Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: September 13, 2016
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The show opens with a video package highlighting WWE Backlash on Sunday.
We are live in Philadelphia as the new WWE World Champion AJ Styles, aka the face that runs the place, is officially introduced to a loud reaction.
New WWE World Champion AJ Styles addresses the WWE Universe
AJ Styles grabs a mic. “The champ…is…here!” Styles said he told the WWE Universe he would beat John Cena at SummerSlam and he told everyone he would beat Dean Ambrose and at Backlash he did just that to become the new WWE World Champion. He suggests he could even beat Cena and Ambrose with one arm tied behind his back. “These lips don’t lie and this trophy right here is the proof,” adds Styles. “I am the face that runs the place. I am now the champ that runs the camp.”
John Cena’s music hits to interrupt. Cena is handed a mic and gets inside the ring. Mixed reaction for Cena in Philadelphia. “You can hear all of these people. They know what I know. You have something that belongs to me and I’ve finally decided that I’d like it back,” says Cena. Styles removes the sweatband he took from Cena at SummerSlam and throws it in his face. Cena said Styles still has something that belongs to him. “Bad news for you, I’ve finally decided that I’d like to take it back.” Cena points at the WWE World Championship and quotes Ric Flair’s “to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.” He talks about winning that title just one more time putting himself in the conversation with the man. Cena can’t think of a better person to make history off of than Styles. “Because you are the face that runs the place, but I’m the man who doesn’t quit.” Cena said he has one goal left in WWE and that is to announce that the 16-time World Champion is here.
Dean Ambrose’s music hits and he heads to the ring. Styles holds up the WWE World Championship in his face. Ambrose has a mic. “You made the biggest mistake of your life on Sunday, boy.” Ambrose said he can handle losing a match, but getting kicked square in the jewels wasn’t acceptable and said Styles stole from him. He said Styles has a new enemy and the life of Styles changes from this moment forward. Ambrose said he isn’t just going to take back his title, but he’s going to take it back with interest. Cena pushes Ambrose to the side. He brings up Ambrose hanging Styles by his crotch on the top rope. Cena said Stone Cold was right to call out Ambrose on his podcast. He said all Ambrose has been showing to WWE is that he has no balls, “brah.” Ambrose gets fired up and starts smiling. He said Cena must be mistaken for someone who gives a damn what he thinks. Ambrose has no patience for Cena and his speeches. “You are a lazy part timer,” adds Ambrose.
Ambrose said Cena is better off doing television shows and movies saying Cena can’t keep up anymore. He said WWE uses Cena as a corporate puppet, but they know and he knows that he can’t get it done in the ring anymore. “I mean dude, you couldn’t even get by this chump at SummerSlam. Whatever makes you think you will get through me?” Ambrose said he would never back down from some kind of lazy, Hollywood part timer.
Here comes Shane McMahon. Shane thanks Philadelphia for a big reaction. He talks about John Cena and AJ Styles tearing down the house at SummerSlam and Styles beating Cena clean. Shane takes offense to Styles calling him the face of the place, but that Styles has earned the right to say that. He also talks about Styles and Dean Ambrose tearing the house down at Backlash until the very end when Styles “took the easy way out.” Shane said he will talk about Ambrose’s one-on-one rematch at a later time. He then books AJ Styles defending the WWE World Championship against John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match at No Mercy. Shane said that is at No Mercy and wants to settle things tonight. He books John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and a partner of his choosing. Shane wonders if Styles will be able to find a partner and brings up how Daniel Bryan may have to appoint a partner for him later tonight. Cena and Ambrose exchange a few words.
Randy Orton will address Bray Wyatt later tonight.
Also taking place is a Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contenders match featuring Nikki Bella, Carmella, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Natalya to earn a shot at the Smackdown Women’s Title.
We are back live and we see The Hype Bros entering the ring.
The Hype Bros vs. The Usos
We start with Zack Ryder and Jey Uso. Ryder with an elbow to Jey. Jey is working over the left leg of Ryder with a quick chop block. Tag to Jimmy Uso who gets in some stomps and works over the knee of Ryder bouncing it off the mat. Quick tag back to Jey who kicks Ryder in the face with help from Jimmy holding. Tags to Jimmy and Mojo Rawley. Rawley with a clothesline and then a huge pounce off the ropes catching Jimmy. Rawley with a splash to Jimmy, avoids a shot from Jey, Rawley throws Jey into Jimmy, Jey moves and Rawley with a splash on Jimmy. Jey trips up Ryder on the ring apron. Jimmy catches Ryder with a quick superkick. Tag to Jey who goes up top and connects with a frog splash. Jey gets the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos
After the match, we see Jimmy setup the finish with a rake of the eyes on Rawley.
Heath Slater signs his Smackdown Live contract later tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Maryse are up next.
We get a Curt Hawkins video package. He said it’s time to face the facts.
The Miz and Maryse have something to say
WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Maryse head to the ring. Miz grabs a mic and said for weeks he’s been accused of being a coward. He said they can call him whatever they want because he left Backlash with his beautiful wife and it is now day 162 as he remains the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Miz talks about holding this title longer than 132 other former WWE stars. He talks about making the title prestigious finally.
Dolph Ziggler is out to interrupt with a mic in hand. Ziggler finds it funny Miz is trying to sell himself as the actual champion right now. He said deep down inside, no matter what Miz does, any superstar that laughs when he walks in the back, he knows why. Ziggler said the WWE Universe will be seen as a top guy or a true main eventer. “The WWE Universe will always see through you, Miz,” says Ziggler.
Miz wants to make something clear: he is always the main event if he is on a show. He said if he lived and dived based on what the WWE Universe thought, you might as well bury him six feet under…just like Ziggler’s career. Ziggler doesn’t disagree and talks about being in a slump. He adds Miz will always have an asterisk next to his name. Ziggler wants to know if Miz wants to earn respect and prove himself right now.
He wants no wives, no stunt doubles – no excuses. “Just you and me.” Maryse interjects and wants to get this right. The fans boo her loudly. She wants to know if Ziggler is asking for a title match. Miz grabs the mic and tells the fans to shut up while his wife is talking.
Here comes Daniel Bryan. Bryan talks about Maryse cheating at Backlash and that she’s the only reason Miz remains the Intercontinental Champion. He says Ziggler is getting a rematch. Miz disagrees and brings up wanting his contract renegotiated. He said Bryan doesn’t get what he wants until he gets what he wants. Miz said his title will not be defended on any show until he gets what he wants. “I’m calling my own shots, Daniel.” Bryan gets in the ring and Miz bails along with Maryse. Miz and Maryse leave through the crowd.
Backstage, we see WWE World Champion AJ Styles approaching Baron Corbin. He wants to know if Corbin will team up with him tonight. Corbin said he’d rather be his opponent.
Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews
Corbin attacks Crews right away tossing him off the top turnbuckle. Corbin tosses Crews into the ring barricade and then hits the End of Days on Crews on the outside.
Winner: No Contest
Corbin gets back inside the ring when Jack Swagger’s music hits. Swagger is walking down the ramp. JBL said the rumors are true that Swagger’s contract with RAW has run up and he is now with Smackdown. Swagger gets in the ring and Corbin bails.
Swagger grabs a mic and says Smackdown Live is his new home as of 12:01 today. He talks about being a former heavyweight champion and a hot wife. Swagger said you don’t know jack and wants the fans to forget everything they think they may already know. He talks about being a big problem for anyone on Smackdown Live. He drops the mic and leads a “We The People” chant.
The first ever WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is up next.
The new and first ever WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is introduced. Charly Caruso is in the ring and asks if the moment has sunk in yet for Becky since the Backlash PPV. Becky said it is only fitting that Becky Balboa show off her championship tonight in Philadelphia. She talks about being the last one standing on Sunday. Becky says come one come all and yells, “Come at me bros!” She takes a seat at ringside.
Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contenders Match
Naomi vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella
The bell rings and Nikki Bella tackles Carmella right away. Natalya with kicks and a slam to Nikki in the corner. Natalya with a roll up for two on Nikki. Natalya levels Carmella. Natalya with a snap suplex on Nikki. Natalya with a snap suplex on Bliss and a Michinoku Driver on Naomi that gets broken up by Nikki. Nikki drives Natalya face first into her knee. Carmella breaks up the pinfall attempt. Carmella bails and turns her back to Nikki. Nikki jumps out of the ring, jumps off the steel ring steps and takes out Carmella with a flying clothesline. Naomi with a sunset flip from the ring apron on Natalya that gets broken up by Nikki. Naomi catches Nikki with a kick to the head in the corner. Naomi with a head scissors around the neck of Nikki in the corner. Nikki drops Naomi with an electric chair suplex. Bliss jumps in and covers both Nikki and Naomi for two counts. Natalya with a knee to Bliss. Nikki with a facebuster to Natalya for a close two count. Naomi with her jumping Rear View for a close cover on Nikki as well. Natalya counters a baseball slide attempt by Naomi and drives Naomi face first into the steel steps. Nikki sends Natalya into the ring barricade. Nikki with a shoulder to Bliss from the ring apron and sends her up to the top rope. Bliss kicks Nikki away. Nikki trips up Bliss, has Bliss up and Carmella with a huge superkick to Nikki. Bliss tosses Carmella out of the ring and hooks the leg of Nikki to get the pinfall.
Winner and new No. 1 Contender: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Alexa Bliss asks Becky Lynch if she just saw that.
Backstage, AJ Styles is still looking for a partner. He comes across Kane and wants to get straight to the point. Styles wants Kane to be his partner. Kane laughs and walks away.
Heath Slater signs his Smackdown Live contract up next.
Heath Slater signs his Smackdown Live contract
Shane McMahon is in the ring with a contract on a table. He talks about Heath Slater seizing the opportunity by becoming the new Smackdown Tag Team Champion with Rhyno at Backlash. McMahon introduces Slater. Slater walks out with Rhyno.
Slater gets in the ring and hugs Shane. Rhyno holds up one of the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Slater is sporting a new “I Have Kids” t-shirt. A loud “ECW” chant breaks out and Slater points at Rhyno smiling. Shane congratulates them on becoming the first ever Smackdown Tag Team Championships and he is a man of his word. He asks Slater to make this official and sign a contract with Smackdown Live. Slater holds up the contract and then signs it. Shane congratulations Slater and shakes his hand.
Slater grabs a mic and lets out a loud, “Wooooooooooooooooo. Heath Slater baybay!” He thanks Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan for making this happen. He thanks his wife and talks about moving into a double-wide. Slater wants to thank his man Rhyno. He talks about being willing to take on anyone at any time. Rhyno doesn’t seem happy with that suggestion. Slater starts thanking all of his kids. The Ascension’s music hits to interrupt.
Konor and Viktor want to take them up on the offer that Slater talked about earlier. Slater said he just signed his contract and we don’t even have a referee out here. Shane says this is actually a good time and suggests we have a title match right now.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships Match
Heath Slater and Rhyno (c’s) vs. The Ascension
We are back live as Heath Slater drops Viktor with a modified jawbreaker. Konnor gets the tag and tosses Slater into Viktor who hits a spin kick. Tag back to Viktor who drops a leg over Slater. Rhyno is in and sends Konnor shoulder first into the steel ring post. Slater has a busted open nose from that shot from Viktor. Hot tag to Rhyno. Rhyno with shots to Viktor including a spear in the corner. Rhyno plants Viktor with a spinebuster and Konnor breaks up the pinfall attempt. Slater jumps on the back of Konnor. Konnor dumps Slater over the top rope. Rhyno with a spear to Konnor in the corner and Konnor falls out of the ring. Rhyno with a Gore on Viktor, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Heath Slater and Rhyno
Backstage, AJ Styles comes across Daniel Bryan. Bryan asks if he has found a partner yet. Styles says he doesn’t need a partner tonight. Bryan says lucky for Styles they have appointed a partner for him. James Ellsworth, who is best known for getting destroyed by Braun Strowman on RAW back in July, walks up. He extends his hand to Styles and Styles walks away disgusted. Bryan tells James he will do great tonight.
Randy Orton is up next to address Bray Wyatt’s attack on him at Backlash.
Randy Orton addresses Bray Wyatt
Big reaction for Randy Orton in Philadelphia tonight. Randy gets in a quick pose on the turnbuckle and then grabs the mic. He says Bray Wyatt truly is the face of fear because he’s afraid of him. Orton said Wyatt attacked him because he’s afraid.
Bray Wyatt interrupts on the Titan Tron. He said a wise man knows when to give up. Wyatt said he gave Orton a gift of the way out. He said Orton instead decided to embarrass him. “Don’t sleep Randy. Do…not…sleep.” Wyatt disappears off the Tron.
We then see a live shot of Wyatt now standing behind Orton against the announce table. Orton tells Wyatt to get inside his ring right now. The lights go dark. When they return, Erick Rowan is in the ring and starts attacking Orton. RKO out of nowhere on Rowan.
John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and James Ellsworth is up next.
Following the entrance of WWE World Champion AJ Styles, James Ellsworth started walking out for his entrance and The Miz attacked him from behind throwing big left hands. Miz gave Ellsworth a Skull Crushing Finale on the ramp. Miz tosses Ellsworth off the stage and yells, “I’m the main event!” Miz heads to the ring. Styles is pleased.
The main event is next.
John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and The Miz
We return live as The Miz lands a kick to the face of John Cena. During the break, we saw AJ Styles dropped Cena over his knee off his shoulders. Cena with shots to Miz and Styles on the ring apron. Miz quickly responds with a quick DDT on Cena. Styles with a cheap shot kick to the head of Cena as Miz distracted the referee. Tag to Dean Ambrose. Ambrose with shots on Styles followed by a big jumping lariat. Ambrose drops Styles over his knee. Ambrose goes up top and connects with a flying elbow over Styles for a two count. Ambrose with shots to Styles in the corner including throwing some big right hands. Ambrose with a shot on Miz and then sends him into the ring barricade. Styles with a Pele Kick on Ambrose when he returns to the ring as we head to a commercial break.
We return live as Ambrose caught Miz with a big lariat. Ambrose props Miz up on the top turnbuckle. Cena is yelling for a tag. Ambrose has Miz locked up. Miz fights off Ambrose pushing him away. Miz with a double axe handle shot to Ambrose from the top turnbuckle. Styles gets the tag and throws a few stomps over Ambrose. Styles with a shot on Cena in the corner. The referee stops Cena from going after him. With the referee distracted, Miz starts choking Ambrose and Ambrose gets in a quick elbow. Styles with rights to Ambrose. Ambrose with chops to Styles in the corner. Styles responds with chops of his own. Styles with a big kick to the ribs of Ambrose. Cena is trying to fire up the crowd as Styles has Ambrose grounded. Ambrose with kicks and headbutts to Styles. Ambrose catches Styles with a swinging neckbreaker. Hot tag to Cena. Tag to Miz. Cena with shoulder tackles to Miz, twisting powerbomb and Cena is calling for the five knuckle shuffle. Cena connects. Cena has Miz up. Styles is in and Ambrose tosses him over the top rope. Ambrose with a suicide dive catching Styles on the outside. Cena with an AA on Miz for the pinfall.
Winners: John Cena and Dean Ambrose
After the match, John Cena jumps up on the corner celebrating. When Cena jumps back down, Ambrose kicks him in the gut and connects with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose yells at Cena that he will see him at No Mercy and to never disrespect him again. We see a shot of AJ Styles holding up the WWE World Championship smiling as Ambrose stares him down.
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Quick Match Results:
* The Usos def. The Hype Bros
* Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews ended in a no contest
* Alexa Bliss won a Fatal 5-Way match to become No. 1 Contender
* Heath Slater and Rhyno def. The Ascension to retain the Smackdown tag team titles
* John Cena and Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles and The Miz