By Jacky Chen
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To kick off the show, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are standing in the middle of the ring while the superstars of Smackdown are standing on the ring apron. Bryan and McMahon announce that there will be a six-pack challenge later to crown the new number 1 contender to Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship. He names AJ Styles, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, and Dolph Ziggler. The sixth man will be the winner of a battle royal.
Smackdown Battle Royal
The battle royal’s final four men were Kalisto, Kane, Apollo Crews, and Zack Ryder. Ryder dropkicks Kane as Kalisto connects with a frog splash. Ryder, unsuccessfully, tries to eliminate Crews. As Kalisto performs a hurricanrana on Ryder, Kane puts Kalisto in a choke hold and tosses him over the top rope. Ryder goes for a Rough Ryder on Kane but is countered with a choke slam. Ryder is tossed over by Kane and it is down to Kane and Apollo Crews. He runs against Apollo Crews and Crews lowers the rope tumbling Kane over it. Apollo Crews is the sixth man in the six-pack challenge.
Winner: Apollo Crews by elimination (the last man eliminated: Kane)
Match Rating: 8/10
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
The feud between the two women has been very intense leading up to a match at Battleground. Natalya had made Becky Lynch submit to the Sharpshooter and Lynch was looking for revenge. Lynch made Natalya tap out to the Dis-arm-her.
Winner: Becky Lynch by submission (Dis-arm-her-Fujiwara Armbar)
Match Rating: 4/10
As the match ends, Becky Lynch cuts a promo before being interrupted by a debuting Alexa Bliss. She states that she is the personification of Smackdown. However, Naomi interrupts her and says that she can’t run her mouth without even stepping foot in the ring. Naomi is interrupted by a debuting Carmella who states that Smackdown is going to get fabulous. Carmella, in turn, in interrupted by Eva Marie who shows off her body to the crowd.
Miz TV with Randy Orton
Welcome to the most must-see WWE talk show. Welcome to the Highlight Reel.
Just kidding, it’s the Ambrose Asylum.
All jokes aside, Miz TV started off with the Miz interviewing himself. He is interrupted by the Viper Randy Orton. Miz proceeds to insult Orton by calling him unfit to fight Brock Lesnar as his first match back. Orton says that his match with Lesnar doesn’t necessarily have to be his first match and he challenges The Miz to a match. The Miz declines and Orton trash talks him. Maryse accepts the match.
Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Randy Orton had challenged Intercontinental Champion the Miz to a non-title match. As the bell rings, Miz rolls out of the ring and the Viper follows. The Miz goes after Orton’s injured shoulder. Orton is thrown into the steel steps shoulder first and forced back into the ring. As Miz gets in the ring, Orton pops up and RKOs Miz. However, he doesn’t go for the pin, instead, waiting for the Miz to get back up before being RKOed again.
Winner: Randy Orton by pinfall (RKO-jumping cutter)
Match rating: 8/10
Heath Slater rants in the ring about not being drafted to either Raw or Smackdown. He calls out Shane McMahon who tells him to give him his resume. Slater says that his resume is on the WWE Network and that Shane is looking at the hottest free agent in sports entertainment. As Rhyno sneaks up behind Slater, McMahon says that he is. Slater celebrates and is “Gored” when he turns around.
By the way, I did search up Slater on wwe.com and one of the hits was “Heath Slater’s Upset Victories”. Upset!
Six Pack Challenge
The six-pack challenge was used before to determine the WWE Champion. The first person to get a pinfall or submission wins. This match was between The Phenomenal, AJ Styles; The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt; John Cena; The Showoff, Dolph Ziggler; The Lone Wolf, Baron Corbin; and The Always-Smiling Superstar, Apollo Crews (not his actual nickname). Crews was inserted into the match after winning a battle royal earlier in the night.
The end came after John Cena Attitude Adjusted Styles, Crews, and Corbin. Styles recovered and hit a phenomenal Phenomenal Forearm on Cena. Dolph Ziggler then superkicks Styles and pins him for the win.
Winner and new Number 1 Contender to the WWE Championship: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall (on AJ Styles-superkick)
Match Rating: 10/10
After Ziggler won, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose came out and stared down Dolph Ziggler.
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