AUSTIN, Texas - In the immortal words of Lil Wayne and Christina Milian, “Let’s start a fire.”
After weeks of both verbal and physical jousting (and more than a little turbulence from the likes of Bray Wyatt), WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his SummerSlam challenger Dolph Ziggler’s conflict finally devolved from being rooted in some level of mutual respect into a full-on firestorm on “Miz TV.”
Ambrose continued his attempts to break Ziggler mentally in anticipation of their WWE World Championship clash Sunday, but The Showoff would have none of it, firing back with a passionate reply and then a scorching superkick square to the jaw of The Lunatic Fringe.
Is it Sunday yet?
Any eventual Tag Team Championship that SmackDown Live may or may not have might not end up being called the “Milky Way Titles,” but the tandem division is certainly full of star power.
Action was at a premium in this 12-Man Tag Team Match as both sides attempted to best the other while simultaneously attempting to show why their duo should be at the top of the list for any possible title opportunities that General Manager Daniel Bryan might decide to throw their way.
In the end it was American Alpha who once again proved that the learning curve was essentially non-existent as Jason Jordan and Chad Gable connected with Grand Amplitude on Aiden English to get the pin and the win for their team.
Eva Marie seems to be currently experiencing a string of bad luck so bad that it could soon start to rival the Cleveland Browns. Well, almost.
After an ill-timed injury two weeks ago and a wardrobe malfunction last week, “All Red Everything Herself” was finally scheduled to make her Spectacular Debut on SmackDown Live this week against Naomi … but then she got stuck in traffic.
Her public address announcer apologized, Naomi became incensed and The Red Queen’s faithful followers were left waiting, yet again, for her fantastically fascinating in-ring debut.
Turns out there is more than one way to skin a snake.
Fresh off Heath Slater's display of bravery (and borderline insanity) against Brock Lesnar on Raw, it was clear that Randy Orton did not want to be seen as being outdone by his SummerSlam opponent. So, in an attempt of one-upmanship, The Viper suggested giving Slater an incredible opportunity on SmackDown Live.
Sports entertainment’s hottest free agent again did his best to fend off Orton’s serpentine attack, yet, as the match wore on, The Viper proved to be too much to handle for the courageous Slater. However, clearly with Beast on the brain, Orton could not contain himself, relentlessly beating Slater down and not adhering to the referee’s warnings to stop. This led to a disqualification, which led to a victory for The One Man Band. Slater, somehow, had done it.
Following the contest, though, Orton would not stop, subsequently brutalizing Slater after the bell, both in and out of the ring. The Apex Predator would mock Lesnar by hitting Slater with two German Suplexes, emulating The Anomaly’s signature hop and then finishing Slater off with an RKO.
The bottom line here? Orton can rest easy for the next five days — he knows he’s ready.
Having to shake off the superkick he ate earlier from Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose now had to refocus his energy and walk into the darkness against Erick Rowan with Bray Wyatt at ringside in his signature rocking chair.
The WWE World Champion did not show many ill-effects from the mouthful of Ziggler’s boot he ate, prevailing in a brutal contest over the bruiser Rowan with Dirty Deeds.
In an eerie scene after the match, The Eater of Worlds was seen now rocking opposite of the ring in his chair. After a moment, Wyatt ominously stood up and left the sheep mask that Rowan often wears in the chair and simply walked away.
While the match was in progress, Eva Marie’s disembodied voice came over the arena sound system and began to introduce her. Clearly no longer impacted by the traffic woes of earlier, the eternally beguiling Superstar made her way out to the arena and began to soak in the adoration of the crowd … until her still fuming scheduled opponent of the night, Naomi, came out and began to rapidly chase her around and through the ring.
The distraction however did not prove costly for Lynch and Carmella, as Naomi’s presence allowed Natalya to get distracted, allowing Becky Lynch to capitalize and secure the victory with the Dis-Arm-Her.
Cena and Alberto Del Rio being no strangers to one another proved to be a successful equation for a highly competitive contest. Back and forth the two went until Cena was able to surge up and connect with a big time Attitude Adjustment for the victory.
His spoils for obtaining the win? A Flying Forearm from Styles as soon as he got up to celebrate.
Then, in a sign of possibly how much Styles has gotten under his skin over the months, Cena first smashed Styles into the steel steps and then hit him with another AA … only this time through the announce table.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso), The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley) and American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) defeated The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch), The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) and Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze) (6:49)
- Naomi vs. Eva Marie No Contest
- Heath Slater defeated Randy Orton by DQ (1:00)
- Dean Ambrose defeated Erick Rowan (w/ Bray Wyatt) (5:06)
- Becky Lynch & Carmella defeated Natalya & Alexa Bliss by submission (4:13)
- John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio (16:54)
- Dark Match: Roman Reigns defeated Seth Rollins
- This was Alberto Del Rio's last event of his second WWE. On August 18, 2016, Del Rio was suspended for thirty days for his first violation of WWE's wellness policy. On August 30, it was reported that Rodríguez would be exercising an opt-out clause from his WWE contract, allowing his departure should he be unhappy with his position within the company. Reportedly, Rodríguez was unhappy with WWE, claiming he had been given empty promises, including a main event push, when he made his return in October 2015. On September 9, WWE officially announced that they had come to terms with his release from the company.
- Eva Marie was suspended for 30 days after violating the company’s wellness policy, she was replaced by returning Nikki Bella for 6 women tag team match at SummerSlam.
- This was also Naomi's face turn and new gimmick and theme song.
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