They set up a pre-show match between Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin backstage. This promo in general was really bad between Corbin sounding as wooden as ever and Crews, after Corbin said something about a spelling bee, said he’d kick his A-S-S.
Orton/Wyatt is still being promoted in the pre-show.
Baron Corbin defeated Apollo Crews
Typical WWE style match, a bit quicker than usual. Not bad. Corbin got the heat, but Crews cut him off and started building towards a comeback but Corbin laid him out with an STO. Corbin missed a splash and Crews countered with an Angle slam. Crews kicked out of the deep six. Corbin missed a charge on the outside and hit the steps.
Crews hit a Samoan drop on the outside, rolled him in but when going to the top rope for a move Corbin rolled out of the way. Crews was going for punches on the top rope when Corbin struck him with a knee, and while Crews was recoiling walked right into the End of Days and was pinned.
They started off the PPV with a nice 9/11 tribute.
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan came down to the ring to open the PPV. Shane thanked the fans and says it’s all about the WWE Superstars on SmackDown getting an opportunity. They run down the big title matches for tonight, then said the women’s title match would start now.
SmackDown Women’s Championship, Six Pack Challenge: Becky Lynch defeated Carmella, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss and Naomi to become the first champion
Pretty good match. It was sloppy in parts, but everyone got to shine and looked good for what this match was. They pushed Nikki Bella and Carmella as the focal point of the match as they teased interactions with one another early on and reiterated Carmella’s heel turn in the last few weeks. Everyone was given a chance to hit some good looking spots. They did the tower of doom spot with Natalya powerbombing Nikki while suplexing Carmella. Naomi did a big springboard crossbody spot that wiped out everyone.
Assisted by Natalya, Naomi hit a blockbuster to eliminate Alexa Bliss. Not too long after that. Naomi went for a springboard but Nikki blasted her with a forearm and Natalya submitted her with the sharpshooter. Nikki hit Natalya with the forearm and pinned her, but right after she did Carmella did a sneaky roll up to eliminate her, leaving it between Carmella and Becky Lynch.
Carmella was aggressive, but Lynch trapped her in the disarmed her out of nowhere and Carmella submitted leaving Becky Lynch the winner and first SmackDown women’s champion.
Becky was interviewed after the match, with fans chanting “you deserve it”. You have believed in me in every step of the way, thank you. This is for every time there was a poster, or when you sang my song. She thanked the fans once more as her music played again.
Miz was backstage when he came across Nickelodeon star Jagger Eaton’s dressing room. The punchline was that he’d love to have Miz on his show, unless they can get John Cena. Miz got mad but had the door shut in his face before he could do anything.
Bray Wyatt was shown destroying Orton’s leg backstage, repeatedly slamming it on a door, then walked away. So there’s your storyline reason if the match doesn’t happen.
The Usos defeated The Hype Bros. to advance to the finals
This was fine, but not really much to talk about. As heels, Usos lose some of their hot moves and the Hype Bros. are just there. Usos have a brand new look, ditching the paint and colorful gear for black tights. Usos stalled a bit, but eventually got control after posting Zack shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Mojo hit the press slam as he and Ryder were going for their finish but one of the Usos took out Mojo. He got thrown into the barricade as Ryder hit the broski boot but the other Uso stopped his momentum as he leg was chopped. One of the Usos grapevined the arm and sunk in a Boston crab, the move that put Chad Gable out, and submitted Ryder.
Heath Slater and Rhyno were interviewed backstage. He said nothing will stop a Rhyno, that’s how good he was feeling. He then left, thinking that the interview was over, then came back. Heath said he had something going on in his stomach and asked if Rhyno was alright. Rhyno said we’re still live. Heath then joked, saying that he’s been swerved. Heath then acted like he pooped his pants. Always fun when the primary directive of your show is about humoring one person, leaving the rest to question why you do things like this when it almost never gets a reaction.
Miz is with Daniel Bryan backstage where we says he wants to renegotiate his contract. After he retains his championship tonight, it’ll make things more tougher so go back to your little cubby hole where I do what you can’t do anymore.
The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental title
Lame finish to what was a good back and forth match. Miz looked way better here than he has in the past.
Miz catapulted Ziggler to the outside and worked on him for a lot of the match. Just to show you how volatile WWE’s thinking is, they’ve gone from completely separating Daniel Bryan and Miz to making it the focal point of the match between he and Ziggler, with Miz taunting Bryan and even doing a yes chant at one point. Ziggler started to make the comeback. Miz hit a cool springboard powerbomb for a near fall. Miz works on Ziggler’s leg but Ziggler fires back with a famouser.
Ziggler locks in a sleeper but Miz runs Ziggler’s head into the turnbuckle. Ziggler went for a superkick but Miz blocked hit, hit a standing DDT and locked in the figure four. Ziggler gets to the ropes but Miz hones in right back on the leg. Ziggler hit a superkick out of nowhere but Miz got his foot on the ropes.
Maryse distracted Ziggler as they did back and forth roll ups. Ziggler made it to the ropes where Maryse sprayed him with what I guess was perfume or something, which allowed Miz to hit a distracted Ziggler with the Skull Crushing Finale for the win. So that makes it the upteenth time Ziggler has lost the big one. He’s kind of like a reverse Tomoaki Honma at this point as the more he loses, the less over he gets.
Bray Wyatt came out for the match, but a person at ringside handed a note to the announcer. He announced that Randy Orton could not be cleared tonight, and that Wyatt has demanded the referee to count to ten to officially make it a forfeit. The referee counted to ten and Wyatt was awarded the win.
BUT WAIT! The announcer says instead, Bray Wyatt will compete in a no holds barred match against this man….and this man was none other than Kane. Why is it a No Holds Barred match? And who wrote the note, Wyatt? Shane McMahon? Daniel Bryan? Wait, sorry, I thought about this for more than ten seconds.
Kane defeated Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred match
Okay brawl of a match. They didn’t do anything excessive and was perfectly safe aside from the few normal bumps this match entails.
They brawled around ringside to start, then entered the ring. Wyatt got a chair and pummeled Kane with shots. Wyatt went for the Sister Abigail on the chair but Kane powered out and dragged him back outside. Wyatt came back with a clothesline, laying out Kane. He put him on the announce table and hit a running splash, sending him through it.
Wyatt threw him back in the ring and hit the Sister Abigail but Kane countered with a chokeslam. Wyatt came back with a chokeslam of his own on the chair or a near fall. Suddenly, Orton emerged, his foot all wrapped up. He took out Wyatt with the RKO, which allowed Kane to get the win after the chokeslam.
AJ Styles was backstage when he came across two indie guys. He says you guys know my story. You guys are destined for failure, don’t let it bother you. You can say you met him, the face that runs the place, the Phenomenal AJ Styles became WWE World Champion.
Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos to become the first SmackDown Tag Team champions
Most of this match was pretty boring, but once Rhyno got the tag things picked up a bit.
Usos focused on Slater, isolating him from Rhyno. With them as heels, Usos are really just there, losing the flash they had as babyfaces. After what feels like forever, Slater collides into his opponent and they both make the tag. Rhyno runs wild and goes for the Gore but is pushed head first into the turnbuckle.
Slater hits neckbreakers on both Usos and hits a lifting DDT for a near fall. Jimmy Uso hits a superkick on Slater but walks into a Gore by Rhyno and Slater gets the pin. So Heath is not only employed, but also one half of the tag team champions.
The new champions are interviewed. Heath said this is one of the biggest nights of his life, next to a couple of his kids being born. He finishes the interview saying “BEULAH, WE’RE GETTING A DOUBLE WIDE BABY!”
AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World championship
Pretty damn great main event. Really picked up during the second portion of the match with some good submission work and some crazy spots near the end.
Things started out tepidly as they did some brief back and forth. Styles exited the ring as Ambrose teased doing something, but AJ slid under Ambrose and sent him neck first to the middle rope, giving him control. Ambrose tried to rally a comeback, but Styles came back, only to miss a splash.
Ambrose tried to do something, but something seemed lost in communication as Styles was suplexed and landed chest first while Ambrose also fell hard. Some more back and forth. Styles tried to hook in the calf crusher but Styles countered and suplexed him into the turnbuckle.
Both men teased their finishes, but neither got it. Styles got Ambrose’s knee and started working on it. Styles got the calf crusher in but Ambrose made it to the ropes. He sunk it in again but Ambrose grabbed his head and smashed it to the floor repeatedly, freeing him.
Styles went for the Styles Clash but Ambrose managed to make it to the apron. Styles grabbed him but Ambrose countered and slingshotted him into the turnbuckle shoulder first. They make it back to the ring where Styles comes back with a flurry of offense. Styles hit the springboard 450 but Ambrose kicked out.
Ambrose made a comeback, dropkicking AJ through the ropes to the floor. Ambrose continued flinging him around like a ragdoll, throwing him into the announcers table then through the barricade. Ambrose took out Styles with a running clothesline as they brawled throughout the crowd.
They made it back to the ring where Ambrose went for the Dirty Deeds, but AJ pushed Ambrose into the ref. Seeing that the referee was down, Styles immediately low blowed Ambrose and hit the Styles Clash to pin Ambrose and win the title.