WWE Smackdown took place at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada last night. Here’s all the action that went down.
AJ Styles challenged James Ellsworth to put his contract on the line in a Ladder Match
Not since Funaki burst onto the scene to become the number one announcer around, has a jobber been so tenacious on Smackdown as James Ellsworth has. As thanks for his recent efforts at Survivor Series after taking a table to the face from RAW’s Braun Strowman, Commissioner Shane McMahon appeared to be ready to give the underdog a WWE contract.
But when AJ Styles hit the ring, a very different scenario played out. The current champ was simply disgusted at the idea of Ellsworth being allowed to work full-time in the WWE, and challenged him to a ladder match with his contract on the line. While Shane McMahon wasn’t keen to allow the match, Ellsworth accepted, raising the stakes by demanding a WWE World Championship title shot if he won.
And thus, the main event was set for the night.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz defeated Kalisto
The next match on Smackdown may have been organised at the spur of the moment, but it was still a big one. Deciding to give Kalisto another chance at the gold after Baron Korbin robbed him of the Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series, The Miz found himself in a battle for the ages against the luchador.
But once again, Baron Korbin made an appearance that gave The Miz yet another opportunity to take full advantage of a distracted foe, knocking out Kalisto for the count. After the match, Korbin locked in the End of Days on Kalisto as The Miz celebrated on the ramp, but a superkick from Dolph Ziggler put an end to those festivities.
American Alpha overcame five teams in Tag Team Turmoil
With Survivor Series done and dusted, it’s time to look towards the future as WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs draws closer. So who’ll face current Smackdown tag team champions Rhyno and Heath Slater? That was a question that would be answered via some tag team turmoil. The rules were simple: Two teams would start out in the ring, eliminating one another until only one pairing was left standing.
The Hype Bros and the Acension kicked off the proceedings, securing a quick win with a Hype Ryder and then began to tussle with Breezango. A Slingshot Elbow from the deadly duo took out the Hype Bros, but they had to face American Alpha next. The hottest team around wasted no time in clearing the ring of Tyler Breeze and Fandango, extending their hot streak across the Vaudevillains as well.
With just one team left to go, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable faced off against their usual rivals The Usos. With the momentum leaning towards both teams at any given time, it was a Grand Amplitude from the Alpha males that ended the massive match for the night. But just as American Alpha began to celebrate, the Titantron buzzed on and Bray Wyatt appeared to challenge the team.
And next week on Smackdown, the eater of worlds will be joined by Randy Orton to begin a new battle.
Becky Lynch defeated Natalya
There’s no love lost between Natalya and Becky Lynch, as the lass kicker had to contend the deadly submission specialist while also keeping an eye on Alexa Bliss who was in her corner.With her championship on the line at WWE TLC against Bliss, Natalya may have had the psychological edge in this bout, but Lynch fought back in a grueling match that ended with her trademark Dis-Arm-Her finisher.
But as you’d expect, a weary Lynch walked right into a DDT from Bliss after the bell was rung, as the wicked witch sent a clear signal going into WWE TLC next month.
Baron Corbin defeated Kane via Disqualification
Having been on a tear as of late, it was time for Baron Corbin to face the music. Specifically, the painful tunes of the big red machine known as Kane, as Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan set up some singles action for the lone wolf. But karma can be cruel, as a vengeful Kalisto interrupted the match and launched an assault on Corbin.
Outraged, Kane left Corbin a broken mess in the ring with his signature chokeslam, while Kalisto tuned up a steel chair on Corbin’s body.
James Ellsworth defeated AJ Styles in a Ladder Match to win a SmackDown LIVE contract
Last night’s Smackdown main event may have been one of the most one-sided matches of all time, easily replacing that time that Nunzio was given a Last Ride from the Undertaker that sent him all the way back to Italy. But with a job on the line and a possible future title shot also in the mix, Ellsworth had everything to lose against WWE World champ AJ Styles.
But man, that was just a brutal match. To say that Styles dominated would be an understatement, as the phenomenal one dished out all manner of pain on Ellsworth, while Dean Ambrose found himself banned from any ringside antics. But screw the rules, as a disguised Ambrose appeared out of nowhere to remove Styles from the equation and deliver the perfect moment for Ellsworth to reply with a Superkick.
Finally climbing the ladder, Ellsworth grabbed his contract and became an official member of the Smackdown brand.
Last Updated: November 23, 2016