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    SmackDown Live; Take A Chance


    SMACKDOWN LIVE
    || TAKE A CHANCE ||


    CHAMPIONS

    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

    CHAMPIONS DATE WON DATE LOST DAYS WON VIA
    Dean Ambrose June 19, 2016 December 11, 2016 175 Cash-In on Seth Rollins @ MITB
    AJ Styles December 11, 2016 N/A N/A TLC Match against Ambrose and Randy Orton



    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

    CHAMPIONS DATE WON DATE LOST DAYS WON VIA
    The Miz April 4, 2016 N/A TBD Defeated Zack Ryder on Raw


    WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPION

    CHAMPIONS DATE WON DATE LOST DAYS WON VIA
    Becky Lynch September 11, 2016 December 11, 2016 91 Last Eliminated Alexa Bliss @ Backlash
    Nikki Bella December 11, 2016 N/A N/A Defeated Becky Lynch @ TLC


    WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS


    CHAMPIONS DATE WON DATE LOST DAYS WON VIA
    The Revival October 9, 2016 N/A TBD Defeated American Alpha in Tournament Finals @ No Mercy

    ROSTER

    SINGLES COMPETITORS
    AJ Styles || Apollo Crews || Baron Corbin || Bray Wyatt || Dean Ambrose || Dolph Ziggler || Erick Rowan || Jack Swagger || Kalisto || Kane || Randy Orton || The Miz || Tye Dillinger

    TAG TEAM COMPETITORS
    American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) || The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) || Beauty & The Man-Beast (Heath Slater & Rhyno) || Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze) || DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) || The Hype Bros. (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder) || The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) || The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) || The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)

    WOMEN COMPETITORS
    Alexa Bliss || Becky Lynch || Carmella || Eva Marie || Maryse || Naomi || Natalya || Nikki Bella



    SMACKDOWN LIVE RESULTS FROM … NO MERCY
    Spoiler:

    WWE CHAMPIONSHIP; Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles
    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP; The Revival def. American Alpha
    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP; The Miz w/ Maryse def. Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger
    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP; Becky Lynch def. Nikki Bella
    SINGLES MATCH;
    Dolph Ziggler def. John Cena
    SINGLES MATCH; Bray Wyatt def. Jack Swagger
    SINGLES MATCH; Baron Corbin def. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater
    SINGLES MATCH;
    Alexa Bliss def. Carmella



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    SURVIVOR SERIES
    NOVEMBER 27, 2016

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE

    AUGUST 23, 2016


    SmackDown Live opens to a pairing in the ring we still aren’t quite used to seeing together as
    Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan stand beside two podiums covered with a tarp. They go on, explaining that they believe in SmackDown being the land of opportunity, and what better opportunity is there than winning a championship? As such, they’re announcing the introduction of two new championships -- the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship and the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship.

    The big announcement is the way these titles can be won, however. The Women’s Championship will be fought for at Backlash in a six-person elimination match between Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Natalya.

    In the case of the Tag Team Championships, they will be fought for in a tournament that is yet to be finalized. This tournament will be open to any and all teams who wish to join, whether it be somebody from the independents to somebody from NXT. As such, they’re specifically inviting three teams from NXT to join the tournament and if any are able to reach the semifinals, they will earn an immediate SmackDown Live contract. Those teams will be -- TM61, DIY, and The Revival.

    Heath Slater interrupts the promotion and demands he be included, to which they inform everybody that the entire locker room is invited in provided they find a partner and report to Daniel or Shane by Thursday at noon when the bracket is finalized and announced. They offer Heath to find a partner, and he goes running off much to the visible discomfort of Shane McMahon.

    The tournament begins quickly tonight as they’ve decided on early bracket positions and the first match of the night is The Usos defeating The Ascension with a double superkick. Mauro, JBL and Otunga talk about the uncertainty of the bracket and the possibility of The Usos making the Finals. JBL seems in favor of them for their longevity, and Otunga believes they will win due to their history as former champions.

    Dean Ambrose is seen backstage next, looking in every open door. He eventually comes up to one John Cena who he claims to have been looking for. In his haste, he forgot what it was about but after some banter, he remembers he believes in personal success and has seen the success John has had. He requests to form a tag team, coming up with names over and over until Cena finally relents and tells him it’s on one condition. He wants to make history just the same as Ambrose wants to win those Tag Titles, and so Ambrose will have to defend his title against Cena. Ambrose agrees and runs off to put their names in the tournament.

    Along his way to the office, he runs into Heath Slater, who stops him for a moment to ask to be partners. Dean looks him up and down, laughs a bit and apologizes, says he’s sure he’s nice and all but he has a partner. Slater walks around solemnly trying to find a partner until running into Kalisto. He asks Kalisto to join up with him, to which he says he’d love to do some lucha with him, but… Baron Corbin walks in and grabs Kalisto by the back of the neck. He bends over into Heath’s face and tells him to bug off, explaining that he’s decided Kalisto is going to be his partner. Kalisto is visibly uncomfortable with this, while Corbin holds him down and pushes Slater away. Slater walks out dejected while Kalisto looks concerned.

    A title card comes up for the upcoming Tag Tournament match-up. When we get back to the ring, we see The Revival defeat The Hype Bros. with their Shatter Machine. They clink their titles and taunt the crowd and raise their fingers exclaiming that they’re number one. The entire time the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships are visible at ringside. They point to them before exiting.

    We’re back to the backstage area where Heath Slater is back at it trying to find a partner. He spots The Ascension licking their wounds and creepily staring up the hallway at him. He shivers for the moment, turns and spots The Miz. He goes up to him and asks to be partners, to which Miz doesn’t respond as he’s speaking on the phone and focused on himself. He walks off without acknowledging Slater, who goes back to searching around.

    Nikki Bella is interviewed in ring about her previous accomplishments as the longest reigning Divas Champion. She talks about battling through adversity and what it could mean to her to become Women’s Champion. Alexa Bliss interrupts saying Bella is nothing but a “Diva” and no real woman wrestler. She’s the old guard, still jaunting about like a whore all the time. The two go face-to-face and decide to have a match. Bliss wins the match with the Twisted Bliss. JBL and Otunga argue over the merits of Bliss’s arguments and whether she should show more respect to the ring veteran in Bella.

    Apollo Crews is backstage trying to find The Miz. He eventually runs into him, telling him that it’s unacceptable that he used his wife to get a win at SummerSlam. Miz calls him Apollo Creed again, and tells him he should grow up and lose the happy-go-lucky ideals. Sometimes you’re just a loser. He refuses to give Crews another match for the title, and struts off with Maryse on his arm.

    Heath Slater runs up to Crews and asks him to be his partner. Crews, angry at the time, scoffed at him and said he’s already waiting on a response from someone. He stares off at Miz walking away, and Slater seems not to get the hint trying to convince Crews to partner up. Crew eventually tells him to chill, it’ll be alright with a big smile and walks away.

    DEH! Bray Wyatt appears and starts monologuing about the difficulties of our society. He talks about greed and the problems that face us when we cheer on those who support the sins. He points out people like Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar Man who could get anything he wanted with a dime, and then turned his attention to Alberto Del Rio, the Mexican Aristocrat, and talks about how nowadays we idolize somebody unworthy simply because of their money. He tells Del Rio to be afraid, because the fireflies are coming for his wealth.

    A video plays on The SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament. It focuses in on the NXT teams primarily, and the chances of them earning a contract for SmackDown Live.

    Back to the action in the ring, DIY defeat Breezango in a fast-paced match with their Meet In The Middle. Fandango took the pin, while Tyler Breeze was out of the ring. Gargano and Ciampa had a massive celebration to move forward in the tournament, going along ringside and high fiving fans as they exited.

    Going backstage, we’re in Daniel Bryan’s office where he’s speaking with Apollo Crews. Crews is presenting his case for an Intercontinental Championship match. AJ Styles bursts in, complaining loudly. Bryan tells Crews he’ll consider a rematch at Backlash, but won’t guarantee it. As he dismisses Crews, Crews tries to sign up for the tag team tournament but is cut off and taken outside. Styles complains about Ambrose making a deal with John Cena, saying he’s beat Cena and deserves the next shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan agrees he deserves a shot at the title, but the deal has already been struck and signed in the office and he can’t change the match.

    Styles refuses to accept the answer, explaining how Cena is undeserving and how he should get a chance to get his shot. Bryan agrees, but says Shane McMahon will have final say over it and he isn’t a fan of breaking contracts. Styles continues complaining as he leaves, saying Bryan is inadequate at his job.

    Kane is seen standing around backstage in full ring attire, and Heath Slater is found standing beside him after the camera pans out. He’s complaining about his inability to find a tag team partner and talks to Kane about what it’s like to be ostracized. Kane asks why he’d bring it up to him, and Heath says no reason. Kane, angrily, stares down Heath for a moment before walking off. Heath sighs but then looks straight down, sadly. He sits down on a turned over bucket and holds his head as the camera zooms in. A hand smacks him on the shoulder and he looks up to see Rhyno who agrees to be his tag team partner. Heath gets giddy and runs off to tell Bryan and Shane.

    Erick Rowan is seen stalking behind Alberto Del Rio on his way to the ring. Alberto is oblivious to it, but with Rowan in the sheep mask, everybody can feel the ominous feeling of what could be happening. After a good, longer match, John Cena defeated Del Rio in the main event of SmackDown Live after Rowan was finally spotted in the crowd and distracted Del Rio long enough for Cena to hit the Attitude Adjustment on him.




    BACKLASH
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose (c) v. John Cena

    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE

    AUGUST 30, 2016

    AJ Styles starts the show coming out to the ring and receiving a microphone. He calls out this James Ellsworth kid to have a match with. He says he’s going to show just how Phenomenal he is and how he deserves a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He calls himself the Face That Runs The Place, and runs down his accomplishments worldwide while Ellsworth looks concerned in the corner. After airing his issues about the deal between Cena and Ambrose, talking about his beating up John Cena, he turned and hit Ellsworth with the microphone before demanding the match start. Styles quickly pinned Ellsworth after a Styles Clash to win the match, then proceeded to attack him more.

    The Hype Bros., Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder, come running out to make the save for Ellsworth. Styles backs off while the two come flying in and cover up Ellsworth. Mojo rushes at Styles and gets in his face, challenging him to fight like a man and not pick on the smaller guys. Ryder gets Ellsworth out of the ring and starts taking him to the back until he sees Styles cheapshot Mojo in the ring. Ryder runs in to defend his partner, and Styles hits him with a huge dropkick then the Phenomenal Forearm. With both Hype Bros knocked out, Styles says he’d be happy to see them again later.

    The camera cuts to backstage where we see the women on the SmackDown Live roster arguing amongst themselves. Primarily, we’re focused in on Alexa Bliss and Carmella, the two newer superstars, debating over their draft positions and successes. Alexa says Carmella was carried to all of her success by Bayley, and the moment she left we never heard poor Carmella again. Carmella says Alexa was carried by her boy toys and will never find success at this high a level, to which Alexa’s facial expressions are top notch. Natalya joins in, explaining that neither argument really matters. The thing that matters is that they both understand their place, low on the totem pole, and that Natalya is the only superstar who really matters here.

    Natalya starts going around the locker room, telling Becky Lynch that all her friends turn on her because she’s unlikable, Nikki Bella that Alexa was right last week and Naomi that once her entrance is over, the arena’s just silent. Natalya explains she’s the best in this locker room, to which Carmella challenges her and says she’ll show her in the ring who the real best is.

    As the camera pans around with all the women looking spitefully toward Natalya, we see Dean Ambrose and John Cena walking by to go toward the ring. The camera follows around to hear Dean talking about team names still, and the team moves they could do. Cena is visibly frustrated and annoyed, trying to get to the ring quickly. They make their way out when the camera cuts away, and once in the ring they find out their opponents are the old Spirit Squad of Mikey and Kenny!

    A match that takes a while to reach it’s natural ending comes to a shocking one, as Ambrose and Cena are unable to sync up their movesets and Cena seemed unwilling to leading to the Spirit Squad getting a roll-up victory on the World Champion. Ambrose is livid, raising his arms at Cena and screaming at him, but Cena simply walks away.

    Backstage we see Heath Slater in what appears to be the catering area with a litany of children running around. He’s ignoring their screams, only occasionally turning to yell at them to stop running while he sits at a table with Rhyno. Rhyno seems content, laughing about the kids hijinks while the two discuss their tag team. Slater points to the television says he’s surprised the Spirit Squad won that, and Rhyno talks about the need to persevere.

    The camera cuts away shortly to find The Miz berating Daniel Bryan and demanding a formal, public apology for his actions on Talking Smack where Bryan called Miz cowardly. Bryan is silent throughout this, while Maryse and Miz continue explaining how unacceptable it is that Bryan do nothing but bad mouth one of his employees. Bryan eventually tells Miz he has a match later this evening, and he should go prepare for it. The title card comes up once Miz scoffs and walks away to reveal as part of the tag team title tournament, we will see The Miz and Dolph Ziggler take on Apollo Crews and his mystery partner.

    As the camera continues to show Daniel Bryan, we see Dean Ambrose and John Cena walk by. Ambrose stops Cena finally, screaming that this wasn’t the deal that was made. They were meant to win the titles and he’d get his shot. Cena is adamant the deal is set in stone, and the two look to Bryan to settle it. Bryan, seeming a bit overwhelmed, looks at both and says we’ll work it out in the office. He says to see him later.

    We head back to the ring where Baron Corbin’s music is playing and he walks out leading Kalisto as if he were a small child. Kalisto looks sullen, beaten as he follows Corbin to the ring for their first round match-up in the tag team championship tournament. As they finish their entrance and Corbin starts screaming instructions to Kalisto, a quick video showing clips of TM61 plays before they eventually enter as the opponents. TM61 are able to make pretty quick work of Corbin and Kalisto as their timing is way off and after the team is finished celebrating and leaving, we see Corbin go up to an obviously beaten Kalisto and lift him up to hit the End of Days and walk out of the ring.

    Randy Orton is seen backstage, and he confronts AJ Styles saying that he’s nothing but a whiny primadonna. He says all he’s seen from the supposed superstar since he got here is boo-hoo that and wah-wah this. He offers up that if he wants a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship he should earn it against The Viper. Styles balks at it, saying he’s already proven himself worthy and even Daniel Bryan agreed. Orton said he hasn’t seen anything to prove that, which upsets Styles, who simply walks away.

    We cut over to an interview with Becky Lynch where they ask her about Natalya’s behavior recently as well as the upcoming match at Backlash for the Women’s Championship. Becky explains you’ll have differences with other competitors, and she commends Carmella on stepping up. She’ll be focused on that match as she thinks it’s going to be a knock-down, drag-out fight at Backlash and she plans to leave a champion. Becky Balboa is no slouch, and she’s going to be the first SmackDown Live Women’s Champion.

    A title card appears for AJ Styles versus Mojo Rawley scheduled for later this evening before we cut over to the ring and see the upcoming match between Carmella and Natalya. Natalya gets some good offense in, as does Carmella. Eventually, Carmella is able to lock in the Code of Silence to force Natalya to tap. She claims Natalya was all talk after the match, to which Natalya attacks her leaving her laid out as the camera fades away.

    When we cut backstage, we see more of the Heath Slater family values show. An interview was conducted during which he had to shush his kids a few times and called some over, the most heart-wrenching of which was little Bethany who was born without a tongue. Rhyno gave his full support, and offered the interviewer cheese and crackers while they talked about what it’s like to have this opportunity for Heath to get a contract with SmackDown Live.

    We next see Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon in Daniel’s office surrounded by Dean Ambrose, John Cena, and AJ Styles. Shane goes over his explanation of the decision, saying that his family is very big on keeping your word and your word should carry great value. As such, he’s determined that the match at Backlash will still occur as was agreed upon by both parties. Dean will defend against John Cena. Styles is livid, and they tell him he’ll have a match also. Randy Orton walks in and goads Styles into finally agreeing to a match with him at Backlash before marching off toward the ring.

    The next match-up is AJ Styles against Mojo Rawley, who comes out very active and gets some big blows in on Styles early on before Styles gets focused in and lets out his aggression toward Bryan and McMahon on Mojo. He goes off, hitting multiple striking combinations and eventually finishes Mojo with a springboard 450 splash.

    “DEH!” Bray Wyatt appears as usual, with his trusted follower Erick Rowan pacing behind him throughout his speech. He talked about the greed he saw in AJ Styles tonight, and the way he sees the good and the bad in people. He talked about how greed is a violent path, a slippery slope lined with trees and branches that will cut away at your very being. He explains that he will have to display where this slope leads, so he can save his people. The fireflies are coming, and they’re currently after Alberto Del Rio.

    Backstage, we see The Miz and Dolph Ziggler preparing for their match together. They talk about being underappreciated, being called the losers because they work their butts off all the time. They cut a short promo on how awful management is, and how they should be treated better before they make their way out toward the ring. Once out there, they await their opponents for the main event and another first round SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament Match.

    Apollo Crews makes his way out and talks about how when he debuted in NXT, he had an opponent he struggled at first to see eye-to-eye with. He said over the months and now year since, he’s come to appreciate this person and befriend him. He talked about SmackDown Live being the land of opportunity and he felt it was the perfect time to take up this opportunity, and introduced his mystery partner Tye Dillinger.

    In the main event, Crews chased after Miz for a while, who typically found ways to avoid facing Crews. Ziggler showed off his spectacular style, and in the end Dillinger got the hot tag after Miz had come into the ring and took out Ziggler and Miz until finally setting up for his big finish. Crews joined him, lifting Miz for a gorilla press then dropping him behind him where Dillinger hit the Perfect 10 and pinned Miz for the victory to end SmackDown Live.



    BACKLASH
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2016


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose (c) v. John Cena

    NUMBER ONE CONTENDERSHIP TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles

    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE

    SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

    The show opens up in Daniel Bryan’s office with The Miz and Maryse. Miz is arguing that he should be given a rematch, as he didn’t know who was going to come out with Crews and it put them at a disadvantage last week. Bryan is nodding along, until he decides he’s had enough and says this is the kind of thing that happens. He tells Miz that at least he’ll know who he will be facing, telling him at Backlash, The Miz will defend the Intercontinental Championship against the man who pinned him last week, Tye Dillinger.

    Miz is furious over this, trying to convince Bryan to reverse this decision. He talks about his Never-Ending Intercontinental Championship Tour, and how it doesn’t matter who he’ll be defending against. This Sunday, he’ll win and show that this Dillinger kid isn’t in the same league as him. Bryan wishes him luck and tells him to please leave the office. Miz, angrily, leaves with Maryse pulling him away. The opening video starts up and goes into the arena.

    Once inside, we go into a first round match for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament. Beauty and the Man-Beast, the combination of Heath Slater and Rhyno, take on the Vaudevillains. Slater shows some skill, but eventually get dominated for a time until finally getting Rhyno in to overpower Gotch and English and hit the Gore for the win. Slater, dazed, seems to struggle to understand what happened, but soon realizes they won and jumps on Rhyno’s back excited about the prospect of advancing.

    Backstage, we go to John Cena talking about opportunity, and what SmackDown Live represents to him. He talks about his chance at tying a big record and how he’s been working so hard for so long, he doesn’t know what it’s like to fail. Dean Ambrose walks into the frame and tells Cena that just because the deal was left on, doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Ambrose explains he just wanted it to be fair for someone to have their chance, but instead he’ll have to get rid of Cena first. Slater and Rhyno walk by celebrating as the two banter back and forth, and Ambrose shrugs and follows them in celebration, leaving Cena standing there dumbfounded.

    In the ring again, we find Renee Young sitting in the middle on a stool surrounded by many other stools. She introduces the NXT teams in the tag team tournament -- TM61,DIY, and The Revival. The three teams all sit in average attire, the Australians dressed in button-downs, The Revival in their ring gear and DIY in jeans and t-shirts. Renee asks each about what this opportunity means to them, and reveals that at Backlash all three will be starting the second round.DIY will take on The Usos while The Revival takes on TM61. Likewise, whoever wins the Revival versus TM61 match will earn a SmackDown Live contract.

    Revival’s Scott Dawson tries to play a few mind games, talking about the teams they’ve beaten already and how much better they are than a bunch of England’s top criminals. TM61 retort about how difficult it is to put up with the incessant narcissism of the duo, and talks about how SmackDown’s great fans don’t deserve to be put through such torture. DIY interjects, talking about the fear they see in The Revival every time they step into the ring. The Revival eventually snap, attacking everybody, but soon realize they’re outnumbered and run out of the ring. They clink their NXT Tag Team Championships as they back up the ramp.

    After a commercial, we come back to a match between Becky Lynch and Naomi. Naomi is able to get in some quick offense, but Lynch finds herself victorious by making Naomi tap out to the Dis-Arm-Her.

    Backstage, we see Alberto Del Rio, who keeps looking around corners and into rooms. An interviewer comes running up to him, which startles him. He turns to look behind him before talking about how he hates the actions that have been taken by the Wyatts. He thinks if someone wants to follow him, follow him to the ring, and demands Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt face him tonight. He says he’ll be out there when they’re ready to fight like men.

    As he walks toward the ring, the camera stops at an open door that sees Natalya standing beside a television and talking loudly over it. The cameraman walks into the room to see her telling Alexa Bliss and Nikki Bella about the dangers of the Dis-Arm-Her and how her Sharpshooter is much better a move. Both roll their eyes as Carmella walks in and asks Natalya what she thinks she’s doing. Natalya explains she’s educating, as no one is as good as her, and Carmella disagrees, having proven it in the ring last week. Natalya says she got lucky and demands to face her again tonight. Carmella shrugs and agrees.

    Cutting back to the ring, we find Alberto Del Rio standing there calling out to Bray Wyatt. DEH! Wyatt appears on the titantron, speaking directly to Del Rio and explaining that he couldn’t be there tonight. He says he’ll see him on Sunday, and to be prepared for anything to happen. The lights go out and when they come back on Erick Rowan is in the ring behind Del Rio. He attacks him, sending him flying outside the ring. Del Rio eventually gets the upper hand, reversing Rowan into the steps. A referee comes out and a match is announced, which sees Del Rio defeat Rowan after a short bout.

    A backstage interview with Tye Dillinger begins where Apollo Crews is somewhat frustrated behind him. Dillinger talks about what it’s like to get these opportunities from the get go, moving on with his partner in the tournament and now having an Intercontinental Championship match. The Miz comes into the scene and tells Dillinger he is wholly undeserving of any of the chances he’s getting. How Miz has been here longer, much longer, and it’s unfair for someone to start out with such a lead for no reason. The two stare each other down bantering back and forth about deserving their positions until Miz gets frustrated and walks away.

    AJ Styles is walking backstage and walks by the catering room which we see is holding a party for Heath Slater and Rhyno’s first round victory party. Children are running amok, Dean Ambrose is inexplicably dancing around and The Hype Bros. are keeping everything “hype” as they’d say. Styles pauses for a minute, walks in and confronts the lot. Slater takes offense, saying it’s fine for him to celebrate a big accomplishment. Styles laughs at him thinking he did anything, where everyone else quickly comes to his defense. Ambrose tells Styles he’s just bitter about not getting his way, and he balks at it. He turns to leave the “loser party” when he runs into John Cena.

    Cena and Styles banter back and forth about successes, and whether Cena deserves his shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or not. Styles eventually get frustrated and tells Cena he’s a liar, and there’s proof. He brings up telling Cena if he couldn’t beat Styles he’d have to admit to being a loser, and if he didn’t he’d be a liar. Therefore, John Cena is a liar. Cena shrugs and says he’s obviously the winner, he has the title shot and Styles has nothing. Cena passes by Styles and congratulates Slater on his victory, then comes back and stands beside Styles with his arm around him. Styles pushes him away and storms off while the camera focuses in on Cena.

    A match is up next between Carmella and Natalya. Carmella gets in some good offense and almost locks in the Code of Silence at one point, but Natalya is able to fight out of it. Natalya ends up winning off a roll-up while holding the tights for leverage.

    Backstage again, we see Randy Orton sitting on a table in what appears to be the trainer’s room. Shane McMahon is standing there talking to the trainer. They discuss whether Orton can compete at Backlash, with the trainer saying they’ll have to re-evaluate him at the show on Sunday as for now he is not cleared to compete due to concussion from Brock Lesnar back at Summerslam.

    Looking on at a visibly frustrated Orton, we cut to American Alpha being interviewed about the tag team tournament. They talk about their chase for victory, their failures in the NCAA and the Olympics, and how together they believe they cannot fail. They head off from the interview and we see Shelton Benjamin walk by before cutting away.

    We see Baron Corbin walking around backstage pushing Kalisto around. Kalisto eventually gets fed up, having put up with weeks of this harassment, he turns and pushes Corbin away. Corbin pushes him into the wall and threatens him, but Kalisto doesn’t back down. He challenges Corbin for Backlash and Corbin agrees. He says he’ll show these little punks to bother him.

    The main event for the evening is a first round match in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship tournament. The match is between American Alpha and their mystery opponents. After a long delay, the shock and the cheer that reverberates throughout the arena is stunning as the World’s Greatest Tag Team makes their entrance. The return of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas
    to take on what appears to be their doppelgangers is a huge affair. The teams both get in a litany of moves until the Jason Jordan hot tag with multiple clotheslines, launching Charlie Haas and hitting the Alpha-Plex on Shelton Benjamin. Grand Amplitude on Charlie Haas ended the match and allowed American Alpha to advance in the tournament.




    BACKLASH

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. John Cena

    #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles

    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi

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

    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Revival v. TM61

    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Usos v. DIY

    Bray Wyatt v. Alberto Del Rio


    PRE-SHOW:
    Baron Corbin v. Kalisto

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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    Some very good booking so far, especially the interview with the NXT Tag Teams. It was simple and straight to the point. The Alberto face/tweener turn was also very good. The formatting is very basic but one of the better formats I have seen around here, as it is very simple and easy to read. Will be reading!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Declandimi101 View Post
    Some very good booking so far, especially the interview with the NXT Tag Teams. It was simple and straight to the point. The Alberto face/tweener turn was also very good. The formatting is very basic but one of the better formats I have seen around here, as it is very simple and easy to read. Will be reading!
    Thank you very much! I'm very excited with this project, and glad you're enjoying it. I figure with weekly shows simple is better,so thank you for the compliment on the format. PPVs will be written out in full, so Backlash I'm more working the rust off and hoping No Mercy I'll be more in the swing of things. I'm ecstatic to have a reader, and hope you enjoy.

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    BACKLASH PREDICTIONS
    The Details: Winner of the contest will be asked to decide final participants in Survivor Series teams. If no predictions are had or made, I will decide. Where "Via" is listed, it is meant as pinfall, submission, count out, disqualification or any other possible finish. Wherever you get the "Via" correct, you receive a point for. You receive a point for getting the winner correct as well. The Women's Match is worth 3 points total, a 2-point "Final Elimination" question is involved. Thank you, and good luck.



    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. John Cena
    Winner:
    Via:



    #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles
    Winner:
    Via:



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi
    Winner:
    Last Eliminated:



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner:
    Via:



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Revival v. TM61
    Winner:
    Via:



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Usos v. DIY
    Winner:
    Via:



    Bray Wyatt v. Alberto Del Rio
    Winner:
    Via:


    PRE-SHOW:
    Baron Corbin v. Kalisto
    Winner:


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    I've read the first show but I'm still a little behind where I would like to be.

    Skimming through and focusing on the Backlash card shows that things look to be in pretty good shape here.

    Orton/AJ, the emergence of Tye Dillinger, and the influx of NXT tag teams have things looking incredibly fresh on the blue brand.

    Definitely a solid start, I look forward to catching up and leaving some more detailed feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayWhy75 View Post

    BACKLASH PREDICTIONS
    The Details: Winner of the contest will be asked to decide final participants in Survivor Series teams. If no predictions are had or made, I will decide. Where "Via" is listed, it is meant as pinfall, submission, count out, disqualification or any other possible finish. Wherever you get the "Via" correct, you receive a point for. You receive a point for getting the winner correct as well. The Women's Match is worth 3 points total, a 2-point "Final Elimination" question is involved. Thank you, and good luck.



    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. John Cena
    Winner: Dean Ambrose
    Via: Pinfall



    #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles
    Winner: Randy Orton
    Via: Pinfall



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi
    Winner: Natalya
    Last Eliminated: Nikki Bella



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner: The Miz
    Via: Pinfall



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Revival v. TM61
    Winner: The Revival
    Via: Pinfall



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Usos v. DIY
    Winner: DIY
    Via: Pinfall



    Bray Wyatt v. Alberto Del Rio
    Winner: Bray Wyatt
    Via: Pinfall


    PRE-SHOW:
    Baron Corbin v. Kalisto
    Winner: Baron Corbin

    EXCITED FOR THE PPV!!

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    Re: SmackDown Live; Take A Chance

    Quote Originally Posted by JayWhy75 View Post

    BACKLASH PREDICTIONS
    The Details: Winner of the contest will be asked to decide final participants in Survivor Series teams. If no predictions are had or made, I will decide. Where "Via" is listed, it is meant as pinfall, submission, count out, disqualification or any other possible finish. Wherever you get the "Via" correct, you receive a point for. You receive a point for getting the winner correct as well. The Women's Match is worth 3 points total, a 2-point "Final Elimination" question is involved. Thank you, and good luck.



    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. John Cena
    Winner: Dean Ambrose
    Via: Pinfall



    #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles
    Winner: Randy Orton
    Via: Pinfall



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella v. Carmella v. Alexa Bliss v. Natalya v. Naomi
    Winner: Natalya
    Last Eliminated: Becky Lynch



    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz © w/ Maryse v. Tye Dillinger
    Winner: Tye Dillinger
    Via:
    Count out


    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Revival v. TM61
    Winner: TM61
    Via: Pinfall



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Usos v. DIY
    Winner: The Usos
    Via:
    Submission


    Bray Wyatt v. Alberto Del Rio
    Winner: Bray Wyatt
    Via:
    Pinfall

    PRE-SHOW:
    Baron Corbin v. Kalisto
    Winner: Baron Corbin

    Didn't realise you had posted this before my previous post. My bad.

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    PRE-SHOW: Baron Corbin defeated Kalisto with an End of Days.




    SMACKDOWN LIVE PRESENTS…


    A WWE NETWORK SPECIAL...


    BACKLASH





    The theme song fades slowly as the camera opens into the arena full of a raucous crowd, and quickly transitions over to the announce booth.

    MAURO RANALLO || Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first SmackDown Live only pay-per-view, Backlash! I am Mauro Ranallo, joined here by John Bradshaw Layfield and David Otunga. Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here today.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Mauro, this is going to be a great show, so why are we jabber jawing around and why don’t we get to work on getting this started?

    DAVID OTUNGA || This is an exciting time, seeing our brand grow right before our eyes and being a part of that.

    MAURO RANALLO || I’m sure we’re going to have a lot to talk about tonight, the first of which is going to be the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship being decided. When the show started after SummerSlam, general manager Daniel Bryan and commissioner Shane McMahon were in the ring to introduce two new titles. One will not be decided until next month at No Mercy, meanwhile in just a few moments we will see the brand new women’s championship decided right before our eyes.


    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Oh good, we get to hear more of Otunga being the white knight. Why can’t you just can it?

    DAVID OTUNGA || I haven’t even said anything and you’re already getting on my case.

    MAURO RANALLO || Gentlemen, calm yourselves. We have a great match to watch, and we should be keeping a tight eye on it.

    DAVID OTUNGA || I’m sure John’s going to.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || You know what, David. You act like you’re so great, why not just let them be?

    DAVID OTUNGA || Why don’t you? Let’s move on already. It’s time for the match.

    The lights cut out, and a remix of “Amazing” begins to play. Naomi, the GLOW queen, comes dancing out in her glow in the dark hair and attire. Meanwhile, the arguing continues.

    MAURO RANALLO || David, Naomi has never won a championship in the WWE, do you think tonight could be her night?

    DAVID OTUNGA || Absolutely, in a match with so many competitors, anyone could really take this. It’s a wide open match, and Naomi is a strong competitor who could dominate the competition when given the right opportunity. She has to pick her spots, and pounce when she finds them.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Oh so now you respect her? Just because she’s up there dancing around and talking about this glowing whatever?

    DAVID OTUNGA || I’ve always respected Naomi, she’s a great wrestler. There are others who are less respectable, Naomi is not one of them.


    With Naomi in the ring, we see the entrance of Carmella next. Throughout the entrance, the bickering becomes insufferable. The subsequent entrances follow through with Natalya then Alexa Bliss. Finally, Nikki Bella and ending at Becky Lynch.



    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    BECKY LYNCH V. NIKKI BELLA V. NATALYA V. ALEXA BLISS V. CARMELLA V. NAOMI



    With all six competitors in the ring to start, the bell rings and a brawl ensues. Natalya walks around pointing at everyone, screaming at them. All five other competitors look at each other seemingly confused, then the entirety of the group run at Natalya and start attacking her. They throw kicks and punches until they back her up and knock her out of the ring. Carmella follows after Natalya, while the rest of the women start fighting. Alexa rolls out of the ring to try and escape, which JBL commends, and Becky Lynch and Naomi start going at it with each other.

    Becky and Naomi have a solid exchange, with Becky ducking under a clothesline, but holding herself in the ropes to avoid the rear view early on. Naomi runs at Becky, and Becky sidesteps and throws her out of the ring. Natalya and Nikki have jump into the ring as Carmella jumps into the fray as well and tackles down Natalya. Natalya and Carmella fall to the outside brawling, leaving only Nikki and Becky in the ring.

    Nikki and Becky slowly walk toward one another, staring each other down. The crowd is growing louder and louder as the two begin to come to a head. They seem about to throw punches when Alexa comes flying into the ring and attacks Nikki. Becky runs at Alexa, hitting her with a clothesline while Nikki rolls out of the ring. Becky starts working Alexa back into the corner with punches and kicks, gets her hiding back in the corner. Becky hits a few solid kicks to the gut.

    Becky grabs Alexa’s hand, pulls her up and whips her across the ring into the opposite turnbuckle. She looks around at the crowd, screams and runs at Alexa. She goes for a forearm smash, but Alexa gets out of the way in time and Becky goes into the top turnbuckle. Alexa rolls up a dazed Becky, 1… 2… kick out. Alexa stalks Becky for a moment, frustrated with not getting the pin, and Nikki Bella from outside grabs Alexa’s leg and pulls her down. Smacking her face off the mat, she pulls Alexa out of the ring and starts brawling with her on the outside. As they go at it, Becky gets back to her feet, sees them fighting and runs. She comes back at them and flies with a suicide dive on the two of them on the outside! All three are down!

    Meanwhile, Natalya and Carmella have gotten back into the ring. They’re going one on one, punches and kicks over and over. Carmella throws up a roundhouse kick, but Natalya ducks it. She grabs Carmella from behind and lifts her quickly for a back suplex. She turns to a downed Carmella and starts working on the legs a bit. She stomps on her legs, over and over. She grabs Carmella’s left leg, and drives an elbow down into it to wear it down further. She twists her knee into the elbow to try and cause extra damage.

    Natalya stands up, grabbing both of Carmella’s legs and looking for the sharpshooter. Carmella is squirming, trying to keep her from getting her into it. Carmella uses her momentum to pull forward, and wrap Natalya into a small package. One… two… THREE!

    NATALYA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!

    Natalya gets up and looks stunned. She’s furious with this elimination. Carmella gets to her feet, though is obviously favoring her leg. Natalya looks back and throws a huge discus clothesline at her, knocking Carmella out!

    Natalya is forced to leave, smugly scoffing at Carmella on the ground. As she leaves, we see Alexa is getting back to the apron. She sees a chance and takes it, climbing to the top rope. She jumps and lands the Twisted Bliss! One… two… THREE!!

    CARMELLA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!

    Thanks to help from Natalya, Alexa has earned her first elimination and two people have been taken out of this contest. Alexa gets up to her feet, and immediately is confronted with Naomi. Naomi and Alexa lock up, and Naomi, having not been as in the match, is easily able to overpower her. Alexa is pushed back into the ropes, and Naomi whips her across. Alexa comes running back, and Naomi hits her with a short clothesline. Alexa bounces back up quickly for another clothesline.

    Naomi is starting to get some energy, and Alexa ducks the next clothesline. She goes for a spinning backfist, but Naomi ducks it and pushes Alexa back. She runs at her, jumping and locking her for a hurricanrana, tossing her far and hard! Alexa rolls out of the ring, and Naomi is the last one standing in the ring. She looks around, sees Alexa getting up and grabs the top rope. Thrusting herself over it, she hits a crossbody on Alexa on the outside!!

    Naomi jumps to her feet, the crowd cheering. Becky and Nikki on the far side of the ring are still slowly fighting with each other. Nikki whips Becky into the ring steps, knocking them out of place and taking Becky out for a while.

    Nikki gets into the ring, and Naomi jumps in as well. They come face to face, jawing at one another for a moment. Nikki throws the first punch, which Naomi blocks and pushes Nikki back. Nikki comes back at Naomi, and she grabs her by the head dropping down with a sitout jawbreaker. Nikki drops hard, and Naomi gets back to her feet getting the crowd cheering. Alexa seems to be stirring to her feet on the outside, slowly rolling herself in. She gets up and runs to try and surprise Naomi. Naomi ducks a hard slap, reaches up to grab Alexa in a full nelson and hits a full nelson bomb!!

    The crowd is cheering loudly, going insane. Alexa and Nikki are both down, and Naomi is trying to choose one to take out. She sees Nikki stirring, picks her up, whips her across the ring and goes for the rear view. Nikki ducks under it, Naomi catches herself and Nikki comes back diving for a crossbody! Nikki jumps to her feet, measuring up Naomi. Alexa comes up from behind, rolls up Nikki and is holding the tights, one… two… THREE!!!

    NIKKI BELLA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!

    Nikki gets to her feet, frustrated and flustered. Alexa kicks her in the head and knocks her out of the ring. She turns to see Naomi running at her and ducks, hooking her arm and head in and kicking her feet out for a reverse STO into the middle turnbuckle! Naomi, holding her head, gets dragged out from the corner. Alexa starts climbing the turnbuckles, getting to the top. She jumps for the Twisted Bliss, but Naomi moves!

    Alexa bounces off the mat hard, flops back to her knees and slowly starts to get up while Naomi stands in the corner. Alexa gets to her feet, and Naomi runs jumping and hitting the Rear View! Alexa is down, Naomi needs to capitalize, but Becky is back in the ring! She rolls Naomi up, one… two… kick out!

    Naomi gets to her feet, ducks a short-arm clothesline from Becky, throws a couple kicks and backs Becky into the corner. Naomi steps back a bit, feeling the glow it would seem indeed. She runs at Becky, and Becky gets her legs up to kick Naomi away. Naomi stumbles backward, and Becky quickly jumps to the second rope and jumps for a missile dropkick! Becky gets back to her feet, sees Naomi stirring and pushes her up hitting an uppercut. And another. And another. She pushes Naomi into the corner, and Naomi tries to fight back with an elbow out. Becky catches it, turns her and grabs her head and lands an inverted ddt! Becky covers, one… two…. Kick out!

    Becky gets back to her feet, Naomi slowly starts to stir. It appears Alexa is getting up on the opposite side of the ring as well, and Naomi swings at Becky. Becky ducks, grabs her and flips her with the Bexploder Suplex! She covers Naomi, one… two… THREE!!!

    NAOMI HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!

    Alexa and Becky are the last ones in. Alexa is to her feet in the corner, and Becky is feeling the momentum. Alexa turns, glaring at Becky and runs at her. She tackles Becky, swinging wildly at her over and over. Becky pushes her off of her, and both get to their feet. Alexa and Becky throw punches over and over, neither falling back for the moment. Alexa ends up stepping in and kneeing Becky in the gut. Becky falls back, bent over and Alexa jumps up, locks her legs in Becky’s arms and quickly flips her for Glitter Blizzard! The pin, one… two… kick out!

    Alexa gets to her feet, the end in her sights. She stands beside Becky, flips for the insult to injury with her knees into Becky’s midsection! She then jumps and drops her knees back into Becky’s midsection. She hooks the leg for the pin, one… two… kick out!

    Alexa starts to throw a tantrum, smacking the mat and screaming at the referee. She gets to her feet, walks over toward Becky with a snarl look on her face. She steps on her gut and walks over her on her way to the corner. She starts to climb the turnbuckles, looking to go for her twisted bliss again. She stares down at Becky, preparing to launch, and Becky jumps to her feet! She runs over, climbs jumping up the turnbuckles. Alexa goes to push her back, but Becky ducks it, hooks her arm and grabs her leg tossing Alexa for a super-bexploder suplex!!

    Becky and Alexa are both laying flat on the mat, hurting. Alexa doesn’t seem to be stirring at all, but Becky is starting to get up. She uses the ropes to get to her feet, looks at the crowd and they all jump to their feet. Alexa crawls to the corner, using it to slowly get up. Becky looks around, screams out “STRAIGHT FIIIIIIIRRREEEE!!!!” then runs at Alexa and jumps for Flying Fire-Arm! Alexa is stunned and hurt, Becky grabs her arm and tosses her down, flipping her leg over her arm.

    She locked in the DIS-ARM-HER!! Alexa is reaching for the rope, obviously in pain but exhausted. She taps out! She taps out!

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner and the FIRST EVER WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPION … BECKY LYNCH!!!

    Becky collects her title as the medical staff rushes to ringside to check on Alexa after her toss from the top rope. The referee raises Becky’s hand, tears seemingly welling up in her eyes as she grabs the belt from the referee and hugs it tight. Below her a title bar comes in to announce her victory, and the crowd screams out their cheers.

    MAURO RANALLO || What a victory for the self-proclaimed Becky Balboa tonight becoming the first ever SmackDown Live Women’s Champion. John, having competed before for a “first ever” championship for SmackDown prior to the drafting of Batista, what can you say brought the win home for Becky?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Honestly, Mauro, it usually comes down to what you’re willing to do to take the win. We saw a lot of great action in that match, but Becky was the one at the end that went all out and did everything she could to take that belt home.

    MAURO RANALLO || David, after all the hype, all the accusations, we saw every woman in the ring tonight. What did you see stand out throughout this match?

    DAVID OTUNGA || I saw some hungry individuals. I saw some fantastic superstars who gave it their all. Natalya stood out in attacking Carmella to aid in her elimination. Naomi was aggressive, Alexa was impressive with two pinfall eliminations herself and of course Becky, winning the match, showed how much heart she had. She could’ve taken that Twisted Bliss and been knocked out, but she fought back and hit a massive move.

    MAURO RANALLO || As we clear the ring, we invite you to take a look at the upcoming events from the WWE Network and we’ll be back in just a moment with some tag team championship tournament action.


    [COMMERCIAL]
    The WWE Network commercial plays, highlighting upcoming PPVs Clash of Champions, No Mercy, Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series.
    [COMMERCIAL]

    MAURO RANALLO || Thank you for joining us here tonight for the first ever SmackDown Live only pay-per-view event, Backlash.

    “SAY YEAH!”

    The Revival’s theme music starts playing, and they walk out from the curtains to a chorus of boos. Dash and Dawson have their NXT Tag Team Championships around their waists and their “No Flips, Just Fists” shirts on as they march down the entrance ramp with little fanfare.

    MAURO RANALLO || It is time for some more first time action. This is a quarter-final match-up in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship tournament, and is a match-up between two teams from NXT. The challenge was made prior to this tournament, if any NXT teams could make the semi-finals, they will immediately be offered a contract to SmackDown Live. This match will determine which of these teams will go back to NXT and which will join SmackDown Live. John, your thoughts on these two teams?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || The Revival impressed me in their first match with the Hype Bros. I like the way they cut off the ring, they have a good strategy. TM61 is exciting, they’re foreign and fly around. However, I think it’s time for the Revival to join the roster. The two-time champs are great together.


    As they close up, The Revival stands in the ring comfortably and remove their titles. They do their signature “clink” and just as they do, the theme of TM61 blares out. The screen shows the heart rate like bars to match the guitar riffs until finally, TM61 comes rushing out from the curtain, pointing out to the crowd. They get cheers to match the boos Revival got. They hurry toward the ring, though.

    MAURO RANALLO || David, what does it mean for these two to get contracts? How far will they go tonight, as someone who was once an NXT star who fought for your contract?

    DAVID OTUNGA || It means everything. These two teams are going to go to every length they can. I think TM61 is going throw caution to the wind, and they’ll put their bodies at risk. They have to be careful though, having seen what The Revival is capable of, they could have their hands full.




    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    TM61 V. THE REVIVAL


    TM61 stands in the corner facing the hard cam and raises their arms, hands together and fingers crossing through for their natural signal. They drop down, Shane Thorne tossing off his towel and going to jump in over the top rope. However, Dawson and Wilder rush them and push Thorne when he’s parallel and knock him to the outside and start beating down on Miller! The referee starts pushing them away, and the two raise their arms and slowly back away as Thorne lays on the outside in pain and Miller is on his back on the canvas.

    JBL commends the actions of the Revival, and Dawson starts yelling at the referee to ring the bell already. After checking on both members of TM61, the bell is rung and the match gets it’s official start. Dawson runs over and covers Miller, one… kick out!

    Dawson is a bit surprised, and turns to the referee to blame him, but quickly grabs Miller by the head and drags him over to the corner. He gets Miller to his feet, and pushes him into the corner. He tags in Wilder, then as Miller bounces back from the corner, hits a drop toe hold. Miller smacks his face off the mat, and Wilder comes in quickly and drops his elbow on Miller’s back. He gets up, grabbing Miller and locking him up from the front to pick him up. Shane Thorne is now up on the apron in the TM61 corner.

    Wilder turns and backs into his own corner to allow Dawson to tag himself in. He holds up Miller’s arm and Dawson kicks him in the ribs. Wilder gets back out of the ring and immediately tags back in with Dawson. Dawson pulls Miller out with a fake irish whip, pulls him back as he reaches for his partner, and drives him into Wilder’s boot resting on the top rope. Dawson gets to the apron and Wilder steps into the ring with Miller laying in the corner. Wilder starts trash-talking toward Thorne on the apron.

    He turns to Miller starting to get up, and runs at him. Miller gets his feet up, kicks Wilder away. Wilder steps back a couple feet, then runs again and Miller gets him again. Miller runs and jumps to try and get the tag, however Wilder catches him and drives him back to the corner with a shoulder to the gut. Miller, still reaching out, and Wilder gets Dawson to tag back in off his back. Dawson gets in, climbs to the middle turnbuckle as Wilder steps back and turns still holding Miller in his arms. Miller is kicking though, and Dawson jumps for a leg drop across the throat.

    Miller uses his momentum to dodge it, hitting a DDT on Wilder and getting Dawson to soar over him and land hard on his legs and hips! Both men down, Miller has a chance now. He turns over, slowly crawling over to Thorne on the apron pounding on the top turnbuckle to get the crowd into it. Dawson is stirring along the ropes, as is Wilder. Both get up, and Miller dives for the tag, but Dawson runs over and clotheslines Thorne off the apron as Wilder runs and tackles down Miller to keep him from the corner!

    Dawson grabs Miller’s leg and drags him back to their corner as Wilder rushes to the corner and the apron. Thorne quickly gets back to the apron, holding his head from the pain. Wilder tags Dawson’s back, and Dawson locks his legs around Miller’s left leg as if for a kneebar. Wilder steps in, lines it up and takes one step forward for momentum and stomps on Miller’s extended leg! He stomps a few times, until the referee’s count is high enough and Dawson releases and rolls out of the ring. Wilder grabs Miller by the ankle, left ankle to be exact, and lifts it up, drops his knee into the knee of Miller and twists his leg to put extra pressure on.

    As he does, Dawson is back on the apron. Wilder is just outside of reach, wrenching in his hold to torture Miller. Miller is reaching out for his partner, but too far to make it. Wilder releases his hold, but keeps hold of Miller’s ankle to try and drag him back to the corner for another tag. Dawson reaches out, can’t quite reach as Miller is fighting back, clawing at the mat to try and move the other direction. He gets to his right foot as he does, hopping and holding Wilder back. He turns, faces Wilder and jumps for an enzuiguri kick to the the head! The smack echoes through the building!

    Miller has a moment as Wilder is down, holding his ear and smacking it to get the ringing out. He crawls, inching toward his corner. Wilder has to reach him beforehand, and gets to his feet, running after him. Miller dives and tags in Shane Thorne! Thorne jumps and hits a side kick to the running Wilder. Wilder is stunned, falls back. Thorne jumps to the top rope, goes for a missile dropkick but Wilder falls on his own and slides backward and out of the ring. Dawson drops off the apron to meet him, holding up his hands to tell Thorne to take a moment. Dawson seems to express concern about Wilder’s ear.

    Thorne is incredulous about this, arguing to let the match go on. Dawson and Wilder get close, Dawson seemingly checking on Wilder’s ear and asking if he’s alright. Thorne takes matters into his own hands, running and jumping over the top rope and flipping into Dawson and Wilder! Thorne lands on his feet, turns and grabs Wilder, throwing him back in the ring and following himself. Wilder gets up, falls back into a corner. Turns out to be the wrong one, as Miller lays on the apron there. Thorne runs, hits a corner clothesline and Wilder collapses to the mat for a moment. Thorne bends over to assist his partner. Miller gets to his feet, and Thorne tags him in. Miller steps in and finds Wilder getting up on the ropes. He pushes him back so he bounces off and then lifts him for a Double A Spinebuster! He turns him out, then falls back and tags Thorne back in. Thorne sidesteps a bit, lines it up and flips over the top rope for a senton! He lays back for the cover, one… two… kick out!

    Thorne gets up and immediately tags back in Miller. He holds Wilder down as Miller runs and comes back with a harsh elbow drop to the gut. He covers Wilder as well, while Dawson stomps around on the apron. One… two … kick out again! Miller tags in Thorne, and Wilder reaches out for Dawson. Thorne comes in, and the two lift Wilder to his feet. They go for an irish whip, but instead twist him back and use his own arms to clothesline him down to the mat. Thorne turns to the camera and does a standing moonsault as Miller jumps and hits a fist drop! Thorne hooks the leg for the cover, one… two… Dawson in to break up the pin!

    Miller comes charging into the ring at Dawson, hits him with a clothesline. Dawson pops back up, and Miller hits another one. Thorne and Miller look at each other, and grab Dawson’s arms and push him into the ropes. They whip him and wait for him to come back. Dawson comes charging back and instead of a double clothesline from TM61, hits his own clothesline to each man and drives them over the top rope! Dawson is the only man standing in the ring, he turns to Wilder on the mat and grabs his arm, dragging him back to the corner. Dawson hops to the apron, tags Wilder and gets himself in the match again.

    Dawson hops down off the apron, runs around the ring and sees Thorne starting to get up. He runs at him, driving his knee into his face and seemingly knocking Thorne out. He picks Thorne up, throws him into the ring. He follows, covering him, one… two… kick out! It appears these teams are fighting for their contracts.

    Dawson sees Wilder slowly rising on the apron, pushes Thorne back to the corner with a shoulder to the gut. He hits him with another one, then stands and starts throwing punches. Wilder gets up, tags in at four in the referee’s count. Wilder hops in, the two of them stomping no Thorne in the corner to wear him down. They back up, look at each other and nod. It appears they’re ready to strike. Suddenly, Miller comes running into the ring and hits Dawson out of the ring with a flying clothesline!

    He turns to Wilder, and Wilder looks to hit a clothesline of his own but misses. Miller ducks it, grabs his waist and lifts him for a german suplex! Miller gets to his feet to a chorus of cheers. The referee starts to tell him to get back to the apron, and he does. Thorne, meanwhile, is still using the ropes to get himself to his feet and hold himself there. Wilder, slowly, rises as well. Thorne runs, Wilder goes for the clothesline, but Thorne ducks it. Thorne jumps for the tag to the hot Miller, but Dawson ran around the ring on the outside and knocks Miller’s legs out just as Thorne goes for the tag!

    Miller drops to the floor and Dawson grabs his head and throws him into the steel steps!! Miller screams out in pain as Thorne looks stunned. He turns and finds Dash Wilder standing who runs at him with a european uppercut which stuns him. Thorne starts to fight back though, and pushes Wilder away. He hits him with a dropkick and it knocks Wilder down. Wilder rolls back toward his own corner as Thorne screams out to see if Miller is alright. He turns around and Wilder gets Dawson tagged in. Dawson comes into the ring, Wilder uses the turnbuckles to get up. Thorne runs at Dawson full speed, Dawson ducks down and lifts him for the SHATTER MACHINE!

    Wilder lunged himself forward to help catch Shane Thorne with the shatter machine. That’ll be all she wrote, one… two… THREE!

    GREG HAMILTON || Here are your winners, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson … THE REVIVAL!!

    The referees attend to Nick Miller for the moment as he appears to be gingerly attempting to stand and struggling to. Shane Thorne, meanwhile, seems knocked unconscious as Dash and Dawson retrieve their NXT Tag Team Championships and raise them toward the crowd, pointing at them. They scream out at the crowd booing them profusely.

    MAURO RANALLO || That was a showing by The Revival for sure. What did you see that stood out to you, John?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || These two are tough. They’re the hard-nosed team that doesn’t care about your glam and glitz. They don’t care about your flashy offense. They care about one thing, winning. They cut off the ring, they remove the tag, and they eliminate their opponent. Honestly, they may be the favorites in this tournament.

    MAURO RANALLO || David, what do you think about The Revival and their tactics to succeed in this tournament?

    DAVID OTUNGA || It was despicable! Look at what they did. They attacked them before the bell, they cheated to keep them from getting the tag. They did everything wrong you can do, while still getting away with it.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || That’s called SMART, David. Maybe you should learn from them.

    DAVID OTUNGA || I think a Harvard education would count toward that, and it tells me what they did was bend the rules. The rules aren’t made for bending or breaking, they’re there to keep the peace and it failed this time. They should be ashamed.

    MAURO RANALLO || Well gentlemen, we will see much more of The Revival in the months to come. With their victory, the duo has earned a SmackDown Live contract! Meanwhile, sadly, we must bid ado to TM61 as they will be going back to NXT without a SmackDown contract.


    As the argument continues between JBL and Otunga, we cut backstage to find Randy Orton walking through the corridor. AJ Styles directs a couple of people behind him, and has them run up and push him into the wall head first. Styles comes up to find Orton being stomped on by the two masked attackers covered in black.

    AJ STYLES || Pick him up. Pick him up and give him to me.

    The two lift Orton to his feet, pushing him back into the wall and bouncing him back toward Styles.

    AJ STYLES || I told you not to stand in my way. That title belongs to me.

    Styles grabs Orton by the head, hooking him in. He drops him with a sick DDT on the concrete. Styles stands up and looks to his partners in crime.

    AJ STYLES || Welcome to The Club, boys. Now get out of here, I have a match to win later.

    The two walk away while Styles stands, smirking, over his fallen opponent. Security and medics arrive shortly to check on Orton and force Styles away. Immediately the camera cuts away to find The Miz and Maryse standing backstage near the entrance with Daniel Bryan.

    THE MIZ || I’m telling you now, you made a mistake for this kid by scheduling this match for him. I get it, he pinned me. He got lucky and pulled one over on me. Guess what, he won’t do it again. And when I’m through with him, I demand to renegotiate my contract. I want more respect around here, Daniel.

    A security guard comes rushing up to the two, with Daniel looking upset already he pauses before blurting it out.

    SECURITY GUARD || Sir, I’m sorry to interrupt, however we have a situation with Randy Orton.

    THE MIZ || Oh look, you’re losing control of your show, again. As usual, Daniel Bryan can talk big, but can’t keep things together. I have a match to win anyway.

    The camera slowly focuses in on Daniel Bryan looking concerned and talking to the security guard about the situation. It cuts over to the entrance ramp.

    “TEN!”

    With the countdown finishing, Tye Dillinger comes charging out from backstage to the ramp. He spins around a bit, and lands his feet left forward and his arms behind his back staring down at a ten in front of him. The crowd cheers as he slowly looks up and around to the ten chants. He makes his way down to the ring slowly, climbing in and looking around raises his arms and doing his “ten” chant.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one-fall and is for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

    The Intercontinental Championship banner fills the screen and fades quickly.

    GREG HAMILTON || Introducing first, from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; He is the PERFECT TEN, TYE DILLINGER!!!

    The crowd joins in a ten chant as Dillinger raises his arms to them over and over.

    “QUIET ON THE SET, COULD WE PLEASE HAVE QUIET ON THE SET

    AWESOME!”


    A spotlight focuses on the entrance as Miz and Maryse make their way out in their typical all black gear with the Intercontinental Championship prominent. A red carpet fills the LED ramp and they stand in the center, look to each other and kiss as a ring forms around them. They start marching toward the ring with purpose in their eyes.

    GREG HAMILTON || And making his way to the ring, from Hollywood, California and accompanied by his wife, Maryse; He is the WWE Intercontinental Champion, The A-Lister, THE MIZ!!!

    Miz stands on the apron with his wife, leans over and kisses her before they both glance to the camera. Miz gets into the ring, and Maryse helps him remove his duster and the belt. The referee grabs the belt, and goes to show it to Tye Dillinger.



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


    The referee presents the reward to the crowd, then hands it over to the timekeeper. Miz looks smug as Tye Dillinger focuses in and the crowd’s chants die down a bit. The bell rings, and Miz continues talking to Maryse on the outside, clearly unconcerned. Dillinger looks around at the crowd and shrugs, then runs at Miz and hits him in the back into the turnbuckle! Maryse screams at Dillinger, and Dillinger seems unphased. He starts kicking Miz in the ribs as he tries to get up.

    Dillinger pushes Miz up then smacks him across the chest with a hard chop. Miz looks angered and pained, and Dillinger smacks him with another one. Miz ducks the third one, and goes to throw a right, but Dillinger blocks that and hits a short-arm lariat on Miz to knock him down. Miz gets back to his feet quickly and Dillinger grabs his arm, pushes him into the ropes and whips him across the ring. Instead of coming back, Miz baseball slides and gets out of the ring onto his feet. He stands with his back to the ring, looking around at the crowd and rubbing his chest.

    Dillinger walks over to the corner nearest him while Maryse checks on Miz. Dillinger starts climbing to the top turnbuckle, and Maryse seems to notice him. He gets to the top and the crowd starts cheering. Launching himself, he goes for a double ax hammer. Maryse pushes Miz out of the way, and the two avoid Dillinger, who rolls through with a solid landing. He gets to his feet, turns to face The Miz, and Miz pushes him into the barricade. Miz then grabs Dillinger by the head, and with immense force, tosses him into the ring steps flipping him over them!

    Miz looks angry as could be as he starts to give chase to Dillinger. He grabs Dillinger’s head, and quickly bounces him off the cover of the spanish announce table nearby. He looks over to the referee, screaming at him to lay off and counting up to six now. He goes back to the ring, rolls in and then back out. He grabs Dillinger by the head, picking him up off the table, and turns to the ring again. He looks like he’s going to throw him into the ring, but instead turns and runs him into the LED ring post! Dillinger bounces off and flies to the ground. Miz, smugly smirking, looks to the crowd and raises his arms. He then rolls into the ring, and continues taunting the crowd while the referee counts.

    FOUR … FIVE …

    Dillinger is stirring on the outside.

    SIX … SEVEN …

    Dillinger is up on his feet, and quickly jumps into the ring to stop the count. Miz is on top of him immediately, stomping away on his lower back and head. The referee ends up pulling him away, but Miz quickly forces his way through and back to his stomping. He grabs Dillinger by the head to help pick him up, pushing him back into the corner. Miz sets him up, slaps him across the face and screams at him “I’m the star here, you’re the extra!”

    Miz walks back to the opposite corner and smirks, looking around. He lifts his hands for the “yes” chant then runs at Dillinger and hits a dropkick in the corner like Daniel Bryan. He rolls back, gets to his feet and runs back to the corner. He goes running back, hits another drop kick on Dillinger. He comes back around, runs to hit another. He falls back one more time, Dillinger seems staggered in the corner. He looks around, does his “yes” one more time then runs and jumps for the Awesome Clothesline in the corner! Dillinger ducks away and Miz slams head first into the top turnbuckle!

    Dillinger holds the ropes as he gets a few steps away, turns his head to see Miz getting back into the ring and coming toward him. He turns and hits Miz with a superkick! Miz stumbles backward into the ropes, falls back forward bouncing off them and into Dillinger’s arms. Dillinger grabs him and hits a side belly-to-belly suplex! Immediately he hooks the leg for the cover, one… two… kick out!!

    Dillinger gets to his feet, turns to face Miz and then looks around at the crowd. The camera zooms out as Dillinger starts his “TEN” chant with the crowd screaming along to his hand raising. Miz slowly begins to get to his feet, and Maryse reaches in to grab Dillinger’s leg. Dillinger turns and pulls his leg away, “what are you doing?!” The referee starts berating Maryse, as Dillinger turns to see Miz is up. He goes to grab him, but Miz kicks him in the kneecap to drop him to his knees. He then grabs his head quickly for a snap DDT! He goes for the cover, one… two… kick out!!

    Miz looks incredulous, and grabs Dillinger by the leg quickly. He seems to be preparing to go for the Figure Four, but Dillinger kicks him off quickly. He sits up to get up, and Miz comes running back with a big boot to the face of Dillinger before falling back into the cover, one… two.... Kick out again!

    Miz is visibly upset as he gets to his feet and starts stomping on Dillinger, having expected to have won already. He takes a couple steps back, then goes forward with a knee drop to the face of Dillinger. Dillinger starts rolling around, stirring back to his feet. Miz grabs Dillinger from behind as his starts to get up, but Dillinger drops forward and rolls through for a roll-up pin, one… two… kick out by Miz!

    Dillinger gets up, as does The Miz. Miz spins for a discus punch, but Dillinger ducks it. He turns and smacks Miz in the chest with a TEN to the chest! Miz falls back into the corner, and Dillinger starts stomping on him over and over. The referee grabs and Dillinger and forces him off of the Miz, but Dillinger seems incensed currently. He fights back, and smacks Miz across the face before climbing to the second rope. He looks around, then starts throwing rights to the tune of a “TEN” chant from the crowd. He pauses after about nine of them, and looks around. The crowd gives the “oooooh” as they await the final blow. He throws the punch, but Miz moved his head forward and Dillinger punches the turnbuckle as everyone screams out a ten.

    Miz grabs Dillinger’s legs and steps out with him on his shoulders. He turns to the right, lowers him to bounce him off the ropes and spin with a slingshot powerbomb!! Automatically into a cover, he reaches across Dillinger’s chest, one… two… thr- kick out by Dillinger!!

    Miz gets to his feet and looks around angrily toward the crowd. Maryse screams out to him to calm down, but Miz is beyond angered. He grabs Dillinger by the head and picks him up, trying to set him up into the Skull Crushing Finale. Dillinger elbows Miz in the gut, refusing to stand fully. He pushes Miz back a bit. Miz steps forward to grab him, and Dillinger blocks his hands then kicks him in the shin. He grabs Miz by the head, and drops him for the PERFECT TEN!!!

    Dillinger is still laying on his back as Miz seems knocked out by his side, he just needs to roll over onto him. It takes him a moment to do it, but he rolls over and drapes his arm over Miz’s chest. This will be it. ONE… TWO… THRE- MARYSE PUT MIZ’S FOOT ON THE ROPE! The referee sees the foot on the rope! He breaks the count, the match continues! Dillinger, on his knees, looks up at the referee upset. He turns and sees Maryse, angrily staring at her. He jumps to his feet and goes over to confront her as Miz starts rolling to his stomach and stirring to his feet. Dillinger turns to Miz, tosses up his “TEN” and goes to lift Miz for the Tye Breaker. As he does, Maryse jumps onto the apron. He drops Miz, and Miz falls back into the referee. The referee is covered up by Miz, and Maryse uses what seems like pepper spray in the eyes of Dillinger before dropping back down. Miz spins him, lines him up, and drops him for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! One… two… THREE!!!

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

    Dillinger appears knocked out in the ring, as Miz slowly rolls over and slides himself out of the ring. Stumbling around, he finds Maryse and is handed his championship belt. He raises it as much as he can while holding his head and makes his way up the ramp. We cut back to the announce table for some quick analysis.

    MAURO RANALLO || The Miz has retained his championship here at Backlash, and with it, is apparently asking for a raise. David, what do you think of Miz’s demand to renegotiate?

    DAVID OTUNGA || It’s so awful. Who would use their wife to get ahead like this? He would never have retained if not for Maryse at ringside tonight. She put his foot on the ropes, distracted Tye Dillinger a couple times, and ultimately blinded him to force his loss. Not to take away from Miz, he did great, he competed tonight. But he would never be where he is if not for his wife. She deserves the raise, not him.

    MAURO RANALLO || As somebody known for doing whatever it takes to be a champion, John, what are your thoughts on Miz’s actions and his use of Maryse to get ahead?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || It’s the smart thing to do, Mauro! There is nothing like having a championship here in the WWE, and among the most prestigious titles is the Intercontinental Championship. The Miz is on his never-ending reign, and he’s working his tail off to keep it neverending. Dillinger needs to learn to do whatever you can to win, otherwise, I’m not sure he’s exactly that “perfect ten” he keeps calling himself.

    MAURO RANALLO || Strong words about one of our newest SmackDown Live superstars here tonight. John, if you could give some advice to Tye Dillinger after this loss, what would it be?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Stick to what’s been working. This is his first loss since joining SmackDown Live, and he’s doing great. However, you have to do anything it takes. If you have to cheat a little, cheat a little. If you have to use the referee, use him. You have a lot of ways you can win, and just sticking to the basic style is boring and ineffective. Fight like your life depends on it, and you’ll get even further, kid.

    MAURO RANALLO || Here’s hoping Mr. Dillinger can get some advice and get back on the horse quickly. After his great showing tonight, I’m sure he’s going to be a fixture for a while. Now let’s turn to backstage with Tom Phillips. Tom, take it away.


    The camera cuts to Tom Phillips standing between Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson with towels around their necks, sweaty from their match earlier.

    TOM PHILLIPS || Thank you, Mauro. I am standing by our newest SmackDown Live superstars after their victory tonight to move on in the tag team championship tournament, The Revival. Gentlemen, thank you for joining me, with two matches needed to win this tournament, what is your strategy heading toward the end here against the best of the best in this tournament?

    SCOTT DAWSON || You think this is the best? What they’re bringing against us? We’re facing this kid that just lost, LOST, to The Miz and some jacked up dude with no personality. Wow, how revolutionary. I’m sure they’ll do great.

    DASH WILDER || We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to dominate. We’re going to make them wish they never stepped in the ring. I mean, we just saw that Dillinger kid get beat, so maybe we’ll just hold him in the ring and torture him in front of his partner.

    SCOTT DAWSON || We’ll make this the most painful, horrible, awful match they’ve ever been in. We’re ready to win these titles. We are deserving of these titles. We should have just been handed them, but it’s not like we aren’t used to having to work for everything, so we’ll keep working for it and we’ll keep beating everyone.


    DIY walks into the interview area clapping for The Revival as they walk in.

    JOHNNY GARGANO || Congratulations, gentlemen. You’ve made it to the big show. It’s perfect for your big talk that you can’t actually back up. It’s perfect for your big tricks you constantly pull. It’s perfect for you to finally shut up about beating all the great tag teams like, well, who was it again? Too Cool? The Ascension? How amazing.

    SCOTT DAWSON || We have beaten the great tag teams. We’ve beaten the bad ones. And by that, I mean, we’ve beaten you two.

    TOMMASSO CIAMPA || I seem to be remembering it differently. I remember you cheating to beat us, running from us like cowards. I seem to remember that you two don’t really have the ability to beat us, so you resort to dirty tricks, just like with everyone else.

    DASH WILDER || I’m pretty sure you’re mistaken. See, we don’t do dirty tricks. We do the smart thing, because unlike you two, we’re the smart people. We’re the brains of the operation, and the brawn actually. We’re the top guys.

    JOHNNY GARGANO || Yeah, such top guys. Look at you, you’ve literally done it all. You beat Lance at the end of Victory Road. You topped Ganondorf in Hyrule Castle. You conquered India despite Ghandi’s nukes. You guys are just amazing, how could anyone ever compete?

    SCOTT DAWSON || I don’t know what you’re talking about, but honestly, I don’t have to. We won, you haven’t. We have better things to do, top guys out.


    The Revival walk away as Gargano and Ciampa are left with Phillips staring off with a concerned look.

    TOMMASSO CIAMPA || Don’t worry Johnny, we’ll get ‘em. We’ll show them who the top guys are.

    JOHNNY GARGANO || Yeah we will. We’ll be the tag team champions.


    The two walk off to prepare for their match.

    TOM PHILLIPS || Well, I guess there you have it, back to you Mau---

    “DEH!”

    The camera cuts to Bray Wyatt in the darkness, with only the glow of his lamp in his face.

    BRAY WYATT || Mister Del Rio, I am so pleased that you’ve joined us today. I am so ecstatic, so overjoyed. Honestly, I don’t even know why you would. You know the risks you’re taking, yet you continue to take it. It’s conceit, I guess. You see, the world is filled with these sinners. These people, normal people, who are filled with lust, with desire, with greed. You fulfill those. Yes, I’ve heard all about you, Mister Del Rio. I’ve heard all about your past. You call people dogs, you were an aristocrat, you were a millionaire. You’re the man that would drive out to his own ring announcer. You were above these people. You were always there just to get more and more and more. You wanted gold, you wanted green. I get it. Not everybody can see the light. Not everybody can follow the path. It’s a tough path to follow, with many twists and turns, low-hanging branches of sloth and gluttony.

    It appears behind him in the glow of his light a shadowy figure begins to reach around him.

    BRAY WYATT || You, my friend, you are the type to grab every branch. You are the example of the troubles our world has fallen to. But never fret. I can heal you. I can help you. These people, they’re blinded by the shine of your coins and the greed that consumes them. They seek you out. They seek to live vicariously through you. I am here to show you all the way. I am here to give you hope! To give you justice! You can do it, you can be freed from your shackles of pain and torture, the prison of sin that you’ve formed around you in this ever-growing world of selfishness. Alberto Del Rio, you’re just another victim to a disease that infects all. Today’s age is focused on their likes and their shares, their money and their material goods. These people, they have no idea what it is to live, you have no idea what it is to live. So I am here to help you. I am here to cure you. You’ll be alright, Mister Del Rio. You will be rescued soon from your life of greed. Your coins removed, your freedom granted. I will give you the passageway, join me in our eternal struggle. We’re here.

    “DEH!”

    As his theme plays softly, the lights dim and Bray Wyatt walks out illuminated by his lantern. The crowd raises their flashlights from their phones as the fireflies in the crowd, while Wyatt slowly walks toward the ring.

    MAURO RANALLO || The eater of worlds is here in Virginia. John, you’ve had a vast history with dark and dangerous characters, going into a match like this, what would be going through your head?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Fear, Mauro. Fear. You don’t know what they’ll do, you don’t know how they’ll do it. You just know that you’ll be standing across from a dangerous man, and there’s no way of knowing how bad it’ll get.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall. Making his way to the ring, from Brooksville, Florida; he is the eater of worlds, Bray Wyatt!


    Wyatt has blown out his electric lantern and is squatting in the corner facing the entrance ramp, prepared. “Realeza” starts playing over the speakers and without hesitation, Alberto Del Rio starts walking out slowly with a towel draped around his neck. He keeps checking behind himself, concerned apparently, before making it to the ramp and speeding up slightly.

    GREG HAMILTON || His opponent, from San Luis Potosi, Mexico; he is the Mexican Aristocrat, Alberto Del Riiiooo!

    As Alberto gets to the ring, the lights cut out and the music sharply stops. When the lights come back on, Erick Rowan is behind Alberto on the outside in his sheep mask. Alberto looks around, facing the ring, until Rowan reaches out and grabs him by the back of the head. He steps into it and tosses Del Rio hard into the steel steps! Rowan then runs at Del Rio with a big boot to knock Del Rio over them. He pulls out the steps from the apron while Wyatt barks orders at him, and he lifts Del Rio onto the steps. He steps back a few, runs forward and jumps with a running splash!

    Alberto grabs at his back in pain, and seems to be reaching at his neck as well. Rowan grabs his arm and lifts him up in a backbreaker rack, torturing him until carrying him to the apron and tossing him over his shoulders and rolling him into the ring. Bray Wyatt demands the bell be rung.



    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt w/ Erick Rowan v. Alberto Del Rio


    The bell rings and Wyatt stands victorious over Del Rio. He has a huge smile on his face, seemingly laughing at Del Rio for his foolishness. He taunts the crowd for a while before finally slowly going to a knee and triumphantly pinning Del Rio without hooking the leg. One… two… kick out!!

    Wyatt looks at Del Rio with a smirk, he seems prepared to play a game. Del Rio is slowly trying to roll toward the ropes, and Wyatt begins to taunt him and encourage him to get up. Del Rio grabs the bottom rope and Wyatt kicks his hand off, then stomps on him a couple times before slowly walking around the ring. He keeps an eye on Del Rio, who is slowly getting to his feet, crawling up the ropes to the middle rope now.

    Wyatt walks over and grabs Del Rio by the hair, dragging him to his feet. He holds his head up and drags him around the ring showing him to the cameras and the crowd. “The face of greed! This is what you cheer, this is what you seek.”

    Wyatt throws Del Rio forward and pulls him back into the set up for the Sister Abigail, but Del Rio uses his little bit of momentum to flip over and start fighting back. He throws a few rights to back Wyatt up, gets him into the ropes and whips him across the ring. He comes running back and Del Rio jumps and hits a high drop kick on him to knock him down. Wyatt is back to his feet quickly, and Del Rio is on the offensive. He throws punch after punch, and backs him to the ropes again. He whips him and then goes running at him to try for an arm drag, but Wyatt comes back flying with a crossbody clothesline!

    Del Rio drops hard, and Wyatt sits on his knees just feet away looking around angrily. He walks over to Del Rio and whispers something to him, obviously sadistic as Mauro explains. Wyatt grabs Del Rio by the hair and hits him with a few hard punches to keep him laying back. He then backs up to the ropes, runs forward and jumps for a running senton, but Del Rio moves and Wyatt hits the mat hard! He jumps to his feet and runs in front of a sitting Wyatt, turning and lunging forward with a superkick! Wyatt is sprawled out and Del Rio goes for the cover, one… two… Rowan pulls Del Rio out of the ring!

    Rowan pushes Del Rio into the post and then runs at him. Del Rio ducks out of the way and Rowan smashes into the post, and while he stands there Del Rio jumps up and hits an enzuiguri to the back of his head into the post. Rowan drops to the floor, and Del Rio runs into the ring with his momentum. He sees Wyatt getting to his feet and runs at him, Wyatt ducks under a clothesline and grabs him by the throat lifting for the URANAGE! Wyatt drops for a pin, one.... Two… kick out!!

    Wyatt gets back to his feet and looks down at Del Rio enraged. He turns to the corner, the fans start cheering for Del Rio and the camera zooms in on Wyatt. Del Rio starts slowly getting to his feet, and Wyatt bends backwards into his spiderwalk. Del Rio, in a sitting position, looks at Wyatt with fear in his eyes, and goes to quickly get to his feet. Wyatt rolls and jumps to his feet. Del Rio goes running at him, and Wyatt runs and grabs Del Rio into position and swings him back for a harsh SISTER ABIGAIL! He spikes Del Rio, who flips and rolls to his back where Wyatt pins him, one... two… three!!!!

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, Bray Wyatt!

    Wyatt looks over to see Rowan slowly getting to his feet and calls him into the ring.

    MAURO RANALLO || The sadistic eater of worlds is victorious here tonight, but it appears Alberto Del Rio had quite a lot of fight in him, don’t you think John?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || I will give him some credit, he fought as hard as he could. He had the deck stacked against him from the start when Rowan showed up, and he absolutely gave it a hard fight. Honestly, if it were a fair fight, I’m not sure Bray Wyatt would’ve won it.

    DAVID OTUNGA || Guys ... what’s Bray doing?


    Otunga’s fearful question drew attention to the ring where Wyatt is sitting on his knees above Del Rio, grasping at his head. He looks to Rowan and nods and Rowan grabs Del Rio up and carries him over to the apron. He drops him to the outside of the ring, then follows and picks Del Rio up again. Wyatt leads him toward the back.

    MAURO RANALLO || It appears he’s, well, I don’t know what he’s doing. David, do you have any idea?

    DAVID OTUNGA || I just, I don’t know. It’s terrifying, Mauro. It is. Bray Wyatt is a scary person, and when he picks a victim, who knows what he plans to do to him? That sister abigail was harsh, and knocked Del Rio completely out. Hopefully someone helps him.

    MAURO RANALLO || It is distinctly reminiscent of The Undertaker, who you have experience with John. What do you think is happening now?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || It’s a haze, Mauro, the things that happened. But the best I can explain it is just that you do not ever want to know. You never want to find out. Stay away from freaks like Bray Wyatt, hide from him, fear him. There is something very, very wrong about him.

    MAURO RANALLO || Thank you for the insight. While we worry for the safety of Alberto Del Rio, and we notify the security, let us turn our attention away to next month. SmackDown Live will be returning to their own exclusive pay-per-view with No Mercy, October 9th. We will be seeing the end of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament there at No Mercy. Speaking out, coming up next, we have The Usos taking on DIY. David, do you believe DIY could do what The Revival did earlier and earn a spot on the SmackDown Live roster?

    DAVID OTUNGA || Anything could happen, Mauro. Anytime, anywhere, anything at all could happen. The Usos are a tough team, though. They were WWE Tag Team Champions, they’re twins, they have an innate ability together and should not be overlooked. I am certain they’ll be a tough competition here.

    MAURO RANALLO || John, what could you say about The Usos chances of advancing here tonight?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Look, this is the WWE. This isn’t NXT. This isn’t the independents. This is the WWE. You have to be one-hundred percent together to be a team here. You have to work together most of your lives to be able to be successful here. You have to be best friends. Who’s better friends than The Usos? Who’s a better friend than your own twin? I would be shocked if The Usos lose here.


    The camera pans around to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships sitting at ringside on a pedestal as the introduction for “Chrome Hearts” by CFO$ comes blaring through the speakers. It cuts up to Tommasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano walking out together in their separate attire, Johnny in his sleeveless jacket and the winking face logo while Ciampa has his psycho killer attire on.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall and is a quarterfinals match-up in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament! First, making their way to the ring, at a combined weight of 200 pounds, they are Johnny Gargano and Tommasso Ciampa, D.. I… Y!!

    Gargano and Ciampa climb into the ring and go to the corner opposite the hard cam. Gargano climbs to the second turnbuckle and puts his arms behind him, while Ciampa stands beside him with his arm raised. A quick burst of pyrotechnics flies out from the ramp, and “So Close Now” by David Dallas starts softly with a drum. The Usos stand at the top of the ramp with their samoan chanting and dancing before going into the usual “When I say Uce, you say O” chanting.

    GREG HAMILTON || And their opponents, making their way to the ring at a combined weight of 479 pounds, they are Jimmy and Jey, The Usos!!

    The two run down and slide into the ring, the camera zooms in to see their faces painted as they come face to face with DIY.



    SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT; QUARTER-FINALS
    The Usos v. DIY


    Jey Uso seems to be starting things out for the Usos, while Gargano and Ciampa play a quick game of rock, paper, scissors ultimately deciding Ciampa will start things out. Gargano gets on the apron, and the bell rings. Jey is slow to go towards Ciampa, while Ciampa seems to be reaching out to try and get things started. Jey ducks under a grab and grabs Ciampa from behind. Ciampa runs forward to the ropes and holds them to bounce Jey off him. He turns and faces Jey, and the two lock up quickly with a collar and elbow tie-up. Ciampa gets the upper hand and locks in a headlock. Jey tries pulling back to the ropes, but Ciampa steps in and flips him over to ground him in the headlock.

    Jey reaches out toward the corner while Ciampa harshly locks in the headlock. Jey stirs to his feet and pushes Ciampa back into the ropes then tosses him off. Ciampa goes running, comes back, and Jey hits him with a shoulder block. Ciampa goes down, and Jey starts running. He jumps over Ciampa, then Ciampa leapfrogs him. On the third return, Ciampa grabs Jey by the arm and flings him with an arm drag. Jey gets to his knee and turns and lifts his arm for Jimmy to tag himself in. Ciampa adjusts his elbow pads then tags in Gargano.

    Jimmy and Johnny step into the ring and circle around a couple times before locking up with a collar and elbow tie-up of their own. Jimmy gets the upperhand here, pushing Gargano into the corner. The referee makes them break and Jimmy backs up to give some space. Gargano steps out and circles again, then they go for another lock up. Jimmy pushes Gargano into the ropes. He whips him across, and Gargano comes back with a jump for a crossbody to knock Jimmy down. Both are up quickly, and Gargano goes running. Jimmy runs at him, and Gargano comes to a sudden stop and turns where Jimmy jumps for a shoulder block to knock Johnny down. Gargano gets up, and Jimmy grabs Gargano and whips him into the corner.

    Jimmy following Gargano into the corner where Jey stands and hits him with a stinger splash, then tags in Jey. Jimmy pulls Gargano out, lifts him for a sidewalk slam and drops him on his knee. Jey goes running, comes back and jumps for knee drop on Gargano to flip him over. Jimmy goes out, and Jey goes for the cover, one.. Two… kick out by Gargano. Jey grabs Gargano and pulls him back to the corner to tag in Jimmy. Jimmy comes in, they whip Gargano across the ring and on the return Jey tosses him up and Jimmy catches him for a samoan drop. He hooks the leg for the cover, one.. Two.. kick out!

    Jimmy gets to his feet and looks down at Gargano, while Ciampa starts stomping on the steel steps beside him. The crowd starts clapping along, as Jimmy walks over and tags in Jey. Jey comes in and the two grab Johnny and pick him up, they throw him into the corner then Jey whips Jimmy into him for a stinger splash. Johnny drops to a seated position, and Jey runs at him for a hip attack. Johnny’s head bounces around, and Jey drags him out and pins him. One … two… kick out at the last second!

    Jey sees the opening, and Ciampa is cheering away for Johnny. Jey tags in Jimmy, and then starts lining up Gargano as Jimmy jumps to the top turnbuckle. He jumps for the samoan splash, but Johnny rolls out of the way! Jimmy lands hard on the mat and bounces, turning and holding his chest and head. Johnny starts to crawl toward Ciampa, reaching out and slowly inching toward him. Jimmy finally comes to, tags in Jey. Jey comes running in, and Johnny jumps and tags in Ciampa. Jey runs at Ciampa, and Ciampa blocks his punch and knocks him back. Jimmy comes over and Ciampa gets into the ring and blocks his punch and hits his own on him as well. He ducks under a clothesline from Jey, chops him. Chops at Jimmy, chops at Jey, chops at Jimmy, chops at Jey. He backs them up to the ropes, then backs up and pumps his fist. He runs and hits a double clothesline, knocking all three of them over the top rope and laying on the outside.

    Johnny gets to his feet in the ring, looks over and sees the three of them stirring. He stomps his feet, bounces off the ropes and runs at them, jumping between the ropes for a suicide dive! He hits all three of them and the four are all down! The crowd is cheering away, as Gargano and Ciampa get to their feet and see their opportunity. They grab Jey, toss him into the ring and hop in. They line up at the corners and do their signal to meet in the middle as Jey starts coming to. He gets to his knees, lined up perfectly. Jimmy gets up as well, jumps up and grabs Ciampa’s leg and pulls him down to the mat and out of the ring. Gargano hits the superkick to Jey! Jimmy goes for a clothesline to Ciampa, and Ciampa ducks it then jumps and hits a knee to the face! He jumps back in the ring, speeds over and covers Jey, one… two… kick out!!!

    Ciampa gets up and looks around shocked. He stands up and looks down at Jey, reaching up his legs. Gargano is standing on the apron, cheering. Ciampa turns and sees Jimmy slide into the ring and come running at him. He backs up, jumps out of the way and Gargano with the spear through the ropes! The slingshot spear to Jimmy! Jimmy rolls out of the ring, and Ciampa grabs Jey as he’s getting up. He lifts him for a powerbomb, but Jey jumps out of it and slides down the back. He turns and hits Ciampa with a superkick! Superkick to Ciampa! Ciampa’s down! Jey falls into the cover, but can’t hook the leg. One… two… kick out!!

    Jey sits up and throws back his hair, looking down at Ciampa angrily. He gets up, stomps on Ciampa a bit, then walks over to the corner. He climbs out and climbs the turnbuckles, seemingly going for the splash, but Ciampa is stirring and gets to his feet. Jey jumps for a clothesline, Ciampa ducks it. Jey rolls through and turns to see Ciampa run at him and jump with a knee to the face. Jey falls back into the ropes and bounces back to Ciampa. Ciampa grabs him by the waist and lifts and tosses him for a belly-to-belly suplex. He turns to see Gargano on the ramp, tags him in. Ciampa looks over, sees Jey is back up and Jimmy is in. Jey runs at him, Ciampa ducks out of the way and runs at Jimmy. He hits a clothesline on him, then runs at Jey in the corner. Gargano on the apron runs in, Ciampa hits a knee to the face at the same time Gargano hits an enzuiguri.

    They toss Jey to the center of the ring, the crowd cheering. Johnny runs over at Jimmy and goes to push him out of the ring, but Jimmy ducks and runs Gargano into the turnbuckle. He steps forward, then hits a superkick to Gargano! Gargano is down, seated in the corner. Ciampa runs at Jimmy, and Jimmy ducks his clothesline then runs at him and clotheslines him over the top rope! Jey stirs to his feet in the ring, and turns to see Gargano in the corner. He runs at him for the hip attack, and Gargano moves out of the way! Jey hits hard, comes back out of the corner, and Gargano tries to grab him for the Hurts Donut. Jey fights back, elbows Gargano away, then goes for a clothesline. Gargano ducks it, grabs Jey from behind and rolls him away and rolls with him. Jey lands on his knees, and Gargano hits a kick to his face. Jey falls back, Gargano goes for the pin, one… two… Jimmy comes in to break it up!

    Jimmy tries to get Jey up, then targets Gargano. He goes over to him, grabs him by the head, Gargano hits his hands away and superkicks Jimmy in the shin. Jimmy goes down to his knees, and Gargano points his finger guns at him and screams out “gotcha!” before nailing a superkick to the kneeling Jimmy. Jimmy falls back and out of the ring. Jey is up, Gargano runs at him. He ducks down, lifts for the samoan drop. Johnny rolls it through though into the crucifix pin, one.. Two… THREE!!! Johnny held on tight for the three count!

    GREG HAMILTON || Here are your winners, Johnny Gargano and Tommasso Ciampa … D! I! Y!!!

    Johnny gets up, visibly exhausted but ecstatic. Ciampa slides into the ring and grabs Johnny in a hug, the two of them embracing. Jey sits up, looking very frustrated as Jimmy slowly starts to get to his feet on the outside.

    MAURO RANALLO || MAMA MIA! What a match that was! With that victory, Johnny Gargano and Tommasso Ciampa have earned contracts to SmackDown Live and are in the semifinals of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament. John, you said before that you’d be shocked if The Usos lost, what is your takeaway from this match?

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || I am stunned! These two kids came out here, and they got on a run, and they didn’t let up. That’s how it worked. Johnny Gargano and Tommasso Ciampa didn’t let The Usos catch their breath after they started going. It just took getting Ciampa in and they were able to make it happen. They earned that. However, the Usos did let up. They should’ve been tougher. They should’ve been harsher on them. They needed this win, and they didn’t take it like they should’ve.

    DAVID OTUNGA || This is a big credit to DIY. These kids are worthy of a SmackDown Live contract, they really are. They fought hard, they took some punishment and in the end they held on.

    MAURO RANALLO || It appears The Usos respect their tenacity here, and who couldn’t? They really earned a lot of respect here tonight.


    The Usos stand across from DIY in the ring, looking injured and holding their heads, their guts, limping. Gargano and Ciampa are doing the same, Gargano especially holding his head after the attacks on him from the Usos. The Usos stretch out their hands, and Gargano and Ciampa quickly accept. The crowd cheers, and the Usos pull them in and headbutt the both of them! Gargano goes down, and they start wailing on Ciampa backing him up. They step back and hit a double superkick to him which knocks him to the mat and out of the ring. Gargano runs at them to defend his friend.

    Gargano goes to tackle them, but Jimmy holds on to Gargano’s head and the two pound on his back. Jey walks away, turns back and runs at him while Jimmy holds his head locked in. Jey jumps and stomps Gargano in the back of the knee! Gargano drops and screams out in pain! Gargano grabs at his leg as Jimmy and Jey smirk down at him and walk out of the ring with their music playing. The crowd boos as Ciampa slowly starts getting back up and the trainers run out to tend to both men.

    DAVID OTUNGA || That right there is what we have to stop! That was a blatant show of disrespect, they lost so they had to attack them? What sore losers!

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Of course, David. At least finally, years and years of this dancing around, the Usos have shown some real passion. They care. They didn’t want to lose. Those titles sitting over next to us, they’re important to them. Of course they wanted to attack them, and they did. I don’t blame them. Everyone wants those titles, you’d do the same if you got knocked out.

    DAVID OTUNGA || I would not! That’s not how it works. You lose, you lose. You shake hands, you say congratulations, you move on. That was scummy, that was bullcrap.

    MAURO RANALLO || Gentlemen, I’m sorry to interrupt, but I am getting word from backstage that we have to be cutting back there now.


    The camera cuts to Daniel Bryan, looking stressed as ever, alongside Tom Phillips.

    TOM PHILLIPS || I’m afraid our general manager Daniel Bryan has some breaking news to inform us of.

    DANIEL BRYAN || Ugh, this is the one thing you definitely do not want to see happen. Unfortunately, due to an attack earlier tonight which we will be investigating --

    AJ Styles walks into the frame with a smug smirk across his face.

    AJ STYLES || Sorry to interrupt Daniel, but I feel like you should have invited me to such a huge announcement.

    DANIEL BRYAN || AJ, I am furious about what you did earlier. We all know you attacked Randy Orton, and you knew about his recent concussion.

    AJ STYLES || I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong.

    DANIEL BRYAN || You know exactly what happened.


    Randy Orton comes up behind Styles, a wrap around his head. Styles jumps, startled, and turns.

    AJ STYLES || What the hell?! You could give someone a heart attack doing that.

    RANDY ORTON || That would be the nicest thing I’ll be doing to you. Daniel, this is your chance to give me clearance and let me get back at him. I have to take him down.


    DANIEL BRYAN || There’s nothing I can do, Randy. You know that, go back to the trainer’s room.


    RANDY ORTON || This is my moment, Daniel. I deserve this. I deserve my revenge on him, I deserve my shot at the title. Give me a chance.

    AJ STYLES || Oh, are you deaf too, Randy? He said no.

    RANDY ORTON || You keep talking, AJ. I’ll shut you up the moment I get my hands on you. It just takes one RKO.


    DANIEL BRYAN || As I was saying, unfortunately, Randy Orton has suffered another concussion and will be unable to compete tonight.

    RANDY ORTON || This is bullcrap, and you know it. I can still go. I can put him in his place.

    “THEY DON’T WANT NONE”

    AJ STYLES || That’s my cue. See ya, Randy.

    AJ turns and struts off while the camera zooms in on Orton trying to head toward the ring. Bryan is holding him back, but struggles until the trainer and some security comes in to grab him.

    “Phenomenal” by CFO$ starts blaring through the speakers as AJ Styles walks out slowly and gets to his spot at the top of the ramp. The crowd is mixed between cheering and booing, while the drop happens and Styles flips off his hood. He walks down the ramp, pointing to himself and screaming something at the fans until he gets to the ring and jumps in. Standing just inside the ring, the announcement starts.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and is for the number one contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Introducing first, from Gainesville, Georgia, he is THE PHENOMENAL, A J STYLES!

    Styles throws his arms out and bounces his chest off the ropes. “Voices” starts playing and Styles smirks toward the camera. It cuts to the ramp, then back to the ring. Styles goes up to the referee and whispers something to him. The referee tells Greg Hamilton.



    #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Randy Orton v. AJ Styles



    GREG HAMILTON ||
    Ladies and gentlemen, it appears Randy Orton is unable to compete tonight. AJ Styles has requested the bell be rung and a countout begin.

    The bell rings and the referee begins to count. One…. two…. Three…. Four… five.... Six … seven…. Eight…. Nine…. And TEN! The bell rings, with AJ Styles nodding in the corner.

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner and your NEW number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, A! J! STYLES!!

    Styles grabs the microphone and goes to speak.

    AJ STYLES || Just like usual, I am the best in this company. John Cena can come in here all he wants and make his deals and do his sneaky bullcrap to get a WWE title match, but he didn’t EARN it. I earn my shots. I earn what I get. I am the FACE that runs the PLACE. And I am only that because I am unbeatable. John Cena couldn’t beat me. Randy Orton is scared of me. Dean Ambrose, whether it’s you or Cena who has the title after tonight, just know you will never be able to beat me. You will never be better than I am. You will never be phenomenal!

    Styles drops the microphone, and hops out of the ring. Rather than go to the backstage area, he goes over to the announce table and sits down, grabbing a headset.

    AJ STYLES || I’m here, gentlemen. The star of the show, here to enjoy the so-called main event.

    JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD || Great victory there, AJ.

    AJ STYLES || Thank you, John. It was a tough bout, but I persevered.

    DAVID OTUNGA || Are you proud of yourself? Really? You cheated, you didn’t fight. You just did whatever you could to sneak by. What a joke.

    AJ STYLES || I have no idea what you’re talking about David. Were you watching the same match we were?

    MAURO RANALLO || AJ, I have to ask, do you have a preference for who wins tonight in our main event?

    AJ STYLES || Why would I? I can wrestle circles around anybody in this company. Dean Ambrose? He’s a sham. John Cena? I’ve beat him twice. I have no worries, I have no need to. I’m going to beat whoever it is that wins this match.

    MAURO RANALLO || Are we going to find out your new found Club members soon?

    AJ STYLES || When it becomes useful to tell you, I’ll tell you.

    “BRRRR ABIDO!”

    “My Time Is Now” starts blasting through and John Cena runs out from the curtain to the cheering crowd. The indifference is known with the few major boos going around, but the majority cheer as Cena tosses his hat out to the crowd and adjusts his armbands. He points down to the ring, runs full speed and slides in. He walks over, jumps up on the turnbuckle and points out to the crowd, then down to AJ Styles.

    The sound of an engine starting up goes through the arena and Dean Ambrose comes storming out with the WWE Championship around his waist. He points to it while licking at his lips and the crowd cheers loudly for him. He walks down the ramp high fiving everybody along the way, then runs into the ring and over to the turnbuckle. He jumps to the second turnbuckle, tears off the belt and raises it high with one arm to the crowd. He jumps down and the two stand opposite one another in the ring.

    GREG HAMILTON || The following contest is set for one fall and is for the WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!! Introducing first, the challenger, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, JOHN CENA!!!

    Cena tears off his shirt and tosses it into the crowd then raises his arms high.

    GREG HAMILTON || And in the corner to my right, he is the reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the Lunatic Fringe, DEAN AMBROSE!!!

    Ambrose runs forward a bit and raises his title, before handing it off to the referee.



    WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. John Cena


    The referee holds the title belt up between the two and to the camera, showing what’s at stake. He hands it off to the timekeeper, then orders the bell to be rung. Ambrose and Cena circle around for a bit, then go in for the collar and elbow tie up. Ambrose tries to push Cena back, but Cena overpowers him with a simple throw and tosses him rolling back toward the corner. Ambrose gets to his feet, cracks his neck and smirks. Cena smiles back at him, and the two go around again.

    Ambrose comes in hot and locks in a quick headlock, but Cena quickly pushes him off. Ambrose comes back and Cena goes for a hip toss, but Ambrose jumps and blocks it, then going for his own. Cena blocks it out and throws right, right, right. He backs Ambrose into the corner and then grabs his hand, whipping him over into the corner. Cena runs at him, and Ambrose kicks his legs up to block him back. Cena goes running again, and Ambrose elbows him away. He runs at Cena, and Cena grabs him in a headlock and uses the momentum to flip him over. His massive biceps are cutting off oxygen, and Ambrose starts fading a bit quickly while trying to claw for a way out.

    Ambrose, after a while, comes up with a plan and throws a punch up at Cena’s ear until finally forcing him to release the hold. It appears Ambrose is realizing he can’t out-muscle Cena, and goes to change his plan. Cena runs up to him, grabs him and hits a quick belly-to-belly to the side. He goes for the pin, one.. Two.. kick out by Ambrose!

    Quickly, Cena gets to his feet and measure up for a leg drop on Ambrose. Ambrose rolls out of the ring to catch his breath, and quickly comes face to face with AJ Styles at the table. Cena slides out of the ring behind Ambrose, who isn’t paying much attention to him. He grabs Ambrose and goes to spin him back to the ring, but Ambrose counters and gets the upperhand throwing him back first into the apron. He starts throwing punches at Cena, over and over to wear him down. The referee counting the whole time gets up to six as Ambrose rolls back in and then out. He grabs Cena by the head and throws him in the ring.

    Following, Ambrose goes for a quick cover, one… two. Kick out. Ambrose gets up to his feet, stomps on Cena a few times then backs to the corner to assess. Cena starts stirring to his feet, and Ambrose climbs up to the top turnbuckle. Cena uses the ropes to get to his feet, walks over toward Ambrose, and he flies with the Lunatic Fringe Elbow Drop! Cena goes down hard, and Ambrose rolls off then crawls back to the cover. One… two… kick out! Ambrose starts throwing punches at Cena until the referee forces him to back off.

    Cena appears to be a little hazy as Ambrose comes over and grabs him and picks him up. He throws some punches to the gut until opening Cena up and hitting a few hard jabs to the face. Ambrose backs up to the opposite corner and keeps his momentum by kicking off the second turnbuckle, running back and going for his forearm smash. Cena counters with an elbow, then follows up with grabbing Ambrose’s arm and whipping him hard into the corner. He bounces off the turnbuckles, Cena runs off the ropes and goes for a bulldog, but Ambrose throws him off. It appears the two have done their homework.

    Cena runs at Ambrose, and Ambrose sidesteps and tosses him over the top rope. Cena catches himself on the apron, and Ambrose hits him with a dropkick to knock him to the floor in front of the announce table! Ambrose takes a few steps back, then looks around to the crowd. He starts raising his arms, they cheer with him. Cena gets to his feet, and Ambrose runs at him and jumps with the suicide dive! He catches himself, landing on his feet and face-to-face with Styles again.

    He appears to mouth some words to Styles, then reaches down to grab the groggy Cena. He throws him into the ring, slides in after him and goes for the pin. One… two… kick out by Cena! Ambrose gets to his feet, grabs Cena and pulls him up. He goes to lock in the arms, but Cena is fighting back. He pushes Ambrose off, and Ambrose comes back for a clothesline. Cena ducks it, runs at the ropes. Ambrose turns to face him, and Cena hits the jumping shoulder block. Ambrose is right back up, and Cena hits him again. He seems to be feeling it, and is sizing Ambrose up. Ambrose spins toward him, and Cena goes to lift him for the AA, but Ambrose slides down the back and pushes Cena forward to the ropes while holding his waist. He rolls back holding on for the makeshift pin, one… two… kick out! Cena and Ambrose both get to their feet, and go after one another.

    Cena kicks Ambrose in the gut. He goes for a suplex, but Ambrose is blocking it by locking his leg in. Cena throws a few clubbing blows to Ambrose’s side. He lifts, but Ambrose continues to block. Ambrose throws a few clubbing blows of his own, then pushes Cena off of him. Ambrose sees a little space, runs and dives at Cena to tackle him down and start throwing punches at him again. Cena is trying to fight Ambrose off of him, but can’t seem to get him to go. Ambrose finally relents, gets to his feet and Cena rolls to the ropes. He gets up in the corner, and turns to find Ambrose with the forearm smash! Ambrose grabs his head, runs out and hits the bulldog on him! Cena lands hard, flips over, Ambrose slides over for the pin, one… two… kick out by Cena!

    Ambrose gets to his feet, he sees the opening. He thinks it’s the end here, and Cena slowly starts climbing to his feet. He turns, Ambrose kicks him in the gut, goes to lock in the arms. Cena is fighting it, fighting it. Ambrose is so close, but Cena uses his strength to push one arm out and lift Ambrose onto his shoulders. Ambrose is in trouble, Cena tosses him for the AA! Cena takes a moment, catching his breath as he goes for the cover, one… two… kick out!!

    Cena gets to his feet, sees Ambrose stirring. He sizes him up, sees him turn and ducks under a huge right hand, using the momentum to spin Ambrose and get him up. He spins him with a belly-to-back suplex to the mat! Cena gets to his feet, runs to Ambrose’s head and raises his hand. Styles seems to balk at Ambrose going down so easily, while Cena runs off the ropes and comes in and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle! He goes for the pin, one… two… kick out! Styles has gotten up from commentary, and Cena locks eyes with him. He goes over and starts jawing at Styles, while Ambrose takes the time to recover. Ambrose gets to his feet, Cena turns just in time and ducks under another right, hooking the leg and lifting for the AA again. Ambrose fights out of it, falls into the position and goes to hook Cena’s arms for the Dirty Deeds. Cena pushes Ambrose off, Ambrose falls to the ropes, ducks down and rebounds off for the [LUNATIC LARIAT!! Ambrose covers, ONE! TWO! KICK OUT AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND!!

    Ambrose is surprised by Cena’s tenacity, and Styles seems to be enjoying himself at ringside. Ambrose walks over to the corner, looks around at the crowd and sees his chance. The crowd is cheering him on, as he climbs to the top turnbuckle. He waits as Cena gets to his feet, as he turns Ambrose jumps for another elbow drop. CENA CATCHES HIM! HE’S HOLDING HIM UP! Ambrose looks shocked!

    Cena keeps hold of Ambrose, tosses him up to his shoulders and HITS HIM WITH THE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! Both men are down. Ambrose seems to be completely out of it, while Cena is stirring ever so slightly. He rolls into the cover, ONE!! TWO!!! THR-KICK OUT BY AMBROSE!

    Styles is on the apron, Cena gets to his feet and turns to see Styles there. He starts arguing with him, screaming he shouldn’t be there. The referee is between them, Ambrose is slowly stirring behind Cena. Ambrose gets to his feet, runs and hits Cena from behind into Styles. Styles is knocked off the apron and into the barricade. Cena turns and Ambrose just starts throwing haymakers. Over and over, he keeps punching him. Finally, he lets up a bit and whips Cena. On the rebound, Cena goes for the shoulder block, but Ambrose side steps it. Cena gets up, turns, Ambrose kicks him in the gut. He goes for the Dirty Deeds, but Cena lifts him up again to the AA. Ambrose is fighting it.

    Ambrose gets down the back, Styles is back on the apron, jumps for the Phenomenal Forearm. Cena ducks it, he lands in front of Ambrose. Styles turns, Cena lifts him up, hits him with the AA! Styles rolls out of the ring. Cena turns to face Ambrose, and Ambrose kicks him in the gut again. He grabs the arms, finally hooks his hands together and kicks Cena’s shin out. HE HITS IT! HE HITS THE DIRTY DEEDS! HE GOES FOR THE PIN! ONE!! TWO!!! THREEE!!!!!

    GREG HAMILTON || Here is your winner, and STILL the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dean Ambrose!!!


    Ambrose collects his title and raises it high to the cheers from the crowd. He looks out down the ramp to see AJ Styles standing there, holding his head and staring him down. Mauro goes over the fact that the two will meet at No Mercy, while JBL and Otunga debate over morality and the camera fades away.



    QUICK RESULTS
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    WWE Championship; Dean Ambrose def. John Cena
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    Intercontinental Championship; The Miz w/ Maryse def. Tye Dillinger
    SDL Women’s Championship; Becky Lynch last eliminated Alexa Bliss to win inaugural championship
    SDL TTCT Quarter-Finals; DIY def. The Usos
    SDL TTCT Quarter-Finals; The Revival def. TM61
    Bray Wyatt def. Alberto Del Rio
    Pre-Show; Baron Corbin def. Kalisto



    Thank you to everyone who reads this. I'm very proud of it, though I recognize it isn't my best work. As I finish up No Mercy, I'm already seeing improvement and am hoping to get some good constructive criticism here so I can work on being a bit better. Thank you so much for reading and thank you so much for your support.
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    Without having read too much, I’m going to come in pretty dry here and leave some comments on Backlash. Right off the bat, clearly the obvious move to put Corbin over Kalisto in the pre show. Considering the push Corbin is receiving in real life at the moment, I’m interested to see what you do with him.

    Before I get into the opening match on Backlash, I wasn’t sure about how I felt with your opening commentary. I get the idea of some banter behind the desk, it works quite well and is fun to read, but it felt way to forced. It just felt like JBL was picking on EVERYTHING, right from the get go, rather than just certain things. If you continue to write them this way, it would become insufferable pretty quickly. The dynamic is there, you probably just need to tweak it a little.

    The opening with Natalya yelling at everybody only for them all to attack her was priceless, and an entertaining start. These matches can be hard to write sometimes as they are a little choppy, and you have to continue to jump from pairing to pairing. I think that showed a little at times. The tease of Becky and Nikki going at it makes sense from a booking stand point, as they are the two the company wants to be the most over. From a personal stand point, I don’t want Nikki anywhere near a title feud. The eliminations of Nattie and Carmella were both done pretty well, and at this stage, Carmella eliminating Nattie would be quite a big rub. A feuds ready to be built off this as well so nice stuff. Bliss gets two eliminations, and even if they were both very opportunistic, she looks really good so far. I’m just relieved that Nikki didn’t get the win. Alexa kicking Nikki as she is down kind of plants seeds for something between the two of them in the future. If that happens, I hope Bliss squashes her. It’s funny because it felt like for a long period of time in this match you’ve completely ignored Becky. I doubt that was intentional but it seems she hasn’t been in much action, until the end. When she did get involved though, it really felt like the wrestling and quality of the match picked up. Becky eliminates Naomi and pulls out the big Super Suplex as well to soften up Bliss. Becky is a fitting first champion, a great wrestler, somebody to build the division around. Hopefully from here some nice feuds can develop in the women’s division, because sometimes these multi people matches don’t get the greatest build in the world (not your fault, just to many people involved). A solid enough opening match to start the show though.

    Moving onto this tag match, and first off, I want to commend you on the idea of the tournament for the tag team titles. Whilst a tournament isn’t an original idea, it’s smart to really allow the tag teams to go at it, and build a tag division that isn’t a joke (WWE haven’t had this for a long time). Adding in a few NXT teams to put on legit tag team clinics just further adds to the idea. Onto the actual match up, and I must say, considering the fact that The Revival are the NXT Champs, I was surprised to see them pick up the victory. As for the match itself, the attack from the start definitely got the Revival some heat, and it followed a pretty basic tag formula from here, with the heel beat down, followed by a hot tag which lead to the match picking up and the finish. No issues with anything here, solid match to cap off smart booking, however I’m intrigued to know what happens to the NXT tag titles now.

    AJ Styles attack on Orton was very interesting. I guess Orton will be playing the face in peril tonight. As for the two members of The Club, I’m curious to see who they are. I will say that the whole masked, who is it angle is one that I quite enjoy. Nice segment.

    Typical The Miz being a dick to Daniel Bryan. It has become one of my favourite things about Smackdown in real life, so I’m glad to see you continuing it here. Considering medicals don’t mean shit in BTB, I fully expect to see an eventual Miz/Bryan match up. Well, maybe not expect, but hope. Enjoyed this small segment anyway.

    Dillinger starting off by rushing The Miz was a little unexpected, but I liked the kids defiance in the face of Miz’s disrespect. Dillinger starting off fast, only for Maryse to allow Miz to gain the advantage all transitioned really nicely. Typical Miz, happy to get the win by count out as well. Miz’s dominance throughout the middle portion of the match was written really well. A nice story developed with Dillinger consistently coming up with near falls, only for Maryse to make the save... And again, that’s the story that prevailed at the end. The Miz only retains the title thanks to Maryse, and Dillinger, pretty fresh onto the Smackdown roster, looks TREMENDOUS getting a close to visual pin. A nice match here, the best of the night so far, and this feud still feels like it has plenty of legs. Good stuff mate.

    Nice little segment to hype the tag team title tournament. Real hatred was put across quite nicely between the two teams. The Ghandhi line was pure brilliance though.

    I don’t even know where to start but that was an AWESOME Bray Wyatt promo. Picking on the flaws of Del Rio’s gimmick and calling him a sinner is just such a great angle. Well written, well executed.

    One thing I’ll commend you on so far is that every match on this show has started differently. They don’t always have to but it has made things a really fun read so far. Rowan’s attack on Del Rio is typical Wyatt family stuff really, but it doesn’t make it any less fun. As for the match itself, I have my qualms. I don’t mind Del Rio showing some heart, fighting back a little, but having the win, unless Rowan interfered makes Bray look a little too weak for my liking. Luckily, in the end, the right man went over. Based on the pre match attack, this was always going to be a short one, and my only issue was with Del Rio almost picking up the victory. Del Rio being lead to the back by The Wyatt’s has me intrigued to see what happens moving forward. Surely ADR can’t become a member of The Wyatt Family? I’ll be watching this space closely.

    Time for the second tag team tournament match of the night. Awesome. In regards to segment placing, you could have probably placed the Revival/DIY segment after this match as you took any uncertainty out of the result by having it beforehand. Another standard tag team match that does its job nicely. With the success of heel Usos in real life, I was really happy to see them play the heels in the match, and then go on with the attack afterwards. Very similar to in real life, but it does the job. DIY looked pretty good in getting the victory as well. Nice match to continue this very promising tag team division.

    Orton/AJ segment was okay, although I would have liked a furious Orton to perhaps at least try and attack Styles, rather than just speak. It just felt like he would have been THAT furious. Besides that though, segment was okay, putting over the fact that Orton won’t be able to compete tonight.

    As a fan I’m disappointed I won’t be seeing Orton/Styles, as a booker, this is terrific stuff. Not only have you extended the Orton/Styles feud, you’ve also got two new club members waiting to be revealed. Styles bragging after having his hand raised would have been such a heat getter. Good stuff all around here.

    Considering Ambrose/Cena is a pretty fresh feud, I really enjoyed this main event. The way in which it began with Cena dominating with his strength, only for Ambrose to change things up was terrific psychology. As the match progressed, Styles wasn’t a forgotten factor and the counters from both wrestlers was standard as per a WWE main event. As the match heated up, the near falls were a nice touch and the ending with Ambrose coming out on top, mainly due to Styles, is interesting. The match itself was the best of the night to read, but I wonder where this leaves things. Ambrose is the champ... just, Cena just missed out, and Styles will most likely have Orton and Cena after him. I’m interested to see how this all pans out, good stuff.

    Honestly, for a first PPV, a pretty damn good effort. Match writing was okay, and the booking overall was very good. The one major bit of feedback I’d probably have is to just read some of the better bookers around matches (Wolf Beasts), just to see the way their match writing flows. Your matches were interesting but sometimes it felt as if you were over describing things. Hard to put a finger on but if you read some other bookers matches and compare to yours, hopefully you’ll see what I mean. As I said though, a damn good effort, and you definitely have a reader in me moving forward.
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    So I planned to respond to you, stojy, but overall I've been a bit exhausted lately with starting a new job so it took me a little while to get here to be able to do it. Thank you so much for your review and your criticisms, I honestly am taking it to heart in that some of my short-term booking has adjusted a little, some has stayed consistent and I am going to be reading around here and there to try and get a better feel for segment placing and match writing. I do feel like No Mercy will be better, I tried to make the matches a little shorter and easier to read while maintaining something similar to Backlash for the big matches for that "every moment matters" kind of feel for those.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Before I get into the opening match on Backlash, I wasn’t sure about how I felt with your opening commentary. I get the idea of some banter behind the desk, it works quite well and is fun to read, but it felt way to forced. It just felt like JBL was picking on EVERYTHING, right from the get go, rather than just certain things. If you continue to write them this way, it would become insufferable pretty quickly. The dynamic is there, you probably just need to tweak it a little.

    Yeah, commentators is always a tough thing. I'm trying to use them more like sports commentators, but in the intro that can be especially tough since there isn't much to specifically comment on.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    The opening with Natalya yelling at everybody only for them all to attack her was priceless, and an entertaining start. These matches can be hard to write sometimes as they are a little choppy, and you have to continue to jump from pairing to pairing. I think that showed a little at times. The tease of Becky and Nikki going at it makes sense from a booking stand point, as they are the two the company wants to be the most over. From a personal stand point, I don’t want Nikki anywhere near a title feud.

    I really don't like Natalya in terms of personality, and so she's been one of my most fun characters to write. I'm glad you enjoyed it. We'll see what goes on with the women's title, but I tried planting the potential for a lot of feuds, I just need to work out how to get them together properly and I have a storyline in mind that I'm hoping will be a fun read.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Moving onto this tag match, and first off, I want to commend you on the idea of the tournament for the tag team titles. Whilst a tournament isn’t an original idea, it’s smart to really allow the tag teams to go at it, and build a tag division that isn’t a joke (WWE haven’t had this for a long time). Adding in a few NXT teams to put on legit tag team clinics just further adds to the idea. Onto the actual match up, and I must say, considering the fact that The Revival are the NXT Champs, I was surprised to see them pick up the victory.

    I love tag team wrestling, honestly. It may be formulaic, but it's so exciting to me. So immediately, I wanted to build up this division and have a lot of ideas for the future. The tag division is the only one that I've planned out to like SummerSlam with because I get so excited over it. I'm glad you're enjoying the tournament!


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    AJ Styles attack on Orton was very interesting. I guess Orton will be playing the face in peril tonight. As for the two members of The Club, I’m curious to see who they are. I will say that the whole masked, who is it angle is one that I quite enjoy. Nice segment.

    I'm thinking I may do a little poll to see who people think are the newest Club members. I like factions, and I feel like the strength of a faction in the new WWE is that it can span two brands, so I'm excited for the potential of The Club and maybe even the Wyatts or others I have ideas for.




    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    I don’t even know where to start but that was an AWESOME Bray Wyatt promo. Picking on the flaws of Del Rio’s gimmick and calling him a sinner is just such a great angle. Well written, well executed.


    One thing I’ll commend you on so far is that every match on this show has started differently. They don’t always have to but it has made things a really fun read so far. Rowan’s attack on Del Rio is typical Wyatt family stuff really, but it doesn’t make it any less fun. As for the match itself, I have my qualms. I don’t mind Del Rio showing some heart, fighting back a little, but having the win, unless Rowan interfered makes Bray look a little too weak for my liking. Luckily, in the end, the right man went over. Based on the pre match attack, this was always going to be a short one, and my only issue was with Del Rio almost picking up the victory. Del Rio being lead to the back by The Wyatt’s has me intrigued to see what happens moving forward. Surely ADR can’t become a member of The Wyatt Family? I’ll be watching this space closely.

    This is going to be an interesting one more in the long-term, so it may take a little while for a pay-off there if I manage to properly pull it off.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Orton/AJ segment was okay, although I would have liked a furious Orton to perhaps at least try and attack Styles, rather than just speak. It just felt like he would have been THAT furious. Besides that though, segment was okay, putting over the fact that Orton won’t be able to compete tonight.

    That's a very helpful note, because at the time I wrote it, I wasn't thinking about it from that viewpoint. You're right he would've been a lot more angry, and so I hope I can put that over more in the short-term future. I appreciate that a lot.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Considering Ambrose/Cena is a pretty fresh feud, I really enjoyed this main event. The way in which it began with Cena dominating with his strength, only for Ambrose to change things up was terrific psychology. As the match progressed, Styles wasn’t a forgotten factor and the counters from both wrestlers was standard as per a WWE main event. As the match heated up, the near falls were a nice touch and the ending with Ambrose coming out on top, mainly due to Styles, is interesting. The match itself was the best of the night to read, but I wonder where this leaves things. Ambrose is the champ... just, Cena just missed out, and Styles will most likely have Orton and Cena after him. I’m interested to see how this all pans out, good stuff.

    I'm ecstatic to hear you enjoyed the main event the most, I want to be able to give those big fight feels to my biggest matches and make them matter. I'm hoping to be able to properly build up what's going to go on here amongst the many people that will be involved, I like when championships are an overarching driving factor, and so this to me gives them all that hunger for the title and the ability to have them face-off a few times.


    Quote Originally Posted by stojy View Post
    Honestly, for a first PPV, a pretty damn good effort. Match writing was okay, and the booking overall was very good. The one major bit of feedback I’d probably have is to just read some of the better bookers around matches (Wolf Beasts), just to see the way their match writing flows. Your matches were interesting but sometimes it felt as if you were over describing things. Hard to put a finger on but if you read some other bookers matches and compare to yours, hopefully you’ll see what I mean. As I said though, a damn good effort, and you definitely have a reader in me moving forward.
    I'm very, very glad to hear that you'll be reading. I am going to work on the segment placing and on the match writing. I understand it can drag at times, so I've been trying to work on it for No Mercy and going to keep working harder at it for the future. I love the booking you do, so hearing that you find mine to have been a good effort, I'm just over the moon excited. I hope that I can keep improving, and I'm very thankful for all of your critique and help!

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE


    SEPTEMBER 13, 2016


    The video plays and the show opens to find Mauro, JBL and Otunga at ringside. They talk about the events of Backlash, encouraging people to go back and watch it on WWE Network. They then discuss the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament which will have the end of the quarterfinals this evening. We see a title card for American Alpha taking on the Spirit Squad, as well as one for Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger taking on Beauty and the Man-Beast.

    Dean Ambrose makes his entrance with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on his shoulder. The fans cheer for him as he gets to the ring and talks about what it’s like to take on the guy known as the face of the WWE for so long. He shows some respect for John Cena, but in the end says he's just another part-timer trying to ride the coattails of the people who are still going hard every night.

    AJ Styles comes out, talking about being the guy who #BeatUpJohnCena originally, and how Dean needed his help to win. He says the title is owed to him, and Dean needs to show some respect to the Face that Runs the Place. Dean laughs it off, goes to say AJ was afraid of Randy Ortonand should be afraid of him too, but is interrupted. Orton makes his way out, calling out to Styles and demanding he get a rematch with him, fair and square. Styles insists he had his moment and missed it, and Styles is the official number one contender. He's the most deserving person on the roster for the title match.

    As Orton runs down to the ring to try and force a match, John Cenamakes his way out to a typical mixed reaction. Ambrose is helping to keep Orton at bay, while Cena starts talking about how Ambrose is a deserving champion, but he isn't the real champion. He says how AJ screwed him out of winning his championship, and that he deserves another shot at the title. Once again, we have another interruption as before Cena even leaves the stage, Dolph Zigglercomes out.

    He starts screaming about how John Cena is the least deserving person on the roster. He says how it's unfair on SmackDown Live how Cena gets preferential treatment, and yet here's a hard worker like a Dolph Ziggler who gets nothing. He was left off Backlash, he was going to be left out of the tag team tournament, he had nothing and meanwhile Cena has been handed everything. He says Cena deserved to lose, which Styles then agrees with. Orton takes offense to Styles getting involved and the two of them start arguing about fairness and whether Styles understands the word. Cena and Ziggler keep arguing until Ambrose shuts everyone up and says to just bring it all on. He'll take on all challengers.

    Before things can erupt, Daniel Bryancomes out, screaming that it's enough. He will not have his champion and top draft pick in a five man match right now. Rather, he'll look into what can be done and determine by the end of the night what he has to do about this. Ziggler looks shunned and angry, while Styles, Cena and Orton are all grinning. Bryan then announces that none of these men are permitted to fight until the decision has been made.

    Baron Corbin is making his way to the ring when we come back and is meeting a local talent standing in the ring. Corbin quickly dispatches the local, and after the match continues beating on the kid, daring him to fight back. The Hype Bros. come running out to save the local talent, and Corbin dives out of the ring and walks off. The two grab the local and hold him up as Corbin walks right away. While the camera focuses in on the Hype Bros, we see a sheep mask sitting up in the corner of the ring. They seem not to notice and walk off with the local.

    Backstage, we find the Vaudevillains for an interview where they talk about the failure of SmackDown Live to protect the honor of tag team wrestling. They say the purity of the division has been compromised by the allowance of teams like Beauty and the Man-Beast or Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger. These teams, they feel, aren’t worthy of a spot in the quarter-finals nor the semi-finals. The Hype Bros. walk by as the Vaudevillains leave, and as they walk by we see Erick Rowanstanding off beside some boxes unnoticed. The camera zooms in on Rowan, who looks on at the Hype Bros.

    Into the ring, we have Shane McMahon saying he’s going to make a huge announcement. He turns to the ramp and calls out that he signed Jack Swagger away from Raw. Swagger makes his entrance, full of his “We The People” slogan, and he cuts a promo on his success in life and how grateful he is to Shane to give him a chance. He says it’ll be a new Jack Swagger from here on out, then continues with his old schtick and leaves.

    Backstage, we find Heath Slater talking to Rhyno alone about his worries. He says Beulah, his wife, had made some good food, but it seemed to be a little off. He wasn’t feeling great, and needed some help today. Rhyno looked very uncomfortable, but talked Heath down saying it’s mostly nerves, though may want to stay away from Beulah’s cooking for the rest of the night.

    Out to the ring, Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger make their entrance to the ring. They cut a short promo talking about their hatred for The Miz and how he’s been cheating to get his victories and doesn’t deserve his title. They both demand to have another shot at Miz, claiming he’s been screwy and they want something fair. Crews seems to cut off Dillinger often, but they mostly work together. Beauty and the Man-Beast make their entrance and the quarterfinal match-up commences. Despite apparent exhaustion from his match Sunday, Dillinger does well. However, Rhyno hits the GORE and Dillinger is pinned for the win for Slater and Rhyno.

    We cut to Daniel Bryan’s office backstage where Dolph Ziggler bursts in. He talks about how he finds it funny Bryan gives the opportunities to his brother-in-law, that John Cena gets anything he wants. He got a title shot he didn’t deserve, while Ziggler had to scratch and claw to get a world title match. He argues how he should get a shot now, since apparently they’re just handed out like it’s nothing.

    Randy Orton barges in and cuts Ziggler off. He tells Bryan he thinks it’s bull that AJ Styles can call himself the number one contender when there was never a match. He says Styles should be forced to earn the shot at the title, and he says he should be the one to face Styles for that shot. Styles is running around, running his mouth and acting like he owns the place and he wants to put him back in his place and he wants his chance at the title. Bryan says he’s got other problems, but he’s working on a solution. He reveals Randy isn’t cleared to compete still, and determines he’ll have Ziggler, Styles and Cena all compete tonight in a number one contender’s match.

    Ziggler seems ecstatic to finally have an opportunity, while Orton is still a little miffed. He is appeased, though, and the two both walk out of the office. Just as they do, The Miz comes barging in loudly. He screams at Daniel that he’s been ignoring his calls and he demands he get what he wants. Bryan and him argue back and forth where Miz says he wants his contract renegotiated and he refuses to compete until he’s given exactly what he wants. Miz storms out angrily as Bryan is left holding his head in his hands.

    We cut back out to the ring where Becky Lynch comes out with her newly won SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. She grabs a microphone and talks about becoming a champion, the ride of Becky Balboa and how hard it’s been for her to wrap her head around it. She promises to be a fighting champion, and will take on all challengers at any time. She thinks of this title as the most prestigious title in the WWE, and she will fight tooth and nail to keep it.

    Natalya comes out and tells Becky to hold her title tight because if it weren’t for the fact everyone ganged up on her at the start, she’d be the Women’s Champion. She says she deserves to get a shot at that title, and if Becky is just handing them out, she’ll take that title immediately. Alexa Bliss comes out to that and argues that it’ll be her to take that title away from Becky. She says there’s no woman in this locker room who has made the leaps she has, who has been able to do the things she can, who’s so athletic and powerful. She says she would’ve been the Women’s Champion, she was the last one standing with Becky, and she deserves to be the number one contender.

    Nikki Bella walks out and argues with the two about their place in the rankings. She says having been the longest-reigning Divas Champion, she respects Becky’s willingness to defend her title against anybody. She says she would be honored to be her first challenger, and that the other two are undeserving of such a prize as to challenge for the Women’s Championship. Shane McMahon comes out as the four seem ready to come to blows and says he’s been watching and next week we’ll determine a number one contender in a triple threat match. For tonight, these four will compete in a tag team match.

    After a few big tags and battling around a bit, Alexa Bliss gains the victory in the tag match with a roll-up on Nikki Bella. Natalya pushes Alexa around, telling her she should’ve let her get the pin. Alexa argues with her about the merits of winning a match and says to back off.

    Backstage, we find American Alphafor an interview. They talk about wanting to become the champions and knowing they’ll have to face DIYin the semifinals. They’re boisterous and arrogant in a way faces normally aren’t. DIY comes into the interview and confront Alpha. Johnny Gargano is limping his way in, being helped along by Ciampa. The two teams talk about going one on one next week if Alpha wins, and DIY wish Alpha luck and walk off as Alpha stare them down a bit.

    Following a commercial, we see the ring and finish off the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament quarterfinals with American Alphataking on the Spirit Squad. The Squad have a surprising amount of success, until Jason Jordan gets his hot tag and tosses Mikey out of the ring and they manage to hit Grand Amplitude on Kenny for the pinfall victory.

    After the match, the bracket is shown on screen highlighting that next week’s semifinals will have Alpha take on DIYand Beauty and the Man-Beast take on The Revival. A video package plays about the tournament coming closer to it’s finale, highlighting the joy the teams had from making it this far and the dirty tactics utilized by The Revival at times.

    Coming back in, we see Dolph Ziggler for an interview where he talks about being the forgotten man. How he was barely in the tag tournament, how he wasn’t featured on Backlash while we had NXT teams there, and how he finds it awful that such a talent like him would be wasted. He says it’s unfair to see people getting shots they haven’t earned. He says tonight he’ll put everyone on SmackDown Live on notice, Dolph Ziggler is no loser anymore.

    AJ Styles walks in and mocks Ziggler for being the loser, he says he isn’t anything special anymore as everyone does a superkick. He brings up Ziggler’s propensity for losing the big matches, and his loss to Ambrose at SummerSlam and says he shouldn’t even be here, how he’s no different than Cena. He’s the old guard trying to hold people down, and it’s time for him to step aside. Styles walks off toward the ring as the camera cuts over to Baron Corbin.

    Corbin is looking for the Hype Bros. it appears, but is unable to find them. He runs into Daniel Bryan and tells him he’s getting sick of having no competition and still not getting treated right. He says if he has to do something big to get what he wants, he’ll do it. Bryan seems caught off-guard and barely paying attention, and tells him next week he can have a match with Mojo Rawley. Corbin seems pleased for the time being, but still ever-angry.

    The camera cuts to the ring for the main event of AJ Styles taking on Dolph Zigglerand John Cena for number one contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton are both seen watching the match on television throughout the match as Styles gets a good barrage of offense off, Cena having a big run of offense and Ziggler hitting a ZigZag on both for near falls. Styles wins after Cena dispatches Ziggler, and Styles gets him set up and hits the Styles Clash. As Styles walks off with his hand held high, Ziggler looks down at Cena angrily and just as he starts to get up nails him with a superkick. The show ends on Styles with his arm raised and Ziggler standing over Cena.




    NO MERCY
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    SMACKDOWN LIVE

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

    The show opens up with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon in the ring with a table with a black cover. They introduce DIY and The Revival as well as Beauty and the Man-Beast and American Alpha. The teams all sit at the table in their ring gear, prepared for their matches later this evening. Bryan and Shane announce that with their victories and placement this far in the tournament, they are officially presenting the SmackDown Live contracts to DIY and The Revival. DIY is quick to sign, while The Revival take a moment before officially vacating their NXT Tag Team Championships and signing the contract.

    Shane is very clear to tell Heath Slater that the contract for him is being prepared in the instance that he and Rhyno are able to win the tournament. The two managers leave and allow the teams to discuss among themselves who will win the tournament. Heath seems to back to the corner a bit, he’s obviously worried, while the rest of the superstars get in each other’s faces and argue. Scott Dawson seems to notice Heath and charges at him, knocking him into the corner. Rhyno goes after Dawson, but Wilder holds him back. Meanwhile Johnny Gargano is limping and American Alpha step in and grab Dawson and Wilder and pull them off. Heath is laying in the corner in pain, and The Revival push off American Alpha and leave victorious.

    We cut backstage to see Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon discussing the renegotiations with The Miz. Shane says it’s imperative they get this over with quickly, because it sets a bad precedent if they don’t. He thinks they should give Miz a counter-offer immediately, and get back to the table as soon as possible to make sure it ends tonight.

    Going back to the ring, we have a match between Becky Lynch and Carmella with a good showing from Carmella ultimately being to no avail. Lynch hits the Bexploder and manages a pinfall victory.

    Backstage, Randy Orton is talking to Dean Ambrose. Orton says he doesn’t believe AJ Styles deserves the match against Ambrose, and it appears Ambrose has the power to make his own matches. He asks for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Ambrose pats Orton on his shoulder and refuses. He says he’s going to have to go out there and show Styles that it isn’t easy to come into the WWE and to be the guy. He’s going to beat Styles, easily, and if he brings anyone with him, beat them too. Orton nods in agreement, but is visibly frustrated by that choice.

    We see Heath Slater and Rhyno walking by with Heath holding his head and looking angry. Dean jumps down from a box he was sitting on and asks what was going on. He seems friendly with them and walks off with them talking about how he doesn’t understand why it seems the “opportunity” is attracting a bunch of jerks everywhere. They pass The Hype Bros. on their way toward the locker room and we start following them. Behind them we can see Erick Rowan out of focus in the background in his sheep mask. He’s so far back he looks even more ominous as the camera shifts away from the two talking about defending weaker guys from people like Corbin.

    Cutting into the ring, we see the match between Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin. With Zack Ryder at ringside, Mojo gets a good run going for him until Corbin is able to cheat a little to get ahead. Mojo still manages to get the upperhand toward the end until we see Erick Rowan standing in the crowd at ringside. He reaches out and grabs Ryder, which distracts Rawley. Rawley turns and is caught by Corbin into a Deep Six which gets the pinfall. Corbin walks off while Rawley gets to his feet and chases after Rowan to save his friend.

    Backstage, we have an interview with DIY. The two talk about their feelings for what The Usos did to them at Backlash, and say that jealousy just isn’t a very good color on them. They make some jokes throughout the interview, and The Revival come into the scene. They go face-to-face for the first time on the main roster and tell Gargano he must be used to limping after their face-off at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II. DIY and Revival argue a bit, and Revival mockingly throw a punch but hold it back. They leave laughing as DIY stare at them angrily.

    Dolph Ziggler is seen going into Daniel Bryan’s office, telling him how he finds it horrible that we see all these so-called opportunities being handed out yet here’s again nothing for Dolph Ziggler. He says last week was a fluke where John Cena was beaten, not Dolph Ziggler. He says how he deserves another chance at that number one contendership, because he’s basically being screwed, once again, by John Cena. Once again, John Cena gets everything and Dolph Ziggler is being forgotten. Bryan tells Ziggler he’ll look into it, but is obviously focused elsewhere. Ziggler just keeps ranting about the unfairness of SmackDown Live.

    As Ziggler continues, we see Becky Lynch walking by the door and see an interviewer running to catch her. We cut over to see the interviewer asking her about her thoughts on the triple threat that’s coming up later this evening. Becky says she’ll be watching very closely, and doesn’t care who she faces because she plans to defend this title with her life. Natalya comes up to Becky and tells her she should be worried about facing her, because once she wins that number one contendership, she’s going to come in at No Mercy and take that title easily. Becky balks at her and calls her a blowhard, telling her to just focus on trying to win tonight because she doesn’t see it happening.

    Cutting to the ring, it’s time for the first semifinal match of the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament. Beauty and the Man-Beast come out first with Heath holding his head, and they’re followed by The Revival. In a long bout, we see Heath get a good run of a few neckbreakers and taking out The Revival, before he gets beaten down and Rhyno makes the save on the hot tag. Even then, Dawson reverses a GORE into the Shatter Machine and The Revival are moving on after Wilder holds Slater down to make him watch his contract slip away.

    We go backstage to see The Hype Bros. walking through the halls, looking around worried about Erick Rowan and whether he’ll be coming out at any moment. They don’t find him, but make it to their car and drive off. Rowan walks out from behind a car and stares at their car, with the brake lights shining the only light on him in a bright red.

    Back to the interview section, we see Jack Swagger, the recent signee of SmackDown Live. He talks about opportunity and how he’s sick of not being utilized on Raw. He needed to do something different, bigger, and he knew SmackDown Live would be the only place to do it. As he talks … DEH! Bray Wyatt cuts in from wherever he is in the darkness. He talks about egotism, and how Swagger is so focused on himself and his changes while never changing. He’s just like the other people who choose to go about their lives ignoring their faults and demanding people adjust to them. He plans to teach Swagger a lesson in humility and show him what true change is like. The fireflies are coming.

    When we cut back to Swagger, he looks absolutely terrified while we see Heath Slater and Rhyno walking by them holding their heads and chests, upset and tired. The camera cuts out to the ring where we have another match lined up, the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Number One Contendership match. After Alexa Bliss enters, we cut backstage to find trainers and medics running around wildly. They’re screaming toward each other and the camera follows to find Natalya knocked out on the floor. Shane McMahon is there, concerned and trying to help her, but she’s obviously out cold. A note is laying on Natalya’s body, and obviously reads like a poem, however we’re unable to read it. Shane says the match will have to be a singles match.

    Nikki Bella enters the ring and has a good match with Alexa. Alexa gets in a lot of offense and holds down Nikki throughout, and Nikki shows some signs of dismay and distrust, using the ropes for a pin at one point. Alexa seems to get Nikki set up for the Twisted Bliss, but Carmella comes out with security, screaming that Alexa attacked Natalya. Alexa, distracted, argues for a while, allowing Nikki to get up and knock her down, using her lifted position to pull her out into the Rack Attack 2.0 and get the pinfall victory.

    Backstage we see Randy Orton come into the management office and talks to Shane McMahon. He says about how he finds it unfair to see AJ Styles able to earn his contendership by beating Dolph Ziggler and John Cena when it was originally supposed to be Orton. He says he disagrees with the decision by Daniel Bryan, and he wants his rematch with Styles. Dean Ambrose comes in and starts talking to Shane about how he’d like to just get it all out of the way and beat everybody. Shane says Dean has to calm down and appreciate that they’re trying to maintain his health and maintain a clear lineage for contendership. Ambrose and Orton continue arguing with McMahon. McMahon, obviously frantic like Bryan, agrees finally and gives Orton his Number One Contendership rematch Next Week on SmackDown Live!

    We cut over to The Miz for an interview where he talks about how awful it is that someone who lost is getting an opportunity. Officially, Randy Orton lost to AJ Styles, and he says here we are with this biased management group favoring one person over another. He refuses to continue to go along with this, and says this is why his contract demands will be met. He says if he isn’t given what he wants, he’ll simply take a walk to Raw with the Intercontinental Championship if they want.

    As Miz leaves, we hear a skirmish going on down the hallway. The camera turns and runs down to find it, seeing the Vaudevillains standing across from Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger. It appears Simon Gotch started a bit of a battle, and got Crews riled up. Gotch and English start telling Crews he couldn’t do anything on his own so now he’s trying to step into their turf, but he’ll never be successful. Dillinger is holding Crews back, but Crews is looking at him angrily rather than the Vaudevillains. They pull away just as the camera fades off.

    Going back to the ring, we have our main event of the evening. American Alpha makes their entrance first, and DIY follows with the limping Gargano. A long match displays a lot of great physical traits for everyone and gives big moments for everyone involved. Nearing the end, we see Jason Jordan hitting his spear on Ciampa and setting up for the Grand Amplitude while Gargano is trying to get up on the outside. As he’s about to come in to break up the pin, The Usos come out of the crowd and chop block Gargano’s injured knee and hold him down. The referee doesn’t notice and the win goes to American Alpha. They see The Usos attacking Gargano after the announcement of their win and chase them off into the crowd as the show fades to close.




    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose (c) v. AJ Styles OR Randy Orton

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

    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
    Becky Lynch (c) v. Nikki Bella

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    Sorry this took a little longer than it was supposed to, real life is just kicking my ass at the moment.

    Just with the picture to open this show and the opening segment being the contract signings, it was quite obvious tonight was going to be dominated by the tag team tournament. Having a tournament of my own in the works, I think it’s quite obvious that I love tag team wrestling being made relevant again. The vacating of the NXT titles had to happen, and both teams signing, plus the little brawl afterwards was a fun start to the show.

    The Miz wanting to renegotiate his contract is something that occurred IRL. Being that he is the IC Champ gives him something to hold over their heads a little. A smart segment to have Shane and Bryan stressing over it a little. I’m really intrigued to see what you do with this.

    The champion, Becky Lynch was always beating Carmella here. She’s the face of the division, no issues, smart booking.

    Orton/Ambrose confrontation was an interesting one, as both clearly have very different motives. There was nothing wrong with this segment but there is something I wanted to comment on from the previous show. When Orton came to the ring you had Dean Ambrose helping keeping him at bay and that is just SO out of character for Dean. He’s the Lunatic Fringe, he’s going to sit back and laugh at Randy beating the shit out of AJ. The title picture continues to develop here, it was good last week and looks to continue to develop nicely here.

    Heath Slater being scared about getting a contract or not makes perfect sense. The Hype Bro’s continually getting stalked by Rowan has me very interested. Fun stuff so far.

    Mojo was always going to lose to Baron Corbin, but I guess he kept face with the Rowan distraction. As I mentioned above, this angle has interested me all night, so I can’t wait to see where it goes.

    DIY/Revival look well and truly set to continue their feud on the main roster and I have no problem with that at all. It’ll make for some damn good matches. I continue to repeat myself, but I’m really enjoying the importance of the tag division in this thread.

    Dolph Ziggler complaining about opportunities makes sense considering he didn’t actually get pinned last week. Bryan not having much to answer with puts Ziggler in an interesting position. So many options of what could happen moving forward, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

    Becky/Natalya is a feud I want to see, so I’m happy with this segment. Please make it happen.

    The Revival get the win over Heath Slater and Rhyno which is expected. DIY/Revival is the tournament final that NEEDS to happen based off your booking so far, so I was happy with the decision. Slater is a fun as hell character though so would love for you to find a way to use him. Still, good stuff here.

    The Hype Bro’s just walking casually to their car doesn’t completely make sense to me. With Rowan ‘grabbing’ Ryder and then Mojo chasing after Rowan to save his friend, made it sound as if Rowan was kidnapping Ryder, which had me excited as. So to see this happen a segment or two later confused and disappointed me. With Rowan watching on, obviously this will continue, but your writing in the match earlier in the night kind of made this segment seem like a letdown. With that being said, I do look forward to seeing how this further develops.

    Swagger copping Bray Wyatt straight up is huge. As usual, I enjoyed Bray’s logic behind targeting Swagger although only week one or two into his run seems a bit soon. Maybe Swagger should have had a few matches to settle in first. Based off of the way Swagger has been booked to this point in real life, I’m not sure he’s a believable opponent for Bray. Please work on that before putting them together. This does have potential though.

    The women’s division continues to tick along with the attack on Natalya, followed by Nikki as a replacement and Carmella getting involved. I think I mentioned at Backlash that I didn’t want Nikki anywhere near a title shot so from a personal stand point, I’m disappointed. Plus a face against face Nikki/Becky feud sounds boring as, so hopefully you can change stuff up. The attack angle should be fun though.

    I’ve mentioned previously that I haven’t really enjoyed the booking of Randy Orton and that sort of continued here. Again, rather than go after AJ and make a point, he’s in the GM’s office whinging. It just doesn’t feel in character at all, so I’m not a huge fan of the way this has played out. Ambrose’s placement seemed rather random in this segment, but Orton getting a number one contender shot will at least make for a good match. On the other side of things, Ambrose just got completely ignored at the end of this segment which just felt strange.

    The Miz continuing his crusade against Smackdown management is one of my favourite angles, and fair call on him being pissed at Orton’s situation, it’s terrible. The concept of Miz threatening to take the IC title to Raw is gold, this could be an all types of awesome gimmick.

    Vaudevillians, Apollo/Tye confrontation seems pretty random, not much else to say.

    Just a small thing, main event didn’t mention that it was a tournament match which is an oversight. I almost forgot about The Usos so obviously they’ll continue their beef with DIY, and Alpha get The Revival. All of those Revival/DIY segments for nothing makes me sad. Still, a few different rivalries/angles in the tag division which is a great thing. And I mark for Alpha so cool.

    As usual, I queried a few things but I lost count the amount of times I’ve said I’m looking forward to seeing where something goes. Some fine tuning could be used, sure, but in general this is a fun as hell read and continues to be one of my favourites.

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    stojy, Thank you for the comments! I appreciate you taking any time to read, let alone comment. I hope your life is able to calm down a bit so you don't feel like it's kicking your ass. Hopefully over time some of my decisions will make sense, some things I understand feeling a bit rushed or unwanted. I'm hoping to get some of my ideas put together a little better to be able to tell the stories better and I appreciate your help with your comments. One big thing I try to do is keep a lot of stories intertwined so the tag teams and women and so on can make sense no matter who's facing who, but it'll take a while to really build it up well enough for that. Hopefully I can get the next few episodes and No Mercy to be a bit more concise and to make the storylines a bit more interesting. Thank you so much for reading!



    SMACKDOWN LIVE
    SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

    This week’s episode opens up to Heath Slater standing in front of a white wall with his wife, Beulah, and his many children around him. He’s teary eyed and apologetic as he explains that he won’t be joining everyone on SmackDown Live. The camera cuts around and it appears there’s an audience of Rhyno, The Hype Bros., Dean Ambrose, Jack Swagger, Kalisto, and Tye Dillinger among others. He says as it’s his final night on SmackDown, he has decided to throw a goodbye party. Everyone starts shuffling around, eating the food and the kids run around screaming. A woman in a nice business attire walks into the room, cutting through the people mingling and goes up to Slater and hands him a letter.

    Slater and Rhyno stand at the table and look over the letter, and Slater looks worried. He says Daniel Bryan wants to see him in the ring next week on SmackDown Live. It’s not his last day after all, he’ll be back around next week. He starts partying with everyone, but is obviously worried about not knowing what Daniel wants him for.

    The intro video plays and we cut to seeing Daniel Bryan standing alongside The Miz in his office. They tap the papers on the table, position them and shake hands. They turn to the camera and announce that the renegotiation has finally ended. In accordance with Miz’s wishes, he has received a raise and has a clause saying he doesn’t have to compete on television, only pay-per-views unless he specifically chooses to. As a compromise, he’s offered to defend his Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy.

    Into the arena, we see our first match of the evening. After the backstage fight last week, the Vaudevillains are in a match with Apollo Crewsand Tye Dillinger. Dillinger gets a good run going, but Crews ends up tagging himself in at some point and it throws off their chemistry. Aiden English nearly gets a pinfall victory over Crews, but Dillinger saves the day before hitting a Perfect Ten. Crews gets the pinfall victory and gloats it was all him, while Dillinger simply applauds him and celebrates alongside his friend.

    We then see a title card for Randy Orton challenging AJ Styles for his number one contendership later this evening. Cutting backstage, we go to Dean Ambrose with an interviewer standing just outside of the Heath Slater goodbye party. He talks at first about how he’s befriended Slater and he hopes for him to be able to come back around soon. When corrected by the interviewer, he says today is a somber day and directs back to Slater before saying he’s just excited to get the frustrations out and beat down on Styles and his goonies. Whoever, he says, are the new Club members, they’ve made a big mistake siding with Styles and at No Mercy he’s going to pummel anyone who comes his way.

    We go back to the women’s locker room where Shane McMahon has sit everyone down and is going over what happened. He reads off the poem that was covering Natalya’s lifeless body:

    Six little divas all taking a dive,
    One choked on her words and then there were five

    Five little divas all looking for more,
    One danced a step out of place and then there were four

    Four little divas all filled with worry,
    One red herring led astray and then there were three

    Three little divas all frantic like a zoo,
    One fearlessly breathed fire too hot and then there were two

    Two little divas suspecting each other,
    One confessed murder
    The other a champion

    He asks who would have motive to attack Natalya, who he explained was unconscious and sent to the hospital. They say everyone would, they all agree she was annoying and awful. They say she made everyone an enemy, and they wouldn’t put it by anyone to take her out. Shane says whoever it was, they’re dangerous and for everyone to watch their backs.

    Carmella says she thinks it was Alexa, and she wants Alexa taken away before she attacks the dancer. Naomi, also a dancer, agrees quickly, much to the dismay of a visibly annoyed Alexa. Alexa denies it and says she thinks Carmella is trying to shift the blame. The two start arguing as the others confide in one another. Shane gets tired of it, apparently, and issues a match to come up next between the two. They look at each other angrily as the both go to walk off. We cut over to Daniel Bryan’s office.

    Bryan sits with The Miz, and thanks him for making his way back quickly. He says he’s found him an opponent for No Mercy, in fact, he’s found him two. Despite the struggles they’ve had, he understands their concerns and agrees that Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger both deserve a rematch for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Miz is furious, and starts berating Bryan over the decision, but it’s already set in stone thanks to the contract. Miz is defending in a triple threat. He storms off with Maryse, while Bryan smirks.

    We go back to the ring and have a match between Jack Swagger and Kalisto. Both come out wearing a Heath Slater shirt in support of their friend, and have a good match against each other. Swagger ends up winning off the ankle lock, and after the match grabs a microphone to talk about his pride in being on SmackDown.

    The lights go out and … DEH! Bray Wyatt appears on the titantron. He tells Swagger he’s been spiteful of others, secretly. It’s not good to keep secrets. He tells him that his worries won’t go away until he deals with them, and that he should be more humble and happy. He calls him a poor excuse of a hero, and says he’ll expose the truth. “I’m here.” He blows out his lantern, the lights are out, and when they come back on Wyatt is standing behind Swagger. Swagger turns and sees Wyatt, and ducks down and runs out of the ring. Wyatt looks on with his maniacal smirk.

    We cut back over to the Heath Slater party, where we find the Hype Bros. going around talking to everyone. They seem a little shifty, looking around constantly and being very defensive, it appears the Erick Rowan attack last week has them on their toes. They end up meeting Breezango who say they’re the least fashionable people they’ve seen, and go up to Heath and Rhyno. They look them up and down, then mix them up, saying Rhyno is no beauty and they don’t honestly understand why Heath would ever call himself a Man-Beast. They take offense to it and Heath says if they want to go, they’ll meet in the ring later tonight. It appears Heath is having his goodbye match.

    Going back to the ring, we have a match between Alexa Bliss and Carmella, which ends up being catty as ever. The two have some slow going at times, but overall hit their marks and in the end Bliss gets the victory. However, Carmella seems unphased and continues to call her a liar and the attacker. Bliss is denying, angrily, and storms off to the back.

    We go backstage to see The Miz for an interview, where he talks about how unfair it is to be put into a triple threat match for his championship. He says Daniel Bryan is out to get him, and he demands some fairness be shown on this show for once. He says next week, he’s going to grace the people with his presence and have a match on SmackDown Live. He then starts walking away, and passes the Heath Slater party door. He pauses, walks in and asks what’s going on and why people are so happy? He says they don’t understand, Miz is the star of this show and they should all be grateful to have him. Everyone ignores him until his leaves.

    Cutting over to Daniel Bryan’s office, we see Dolph Ziggler come storming in. He goes on to tell Bryan that once again Dolph Ziggler is ignored and forgotten. Once again, there’s someone else getting the opportunities around here. We see Randy Orton getting a contendership match, while Dolph Ziggler wasn’t pinned to lose his number one contendership. We see people calling Dolph a loser, and we hear all about it, but Dolph never lost. Meanwhile, rumors run about John Cena, who isn’t here tonight, getting opportunity after opportunity despite being the true loser. He lost to AJ Styles, he lost to Dean Ambrose and he lost in the triple threat. If anyone deserves opportunities, it’s Dolph Ziggler. All this about Cena, it’s bullcrap! Bryan assures him there’s a plan in place and they’re simply following the plan, but Ziggler balks and storms off before Bryan can explain.

    Out to the ring, we have a makeshift match between Breezango and Beauty and the Man-Beast. In a relatively quick match, Heath Slater manages to get the pinfall after rolling up Fandango in a small package. After the match, Breezango went to attack the two and Rhyno GORE’d them both at the same time.

    We cut backstage to a Randy Ortoninterview about his match coming up next. He says how he finds it so disturbing that AJ Styles would find solace in being able to cheat his way to the top. He says he looks forward to picking Styles apart piece by piece in order to teach him his lesson in humility. As he talks, the masked members of The Club come running up and attack him! They knock him down, toss him into the wall, beat on him until the Heath Slaterparty comes rushing out. Specifically Dean Ambrose and The Hype Bros. rush to his aide. Rawley and Ryder are able to grab one of the masked men and pull it off revealing it to be Jimmy Uso!! Ambrose fends off the other one, who unmasks himself to reveal Jey Uso! The two run off while the Hype Bros check on Orton and Ambrose chases after The Usos. The Hype Bros quickly run after him to grab him and hold him back while The Usos get away. Ambrose grabs the microphone from our interviewer. He looks into the camera, tells AJ Styles that he can bring all the friends he wants. Bring your mother, bring your father, bring you brother, bring your best friend, bring the kid down the street, because he’s going to beat the shit out of all of them and he won’t be holding back at No Mercy.

    Going back out to the ring, AJ Styles makes his entrance for his match with Orton, and acts shocked to find out he’s been attacked. He starts laughing and demands he receive another countout victory over Orton, which he does. As he laughs in the ring, we see Daniel Bryan’s office on the titantron. Baron Corbin bursts in and talks about not getting chances and how he’s sick of seeing praise for all these nobodies, and giving all his time to these losers when he’s winning and deserves it. Bryan agrees and tells him to get to the ring immediately, because he’s got a Number One contendership match against AJ Styles.

    Corbin goes out and has his match. He has a good showing, at first barely being knocked down and at one point hitting the Deep Six. Styles ends up winning though after a springboard 450, and starts taunting the crowd. The Usos come out to join him in the celebration. As they celebrate, Randy Orton comes rushing out holding his ribs. Running down the ramp, the training staff runs after him and grabs him trying to pull him back. The camera focuses in on The New Club in the ring laughing and waving as Orton is dragged to the back by a litany of security men.




    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

    Dean Ambrose (c) v. AJ Styles

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

    SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

    Becky Lynch (c) v. Nikki Bella

    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Miz (c) w/ Maryse v. Apollo Crews v. Tye Dillinger

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE NEWS & NOTES

    No Mercy Headliner, Survivor Series news and storyline adjustments

    It appears to be the common rumor behind the scenes at SmackDown Live that No Mercy may have a different structure than usual. With the first presidential debate scheduled for the same night, WWE wants to attempt to draw in viewers before the debate begins and hope to hold their attention.

    The first draft on how they’ll attract viewers is to put the onus on the tag teams, however they’ve decided to focus on them in a very different way. The word going around now is that the WWE Championship match between Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles will open the show. This will be a clear change of pace from the usual WWE pay-per-view where the championship is the guaranteed headliner.

    They hope the viewers will come rushing in for an early title match and with that they’ll be able to hold their attention with a consistent show. Whether that schedule holds is yet to be seen, but the excitement generated could drive up viewership.

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    • Jack Swagger appears to be on the way out. Word out of WWE is that he wants to try his hand at MMA fighting, and WWE is amicable in trying to assist him in that endeavor. They have requested he continue to perform for them until a pre-determined stop date, and it appears Swagger has agreed. WWE hopes to utilise him in a storyline until the end to give him a proper send off and elevate some performers. It is yet to be heard what the plan is for his departure.
    • It appears in an effort to drive up the brand split’s focus that Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon may be issuing a challenge to Monday Night Raw following No Mercy. Word is they’ll have a traditional Survivor Series match between the shows, though there are discussions of having multiple to match the divisions.
    • The Women’s Storyline with a poem listing future victims is inspired by “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. It appears the story will see women on the roster removed one by one by the mystery attacker. Originally they planned on bringing in an outside performer to play the part of the attacker, but have since made an adjustment. Expect a former performer to appear shortly, as they’ve been signed to a 3-month contract to aid in this storyline. If it goes well, they may be asked to return.
    • After a good start to the Randy Orton and AJ Styles feud, it appears to have been polarizing to fans. There’s talk backstage of rushing a resolution to the program to get them into different roles. The hope is that they’ll be able to build heat in the next month or more before making the official decision on whether to pull the plug. For now, it appears plans will follow as currently scheduled, but if Orton continues to struggle in his face role, we may see a change made.
    • The 1000th episode of SmackDown is coming up toward the end of November, and it’s rumored that Edge and Teddy Long will appear. It’s also talked about that they may have a WWE Championship match that evening. There’s rumors they may bring in The Undertaker, and a very weak report that Kurt Angle is in talks to potentially make a return on the episode. The potential for the episode is definitely limitless for now, but as we get closer, we could see the decisions made. For now, Angle seems unlikely, but the others are very heavily talked about.





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    I’m being that guy who read the show but doesn’t have the energy to leave feedback on the show. The few things I’ll mention from the show is I enjoy The Usos being the masked men, but I felt like, in the recapped form, it was just sort of glossed over. Your writing didn’t make it feel like it was a HUGE deal, when in essence, it was.

    The Miz stuff is progressing nicely, as I’m a big fan of him holding his contract over the GM’s. I’m intrigued to see where this Miz not competing on weekly shows unless he wants to goes.

    Heath Slater, the women’s attacker angle, and Orton/AJ feud progressed nicely as well, with Orton being attacked again.

    The show seemed to continue in the solid nature you’ve delivered so far.

    Disappointing to see Swagger leaving, but hopefully he’ll leave in an epic way, really putting over Bray.

    All the other news and notes seemed like pretty solid stuff. I’m interested to see what you end up doing with Orton as he’s handling is something I’ve criticised you about a few times. The 1000th episode should be a jam packed show, I expect big things.

    Thread continues to tick along nicely, mate.

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    SMACKDOWN LIVE
    OCTOBER 4, 2016


    We open this week’s edition of SmackDown Live with Daniel Bryan in the ring with a table, a contract and two seats on each side. He calls in American Alpha and The Revival to come out. The two teams both come out and sit on opposing sides of the table. They sign the contract, and Bryan excuses himself. The two jabber back and forth for a bit, and then The Revival go for a sneak attack on American Alpha. Alpha are able to detect it and deflect it, however, and do a double dropkick to knock Dawson and Wilder out of the ring. They stand in the ring challenging them to come back.

    Going backstage, we find the Vaudevillains mocking the tag of Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger, talking about how teams can’t be made overnight and singles workers can never do it because of ego. Crews comes in and takes offense to it, saying it wasn’t his ego getting in the way and they just have to work out the kinks. Dillinger calms down Crews, saying they have bigger fish to fry. He and Crew talk about The Miz and how undeserving he is of the championship and their match Sunday. Dillinger says he has full faith in his partner, and they’d be happy to prove they’re on the same page by challenging the Vaudevillains to match, it would be a good warm-up. The Vaudevillains refuse, laughing, and leave.

    Back to the ring, we have a match between Bray Wyatt and James Ellsworth in which Wyatt manhandles the famous local. He dominates with many different moves, then hits the Sister Abigail for the win. As he goes to exit, Jack Swagger goes out onto the stage. He says he’s sick of being stalked by Wyatt, and he’s sick of being afraid. He doesn’t do anything wrong, and that Wyatt is ostracizing him is unacceptable. He issues a challenge for No Mercy, which Wyatt seems to accept, nodding and laughing along.

    Cutting backstage, we see the women’s locker room where it appears everyone is still gossiping about who took out Natalya. It seems most of them are whispering and looking over to Alexa Bliss, who is getting ready for a match. Carmella goes over and calls her the traitor and the evil witch, which Bliss takes offense to and tells Carmella she’ll shut her up for good on Sunday. Carmella accepts and a match is made for No Mercy.

    Meanwhile, we pan over to see Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella talking together. It appears the champion and top contender are friendly, as Nikki is explaining her long reign and Becky is talking about her goal to be the best champion in WWE history. They’re less concerned than the other three about the mystery attacker, but occasionally talk about which clue may hint toward them. We cut to the garage where Heath Slater is walking into the arena. It says he’s coming up next.

    After a commercial, Daniel Bryan is back in the ring awaiting Heath Slater. Slater comes out with Rhyno by his side and they enter the ring. Bryan explains that throughout this journey, they’ve seen Heath grow immensely. They’ve seen him gain friends in the locker room, the way the crowd loves him and how general morale has been up. Daniel offers Heath a contract for SmackDown Live, which makes Heath jump into Rhyno’s arms and celebrate! Just as Heath is going to grab it, Baron Corbin comes out. He says this is the worst waste of time he’s seen yet. He doesn’t understand why Daniel Bryan insists on giving his time and money to these worthless hacks when a real athlete and superstar is available to do everything he needs. As Heath goes to challenge, Corbin punches him out. Rhyno attacks and Corbin tosses him out of the ring. He grabs the Slater contract and throws it on the lifeless body of Slater before running out.

    Bryan announces that at No Mercy, Baron Corbin can get a big match when he faces Rhyno one-on-one.

    Backstage we have an interview with DIY where they reveal that they’d love to get their revenge on The Usos at No Mercy, but they won’t be able to yet. Johnny isn’t cleared to compete due to his knee, and has to take some time to recover before they can go after The Usos again. The two do a little comedy about the Usos needing validation like a prom date gone wrong, and say they’ll get them back as soon as they can.

    After a commercial, we’re back to the ring where we have Alexa Bliss taking on a local competitor. She does well, dominating the majority of the match and hitting the Twisted Bliss to end the match. Afterward the camera follows her through the curtain to backstage, where Carmella is standing and waiting to call her out. The two come to blows and Shane McMahon runs in with security to break it up, screaming at the two to calm down.

    We cut over to the interview area where we see The Club of AJ Styles and The Usos. We can still hear the two fighting women in the background as Styles explains that it’s how it works, the strong combine and they become stronger, they take over the world. Look at the NWO, look at the Four Hoursemen, this is just the newest incarnation of the best thing in the world. He say they’ll never be stopped at this rate. Shane walks into the picture and congratulates AJ on earning his shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and tells him that Randy Orton will not be able to be at tonight’s show. In the meantime, he’s made a decision that whoever wins the World title at No Mercy will defend it against Randy Orton at Survivor Series.

    We go to The Miz’s locker room where he stands with Maryse. He explains that he is proud to grace this hellhole of a city with his presence and in the process get his warm-up for his Triple Threat match at No Mercy. He announces he’s going to face Kalisto tonight, as it was his decision of who to face and he's going to show these people what they're unfortunately missing every week due to the incompetence of Daniel Bryan. He expects everybody to cheer him, as he is the star of the show on his Never-Ending Intercontinental Championship Tour.

    Coming out of a commercial, we have an interview with Becky Lynch asking about her worries over this person in the women’s locker room who attacked Natalya. She says she has no reason to worry, she’s a tough cookie and knows how to defend herself. She says the thing she’s focused on is the person across the ring from her on sunday, and that’s Nikki Bella. She trusts Nikki completely and doesn’t think she’s the type to attack someone, so she feels comfortable. Nikki joins in and goes face-to-face with Becky telling her she should feel safe for now, but on Sunday will be another story in the ring.

    Going out to the ring, we see The Miz dominate Kalisto in a match for a while. Kalisto starts to get a comeback, and Maryse manages to throw off his game and ruin the comeback. Miz gets the pinfall victory off his Curtain Call DDT.

    We go backstage to Dolph Ziggler talking about how he finds it awful that he continues to get no opportunities in this “land of opportunity” and he thinks SmackDown is a farce. He says he saw John Cena come in today, and he heard he’s going to get a huge position and for what? Not being around, being a part-timer, being a loser like Dolph? Cena walks into the frame and tells Dolph it’s more like Dolph should stop whining about everything, stop with the crappy comedy career and try to get down to work. Dolph says Cena is just some part-timer who doesn’t even know who works anymore around here, he just comes in, gets what he wants and leaves. Cena says he’s John Cena, and that’s what he’s earned. Meanwhile, you’re Dolph Ziggler and you’ve earned, well, being forgotten. The two agree to meet on Sunday at No Mercy.

    We cut over to Dean Ambrose alongside The Hype Bros. talking about how AJ Styles could cheat all he wants and it won’t matter on Sunday. He says Styles is just like the typical soccer mom, needing the crew of PTA board members to back him up because he can’t do anything on his own. He says Styles is never going to get that title off his waist, and he plans to prove it soon.

    Out to the ring post-commercial, we have a six-man tag match with Dean Ambroseand The Hype Bros. against The New Club of AJ Styles and The Usos. In a long, grueling match, Styles avoids Ambrose at all costs. Erick Rowan comes out at one point standing on the stage and staring down in his sheep mask, distracting Zack Ryder long enough to get a double superkick from The Usos for the victory. Mojo reaches in to get Ryder out of the ring in order to protect from Rowan, while Ambrose defiantly attacks Styles. While Ambrose is able to take down Styles, The Usos make the save and beat down Ambrose, leaving him laying in the ring while Styles grabs his WWE Championship and raises it up while the camera fades.



    NO MERCY
    OCTOBER 9, 2016

    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dean Ambrose © v. AJ Styles

    SINGLES MATCH
    Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena

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

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

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

    SINGLES MATCH
    Bray Wyatt v. Jack Swagger

    SINGLES MATCH
    Alexa Bliss v. Carmella

    SINGLES MATCH
    Baron Corbin v. Rhyno w/ Heath Slater

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