Newark, New Jersey
November 1, 2016
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The Smackdown opening hits to open the show.
We go live to Newark inside the Prudential Center where a display of pyro goes off.
James Ellsworth apologizes to Dean Ambrose
James Ellsworth is out first to kick off the show. Footage is shown of Ellsworth costing Dean Ambrose a win and to become the new No. 1 Contender for the WWE World Championship in a main event against AJ Styles last week.
Back live, Ellsworth is looking upset and has a mic in hand. "I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for letting me come out here tonight on Smackdown Live to say goodbye," said Ellsworth. The fans boo and start a "NO!" chant. Ellsworth said after his actions last week, he hasn't been able to sleep and he has barely eaten. He said he can't move on in life unless he can tell Dean Ambrose he is truly sorry. Ellsworth calls out Ambrose so he can make this right.
Dean Ambrose's music hits and he heads to the ring. Ambrose grabs a mic and is saying he's had a lot of time to think about beating up Ellsworth. He said he can't stay mad at Ellsworth with those "puppy dog eyes" that remind him of ET. Ellsworth said it's only because of Ambrose that he now has two victories over AJ Styles. He talks about losing his cool last week and costing Ambrose an opportunity at the WWE World Championship. Ellsworth said he came to Smackdown Live to fight, but last week wasn't his fight and any man with two hands can make a mistake. Ambrose said it is okay and water under the bridge. He wants Ellsworth to promose him something: don't ever get in his way again. Ellsworth said if he could build a time machine and go back and change what he did he would. He said all he can do is say he is sorry. Ellsworth gives Ambrose an apologetic face.
WWE World Champion AJ Styles is out to interrupt. "Hold on a second. Are you kidding me? Are you seriously apologizing? Why in the world would you apologize to Dean Ambrose?" Styles tells James to shut up for a second. The crowd in Newark starts a loud "AJ STYLES" chant. He tells them alright and knows who he is because he wants to talk to James. Styles accuses Ambrose of using Ellsworth the last few weeks. He said Ambrose doesn't respect him and he respects him the most. Styles talks about trying to take it easy on Ellsworth in their match two weeks ago, but Ambrose made him go even harder. He thinks Ellsworth owes him some of that merchandise check for those new t-shirts that are selling well and even suggests that Ellsworth owes him his career. Ambrose said he likes Ellsworth because he's a hard working man and doesn't take the easy way out.
Ellsworth gets between Styles and Ambrose. Styles pushes Ellsworth into Ambrose. Styles with a kick to the head of Ambrose. Styles tosses Ellsworth out of the ring. Styles gets on the ring apron, lowers his elbow pad and hits his springboard Phenomenal forearm on Ambrose. He grabs the WWE World Championship and celebrates as we see a shot of Ellsworth looking on from the ringside area.
Mauro Ranallo, JBL and David Otunga introduce footage from last Tuesday where Randy Orton interfered in Bray Wyatt's match with Kane by taking Kane out with an RKO. Audio of Orton saying if he can't beat them, join them plays.
Randy Orton vs. Kane in a No DQ match is up next.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan interrupts James Ellsworths and Dean Ambrose talking. Ellsworth is so sorry and Ambrose adds he can't say anything to make it better. Bryan said Ambrose gets another shot at AJ Styles tonight to become the new No. 1 Contender adding this is his last shot. Ellsworth tells Bryan he feels so bad. Bryan bans Ellsworth from ringside.
No Disqualification Match
Randy Orton vs. Kane
No corner pose for Randy Orton tonight.
The bell rings and Orton bails. Kane follows Orton out. Orton with kicks and sends Kane face first into the steel ring post. Orton grabs a steel chair and Kane knocks it out. Kane with a shot to the gut and over the back of Orton using the steel chair. Kane tosses Orton back in, grabs the steel chair, Orton with a kick to Kane on the way back in and throws rights. Kane with a clothesline in the corner and side slam. Kane is setting up for a chokeslam when the lights go out. When the lights return, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper are at ringside. Kane avoids an RKO and big boots Orton. Kane gets pulled out by Wyatt and Harper. Kane with shots on both on the outside. Kane cuts off Orton with an uppercut. Back inside, Kane is going for another chokeslam when Harper jumps in. Kane kicks Harper away, Wyatt grabs Kane, Kane goes for a chokeslam on Wyatt and this helps setup up an RKO by Orton on Kane. Orton hooks the leg and gets the pinfall with Wyatt and Harper looking on.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, we see a shot of Bray Wyatt sitting in the corner smiling as Luke Harper stares down Orton from the corner. Harper gets in the face of Orton, picks up Kane, Orton pushes Kane into Wyatt who grabs Kane and hits Sister Abigail. Wyatt turns Kane over on his back, drops to his knees, Harper stands behind Wyatt and Orton gets up on the corner. Orton does his pose as Wyatt extends his arms yelling, "Follow the buzzards!"
Daniel Bryan joins The Miz on MizTV later tonight.
We see Alexa Bliss and Carmella heading to the ring. They will take on WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella up next.
A video package focusing on Baron Corbin airs.
Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss and Carmella
Footage of Alexa Bliss attacking Becky Lynch last week is shown. Lynch defends the WWE Smackdown Women's Champion against Bliss next week in Glasgow, Scotland.
Back live, we begin the match with Nikki Bella and Carmella. Carmella avoids a shot early and Alexa Bliss tags herself in. Bliss with an elbow and takedown on Nikki. Bliss attempts a shot on Becky. Becky jumps down and Nikki with a shot on Carmella. Becky is in and catches Carmella with a dropkick and baseball slide combo.
We are back live with Becky dropping Carmella with a series of shots. Becky with a forearm and kick to Carmella in the corner. Becky with a kick and overhead suplex combo. Bliss drops knees over Becky to break it up and then throws Becky into a charging Nikki. Bliss tags herself in and takes an inverted DDT from Becky. Carmella distracts the referee. Becky with a shot on Carmella sending her off the ring apron. Bliss jumps on the back of Becky, rakes her eyes and then drives Becky down with a quick spike DDT to get the pinfall.
Winners: Alexa Bliss and Carmella
After the match, Alexa Bliss grabs the mic from the new Smackdown announcer and tells Carmella it is interview time. Carmella insults Bayley and Charlotte (calling her a daddy's girl) saying none of the RAW girls can handle them. She says Nikki Bella better let her take over at Survivor Series. Carmella has a question for Bliss about her championship match next week. Bliss said Becky's 15 minutes of fame will be over.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon inform Naomi she is part of Team Smackdown Live in the women's Traditional 5-on-5 Elimination match. Natalya walks up offering to coach Team Smackdown Live. Shane thinks she is on to something. Bryan agrees. Natalya will be the Smackdown Live women's coach at Survivor Series.
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose takes place later tonight where it will be Ambrose's final opportunity to become No. 1 Contender for the WWE World Championship.
Winning team advances to the Survivor Series
The Spirit Squad vs. American Alpha
We start with Kenny and Chad Gable. Kenny with a scoop slam and tags in Mikey. Mikey with a moonsault over Gable with an assist from Kenny. Mikey with a jumping cross body off the ropes taking out Gable. Tag to Kenny who comes off the top rope with a leg drop and Gable moves. Tag to Jason Jordan who drops Kenny with right hands and then a standing dropkick. Jordan drops Mikey on his face and then flips Kenny over his head. Jordan misses a charge in the corner, Kenny with a roll up and gets a two count. Tag to Mikey. Gable tags himself in, trips up Kenny, Jordan lifts Mikey up and Gable brings him down in the Grand Amplitude. Gable gets the pinfall on Mikey to advance to Survivor Series.
Winners and qualifying for Survivor Series: American Alpha
A video package runs highlighting last night's RAW featuring the return of Goldberg.
MizTV featuring Daniel Bryan, Survivor Series teams announced
We are back live as Maryse introduces The Miz. He talks about having a "prickly" past with his next guest, but is willing to put that aside tonight to discuss Survivor Series. Miz introduces the Smackdown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan.
Bryan walks out to a big reaction in Newark. A loud "DANIEL BRYAN" chant breaks out. Miz asks if he can start his show now? The fans boo loudly and start a "NO!" chant. He asks if they should just listen to the crowd all day. The fans cheer loudly. Miz said it is nice to see two colleagues in the ring not fighting…unlike the crew over at Talking Smack. Bryan said if Miz wants to be passive aggressive he can just cancel MizTV. The fans cheer this.
Miz said that wouldn't be great and if he had a problem with him he would "aggressively" let him know. Bryan is ready to make some announcements about the Survivor Series teams including the Smackdown Live tag teams. Two more qualifying matches will take place to find out who joins The Hype Bros and the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno. Miz wants to know who is part of the men's Smackdown Live Survivor Series team. Bryan said they are as follows: Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and…(Bryan smiles)…WWE World Champion AJ Styles. The Miz is not pleased. Miz asks if he was considered. Bryan says nope.
Miz asks Bryan if he set out to humilate him on his own TV show and in front of his wife. He said he can see Bryan has no interest in leading Team Smackdown Live to victory. Bryan said they did consider Miz at one point, but they need superstars who aren't "afraid to fight." He said they need superstars who are willing to fight any time and last week Miz proved he is afraid to fight. Bryan said they know this because Dolph Ziggler offered to defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against him last week and Miz turned it down because it wasn't on his terms. "At Survivor Series we need men who are going to fight on our own terms," adds Bryan. Miz said he isn't scared to fight and said Bryan is the one scared to fight. "You're scared to fight Daniel. And you know what? You're not good at your job. You're not good at anything anymore. So why don't you go back to doing what you do best: moping around John Cena's house on Total Bellas." Bryan slaps down one of the chairs and Miz bails from the ring. He said Miz isn't best at wrestling and thinks Miz should leave the real fighting to the superstars. Bryan said last week Miz turned down a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, but a ton of guys in the back would love that opportunity. He suggests Miz run his mouth beind the commentary table because Ziggler is about to defend his title up next in an open challenge match. Ziggler is out next and heads to the ring.
We return live. Challenging Dolph Ziggler tonight will be…Curt Hawkins.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Open Challenge Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Curt Hawkins
The Miz and Maryse join Mauro, JBL and Otunga on commentary. Curt Hawkins said this is a great opportunity to make his debut.
The bell rings and Ziggler hits Hawkins with a superkick right away to get the win.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Renee Young gets word with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler brings up how Miz said he wasn't a fighting champion last week. He said the catch is he's been fighting for this all his life and put everything on the line at No Mercy. Ziggler wants to talk Survivor Series. He talks about offering Miz a title shot last week and Miz said no. Ziggler said they will now do things on the champ's terms. He issues an open challenge to any superstar on RAW to take the Intercontinental Championship away from him. Miz is furious at ringside.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose is warming up and is asked if he feels confident going into his match with AJ Styles tonight. The new backstage interviewer refers to James Ellsworth as "James Ellis." Ambrose corrects her when he notices Ellsworth nearby. Ellsworth still feels bad and asks if he can join him at ringside. He wants to make things right. Ambrose says no and tells Ellsworth to chill or eat some Halloween candy. "I got this," adds Ambrose.
The Headbangers are back and that is next in another Survivor Series qualifying match.
Backstage, Randy Orton is with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. Wyatt brings up skeptism regarding Orton aligning himself with them as he is a snake. He said anyone with credentials like Orton is welcome in the Wyatt family. Orton said he was born with the devil whispering in his ear and that he is done trying to fight it. He said it is almost as if the darkness has shown him the light. "Bray…you are a God." Orton's eyes light up and Wyatt smiles.
The Headbangers are ready to go when we go back to the ring live.
Winning team advances to the Survivor Series
The Headbangers vs. The Usos
Jimmy and Jey storm the ring immediately going after Mosh and Thrasher. We start with Jimmy and Thrasher. Jey gets the tag and hits a samoan drop on Thrasher for a two count with help from Jimmy. Jey applies a rear chin lock on Thrasher. Thrasher with rights and a swinging neckbreaker on Jimmy. Tag to Mosh and tag to Jimmy. Mosh with clotheslines to Jimmy. Mosh with a splash in the corner and then a clothesline on Jey when he jumps in. Mosh drops Jimmy down face first when Jey breaks up the pinfall. Thrasher tosses Jey out. Mosh with a roll up on Jimmy, Jimmy pushes out, Jey with a shot on Mosh and Jimmy rolls up Mosh to get the quick pinfall. The Usos advance to Survivor Series.
Winners and qualifying for Survivor Series: The Usos
The Usos join Heath Slater, Rhyno, The Hype Bros and American Alpha at Survivor Series. One spot remains open for another tag team from Smackdown Live.
Backstage, AJ Styles is asked about his match with Dean Ambrose tonight. Styles says he plans to beat Ambrose again and this time he can't use James Ellsworth as an excuse.
Backstage, we see Dean Ambrose walking with James Ellsworth and saying they can keep in touch. He adds he just can't have Ellsworth go to the ring tonight. Ambrose kicks Ellsworth out of the arena and adds any man with two hands can call an Uber.
WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose
If Dean Ambrose wins, he becomes No. 1 Contender for the WWE World Championship. This will be Ambrose's last shot to become the new No. 1 Contender.
WWE World Champion AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose head to the ring.
We return live as Dean Ambrose sends AJ Styles out of the ring and then connects with a suicide dive. Ambrose sends Styles into the announce table at ringside and then back inside the ring for a two count off a pinfall attempt. Ambrose with chops to Styles in the corner. Ambrose rakes the eyes of Styles over the top rope. Styles with a sunset flip for a two count. Ambrose with a small package for a two count. Ambrose with a roll up for two. Ambrose with a takedown and then gets Styles turned over into a Texas Cloverleaf. Styles gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Ambrose tosses Styles up on the top turnbuckle and then connects with a butterfly exploder suplex off the second rope on Styles! Styles gets the Calf Crusher applied on Ambrose. Ambrose gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Ambrose rolls out of the ring and Styles follows. Ambrose crotches Styles over the ring barricade (what Mauro Ranallo describes as Ambrose scrambling the eggs of Styles). Ambrose charges and gets in a shot on Styles tossing him off the barricade. Back inside, Ambrose gets a two count. Ambrose with kicks to Styles in the corner. Styles eats an elbow, but avoids a blockbuster attempt by Ambrose as we head to another break.
Back live and Ambrose catches Styles with a dropkick sending Styles out of the ring. Ambrose goes up to the top turnbuckle and drops a flying elbow over Styles! Ambrose tosses Styles back in, goes up top, Styles cuts him off, Styles avoids Dirty Deeds, Ambrose with a series of takedowns and then catches Styles with a big lariat. Ambrose avoids another Calf Crusher attempt. Styles then gives Ambrose a big suplex to the corner! Ambrose with a full nelson into a front facebuster on Styles for a two count. Styles with a thrust to the throat. Ambrose avoids a Styles Clash attempt. Ambrose and Styles connect with a double clothesline. All of a sudden we see James Ellsworth show up at ringside coming from the crowd. Ellsworth is trying to fire up Ambrose. Ambrose is yelling at Ellsworth to get out of here. Styles with a Pele Kick to Ambrose! Styles with a cover and Ambrose kicks out. Ellsworth is relieved at ringside. We see security running down and going after Ellsworth. Ellsworth runs through the crowd to the back. Ambrose with a roll up for two on Styles. Series of counters between Styles and Ambrose. Styles rolls through and gets the Calf Crusher applied. Ambrose is hitting his face to fire himself up. Ambrose gets to the bottom rope. We see Ellsworth running back to ringside. He jumps in the ring and security pulls him out distracting Styles. Styles jumps down and knocks Ellsworth over the announce table. Styles with a springboard. Ambrose catches Styles with a kick on the way down and connects with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose hooks the leg and gets the pinfall!
Winner and new No. 1 Contender: Dean Ambrose
After the match, we see security dragging James Ellsworth to the back. Ellsworth is smiling at Dean Ambrose. During the replay, Mauro says turnabout is fair play when it appeared Ambrose caught Styles with a low blow on the kick. Back live, Ambrose walks up the ramp and smiles at Ellsworth. Ambrose helps up a smiling Ellsworth as the show concludes.