This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE Smackdown! Live! Tonight the wait is finally over as AJ Styles will defend his WWE World Championship against James Ellsworth in the main event and with news that the Wyatt Family will have the Freebird Rule, who will be in action tonight? Bray and Randy, Bray and Luke? Maybe even Randy and Luke? What will Natalya do now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag about her being the one who attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series? These questions and more will be answered tonight so be sure to come back here at 8PM EST to find out!
-We open with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon watching a video recapping how James Ellsworth cost Dean Ambrose in his Intercontinental match against The Miz. James shows up and is sneezing and they send him home, saying his championship opportunity is now on hold. Next we have Miz TV with special guest AJ Styles who comes out and says that eventually he's going to destroy James and Miz quips about him having sleepless nights over James then AJ talks about his hair, saying he's trying to get a shampoo and conditioner commercial gig. Miz asks what's next for AJ and AJ brings up his beating John Cena and Dean Ambrose and that there's no one left. Miz says that he's elevated the Intercontinental title and says he's above AJ's level, the two facing off, Miz implying that he wants a title match then they go to fight, but Dean interrupts them then Dolph comes out next. Dolph and Miz fight then Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale then Dean hits Miz with Dirty Deeds, but AJ doesn't want anything to do with it as he leaves. Luke Harper then appears in the ring and takes out Dean, staring down AJ as we go to commercial.
-An elimination match is announced between Dean, Dolph, Miz and Luke and if anyone interferes it counts as an elimination. We have Nikki Bella on commentary before Carmella and Natalya square off. Natalya comes out and says she didn't attack Nikki then her mic is cut as Carmella comes out.
Natalya vs Carmella
Natalya attacks Carmella as the match starts then Carmella tries to go to the outside, but Natalya follows her then takes her down, but Carmella gets to the ropes then Carmella slaps her and sends her to the mat as we go to commercial.
Natalya hits a snap suplex on Carmella then slaps her, saying she's a liar as she hits another suplex then backs her into the corner and hitting her with a series of knees and right hands then Carmella hits a head scissor for a quick 2 count then Carmella stomps on Natalya in the corner before hitting a bronco buster for another quick 2 count. Carmella follows up with a body scissors, but Natalya turns around into her guard and hits her with a series of right hands before Carmella goes for a guillotine choke, but Natalya hits a Michinoku driver then goes for a sharpshooter, but Carmella gets out and goes to the outside. Natalya and Nikki face off then Natalya hits a forearm on Carmella before she goes back into the ring and Carmella rolls her up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Carmella via pinfall
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