The show was opened by Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan, who made their way to the ring to clarify what happened last week. He says Dolph’s move was one of a desperate man, and that they’ve all failed to realise that Smackdown is his show now, and it’s him against the world. Well, Dean Ambrose was pretty opposed to this, and made his way to confront the eater of worlds. Dean was shocked that Bray thought he was a victim, and that Dean runs this show, not him. Bray attempted to goad Dean into a 2-on-1 ambush, but Ziggler came out and took that bullet for himself. Dean couldn’t resist himself and was forced to go and help him. As Dean tried to help, Bray pushed him into a superkick from Ziggler, before hitting the show-off with a sister Abigail of his own, and left standing tall over the champion and his fallen number one contender.
Next up, it was time for some action from the most anticipated tag team in years, American Alpha. They were in action against some unknowns, Mikey O’Shea and Mike Vega. The match hadn’t even started before The Ascension interrupted, as well as The Vaudevillian’s and the Hype Bros, who wall wanted a closer look and the new boys. The match barely lasted a few minutes, with AA putting an on a technical masterclass. They pinned one of the jobbers after hitting Grand Amplitude, before chaos ensued and the rest of Smackdown’s tag team division attempted to maul American Alpha. The attempted mugging massively backfired, as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan dismantled the 6 men and were left standing tall in the centre of the ring.
It was then time for the actual Smackdown Debut of all-red everything, Eva Marie, after she was unable to do so due to a tragic (ish, not really) injury that stopped her competing last week. As she attempted to start the match, her bra snapped. Yup, that actually happened and the match was called off, yet again. And this may be the first match in history to be called off due to a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ (I don’t actually know if it is, but I hope to god it’s the last). As you can only imagine, Becky Lynch was incensed by this nonsense, as refused to go to the back without a matchup two weeks in a row. Alexa Bliss answered her call, and the match was set.
Alexa dominated the early proceedings of the match, slamming Becky’s head into the mat repeatedly. Becky, however, had different ideas and started getting back into the match, before Eva Marie returned and distracted Becky which allowed Alexa Bliss to pick up her debut win, on her birthday nonetheless.
Next up, it was time for a huge matchup, with Alberto Del Rio taking on Randy Orton. The match began with the two exchanging blows, before Del Rio was sent outside of the ring by Randy Orton. The match resumed after the break to Orton targeting the extremities of Del Rio, but Del Rio fought back and hit him with a backstabber before launching him into the ring post and the steel steps, targeting his infamous weak shoulders. Orton was then drawn into the corner, before Del Rio locked in the cross arm breaker over the ropes. Orton finally began to regain some momentum, suplexing Mexico’s greatest import from the top rope.
The two then continues to exchange body shots, before Orton attempted to start his 3 moves of destruction, power slam into middle rope DDT, setting Del Rio up for a match winning RKO, but Del Rio rolled out of the ring. Orton didn’t like this one bit, and began stripping down the announce table, but Del Rio didn’t take a liking to his and assault the surgically repaired arm with a steel chair, losing himself the match. He continued a brutal assault back into the ring, but Orton had other ideas and hit Del Rio with a trademark RKO from outta nowhere.
Heath Slater BAYBAAAAAY was in action next, facing off against Rhyno for a Smackdown Live contract. Slater started the match off surprisingly well, using multiple side headlocks and knees to the gut. Rhyno had enough of this before too long, and hit an occupied Slater with a huge gore to pick up the win and dash Slater’s hopes of being signed to the Smackdown roster.
It was then time for another women’s match, and the actual debut of Carmella after Natalya attempted to attack her. Natalya attempted to do the same this week, but Carmella had her number and blocked the incoming assault and finally took things into the ring for a real match to get underway. Natalya dominated the in ring proceedings, hitting two vicious snap suplexes before driving her knee deep into the swan of the back of Carmella. Natalya attempted to lock in the sharpshooter, but Carmella locked in a submission of her own and forced the queen of hearts to tap out and pick up a win on her in-ring debut.
It was then time for the main event of the evening with Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose taking on Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt. The match made of bad blood began with Wyatt immediately attacking Dean, but it didn’t take long for the lunatic fringe to prove why he’s the top dog in the company, but as he was gaining some real momentum, Dolph tagged himself in and ruined everything like he usually does. Ziggler suffered a vicious clothesline from Rowan, before retreating and tagging in the champ, who obviously took charge fast, hitting Bray with a swinging neck breaker after missing an attempted Dirty Deeds. Ziggler was back in the ring again so enough, battling against Erick Rowan.
Ziggler hit a super kick on the man-mountain, and his team picked up the win. Dean didn’t take long to equal the scores after the match ended, hitting a celebrating Dolph with Dirty Deeds to end the show standing tall with his Title in hand.
So that’s all for a grasping Smackdown Live, and for two weeks in a row now Smackdown has been better than Raw, the draft extension really giving Smackdown a new lease of life.
Liam’s Smackdown Rating: 7.5/10