosses Dean into the barricade, then back into the ring for a quick 2 count. Rowan toys with Dean, taking directions from Bray, but Dean quickly recovers, dropping Rowan with a back body drop then hits a elbow off the top rope to the standing Rowan for a quick 2 count. Rowan hits a spinning kick for a quick 2 count, but Dean hits the rebound lariat to drop Rowan. Rowan somehow gets up already then Dean hits Dirty Deeds for the pin and the win out of no where.
Winner: Dean Ambrose via pinfall with Dirty Deeds
-After the match Bray leaves Rowan behind, leaving the sheep mask in a rocking chair. They plug Cena vs Del Rio then Becky Lynch & Carmella vs Natalya & Alexa Bliss as we go to commercial.
Becky Lynch & Carmella vs Natalya & Alexa Bliss
Carmella starts off with Natalya, Carmella getting an advantage until Natalya drops her with a clothesline. Natalya tags in Bliss, getting a quick 2 count. Carmella tags in Becky who takes out both Natalya and Bliss. Becky hits her signature forearm into the corner then the Becksploder for a quick 2 count. We get the music for Eva Marie who comes out way too late for her match. Naomi comes out to confront Eva on the ramp as Eva backs up then runs around the ring and through it. Natalya tosses Naomi out of the ring allowing Becky to hit the Disarmer for the tap.
Winner: Becky Lynch via submission with the Disarmer.
-After the match they plug a video package for Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar. As we come back we get Corbin attacking Kalisto again then we get a very well put together video package for Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. AJ Styles comes out for Cena's match with Alberto Del Rio, joining on commentary.
John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio
Cena starts off aggressive, but Del Rio gets out of the ring as we go to commercial. ADR hits a right hand off the top rope for a quick 2 count. They show Cena faced off with AJ during the break. ADR nearly kills himself diving out of the ring, but he gets back in and hits a bridging german suplex for a quick 2 count. The match slows down to a crawl as AJ shows off some good work on commentary. ADR hits a brutal DDT then plays to the crowd as we go to commercial.
Cena makes a comeback as we come back with the 5 moves of death. Cena then goes for a AA, but ADR counters with a Backstabber for a close 2 count.. Cena goes for another AA, but it's countered into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cena then hits a clothesline, going to the top rope, ADR hitting an enzugiri for a very close 2 count. ADR goes for the cross arm breaker, but Cena counters with an STF. ADR hits a superkick for a close 2 count, but Cena goes for the AA, ADR countering with the cross arm breaker. Cena counters it with a powerbomb then hits an Attitude Adjustment for the pin and the win.
Winner: John Cena via pinfall with an Attitude Adjustment
-After the match AJ hits the Phenomenal Forearm. AJ says he's sick of hearing the future goes through John Cena and that this Sunday when he beats him he will be the new face that runs the place. AJ says he's going to make Cena's passion his prison, that his time is up, AJ's time is now. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but Cena counters with an AA then Cena hits an AA on the stairs and through the announce table.