This week’s Smackdvery own continues the road to No Mercy in October. Some of the announced matches this week: Cena vs. Ambrose, Miz vs. Ziggler for the IC Title and Usos vs. Amerideserve to Alpha.

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Live from Birmingham, Alabama this is Smackdown for episode #892.

There was a brief video package about John Cena and also Dean Ambincreased getting in eachother’s deals with last week.


Women’s Championship Contract Signing

The Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan remained in the ring through a table, a contract and two microphones. He’s tright here to modeprice the first ever before Smackdvery own Women’s Championship contract signing. When Bryan sassist they’re going to keep things civil, some civilization booed and Bryan goes “don’t boo that.” That’s funny.

The Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch entered to a big ovation from the crowd. The announce team of Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layarea and also David Otunga welcomed us to the display. Lynch sassist “come at me, bro” and below comes Alexa Bliss. A clip aired of Bliss winning a Fatal 5-Way complement last week to earn the number one competitor spot.

Lynch sassist that while Bliss is preparing for a pageant, Lynch is preparing for a fight. Bliss sassist that Lynch’s duty in life is not to be a champion, yet a woguy that succeeds and fails miserably. Then Lynch have the right to end up being the superstar that never quite gets it. Bliss told Lynch she wasn’t born to be a champion, she was born to be a loser.

Lynch sassist that she listened as soon as they said that you can be anypoint you want to be and she operated actual tough to be champion. Lynch spoke about just how she wants to be champion. Lynch sassist she wasn’t born to be a champion, however she battled to be a champion.

Bliss signed the contract. Bliss did the heel move by knocking Lynch down by utilizing the black folder that was holding the contract and also dumped the table onto her. Bliss left the ring. Lynch chased after her and Bliss ran up the ramp. Lynch went back in the ring to sign the contract. Their enhance is on October 9 at No Mercy.

Analysis: That was well done. I favored seeing them acquire promo time to start the show because you don’t see that for the women’s division on Raw or Smackdown exceptionally regularly. Bliss is really great as a cocky heel also though she’s the smallest girl in WWE. Lynch is so likable. It’s hard not to root for her and see her carry out well.

The Usos were presented walking backphase and so were Amerideserve to Alpha. Tag enhance up following.

(Commercial)

Smackdvery own General Manager Daniel Bryan was walking backphase. The Miz and his wife Maryse walked up to him. Miz appeared angry around somepoint. Bryan wondered if it was about the brand-new contract, yet Miz sassist it’s not that and Bryan identified it’s the IC Title enhance. Bryan said that if Miz doesn’t safeguard the title then he doesn’t have actually a contract. Miz shut up and also the Miz enhance versus Ziggler is still on.


Analysis: There was a little bit even more to it than what I have actually there, yet that’s the gist of it. I think they simply wanted to point out that Miz has actually his new contract.

Prior to the tag complement, Gable & Jordan did a pre-tape promo around how they are ready to get revenge versus The Usos.

The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) vs. American Alpha (Jaboy Jordan & Chad actually Gable)

Gable had his left knee bandaged up because of the injury angle from two weeks earlier. Heath Slater on and also Rhyno were presented watching backphase eating some crackers via cheese whiz. Nice double team relocate by AA with dropkicks on both men. Gable via a forearm smash to Jimmy, but then the Usos double teamed him via Jey kicking Gable while he remained in the ropes. Jimmy nailed a jumping kick to the knee to knock Gable to the floor as they played up the knee injury. They visited break two minutes right into the match.

(Commercial)

Back from break, Jey was functioning over the knee of Gable. They replayed a spot where Jimmy suplexed Gable into the ropes. Gable knocked Jey off the apron and also hit a earlier body drop on Jimmy to send both Usos out of the ring. Hot tag to Jordan versus Jey. Jordan through overhead belly to belly suplexes for both males. Jordan via shoulder tackles for both Usos. Jordan with an Alpha Plex gets 2 on Jey. They combated on the optimal rope via Jey fighting him off via headbutts. Jey superkick and also Jimmy tagged in through a Samoan Splash off the height for a 2 count as Gable made the conserve. Jey dumped Gable out of the ring via Gable grabbing his knee in pain. Jordan with an Alpha Plex on Jey. Jimmy nailed a superkick on Jordan, yet then Jordan came back via a difficult clothesline on Jimmy. Gable wanted a tag, but his ankle was hurting. Jordan witnessed that he was hurting, so he didn’t tag him in. Jordan through a rollup on Jimmy gets 2. Jey tagged in and also kicked the knee of Gable. The Usos hit a dual superkick on Jordan adhered to by Jey hitting a Samoa Splash off the height for the pinautumn win after 12 minutes. Gable was too hurt to make the save.

Winners by pinfall: The Usos

With the win, The Usos gain a Tag Team Title enhance versus Heath Slater on & Rhyno at No Mercy

Analysis: ***1/4 That was a really excellent tag enhance. It was simple to follow the story via Gable trying to fight as difficult as he deserve to via the knee injury, Jordan looked great as soon as he was in tbelow, however the Usos were as well smart to shed the match. Heel Usos are really aggressive in the ring. It’s straightforward to hate them bereason they’re targeting the knee of Gable, but it’s additionally smart for their characters to perform that because it provides them an advantage. I don’t mind Amerihave the right to Alpha losing bereason this is around the lengthy term develop. They deserve to get by the Usos months dvery own the road. Don’t give it amethod yet.

Back to Slater & Rhyno in the locker room. They commented that they currently beat The Usos. Slater said it’s choose that tall tale “Beauty and also the Manbeastern.” Slater on said he wants to gain the fans even more into their matches by chanting “Rhy” and the fans chanting “no” so the fans in the arena were doing it. The Usos confirmed up. They told them that Slater & Rhyno gained lucky at Backlash. The Usos provided them 2 alternatives where they have the right to hand also over the titles or they can take Slater’s knee out so that he deserve to go earlier to his raggedy ass children. Rhyno stood in front of Slater to proccasion something as The Usos left.


Analysis: Good stuff. Heel Usos are so refreshing. They needed to carry out that rotate badly and they are earlier to being among the best groups in WWE. I would certainly assume they are having fun doing it as well. I think Usos will the titles at No Mercy. Rhyno and also Slater are a brief term team a lot of likely.

Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan is coming up later.

(Commercial)

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Tbelow was a video clip around baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

New Smackdvery own signee Jack Swagger is on commentary for the following match. Swagger sassist he had no concerns through Baron Corbin, however currently Corbin is the second toughest man on Smackdown after him.

Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin

Crews via a running kick to the confront complied with by a fallaway slam for a two count. Swagger shelp he’s on Smackdvery own to end up being the WWE Champion someday. Crews whipped Corbin into the barricade at ringside complied with by a jumping enziguri kick to the head. Back in the ring, Corbin kicked Crews to sfinish him out of the ring. Corbin nailed Crews via some forearm shots to the head. Corbin kicked the back of Crews while he was up versus the ring write-up. Corbin hit the End of Days slam on Crews for the win after 3 minutes.


Winner by pinfall: Baron Corbin

Analysis: * It was a fairly simple win for Corbin with Crews getting some offense beforehand, yet as soon as Corbin took it external the ring tright here was no comeago for Crews. I like that Corbin looked dominant in the win bereason it makes him look really strong. With that shelp, I store waiting for Crews to gain some sort of systematic feud or storyline at some point.

Message complement, Corbin walked as much as Swagger at ringside. He pointed at him and also just left. No physical confrontation as Swagger just looked on.

Dean Ambrose was displayed gaining all set for a complement versus John Cena later. Also, Miz vs. Ziggler for IC Title.

(Commercial)

They congratulated Rami Malek from Mr. Robot (a USA Network show) for winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards.

Curt Hawkins was displayed talking about just how it’s time to “face the facts” on Smackdvery own Live. One of his facts was that “Curt Hawkins” was a well-known baby name.

Nikki Bella and also Naomi were presented backstage as Charly Caruso confirmed up to intersee them. Naomi sassist it’s glow time on Smackdvery own. She sassist the glow is around confidence, not being afrhelp to be yourself and also choosing to shine through adversity. Naomi put over Nikki for overcoming adversity. Nikki thanked her and also referred to as Naomi “Trin” bereason her real name is Trinity. Naomi shelp she’s got an anecdote for Natalya later. Nikki shelp that ever before since she’s joined Smackdvery own, Carmella has had actually it out for her. Nikki talked about how she’s get rid of a grueling injury and also she fights every complement like it’s her last. Nikki feels rebooted and Carmella is simply a bootleg.

Analysis: Solid promo from the girls. Naomi is much better as a face – she’s even more natural in this role. I like Nikki even more as a heel, but they need her as a confront at this allude.

Dolph Ziggler was interperceived by Renee Young backphase. Ziggler sassist he hasn’t been winning lately, yet he knows anypoint deserve to happen on Smackdvery own Live. He said they have a resident Brangelina with Miz and also Maryse (that’s timely). Ziggler talked around just how Miz clings to that title desperately. Ziggler was about things he wasn’t supposed to be and also things he did in his career choose being in the Kent State Hevery one of Fame. He was fired up by the finish of it and then he made his entrance for the match.


Analysis: Ziggler’s really good at those kinds of promos wright here he’s obtained all that power talking about how hungry he is. It’s much easier for him to do that instead of those overly scripted promos that don’t come off as natural.

The Miz and also Maryse made their entrance as the display saw break.

(Commercial)

As the present reverted from break, the in-ring intros took place for the IC Title enhance.

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (w/Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler was aggressive early, so Miz baibrought about the floor multiple times to produce some room. Ziggler knocked dvery own Miz with a clothesline exterior the ring. Maryse yelled at Ziggler to distract him, so Miz took advantage via some kicks and also dropkick that sent Ziggler to the floor. Miz tossed Ziggler into the barricade at ringside. Back in the ring, Miz with a twin axe off the peak rope. Ziggler wanted a DDT, however Miz tossed Ziggler in the air to send him dvery own. Miz mocked Daniel Bryan through some Bryan choose kicks to the chest of Ziggler, however then Ziggler nailed him via a punch. Miz avoided a corner charge, so Ziggler went crashing right into the turnbuckle. Miz with a kick to the seated Ziggler for a two count. Ziggler through running clotheslines, a edge splash and Miz shoved him into the ring post aget to soptimal Ziggler’s momentum. Miz with two running edge dropkicks choose Bryan. Then Miz nailed his corner clothesline. Miz up top aobtain, he jumped off the height via nopoint and Ziggler nailed an excellent dropkick for a two count. They each countered signature moves and also Ziggler nailed a leaping DDT for a 2 count. Great nearfall there. Ziggler through a clothesline sent both males over the top to the floor.

(Commercial)

Back from break, Miz did a slingswarm sitout Powerbomb for a two count. They did that spot at Backlash also and also it was great for a believable nearautumn. Miz kneed the earlier of the left leg. Ziggler went for a entry, but Miz obtained to the ropes. Miz through a boot to the confront for two. Ziggler obtained a rollup for 2. Ziggler with a Fameasser gets two, which obtained a huge reaction from the crowd. That relocate always works so well as a nearloss. Miz held onto the ropes to block the Zig Zag. Maryse visited interfere with the spray, but the ref saw it and also sent out her to the back. Miz was angry about it. Ziggler rollup gets two. Miz rollup with tights for 2. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag for one…two…no. That was an awesome nearautumn. Most believable nearfall of the enhance so much. Miz crawled out of the ring. Miz ordered the IC Title and also looked prefer he was going to leave, but Ziggler stopped him. Ziggler sent out Miz right into the steel measures. Miz tossed the title across the ring, ref ordered the title, Miz sprayed Ziggler in the eyes through perfume, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale and also won after 17 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: The Miz

Analysis: ***1/2 That was an awesome complement from these guys simply choose at Backlash. When Maryse got ejected, the majority of world more than likely assumed that Ziggler can uncover a means to win the enhance. Ziggler came so cshed to winning multiple times. That’s why it is so excellent that Miz cheated to win the match in a really cheap manner as soon as aget. We desire heels that cwarm to win matches. Miz does it so well. He’s performing at a high level best now and also I think he’s having the best run of his career in terms of really excellent matches. Ziggler commonly delivers in the ring all the time anymethod. They’ve determined what works in their matches. I’m glad they were offered the majority of time to have actually a competitive match prefer that. I’m not certain if Miz will certainly challenge Ziggler again bereason it was a cheap ending, yet it would certainly make feeling to carry out some sort of match through a stipulation if WWE desires to put the title on Ziggler soon. If Ziggler doesn’t win the title then this angle must cause him turning heel at some point out of frustration even more than anything.


Orton vs. Rowan is up following.

(Commercial)

Tbelow was a plug for Connor’s Cure and the research they carry out for pediatric cancer.

Randy Orton made his entrance. His opponent was already in the ring wearing his sheep mask.

Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan

Orton went for the RKO at an early stage, yet Rowan caught him and also hit a powerslam. Rowan nailed a dropkick that sent Orton exterior the ring. Rowan sent out him face initially into the steel measures. Rowan rolled him earlier in the ring, Orton kicked him in the chest and also hit the draping DDT off the ropes. JBL sassist one more announcer can say “vintage Orton” referencing Cole. Orton hit the RKO for the win after 2 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Randy Orton

Analysis: * It was just a quick match to put over Orton currently that he’s cleared to wrestle aobtain. If anybody entered that complement thinking that Rowan could win then they don’t watch enough wrestling. Orton hit two moves to win easily.

Post enhance, the Wyatt Family logo design appeared on the display screen as the lights went out. Then a spotlight was in the ring through the Rowan mask in there.

Bray Wyatt appeared on the display noting the crowd loves him. Wyatt sassist that Orton is just a guy that deserve to die at any kind of moment while Bray is a god and also a god can never before die. “Run.” That ended it.


Analysis: They didn’t have actually a complement at Backlash as scheduled, so it makes sense to save the rivalry going. They’ll most likely have actually a complement at No Mercy on October 9.

Women’s tag enhance up next: Nikki & Naomi vs. Carmella & Natalya.

(Commercial)

The women’s tag is up next via Natalya and Carmella already in the ring. Nikki was also in the ring. Naomi obtained the televised entrance bereason her glow in the dark regimen is cool.

Nikki Bella & Naomi vs. Natalya & Carmella

Natalya went for a Sharpshooter on Nikki early on. Carmella just got Nikki and also pulled her out of the ring. That’s it for the “match” after less than a minute.

Winners by disqualification: Nikki Bella & Naomi

Carmella sent out Nikki right into the barricade. Carmella nailed Nikki through numerous punches. Naomi decked Natalya in the ring, then Naomi left the ring and Carmella backed off.

Analysis: I’m not going to price it bereason it was an angle more than a match. It simply furthered the story via Carmella being jealous of Nikki and also constantly attacking her. Not a lot even more to it than that.

AJ Styles was interviewed backphase by Charly Caruso. He sassist that he beat John Cena and Dean Ambincreased, so he doesn’t have a rivalry because of his victories. Styles shelp he’s the WWE World Champion and he’s remarkable in eexceptionally means. He complained about being in a triple danger at No Mercy. He said the silver lining is that Cena and Ambincreased will certainly rip eachother apart tonight while Styles soaks it all in bereason the champ is and also constantly will be…below.


Analysis: A typical excellent heel promo from Styles. He’s really doing an excellent project in regards to promos of late. I recognize his ring occupational gets all the attention as it should, yet he’s among the better talkers in WWE also.

John Cena made his entrance for the major event. Good reaction to him via mostly cheers.

(Commercial)

There were clips of Steve Austin as a method to promote all the content on WWE Network that he’s a component of.

Dean Ambclimbed made his entrance as we were reminded of the No Mercy major occasion on October 9: Styles vs. Cena vs. Ambincreased for the WWE Title.

John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose

The match began at 9:45pmET so they have to get even more than ten minutes. Cena remained in regulate early on. Both men went for finishing moves, yet neither male could gain it and Cena grabbed a headlock. Cena whipped Ambincreased into the corner, Ambincreased relocated and also Cena went shoulder first right into the edge. Break time three minutes right into it.

(Commercial)

Ambrose was the aggressor as the enhance changed from break. Ambrose via a clothesline followed by a bulldog. Cena tripped him up and used the STF entry in the ring. Ambclimbed had the ability to crawl to the ropes. Ambrose dumped Cena to the floor. Ambincreased hit his suicide dive to take out Cena external the ring. That looked more nasty than once Ambclimbed typically does that spot. Hard landing for both males. Back in the ring, Ambclimbed went for a cross body block, however Cena recorded him and also hit an Attitude Adjustment for just 2. Cena went for AA aget, yet Ambincreased slipped out of it and also hit Dirty Deeds for two. Each guy kicked out of finishers. They exadjusted punches. Ambincreased countered the Attitude Adjustment attempt via a suncollection flip rollup for the pinfall win after 11 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Dean Ambincreased


Analysis: *** That was a solid complement. It was a small weird to watch them kicking out of finishers in a match that bacount went ten minutes, yet they told the story that this complement was a large deal appropriate away. The truth that Ambclimbed won clean via a rollup reflects that anybody can beat anybody at any type of time. I’m shocked that Cena lost clean because it’s so rare to check out Cena shed a singles enhance clean on tv. A PPV enhance is a different story. I’m glad they did it because that type of finish will certainly obtain people talking, that’s for certain. While I took pleasure in the enhance a lot, I additionally wish they acquired even more time. It’s not a major complaint, though, because Smackdown was extremely great this week. Tright here simply wasn’t even more time to give them.

After the match, Styles showed approximately assault Cena outside the ring through a forearm swarm. Styles entered the ring and hit Ambclimbed with a Pele Kick to knock him dvery own.

Daniel Bryan showed up on the ramp to say that last week, Shane McMahon promised Dean Ambclimbed a one on one enhance for the WWE Title. Bryan sassist that complement is going to take place following week on Smackdown Live. Ambincreased gained back up and also hit Dirty Deeds on Styles.

Ambincreased stood tall while Styles remained in the ring. Replays aired of what just taken place. Anvarious other reminder that it’s Styles vs. Ambrose vs. Cena at No Mercy.

The present finished ideal at 10pmET via Dean Ambrose walking ameans looking happy around how the present finished.

Analysis: Big enhance for following week. I like it a lot. Styles in action is always a great thing. I really liked their enhance at Backlash also, so I hope they obtain most time following week too.

Three Stars of the Show

1. Dolph Ziggler

2. The Miz


2016 High: 8 (August 23)

2016 Low: 4 (January 21)

Final Thoughts

It gets a 7.5 out of 10.

I delighted in Smackdown a lot this week. Tright here was a good circulation to it, which is what I tweeted during the display also. Wbelow Raw often tends to drag bereason they have to fill three hours eextremely week, Smackdown is able to fill the present with coherent segments for many of the night.

The Ziggler/Miz complement was exceptional. It’s great to check out a competitive title enhance gain that much time. The finishing pissed off the fans, however so what? Miz is a heel. It adds to the story.

The finishing of the display was really well done too. Cena losing clean is a shock. Setting up Styles vs. Ambincreased next week is awesome. I’m pumped for it already.

Everything that took location on Smackdown made sense to me. With Raw, I found myself questioning the majority of points bereason I thought they handled some things poorly.

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