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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Results for 11/29/16 – The Go-Home Show for TLC, featuring Lynch & Bliss Contract Signing, Ambrose Asylum, and more!

WWE’s Smackdown presented the final show heading into TLC this Sunday.  It has been nearly two months since the last Smackdown pay-per-view, and in a lot of ways, may of these matches feel like the end of a feud.  I’m watching this show on delay, so let’s get into it.

  • Renee Young opened the show with a contract signing for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Match – Becky Lynch defending the title against Alexa Bliss.  Both ladies did well within the confines of their characters, but it felt a little too much like two little kids bickering.  That said, when Lynch started attacking Bliss, she got an awesome reaction, and the crowd popped big.  Lynch going through the table makes it seem like the title is at risk.  Overall thumbs up, but not perfect.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin & The Miz (w/ Maryse) was our first match of the evening.  It’s your typical “singles-matches-in-a-tag-match” match, which is fine.  It didn’t take long for the match to de-evolve into a brawl outside, and a tease for a ladder or a chair, for both respective matches.  Of course, Maryse got involved in the match, but the match was thrown out anyhow after Corbin attacked Kalisto with a chair.
  • A good backstage promo from American Alpha, who managed to get over their goofy side while taking The Wyatt Family seriously.  It’s a shame that Gable and Jordan haven’t had more mic time to this point, but hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
  • Of course, Wyatt and Orton had a chance to retaliate in their own promo, and they did, but it was more of a set-up for Luke Harper vs. Kane, happening later.
  • Carmella cut an in-ring promo about her match against Nikki Bella at TLC.  She apologizes to John Cena for what she’ll do to Bella, saying she’ll hit her in the chest so hard with a chair that her own “Bella Twins” will be popping out of her back.  Cute.  Bella runs out to the ring and attacks Carmella immediately, and it’s a pull-apart Brawl with some good heat behind it.  Carmella slaps Bella across the face, but Bella tackles her again, and Carmella retreats up the ramp.  Good angle.
  • A video package highlights the AJ Styles/Dean Ambrose/James Ellsworth saga, with focus on Ellsworth vs. Styles last week for a Smackdown Contract.  Ellsworth successfully won the match – thanks to a bit of help from Ambrose – and earned his contract.
  • Dean Ambrose hosts The Ambrose Asylum, and introduces his guest, James Ellsworth.  Ambrose asks him how old his boots are, and tells him they need to get him a pair of boots that weren’t spray painted at home.  He then asks him if he ever thought he’d be a full-time member of the Smackdown roster.  Ellsworth says he kept showing up and fighting until he was at the right place at the right time.  Ambrose pokes a bit of fun at him, says if he wants to repay him, he can wash his car and do some laundry.  He then talks about Ellsworth earning a future WWE Championship title shot.  Ellsworth says it would be an honor to face Ambrose, but on the other hand, he’s defeated AJ Styles three times… and then AJ interrupts.  He runs Ellsworth down.  He talks about Dean Ambrose, says he’s going to put him through every table he can find, and then AJ enters the ring.  Ambrose says the last few weeks have been hard on Styles, but championships are won in the mind.  An AJ Styles chant breaks out, and Ambrose brushes past it, tells Styles to stop worrying about Ellsworth, say’s he’s going to win.  Styles doesn’t like it and pushes both men.  He tosses the steps at Ambrose, then heads into the ring to deal with Ellsworth, who is standing, fist raised.  AJ attacks him with the ladder, and tosses him out of the ring, before hitting him in the back with a chair.  He sets Ellsworth up on the steps and does a Styles Clash off of the steps onto the floor.  It was a sick spot and it looked like Ellsworth might’ve caught his head on the steps, but on a second viewing, that didn’t seem to be the case.  The referees call for the doctor, and they stretcher Ellsworth out.  Solid segment, with Styles coming out looking vicious.
  • Kane vs. Luke Harper is our second match of the night, and we’re about 75 minutes into the show.  It’s a good match between two good big men, but it’s about what you would expect too.  Kane picked up the win after some great back and forth action that the fans were into.
  • We go back to a recap of the Lynch/Bliss brawl from earlier.  Renee Young asks Lynch if she’s injured after going through a table.  The doctor tells her there’s a spine bruise, but she’ll wear an ice pack every day if she has to.  Bliss is not challenging her to a Tables Match come Sunday, and Becky Lynch says she doesn’t care if it’s a “tables, ladders, chairs, stairs – she wants it, she’ll get it, and I’ll get my revenge on that little bitch.”  Nice heat from Lynch.
  • The Wyatt Family (Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt) vs. American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) for the #1 Contendership to the Smackdown Tag Team Championship is next.  Jordan and Orton start it out, and it’s back and forth early on.  Jordan maintains control after Wyatt tags in, and Gable tags in as well.  Rapid tags from American Alpha, leading into a double dropkick.  Wyatt bails out of the ring and tears up the announcer’s table in frustration.  Jordan misses a cross-body splash, landing in the ropes.  It gives Wyatt the advantage, and he tags in Orton.  Orton works over Jordan, stomping his limbs and locking in a headlock.  Gable blind tags in and hits a diving cross body on Orton.  He locks in an armbar over the top rope, but Bray Wyatt knocks Gable off the apron off of a ref distraction.  After the break, Bray Wyatt has control of Chad Gable.  He DDT’s Gable on the apron.  Orton with a tag, and a headlock.  Gable hits a big dropkick to Bray, and stretches for the hot tag, but Wyatt cuts him off, taking out Jordan.  He slams Gable for a near fall.  Orton sets Gable up in the corner, but is distracted by Jordan.  Gable tries to fight out, Orton hitting a big superplex on him anyhow.  Hot tags all around, Jason Jordan on fire.  He suplexes Wyatt with a belly to belly, and a belly to back.  Jordan gets amped up and drops the straps, but Wyatt’s music hits and the lights go out.  When they come on, Luke Harper is at ringside.  Wyatt moves on the distraction for Sister Abigail, but Gable hits a dropkick.  Orton slides in and hits an RKO on Gable.  Jordan spears Orton, misses Wyatt with a second spear (with some help from Harper).  Wyatt hits Sister Abigail, and it’s over.  A very, very good tag match from top to bottom.
  • Backstage, Rhyno and Heath Slater are interviewed about their opponents at TLC – Slater says Orton and Wyatt need to be prepared for them, and AJ Styles walks in, saying noone really cares about the tag team. Styles says people only care about the world champ.  Rhyno gets in his face, but before anyhting can come of it, Dean Ambrose runs in and attacks Styles viciously, tossing him all over the room, into tables, chairs, everything he can find.
  • Overall?  A solid go-home show.  As I mentioned before, many of these feuds have been going on for some time, and feel like they’re coming to an end.  And in that respect, this pay-per-view feels like it has weight to it, as the stipulations don’t feel needless.  I like the matches, and even though we’ve seen them before, they’ve been good previously, so there’s no reason to doubt they won’t continue to be good.  I will have live coverage of TLC this Sunday starting at 8pm Eastern, so be sure to join me for all my thoughts on the show as it happens!
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About Drew Koscelek (1101 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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