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    Since I gave you such crappy feedback after the last show, I thought I would try and be a little more prompt and better with this bunch...

    The opening segment is a big time slot for every show so I was happy to see the tag team contract signing getting such a big time slot. Daniel Bryan just excusing himself from the contract signing was very weird, that never happens. Usually the authority figure stays out to chaperone and prevent violence so I’m really not sure what your thought process was here. But either way, it just felt very strange. I know you write in a brief recap format but it would have been nice to get a little bit more of an idea regarding what the teams said to each other, rather than just saying they were going “back and forth”. The brawl with the faces coming out on top to end the contract signing is pretty standard stuff. A decent start to the show.

    I’m not sure how I feel about this segment between the Vaudevillains and Crews and Dillinger. I mean I don’t mind the segment if I take it out of context, setting up an eventual tag match between the two teams, but I feel like this is just badly placed. These two in Crews and Dillinger now have a tag team feud to move onto, before they have even had their IC Title triple threat match. Unless you’re pulling a swerve, this kind of gave away one of the No Mercy Results.

    Bray Wyatt was always destroying Elmsworth here. Swagger wanting to challenge Bray makes sense, and Wyatt just laughing like a maniac to accept suits his character. As usual, Bray, even in simple segments like this, is a highlight of your thread. Good job.

    Showing the difference in the behaviour of the face and heel women, but still all concerned about the attack on Natalya makes perfect sense. Just an easy way to further promote the angle. Bliss and Carmella look as if they have just booked themselves into a match at No Mercy. I don’t mind the cheap/rushed match being made, but don’t fall into the trap of having wrestlers book their own matches. Besides that, hyping this attacker angle, as well as the women’s title match at No Mercy, with Becky and Nikki in the same room, was all done very well.

    Heath Slater finally getting a contract only to not be able to sign it is ironic, I enjoyed that. Corbin interrupting and wanting a little more spotlight, only to look good beating on both Slater and Rhyno was great. A quick rushed booking of the match for No Mercy but it should do well in Corbin’s slow build up nonetheless. Solid stuff.

    DIY promo simply setting the stage for their feud with The Usos after No Mercy, all good.

    Bliss is obviously always going to destroy local talent. The aftermath with the brawl with Carmella just furthers their heat for No Mercy, solid stuff.

    AJ, The Club and The Usos such an awesome faction, although aren’t The Usos just part of the club now? Anyway, AJ being all cocky and bragging about their situation is typical. Shane McMahon hating them would be standard as well, however without wanting to sound like a broken record, I hate the idea of Orton getting a title shot at Survivor Series. He’s done nothing but lose or get beat up since the thread started, why does he deserve a title shot? More work needs to be done here.

    As I have mentioned over the past few weeks, I’m loving everything involving The Miz at the moment. Some would say Kalisto isn’t on his level so even the idea of Kalisto being chosen to face him is brilliant, dickish Miz actions. Love it and the consistent digs at Bryan.

    The one thing I wanted to say but changed my mind on earlier was the Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella segment. I was going to say it would have been nice to see the two build some tension, but that sort of happened here with Nikki’s final statement. Another good segment, intertwining the women’s title feud with the attacker angle.

    The Miz, as usual gets help from Maryse and picks up the victory. He needed to here, and I still believe this angle has the potential for a huge blow off at some point.

    I’ve enjoyed the character development of Dolph Ziggler throughout this thread, with him becoming more and more bitter by the minute. With that being said, this Ziggler/Cena segment and feud makes perfect sense, however this has all the makings of a big time feud. It seems a little disappointing that it has been rushed on the final episode before No Mercy. I would have preferred of more to be made of this from a booking standpoint, yet it was a still a great segment.

    Ambrose speaking to The Hype Bro’s just HYPING the main event was solid enough.

    The main event had a lot of things going for it. Erick Rowan getting involved with a distraction continues that angle, whilst The Club look brilliant, making AJ look tops heading into No Mercy. A great image to end the show with AJ raising the title above his head.

    A solid go home show. Every match on the No Mercy card got some air time and that’s basically all that you can ask for. Some angles progressed well whilst there were others that I questioned. My main concern out of this show was probably the amount of matches that feel rushed because they were booked last minute. Still, a solid read though.

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    I do find the Styles pairing with the Usos interesting. It would make it even more interesting if Roman ever shows up. Dolph and Cena is an encounter we need. The Cena promo is what Cena would say in that moment. I hope we get more of scathing promo these two. My only hope is that dolph gets the rub from this. It'll help him in the long run as Cena has nothing to prove. The Carmella/Bliss stuff could use some work. Corbin and Rhyno will make for an interesting fight. Two big monsters going at it and it's going to be a great way to build Corbin up for the future.
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    Thank you for the comments stojy and Gambit! I really appreciate the feedback, and hopefully I can work this out a bit in the future. My main reason for the VV/Crews&Dillinger segment was to give some extra time to some tag team guys while not taking too much time away from another segment, plus gives something for the future no matter what happens at No Mercy. I'm hoping to make the Orton situation a bit better soon, maybe explain some things and get things rolling. I also figured I'd call it the "New Club" for their first week or so together just to get it together, and from now on it's going to be The Club.

    Now on to predictions ...

    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016


    Well, here it goes. This is a show I've already written and am very proud of. I plan to have it posted either on the weekend or early next week as I make tweaks here and there. The previous predictions were won by Declandimi, and he made his choices for Survivor Series which will be seen. Meanwhile, for these, there are a total of 18 points available and the winner of these predictions will make two decisions for TLC. Those involve a match stipulation and a choice between two matches as well which will affect quite a bit of the BTB. Thank you very much for reading and for doing this contest!




    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles
    Winner:
    Via:



    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
    Winner:
    Via what finisher (AA, STF, ZigZag, Superkick):




    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner:
    Who will take the pin?



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; FINALS
    American Alpha v. The Revival
    Winner:
    Who will take the pin?



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch © v. Nikki Bella
    Winner:
    Via:



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger
    Winner:
    Will the Wyatt Family make an appearance?



    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella
    Winner:
    Via:



    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater
    Winner:
    Via:


    PRE-SHOW
    Erick Rowan v. Zack Ryder w/ Mojo Rawley
    Winner:


    BONUS:
    Which match will main event the show?




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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    Quote Originally Posted by JayWhy75 View Post
    Thank you for the comments stojy and Gambit! I really appreciate the feedback, and hopefully I can work this out a bit in the future. My main reason for the VV/Crews&Dillinger segment was to give some extra time to some tag team guys while not taking too much time away from another segment, plus gives something for the future no matter what happens at No Mercy. I'm hoping to make the Orton situation a bit better soon, maybe explain some things and get things rolling. I also figured I'd call it the "New Club" for their first week or so together just to get it together, and from now on it's going to be The Club.

    Now on to predictions ...

    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016


    Well, here it goes. This is a show I've already written and am very proud of. I plan to have it posted either on the weekend or early next week as I make tweaks here and there. The previous predictions were won by Declandimi, and he made his choices for Survivor Series which will be seen. Meanwhile, for these, there are a total of 18 points available and the winner of these predictions will make two decisions for TLC. Those involve a match stipulation and a choice between two matches as well which will affect quite a bit of the BTB. Thank you very much for reading and for doing this contest!




    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles
    Winner: AJ AJ AJ!!
    Via: Styles Clash, Pinfall



    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
    Winner: Cena
    Via what finisher (AA, STF, ZigZag, Superkick):
    AA



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner: Tye Dillinger
    Who will take the pin? Apollo



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; FINALS
    American Alpha v. The Revival
    Winner: Revival
    Who will take the pin? Chad Gable



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch © v. Nikki Bella
    Winner: Becky
    Via: Submission



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger
    Winner: Bray
    Will the Wyatt Family make an appearance? Yes



    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella
    Winner: Blissy
    Via: Pinfall



    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater
    Winner: Baron Corbin
    Via: End of days


    PRE-SHOW
    Erick Rowan v. Zack Ryder w/ Mojo Rawley
    Winner: Rowan


    BONUS:
    Which match will main event the show? Styles-Ambrose



    Lookingforwardtothis!!

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    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016



    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles
    Winner: AJ Styles
    Via: Pinfall



    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
    Winner: Dolph Ziggler
    Via what finisher (AA, STF, ZigZag, Superkick):
    Zig Zag



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner: The Miz
    Who will take the pin? Tye Dillinger



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; FINALS
    American Alpha v. The Revival
    Winner: The Revival
    Who will take the pin? Jason Jordan



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch © v. Nikki Bella
    Winner: Becky Lynch
    Via: Submission



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger
    Winner: Bray Wyatt
    Will the Wyatt Family make an appearance? No



    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella
    Winner: Alexa Bliss
    Via: Submission



    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater
    Winner: Baron Corbin
    Via: Pinfall


    PRE-SHOW
    Erick Rowan v. Zack Ryder w/ Mojo Rawley
    Winner: Erick Rowan


    BONUS:
    Which match will main event the show? AJ vs Dean




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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    Quote Originally Posted by JayWhy75 View Post

    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016


    Well, here it goes. This is a show I've already written and am very proud of. I plan to have it posted either on the weekend or early next week as I make tweaks here and there. The previous predictions were won by Declandimi, and he made his choices for Survivor Series which will be seen. Meanwhile, for these, there are a total of 18 points available and the winner of these predictions will make two decisions for TLC. Those involve a match stipulation and a choice between two matches as well which will affect quite a bit of the BTB. Thank you very much for reading and for doing this contest!




    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles
    Winner: AJ Styles
    Via: Pinfall



    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
    Winner: John Cena
    Via what finisher (AA, STF, ZigZag, Superkick):
    AA



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner: The Miz
    Who will take the pin? Apollo



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; FINALS
    American Alpha v. The Revival
    Winner: The Revival
    Who will take the pin? Jordan



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch © v. Nikki Bella
    Winner: Becky
    Via: Submission



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger
    Winner: Bray Wyatt
    Will the Wyatt Family make an appearance? Yes, but not until after the match.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella
    Winner: Alexa
    Via: Pinfall



    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater
    Winner: Corbin
    Via: Referee stoppage


    PRE-SHOW
    Erick Rowan v. Zack Ryder w/ Mojo Rawley
    Winner: Rowan


    BONUS:
    Which match will main event the show? Styles/Ambrose



    Really looking forward to the show.

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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    Figure I'll get No Mercy up for the weekend and take a bit more extended break in posting SmackDown's, maybe a couple weeks off to let this settle in. Thank you all for your predictions and comments and I hope you enjoy the show. Also, as a note, I alluded to it in the New update but no one seemed to pick up on it, the World title goes first to compete with the Presidential Debate that happened on this day. Now without further ado, I present....





    NO MERCY
    Sacramento, California on October 8, 2016

    Pre-Show: Erick Rowan defeated Zack Ryder after the return of Luke Harper. Mojo Rawley fended off the Wyatts from taking his partner with them after the match.

    A video opens up the show following your typical warning labels about not trying this at home. It highlights the troubles of Randy Orton with AJ Styles, and the Dean Ambrose “bring em all” promo. It shows a lot about the Tag Team Championship Tournament, The Miz’s feud with Daniel Bryan and Natalya’s mystery attack and the turmoil in the women’s locker room since it. We cut into the arena where we’re welcomed quickly.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    Hello and welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to No Mercy, presented on the WWE Network by SmackDown Live. Tonight is a huge show, and the biggest news of all, just announced hours before the show went live, we will be opening the show with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    It’s lunacy, Mauro. The most prestigious title in the world is starting the show, and it’s only going to get better later on.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||
    It’s a great opportunity. The World Championship is the big prize, it’s the one thing everyone dreams of winning. To see it start the show, it shows that it’s attainable. It makes it feel possible.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    As you can hear, seated beside me are my broadcast colleagues, JBL and David Otunga. Now, not to give all the hype to the first match, we have a gluttony of great matches to come tonight. We have the conclusion of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament between The Revival and American Alpha.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    That’s the one I’m most excited for! These two teams are smashmouth, angry at the world people. They’re tough as nails and going to give it their all. I fully expect it to be, to quote someone I’m a fan of, a slobberknocker.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||
    We’ll also see the Intercontinental Championship defended by The Miz against Kane, and the Women’s Championship defended by Becky Lynch against Nikki Bella.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    Got any more comments about Nikki Bella’s looks, David?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||
    How about you relax, John, it’s a long night ahead.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    Meanwhile, we hope to find out soon who attacked Natalya weeks ago on SmackDown Live. Hopefully this can be resolved quickly before anybody else suffers a similar fate.

    THEY DON’T WANT NONE
    !

    AJ Styles comes out from the curtains in his patented design, and sans the “new club” of The Usos. As his crescendo hits, he tosses off the hood and does his usual stance. He confidently struts down to the ring, trash talking the entire way. As he enters, the camera cuts away and “Retaliation” plays, with Dean Ambrose marching out from the back. He storms down the ramp with the title over his shoulder, very much focused on getting things started.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! Introducing first, the challenger, from Gainesville, Georgia. He asks to be announced as “The Face That Runs The Place,” he is “The Phenomenal” A! J! STYLES!!

    AJ does his usual taunt along, spinning to his name.

    GREG HAMILTON || And in the corner to my right, he is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is your current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, “The Lunatic Fringe” DEAN AMBROOOOSSE!!!!

    Dean lifts the belt, then hands it to the referee, who raises it as the prize. He hands it off to the time keeper and orders the bell be rung.



    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles

    Styles smirks and chuckles as the bell rings and the two competitors begin circling around a bit. They lock up and Styles quickly gets the upperhand using his leg to trip Ambrose up a bit. Ambrose rolls back through it and jumps to his feet to find Styles standing there smiling. Ambrose points at him, as if saying he got one up on him, and he steps forward to face up again. They lock up, collar-and-elbow again, and Ambrose starts pushing Styles back a bit. Styles shifts his weight into a drop toe hold to knock Ambrose down on his face. Styles reaches out to grab his leg, but Ambrose kicks his hand back and rolls away. The two both get to their feet and the crowd starts cheering.


    Ambrose nods as he steps to Styles, jawing away. Styles raises his hand as if to do the typical test of strength, and Ambrose shakes his head then runs at Styles to drive him back into the turnbuckle. Styles starts throwing wildly at the back of Ambrose, and Ambrose drives hard into the abdomen. He stands up and goes to punch Styles, but Styles ducks and flies forward, hooking in his legs and rolling him up for a quick pin, one.. Kick out! Both men are up, Ambrose runs at Styles, Styles steps into him and grabs his head, using the momentum to whip him around with a headlock. He plants Ambrose, but Ambrose quickly recovers, using his momentum to flip Styles into a pin attempt, one.. Kick out!


    Both men get to their feet and stare each other down, the crowd starts cheering a bit louder. Ambrose cracks his neck and Styles runs at him. Ambrose side steps and pushes Styles to the ropes, then turns and clocks him with a big right. Styles falls back to the ropes and Ambrose keeps throwing haymakers at him for a bit. Styles puts his hands up to defend, and Ambrose throws some blows into his abdomen. He grabs Styles by the hand, whips him across the ring and when Styles comes running back goes for the clothesline. Styles slides under his legs and out of the ring, flipping his hair back and catching his breath.


    Ambrose shakes his head as the referee calls Styles to get back into the ring. Ambrose walks over and jumps out of the ring behind Styles, walking up behind him and grabbing him by the hair. Styles turns and strikes Ambrose quickly in the gut to make him release the hair. Styles throws a few punches, grabs Ambrose by the head and jumps forward to throw him. Ambrose reverses, grabs Styles head and throws him into the ring steps! The steps shake a bit, and Styles seems in pain. Ambrose grabs Styles by the head again, steps into it and tosses him into the barricade hard, flipping him! Ambrose screams while the fans reach out to him.


    The referee’s count continues to grow, and Ambrose quickly spins around and jumps into the ring, then rolls back out. Styles is trying to get to his feet, and Ambrose grabs the barricade and starts kicking him in the gut and stomping on him. The referee calls out for him to let Styles go, but Ambrose simply drops to a knee and starts throwing punch after punch. The referee gets out of the ring and pulls Ambrose back, telling him to lay off, but Ambrose tosses the referee away and gets back to Styles. As he does, Jimmy Uso jumps up in the crowd nearby and pokes Ambrose in the eye. He ducks down and Ambrose stumbles away holding his eye.


    Ambrose slides into the ring, seemingly holding his eye in as the referee gets back in and starts to count Styles out. Styles makes it into the ring at six and the match continues. Styles goes over to Ambrose in a corner, Ambrose deflects a punch and goes to throw his own. Styles ducks it, grabs around Ambrose’s waist and lifts him up, landing him hard on the mat. He spins around, grabs Ambrose for a front facelock, and Ambrose starts kicking to try and get out. He throws a few blows to the ribs, and Styles knees him in the head a few times.


    Ambrose starts trying to get to his feet, and Styles goes up with him. Ambrose starts pushing Styles back into the corner, but Styles turns it and tosses Ambrose into the corner. He throws an uppercut, leaving Ambrose hanging for a minute and steps back then runs in and jumps for a corner clothesline. Ambrose is groggy out of it, and Styles pushes him to the ground and follows for a pin, one… two… kick out! Styles gets to his feet, looks down on Ambrose and smirks. He runs off the ropes, comes forward and jumps to hit his knee to the face. Ambrose sits up, holding his eye again and Styles runs off the ropes and comes in with a jumping forearm to the face. He jumps up for the pin, one.. Two… kick out!


    Styles gets up and looks down at Ambrose with that smirk on his face, and stomps on his shoulder as he reaches out. He turns to the crowd and tosses his arms out before turning to find Ambrose holding the ropes opposite him and trying to get up. Styles runs forward and kicks Ambrose in the gut to keep him bent over, then knees him in the chest. Ambrose stands, Styles lands a blow to the face before pushing Ambrose off the ropes and using the momentum to duck down and lift Ambrose into a fireman’s carry. He steps forward a bit, and then tosses him for an
    Ushigoroshi!Ambrose falls into a sitting position, and Styles pulls him back down and goes for the pin, ONE.... TWO…. KICK OUT!

    Ambrose looks dazed as Styles gets to his feet and stomps on him a couple times. He walks over to the apron, still smiling and climbs to the apron. Ambrose starts to his feet, and Styles seems to prepare, adjusting his elbow pad. Ambrose gets up, Styles launches himself for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose kicks him in the gut to defend against it. He goes to hook Style’s arms, and Styles pushes him off. Ambrose runs at Styles and Styles spins and kicks him in the gut. Styles runs off the ropes, comes at Ambrose, who ducks down and launches Styles with a back body drop!


    Turning to see Styles getting up, Ambrose runs at him and tackles him, throwing wildly at Styles. Styles eventually pushes Ambrose off and rolls away from him, and Ambrose is quick to get to his feet and chase after Styles. He goes for a clothesline, and Styles ducks it, and jumps for his pele kick! Ambrose stumbles backward to the ropes, falls into them and uses them to rebound back for the
    LUNATIC LARIAT!!Styles goes flipping inside out and landing hard, and Ambrose is on his hands and knees. Ambrose crawls over to Styles for the cover, ONE… TWO… KICK OUT!

    Ambrose gets to his feet, turns and sees The Usos jumping over the barricade. Jimmy runs in first, and Ambrose drops him with a clothesline. Jey comes in and Ambrose hits a hard right on him. He sidesteps Jimmy and leaves him on the ropes, ducks a clothesline by Jey and sends him into Jimmy, making both fly over the top rope! Ambrose turns and Styles gets up quickly into a striking frenzy. He smacks at Ambrose’s face a few times, kicks him in the knee and spins quickly into a backfist punch and spins for a devastating clothesline! He drops Ambrose hard, and jumps quickly to cover, holding both the legs, one… two… kick out!


    Styles looks angrily down at Ambrose, and starts wildly punching him as he covers himself. Styles rolls to the apron and uses the ropes to get to his feet. He starts taunting Ambrose, calling for him to get to his feet. Ambrose slowly rises, and Styles jumps to the top rope. Ambrose runs at him and hits the rope, but Styles jumps over him and rolls through. He turns and Ambrose runs at him with a crossbody and starts brawling, punching at Styles. He rolls back, gets to his feet and walks back to the corner to all the cheering fans. Styles gets to his feet using the ropes and corner, and Ambrose runs at him with a forearm smash! He hooks the head and runs forward with a running bulldog! He leans back into the cover, one… two… kick out!


    Ambrose jumps to his feet, runs to the ropes and kicks the bottom rope with his tongue hanging out, the crowd cheers. Jey Uso jumps up on the apron, and the referee goes to get him off as Ambrose is setting up Styles. He turns to see Uso on the apron, turns back to Styles and Jimmy is in the ring and
    HITS A SUPERKICK TO AMBROSE!! Jimmy runs out of the ring and Jey drops off the apron. Styles starts crawling over to Ambrose as the referee turns and he gets the cover, one… two… kick out! Styles gets up to his knees and puts his hands through his hair. He rolls off to the apron again, setting up the forearm again. Ambrose starts to his feet and Styles jumps off the top rope and HE HITS IT! THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, ONE… TWO… THR-KICK OUT!!!

    Styles smacks the mat angry about the count. He gets to his feet and tosses his arms out for his signature taunt, then squares up Ambrose. Ambrose barely gets to his feet and Styles sets him up in position. He tries to lift him, but Ambrose is kicking his feet to fight back. Styles starts to get him up, and Ambrose gets himself back. He tosses Styles for a back body drop, and Styles rolls out of the ring. Ambrose turns to see Styles surrounded by his new Club members and smiles. He runs and goes Flying Lunatic on them! Styles ducks out of the way while The Usos get hit!! Ambrose lands on his feet, the crowd cheers until Ambrose turns and Styles strikes him hard in the face. He slams Ambrose face first off the announce table a couple times then tosses him back into the ring. He jumps up to the apron and jumps quickly for the
    SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! HE’S IN THE COVER, ONE… TWO… THRE-KICK OUT!!!!

    Styles is incredulous about Ambrose kicking out, and gets to his feet quickly, stomping on Ambrose a few times. He goes over to the referee and starts arguing with him that it had to be a three count while Ambrose starts getting up behind him. Ambrose runs at Styles once to his feet, and Styles sidesteps letting Ambrose run into the referee! Ambrose reaches down to the referee, mouth agape as the Usos can be seen sliding into the ring behind him. Ambrose turns, sees the trio and runs at them. He knocks back Jimmy, but Jey drives into his gut and drives him into the corner. AJ runs and hits a jumping forearm strike to Ambrose to knock him out shortly.


    The trio all start attacking Ambrose with punches and kicks, knocking him to a seated position. Jey drops out of the ring as does Styles, and they each grab one of Ambrose’s arms as Jimmy runs from the opposite side and hits the hip strike to the face! Ambrose’s head snaps back hard and Styles smirks. He jumps into the ring, the fans booing him, and grabs Ambrose. He starts directing the Usos, helping him lift Ambrose into position for the Styles Clash but without the feet over the arms. The Usos step back, sidestep forward and hits a big superkick! Styles starts putting his legs over the arms and…


    I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD


    Randy Orton comes running out from backstage and slides into the ring. He ducks a clothesline from Jimmy, jumps and hits the RKO! Jimmy rolls out of the ring, Jey runs at him and Orton ducks another clothesline and hits ANOTHER RKO! Jey lands hard, laying fully knocked out there. Orton gets to his feet, sees Styles face-to-face and walks up to him. Styles smirks and looks over at the referee still getting to his feet. Styles backs up a bit, Orton runs at him, and Styles ducks it and jumps for the pele kick! Orton falls back into the ropes and falls out. Styles gets to his feet, goes to get the referee, shaking him to get him up. Jey Uso starts using the ropes to get him up, and we see the referee getting up thanks to Styles. Styles runs over to cover Ambrose, the referee goes to count, but pauses and turns to Jey Uso. He starts screaming at him, asking why he’s in there, Styles pulls the referee back, pushes him toward Ambrose. The referee screams at both of them.


    He goes to throw for the bell, but Styles grabs his arm. He starts pleading not to call for disqualification, and apologizes to him for pushing. Ambrose is slowly getting back to his feet and Styles is trying to get the referee to agree. Ambrose gets up, goes for Styles. He ducks the clothesline, pushing the referee out of the way. Ambrose hits Uso, turns and Styles kicks him in the gut. He lifts him up for the Styles Clash, Ambrose kicks him in the head to knock him back. He uses the ropes to get up and as he does, Jimmy Uso is there and up on the apron. The referee starts yelling at him to get down as Jey tosses a chair into the ring to Styles. Orton runs and tackles Jey, but Styles has the chair. Ambrose turns to him and
    STYLES HITS HIM WITH A BOOMING CHAIR SHOT THAT ECHOES THROUGHOUT THE ARENA!!

    Styles tosses the chair, and the referee turns quickly to the sound. He looks around, sees the chair hanging on the apron. He calls for the bell!! Styles starts yelling at the referee!


    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Ladies and gentlemen, the referee has ended the match due to disqualification and therefore, your winner and STILL the WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, DEAN AMBROSE!!!

    Styles is still arguing with the referee as Orton stands behind him and waits. Styles turns and Orton jumps for the RKO, but Styles tosses him off and uses the momentum to fall back and slide out of the ring. The Usos join him, backing up the ramp as Orton stands tall and Ambrose stumbles to his feet. Orton turns to Ambrose, who steps back and gets defensive, but Orton pats the title and turns to stare down Styles with Ambrose.


    MAURO RANALLO ||Wow! What a way to start the show, The New Club tried to get involved and nearly took out Dean Ambrose until Randy Orton made his way out. John, what are your takeaways from the end of this match?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    Well it seems pretty obvious that Randy Orton does not want to face AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. He felt that AJ was cheating, he came out and he just destroyed everybody and I can commend that. That’s the old school way, you come out, beat people up and stake your claim. Tonight, Randy Orton did that.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    We had a somewhat controversial decision at the end from the referee, David, with your legal background, do you think the referee made the correct decision?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||
    Considering how these things hold up, the referee’s say is final, however, he didn’t physically see anything. I’m all about fairness, and I think AJ Styles deserved to be disqualified for everything he did. I just don’t think the referee could disqualify him for something he didn’t see, but could infer.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    Attaboy, David. You have to be fully fair in your assessments, that’s fair. The referee screwed over AJ Styles, Randy Orton screwed over AJ Styles, but in the end, the referee’s say is final, and that LUNATIC stays the WWE Champion. He better get ready, he has a big match at Survivor Series.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    That he does, gentlemen. We can now state that at Survivor Series, Dean Ambrose will defend his WWE Championship against “The Viper” Randy Orton. Now we’re going to send this back to Tom Phillips in the back with our SmackDown Live Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch.

    The camera cuts to backstage where we can hear in the background AJ Styles loudly complaining and see Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose walk by the shot before finally giving time to Phillips and Lynch.


    TOM PHILLIPS ||
    Thank you, Mauro. Becky, there has been controversy in the Women’s Locker Room. What are your thoughts on the attack on Natalya?

    BECKY LYNCH ||
    It’s a horrible thing, Tom, it is. Natalya may have had her enemies, and by that I mean, she may have burned literally every bridge she’s ever seen, but she didn’t deserve to be brutalized. I am on high alert, as is everybody in the locker room. I feel confident we will find the attacker soon.

    TOM PHILLIPS ||
    Have you heard any rumors? Are there any leads on the attacker?

    BECKY LYNCH ||
    There’s always going to be rumors. People have pointed fingers at everyone. I’ve heard it came my way at some point, which is just obviously false. Carmella is very adamant it had to be Alexa, and I just, I’m not sure.

    TOM PHILLIPS ||
    Finally, do you have any worries about your match later tonight with Nikki Bella with an attacker loose?

    BECKY LYNCH ||
    I have no reason to fear in a match with Nikki. We are both tough, vicious women. Someone comes to attack us, we’ll be ready. This match is going to be clean, safe and we’re going to both do our very best.

    Alexa Bliss walks into the shot and up to Becky.


    ALEXA BLISS ||
    I heard you taking shots. Carmella’s taking shots, and now you? I thought the “champion” was supposed to be a leader. Maybe I should just, take that from you and show you what a real champion is like.

    BECKY LYNCH ||
    You’re one to talk, Miss I need to pretend to be a famous movie character so people like me.

    ALEXA BLISS ||
    I’m telling you, watch your mouth.

    BECKY LYNCH ||
    Or what, you’ll attack me from behind too?

    ALEXA BLISS ||
    I didn’t attack anybody! I’ll show you what happens to the people who falsely accuse.

    “Spiteful” by CFO$ begins to play and Alexa excuses herself, pushing Becky’s shoulder and walking past her with a smug look and an eyeroll. Becky gives a shocked look as we cut to the entrance ramp. Alexa walks out, stands at the top of the ramp and removes her belt, tossing it over her shoulders and tossing her hip to the side.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Making her way to the ring, from Columbus, Ohio, she is “Five Feet of Fury” Alexa Bliiissss!!!

    Alexa swings into the ring on the bottom rope, does her signature pose toward the camera and “Fabulous” begins playing and Carmella skips her way out to the ramp. She stops short and moonwalks along the stage.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    And her opponent, from Staten Island, New York, she is “The Queen Of Staten Island” Carmelllaa!!!

    Carmella goes into the ring just above the bottom rope, shimmies and removes her jacket. She locks eyes with Alexa and points at her, screaming she attacked Natalya. The referee forces the two to their respective corners.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella

    The two competitors start off hot, screaming at each other until the bell rings. Carmella continues saying how Alexa attacked Natalya, and the moment the bell rings Alexa takes out her frustration by tackling Carmella to the mat and throwing some haymakers. Carmella pushes her off, both get to their feet and Alexa charges at Carmella. Carmella side steps, Alexa hits the turnbuckle and bounces back. Carmella slaps Alexa in the face and then pushes her into the corner and starts stomping and kicking away at her midsection! The referee has to eventually pull Carmella off to allow some reprieve.


    Immediately, however, Alexa charges at Carmella and tackles her again, grabbing her hair and slamming her head against the mat, screaming out she didn’t do anything wrong. The referee pulls Alexa off Carmella, and pushes her back to the corner. Carmella gets up and Alexa pushes the referee aside to get back to Carmella. Carmella runs at Alexa, ducks down and rolls her up, one… kick out! Alexa jumps to her feet fuming and kicks Carmella in the head before she’s able to fully get to her feet.


    Carmella goes tumbling out of the ring, and Alexa gives chase. The referee starts telling her to get Carmella back in, but Alexa seems to have sinister intentions. She grabs Carmella by the hair, throws her into the barricade!
    ONE! TWO! Alexa grabs Carmella by the hair again, screaming in her face about falsely accusing someone. THREE! FOUR! Alexa stomps on Carmella’s chest, sending her back into the barricade and making her neck snap back from the force. FIVE! SIX! Alexa relents finally, going back to the ring, getting in and taunting the crowd. SEVEN! EIGHT! Carmella is to her feet, stumbling toward the ring. NINE! She just jumps into the ring to make the count, and Alexa quickly goes back on the attack.
    She stomps on Carmella’s back a few times then steps up on her back and stands on her for a moment. Carmella rolls to her back, holding it and Alexa grabs her arm and holds it up, slamming it down to the mat hard. Carmella grabs her arm and screams, rolling toward the ropes. Alexa walks over to her, seeing Carmella using the ropes to try and get back to her feet. She slaps Carmella into the middle rope, then, holding the top rope, steps onto her back to drive her throat into the rope. ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! Alexa releases her hold, and tells the referee that she knows the rules. Carmella turns to a seated position and grabs at her throat while Alexa walks around the ring with her arms out. She turns to Carmella, runs and dives down for a dropkick to the face!

    Carmella slams hard off the mat and Alexa goes for the cover, one… two… kick out! Alexa gets back to her feet quickly, standing over the fallen Carmella. She stomps on her abdomen then turns around. She goes for the Insult to Injury and lands it! The pin, one.. Two… kick out! Alexa looks at the referee stunned and rolls over, smacking the ring and throwing a tantrum. This all gives Carmella some time to start catching her breath, which JBL is quick to mention she must be struggling to do with the attacks Alexa has laid out.

    Alexa goes to the corner and climbs to the apron, she starts climbing the turnbuckles, hoping to end the match early on. She stands atop the ropes and points down to Carmella, then launches herself. Carmella moves! Bliss misses the Twisted Bliss! Carmella gets to the ropes and uses them to get to her feet while Bliss is down. She runs over as Bliss is trying to get up and jumps over her, grabbing her arms and rolling her over, then rolling her up in a crucifix pin, one… two… kick out!

    Carmella gets up, Alexa does as well. Carmella kicks Alexa in the gut, grabs her head and goes for a suplex. Alexa counters with some punches to the ribs and pushes Carmella off. Alexa runs at Carmella, who drops down with a drop toe hold to take down Alexa. Alexa crawls to the corner, uses the ropes to get up and turns. Carmella runs at her and jumps up, grabbing her head then monkey flipping her away across the ring! Alexa lands hard on her back and continues forward a bit. She goes to the opposite corner, grabbing the ropes and turning. She holds at her chest as she gets up, and Carmella doesn’t wait to start kicking her and stomping on her, sending her back to a seated position.

    Carmella looks around, moonwalks back to the center of the ring and runs at Alexa for the Staten Island Shuffle! Carmella sees her chance and grabs Alexa by the leg, pulling her out toward the center of the ring. She goes for the pin, one… two… kick out!

    Stalking around, Carmella waits for Alexa to get up. Alexa stirs to her feet, turns to face Carmella and is caught in an STO. Alexa goes to block, grabs Carmella by the throat, calls her a “bitch” and kicks out her leg for the Chokehold STO! Carmella is down and Alexa takes a moment to catch her breath. She looks around at the fans, mocks them a bit, then turns back to Carmella, who is rising. She goes over to Carmella, grabs her by the hair and smacks her hard across the face! She does it again! Carmella turns back and smacks her back! Alexa hits a forearm! Carmella spins back with one of her own! Alexa stumbles back a bit, looks angry and runs at Carmella. Carmella side steps! Alexa turns back to Carmella, and Carmella quickly grabs her and hits the reverse STO!


    She rolls up, gets her leg around Alexa’s head and tries to lock in the Code of Silence! Can she get it? Alexa is trying to fend it off, she gets her leg up, but Alexa is able to push her legs off and get out of the hold. Carmella and Alexa both get to their feet, Alexa runs at Carmella, and Carmella side steps again. Alexa turns, Carmella goes for a superkick! Alexa ducks it, Carmella spins around disoriented and Alexa grabs her and lands a
    SNAP DDT!

    Carmella lands hard, flips over and seems to be out cold. Alexa, rather than pin, gets to her feet and looks down at Carmella, spitting on her then stepping on her as she walks to the nearby corner. She steps out, climbs the turnbuckles and stands at the top looking down spitefully at Carmella. She launches herself for the
    TWISTED BLISS! She hits it! The cover! One! Two! THREE!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, ALEXA BLISS!!

    Alexa gets to her feet and has her hand raised by the referee. She walks over and kicks at Carmella, pushing her out of the ring before stomping around the ring victorious.


    MAURO RANALLO ||
    Alexa Bliss showed a lot of anger and frustration out there tonight, with the accusations levied against her, David, what do you think this means for Little Miss Bliss?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||
    Honestly, it would be unfair to indict her over her actions in tonight’s match. Look, if you just keep screaming at someone that they did it, eventually they’ll crack and agree. Alexa was being screamed at by Carmella, she cracked and it came back to bite Carmella. Alexa is one aggressive woman.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    John, in your career, you were known for being very much an aggressor. Back in your APA days, you had many battles around the WWE. What was your takeaway from Alexa’s aggression?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||
    I love it, Mauro! She was physical, she was mean. At the end, she just wanted to send a big message and she did. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her after that SmackDown Live Women’s Championship soon.

    MAURO RANALLO ||
    That seems to be a fine assessment, John. She’s definitely been spectacular, one of the final two at Backlash and a big win here. I’m hearing we have sight backstage of a raucous time in our general manager’s office.

    The camera cuts back to Dolph Ziggler standing in Daniel Bryan’s office arguing about John Cena, his obsession recently.


    DOLPH ZIGGLER ||
    I will tell you this, Daniel. This whole WWE Championship going first on the show thing, it opens up a spot later. And you know, I think it’s about time you show some respect to some of your biggest stars. I know how much you love John Cena, and how he just gets anything he wants. So I fully expect to be given the respect I deserve.

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    I have told you so many times Dolph, there is no bias here. We aren’t biased, we don’t favor anybody, we don’t love anybody more than another. You receive the same opportunities as everyone else. If we were against you, you wouldn’t be on this show tonight.

    DOLPH ZIGGLER ||
    I’m just telling you, I’ve noticed your biases. I recognize what’s going on here, the favoritism that happens over on Raw also. I’m sick of it and I’m demanding you give me what I deserve. And tonight, I’m going to show you just how much I deserve.

    AJ Styles breaks into the room with The Usos.


    AJ STYLES ||
    Daniel … Bryan. I have a bone to pick with you.

    He turns to Dolph Ziggler.


    AJ STYLES ||
    Uh, excuse me? There’s some REAL business being discussed. Shoo.

    DOLPH ZIGGLER ||
    Really? Daniel, you know what I want. I expect to hear from you soon.

    Dolph leaves, Daniel looks exasperated.


    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    Why is everyone always screaming at me? Why don’t they come in to commend me on the hard work I’m putting in?

    AJ STYLES ||
    Uh, because you’re the epitome of a bad general manager.

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    Wait, what?

    AJ STYLES ||
    Daniel, you have so much work to do. You have a lot to learn. You want to know what it takes to be a good general manager? Look at what happened earlier. One of your top stars, THE top star, THE face that runs the place, was screwed over by an errant referee. This is your chance Daniel, make your mark, put your stamp on SmackDown Live and do the right thing.

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    And the right thing would be?

    AJ STYLES ||
    Announce the result as voided and give me my TRUE championship match. That referee had no reason to disqualify me, HE didn’t see anything! You know I deserve that title around my waist, and you know that referee was acting out of pure malice. Give me a real match, one without Randy Orton, one without that stupid referee!

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    Apparently you have a selective memory. What about having The Usos attack Dean? What about when you used that chair, or knocked out the referee? What makes you feel you were in the right here?

    AJ STYLES ||
    You know, in my years, DECADES, Daniel, of wrestling around the world, I have never been disrespected like this. I have fought honorably, I have fought favorably. I beat John Cena, I’ve beat Randy Orton...

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    By attacking him before actually facing him.

    AJ STYLES ||
    By being BETTER than them. Daniel, you are biased, you are corrupt and I cannot stand for this. I demand I get my rematch with Dean. I demand I get a FAIR shot at the title, one without Randy Orton without that referee making assumptions and one without your biases! Give me what I deserve!

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    AJ, what you deserve is not a championship match. What you deserve is a trip to the psychiatrist. You are simply delusional. I’ll tell you what AJ, the referee’s decision is final. That’s how it works. That’s how rules work. That’s how laws work. Maybe you could act like an adult and accept that you failed tonight.

    AJ STYLES ||
    Daniel, you are making a big mistake. That referee was out to get me, out to find something wrong. He doesn’t deserve to wear those stripes. He is going rogue and it would benefit you to work with me and overturn his decision.

    DANIEL BRYAN ||
    My decision is final, the referee’s decision is final. Now, get out of my office. I have a lot of work to do, and this is not part of it.

    AJ and The Usos leave in a huff and the camera pans back to Daniel Bryan rubbing his face. We cut to ringside where “Ten” by CFO$ begins playing and Tye Dillinger comes stomping out onto the stage. A 10 appears on the stage just at the top of the ramp and he stands just above it pointing down at it as the crowd chants with him.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    The following contest is scheduled a triple threat match and is for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! First, one of the challengers, making his way to the ring, he is “The Perfect Ten” TYE DILLLLINGEEERRRR!!

    Dillinger jumps on the apron and tosses his hands out to the crowd for the Ten just as his music cuts out. He gets into the ring while “Cruise Control” by CFO$ starts playing and Apollo Crews comes somewhat skipping out onto the stage, jumping a bit and keeping himself active. He flexes a bit, points out to the crowd who are a little indifferent to him currently.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    And introducing the other challenger, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, APOLLO CREEEWWWSSS!!

    Apollo gets to the ring, his smile gleaming through the camera and slides in before jumping onto the second rope. He turns and shakes his tag team partner’s hand as the camera shifts again.


    QUIET ON THE SET, CAN WE PLEASE HAVE QUIET ON THE SET?

    AWWWWEESSSOOOMMMMEEEEE!!!!!


    “I came to play” starts playing and The Miz walks out with Maryse on his arm. He holds the Intercontinental Championship on his shoulder as he stands at the center of the stage, pulls Maryse in and kisses her while the red carpet forms around them and shoots down the ramp.

    GREG HAMILTON ||
    And introducing, from Hollywood, California, he is The Intercontinental Champion, THE MIIIIZZZZ!!!

    Miz and Maryse continue their typical entrance, and Maryse exits the ring to stand on the apron and offer encouragement. The referee holds up the prize.



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger

    The two stare a hole through Miz as Maryse pats him on the back and the bell rings. The moment it rings, Dillinger and Crews both charge at Miz and start punching and kicking at him. They push him into the corner where they keep laying into him while the referee tries to pull them off. He gets Crews off, but as he pulls back Dillinger, Crews runs back in to attack Miz. He obviously has a vendetta against him.

    Once the referee regains control, Crews and Dillinger look at each other and then at Miz and seem to establish a plan. Crews grabs Dillinger by the hand, pulls hard and tosses him into Miz in the corner. Miz bounces off the turnbuckle, stumbles forward and Crews runs and hits a leaping clothesline! Miz drops hard and rolls out of the ring, leaving just the tag partners standing across from each other.

    Maryse stands over Miz, trying to help him up. The partners stare at each other for a moment then look over to see Miz reaching up to the apron and pulling himself up. Dillinger runs at him, goes for the baseball slide, Miz sidesteps and Dillinger slides out landing on his feet. Crews runs and dives for a suicide dive… BUT MIZ PULLS DILLINGER INTO THE WAY! Crews lands on his feet, Miz grabs him by the back of the head and tosses him into the barricade!!

    Miz grabs Dillinger by the head, throws him into the ring and follows quickly. He goes for the pin, one… two… kick out! Miz stands on his knees and throws a few blows at Dillinger then jumps to his feet and raises his arms for the crowd, who boo. Dillinger uses the ropes to get up, and Miz hits a few chops to his chest and knocks him back to the corner. Miz looks around confidently, backing to the opposite corner then running and hitting a dropkick! He does it again, mocking Daniel Bryan!

    He runs back to the corner, gives a YES! Then runs again for the Awesome Clothesline …. BUT APOLLO CREWS IS IN WITH A HUGE CLOTHESLINE! HE FLIPS MIZ INSIDE OUT!

    Crews falls forward and Dillinger falls off the ropes to a seated position in the corner. Miz is lifeless in the middle of the ring and Crews crawls over to the pin, one… two… kick out! He looks stunned as Miz kicks out, and turns to Dillinger, who is standing. He tells him to help him, and he does, grabbing Miz by the head and dragging him up. Dillinger stands behind Crews as he lifts Miz up for a Gorilla Press. He drops him and Dillinger jumps up to meet him with a PERFECT TEN!

    Miz flips over and crumples to the mat as Dillinger jumps to his feet over him. Crews turns and grabs Dillinger, rolling him up, one…TWO… TH-KICK OUT!!

    Dillinger rolls through, gets to his feet and stares at Crews. “This is how it is,” says Dillinger. “You know we got to give it our best,” says Crews. The two nod as Maryse reaches out and rolls Miz out of the ring. Crews and Dillinger lock up, and Crews quickly overpowers Dillinger, pushing him hard enough he rolls through to the corner. Crews smiles at the Perfect Ten, and Dillinger smirks back.

    The two circle around, Dillinger uses some speed to try and dive through for a roll-up, but Crews grabs him by the waist and lifts him up for a gutwrench suplex! Dillinger grabs at his back while he gets up and Crews meets him with a harsh enzuiguri! Dillinger drops hard and Crews goes for the pin, one… two… kick out!! Crews grabs Dillinger and picks him up to his feet, trying to pick him up for the gorilla press. Dillinger wiggles out and drops down his back, pushing Crews forward. Crews stops himself and goes off the turnbuckle back at Dillinger and INTO A SUPERKICK!

    Crews falls into the corner and Dillinger crawls forward and jumps up to stomp at Crews a bit in the corner, then climbs to the second rope and starts throwing punches! The crowd counts along to nine where Dillinger pauses for anticipation. As they go to scream 10! Crews reaches up and grabs Dillinger’s tights then walks forward in powerbomb position. Dillinger pushes forward and slides down the back, using momentum to go into the corner. He kicks off the turnbuckle and runs at Crews.

    Crews counters with a hip toss! Dillinger lands hard, Crews steps back then goes for a standing shooting star press!! Dillinger moves, Crews lands hard on his chest. Dillinger jumps to his feet, runs and goes for the Perfect Ten!! Crews holds on and swipes out the other leg from Dillinger! He jumps up to get a roll-up like pin, full weight forward, ONE… TWO… KICK OUT!!

    CREWS USES THE MOMENTUM TO LIFT DILLINGER UP! He holds him up in a powerbomb position and Dillinger reaches around then throws a punch quickly. Crews is unphased, spins around quickly once… TWICE… BOOM!SPINNING POWERBOMB! CREWS GOES FORWARD INTO A PIN. ONE…. TWO…. THR-MARYSE! MARYSE PULLS CREWS LEG AND GETS HIM OUT OF THE RING!

    Crews lands on his feet, staring at Maryse for a moment in utter shock. He starts stepping up to her and she backs up a couple steps. As Crews is berating her, Maryse slaps him hard across the face! The big smile on Crews is missing and he goes to do something, BUT MIZ HITS HIM FROM BEHIND! Miz throws him into the apron a couple times then HARD into the barricade! He then runs into the ring to see Dillinger starting to rise.

    Holding his head, Miz goes to grab Dillinger for the Skull Crushing Finale. Dillinger uses momentum to pull Miz forward and toss him. Miz jumps to his feet, runs at Dillinger. Dillinger swings for a lariat, but Miz ducks it, comes off the ropes and hits a big clothesline of his own! Dillinger is back up, and Miz hits a big chop to his chest. Dillinger responds with a chop of his own. Miz another, Dillinger another. Dillinger stumbles back, goes to step into the next one and Miz kicks him in the knee to knock him down! He hooks his head, but Crews is back in! Miz kicks him in the knee AND HE HITS BOTH MEN WITH THE CURTAIN CALL DDT! THEY BOTH FLIP OVER AND MIZ IS SLOWLY GETTING BACK UP.

    HE COVERS DILLINGER, ONE… TWO…. THRE-KICK OUT!!!

    HE CAN’T BELIEVE IT! HE COVERS CREWS, ONE… TWO….THRE-KICK OUT!!!

    Miz is in shock as the two have both kicked out of one of his best moves. He gets to his feet, sees the two begin to stir and starts the YES! Chants as he lays in some kicks to the chest. He goes for Dillinger, then Crews and back and forth. He swings another one at Dillinger, but Dillinger blocks it and catches it! He throws him around and Crews rushes in and catches the leg and lifts Miz for a POWERBOMB! HE SPINS ONCE AND LANDS A HUGE POWERBOMB! WHILE DOWN, DILLINGER RUNS AND HITS CREWS WITH THE PERFECT TEN!! CREWS FLIES OUT OF THE RING, DILLINGER AND MIZ ARE BOTH DOWN!

    Dillinger is first one up, and he crawls over to Miz for the cover, ONE… TWO… THRE-NOOO!!

    Miz is still stirring, and Dillinger gets to his feet. He starts targeting Miz, stalking him as he begins to get up. Miz uses the ropes, gets up in the corner. Dillinger charges in, climbs to the second rope and starts laying in the punches! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! Miz is quick to start the counter, walking out and having Dillinger in a powerbomb position. He turns, bounces him off the ropes… Dillinger uses the momentum upward to hop over and slide down Miz’s back.

    Miz turns, Dillinger CATCHES HIM WITH A SUPERKICK! MIZ DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND DILLINGER RUNS AND HITS THE PERFECT TEN!! HE SEES HIS MOMENT, CRAWLS INTO THE COVER AND HOOKS THE LEG!! ONE!! TWO!! THREE -- NOOO, CREWS GRABS DILLINGER’S LEG AND PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING!

    Dillinger and Crews argue for a moment and Crews pushes Dillinger a bit. Dillinger turns away, wipes his face a bit and Maryse comes up to him. She’s shaking something, lifts it and goes to spray pepper spray in his eyes again. Dillinger ducks it, Crews is hit! Crews takes the pepper spray to the eyes and he stumbles backward! Dillinger pushes Maryse, then slides into the ring as Miz is getting up.

    Miz turns to Dillinger who lifts him on his shoulders for the Tye Breaker! He fights back, and Miz slides down his back and pushes Dillinger forward. CREWS IS ON THE APRON, DILLINGER RUNS INTO HIM AND KNOCKS HIM HARD BACK TO THE FLOOR! DILLINGER STUMBLES BACK AND MIZ HOOKS HIM IN AND KICKS OUT HIS LEG FOR A SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! FLIPS HIM FOR THE PIN, ONE!! TWO!!! THREE!!!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, and STILL, the Intercontinental Champion, THE MIZ!!

    Apollo Crews is holding his head, trying to slide into the ring, while Miz is exhausted and falling backward a bit. He’s handed his title as Maryse beckons him away. Crews is left standing in the ring, holding his head and staring down at Dillinger upset.


    MAURO RANALLO ||Once again, gentlemen, The Miz is able to exit victorious with his championship firmly in his grasp. David, you are a staunch hater of his, what are your thoughts on Miz’s ability to succeed tonight?

    DAVID OTUNGA || As much as I’d hate to say it, I have to give it to him. He didn’t do it all on his own, but he did a lot and it really was an impressive match for him. Miz is one of the dirtiest people in the game today, and he managed to get partners, friends, to fight each other and let him come up with the win.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||Once again, Miz proves to be just as intelligent as we have all known. He’s got that title for a reason, and he’s held it for so long for a reason. The question is how these two knuckleheads will move on from this, not about how David feels about The Miz.

    DAVID OTUNGA || I hate to admit it, John’s right. Apollo clearly seems upset, I have a bad feeling about how this will go over for them.

    Apollo stands over Dillinger just as Tye begins to sit up. He shakes his head at him, and Dillinger looks on concerned. He opens his arms to him, as if to ask what are you doing? Crews grabs Dillinger’s hand, pulls him up, but without speaking a word simply turns and leaves the ring. Dillinger stands in it, confused and then chases after Crews wanting an explanation.

    We cut away to a commercial for the WWE Network. It highlights the upcoming Hell in a Cell for Raw, as well as Survivor Series --

    “DEH!”


    Cutting into the commercial, Bray Wyatt covers the screen with darkness, only his face lit by the lantern in his hands and the figure of two shadows passing behind him.


    BRAY WYATT ||
    Swagger… It’s an ironic name for an ironic man. Somebody with such a disregard for the people he has damaged. It’s the name of somebody with such a focus on themselves, such an ego, they simply cannot help but be drawn toward chasing success. Jack Swagger, you left your prior home of Monday Night Raw in order to join the land of opportunity. However, in the process, you deemed yourself a new man and yet claimed to be chasing championships and cheers. You hunted for the loving embrace of the people who matter not to your own personal happiness. Mister Swagger, I feel sorry for you that you have yet to see the light and the error of your ways. I feel sorry that you do not yet know the feeling of true growth and a meaningful existence. You will, I promise you that. I will rescue you from your sinful life and breath a new life into you that delivers you a happiness you will never know. And in return, the people, the people will respect you. In return, the people will idolize you and learn from you. These people, the ones who follow and hang on every word, the ones who seek their own personal glories at the expenses of others, the ones who have been taught by everybody that greed, that ego, that gluttony are the ways to live, they will find their new way. I am here to save you, to rescue you and your people and bring forth a new era in SmackDown Live. Jack Swagger, you are simply another totem, another sacrifice in the war on the lives of the sinners before us. You will fall tonight, and rise again a new man. Follow the buzzards, Jack. To your new existence. We’re here.

    “DEH!”


    Bray blows out his lantern and his theme song begins to play. The lights in the arena go out, and in the darkness everybody turns on their flashlights, waving them about as the fireflies of the Wyatt Family. Bray walks out of the curtain with his lantern in front of him lighting the path.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    The following contest is set for one fall. Making his way to the ring, he is “The New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt!!

    Wyatt calmly and slowly walks to the ring, stopping just short to pause and look around at all the fireflies in attendance. He gets into the ring, stands at center and blows out his lantern, thus signaling the end of his music and the lights to return. Just as he begins to remove his fedora and jacket, Jack Swagger’s music begins. He’s walking out gingerly, looking behind him frequently as he knows the tricks Wyatt has pulled. He’s shocked to find that nobody is following him by time he makes it to the ringside area.


    GREG HAMILTON ||
    And his opponent, entering the ring to my right, he is the “Real American” Jack Swagger!!

    Swagger continues to look behind him as he lumbers into the ring.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger

    Swagger seems pleased to have made it to the ring unharmed having seen the attack on Del Rio from Backlash, Wyatt seems to be pleased to have Swagger in front of him. The bell rings, Wyatt uses the ropes to pull himself to his feet. Swagger stares at Wyatt, who has his sinister smirk on as usual and walks slowly toward him telling him to accept his fate or it will be forced upon him.

    Seeming upset, somewhat fearful, Swagger quickly runs at Wyatt and grabs him with a waistlock. He tosses him down to the mat, and slides around for a front facelock. Wyatt seems to not be worried, as Swagger goes about trying to hold him down but Wyatt powers his way back to his feet. Wyatt pushes Swagger off him and to the ropes, but simply stands and laughs as Swagger holds the top rope and seems confused.

    Suddenly, Wyatt rushes Swagger and drops him with a massive short arm clothesline. Swagger reaches up in pain, and Wyatt grabs his hair to pull him up. He pushes him against the ropes, whips him across the ring. On the comeback, Wyatt comes rushing at him and jumps to hit a massive crossbody! He pins Swagger, one… two… kick out! He laughs, says he’s happy Swagger came to fight for his life. He grabs Swagger by the hair and pulls him back to his feet, throwing him over to the corner. He walks up to Swagger, holding the ropes to stay up while trying to catch his breath and gets in his face, saying it’ll only hurt for a moment.

    A BIG SLAP!

    Apparently Swagger had enough, threw a big slap at the face of Wyatt. Wyatt stumbles back a step, then starts laughing, looking up at Swagger. Swagger seems fearful for a moment, and makes the rush decision to stand up to his fears, running at Wyatt for a clothesline. Wyatt ducks though and HITS A MASSIVE URANAGE! He drops into a pin, ONE!! TWO!! THR-KICK OUT!!

    Wyatt sits up and looks down at Swagger, who is very obviously feeling the effects of his fears of the past weeks, and laughs. He lays his hand around his face like a child and shakes his head, then slaps Swagger hard as if to wake him up. Swagger pushes Wyatt away a bit, but Wyatt simply rolls away and jumps to his feet. He waits and Swagger gets to his feet, turning and facing Wyatt, who stands firmly in front of him. Wyatt smiles and screams “I’m your god now!”

    Taking offense, Swagger tries to mount an offense, swinging wildly at Bray, who simply eats the first punch and blocks the second. Bray is unphased, and kicks Swagger in the gut before laying into him with a few strikes of his own. He backs Swagger into the corner, then whips him across and follows, crushing Swagger with a full body corner clothesline! Swagger collapses and rolls away, but Wyatt is very much nearby.

    Wyatt steps back a bit, looking around at the crowd, and laughs a bit with his evil smirk while he sits in the corner. He measures up Swagger and mouths something to him before running and jumping FOR A HUGE SENTON! SWAGGER IS DEFLATED! WYATT LEANS BACK INTO THE COVER! ONE!! TWO!! KICK OUT!!

    Wyatt sits up and again stares at Swagger, and with his cunning mind screams out to him that he’s happy to see a fighter, finally. He’s happy to see that Swagger is still a man, albeit a deceitful one, a cowardly one, a forgotten one. He stands above the fallen Swagger and throws his arms out and screams out, “This is your idol, gaze upon him and fear the hell that he must suffer. He reaped what he sows!”

    Swagger is slowly getting back to his feet, and Wyatt leans over and grabs his face as he is using Wyatt’s pants to get up. Wyatt leans in and tells him that this is the end of his suffering in sin. He steps into him and leans him back, setting up for Sister Abigail, swings him back BUT SWAGGER REVERSES AND SWINGS THROUGH! HE SPINS AROUND, GRABS WYATT BY THE WAIST AND LAUNCHES HIM FOR A BIG GERMAN SUPLEX!!

    The crowd cheers as Swagger finally has some momentum starting, Wyatt is a bit staggered, stumbling to his feet. Swagger turns and runs at him, and he hits a big clothesline to knock Wyatt back down! Wyatt is back to his feet quick, and Swagger again goes for a clothesline! Wyatt is reeling, barely back to his feet, and Swagger sets him up and tosses him WITH A BIG GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!!

    Swagger stands tall, confidently. He puts his hand over his chest and staring into the camera screams out “WE… THE”

    DEH!

    The lights go out and the room goes silent for a moment. When they come back on, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are standing at ringside on opposite ends of the ring. Swagger looks downright scared staring into their eyes, Rowan behind the sheep mask and Harper with his messy hair. He spins around a couple times, looking at them, then turns AND BRAY IS UP IN THE SPIDERWALK! HE’S STARING A HOLE IN THE SOUL OF JACK SWAGGER!

    In fear, Swagger falls back to the mat. Wyatt rolls over and stands up, casually walking over to Swagger who is pleading for his life. Wyatt smirks and tells him that sinners are not given a pass here and the time to pay has come. Swagger tries to throw a punch, fight back, BUT BRAY GRABS HIS ARM, STEPS INTO HIM AND TOSSES HIM BACK WITH THE SISTER ABIGAIL!!! INTO THE PIN, ONE! TWO!! THREE!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, The Eater of Worlds, BRAY WYATT!!!


    MAURO RANALLO ||The new face of fear has finished off his newest victim. John, what goes through your head as a performer in the ring when you see two behemoths like Erick Rowan and Luke Harper suddenly appear like that?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||It is a terrifying feeling. They are incredibly agile, massive men. They could be planning to do literally anything, or even nothing, but you have to prepare like they’re going to rush in and attack you. You have to plan like these mountain man hillbillies are going to injure you, and that’s a scary thing to think.

    Wyatt has called in Rowan and Harper, who drag Swagger out of the ring and lift him up from the apron to carry him off behind Wyatt.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||Again, we see the Wyatts doing something and we don’t know what. Last time, we never saw Alberto Del Rio again. This time, I just have to wonder if we’ll see Jack Swagger at all. It could be the end of his career here.

    MAURO RANALLO || It’s definitely a horrifying thought to see someone carried off by these Wyatts and be helpless to do anything.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Horrifying is an understatement. It really is, Mauro. These Wyatts, they’re something else. Bray could be doing anything, literally anything. It’s like with The Undertaker, just the scariest being you will ever see.

    MAURO RANALLO ||A very good description, John. And now, we are going to head backstage to Tom Phillips standing by.

    The camera cuts back to Tom standing next to Heath Slater and Rhyno, better known as Beauty and the Man-Beast. The Wyatts walk by, still carrying Swagger, and Heath looks confused, turning back and forth over and over.

    TOM PHILLIPS ||Thank you, Mauro. I’m here with Heath Slater and Rhyno.

    HEATH SLATER ||Umm, Todd, not to be rude or anything but, did you just see that? Shouldn’t somebody like, call the cops or something?

    RHYNO ||What?

    HEATH SLATER ||You know, those big dudes that just walked by.

    TOM PHILLIPS ||So gentlemen, Rhyno, you have a match with Baron Corbin later this evening. Corbin has been very destructive, and broke up the contract signing for Heath, what made you challenge him to this match?

    HEATH SLATER || So we’re just ignoring it? Really? That was very disturbing..

    RHYNO ||In the short time that I’ve got to know Heath, he’s been the most incredible person. He’s friendly, kind and a role model. For someone new like that Corbin kid to come out and demand he be given more time, and to be so rude toward Heath, I just can’t stand for that. Heath is my friend, a very close friend. I refuse to stand by while the young kids disrespect their elders, that’s not what we did in my day, and that’s not happening while I’m around.

    HEATH SLATER ||Wow, man. Thank you. Now, really, are we going to call somebody? Do something? I’m really worried here.

    TOM PHILLIPS || Heath, what do you think of Rhyno’s chances tonight?

    HEATH SLATER || I’m just very confused, Todd, to be honest with you. I just don’t know what happened.

    TOM PHILLIPS ||That’s a strange thing to say about your partner.

    HEATH SLATER ||No, the… you know, nevermind. Rhyno’s awesome, nothing to worry about with him.

    The Revival walk into the scene chuckling.

    SCOTT DAWSON ||Rhyno’s what? Tom here asked about Rhyno’s chances, which to be blunt, are about the same as yours to ever be successful. You two are never going to be like us, the Top Guys.

    DASH WILDER ||And if you think, by any stretch of your wild imagination, that you two can be something, anything, to anybody, you should probably go see your psychiatrist. I’m sure Rhyno knows quite a few, in Michigan he’s legally insane thinking he could become a state representative.

    SCOTT DAWSON ||I mean, Dash, this backwoods, West Virginia hillbilly thought he could win the tag team championship tournament, and he’d get himself a contract. These two were never going to be the brightest bulb.

    HEATH SLATER ||Hey! No one, and I mean no one, talks about my buddy Rhyno like that! Backwoods? He’s from Deerborn.

    RHYNO ||Heath, he meant you.

    HEATH SLATER ||What? Backwoods? I mean, well…

    SCOTT DAWSON ||You can’t even follow a coherent sentence. Here…. Let…. me… talk… real… slow… for… you… do… you… follow?

    HEATH SLATER ||Now you’re just being rude.

    DASH WILDER ||Honestly, it’s like my brain cells are melting off.

    RHYNO ||You two, just know, when I’m done with Corbin, you’ll be next.

    HEATH SLATER ||Yeah! Take that!

    SCOTT DAWSON ||Good luck, we’ll win the championships tonight, and IF you can make it to SmackDown Live, we’ll just beat you too. Top Guys out.

    Dash and Dawson walk off while the camera zooms in on Heath and Rhyno.

    HEATH SLATER ||But really, are we calling the cops?

    The camera fades back to the ring as Rhyno shakes his head, staring over at Heath.

    “I’M HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD”

    With the common refrain, Dolph Ziggler comes marching out in his Shawn Michaels-esque gear. The fans are booing, and he has a “full-time > part-time” t-shirt on with the sleeves cut off. He spins around, shakes his butt to the camera, then continues his march while berating the Cena fans in the audience.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall, making his way to the ring, he is “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler!!

    Ziggler hops into the ring, and does his typical signature taunt as the camera cuts off from him quickly.

    “BRRRR ABIDO”

    Storming out as if shot by a rocket, John Cena goes running to the ends of the stage and throwing his hat and shirt. He stands atop the ramp and stares down at Ziggler, who is very serious. The fans cheer loudly for Cena, a respectful cheer as they’ve grown into over the years. Cena runs down toward the ring.

    GREG HAMILTON || And his opponent, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, he is the 15-time WWE Champion, John Cena!!

    Cena raises his arms in the ring, pulls off an arm-band and tosses it to the crowd. The cheers echo through loudly, as do the occasional boos.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
    Ziggler balks at the reception for Cena as the bell rings and runs over, jumps on him and wraps around for a quick sleeper hold. Cena powers through quickly, grabbing Ziggler off his back and using his momentum and strength to toss Ziggler forward. Ziggler jumps right to his feet, turns and runs at Cena. Cena side steps and grabs at Ziggler’s head, tossing him over the top rope and out of the ring!

    Ziggler lands on the floor, back up and smacks the apron with both hands a couple times. He turns to the crowd, a pained look on his face as a Cena fan in the first row is screaming in his face. He shrugs, but as he goes to respond, Cena grabs him by the shoulder and whips him around. He hits a big punch that knocks Ziggler hanging on the barricade. Ziggler goes to get up, but Cena starts laying into him with punches. The referee is calling for them to get back to the ring, and Cena complies, dragging Ziggler by the hair and tossing him back in.
    Cena gets in the ring, and Ziggler is quick to get up as well but stumbling and falls to the corner. Cena runs at him, and Ziggler gets his feet up to kick Cena back. Cena stumbles a bit, then follows through again. Ziggler gets his elbow out to knock Cena back. Ziggler jumps to the second turnbuckle and jumps to hit a dropkick and knock Cena to the mat. Cena is quickly back to his feet, and Ziggler is quickly to the offensive again.

    Off the ropes, Ziggler whips Cena and takes him on the comeback with an attempted hip toss. Cena blocks it with his strength, jumps across, turns and hip tosses Ziggler! Ziggler arches his back, gets back to his feet and turns to find Cena with a big punch that knocks him back to the ropes. Ziggler comes rebounding back and jumps to go for the Satellite DDT, and Cena bends his knees and holds on to keep Ziggler up. Ziggler starts kicking his feet around to get Cena off balance, but it doesn’t appear to be working and Cena tosses Ziggler forward to land face first on the mat! Cena goes for the cover, one… two… kick out!

    Cena stands up and lifts his hand for the crowd, and they all cheer. He goes to “You Can’t See Me” taunt, and Ziggler kicks up and hits him in the head to knock him back a bit. Ziggler kips up, turns and grabs Cena. He goes to whip him into the corner, but Cena blocks with his strength and pulls back to toss Ziggler into the opposite corner. Cena runs to hit him, Ziggler ducks out and Cena hits the top turnbuckle and spins. Ziggler runs back and jumps to hit the Stinger Splash! He starts throwing punches over and over until the referee separates them.

    Cena steps out from the corner and Ziggler measures, steps up and jumps for the big Satellite DDT! He rolls through on it and grabs the leg for the cover, one… two… kick out! Ziggler jumps to his feet quickly, stands beside the fallen Cena and measures him up. He points down, jumps up and hits his Heart Stopper elbow drop! Another cover, one… two… kick out! Ziggler is visibly frustrated, and grabs Cena’s head, hooking in a headlock. He wrenches it in for a while, and Cena is reaching around trying to get loose. Ziggler rolls him back to his back and leans into it to do his old headstand move during the headlock to show off.

    Fighting back, Cena is able to get Ziggler back to a seated position, still wrenching in the headlock. Cena uses his strength to get to his feet over time, and lifts Ziggler up thanks to the headlock. Ziggler releases his grip to try and throw punches, but Cena swings him around for the spinning back suplex! Ziggler lands hard on the mat, bounces and rolls out of the ring, falling to the floor with his hand still reaching to the apron. Cena jumps to his feet, stomps and then looks around to find Ziggler missing.

    He finds Ziggler on the outside and jumps out to get him. Ziggler looks up with hair in his face looking upset. Cena grabs him by the hair, dragging him up toward his feet, but Ziggler drops down and pulls Cena in, smashing his face off the apron. Cena bounces off, puts his hand to his face and stumbles away a bit. ONE! Ziggler gets to his feet, grabs Cena by the head and tosses him into the announce table covering. TWO! Cena bounces off it, staying up for the time being and Ziggler bounces his head off the covering again! THREE!
    Finally, Ziggler got Cena to the ground and starts stomping away at him. FOUR! Ziggler grabs Cena by the head to pull him to his feet, Cena deflects the hands away and throws a few punches to knock Ziggler back a bit. FIVE! Cena grabs Ziggler’s hand as he starts to fall away and goes to whip him, but Ziggler jumps and reverses it, pulling with all his strength to toss Cena into the ring post! The sound of the thud from the LCD post was vicious. SIX! Ziggler starts getting to his feet, stumbles to the side a bit, very unbalanced and looking around at the booing fans. SEVEN!

    Ziggler walks over and rolls into the ring, holding the bottom rope while Cena is laying by the post at ringside. EIGHT! Ziggler seems to be contemplating what to do as he listens to the referee’s count. Cena is finally stirring a bit. NINE! Ziggler rolls out of the ring and breaks the count! Cena still isn’t to his feet, just holding the post to try and get up and looking a little woozy. Ziggler walks over and grabs him, spinning around and tossing him into the ring. He follows and covers quickly, ONE…. TWO…. TH-KICK OUT! Ziggler looks up angrily at the referee, demands another count, ONE…. TWO…. KICK OUT!!

    Looking around angrily, Ziggler gets to his feet, grabs his hair and screams as he seems to pull some hair out. Cena is reaching for the ropes, and Ziggler walks over to the corner and starts measuring him up. Cena gets to his feet, turns and Ziggler steps into it and goes for the superkick. Cena ducks it, lifts him up on his shoulders. Ziggler fights back, keeps fighting, gets out of it and slides down the back and pushes Cena forward. Cena hits the turnbuckle, comes back out and Ziggler goes for the ZigZag! Cena grabs the ropes, Ziggler falls to the mat and rolls away a bit.

    Cena turns, sees Ziggler trying to get up. Cena goes running at him, hits the shoulder block. Ziggler gets back up, Cena hits another one. Ziggler gets back up, swings quickly, Cena ducks it and lifts Ziggler up and hits the spinning back suplex! He jumps up, raises his arm, and the crowd cheers wildly! Cena does his “You Can’t See Me” taunt and runs off the ropes, comes forward and wipes off his shoulder. He drops for the Five Knuckle Shuffle! He jumps to his feet, steps back a bit and looks down at Ziggler as he starts rolling around to get up.

    Ziggler gets to the ropes, uses them to get to his feet, Cena still stalking him. He turns, and Cena lifts him onto his shoulders. He spins around to turn to the camera and tosses Ziggler for the AA! But Ziggler flips forward and lands on his feet! Cena followed through, and on his knees doesn’t seem to notice that Ziggler landed it. Ziggler hits the ropes, comes back and HITS THE FAMOUSER! He falls back a bit, and Cena flips over from the impact.

    Sitting up, Ziggler looks around, sees Cena is down and quickly crawls to the cover, ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!

    Ziggler sits up, infuriated. He stands up, walks over to the corner and starts measuring up Cena. He stomps his feet a bit, calling for him to stand. Cena gets to his feet, Ziggler goes for the Superkick! Cena ducks and catches Ziggler on his shoulders for the AA! Ziggler gets out of that, down the back. He jumps up, grabs Cena’s head AND HE HITS THE ZIGZAG! HE HIT IT! CENA DOUBLES OVER, ZIGGLER GRABS THE LEGS AND HOLDS ON FOR THE PIN! ONE!!! TWO!!! THREE!!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, by pinfall, “The Showoff” DOLPH ZIGGLER!

    Ziggler jumps to his feet, tossing his hair back, and raises his arms in victory. He demands the referee stop tending to Cena and raise his arm.


    MAURO RANALLO ||Wow, John Cena loses to the ZigZag! John, you’ve had many matches with Cena, what can you say about this defeat for him?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||This is simply unbelievable. Big Match John is the guy who can come in here and take down anyone. He loses to Dolph Ziggler? The insufferable loser? Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||When you see a match like this, you have to think, maybe the time off and the movies and the travel, maybe it’s taking it’s toll? Maybe Cena just isn’t the same as he used to be. He’s getting older, travelling more and more, could he just be tired?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||If my experience tells me anything, that man does not get tired. He gets better the more he works. I don’t know what happened here, but you can bet it won’t happen again.

    MAURO RANALLO ||You seem quite set in your ways here, John. I can’t blame you. Cena has been unstoppable in his career. David, do you think this is a new leaf for Dolph Ziggler, though?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||If he can hold on to this momentum, absolutely. He needs to keep this edge on him. He could be a future challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, something he’s absolutely incensed over. He just has to buck the trend of losing all his momentum immediately.

    MAURO RANALLO ||How fantastically put, David. Thank you. And next up, we will see “The Man-Beast” Rhyno defend the honor of his friend, Heath Slater, against Baron Corbin.

    The camera cuts quickly to backstage to find Shane McMahon standing around talking on his phone.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||What do you think? Next week? No, no, let’s let this play out for a bit. I think they may come forward soon. If not, I’ll have to make the call.

    AJ STYLES ||Shane McMahon!! Just who I’ve been looking for!

    SHANE MCMAHON ||Yeah, I gotta go. Thank you.

    Shane hangs up the phone.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||Yes, AJ? What is it?

    AJ STYLES ||Were you watching earlier? Your so-called general manager is failing to maintain order and allowing referees to run roughshod over this once great show. I had Dean Ambrose beat, I was going to be the champion. Then one of your referees cheated me out of it.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||That’s how you view it?

    AJ STYLES ||That’s what it was! Now, I’m willing to forgive this injustice if it is made up to me. What do you say, Shane? Just award me another match, later tonight, and let me claim my championship.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||You want another match tonight? AJ, are you insane?

    AJ STYLES ||This doesn’t sound like you’re getting the point. Shane, I am demanding I get a rematch with Dean Ambrose, and this time without that LUNATIC Randy Orton ruining everything!

    Randy Orton walks up, and Styles flinches and jumps behind McMahon.

    RANDY ORTON ||Lunatic, AJ? You call me a lunatic? You have assaulted me, sent your men after me, cheated every step of the way. You are calling me a lunatic for evening the odds a little bit? Shane, I am telling you, do not give in to this man. He doesn’t deserve a spot on SmackDown Live.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||Well that’s some strong words, Randy. AJ, you can stop hiding behind me.

    AJ STYLES ||Have you seen what he does? He’s going to come after me, I know it. Shane, you have to agree to give me the match and get rid of him.

    RANDY ORTON ||Get rid of me? You’ve tried twice. I’m getting sick of it.

    AJ STYLES || Then why don’t you do something about it?

    RANDY ORTON ||Yeah, why don’t I?

    At that moment, Orton goes from calm to furious and pushes Shane out of the way to tackle AJ to the floor. They toss haymakers as security comes running into the screams of McMahon. They hold the two back, both chomping at the bit to get to each other.

    SHANE MCMAHON ||Fine! Fine! You two want to go so badly? You got it! SmackDown Live, this Tuesday! And AJ, if The Usos interfere in the match, you’ll be suspended from SmackDown Live. Now will you two calm the hell down?!

    AJ STYLES || This isn’t fair, Shane! He attacked me! I just want my rematch!

    SHANE MCMAHON || You face Randy, and you get your rematch with Dean. If you two keep your hands off each other until then, you’ll both get what you want. Got it?

    RANDY ORTON ||It’s about time I get my hands on him.

    AJ STYLES ||Fine. I’ll show you why you should be afraid of me, Randy.

    Suddenly, The Usos come running in and jump on Orton and the security! They knock him back, but Orton is prepared and sidesteps a clothesline and ducks a punch. He grabs Jimmy by the head and throws him into a nearby box, then grabs Jey and throws him into Jimmy! Jey steps out and Orton hits AN RKO! He turns to AJ, then looks over at Jimmy. He grabs Jimmy and throws him into the wall hard and Jimmy crumples as AJ looks nervous..

    RANDY ORTON ||Your cheap tricks won’t be working any more. I’m going to send you on a one way ticket to Viperville.

    AJ STYLES ||God, your new catch phrase is so stupid.

    Orton starts to give chase to AJ, as Shane steps in his way. AJ backs up a bit, and Shane holds Orton back. Orton tries to toss Shane aside, but Shane holds on to him long enough to let Styles get away. Orton finally gets free and starts chasing after Styles, but A CHAIR SHOT from around the corner hits Orton in the face! Styles walks out from around the corner and stands over the fallen Orton.

    AJ STYLES ||See you Tuesday, Randy, if you can make it.

    Styles strikes Orton again with the chair, over and over, then kicks him in the face to keep him down. The training staff comes running to save Orton while Styles walks away victoriously. He looks off to the hallway and seems to raise his hand for a too sweet, but before we see who it is, the camera cuts away.

    “I’M JUST ONE MAN!!!”

    The crowd cheers wildly as the camera cuts back to the stage where Rhyno and Heath Slater make their entrance. Slater is patting Rhyno on the back and shoulders, constantly pep talking him, while Rhyno just marches straight for the ring.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall. First, making his way to the ring, accompanied by Heath Slater, he is one half of Beauty and The Man-Beast, Rhyynooo!!!

    The sound of a motorcycle revving by cuts through everything and the lights go out. The simple spotlights line Baron Corbin’s path, turning red as he walks through them. He stares down at Slater and Rhyno being all buddy-buddy and balks as he struts his way to the ring.

    GREG HAMILTON || And his opponent, from Kansas City, he is “The Lone Wolf” Baron Coorrbbiinnn!!!

    Corbin gets into the ring while Slater pats Rhyno on the back and makes some jokes about Corbin, it seems.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater

    The bell rings and Corbin simply looks annoyed as Slater stands on the apron giving Rhyno a pep talk. Rhyno steps up to Corbin, who smirks and looks around then runs and slides out of the ring. Slater looks and sees him coming, Corbin is running right at him. Slater starts racing around the ring to get away, and Rhyno cuts Corbin off halfway with a staredown in front of the announce table.

    Rhyno points at Corbin, tells him to back off and get back in the ring. Corbin shrugs and throws a punch at Rhyno! He starts hammering Rhyno, pushing him back and forcing him to hold the apron to stay up. Rhyno fights back with a knee to the gut, then grabs Corbin by the thinning hair and tosses him into the ring. He follows and Corbin is back to his feet and stumbling to the corner a bit. Rhyno is following, reaching out to grab him.

    The moment Rhyno touches him, Corbin turns and decks him with a HARD right hand haymaker! Rhyno drops to the mat and looks dazed immediately, and Corbin drops to the cover. One… two… kick out by Rhyno! Corbin looks at him angrily and starts throwing punches wildly over and over until the referee forces him to separate from Rhyno. Rhyno stirs around a bit, and Slater stands at ringside near him smacking the mat at calling for Rhyno to get up. Corbin goes over to the somewhat rising Rhyno and picks him up and pushes him into the corner.

    He starts throwing jabs and body shots at Rhyno, some elbows here and there and Rhyno just looks out of it. Corbin throws a HUGE right hand jab into the jaw of Rhyno and he drops to the mat and rolls out of the ring to the floor. Slater stands over him trying to get him back up, and Corbin strolls around the ring with his arm raised.

    ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! Rhyno is finally getting to his feet, and Corbin rolls out the opposite side without anyone noticing. Slater is in Rhyno’s face, trying to get him to wake back up and checking him to be sure he can compete. Corbin comes running around behind Rhyno and Slater pushes Rhyno out of the way, taking a big clothesline from Corbin!! Slater is holding his head on the floor, as Rhyno seems to come to.

    Corbin comes for Rhyno, throwing a right, which Rhyno blocks and hits one of his own. He throws another to push Corbin back on his heels. Corbin is stumbling backward, and Rhyno runs at him for a clothesline at the base of the ramp!

    SIX! The referee’s count has been growing the whole time, and Rhyno runs to get into the ring at eight, and immediately rolls back out to break the count. Corbin is groggy getting to his feet, and Rhyno grabs him by the head and throws him at the barricade from the ramp. Corbin hits hard, letting out a grunt, and Rhyno starts throwing in a ton of blows to the body weakening Corbin’s ribs. Rhyno grabs his hair, carries him back and tosses him in the ring. He checks on Slater, who’s starting to get back to his feet, before jumping back in.
    Corbin is back to his feet, stomps on Rhyno before he can get all the way in. Rhyno uses the ropes to get a base to get up, and Corbin keeps pounding on his back. Rhyno pushes him away, and Corbin comes back for a big boot. Rhyno ducks it and hangs Corbin up on the top rope! Rhyno runs off the ropes, comes back and hits a massive clothesline that carries Corbin into the ring! Rhyno covers him quickly, one… two… kick out!

    Rhyno gets to his feet, sees the opening and goes over to the corner and squats down. The crowd starts cheering as they prepare for the gore. Corbin starts to stir to his feet, but as Rhyno starts running, Corbin drops to the mat and rolls out of the ring. He walks up the ramp a little bit before turning back to see Rhyno shrugging in the ring. The referee is holding Rhyno back from going after him, and Corbin looks around disgusted for a moment with the people around him.

    Corbin notices Slater, points at him and then starts walking slowly to the ring. Rhyno backs up to get him to come in, but Corbin walks around to the right. Slater reverses away from him, and Corbin jumps to the apron, telling the referee to back Rhyno up. He finally gets in, and Rhyno comes running over to get him. Corbin pushes him back and when Rhyno comes running back, Corbin hits a big boot on Rhyno! Down to the mat immediately, Corbin drops down into the cover, one… two… kick out!

    Corbin gets to his feet, stomps on Rhyno a couple of times then reaches down to pick him up. He gets him to his feet, hanging on the ropes and pulls him out. He puts his arm over his shoulder, lifts him up for a suplex. Rhyno starts wiggling his legs, trying to get back down and Corbin drops straight forward to make Rhyno land hard on his chest! Corbin rolls him over, pins him, one… two… kick out! Corbin is angry, starts throwing punches at Rhyno over and over. He gets to his feet, runs his hands through his hair and looks angrily at Rhyno. Rhyno starts rising and Corbin goes to grab him. Rhyno pushes him back and runs at Corbin.

    Corbin ducks down under a clothesline and turns to catch Rhyno. He lifts him up, spins around and around for a MASSIVE DEEP SIX!! HE PLANTS RHYNO HARD!! Corbin goes for the cover as Slater smacks on the mat and screams at Rhyno, ONE.... TWO…. TH-KICK OUT!!!!

    Corbin is incredulous, and Rhyno is rolling toward the apron where Slater is reaching out to him. Corbin walks away from the fallen Rhyno, who’s reaching out toward Slater. Corbin gets out of the ring, we focus in on Rhyno’s face and see the back of Slater’s head in the shot as Corbin runs in and pushes Slater into the ring steps! Rhyno looks on in shock, still reaching out as Corbin grabs Slater and throws him HARD into the barricade in anger. Rhyno gets to his feet, screaming for Heath and Corbin looks up at him smiling. Rhyno backs up, looks at Corbin and starts waving for him to come on in.

    Jumping into the ring, Corbin is met by Rhyno running at him with constant strikes. Corbin pushes him back, and Rhyno just comes right back with more strikes to Corbin. Corbin pushes him back again and goes after Rhyno, who runs up and hooks him in and spins him for a belly-to-belly suplex!

    Rhyno doesn’t even want to go for a cover, he jumps up, looks around and screams out loudly getting the crowd to cheer. He goes to the corner, squats down and starts waving Corbin up. Corbin stands in the corner, turns and finds Rhyno running for THE GORE! GORE!

    NO! CORBIN SIDESTEPS IT! RHYNO HITS THE MIDDLE TURNBUCKLE!! CORBIN SPINS HIM, LIFTS HIM UP AND PLANTS HIM FACE FIRST WITH THE END OF DAYS!! THE COVER, ONE… TWO… THREE!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, The Lone Wolf, Baron Corbin!

    Corbin sits up and looks down at Rhyno angrily. He rolls out of the ring and goes over to the announce table and the timekeeper’s section.


    MAURO RANALLO ||Guys, what is Baron Corbin doing? John, David, any thoughts here?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||Whatever it is, it’s with really bad intentions. He’s grabbing a chair, put that down! What are you doing?!

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||He’s got a vendetta against anyone taking his time, it seems. Now he’s just taking out that anger.

    Corbin tosses a steel chair into the ring, then continues walking around the ring and going to the fallen Heath Slater. He tosses him into the ring then follows himself. Slater starts to get up, and Corbin picks him up then spins him and lifts him, planting him backward hard with the End of Days onto the steel chair!

    Corbin pulls Slater over to the corner, grabs the chair and walks over to Rhyno. He sets up the chair and pulls Rhyno by the arm over, facing the unconscious Slater. He picks Rhyno up, looks down at Slater and screams it’s his fault, then lifts Rhyno and swings him forward and back hard for an END OF DAYS that snaps the chair backwards!! Rhyno is bleeding a little from his forehead, as security comes out to rescue the tag team and Corbin walks out of the ring with disdain.

    MAURO RANALLO || What an assault by Corbin. Rhyno looks to be out cold.

    DAVID OTUNGA || That was completely uncalled for! What have Slater and Rhyno done to Corbin?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || They took his time, David. They take up space, and he doesn’t feel they deserve it. I can’t exactly blame him. He obviously deserves the respect that no one appears to be giving him.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||Deserves it? Why? Because he can beat up people and injure people? When I was in the ring, that wasn’t something you respected. That was something you hated. You didn’t know what they could do to you, you had to be afraid just to step into the ring. That’s no way to live and no way for somebody to act.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||On my side, I never had friends, I had associates. I never worked for anyone, I worked for myself. I furthered myself every step of the way. I focused on me and me only. If someone got hurt along the way, that’s their fault. Rhyno challenged Baron tonight, he tried to defend his friend, look what friends gets you. Look what happened now, David.

    MAURO RANALLO ||Quickly, we are going to transition to backstage where Todd Phillips is trying to get a hold of Baron Corbin.

    The camera shifts to backstage where Todd Phillips is running behind Corbin, who’s marching intently.

    TODD PHILLIPS || Baron! Baron!

    Corbin stops and turns quickly toward Todd.

    BARON CORBIN ||What the hell do you want?

    TODD PHILLIPS ||After that attack on Rhyno, what was the point of it? Why did you do that, Baron?

    BARON CORBIN || I am sick of coming out here and seeing the worthless little nobodies taking my time and my spot. Here Daniel Bryan is, here Shane McMahon is, they keep signing these punks like Heath Slater. They keep signing these tag teams, these people who need somebody in their corner to win a match. I didn’t have anybody out there. I don’t have anybody out there. I don’t need it. I’m sick of them overlooking the real talents on this roster. I’m sick of being treated as an afterthought, as nothing while they give time to tag teams and weaklings. I’ve fought for this spot, I’ve earned it. I am the biggest, baddest wrestler on SmackDown Live, and it’s about time I be treated like it. If I had to get some blood on my hands to do it, I’m happy to. Now get out of my way.

    Corbin pushes Todd’s shoulder, and walks off, leaving Todd alone in the frame.

    MAURO RANALLO ||That certainly was a statement by Baron Corbin. While our medical staff tends to Rhyno and Heath Slater, allow us to return to the backstage area with Charly Caruso.

    The camera cuts away to find American Alpha doing wall squats and burpees behind Charly.

    CHARLY CARUSO ||Thank you, Mauro. I am attempting to get an interview with American Alpha, but as you can see, they are hard at work preparing for this evening’s main event. Let me see if I can get a moment from them.

    Charly walks up and taps Chad Gable on the shoulder, he pops out earbuds and while doing hindu squats talks to her.

    CHAD GABLE ||Hey Charly! What’s up?

    CHARLY CARUSO || I was just wanting to get a quick interview. How are you preparing for the finals of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship tournament tonight?
    CHAD GABLE ||As you can see, we’re working very hard to be in top physical form tonight. We know we’re more physical than them, we know we’re more talented than them, we know we can beat them, we’ve done it before. Look, I don’t mean to be rude Charly, but you kind of interrupted our preparing to ask us about preparation? That’s a little odd, don’t you think?

    CHARLY CARUSO ||True. You’ve had issues in the past with The Revival, though. You’ve lost twice to them, including a two-out-of-three falls match in NXT. Do you think you two have what it takes to win tonight?

    JASON JORDAN || This is a bit ridiculous, don’t you think had? Here we are, working our butts off, and Charly comes in to interrupt and ask about us being losers. I’m telling you Charly, we have been at it for our whole lives. I have dreamt of this moment for a long time. I didn’t win in the NCAA National Championship. I didn’t get my hand raised. Tonight, I don’t plan to leave without my hand raised. Whether I have to go out there and run THROUGH them or not, I will do whatever it takes to win.

    CHAD GABLE ||The Revival have a problem, Charly. They are habitual liars and cheaters. They do the worst things imaginable in an honest competition. We’re just going to make sure they understand that here, they’re up against someone on their level. We don’t cheat. We win. We don’t have to have help, we choose to work together. We’re the best team in the entire WWE, that’s just facts. Look at us, look at how handsome we are, how talented we are, how cool we are. We’re really cool.

    JASON JORDAN ||Like, the coolest.

    CHAD GABLE ||And The Revival think they can win by calling themselves Top Guys and being cheaters. That’s not what the WWE is about.

    JASON JORDAN || No it ain’t.

    CHAD GABLE || So bring it on, Scott. Bring it on, Dash. We’re ready for you tonight. We’re the American Alpha. We’re Ready, Willing….

    JASON JORDAN ||And Gable.

    CHAD GABLE ||Cool guys, out.

    JASON JORDAN || That’s awesome. Did you just think of that?

    CHAD GABLE || Yeah, you like it?

    JASON JORDAN ||I love it, man. That was great. You really are a cool guy.

    CHAD GABLE || Thanks, you too!

    JASON JORDAN ||Thanks, man. Let’s go get this thing.

    CHARLY CARUSO ||Back to you guys.

    The camera cuts back to ringside where Mauro begins introducing the next match on the docket.

    “YOU CAN LOOK, BUT YOU CAN’T TOUCH”

    The challenger for the next contest comes out quickly, marching to the top of the ramp and doing her hip thrusting turn as usual. When she tears off her exterior top, the bell rings.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall, and is for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, from Scottsdale, Arizona, she is “The Fearless One” Nikki Bella!!

    “WHHHOOOOOAAAAHHHHH”

    The crowd begins screaming, cheering, for the inaugural women’s champion as she makes her way out to the stage in goggles and her duster-like jacket. She tosses her goggles up and her hands as well with smoke blowing around her.

    GREG HAMILTON || And the champion, from Dublin, Ireland, she is “The Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch!!!

    Becky jumps into the ring and spins right around, going between the top two ropes and screaming out with her fans. She unstraps the belt and raises it high, with the fans cheering for her. The referee claims the belt, holds it up to Nikki, then to the camera and hands it off.



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch © v. Nikki Bella

    Before the match begins, the two meet in the center of the ring and shake hands. Becky and Nikki agree that neither will be taking it easy on each other. They back up, the bell rings and they step in toward one another. Becky takes a moment to measure up Nikki, Nikki seems to go to tie up, but Becky ducks and grabs around her waist. Nikki tries to break Becky’s grip, but can’t seem to. She tries running to the ropes, and holds on to use the momentum to bounce Becky off.

    Becky gets back up, Nikki runs at her and she quickly hits her with a deep arm drag and holds on for a small armbar. Nikki sits up to make sure Becky can’t get her into the Dis-Arm-Her and starts trying to keep herself from giving in. Becky wrenches in a bit, and Nikki uses the momentum to swing around to her feet. She gets up to her feet, uses her other hand to grab Becky’s arm and pulls her into the corner turnbuckle, Becky hitting head first.

    Nikki is twisting her arm around, trying to get feeling back in as Becky checks her mouth and stands up. Nikki walks up, goes to grab Becky by the hair, but Becky jumps forward and hits a big forearm to Nikki. Nikki stumbles back a bit and Becky rushes her and dives through for a roll-up quickly, one.. Kick out! Becky gets to her feet, grabs Nikki’s arm and goes to roll her into the Dis-Arm-Her, but Nikki reaches out to the ropes and pulls herself away as the referee pulls back Becky. Nikki rolls out of the ring and holds her shoulder and arm.
    Becky looks around, a bit exasperated about Nikki walking around. She climbs to the apron as the referee yells to Nikki to get into the ring, and Nikki stands off looking out to the crowd. She turns around and Becky runs across the apron, launching with a missile dropkick into Nikki’s chest and driving her back into the barricade! Becky jumps to her feet and screams out to the cheers of the fans.

    Grabbing Nikki, Becky tosses her back into the ring and follows quickly. She goes for the cover, one… two… kick out! Becky gets up, reaches down for Nikki, and Nikki kicks up and gets Becky in the head. Becky stumbles back a bit, Nikki jumps back to her feet and Becky comes back at her, grabbing her head. Nikki blocks off Becky’s hands, throws a forearm then another. Becky falls back to the ropes, Nikki keeps attacking her until the referee pulls her back. Nikki seems incensed.

    Becky gets her bearings, walks forward and Nikki goes to grab at her, but Becky ducks it and grabs at Nikki for the Bexploder. Nikki elbows her in the side of the head, knocks her back a bit. She pushes Becky off, and while Becky is checking her head, charges at her with a forearm smash to the side of the head. Becky drops hard to the mat, and Nikki stomps on her over and over. The referee ends up having to pull her back again, Nikki goes to get back to Becky, but the referee has to stop her to check on Becky quickly.

    After reviewing, he allows the match to continue. Nikki walks over to Becky, grabs her by the hair and picks her up. She lifts Becky up onto her shoulder and drops her into a big powerslam! She covers, one… two… kick out! Nikki looks around angrily for a bit, and gets to her feet. She grabs Becky’s arm and goes to drag her up, but Becky uses her strength to pull Nikki down and go for the Dis-Arm-Her. Nikki doesn’t roll, holds Becky down into a pin, one… two… kick out! Becky releases her hold, Nikki steps back a bit, Becky jumps to her feet and goes toward Nikki. Nikki runs and HITS THE SPEAR! NIKKI HIT THE SPEAR HARD AND IT FURIOUSLY ATTACKING BECKY LYNCH!

    The referee pulls Nikki off Becky, Nikki tosses the referee aside and goes back to Becky, stomping away on her over and over. The referee again pulls Nikki away, but Nikki still won’t stop. She tosses the referee aside again and runs over to Becky as she starts to roll toward the ropes and kicks her in the back so hard she smashes her face off the mat! Becky seems out, and Nikki drops to her knees for the pin, one… two… kick out!!

    Nikki looks down at Becky angrily, grabs her hair and starts to pick her up. Becky reaches up to try and push Nikki back, but Nikki simply kicks her in the abdomen and then lifts Becky up to her shoulders. Becky fights out of it, slides down the back and pushes Nikki forward toward the referee. Nikki stops herself before hitting the referee, turns and dodges a running attack from Becky. Becky stops short of the referee also, who is cowering in the corner. Becky turns and Nikki wildly swings her arm and POKES HER IN THE EYE! It seems it may have been accidental, but Nikki quickly takes advantage with a schoolboy, ONE… TWO… TH-KICK OUT!

    Nikki jumps to her feet, stomps on Becky before she gets fully up. She looks angry, infuriated, and starts to kick at Becky to keep her down. Becky is reaching out for the ropes and Nikki looks around. She walks around, looks down at the laces on her outfit and grabs one, pulling it out of the designed slots. She wraps it around her hands and walks over to Becky, who’s starting to get to her feet. Nikki goes to grab Becky and choke her out, but Becky grabs her arms and holds them out. Becky sees the laces, back kicks to hit Nikki in the gut and then spins around and pulls Nikki in for a clothesline. The lace falls out of Nikki’s hand and Becky grabs them.

    She holds it up to Nikki, who’s rolling to get up, and she screams at her asking what she’s doing. Nikki screams back that she isn’t doing anything and gets to her feet. Becky tosses the laces out of the ring and Nikki hits her quickly with a forearm in the face. Becky stumbles back, Nikki goes for another one, and Becky ducks it, hooks her in AND HITS THE BEXPLODER!

    Nikki rolls forward, goes to the corner to get up. Becky turns and runs at her, jumping off the ropes and hitting a side kick to Nikki! Nikki hangs on the ropes to keep up, Becky rolls backward, gets to her feet and screams out “STRAIGHT FIIIIRRREEE” then runs and jumps with the Flying Fire-Arm! She steps back, Nikki stumbles out and Becky swings around for a leg lariat!! She goes for the pin, ONE… TWO…. THR-KICK OUT!!

    Becky quickly grabs Nikki’s arm, reaching out for the kick out, and swings herself around into the position. She pulls back for THE DIS-ARM-HER! SHE HAS IT LOCKED IN! NIKKI CAN ALMOST REACH THE ROPES, BUT CAN’T SEEM TO MAKE IT AND TAPS OUT!!!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, by submission, and STILL your SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPION, BECKY LYNCH!

    Becky jumps to her feet, pumping her fists and grabbing her title quickly and raising it up for the fans.


    MAURO RANALLO ||A distinct and strong victory by the inaugural champion tonight. John, what does this tell you for Becky’s future as champion?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || It’s unfortunate for Nikki, I don’t think she’s going to be the one to dethrone Becky. Tonight showed the strength in Becky, and just how dominant she can be. She is just head and shoulders above the best the division has to offer, and it will take a distinct gameplan change by Nikki to be able to have a chance at beating Becky Balboa.

    MAURO RANALLO ||David, we saw some, we’ll call it, questionable tactics from Nikki Bella tonight. What are your thoughts?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||Questionable? That’s an understatement. She legitimately attempted to cheat and beat Becky. She started out acting like it was all an accident, but I’m certain she was trying to. She may have been doing what it takes, but when you go that far, it’s awful.

    MAURO RANALLO ||What would you have rather seen from Nikki?

    DAVID OTUNGA || She should be more respectful to her opponent.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||So what? Lay down for her? Nikki fought for the title, she knows what it takes after her long Divas Championship reign. I don’t knock her for doing everything she can.

    DAVID OTUNGA ||I’m not saying she shouldn’t work hard and fight for it, I’m saying she shouldn’t try to choke her opponent with a shoelace.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD ||If it gets you the ultimate prize, you do anything, anything at all. She was doing just that, it just didn’t work this time and I’m not sure if it will with how Becky did.

    MAURO RANALLO ||Coming up next, we will have the culmination of two months of matches. The SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament gave a way for NXT teams to join SmackDown Live, it gave an opportunity to anyone who could find a partner. It drove in the beloved team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, it caused a championship match and the consequences between Dean Ambrose and John Cena, it drew many people together and forced some apart. Join us in a look back at how we got to this point as American Alpha and The Revival prepare to battle for the greatest prize in the tag team division.

    A video begins to play for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship tournament. It begins with a focus in on American Alpha and The Revival months earlier at NXT Takeover: Dallas. Alpha is greatly cheered and win the NXT Tag Team Championship. It cuts to The Revival winning the titles back from Alpha at Takeover: The End and then the subsequent two-out-of-three falls match which was also won by The Revival.

    CHAD GABLE ||We have been working toward this for a long, long time. Ever since the Olympics, ever since the NCAA, ever since the first loss we ever had.

    The pictures of Gable in the Olympics post-loss and Jordan in the NCAA Championships in a similarly solemn position are highlighted.

    JASON JORDAN ||This has been a journey to the top that we have made many stops with.

    Images of Jordan teaming with Tye Dillinger and facing frequent losses come across.

    JASON JORDAN ||But every step of the way, we have only gotten stronger. Finally, we are going to have our hands raised. Finally, we are going to be the champions.

    The image of the two from Takeover: Dallas after their win is zoomed in on as the music takes a sudden turn.

    SCOTT DAWSON ||What a joke.

    It turns to The Revival sneak attacking TM61, attacking Heath Slater and Rhyno, raising their old NXT Tag Team Championships.

    DASH WILDER ||When you have a match with the Top Guys, you aren’t getting away that easily. We don’t care about your pedigree. We don’t care about your history. We care only about one thing.

    It shows Revival raising their titles.

    DAWSON & WILDER ||Being the Top Guys.

    It goes through clips of them hitting the Shatter Machine on Alpha, DIY, TM61, Slater and more.

    SCOTT DAWSON ||We don’t care about your cinderella stories. We don’t care about your hard work. You don’t think we’ve worked? We work harder than any of you, and we are better than any of you. We are the best team in the world today.

    It shows The Revival beating Too Cool on NXT, and The Ascension.

    DASH WILDER || You can eat your wheaties all you want, be on the cover if you’re so inclined. You can be the all-american whatevers. We are the people who will knock your teeth in. So bring it on, we are going to destroy all of your hopes and dreams. That’s just what we do.

    It cuts to a showdown between Alpha and The Revival.

    CHAD GABLE ||We’re ready. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re prepared to show the world what we’re capable of. We’re Ready….

    SCOTT DAWSON ||We’re the Best….

    JASON JORDAN ||Willing....

    DASH WILDER ||In The

    CHAD GABLE ||And Gable!

    SCOTT DAWSON ||World!

    AMERICAN ALPHA ||We are the American Alpha.

    THE REVIVAL ||Top Guys, out.

    It cuts between footage of both teams winning matches in the previous rounds before ending with the two of them standing face to face in the ring and cutting away to ringside as the bell rings.

    “SAY YEAH!”

    “Southern Proud” by CFO$ begins to play and the crowd begins booing while The Revival confidently strut their way out to the ring. They stand atop the ramp, looking around at the fans and holding their towels around their necks before bumping their wrists together and marching to the ring. Along the way, they trash talk the fans.

    MAURO RANALLO ||John, your history in tag team matches is well documented, what do you think makes The Revival the next tag team champions?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || They are the smashmouth team that you just cannot beat. They will do anything it takes at any time. They will knock you out with a toothless grin and beat you down to make sure you don’t get up. This is a team that will sacrifice nothing to win these titles. I don’t put anything past them here.

    The Revival stand atop the second ropes raising their arms to the crowd.

    “Elite” by CFO$ begins to play, cutting through with bright red, white and blue colors from the titantron. Chad Gable comes running out ahead with his towel in hand, holding it out to the people while Jordan calmly jogs out and bounces at the middle of the stage. Gable walks over to him, grabs his head and rushes out to the ramp, screaming! The crowd cheers loudly for the duo, who are high energy in their track suits.

    MAURO RANALLO ||David, you seem to favor American Alpha, with your history, what do you think will be their likeliest path to success here?

    DAVID OTUNGA ||They have to use their superior wrestling abilities, Mauro. These two are former NCAA and Oympic wrestlers. They know how to battle, they know how to win. They’ve struggled in the past, but tonight, they have to focus in and give everything they have. They’ll come out on top.

    Alpha jumps in the ring, raising their arms, backing Revival into their corner. They turn and run to the ropes, sliding on their knees and screaming while the fans cheer. They get up and remove their track suits as the lights dim and spotlights focus in on the two teams.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall and is the for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships!

    The crowd lets out a cheer.

    GREG HAMILTON || Introducing first, to my left, weighing in at a combined weight of 446 pounds, they are Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, THE REVIVALLL!!!!

    The two raise their arms in the air as the crowd boos them aggressively.

    GREG HAMILTON || And to my right, weighing in at a combined weight of 447 pounds, they are Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, AMERICAN ALPHAAAA!!!!

    The two raise their arms in their multicolored singlets and get cheered loudly. The referee holds the belts high in the air in front of the both of them and the lights come back up as he hands it over. The bell rings for the Finals match to begin.



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; FINALS
    American Alpha v. The Revival

    Gable and Dawson start the match one on one, Jordan standing on the apron behind Gable as the bell rings. The two circle a little, before finally Gable shoots and grabs Dawson around the waist. He takes him down, then spins around to a front facelock. Dawson forces him into a standing position and then pushes him back into the corner. Gable releases the hold, his hands up for the referee. Dawson holds him against the corner for a moment and then slowly starts to back away. He quickly turns and hits a huge uppercut, though! Gable drops to his knees while the referee backs up Dawson and berates him a bit. Dawson raises his arms and shrugs.


    Dawson pushes the referee out of the way and grabs Gable by the hair, pulling him out of the corner. He goes to whip him into the corner with Wilder, but Gable holds himself back. Dawson powers him through, pulls him and throws him into the corner, where he hits hard and bounces back. He goes to run back at Dawson and Wilder reaches through the ropes to grab his tights and hold him back a bit while Dawson runs in with a european uppercut. Gable hangs along the top rope while Dawson holds him up there. He tags in Wilder, grabs Gable by the head and flips him over his shoulder. He holds his head there as Wilder steps in, steps forward and knees Gable in the back then reaches to grab his arms to lock in a surfboard type submission.


    Dawson stands on the apron, reaches way over and is able to tag himself in. He steps in, runs forward and comes off the ropes while Wilder keeps hold of Gable. Dawson drops down with a quick dropkick to the face of Gable. It knocks Gable back while Wilder rolls out of the ring and climbs back on the apron. Dawson grabs Gable’s leg and pulls him out from the corner before dropping into a cover hooking both legs. One.. two. Kick out!


    Dawson gets to his feet, stomps on Gable quickly and grabs his hair to pull him up to his feet. He goes to push Gable back, but Gable pushes him away. Gable falls back to the corner still, turns and sees Wilder and hits him with an elbow. He runs at Dawson, who ducks down, and Gable jumps up and hooks him with a headscissors and flings him back for a takedown. Dawson gets back to his feet, and Gable runs and jumps up back into the headscissors. On Dawson’s shoulders, Gable screams out then takes him down again.


    Gable gets to his feet, runs over to Dawson and pushes him back into the corner then tags in Jason Jordan. Jordan jumps in and the two grab Dawson in a front facelock, hook his arm around and suplex him. Jordan rolls over and hooks the leg for a cover, one.. Two.. kick out!


    Dawson seems a little dazed, and Jordan grabs him by the head and lifts him up. He hooks him around and pushes him back into the corner where Gable tags himself in. Jordan pulls him out, where Gable spins him and grabs him around the waist. Jordan bounces off the ropes and hits a huge clothesline into a bridging german suplex from Gable! One.. two… kick out!!


    Dawson reaches toward his corner, but Gable seems uninterested in letting him get there. Gable lifts him up, and pushes Dawson to the corner. Dawson bounces off and runs at Gable for a clothesline, Gable ducks it and grabs him into a belly-to-belly suplex. Wilder starts trying to get into the ring, which gets the referee to go and grab him. While the referee is distracted, Dawson reaches up and pokes Gable in the eye. Gable stumbles back a bit, and Jordan starts jumps into the ring. The referee turns to see that and runs over to get him back. Wilder jumps into the ring and hits a chop block to the back of Gable’s knee, knocking him down then rolls right out.


    The crowd starts booing as Jordan is forced to the apron, and Dawson turns to tag in Wilder. Dawson stands on the apron for a moment to collect himself while Wilder jumps in and runs over to Gable to grab him by the leg. He lifts up the leg, left one, and knees him into the back of the knee, then twists his ankle around a bit. Gable screams out a bit, and Wilder gets back to his feet and drags Gable by his leg to the corner. He steps on his right leg and slams down the left. He grabs the leg again, tags in Dawson. Dawson steps in, grabs the leg and twists a bit. He stands on the right leg, turns and slams the left on the ground again. Gable screams out in pain while Dawson drops on him for a pin, one… two.. Kick out.

    Back to a seated position, Gable reaches out for a tag for a moment before realizing how far he is. Dawson tags in Wilder, and the two both grab a leg. They slam them down in opposing directions to split Gable. He screams out and Wilder drops to a pin, one.. Two… kick out! Gable reaches out for the ropes, and Wilder grabs his arm and pulls him back to the corner. He tags in Dawson and holds Gable up. Dawson goes in front and kicks Gable in the face to knock him back down and Wilder gets out of the ring. Dawson reaches down and grabs Gables legs, pulling him back toward the center of the ring a bit. He goes to line him up for the reverse figure four, but Gable kicks up and kicks Dawson off of him.

    Dawson flies toward the American Alpha corner, and Gable gets up to his knees. He looks up at Dawson, staring him down and goes to run and get to Jordan. Dawson catches him as he jumps and he isn’t quite able to reach out as Dawson runs forward and hits a huge spinebuster on him! Laying on top of him, Dawson goes for the pin, one.. Two… kick out! Dawson gets up and walks over and tags in Wilder. The two go to grab Gable, who’s back to a seated position. Dawson lifts him up for the spinebuster, and Wilder goes running. He flies back and jumps for a clothesline to knock him down into the spinebuster! Dawson rolls off and out of the ring, and Wilder drops down into the cover, one.. Two.. kick out!

    Wilder gets to his feet, grabs Gable, and Jordan screams out for him and stomps on the steps. The fans start cheering and Gable starts fighting back, punches to the gut to knock Wilder back a bit. He gets him far enough, jumps up and hits a dropkick. Wilder falls, rolls to the side, grabs the ropes and gets up. Gable jumps to his feet, runs at Wilder and jumps to clothesline him over the top rope and go tumbling out himself. Dawson screams out at Wilder, jumps down and goes over to grab him. He tosses Wilder back in the ring. Dawson jumps on the apron, tags on Wilder’s back and jumps down. He sees Gable back to his feet around the corner. Jordan screams out as the two look off to him.

    Gable jumps into the ring, Dawson runs in. Gable dives for the tag and Dawson dives for Gable tackling him hard!! Gable goes rolling out of the ring, and Dawson grabs the ropes and smirks proudly staring over at the tag titles. Jordan jumps down off the apron to try and get Gable back to the ring, and Wilder runs over to stand over Gable. Dawson revels in the ring for a moment, as Jordan and Wilder are staring each other down. The referee yells at them to back off, and around from behind we see Dawson run in and hit Jordan in the back! Both members of American Alpha are down as The Revival stand over them and taunt. Dawson grabs Gable, tosses him back in the ring as Jordan slowly starts climbing to his feet.

    Dawson slides in into the cover, one.. Two.. kick out. He grabs Gable by the leg and drags him over toward the other side of the ring before picking him up and hanging him in the tree of woe at the Revival corner. Dawson tags in Wilder and it’s Clubbering time as they go to town on Gable’s knee. The referee eventually backs Dawson off and forces him out of the ring while Wilder gets in. Jordan is back on the apron and appears to be fuming, stomping on the steps and pounding on the turnbuckle for Gable. Wilder picks up Gable, pulls him out and Gable ducks a short-arm clothesline to grab around Wilder’s waist and goes for the German suplex. He reaches out and barely gets the tag on Dawson before Gable launches him.

    Dawson jumps into the ring, Gable is trying to get to his corner, and Dawson runs around and gets between the corner and Gable. Gable looks up at Dawson, seeing the daunting task of getting by, and crawls through his legs! He dives forward and tags in Jordan! Jordan comes in with a head of steam, hard punch! Hard punch! He hits a HUGE dropkick on Dawson. Wilder is back to his feet, runs at him and Jordan launches him with a toss that lands him on his chest. Dawson comes at Jordan and goes for a kick, Jordan catches it, pulls him in and launches him with a leg-capture suplex! Wilder gets to his feet, turns and Jordan runs up and grabs him and tosses him with the alphaplex! Wilder rolls out, Dawson is to his feet. Jordan grabs him and hits the alphaplex on him as well! He rolls out!

    Jordan undoes his straps and screams out to the crowd, who are cheering loudly! Jordan runs over, slides out of the ring and grabs Dawson. He tosses him back into the ring and slides in himself and covers, one… two… kick out! Jordan gets to his feet, grabs Dawson by the head and gets him to his feet. Dawson is a bit groggy, and Jordan lifts him up in a northern lights suplex, bridging combination. One… two… kick out! Dawson reaches out for the corner, but Wilder isn’t there. Jordan gets him up and whips him into the Alpha corner. He runs and hits the spear in the corner!

    Gable is up on the apron and Jordan tags him in. He flips around and grabs Dawson, but as Gable goes to get in, Wilder is there and grabs his leg and pulls him off the apron. Dawson flips off Jordan and pushes him forward. Jordan turns, sees Dawson there and runs at him. Dawson drops down and lowers the top rope, sending Jordan flying to the floor! Gable dropkicks Wilder on the outside and then slides into the ring where he’s met by an elbow from Dawson to the back of the head.

    Dawson starts clubbing on Gable in the back of the head, and trying to keep him down until the referee pulls him off. Gable uses the ropes to start to get up, and Dawson walks over to grab him. Gable tries to fight back, but Dawson just stomps on his knee and kicks him in the head to knock him back down. He grabs Gable by the leg and drags him out to the center of the ring and twists him around into the reverse figure four. He puts pressure on that injured leg while Wilder and Jordan are getting back to their feet outside the ring. Gable is screaming out, holding up his arm to tap. Jordan runs into the ring, as does Wilder. Both dive and…

    JORDAN DID IT! He knocked Dawson off just before Wilder got his leg. He spins over, kicks Wilder off and out of the ring then turns to Dawson. Dawson gets to his feet, runs at Jordan, Jordan catches him and throws him for an alphaplex! Dawson is down in the corner while Jordan checks on Gable. The referee forces Jordan to the apron, but Gable is starting to move and crawl that way. Dawson gets to a seated position, using the ropes to help him up. Jordan reaches out and tags in, jumps in and runs fast at Dawson hitting the spear into the corner! He pulls Dawson back and tosses him for ANOTHER huge ALPHAPLEX!

    Jordan runs over and covers Dawson quickly, ONE… TWO… THRE- KICK OUT BY DAWSON!! It was so close! Jordan gets up, sees Wilder getting back up on the apron while Gable is still laying on the apron. He runs and dropkicks Wilder off the apron and over to the announce table! Gable stirs to his feet and runs and dives over for a crossbody on Wilder! The two are both down outside and it’s just Jordan and Dawson now.

    Dawson sees that, looks around like he’s caught. He starts backing up into the corner a bit, with Jordan closing in on him. He goes to run around, but Jordan reaches out and grabs him by the waist. Dawson has been in for a while, and Jordan knows he’s weak. He lifts and spins him then tosses him for a german suplex! With bridge! ONE… TWO… THR-KICK OUT AGAIN!

    American Alpha is thisclose to becoming the new tag team champions. Jordan gets up, turns to the crowd and screams out with his tongue out. He sees Dawson getting to his feet and runs and spears him! He then whips him over into the Alpha corner and looks for Gable, who seems out on the floor. He runs at Dawson for the spear, Dawson evades it! Jordan hits the turnbuckle and Dawson goes running, coming back with a knee to the face that knocks Jordan out of the ring through the ropes! Dawson follows out and grabs Wilder to try and get him up.

    Wilder gets up as does Gable, while Jordan is still quite dazed. Gable is limping on one leg, goes to fight off the Revival while Jordan recovers. He hits a right to Wilder, a right to Dawson. Another right to Wilder, but Dawson kicks him in the knee and Wilder is able to hit him with a few blows of his own. They look at each other, then at Gable and see their chance. They go over and start tossing things off the announce table while the announcers say the referee has been instructed not to count the two teams out as there has to be a definitive winner.

    Gable runs over and hits Dawson in the back, but Wilder grabs him and throws him into the apron hard! Wilder turns to help Dawson out, and Jordan runs in with a HUGE SPEAR! Wilder and Jordan are both down while Dawson looks up at Gable standing there with his hair over his face, angrily walking toward him. Dawson attacks Gable, but Gable blocks the strike and hits a right, then another one. Dawson falls back to the table, and Gable keeps laying it on him before turning to the fans and screaming out. Dawson climbs on the german announce table, and Gable gets up after him still delivering blow after blow. Gable sees this as his chance, lifts Dawson up to his feet to go for what appears to be a belly-to-back suplex through the other table.

    Dawson hits an elbow, another one to get Gable off of him. He turns to throw a punch, Gable ducks it and hooks him for a belly-to-belly. Dawson headbutts him! Gable loses his grip for a moment and Dawson falls back a step. Gable tries to get Dawson back, but Dawson uses his power to toss Gable up toward the other end of the table. Dawson gets up, his back to the emptied table. Gable runs at him and jumps for a clothesline. Dawson ducks and spins INTO A SPINEBUSTER THROUGH THE TABLE!! HE PUT HIM RIGHT THROUGH IT!!
    Rolling off in pain, Dawson holds his chest while Gable seems completely out. Jordan is back to his feet, sees Gable out and goes after Dawson. He throws him into the ring and follows. Wilder is getting back to his feet using the barricade. Jordan covers Dawson quickly, ONE.. TWO.. THRE-KICK OUT!!!

    Jordan gets up, grabs Dawson by the head to try and pull him up. Dawson is quickly coming to and sees Wilder on the outside. Jordan hooks him into an alphaplex, but Dawson headbutts him as well!! He falls back, grabs at the referee and pulls him in holding his head. The referee is berating Dawson as Wilder comes in with the tag team titles and HE HITS JORDAN OVER THE HEAD WITH THE BELT! IT WAS ALL A PLOY TO TAKE OUT JORDAN!

    Wilder tosses the belt out of the ring, and Jordan is down. Dawson pushes the referee out of the way and walks up to Jordan where Wilder is over him on his knees. Dawson and Wilder look at each other and nod, turning and both picking up Jordan who seems out of it. Gable is still laying lifeless in the wreckage of the table. Dawson lifts Jordan up and SHATTER MACHINE!! THEY HIT THE SHATTER MACHINE!! DAWSON PINS, ONE… TWO... THREE!!!!!!!!!

    Spoiler:

    GREG HAMILTON || Here are your winners, and the NEW SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, THE REVIVVAAALLLLL!!!!!


    Wilder has already ran out to grab the tag team championships and jumps into the ring. He hands one over to Dawson, and the two embrace while Gable is shown being checked on by trainers and Jordan holds his head. The camera fades out with the two raising their titles, holding each other in their arms.

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    Not the best at reviews so will try to offer what I liked in the thread. I found your use of humour really good and it felt so natural with Heath Slater breaking the fourth wall. The WWE championship match going on first normally would be against but the way the match ended plus the tag team titles going on last made the show flow a lot better.

    Also the Wyatt angle seems very intresting with your roster looking very stacked with Ziggler looking like a top star beating John Cena

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    I remembered you mentioning that the championship match might open the show, but I was hoping you wouldn’t go through with it. Mainly because in real life it ruined the flow of No Mercy, having the best match of the night up first. It left the crowd dead for everything else so here’s hoping you don’t have that problem.

    I marked for Luke Harper’s return on the pre show as well, because it just means The Wyatt Family are building. I guess Mojo saving Ryder gives them a potential tag team match on a future episode of Smackdown or something, but Harper and Rowan will obviously have a bigger role moving forward. I’m excited for whatever you decide to do with Bray and co.

    The championship opening the show starts the show off with a bang I guess. The opening was fine, suiting the standard WWE big match formula with both men trying to one up the other with some basic wrestling exchanges. The match went along well, with Ambrose getting the advantage outside of the ring, only for the poke in the eye from The Uso’s allowing AJ to begin to have his period of domination. The Pele Kick straight into the Lunatic Lariat was a nice spot. Couldn’t help but barrack for Ambrose a little when he beat up both members of The Uso’s, however it was great psychology to have The Uso’s return and take out Ambrose, allowing Styles to get those really close near falls. The ending was very over booked with The Usos and Orton getting involved, but I didn’t necessarily think it was a bad thing. A clean ending or a title change would have made this a big time match, which would make it hard to follow. The ending means clean finishes later on in the night will mean more. A good opening match though with the ending continuing things between Orton and AJ. And maybe Ambrose will remain involved as well.

    A pretty fun segment between Becky and Alexa really. Everything Becky said about the attacker angle was spot on, and the interaction between two seems like there will be a future feud. No problems, solid stuff.

    A solid enough match between Alexa and Carmella. Realistically, a match with Carmella being involved is never going to be a classic, and that showed with a lot of her offense being really basic. With that being said, I enjoyed the beginning of the match, both women furious over being accused about this mystery angle. Alexa just feels like the bigger deal in the division though so I think it was the smart move to have her going over cleanly.

    Dolph Ziggler wanting the main event spot makes sense, as did him using Cena’s pull in the company to get the spot. The only weird part was when Ziggler even mentioned corruption on Raw. Considering this is a SD only pay per view, it just didn’t feel needed. The rest of the segment was fine, just that line felt out of place.

    AJ bitching to Bryan only to be shut down was to be expected. Considering the referee didn’t really see it, he obviously feels like he has something to argue,. Good stuff here.

    The beginning of the triple threat made sense with the booking leading up to the PPV with Crews and Dillinger teaming up to take care of Miz. The Miz eventually using instincts on the outside to fight back was a nice touch. From here, it had the standard spot of the two ganging up on the one realising that one needs to win so they turn on each other. The ending was a standard Miz match as well, with Maryse being the difference. Interesting enough match, booking went as expected, which I liked. I still feel like because of the Crews/Dillinger tag team segment on Smackdown that this result was far too predictable. The match was a fun read though. Crews just storming away from Dillinger was interesting as well.

    Bray’s promo as usual was pretty spot on. Perhaps you should space out the dialogue a little more though, rather than have it all in one big paragraph. I like the fact that he just interrupts the HIAC video, really showing that he’s not planned, he just shows up when he wants. Bray didn’t really say anything different to what he has regarding Swagger previously, so I’ll leave it at spot on.

    Well, this match was definitely shorter than expected. Bray’s mind games and domination was awesome, as was Swagger being scared but eventually deciding to fight back. Swagger’s offense was fine, however he looked after just two moves, he would be ready to put Bray away. One thing is the match felt a little rushed, as Swagger dominated way to quickly, and then Bray needed help from the family. Enjoyed the beginning and even Swagger fighting back, but Swagger’s offense and ending felt very rushed. A little disappointed considering how much I loved the build up. The Wyatt’s dragging Swagger away is standard sort of stuff, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing if we actually see Swagger again.

    It’s pretty weird that nobody except for Slater cared about The Wyatt’s. It’s a pretty big deal, so that shocked me a little. I enjoyed the chemistry and comedy aspect you were trying to build, and I think it will work on the future, but I didn’t buy that Heath Slater was more concerned about The Wyatt’s than Tom Phillips. Dawson and Wilder interrupting was a nice touch, potentially setting up a match in the future. Decent segment, even If I couldn’t completely get behind the concept.

    Dolph/Cena is one I’ve really looked forward to. I enjoyed the start with Ziggler trying to get the quick start, determined to win, it fits the booking. However, it just seemed a little... stupid that he would go for a Sleeper hold so early in the match. Taking out that bit of, well, nit picking really, the rest of the match went well early, with multiple offense changes showing what a competitive match this would be. The counter of the Satellite DDT only for Ziggler to eventually hit it was a nice way to establish some semblance of dominance for him. I LOVE the idea of Dolph wanting to get the win by pinfall so he went back out of the ring to break the count. It’s important because it also shows that he could have beaten Cena here if he wanted to, cleanly. The counter sequences that lead to Ziggler hitting the Famouser and the Zig Zag are probably the best passages of match writing I’ve seen from you in this thread. Great stuff, and a really good match. Probably my favourite of the night, especially considering Ziggler got the win. Great stuff.

    A really good segment here building AJ and Orton some more. This may be the best segment character wise in their entire program so far. Styles wanting a rematch, Orton actually being a bad ass, great stuff. Not a big fan of viperville though. But this was great, can’t wait to see them finally go at it at Smackdown.

    As I expected it to be, this was just an awesome showing from Baron Corbin, basically taking out Rhyno and Heath Slater at the same time. Booking wise, I think this is a great way to continue the Corbin push. I don’t have much else to add really, well written, well booked. Corbin is definitely one to watch here.

    Corbin’s words afterwards just further cement his attitude, no problems.

    American Alpha segment was okay in the early stages when they were selling their determination to win the tournament. I had an issue with the humour at the end, I know WWE like to roll with heaps of this stuff, but I feel like sometimes a situation just needs to be serious. This might have been one of those. I look forward to the main event though.

    You know that I really haven’t been looking forward to this Nikki/Becky Lynch match. It started off well enough and the looking around angrily after a cover, the spear and having to get the referee to pull her off made Nikki come across as the heel here. Which I’m happy with because I would have been booing the shit out of her. The heelish antics of Nikki continued and it actually made me enjoy the match a lot more than I thought I would. The ending felt a little rushed, maybe Becky could have had a little more offense but besides that, happy with the result, and surprisingly, the match in general.

    Video package for the main event was nice. Also, I’ve gushed over tag team wrestling quite a bit in this thread, but I’m ecstatic to see this tournament get a main event slot on PPV.

    I really enjoyed this tag team match throughout. I’ll get to the hot ending in a minute but even in the early stages, it was a perfectly crafted tag match. It started off pretty simply and then Dawson and Wilder managed to cheat to gain the advantage, working on the leg. As things heated up an American Alpha came back, the table spot, as well as the cheating in the end for the win for The Revival was all crafted very well. Awesome match to end the show, my new favourite of the night. Just in general now I want to commend you on what has been an awesome tag team exhibition throughout the tournament. Hopefully you manage to keep that focus moving forward.

    As a whole, I still picked on a few things but in general, it was an enjoyable PPV. I definitely continue to notice improvements in this thread, and this was definitely a step up from Backlash. I look forward to reading more as this goes from strength to strength, keep up the solid work.

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    Thank you for the comments guys! I'm always very excited to get on here and see reactions and get to work on making things better, and I appreciate all of your comments. Stojy, I'm glad that, as another tag team fan, you enjoyed the main event and the build of the tournament. It was my goal and my dream from the start with this to build that tag division and do something memorable, I'm hoping I can keep it rolling even if sometimes the matches won't be as extensive or huge. I'm very happy you enjoyed No Mercy and I hope you continue to enjoy this BTB. I've just finished writing Survivor Series, so I'm going to start the build, it's a long time until the show (I've pushed it back a week in mine because I miscounted first and I always see it as a Thanksgiving tradition), so it'll be a while until another PPV is posted, but I'm working on TLC and the Royal Rumble while we get there.







    SMACKDOWN LIVE

    OCTOBER 11, 2016


    The show opens with a little rundown of what happened at No Mercy with a focus on the WWE Championship and the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships. We cut into the ring, where Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are standing with microphones. They commend The Revival on their victory, albeit by somewhat shady means, and announce that unfortunately after the intensity of their match, neither The Revival or American Alpha will attend tonight. They talk back and forth about their trials and tribulations thus far leading the blue brand, taking care of their fans and focusing on what they wanted to see, and most of all being better than Monday Night Raw. As such, they issue a challenge to Stephanie McMahon, Mick Foley and the roster of Raw for Survivor Series. They will put together a team of their best women, their best tag teams and their best singles wrestlers and they challenge that their best can top Raw’s best.

    As they finish their challenge, Baron Corbin comes out and storms to the ring furious as always. He demands that he be given his fair shake. He’s sick of watching the weak people get their shots, and sick of seeing the freaks get praised. He says that Sunday’s show was a travesty, with the WWE Championship being the opening act and the tag teams getting top billing. He wants them to focus on the real stars, the ones that actually fight for themselves and can hold their own. He wants a spot on the SmackDown Live Survivor Series team, and he wants his chance to win the WWE Championship.

    Daniel lets some of his pent up anger over The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and AJ Styles here and started berating Corbin for interrupting something that was special, and trying to make it all about him. He said if Corbin wants to be the star of the show, he can go ahead and be. Next week, Daniel announces, Corbin will go to the ring for the main event and issue an open challenge, and whomever accepts it is Corbin’s problem! Corbin, however, smirked and shrugged it off, telling Bryan it’s that person’s funeral to challenge him.

    After cutting away, we come back to Dean Ambrose backstage with his title on his shoulder, as he rounds a corner and finds AJ Styles and The Usos. Ambrose struts his way up to them and looks them up and down, the trio laughing until spotting him. Styles hops off a box and stands between The Usos and asks Ambrose what he wants. Ambrose says he’s getting pretty sick of that smell around here coming from their lockers, and maybe they should try using some KY the next time they were going to fool around. Styles holds back the Usos, who throw some insults at Ambrose and call him the faux-champion, saying he’s just some pretender who calls himself a lunatic to sound scary.

    Ambrose smirks and gets in Jimmy and Jey’s faces, smacking his gum, and tells them to try him. Styles has to hold them back while Ambrose walks backwards with his arms out and says he’s accepting all challengers, if any of the loser crew wants some. Styles turns to The Usos and tells them they’ll get him in time, and not to worry about it. That title is going to be around his waist, and the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships will be around theirs.

    We go out to the ring for a match between Naomiand Carmella. During the entrances, their dancing backgrounds are highlighted and we’re reminded the next line in the poem of “One danced out of place and then there were four.” The two have a decent match, with Carmella picking up the victory. They talk about whether she or Naomi may be the attacker since there’s only one line about dancing in the poem, but ultimately focus in on the success of Carmella after a rough few weeks against Alexa Bliss.

    Backstage again, we see Randy Orton walk up to Shane McMahon with his ring gear on (no pants, yet again). Orton tells Shane he’s done everything he’s agreed to, been the model employee. He hasn’t been attacking anybody, he’s waited for the process to come together. You promise to make my match, then you do nothing when bullcrap like this happens over and over. Shane tells him to just wait a little longer, and Randy refuses, saying he’s sick of what’s been going on with SmackDown Live. Unless he gets to compete in his match with AJ Styles TONIGHT, he’s just going to have to take matters into his own hands. Shane tells him he can’t in good faith let him compete, and Orton says that’s the wrong answer. He storms off while Shane goes to say something else and appears very frustrated by the matter.

    We cut over to where DIY are hanging out and talking about being back. Ciampa is worried about Gargano just taping up his knee and going back out there so quickly, but Gargano is quick to deny feeling any ill effects of it. He says if he could’ve done it a couple days ago, he’d have ran out and taken down The Usos. They say tonight they’re facing the Mortal Kombat wannabes in The Ascension, and they’ve never had problems with a kick, kick, knee combo before. They feel confident in their odds tonight.

    Out to the ring, we’re getting ready for a tag team match where The Vaudevillains are waiting in the ring when the lights go out and DEH! Out come The Wyatt Family, led by Bray, surprisingly, who talks about the old days and the faux-attire of the Vaudevillains. He calls them frauds, but then again, who isn’t these days. He says they’re just needing saved as well, needing help from a hand to guide them through these dark times. He says his Family is here to help these people, just as they did Jack Swagger on Sunday, and just as they will The Hype Bros. soon.

    The match is relatively quick, with Luke Harper getting the pinfall over Simon Gotch. As Wyatt chose Aiden English to hit the Sister Abigail on, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder came running out to fend off the trio. Wyatt ordered his family to let them feel their glory for the time being, as that glory is doomed to fade and fleeting stars will all burn out.

    We have another backstage segment where The Miz is with an interviewer, being asked about his defense this past Sunday. He says how unfair it is for Daniel Bryan to force him into such a match, and he is excited to see Daniel tonight and finally get to show him just how much he underestimated him. Miz claims he deserves better than this, and that until he’s given what he wants, he will never grace the fans of SmackDown Live ever again, that’s what Daniel Bryan has done to his fans.

    Randy Orton walks up to the interview area and stares a hole through Miz for a moment. Miz stands firm and asks what he wants, and Orton steps up to him and tells him to leave. Miz shakes his head and grabs Maryse by the hand, then walks off. Orton grabs the microphone and looks into the camera, saying directly to The Club that he’s coming for them and the moment he sees them, it will be over for their silly, little group. Their forest ranger gang of nobodies is not safe to hide behind their sneak attacks, because now the hunted is the hunter, and the Viper is coming for them. So run, hide, and beware.

    We hear something going on down the hallway, and the camera turns and focuses in down that way until we cut over to another camera. Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella are face to face, with Becky calling Nikki a cheater and a liar. She doubts Nikki ever cared about having a good match, or even had one in her life anyway. Nikki balked at Becky and said it was simply a mistake, and that if she gets another shot at the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship she’s going to take it fair and square. Becky shakes her head and says she doubts it, telling Nikki she’s going to show her, and everybody, just how fearless poor little Nikki is when she’s faced with straight fire.

    Cutting back out to the ring, we see DIY face off with The Ascension in the return of DIY since The Usos assaulted them. They look alright until Johnny Gargano gets his leg taken out by Konnor, at which point The Ascension are in control for a while and Tommasso Ciampa is worried and furious on the apron. When Gargano finally makes the tag, Ciampa goes off and beats the crap out of both members. Ciampa eventually gets Viktor stuck in the middle of the ring and DIY hit Meet Me In The Middle to get the win.

    Going back to Daniel Bryan’s office, we have Dolph Ziggler going over how he’s earned his place at the top of the show. He beat John Cena clean in the middle of the ring, and he demands he gets what that entails. He wants his chance at the WWE Championship. He wants to be on the SmackDown Live Survivor Series team, and he demands he gets to lead it. Bryan says they’re looking at all the possibilities, and they’ll make some decisions in the coming weeks, but for now, there’s nothing he can do.

    Ziggler says he hears Randy Orton will again be unable to compete, so how about he takes his spot tonight and gets the match with AJ Styles. Bryan, after enough egging on, finally agrees and tells Ziggler to be ready because that match is coming up next. Ziggler goes to leave, and in comes The Miz. Miz and Ziggler share a look, but Ziggler continues out while Miz walks up to Bryan. Bryan gives an “of course” sigh and shrug, then turns and asks what Miz wants.

    Miz says he deserves a better response than that, this is the Intercontinental Champion you’re speaking to. This is the most must see sports entertainer in the world today. This is THE CHAMP of SmackDown Live, and he thinks that it is only fair, considering everything he’s gone through due to this coward of a general manager of his, that he be named the captain of the SmackDown Live Survivor Series team.

    Suddenly, beside him, is Dean Ambrose and his WWE Championship. Ambrose is smacking his gum, which irritates Miz, and he asks him about being “THE CHAMP.” He notes how his championship is significantly larger, golder, better. He goads Miz on about what it really is to be “THE CHAMP” on SmackDown Live. He talks about earning your spot, and how The Miz is just always riding his wife’s coattails and always begging and pleading. Miz calls Ambrose unstable, saying one week he’s being the badass he claims to be and the next he’s goofing off with some nobody like Heath Slater. Ambrose eventually Bugs Bunny’s Miz by challenging him to a match to find out who the best champion is, and Miz refusing until Ambrose tricks him into saying yes with a back and forth of yes and no. Ambrose smirks and walks off, while Miz turns to Bryan and demands he change that. Bryan says his hands are tied, as Miz knows, his contract states only Miz can control his televised matches.

    After a commercial, we come back to The Club walking down the hallway to the entranceway and talking about how stupid it is for Randy Orton to issue a challenge to them. They’ve beat him down over and over, yet the guy keeps coming back. He doesn’t deserve the chances he gets, he doesn’t even deserve the time of day from these three. They’re going to go out, they’re going to win, and win, and win and there’s not a damn thing Randy Orton can do about it.

    In the ring, we have a match between AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler which is fantastic. The two give it their all, and AJ is able to hit a Phenomenal Forearm, while Ziggler hits his ZigZag in the long match. We near the end, with it obviously having to come from the big finishers when Randy Orton comes down and meets The Usos on the ramp. He clotheslines them both, and throws them into the barricade before marching down to the ring, distracting Styles.

    Styles turns and just barely ducks a superkick from Ziggler, but Orton jumps into the ring and runs up and hits the RKO on Styles! The bell rings, and Ziggler gets furious, knowing he had a shot at the win here. He goes to superkick Orton, but he ducks that and jumps to hit an RKO to Ziggler as well. With both men at his feet, Orton stands in his pose and stares down at Styles while the camera fades to black.





    SURVIVOR SERIES
    NOVEMBER 27, 2016

    WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Dean Ambrose (c) v. Randy Orton

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE MEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW
    (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Competitors TBA)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Nikki Bella & Alexa Bliss)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
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    (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Competitors TBA)

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    You’ve posted a new show so obviously I’ll be here to comment on it. Opening up with Shane and Bryan talking about Survivor Series makes sense. It’s one of those BIG FOUR PPV’s that still means something. The Revival and American Alpha makes me sad that they are not on the show tonight, especially the reasoning. You see guys show up the next night after Hell in a Cell matches, even if they are half dead, so to see these guys missing over No Mercy’s main event didn’t quite rub me the right way... Plus I love tag team wrestling still haha. Opting to go the same route as IRL with the three different brand against brand matches is an interesting concept, hopefully you build them a little better than they were IRL. The Corbin stuff was interesting as was Bryan losing his temper. Interested to see who Corbin faces next week and whether this is the start of Bryan losing his cool. A good opening segment.

    This is more of what I want to see from Ambrose. I’ve been critical of your booking of the champion as he’s felt like an afterthought in this thread. I felt like the match at No Mercy was booked well though, and his arrogance to AJ and The Usos here was brilliant. Watching this space as it obviously looks like this feud will continue in some way. No issues here, great segment.

    Carmella beating Naomi shocked me a little but I guess that is because of real life fortunes. A nice win for Carmella though, and the poem angle continues to be interesting as hell. The “dancer” line surrounding the two dancers match is a nice touch.

    I like the way you’ve almost incorporated my frustration with the way Orton has been booked into this segment here. The way he discussed being the model employee and being fed up was all done really well. This has set the stage for Orton to raise some hell tonight though, so hopefully he does something noteworthy before the end of the show.

    Standard DIY segment, putting over Gargano’s knee injury. No real comments to make.

    Vaudevillains were always just getting squashed by The Wyatt Family. Bray’s promo and after the match stuff was on point as per usual. Still wondering what Bray will do after Swagger, I can’t see him focusing all his energy on The Hype Bro’s, feels like a downgrade.

    The Miz refusing to appear on Smackdown makes sense with everything that has gone on with his contract recently. As much as I enjoy The Miz, I was hoping Orton would beat him up here, but not to be. Orton was okay, threatening The Club, but he really needs to do something big tonight. Hopefully you’re on the right track and this was just further build up for a big event later in the night.

    The Nikki heel turn hint at No Mercy actually got me intrigued with her character, which is something that has never happened. This argument with Becky keeps the wheels turning there, good stuff.

    This tag match did a good job of putting over DIY, yet still going over Gargano’s injured knee. I assume they will look at getting a crack at The Uso’s soon. Still, a solid win over The Ascension, and I definitely think you gave the right team the win.

    Dolph Ziggler bragging about his victory over John Cena was to be expected. Again, it just seems weird that Bryan has gone ahead and booked a Ziggler/Styles, heel against heel main event just because Ziggler asked for it... Especially after Orton was denied earlier. Not sure I quite liked that. The Miz being frustrated, only to cop heat with Ambrose was all written very well though. Bryan not able to change the match was a nice touch at the end as well.

    The Club talking shit about Orton all but confirms he’ll do something around main event time.

    Styles/Ziggler still feels like a strange main event, although the two would have had an AWESOME match. Orton making his presence felt and basically destroying four men is exactly the type of thing that was needed here. A great ending to a great show.

    A really good show coming off of No Mercy. I feel like booking wise I’m finding less and less to complain about in each show. Nothing but complimentary words this time around as you’re really beginning to book your bigger names in the thread the right way. Keep it up, mate.

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    First time dropping anything your way so I apologise but I have been reading and I enjoyed No Mercy.

    There;s a plethora of stars on Smackdown who are revolving around one another. This excites me as unlike Raw, where the likes of Lesnar and Goldberg have part-timed their way to looking stronger than the rest of the roster, Smackdown has that equality at the top of the card. I'm not sure whether Ambrose, Styles, Orton, Ziggler, Miz, Corbin, Wyatt or even Cena are going to be the top dogs on the brand going forward. That's exactly what I like.

    The Survivor Series matches should be great but I hope that the tag version is not a 20 man match. That would be overkill for me.

    Corbin coming out was keeping up with his character and I'm intrigued to see who answers his challenge. For big moment purposes my money is on the return of Cena or The Undertaker.

    Daniel Bryan is really feeling the pressures of being the man in charge. I just hope that he doesn't snap and roundhouse kick someone's head off, most likely Miz's!!

    The tag division is definitely looking very good on Smackdown with D.I.Y, The Revival, American Alpha, The Wyatts and The Usos around. Would love to see those 5 teams going at it over the titles for the next 6 months. Plenty of variety.

    With The Miz refusing to step into the ring I'm keen to see him get his comeuppance very soon. Hopefully Ambrose can teach him a lesson in their champion v champion contest.

    Ziggler is making a name for himself after beating Cena and nearly beating Styles. I think it would be great if he stays looking good instead of dropping down to that awful feud with Crews and Kalisto.

    I don't want to comment too much on anything else but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens at Survivor Series, especially whether you inflict a defeat on Smackdown in their war with Raw.

    Good luck mate, and keep up the great work.

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    Thanks for the reviews stojy and Sykotic! Just some notes, stojy: Bray is kind of in a holding pattern for a short time while he and the Family get things tied up and get their new targets. Just character building and making the team look better. I'm really happy you're enjoying the women's angle, it's the most adventurous I'm doing currently imo, and I'm really enjoying it. Syk: I'm glad to see you checking it out. I'm sorry to say, the Tag SS match will be 10-man, I just hope to make it work better than it did irl. I didn't like it when it happened, so I aim to make it better. I'm glad you like my attempt at depth style booking, building up as many people as I can. I'm very excited to have you reading, and very thankful for your comment.






    SMACKDOWN LIVE
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    Opening this week for SmackDown Live, we have The Revival in the ring with their SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships. They talk about how hard they fought and clawed to earn their position on the SmackDown Live roster, and now that they’ve fought so hard and so long, they’ve made their mark to be the inaugural champions, as they should be. They mention being happy to accept the role of captain of Team SmackDown Live. They say how nobody in the locker room is at all deserving of stepping into the ring with them, and they’re bringing real tag team wrestling back, much to the dismay of the crowd.

    As they continue on, American Alpha come walking out and interrupting. They say how it’s great The Revival can be so proud of themselves for being horrible cheaters, lillyliver cowards. They’re the example of what everybody should want to be in this world, the people who get ahead by riding on the coattails of others. Meanwhile, here’s a real American story of success, where these two have fought, and worked hard for their moment and it was ripped away by the dastardly duo in the ring. It’s great that they can be proud of themselves through all of that. The Revival say that Alpha don’t know what they’re talking about, they don’t understand how hard they’ve worked and what they’ve had to do to get where they are. Unlike them, they weren’t the Olympic and College stars, they had to actually get their hands dirty and get to work.

    Alpha and Revival continue to go back and forth, and eventually Revival simply rush them and start attacking Alpha. Alpha falls back into the ropes, and Revival stomp away at them and punch them before finally relenting and raising their titles above their heads. Alpha gets up and runs at Revival, but they seem to have eyes in the back of their heads and get out of dodge quickly, running out of the ring and raising their titles as they walk up the ramp with Alpha staring them down.

    Backstage, we see Apollo Crews walking to the ring with Tye Dillinger. Dillinger is trailing behind a bit, and Crews stops and turns to him, saying maybe this was all a mistake. Dillinger doesn’t understand, and Crews says they’re just holding each other back. Dillinger says that’s just not true, they just haven’t hit their groove yet and how could they when The Miz has been standing in their way. From now on, it’s the Perfect 10 and the Perfect 11. Crews smiles about that, but still asks Dillinger to stay back for his match. Dillinger agrees to do so as Crews walks off.

    In the ring, Apollo Crews takes on Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler gets the victory with the ZigZag after a decent match where Crews shows off his power, but is unable to keep up with Ziggler’s experience and skill. Ziggler mouths something to Daniel Bryan post-match, and says something about just like Cena before we cut away quickly.

    Going to backstage, we see Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon standing in front of the camera, facing it. They talk about opportunity, and how disappointed they are that they have yet to find the women’s attacker. They say they have exactly five women on the SmackDown Live roster with Natalya out, and those five will all be competing at Survivor Series. However, before we get to there, in order to strengthen the teams and to push the land of opportunity, every championship will be defended on SmackDown Live.

    They then use this opportunity to announce that there will be a fatal fourway match tonight to determine the Number One Contender for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. The winner will challenge Becky Lynch on November 8th, in Glasgow, Scotland, and the winner of that match will captain the Women’s team. They say they’ll announce the other matches as they decide on them.

    We cut off to a hospital room, looking out the window and then zooming out to show Rhyno with a bandage over his head and Heath Slater standing by his side. Slater apologizes for what happened to his friend, but Rhyno is insistent that he’d do it again every time for his friend. Slater tries to help make Rhyno feel better, and starts puffing his pillow, but all it does is hurt Rhyno as Slater is accidentally smacking the wound. Slater apologizes again to the somewhat upset Rhyno, and Rhyno begrudgingly forgives him, but eventually reaches out and pulls him in for a hug as we fade away.

    When we come back, Baron Corbin is being interviewed. He talks about what he did to Rhyno and how he despises the people who hold up and honor a weak link like Heath Slater. He wants to rid SmackDown Live of these gnats, and be given the time and opportunities that he deserves. He says that everybody saw what he did to Rhyno at No Mercy, and knows that that’s what’s coming for them. He doesn’t care who it is, if they’re in his way, he’s going to take them out. Tag teams, cruiserweights, he’ll knock them all out. And whoever dares to challenge him later tonight, they’re making a big mistake.

    Out to the ring, The Revival are back out for a match with The Hype Bros. The Revival are able to get the win with the Shatter Machine, but not before Mojo Rawley has a good run off the hot tag and gets a near fall on Dash Wilder. Following the match, DEH! Bray Wyatt leads out his Wyatt Family and talks about the arrogance that stands before him in the ring at that moment. He says the Hype Bros. have narrowly escaped his reach at every step, but not to worry that they will be saved very soon. He notes how The Revival are a cult of their own volition, destined to praise each other while failing to see the error in their ways. They will be found, they will be hunted, they will be brought to the justice of the lord. The braggadocious ways of these teams are soon to be ended, and the Era of Wyatt is going to begin, so follow the fireflies.

    Backstage, Randy Orton is staring into the camera and issues another challenge to The Club, stating that if he sees them, he will be destroying them. He is going to show them the fear that they’ve instilled in some of the SmackDown Live roster, make them worry and fear him. He is going to be around every corner they turn to, every spot they hide in. The Viper will be there, lying in wait and ready to strike. The Viper will be ending The Club, and if they’re man enough to try and stop him, he dares them to meet him in the ring later.

    Immediately after, we cut to an interview with Alexa Bliss where she talks about being ostracized by the women’s locker room for absolutely no reason. She insists she didn’t attack Natalya and that it is simply unfair when we can see Carmella trying to deflect blame, we can see Nikki cheating and trying to choke Becky Lynch. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise her if it was Naomi just sitting by and letting everyone accuse each other. She insists it wasn’t here. Nikki Bella walks into the picture and tells Alexa she heard her call her a cheater, and that it just isn’t right. Nikki doesn’t cheat, she just wins. Alexa, on the other hand, is just a no good, sneak attacking bitch. Alexa tells Nikki she’ll see her in the ring.

    Going back out to the ring, we have the fatal fourway for number one contendership to the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. Becky Lynch comes out to ringside for the match and watches as the four women all get their moves off and have their nearfalls. Nikki Bella manages to spear both Naomi and Alexa Bliss to knock them both out of the ring, while Carmella sneaks up behind and grabs Nikki and rolls her up for a sudden pinfall victory to win the match!

    Nikki is furious afterward, and tries to attack Carmella. Carmella gets out of the ring quickly though, and Nikki stomps and throws a bit of a tantrum as Carmella has her arm raised.

    Backstage, we’re in Daniel Bryan’s office where Dolph Ziggler walks in and insists that with how the match ended last week, he deserves a WWE Championship match in the next few weeks. They’ve announced every title will be on the line, and Ziggler has beaten John Cena, and was about to beat AJ Styles before Randy Orton came out and ruined it. So it’s only fair that he gets his shot at that championship. Bryan actually agrees, much to the surprise of both men, and tells Ziggler that in two weeks, he’s going to have his WWE Championship match against Dean Ambrose.

    Ziggler smiles and thanks Bryan, which is definitely a first, and tells him he should try doing his job more often, which is just a return to normal. Ziggler then asks about the Survivor Series team, what about the captaincy going to someone who actually deserves it. Bryan says that they haven’t made a decision yet, and he’ll know when they do. In the meantime, he’s got to go and he expects Ziggler to quit coming to him every day about it. Bryan pushes by Ziggler, who is upset with the response, and walks out his door, turning up the hallway. He walks by The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, Tye Dillinger, and Kane before coming up to the interview area where The Miz is about to get into one.

    The Miz doesn’t seem to notice Bryan, and talks about how his stock is just rising and rising. Tonight, he’s going to beat the WWE Champion and show that the Intercontinental Championship is the best and most prestigious title in the entire WWE! Bryan shakes his head, and chuckles a bit, which finally gets Miz to notice him, turning and giving the “well, well, well” to him. He tells Bryan that it’s cute how he’s doing that every championship defended thing, but he knows that isn’t possible and he knows the contract he agreed to with The Miz. So enjoy your stupid show, you will not see the Intercontinental Championship defended on some measly SmackDown Live.

    Out to the ring, we have the match between The Miz and Dean Ambrose for the claim to the best champion of SmackDown Live. Miz gets the upperhand after an initial rush by Ambrose, using Maryse to help him keep control throughout. Eventually, however, Ambrose is able to stun Miz and ducks the pepper spray from Maryse, getting it sprayed into Miz’s eyes. Ambrose then turns Miz and hits the Dirty Deeds for the victory.

    We cut back to Heath Slater and Rhyno in the hospital, where Slater is trying to raise Rhyno’s spirits with jokes about the bed pan and messing with the bed. However, all it seems to do is bother Rhyno. Rhyno lets it all go as much as he can, though, but you can tell he’s getting a little tired of Heath already.

    Going backstage again, we see Daniel Bryan on the phone with somebody, but we don’t know who. He says he has to go as he walks up to The Revival, who he congratulates on their victory tonight. The two balk at it, and say that’s just how Top Guys work. Bryan tells them the SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions will be the captains of Team SmackDown Live at Survivor Series. He says that it’s good they got into the ring for a warm-up, because next week they’ll start up the run of championship matches on SmackDown Live, when they defend their SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships against American Alpha! The Revival go nuts over this, screaming at Bryan and trying to make him stop the match from happening. He tells them that his hands are tied, and they should probably start getting ready. Bryan has a big grin on his face, obviously enjoying giving some sort of comeuppance to somebody. Revival furiously storm off as we go back out to the ring.

    Baron Corbin is standing in the ring, awaiting his opponent for his open challenge and looking smug when Randy Orton comes storming out, looking around angrily and showing his desire to just beat someone up. Corbin seems a little shocked to see Orton, but the match must go on. Corbin gets some good offense in and looks very powerful, hitting a Deep Six at one point. However, Orton manages to get the upper hand after a while of Corbin dominating and hits an RKO after his comeback sequence for the victory.

    As Orton celebrates his victory, The Club come running in from the crowd and attack him, hitting him from behind. Orton begins to fend off the trio, but is overpowered. As they set him up for a Styles Clash and The Usos go for a double superkick to top it off, DIY come running out from the back for the save. They slide into the ring and attack the three quickly, knocking them all down with clotheslines and kicks. AJ Styles gets out of the ring quickly, as does Jimmy Uso, but Jey is left to fend for himself. He gets up and is hit quickly with an RKO! Then as he begins to stir a little, he’s hit with the Meet Me in the Middle and the three of them push him out to The Club before standing tall as the camera fades away.






    SURVIVOR SERIES
    NOVEMBER 27, 2016

    WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Dean Ambrose (c) v. Randy Orton

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE MEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
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    (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Competitors TBA)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Nikki Bella & Alexa Bliss)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    I've taken some time to read your work man and to return the favor for your reviews on my project. No Mercy was a great read and the main event especially delivered. It was a wise decision to begin a BTB that focuses only on SmackDown Live since between this show and Raw, SDL is by far the better show. You have done an excellent job on giving everyone something to do even stars that didn't seem to have a direction at first like Swagger and Slater/Rhyno. I will be following this moving on and I'm already looking forward for Survivor Series. Great stuff!

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    Opening the show with The Revival is awesome because the tag team division are getting a big slot by being allowed to open the show. As much as they’re supposed to be heels, everything The Revival said made sense. They are the champions so they should be the captains of the SD Survivor Series team. American Alpha interrupting continues to build the fallout from the tag tournament with blaming The Revival for cheating. The attack was okay although I would have liked a little more detail, as it just seemed hard to picture how The Revival attacked Alpha and beat them down so easily, before hightailing it when Alpha tried to recover. Still, a solid enough segment, I’m assuming this is building hype towards how these guys will coexist in the tag team match.

    Crews doubting the tandem with Dillinger after only a week or two seems way to early and rushed. Makes sense for Tye to ease his concerns and for them to continue to team, but Crews just seemed off. Asking for Tye to stay backstage seemed rather random as well. Not sure what’s happening here???

    Dolph was always going to beat Crews so I have no issues here, just smart booking. Dolph bad mouthing John Cena a little after the match has me leaning towards their feud continuing.

    I didn’t mind the Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon segment. Not only does it put over the attackers angle, but the idea of having big time title matches to cover for titles probably not being defended at Survivor Series sounds good.

    Rhyno and Slater segment seemed like it was just there for comedic relief. No mention of Corbin makes me think that issue might be done. Interested to see what you do with these guys from here as it feels like their team has lost all momentum. Maybe Rhino needs to turn heel on Slater. Whilst this segment didn’t really feel like it had a purpose, I don’t mind it reminding us of the work that Baron Corbin did.

    Speaking of Baron, good timing with him now getting a quick bit of promo time. Corbin being a bully ready to attack anybody is when his character is most interesting. You’ve portrayed that really well over the past month and again here with this segment. I look forward to see what’s next.

    The Revival were always beating The Hype Bros here because they are the champions. In future, write the result of the match last. It felt disjointed and weird to read that you wrote the result, and then mentioned Mojo got a near fall. Just not great to read. Again, that’s not really a booking thing though, just a reader experience thing. Obviously The Wyatt’s have had their eyes on The Hype Bros for awhile so this interruption wasn’t unsurprising, but having a go at The Revival shocked me. I liked it though. I’m assuming this means The Wyatt Family are potentially looking for tag team gold.

    Enjoyed the part of Randy’s promo where he made it seem as if he was the hunter and The Club were the hunted. Really good stuff, looking forward to seeing what happens later on in the night.

    Obviously this attacker angle continues to dominate the women’s division and I don’t mind it. Alexa basically running down the rest of the division and attempting to clear her name was fine. I enjoyed Nikki interrupting and having a war of words. Good segment, you know I’m enjoying the women in this thread from our few conversations.

    Fatal Four Way basically gets Becky a challenger in Carmella. I have no issue there but what I enjoyed the most of this is the continued development of Nikki Bella. Nikki looks good but loses, but trying to attack Carmella and especially the tantrum afterwards is a tad heelish. I’m enjoying the subtle changes in Nikki’s character, Can’t wait until she completely turns now as well.

    One thing I’ve disliked a little is how some of your title opportunities have been announced in the past. This Ziggler one, whilst I enjoy the character, kind of fits a similar mould where I want to complain a little. It seems weird that after NOT WINNING last week, he will just whinge to the baby face GM and get a match granted. You’ve done this a few times now throughout the thread and I think I’ve expressed my dislike each time haha.

    Ziggler wanting SS captaincy makes sense as well, I look forward to seeing how the Smackdown team forms.

    Not really sure why you randomly name dropped a bunch of superstars until Bryan bumped into The Miz. Enjoyed The Miz being an ass and rubbing in the fact that he won’t be defending his title due to his contract terms. This continues to be a favourite angle of mine.

    The Miz and Ambrose, champion against champion not being the main event really confuses me. I’d expect it to be especially with what the main event actually is. Still, standard Miz match with the Maryse interference, but no matter how good of a run the IC Champ is on, the WWE Champ had to pick up the win. Smart booking and a nice win for Ambrose.

    This second segment confirms to me that Rhyno is eventually going to turn on Slater. Awesome.

    Daniel Bryan and The Revival segment was a standard face authority segment dealing with a heel star or team. Revival being the captains makes sense so good decision there and match with American Alpha should be good.

    Baron Corbin really gets a rub by being competitive against Orton, but the new and improved Randy in this thread gets a solid win. I still think Miz/Ambrose should have been the main event.

    I guess with the ending with The Club and DIY getting involved and the awesome attack, it makes sense that this would be the main event, ending the show on a really entertaining note.

    Another solid show as everything continues to be built solidly. For the most part things feel like they are moving in the right direction, as I really only had one or two minor complaints. Keep up the solid work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Crews doubting the tandem with Dillinger after only a week or two seems way to early and rushed. Makes sense for Tye to ease his concerns and for them to continue to team, but Crews just seemed off. Asking for Tye to stay backstage seemed rather random as well. Not sure what’s happening here???

    One thing I’ve disliked a little is how some of your title opportunities have been announced in the past. This Ziggler one, whilst I enjoy the character, kind of fits a similar mould where I want to complain a little. It seems weird that after NOT WINNING last week, he will just whinge to the baby face GM and get a match granted. You’ve done this a few times now throughout the thread and I think I’ve expressed my dislike each time haha.

    Not really sure why you randomly name dropped a bunch of superstars until Bryan bumped into The Miz. Enjoyed The Miz being an ass and rubbing in the fact that he won’t be defending his title due to his contract terms. This continues to be a favourite angle of mine.
    Thank you for the comments guys, I greatly appreciate all the help I get in here. Bazingos, it's great to see you checking this out and I hope to see you around, bud. I just wanted to touch on a couple things here. So for Apollo and Dillinger, they've actually been a team for about 2 months at this point. Crews brought Dillinger in to be his partner in the tag tournament, it led to Dillinger's IC title shot, and what's going on between the two of them now is the result of where they've gone as a team and as opponents recently. I should've probably highlighted their stories a bit better, Miz/Bryan has been more overarching so I understand it not standing out much. Something for me to work on for the midcard stories.


    I appreciate that you don't like the way I've done my title bookings. I've mostly been trying to figure out better ways to write it to make it come across how I see it of Bryan being mentally drained and just tired of being bitched at all the time, but I've realized it isn't coming across so I'm working on it. Thank you for pointing it out so I can amend it now that I know that it's just not coming across right and I can make this better.


    In terms of name dropping people, it's that get everyone on TV thing and remind the viewers/readers about these people you'll be seeing around more. Just kind of having that like "open world" kind of thing for a backstage area, where everyone is there and it gets them on the show more.


    I'm really happy the bigger feuds I've worked on are enticing at least. The Tag teams, the women and the main event are the main things. So, thank you for giving me some notes on what to work on. I'm going to try to make the midcard seem more important in the next couple months and work on those title matches.

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE
    OCTOBER 25, 2016


    We open up to an angry Dolph Ziggler storming into Daniel Bryan’s office. He screams about some rumors he’s heard about the captaincy of the SmackDown Live Survivor Series singles team. Bryan says he can assure him it’ll be alright, but Ziggler is adamant that this is a travesty and proves that Bryan is just incompetent, inept as a general manager. He says this just proves everything he's been saying, that when the going gets tough, Daniel Bryan makes the wrong decision. After all, how, in any way, could they choose John Cena to be the captain?

    With that, Cena comes walking in from out of frame to the sound of a door shutting and says something to Ziggler. Ziggler takes offense to it quickly, not even recognizing what Cena said. Ziggler says this is the example of the bias of Daniel Bryan, handing things to his brother-in-law while the legitimate athletes here, the hard workers who are plying their trade and working every single day. Cena steps in and says that Ziggler has no idea what he’s talking about, but then again, Ziggler has never really known what it is to be the man. He points to his accomplishments, having won 15 World Championships and been the face of the company for over a decade, with all the work that comes with that, while Ziggler was busy doing cheers with guys in green. He talks about going on Good Morning America, going to the Emmys and the Oscars and the work it takes to travel like that. He says Ziggler is just bitter because he’s never been, and never will be, the man for the WWE. Instead, here’s big, bad Dolph Ziggler who finally got himself a win for once and thinks he’s the hot shot that runs the damn place.

    Ziggler gets up close to him and tells him, Listen here John! You may be the man, but you are no longer the man you once were. He points to the constant losses to AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and Ziggler himself. He talks about how Cena is just the part-timer he once hated, coming in to take the spotlight away and act like he’s always around when now the young guys go to Ziggler, go to Styles, go to The Miz for help, not John Cena. John Cena doesn’t even know who’s around anymore, yet he’s expected to make a team of the best of the best on SmackDown Live, this is a joke!

    Bryan eventually gets sick of all the bickering and demands the two stop. He tells Ziggler that the decision has been made and he’s going to have to live with it. He tells Ziggler that he should try focusing on making a point in the ring and that they’ll be discussing his candidacy for the team. Ziggler balks at that, and with his scowl, leaves. Cena and Bryan talk while the camera fades to the normal introduction.

    We go out to the ring where we have our announcers run down the matches scheduled for today, with The Club taking on Randy Orton and DIY, as well as an impromptu match between SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Number One Contender Carmella and the woman she pinned last week Nikki Bella. And finally, we have the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships on the line as The Revival defend against American Alpha.

    Into the ring, we have an opening match-up between Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger and The Wyatt Family. Bray leads out the family, and talks about the egotism of somebody who would call themselves something as ridiculous as “The Perfect 10” let alone the humor that was involved in discovering the obvious jealousy at play with Crews. He lauded Dillinger for his willingness to try and bridge those gaps and help people, but ultimately he has failed and needs brought back to the light just as many others.

    The match was solid, with Crews showing off his strength in lifting Erick Rowan for a powerbomb, and Dillinger managing to hit the Perfect Ten before Crews tagged himself in and nearly cost the match. From there, control shifted to the Wyatts. Luckily, The Hype Bros. distracted Luke Harper long enough to allow Crews to sneak in and get the roll up victory before running off.

    Mojo Rawley cut a promo on the joke that is Bray Wyatt calling other people egotistical, and calling other people maniacal, and calling other people sinners and thieves and horrible people. He’s the one who has been taking people, brainwashing people for years into following his cult and for what? His own personal glory. So now, Mojo and Zack Ryder are sick of running and hiding and being nervous. They’re going to get HYPE and they’re going to stop the terror that is The Wyatt Family. Bray simply laughed and held back his monsters as Mojo and Ryder left the stage.

    We cut backstage to find The Miz pacing around and talking to Maryse about fairness and how awful it is that Daniel Bryan would do something so inconsiderate of the fans. He knows, as well as everybody else, that The Miz is the most must-see entertainer in the world today. He knows that The Miz is the man who can rally everybody together for a common cause. He knows that The Miz is the man for the job, and yet he chooses John Cena to lead the pack? This is complete bull. He doesn’t understand how his contract allows for this, and Maryse agrees with him that Bryan is simply a tool of the system, and Miz is the real hero of this story. They go off to search for Bryan.

    Going back out to the hospital, we find Rhyno still nursing his wounds from Baron Corbin at No Mercy, and Heath Slater still by his side. It appears Heath may not have slept much, and is holding his back and complaining about the uncomfortable chairs they have there. Rhyno is a bit annoyed about this, telling Heath to try being in his shoes with the concussion and related problems. Heath is oblivious and complains that the food is horrible also. Rhyno’s eyes suddenly get wide and he tries to talk Heath out of what he’s thinking, but it’s too late and Heath runs off, screaming that he’ll be back. Rhyno smacks his forehead as we fade away.

    At the ring, Nikki awaits Carmella for their match when we cut backstage and find that Carmella has been laid out by the mystery attacker!! A cutout of the danced out of place portion of the note is on her body, and beside her is the next clue about a red herring. Nikki seems shocked and afraid in the ring, looking around, while we see trainers tend to Carmella. Shane McMahon comes out and announces that due to Carmella being unable to compete, the new number one contender will be decided next week in a triple threat. He also mentions he’s going to have a meeting later with the women of SmackDown Live. Nikki is upset with having to compete in a triple threat next week, and storms up the ramp toward Shane as he walks off and we fade backstage.

    Backstage, we see The Club talking. The Usos are going back and forth about what they’ve done to DIY in the past. They say they were just lucky to get the win over them at Backlash and it will not happen again, under any circumstances. AJ Styles says it better not, because he doesn’t plan to be losing any time soon to anybody. He talks about Randy Orton being a madman, and how somebody has to stop him before it’s too late. He issues warnings, he attacks innocent people. It’s pure chaos around here anymore, and Styles is going to stop him. The crowd boos, recognizing the true nature of the feud.

    The Revival walk into frame, and they go back and forth a bit with The Club. They tell AJ that if he were truly a Top Guy, like them, he’d have gotten the job done at No Mercy. They say The Usos are simply the wannabe Headshrinkers, except they forgot to shrink the head and only got the brain. They talk about being the new age of tag team wrestling and how they’re sick of the same old same old, so how about those two shut it and we get moving on to the real stars of the show. Styles takes offense, tells them to know their role and that The Club is the strongest group in professional wrestling history. He warns The Revival not to make an enemy out of The Club, to which they laugh and mockingly say “Too Sweet? Top Guys” as they leave.

    We go out to the ring where an impromptu match has begun between John Cena and Kalisto in a “show me what you got” kind of match. Cena gets a pretty quick victory with the AA, and afterward helps up Kalisto. Dolph Ziggler comes out and starts berating Cena for being the big, bad bully. He says how when Miz picked Kalisto as an opponent, the fans saw it as a cheap trick. Yet here he is, the man who does no wrong and when he picks Kalisto, it’s a good show and it’s great for the kid. Bite me.

    Cena tells Ziggler there’s a difference in the intention. Apparently Ziggler’s new crush, Miz, had a whole thing about wanting to show off and look tough, and he wasn’t there to really see what Kalisto was made of. He says while they’re out there, though, if Ziggler wants to show what he’s made of, and finally show some real initiative instead of whining about being the number one loser of the WWE, bring it on. Ziggler says it would be way too easy, and after all, he’s got his big break next week while Cena goes flying off to New York or Hollywood or wherever. Ziggler walks away while Cena stands ready for a fight.

    We go over to the locker room where we find Randy Orton speaking with DIY. Randy talks about never being able to tell either of The Usos apart, and how he’s just waiting for his moment to strike and hit those “Two, Sweet, RKOs.” He says whenever AJ Styles gets in the ring, he’s to be fed to The Viper. Gargano and Ciampa seem to agree and don’t mind it, saying all they want is to get their retribution on The Usos for their sneak attacks and dirty tricks. They say the trio is like you took Mario and put him with two Goombas. Orton even smirks at that one as the camera fades out.

    We go over to Daniel Bryan walking through the hallway as he’s encountered by The Miz and Maryse, who immediately rush over to him and start telling Daniel what an awful general manager he is. Daniel defends his choice of Cena, but Miz just isn’t buying it. He says it’s favoritism, and all because he just doesn’t like The Miz for some reason. He tells Daniel that he has to fix this, immediately, or else. Daniel knows what or else means, and looks exasperated, annoyed and tired as he tells Miz that there is no circumstances that will lead to any renegotiation or anything. Don’t want to appear of SmackDown Live? Fine. See ya at Survivor Series. Miz is shocked at Daniel’s response, and offended, telling Daniel all he’s doing is letting down the fans, over and over again, constantly letting them down.

    As Miz leaves, he runs into Dean Ambrose who mentions beating him last week before going up to Daniel himself while Miz looks annoyed at him. He asks to be able to be on the Survivor Series team, which Daniel tells him he’d love to include him if it were up to him. However, the WWE Champion will have to defend against Randy Orton at Survivor Series whether it’s you, or Dolph Ziggler after next week. Dean assures Daniel it’ll be him, and that he just wants to go out there and beat the living hell out of every single person on Team Raw. Daniel appreciates the sentiment, but declines.

    Out to the ring, we have the six-man tag between Randy Orton and DIY and The Club. Throughout the match, AJ Styles avoids Orton at all costs while he tends to try to square up with Johnny Gargano. Meanwhile, The Usos become cannon fodder for Orton, who manages to hit a good amount of his moveset while still working decently in unison with DIY. The end comes with Styles making a secret tag as Orton hits the RKO on Jey Uso. Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Orton and manages to secure a pinfall victory while holding onto the tights for good measure.

    The Club runs away quickly while DIY runs in to guard Orton from a further attack. Orton sits up and stares down Styles as he backs away up the ramp.

    Going backstage, we see Shane McMahon in the women’s locker room. He is distraught and angry over the attack and is demanding to know who the attacker is. Nikki Bella is in his face, screaming that she shouldn't have to compete for the number one contendership. Alexa Bliss starts to point out how convenient it is that when Nikki has a match with Carmella suddenly she's attacked. Nikki says Alexa is the one benefiting from this, and the two go back and forth. Nikki tells Alexa she should stay under her bridge if she's just going to toss out accusations suddenly, after all, she's the one who had a vendetta against Carmella. Becky Lynch chimes in eventually, saying that she wouldn't be surprised after seeing how much of a liar Nikki is if it is her. Nikki balks, offended, and starts arguing with Becky that she's never done anything wrong and she doesn't appreciate that the fingers are being pointed at her. Alexa rolls her eyes, which draws Nikki's anger again, and the trio argue it out.

    While they argue with each other, Shane can only rub his forehead and eventually stops them. He says now SmackDown Live only have four women for their
    Survivor Series team and will be a woman down when they enter. He says he may as well cancel the match at this rate. All four women revolt against that, wanting to get things moving, but all start pointing fingers at each other. Nikki and Alexa primarily are focused on each other, but eventually they eye Naomi and seem to say it could be the quiet one, and that there's no other "dancer" to be taken out. Shane says this has gone too far already and he's sick of the bickering, with Natalya and now Carmella out, he’s going to call in the big guns to get this solved next week.

    While the women all look concerned, we cut away to the hospital where Heath Slater is bringing in food from his wife, Beulah. Rhyno is friendly and polite, attempting to eat it, but he struggles to and spits it out while Heath’s looking out the window. When Heath turns back, Rhyno tells him it’s good and fakes continuing to eat it, giving Heath a huge smile. Heath continues to talk as Rhyno scowls a bit, spitting out the food and looking around continuing to be annoyed with Slater.

    Back from the commercial, we have an interview with American Alpha about the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship match tonight. They call The Revival cheaters and frauds, who simply do whatever it takes to make a quick buck. They say that when it comes to real American ideals, and the spirit of competition, there is no way that Alpha is going to lose twice. They know the tricks Revival will pull, and they are prepared for it this time.

    Just as they say that, The Revival attack them from behind with the belts and hit them over the head! It seems to knock them out, and The Revival stomp away on them a bit for good measure. They then go out to the ring to await their match. They request similar to AJ Styles did at Backlash to have American Alpha counted out. However, at four, Alpha begins to stumble out, and at nine, Chad Gable slides into the ring at full speed clutching at his head.

    While Alpha is able to fight back admirably and gain the momentum and the crowd, the pre-match attack took too much out of them and The Revival are able to take control. Eventually a good hot tag gets Jordan in, but he’s also damaged and struggles to land the higher impact moves aside from an alphaplex. The Revival hit Gable with the Shatter Machine and that spells the end as they retain their titles thanks to some more nefarious means. We fade away with them standing over Alpha to a chorus of boos.




    SURVIVOR SERIES
    NOVEMBER 27, 2016

    WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Dean Ambrose (c) v. Randy Orton

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE MEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW
    (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (John Cena & TBA)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (Becky Lynch, Naomi, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss & TBA)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH
    TEAM RAW
    (Competitors TBA) v. TEAM SMACKDOWN LIVE (The Revival & TBA)

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    It actually makes perfect sense that Ziggler would be annoyed at Cena being named the captain of the Survivor Series team. Whilst Cena does have the reputation, what has he done recently to warrant it? I guess in a way I’m also surprised that you haven’t made Cena earn it, it really does seem like a bit of a weak decision. On that note, Bryan should have actually announced the captaincy to make it a big deal, rather than Ziggler just opening the show attacking him about a decision that the fans didn’t even know about. It just would have been confusing. I had one other issue with this segment when Cena first appeared, and he “said something to Ziggler”. I understand you’re writing recap but I hate a lack of detail to that extent, it would have been much better if we actually knew what Cena said, whether Ziggler heard him or not. Besides that one writing issue and the issue with the way the captaincy has been announced, I thought the rest of this segment was pretty good. It really continues the story of Ziggler being sick of the part time Cena, with his words being really good. Cena’s response and reference to the Spirit Squad days was pretty damn good to. A fun segment to start the show even If I did have some issues with the way it came about.

    A really nice card for tonight’s show with a main event scene tag match and a tag title match. I’m excited. By the way, an impromptu match is a match that just gets booked on the fly, that’s not the case here as the match is clearly already announced. For example, if Nikki was fighting Carmella, and then they got attacked by two other girls, it could potentially become an impromptu tag match.

    As usual, a pretty good promo for Bray. Whilst it has no real impact on the match, it’s awesome tat Bray’s promo and observation actually furthers the angle between Crews and Dillinger. Awesome.

    When it comes to the match I was expecting a pretty comfortable win for The Wyatt Family. That obviously didn’t happen. With The Hype Bro’s getting involved, it makes sense for the others to win and further the Wyatt/Hype Bro’s feud. At the same time, I definitely noted Crews tagging himself in to continue his angle with Dillinger. A really well booked match here.

    Mojo Rawley promo time sounds terrible haha. With that being said, the segment really did all it needed to do, hyping their feud and Mojo calling Bray a hypocrite. No complaints, solid stuff.

    The Miz being upset at not being the captain for SS makes sense. Just standard whinging from Miz really which I don’t have a problem with. The mentioning of his contract makes me wonder if he’ll try and pull something really shady. Nice segment regardless and I look forward to the follow up with Bryan later on in the show.

    Hospital segments continue to be quite funny with Rhino and Slater. I still feel like this is leading to a Rhino heel turn. And yes, as an ECW buff, I refuse to call him Rhyno.

    Carmella being the next one down just continues this awesome mystery attacker storyline. Nikki being really shocked but then annoyed at having to compete in a triple threat next week continues her character progression. A baby face probably wouldn’t be upset right? It would have been nice if Shane actually mentioned who Nikki would be facing next week, as right now I feel a little in the dark.

    A LOT of segments in a row here without a match. This is a wrestling show, right? Anyway, it makes sense for The Usos to be confident, and then for AJ to stress his worry about Orton, but also warn The Usos not to mess up. The only part that came across confusing was when AJ said “it’s pure chaos around here anymore” because it just doesn’t make sense. The Revival insulting The Club was awesome, perhaps showing a sign of things for the future. A really fun segment here, enjoyed it a lot.

    What’s with you an impromptu in this show haha. Cena going over Kalisto is fine, but I really enjoyed the comparison from Ziggler between Cena and Miz. Cena defending himself and making the challenge, as well as Ziggler biting back was all done fine. Simple progression here, pretty good stuff all around.

    Standard with Orton and DIY having a pre match catch up. Everything was fine here really with that Mario line at the end being hilarious.

    I knew The Miz was basically going to threaten to not show up so that was expected, but what shocked me even more was that Bryan just said okay go. It was a good change though as Bryan is obviously sick of giving in to Miz. Ambrose wanting to be on the SS team but not being able to was interesting. With Orton already having a title shot, I’m intrigued to see what happens between Orton/AJ in the lead up. A good segment anyway.

    Awesome sneaky win for AJ here over Orton, especially after avoiding him all match.. Not really sure if the hold of the tights was needed just because the blind tag made it a “oh he won but Orton didn’t look bad” kind of victory already. DIY not allowing any attack afterwards was nice, but again, surely this is going to push AJ to want to get into that SS title match. Either way, good booking here as the build continues and we all can’t wait until Orton finally gets one up on Styles.

    Another really nice segment with the women’s mystery attacker angle here. Shane is furious and so he should be. Nikki initially not even caring and just bitching about the triple threat next week was awesome for her character. The girls all blaming each other makes perfect sense, and the different arguments that spiked up were fun. I liked the turn when they started to focus on Naomi. With their SS team being one number down, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Shane does next week. Great segment.

    LMAO at Rhino spitting the foot out the window. Awesome.

    A nice attack from The Revival which realistically allows them to retain pretty comfortably. Whilst it would have soured the main event considerably, it allows for the feud to continue, as these two teams deserve a PPV Match. Smart booking and an entertaining finish to the show.

    As usual with you, a pretty solid show. I had a few things that I had issues with, but a majority of the angles are still all heading in the right direction. Looking forward to Survivor Series, I’ll be reading.

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    So ive been skimming through from the beginning and this is pretty well written and booked. Im excited to keep following this. You have a fan.

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    Thank you for the reviews guys, as always, it is massively appreciated! Mr. Franchise, welcome aboard, I am very excited to have you checking out the thread as well. Stojy, thank you for all your comments and your help, I'm working on actually somewhat rewriting segments for upcoming SmackDowns and I'm liking them a lot more thanks to your help over the weeks.

    I am introducing a new concept to this BTB. I don't want to do a full Talking Smack, as I'm not sure that I could do 2-3 superstars weekly, though over time I might end up having that eventually take place if I can get it figured out. I still want to explore some characters more, and I feel like there are some who week-to-week have more to say or do and it would be nice to give them a platform and to explore that character and get more comfortable with it. So I'm hoping this is an enjoyable concept, let me know anything about it since I am trying to get a better grasp on this as well and who knows, maybe Talking Smack will appear in full in the future but for now, I'm looking at focusing on one segment of Talking Smack at a time. I'm figuring this will fit into my posting schedule with a Monday/Tuesday show and a weekend little bit to keep things moving along and give a little more to the BTB hopefully.




    INTRODUCING...

    TALKING SMACK SNIPPETS



    Daniel Bryan and Renee Young introduce American Alpha to join them and we join at that point in the show.


    DANIEL BRYAN || Hey guys, how you feeling? Sorry about the loss.

    CHAD GABLE || You guys commend that on SmackDown Live?

    DANIEL BRYAN ||What?

    JASON JORDAN || No offence, Daniel. But really? We’re just going to let that happen?

    RENEE YOUNG ||Guys, I don’t think Daniel had anything to do with it.

    CHAD GABLE || But he can. That’s the thing. I thought this was different. I thought SmackDown Live was the land of opportunity, where you worked for your keep. Daniel, please, tell us you have some good news for us tonight. You saw what happened.

    DANIEL BRYAN || Yes, I did. I’ve already started talks with Shane about it, just give me some time.

    RENEE YOUNG || So, for those who missed it, The Revival attacked American Alpha before the main event tonight and were able to use that momentum to retain their championships. Guys, you were talking just before that about knowing their tricks, what happened?

    JASON JORDAN ||Sometimes, Renee, you make a mistake. We let our guard down tonight. We were loose, we were relaxed. We felt like we were ready for the fight, and we knew it would be a brawl. They aren’t the type to do things the right way, and so we were focused on getting to the ring. They jumped us early. We aren’t going to let them get the jump on us again.

    CHAD GABLE || To continue on that, I want to say something directly to Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. You two have been the thorn in our sides our entire careers. From NXT to SmackDown Live, you have been the horrible people that look out only for yourself. You have been the pieces of crap that force us to get dirty, that force us to do things differently. We don’t want to stoop to your level. We refuse to. So continue with your little games, your tricks and your traps, there is nothing you can do that will stop us. Whether it takes us a week or it takes us a year, we will have our revenge on you.

    RENEE YOUNG || Powerful words. I can feel that coming from the heart.

    CHAD GABLE || Thank you, Renee. It is. It’s the truth. We’ve struggled our whole lives, and when we finally reach the top, we get knocked back down. We are still the good people though, and we are still going to fight the good fight. We aren’t giving in to them. They want us to crack, we refuse to.

    JASON JORDAN || Every step of the way, they’ve been trying to make us do what they do. They have this thing about them, they’re that evil. They want to corrupt other people. We just won’t let them in. We won’t let them get to us. We lost tonight. We lost at No Mercy. We won’t lose the next time. We’re getting those titles from them one way or another, but one thing’s for sure, we’re doing the right way. Not their way.

    DANIEL BRYAN || Guys, I respect your passion. I appreciate it, honestly. Do you think you can beat them without stooping to their level though? I mean, history shows …

    JASON JORDAN || History shows that they can’t beat us. They need help. They need to cheat. We haven’t lost cleanly to them -- It’s the title belt that time, it’s the pre-match attack this time. Guess what? We know about it now. We know what they’re going for, we know they’re trying to get in our heads. You know what? We’re going to get in theirs.

    CHAD GABLE || By the end of this all, they’re going to be wishing they never did any of what they did. We’re going to teach them the right way to win a match, and we’re going to make it hurt. We’re going to make them suffer. We’re going to completely decimate them. They’d disagree, I’m sure. But this isn’t about them. This is about American Alpha. This is about the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships. And this is about doing it the right way, the American Way, the honest way. This is about being Ready … Willing …

    JASON JORDAN || And Gable. Thanks for having us guys. Daniel, we look forward to hearing from you.

    CHAD GABLE || Thanks for having us on. See you later.

    RENEE YOUNG ||Thanks guys!

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