The December 27, 2016 Edition of Smackdown is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand, which took place on December 27, 2016 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. This was a special episode called SmackDown Live Wild Card Finals.
John Cena kicked off the Wild Card Finals by returning in grand fashion! The 15-time World Champion wasted no time in re-acclimating himself into the thick of things on the brandhaving some fun with the WWE Universe in the process. He then proclaimed that it was the “My Time Is Now” Era and that he wanted to challenge the winner of the WWE Championship Triple Threat Match tonight between AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin to a Title Match at the upcoming Royal Rumble!
The best tag team on SmackDown LIVE is ready, willing … and champions!
Excitement was at a premium in the Four Corners Elimination Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on the Wild Card Finals. Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha and Randy Orton & Luke Harper all were looking to leave as champions in the always competitive Team Blue Tag Team division and all four teams brought the goods on the Wild Card Finals.
The first elimination occurred when Jimmy Uso hit Heath Slater with a gnarly superkick to pin Slater and eliminate Beauty & The Man Beast. Next to go were The Usos when Chad Gable caught Jey Uso by surprise with a rollup. This left American Alpha against The Wyatt Family, who were completely fresh as they had strategically not entered the match up until that point. Jason Jordan & Gable also had to recover from a blindside attack by The Usos after they eliminated the twins. Jordan & Gable withstood Orton & Harper’s best and after a thrilling series of exchanges, in the end it was an accidental collision between Harper & Orton that allowed Gable & Jordan to capitalize by hitting Orton with Grand Amplitude to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
After the match, as American Alpha celebrated their huge victory, The Viper & Harper had a tense exchange before Bray Wyatt had to come in and diffuse the situation.
Following Becky Lynch pulling the ol’ okie-doke on Alexa Bliss last week by dressing up as La Luchadora and defeateding her, it felt as though the Irish Lass Kicker had momentum on her back as this SmackDown Women’s Championship Match got underway on the Wild Card Finals.
Lynch competed confidently as the two Superstars continued their blossoming rivalry. However, with the moment never being too big for her, Bliss more than held her own against the experienced veteran. It seemed like fate was simply on Lynch’s side but, suddenly, La Luchadora (you read that right) appeared. Bliss and Lynch continued to battle with Lynch looking like she was moments away from winning the championship, but then with Bliss apparently injured and the referee tending to her, the new La Luchadora smashed Lynch’s head into an exposed turnbuckle, allowing Bliss to capitalize with a DDT to retain her title.
After The Miz refused to speak to any interviewer other than Renee Young earlier in the evening – following their scandalous exchange regarding her relationship with Dean Ambrose last week – the WWE master of the mic cautiously approached The A-Lister’s locker room to ask a question. After Miz restrained a very irate Maryse, he and Young proceeded to have an awkward-as-awkward-can-be interview. This came to an abrupt end, however, when Young’s boyfriend, Ambrose, disguised as a security guard, snuck up behind The A-Lister and began to savagely attack him. Security attempted to restrain The Lunatic Fringe, but he proceeded to take all of them out as well.
It was announced later in the show that The Miz would defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose next week on SmackDown LIVE.
Anticipation loomed in this WWE Championship Triple Threat Match, both to see who would prevail victorious and to find out who would go on to defend the title against John Cena at the Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin were all very much game for the task at hand, delivering an incredibly compelling contest to cap off the Wild Card Finals. Both Ziggler and Corbin made the most of their opportunity, giving it all they had in the process. Tables were smashed, incredible counters were made and all three Superstars proved to be warriors. However, ultimately, Styles proved why he continues to remain at the peak of the Team Blue mountaintop, defeateding The Showoff after striking The Lone Wolf with the Phenomenal Forearm and then capitalizing on the End of Days Corbin struck Ziggler with seconds earlier for the win.
Cena arrived as Styles began to celebrate after the contest was over. The two rivals stared each other down before the Cenation leader, somewhat surprisingly, extended his hand for a handshake. The Phenomenal One, skeptically, returned the gesture, now with their Royal Rumble clash looming on The Road to WrestleMania.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) defeated The Wyatt Family (Randy Orton & Luke Harper) (c) (w/ Bray Wyatt) and Heath Slater & Rhyno and The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (23:07)
- The Usos defeated Rhyno & Heath Slater (4:04)
- American Alpha defeated The Usos (10:03)
- American Alpha defeated The Wyatt Family
- AJ Styles (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler & Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match to retain the WWE Championship (21:15)
Other on-screen talent