- Bray Wyatt def. Kane
- The Hype Bros def. The Ascension
- Nikki Bella def. Natalya
- Beauty and The Man-Beast def. Spirit Squad
- AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose by DQ
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE - OCTOBER 25, 2016
Welcome to WWE Smackdown and we kick things off with Dean Ambrose and James Ellsworth backstage. Ellsworth thanks Ambrose and extends his help by insisting that he'll be at ringside during Ambrose's match with AJ Styles. Ambrose doesn't think it's a good idea and suggests that Ellsworth remain in the locker room and they'll catch up later
Backstage: Andrea D’Marco is seen interviewing AJ Styles, who rubbishes his two losses against Ellsworth and says that without Ambrose, the Jobber couldn’t have done anything and adds that he will rearrange Ambrose’s face later tonight.
Styles adds that Ambrose wil have to be carried out tonight before adding that if Ellsworth appears during the match he'll be missing something besides his chin.
KANE VS BRAY WYATT - NO DISQUALIFICATION
Bray Wyatt is the first to make his way to the ring followed by The Big Red Machine. Kane has the early advantage as he hits a dropkick before following it up with big splashes in one corner of the ring.
The two then take the action to ringside where Wyatt picks up a steel chair to inflict some damage on Kane but Kane sends him crashing into the steel steps. Kane sizes up Wyatt for the Chokeslam but the lights go out and Luke Harper is standing on the top of the announcer’s table. Harper lands a big boot on Kane and follows it with a clothesline.
Kane makes a momentary comeback but Wyatt is pulled out by Harper, who is taken out by the Demon. As the two make their way back into the ring, Wyatt lands a modified Rock Bottom on Kane for a nearfall. Wyatt then goes for Sister Abigail but is stopped by Kane, who tries to hit the Chokeslam instead but is blocked.
Randy Orton’s music hits and the crowd go ballistic. Orton makes his way to the ring and stands up to Harper, who slowly backs off. Kane sizes up Wyatt for the Chokeslam while Orton prepares for the RKO as Wyatt slowly makes his way back to his feet. However, Orton nails the RKO outta nowhere on Kane – much to the surprise of Wyatt and walks off to boos. Wyatt covers Kane for the 3-count.
The winner of the match: Bray Wyatt
Becky Lynch is welcomed to the ring by Renee Young and receives a standing ovation from the crowd. The returning SmackDown Women’s Champion is interrupted immediately by Alexa Bliss, who insists that The Irish Lass Kicker looks in great shape despite her back surgery. However, Lynch denies it and adds that the doctors did not let her compete at No Mercy.
Bliss then calls Lynch a coward and asks her to hand over the title to her. The Champion responds by calling the #1 contender crazy and adds that she will see her in two weeks time at Glasgow. The two cut decent promos.
Alexa tries to catch the Champion off guard with a cheap shot but is blocked by Lynch, who responds with a forearm of her own. Alexa then rolls out of the ring and the Champion follows but Bliss charges into her and sends her crashing into the steel ring post before rolling her back into the ring.
Alexa then nails a DDT on the Champion to leave her motionless in the ring. She then goes out of the ring to fetch a bottle of spray paint and paints a yellow line on the back of Lynch
HYPE BROS VS THE ASCENSION - SURVIVOR SERIES QUALIFYING MATCH
The winner of the match will be representing SmackDown in the team’s 5 vs 5 traditional Elimination Match at Survivor Series next month.
Before the match, a video airs in which The Ascension claim that there is no bigger or badder team in the entire SmackDown roster and insist that they will rise at Survivor Series. A video of The Hype Bros follows who promise to win their match against The Ascension.
Ryder and Konnor kick things off in the middle and Konnor lands a clothesline sending Ryder to the outside. He then brings back Ryder inside the ring and connects with a European uppercut before tagging in his partner, who begins to work on Ryder before Konnor gets the tag again
Ryder fights back with a jawbreaker and both men make tags. Rowley enters the ring and takes out Viktor before nailing a corner splash for a nearfall that's broken up by Konnor. Ryder takes out Konnor. The Hype Bros then hit the Hype Ryder on Viktor before Rawley rolls him for the 3-count
The winners of the match: The Hype Bros
Backstage: Randy Orton is asked to explain his actions from earlier tonight when he attacked Kane who had been helping him in his battle against The Wyatt Family. Orton, however, gave no explanation other than responding with "If you can't beat them, join them"
NIKKI BELLA VS NATALYA - WINNER IS CAPTAIN OF THE SURVIVOR SERIES TEAM
Before the match, Natalya is seen backstage with Daniel Bryan and she addresses her feat that SmackDown will fall behind Raw at Survivor Series and proposes to Captain the women’s team for the PPV. The SmackDown Live General Manager adds a stipulation to her match with Nikki. Bryan announces that the winner of the match will captain the SmackDown team but the loser won’t be part of the team.
Nikki has all the momentum early on in the fight as she starts off with an Oklahoma Roll before following it up with a crucifix pin but Natalya manages to kick out of the two but Nikki nails a dropkick to send her outside. Natalya fights back and sends Nikki face first into the apron before hitting a forearm.
She then locks up the Bella twin in a modified bow and arrow but Nikki is able to counter it into a roll up pin. Nattie then locks Nikki in a headlock of which the former Divas Champion powers out but Natalya then locks her in the Sharpshooter.
Nikki then fights back and hits the Enziguiri off the corner for a nearfall. Natalya then goes for an inverted surfboard but the Bella twin expertly converts it into an STF and forces Natalya to tap out.
The winner of the match: Nikki Bella
Post Match: Nikki celebrates her victory but is attacked by Carmella who unloads with a series of forearms before laying Nikki out with the Bella Buster
BEAUTY AND THE MAN-BEAST VS THE SPIRIT SQUAD - SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Before the match, The Miz and Spirit Squad were in the ring trash talking Dolph Ziggler, who walks out to confront them. After some promo cutting, he is joined by SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
The Miz then trash talks Rhyno and Slater before challenging them to a match against the Spirit Squad with the title on the line and Rhyno readily accepts it.
Kenny and Slater kick off the match with the former in control. The Spirit Squad take turns to work on Slater as the crowd chant “We want Rhyno”. However, the former ‘Hottest Free Agent’ fights back and tags in Rhyno, who slams Kenny but is attacked by Mikey.
The Spirit Squad then try to double up on Rhyno but Slater hits Mikey with a running knee while Rhyno nails a belly-to-belly suplex for a nearfall. On the ringside, The Miz and Ziggler clash while Slater taking advantage of the situation sends Kenny crashing into the Miz. Rhyno nails the Gore on Mikey before covering him up for the pinfall.
The winners of the match: Heath Slater and Rhyno
AJ STYLES VS DEAN AMBROSE - WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Fast start from Ambrose to the match who hits Styles fast and furiously. He sends AJ toppling over the top and Styles viciously attacks James Ellsworth. Ambrose to check on Ellsworth but Styles hits him with a plancha.
Styles hits Ambrose with a dropkick as we come back from the break. Ambrose, in turn, sends Styles crashing to the outside and hits Styles with a Tope Suicida and lays him out. He then drags Styles back in and continues to work on him.
Styles tries to reverse into a Calf Crush but Ambrose blocks it and has Styles in a Cloverleaf but Styles stretches and manages to reach the ropes. Styles and Ambrose are both on the apron and Styles hits Ambrose with a snap suplex on the apron!!
Ambrose and Styles trade blows to the face with Ambrose coming out on top with some vicious forearms. Ambrose pins Styles following a back press for the nearfall.
Ambrose tries to go for a superplex but Styles breaks out and hits a perfect springboard inverted DDT! 1 - 2 - He kicks out! What a move! Styles goes looking for a Styles Clash but Ambrose powers out and almost clotheslines Styles' head off. He follows it up with a superplex from the top rope. Both men are down.
Styles recovers first and locks in the Calf Crusher but Ambrose scratches and crawls his way to the rope. With Ambrose still recovering from the Calf Crusher, Styles hits Ellsworth with a basement dropkick. Styles then goes for a phenomenal forearm but Ambrose blocks and goes for a Dirty Deeds of his own. Styles manages to block.
With Styles reeling on the outside we see James Ellsworth deliver a Superkick to Styles out of revenge. However, he ends up causing Ambrose the chance to be #1 contender as AJ wins by DQ.
The winner of the match by DQ: AJ Styles