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WWE Smackdown Live Reaction and Results for 08/09/16 – The Build to Summerslam Continues! Ambrose, Ziggler, Wyatt, Cena, Styles, and much more!

WWE Smackdown is live tonight in Bakersfield, CA, as the build for Summerslam continues.  Will Bray Wyatt continue to stick his nose in Dean Ambrose’s and Dolph Ziggler’s business?  Plus, where do John Cena and AJ Styles go from here?  What additional matches will we see announced for Summerslam?

We begin coverage of the show tonight starting at 8pm EST.  Tune in and join us for the fun as we provide “Stream of Conciousness” style coverage this week!

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Randy Orton is in the building.  New girl tells him he’s facing Alberto Del Rio tonight, and asks him how he’s staying focused about Brock Lesnar.  He says he’s the legend killer, and it only takes 1 RKO to get to Viperville.
  • Alberto Del Rio sneaks up and makes fun of Viperville.  They make all sorts of jokes about it being like an amusement park.  Meh.
  • It’s Smackdown Live, and we’ve got fireworks!  Boom! Bakersfield, California not only gets hyped, but stays hyped.  Unless it’s Bray Wyatt, then they get their cellphones out.
  • And thus, the Eater of Worlds heads to the ring, Erick Rowan by his side.  The on-screen graphic calls them the “Wyatt Family” but is it still a family with only two?
  • Wyatt wants to make something clear – he did not fall to Dolph Ziggler (yes you did).  He says he was a victim, and Ziggler was desperate, bringing deception.  He says he’s a god, and you can never kill a god.  “Just ask Dean Ambrose.”
  • Wyatt claims Smackdown is *his* show.  There’s no red or blue, just him.
  • Apparently Dean Ambrose disagrees, and he walks onto the stage.  He says it really IS a new era if Bray is the victim.  He says it doesn’t sound like the Eater of Worlds, it sounds like a baby.  Smackdown Live doesn’t belong to him – it belongs to the people, and to the World Champion.
  • Bray challenges him to get him off the podium.  Gauntlet thrown!
  • Dean-o gets pumped up but Dolph Ziggler walks out, right on cue.  He runs into the ring and attacks Rowan and Wyatt.  They easily take him out, but Ambrose evens it up.  Ambrose sends Rowan over the top rope, Wyatt goes for a Sister Abigail, but moves Ambrose into an oncoming superkick from Ziggler.  Ziggler takes out Rowan with one too, but eats a Sister Abigail.  Bray Wyatt is the only one standing.
  • I’m thinking we’re getting a tag match in the main event out of this, but I’m also starting to wonder if Wyatt ends up in the Summerslam match at some point.  It’s seeming that way.
  • After the break, Ambrose and Ziggler have words about what just happened.  Ambrose wants him to use his own time to prove himself.  Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon run in and announce that tag match I just mentioned.  Bryan gets a little rude and tells Dolph that if he doesn’t like it, “screw you.”  Tip of the hat to last week.
  • Let’s get some tag team action going!  It’s American Alpha! They’re taking on a tag team of jobbers!  Mikey O’Shea & Mike Vega!  Before the match can begin, The Ascension walk out, followed by The Vaudevillains, and The Hype Bros.
  • Yeah, so this is a squash match, and it’s beautiful.  American Alpha naturally wins.
  • The remaining teams surround the ring and a brawl breaks out.  Gable and Jordan clear the ring eventually as the announcers hype up an eventual Smackdown Tag Team Championship.
  • Eva Marie makes her 2nd attempt at a Smackdown Debut next.
  • Renee Young is at the Smackdown talk booth thing.  She introduces The Miz and Maryse.  Miz doesn’t want to talk about Summerslam, he wants to talk about his wife.  They have a moment, poor Renee in the middle, as a hype video, uh, hypes Apollo Crews.
  • Miz and Maryse are literally laying on the table.  They are infatuated with each other.  Renee kicks it ringside before it gets more awkward.
  • Becky Lynch comes out to the ring, just like she did last week. Eva Marie’s obnoxious entrance kicks in, and she walks out to the ring.  She makes the announcer help her with her jacket.  She goes up to the top rope, poses, then comes back down without incident.  Out of nowhere, her top becomes unbuttoned, and she clutches her boobs, covering up.  The referee gets a towel, she runs backstage, and the referee calls the match off due to a “wardrobe malfunction.”
  • Becky Lynch cuts a fierce promo, saying she’s a fighter, and she’s there to compete.  She says there’s no way she’s going two weeks in a row without competing.  She throws out a challenge to anyone backstage.  “Come at me bro!”
  • Alexa Bliss accepts her challenge.  She says she’s here to bring Bliss to Smackdown Live, and can’t think of a better debut than to defeat Smackdown’s first female draft pick.
  • After the break, Bliss literally stomps Lynch’s face into the mat.  Lynch gets fired up and the crowd responds accordingly.  Running forearm followed by a Becksploder.  And then, Eva Marie’s music hits again, and the voiceover says “Ladies and Gentleman, Eva Marie is now ready to compete.”  Hilarious.
  • Thanks to the distraction, Bliss hits her splash finisher for the win.  Short match, but fine.
  • Eva Marie cuts a promo saying she feels bad, her leg is 100%, but she’ll be ready next week.  Funny.
  • Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio is next.  It’s a pretty even affair too, mostly, but Orton gets the advantage going into the break.
  • Orton stomps the limbs out of the break.  Del Rio nails him with a back stabber.  Del Rio focuses on the shoulder, locking in an arm bar.  Orton takes advantage, kicks out the legs on the ropes and hits a superplex.  Back and forth kicks and strikes, Orton getting the better of the exchange.  Orton goes for his DDT, Del Rio counters.  He hits it after a series of counters.
  • The fight spills outside the ring and Orton tears apart the announcer’s table, but Del Rio nails Orton with a chair to the arm twice.  The referee throws the match out as Del Rio sends him shoulder first into the ring post.  Back in the ring, Del Rio readies another swing.  Orton nails an RKO out of nowhere.
  • Good match here.  These guys work well together and the crowd was into it.
  • Rhyno warms up backstage.  Heath Slater approaches him, and reminds him if he beats him, he gets a contract for Smackdown.  Rhyno doesn’t care.  Slater says he’s got two kids and needs some help.  Rhyno says he can’t let his supporters down after winning the primaries in Michigan.  Slater mentions his four kids and Rhyno catches him in the lie.  He asks about Slater’s pool, further catching him in the lie.  “Sorry, I can’t help you out.”  Damn, son.
  • We see footage of The Miz approaching Scooby Doo earlier today.  It’s to plug the new Scooby cartoon.  I’m not even going to cover this.  Moving along.
  • Heath Slater comes out to the ring, and even has a non-partisan on-screen graphic.  Neither Raw nor Smackdown.  Funny.  Anyhow, Rhyno is out next, and dominates the match.  Slater dodges Rhyno in the corner and takes advantage.  Rhyno misses a Gore attempt and Slater rolls him up, feet on the ropes.  The ref catches him, and Rhyno nails the Gore this time, getting the win.
  • So where does Slater end up now?  And what about his three kids?  These are the important questions.
  • Erick Rowan cuts a creepy promo backstage.  Bray comes into the frame and tells him to destroy.
  • We come back from a break to have Shane and Daniel talking about Heath Slater.  Daniel says he’s sure he wants to do this, since Slater embodies the Smackdown fighting spirit, even though he lost.  Slater comes into frame, ranting and yelling about losing.  He says he’s been disrespected and has to go home to his 7 kids.  He says Smackdown live doesn’t deserve Heath Slater.  Shane closes the book on that contract.
  • Carmella heads to the ring, doing her full entrance.  She calls out Natalya, and during her promo Nattie runs out to the ring.  Carmella was ready for her and takes Nattie down.  The referee breaks them up long enough to ring the bell for their match.  Natalya catches Carmella off guard and chokes her out on the ropes.  She maintains control.  Nattie nails Carmella with a knee to the gut and a clothesline for two.  Carmella counters Nattie’s Sharpshooter attempt with her own submission, and Nattie taps out.  Not bad.
  • Renee Young hypes up Summerslam at her interview set.  She intros a package for AJ Styles vs. John Cena at Summerslam.
  • For some reason, Baron Corbin feels the need to beat the crap out of Kalisto backstage.  He says it was for costing him the Intercontinental Championship.  Poor Kalisto.
  • Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose finally team up to take on Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan.  The Wyatts immediately attack Ziggler and Ambrose, and it’s Dean and Bray as the legal men.  In an awkward spot, Ambrose ducks a clothesline before tagging in Ziggler.  Well, Ziggler tagged himself, actually. He keeps the advantage before Rowan cuts him off.  We got to break.
  • Hot tag to Ambrose out of the break, and he’s on fire, taking out Wyatt.  Clothesline followed up by a bulldog, then Ambrose attacks Rowan at ringside.  Wyatt takes him out with a clothesline.  Rowan in, splash for two.  The action spill outside again, and Ambrose brawls with Wyatt.  Ziggler comes by to try to make it even, but Ambrose ignores him as Wyatt slams him into the apron.  Ambrose hits a neckbreaker.
  • Hot tag to Ziggler, who is in control.  Near fall from Rowan after a spin kick.  Ziggler hits a Zig Zag, broken up by Wyatt.  Ambrose evens the odds and leaps through the ropes onto Wyatt (but barely gets him and mostly falls on his face).  Ziggler and Rowan back and forth, Ziggler hits a superkick and picks up the win.
  • Ziggler checks on Ambrose after the match.  Ambrose kicks him in the gut and drops him with Dirty Deeds to a huge applause as the show comes to a close.

Overall, a pretty good show, and I felt it was more entertaining than Raw.  After Austin’s challenge to Ambrose last night, I wonder if Dirty Deeds will start getting over in the way the Stunner did.  I think it could…

Anyhow, Smackdown is focusing on logical stories and not straying from the path too much.  With only two hours to play with, they need to make it count, and so far, they are.  I’m pleased.  But how do you feel about the show?  We’ve got a reader poll on the main page, as well as a Twitter poll over on @RingRap.  Check it out!

About Drew Koscelek (1122 Articles)
Editor in Chief for, and a lifelong fan of pro-wrestling. Drew is one of the co-founders of Ring Rap, and is the current administrator of the site. Outside of pro-wrestling, he has a passion for all things geeky - reading, science fiction, video games, and music. You can contact him on Twitter @PsionStorm, or via email at

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