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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Results for 11/08/16 – Delayed Coverage of the Glasgow, Scotland Show Featuring Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, plus more!

Due to a prior commitment last night I was unable to cover this show in real time.  Here is my delayed coverage of Smackdown, which aired on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

This will be a “Stream of Conciousness” format.

  • Fireworks kick off the show, taped earlier in the day at the SSE Arena.  It’s the first time the show has ever been there.  Maruo Ranallo confirms that Bliss vs. Lynch for the title is the main event.
  • AJ Styles walks out to his full entrance.  We go to ringside where we now have a 4-man (?) booth – Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips, JBL, and David Otunga.
  • Why is it a 4-man booth?  This is just excessive.  Phillips is good, but this… just unnecessary.
  • The fans chant for AJ Styles, but he cuts them off.  He’s in no mood for their cheers or boos.  He tells the fans to put down their phones, sit down and be quiet.  He unloads into Dean Ambrose, claiming he cheated, and now he’s got a shot at the WWE Championship at TLC.
  • Styles says if Ambrose cared so much about the title he never would’ve lost it.  Styles turns to picking on James Ellsworth next, and says if he was there he would beat the ugly off of him, but noone is flying him there.  Styles says he’s also been told he can’t have any physical contact with Ambrose because of Survivor Series, but they’re on the same team and he’s stuck with him… and of course he does want to beat the crap out of Raw.
  • Styles says he’s the defacto captain of Team Smackdown, and it’s up to him to get the team on the same page.  He calls the team to the ring, but before he can finish, teammate Baron Corbin interrupts.
  • Styles says he was going to give him an introduction, but he can do whatever he wants – provided he delivers at Survivor Series.  Corbin says he’s going to deliver as long as it’s not for his (Styles’) team.
  • Then The Wyatt’s interrupt – Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton.  Styles welcomes them, and then Dean Ambrose’s music hits.
  • Ambrose heads to the ring, but just as he gets to the apron, he turns around and walks back up the ramp.  He holds a finger up, then points at the stage – as James Ellsworth’s music hits.  David Otunga calls him a “Chinternational Superstar” (groan).
  • Ambrose tells Styles to calm down.  He says that Ellsworth is his guest, never been to Scotland before.  Styles wants to make sure he’s not around at Survivor Series.  Ambrose says if he has a problem with Ellsworth, he has to go through him.  Styles says it hasn’t been a problem before, and right now, he’s outnumbered.
  • And then, Baron Corbin rolls out of the ring and leaves.
  • And then, The Wyatt’s enter the ring, but Shane McMahon’s music hits and it stops them.
  • Shane addresses Styles and Wyatt – asks them if they truly want to prove they’re the best in the business.  He turns to Ambrose and says they’ll need to defeat Raw at Survivor Series.  To do that, they need to be united.  They have to put their differences to the side, focus on the big picture, and Team Blue will be victorious.
  • Shane says if they can harness the energy and passion of James Ellsworth, combined with their talent, it’ll be a clean sweep.  Ellsworth whispers into Shane’s ear, and Shane agrees.  He announces Ellsworth as the Official Mascot of Team Smackdown.
  • Shane announces a match for tonight – the Wyatt Family vs. Dean Ambrose & Baron Corbin & James Ellsworth.
  • A good segment overall, if not a bit long.  I would’ve liked to hear a bit more from Corbin, but otherwise, this was all fine.
  • We see Becky Lynch warming up backstage, and later tonight, Breezeango vs. The Vaudevillains to qualify for Survivor Series.
  • Baron Corbin is approached by Shane backstage.  He wants to make sure he knows he’s in the six-man tag match.  Corbin says he heard, and he’s not interested.  Shane says it’s not a request – Corbin says he agreed to do his “dirty work” at Survivor Series, but he’s not sticking his neck out for Ambrose or Ellsworth.  If he has a problem with it, kick him off the team, since Shane needs him more than he needs Shane.
  • Shane says he’s taking him out of the six man match and putting him up against Kalisto instead.  I wish I could say that was a threat, but… it wasn’t.
  • The Vaudevillains vs. Breezango is up next… Breezango are wearing kilts.  They’re dressed as the “Fashion Police” and start handing out tickets to members of the crowd, as well as JBL.
  • Gotch immediately goes on the offense and hits a rolling senton on Breeze, tagging in English, who hits a swanton off the top rope for a near fall.  Fandango broke up the pin, but he’s tossed out quickly.  Breeze fights out and makes the tag to Fandango, and English and Breeze fight outside.  Fandango gets booted off the apron by Gotch.
  • Fandango pushes English into Breeze’s superkick, then hits a Falcon Arrow for the sudden win.
  • That was way too short to feel important.
  • We get some more hype for Bliss vs. Lynch for the Women’s Title.  I like that they’re making a big deal out of it – and have been for months.
  • A teaser airs for 205 Live, debuting November 29th.
  • A commercial hypes up Edge being the host of the 900th Episode of Smackdown Live, plus the return of The Undertaker.  This is next week, folks!
  • Natalya vs. Naomi is up next.  I think I may have had a seizure during Naomi’s entrance.
  • Nikki Bella is at ringside.  Nattie’s got a whistle she’s blowing a few times before the match starts.
  • Naomi goes for an early roll-up.  Nattie yanks Naomi to the mat and poses for the camera.  A double-cross body lays both ladies out.
  • Carmella heads out to the ring to start trouble.  She talks trash at Nikki, and the two look like they’re about to come to blows, but Nattie gets inbetween them and starts blowing the whistle.  She gets knocked to the floor, and then Nikki lays out Carmella.  Natalya gets back in Bella’s face, and nearly gets counted out.
  • Natalya makes it back in at 9, and gets rolled up by Naomi for the pin.
  • Not a great match at all, as there really wasn’t much to it.  All angle.
  • We see a backstage shot of Bliss stretching out for her match later tonight.
  • After the break, Ambrose and Ellsworth are chatting.  Ellsworth says they don’t need Corbin – they’re James and Dean – James Dean!  Two men with two hands and a fighting chance!  Together, they have four hands!  Ambrose says that it’s horrible, and says he’s about to have zero partners.  Daniel Bryan walks in, and Ambrose says it feels like a handicap match.  Bryan says he found someone – someone that’s dealt with the Wyatt’s before, is reliable, and his career is “on fire.”  It’s Kane.  Ellsworth asks him what the strategy is, and Kane says “Don’t tag in.”
  • Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto is up.  We see a clip of Corbin attacking Kalisto three months ago, and they put over the attack as sidling him with a knee injury.
  • Kalisto makes his entrance, leaping over the top rope and running directly into a clothesline.  The bell hasn’t even rung yet.  He lays out Kalisto with an STO, then talks trash, tossing him into the corner.  Corbin slides Kalisto out of the ring to the floor.
  • Corbin exits the ring and slips off the apron, tweaking his knee.  The referee checks on him and he tells the ref his knee popped.  Kalisto immediately runs over, dropkicking Corbin’s knee into the steps as a pair of referees run out to check on Corbin.  Otunga says Corbin deserved it after what he did.
  • Kalisto heads back into the ring, and hits a frog splash off the top rope right onto the bad knee.
  • I like this.  They gave Kalisto a much needed edge, and gave him a way to get even with Corbin.  It looked like this was going to be a squash but I’m glad they took it in a different direction.
  • A highlight package airs the rise of Becky Lynch, winning the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship, Alexa Bliss’s #1 Contendership, and the feud between the two.  It is an excellent package, and great hype for the match.
  • And, at the top of the hour, it’s time for the main event, sadly not closing the show.
  • Bliss makes her entrance first, and we go to break.
  • When we return, Shane McMahon is staring at a list of names for Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown.  Daniel Bryan comes in and says Baron Corbin is out of Survivor Series due to the leg injury against Kalisto.
  • We go ringside and Becky Lynch makes her entrance.
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
  • Proper title intros here as we get under way.  The ladies lock up, and Lynch goes for the armbar early on.  Lynch gets a head of steam, hitting a dropkick.  The referee breaks her up in the corner and Bliss takes advantage of it, tossing her into the ring post.  Lynch slides to the floor.
  • Bliss keeps the pressure on outside, working over the arm before rolling her back into the ring.  She stomps Bliss to the mat repeatedly, and continues to work the arm.
  • Bliss sends Lynch face-first into the bottom turnbuckle, then wraps the bad arm across the apron.  She continues to focus on the arm.  Lynch rolls out of a submission attempt, and deadlifts Bliss into a sit-out powerbomb as we go to break.
  • We return to Lynch getting a two-count.  Lynch fires up with clotheslines and a leg lariat.  She hits a forearm in the corner and a springboard kick.  A Becksplex is good for two.  Lynch misses a leg drop from the second rope.  Bliss counters with a pair of knees off of a backflip.
  • The two trade forearms back and forth.  Lynch gets the better of the exchange, but Bliss flips out of the corner with a roll-up for two.  Bliss goes up top, and Lynch meets her there, both ladies trading blows.  Bliss hits a headbutt and goes for a tornado DDT but doesn’t get it.  She ends up connecting with a DDT anyhow, but again, a two-count.
  • Bliss loses her cool and yells at the ref.  Lynch catches her with a pair of knees, then goes for a roll-up that is reversed.  Lynch reverses that with Disarm-her, and Bliss taps out, but her foot was on the ropes.
  • Winner: Becky Lynch to retain the WWE Women’s Championship
  • This was a very good match, but with the foot on the ropes, it’s plain to see the feud will continue past Survivor Series.  I wonder if we’ll get a Women’s TLC match out of this too.  Disappointing this didn’t close out the show, though.  It feels like the women on Raw are breaking all this ground but for some reason the women on Smackdown aren’t afforded the same opportunity.
  • Back to Shane and Daniel.  They don’t have a decision yet on Corbin’s replacement.  They discuss going to Raw on Monday, and both are in.  And then, Maryse and Miz walk in.
  • Maryse does all the talking for Miz.  She’s upset at the Dolph Ziggler situation.  There’s some bickering, and then for some reason that has nothing to do with The Miz, Bryan announces that Mick Foley was willing to put the Cruiserweight title up against a Smackdown star – and they’ve chosen Kalisto.  If Kalisto wins, the Cruiserweight championship and the entire cruiserweight division comes to Smackdown Live.
  • Maryse asks if Dolph loses to Sami Zayn, will Miz lose out on his rematch for the IC title.  Bryan says he can have his rematch next week on Smackdown – take it or leave it.  Maryse accepts on Miz’s behalf, and Miz looks at her, frustrated.
  • Out of the break, Apollo Crews makes his entrance.
  • Apollo Crews vs. Curt Hawkins
  • Hawkins immediately goes on the offense, laying in stiff kicks in the corner.  Hawkins goes for a quick cover, gets one.  Crews gets in a side press for two.  He hits a running boot and catches Hawkins with an elbow in the corner, but misses a dive off the top.  Hawkins sneaks in a roll-up and gets the victory.  
  • Renee Young approaches Dolph Ziggler backstage, asking him about his defense next week.  He’s a fighting champion, and hypes up the 900th episode of Smackdown.  He’s going to beat Miz next week, and successfully defend the title against Sami Zayn.  He’s excited and can’t wait.
  • The Wyatt Family makes their entrance.
  • Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper & Randy Orton vs. Kane & James Ellsworth & Dean Ambrose
  • AJ Styles is at ringside, on commentary here.
  • Kane and Harper lock up first.  Not long til Ambrose and Wyatt are going at it, Ambrose stomping a mudhole on Wyatt in the corner.  He lays in a series of chops, but Wyatt reverses, and with a bit of help from Harper, gets the advantage.
  • Orton tags in and takes out Ambrose with a clothesline, then stomps on each appendage.  Ambrose tags out to Kane.  The fans chant for Ellsworth.  Ellsworth begs for the tag, but Kane scares him off.  Harper and Orton double-team Kane and get the advantage.
  • Wyatt in, he hits a running senton.  Orton stares down Ellsworth and Kane catches him with a right, but Orton grounds him in the corner as we go to break.
  • It’s Harper and Kane out of the break.  Kane tries to fight free, and Harper catches him with a dropkick.  Tag to Orton.  Orton keeps control with a dropkick.  Harper tags in, Kane catches him off guard with a DDT and makes the tag to Ambrose.  Ambrose unleashes on Wyatt, now legal.
  • Ambrose takes The Wyatt’s out to the floor and dives through the ropes successfully.  Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, Ambrose counters, but gets hit by Harper with a big boot.  Harper and Kane start brawling and the brawl heads backstage.
  • Wyatt crab-walks, and both he and Ambrose connect with clotheslines.  Ambrose crawls to the ropes, and Ellsworth creeps over.  The audience is going crazy for Ellsworth and he makes the tag. He starts tuning up the band for No Chin Music, and Wyatt catches Ellsworth mid-kick, hitting Sister Abigail for the win.
  •  A fun but predictable tag match.  Not much else to say.
  • After the match, The Wyatt’s surround Ambrose and Ellsworth.  Shane McMahon runs down to split it up, and AJ Styles even steps into the ring to try to get control of things.  Daniel Bryan walks out, notepad in hand.
  • Bryan says he can add anyone on this list to Team Smackdown.  He says his name is on the top right-hand corner of list, but he’s not allowed to compete.  Below that is the name of every Smackdown roster member, and in the top left-hand corner is another name – Shane McMahon.  Bryan asks Shane if he’ll be the fifth member of Team Smackdown.  Shane agrees, and he’s on the team.
  • AJ Styles does not look amused, and frankly, neither am I.  Shane McMahon being added is a terrible idea.  He’s the GM, not a wrestler, and shouldn’t be in the match.
  • I’m really not enjoying these shows leading up to Survivor Series.  The ladies put on a good match for the title, but outside of that, not much going on worth getting excited about.  Skippable if you read the spoilers for sure.

 

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About Drew Koscelek (1100 Articles)
Editor in Chief for Ring-Rap.com, 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 dkoscelek@ring-rap.com

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