With the WWE Championship and Smackdown’s Women’s Championship matches already scheduled for No Mercy, another title match was set into place for Smackdown Live’s upcoming pay-per-view.
History repeated itself as The Usos met The American Alphas in the squared circle for an opportunity at the Tag Team titles. No smiles, handshakes, or respect were given by any member of each opposing team, as The American Alphas had a score to settle after their last encounter with The Usos. Although Gable did well for himself in the ring after sustaining a knee injury courtesy of the brotherly duo, Jimmy and Jey focused on inflicting pain on that knee. It worked and The Usos will once again face Heath Slater and Rhyno at No Mercy for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship.
I think it was too soon for Chad Gable to return to action. Shane McMahon had announced on Talking Smack shortly after Gable was injured that he would be out of action for 2-4 weeks. Two weeks has certainly passed since then, but after what the WWE Universe witnessed last night, Gable is not ready to compete. It’s too soon. He needs to take the full, necessary amount of time to fully recuperate and heal, then come after The Usos and the Tag Team Championship.
Stay tuned for more announcements on the No Mercy pay-per-view.
Last night, The WWE Universe witnessed the final matches for the Tag Team Tournament on Smackdown Live. The winner of each match would move forward to Backlash to compete and possibly become the inaugural Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions! Unfortunately, the night didn’t go in the direction the American Alphas had intended.
The American Alphas Jason Jordan and Chad Gable kickstarted the Tournament against 2x Tag Team Champions The Usos. The Usos played dirty right from the beginning as they immediately attacked The American Alphas as soon as the bell rang. The American Alphas bounced back incredibly quickly as they were victorious with what felt like a minute into the match! As The American Alphas continued their celebration, The Usos shook hands and showing sportsmanship as usual. What happened next took everyone completely by surprise as one half of The Usos (no clue which one if I am being honest) superkicked Jason Jordan square in the face. This allowed The Usos to gang up on Chad Gable and focus on injuring his leg, which they were successful.
It was undetermined at that time as to the status of Gable’s injury although Shane McMahon gave us an update on Talking Smack. Shane reported that Chad Gable’s MCL was injured and is required 2-4 weeks out of action to allow his injury to heal. Luckily, this injury does not require surgery but it will prevent Gable and Jordan to compete at Backlash this Sunday. Daniel Bryan made a decision on the spot that The Usos and The Hype Bros will have a match at Backlash to see which team will qualify to the Tag Team Championship match that same night. Shane agreed and the match has now been implemented into the Backlash pay-per-view.
If no one picked it up, I have the results for the second Tag Team Tournament match held later in the evening. The Hype Bros took of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, which they lost. Heath Slater celebrated their victory as he hugged his wife and all seven of his redheaded children watching in the front row. The Hype Bros, as already discussed, do have an opportunity to compete in the Tag Team Championship match at Backlash if they are able to defeat The Usos.
See who becomes Smackdown Live’s inaugural Tag Team Champions and tune into Backlash this Sunday, September 11th on the WWE Network!
With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live! along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest. One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match. It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match. That match will be featured in this blog segment titled Match of the Month!
August’s Match of the Month takes place on Smackdown Live, August 23rd. AJ Styles boasted about how phenomenal he was at Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view as he beat John Cena. While speaking with some members of the locker room, Dolph Ziggler had his head down in defeat, not saying a word. AJ noticed and commented on Dolph’s unsuccessful attempt at obtaining the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam, continuing to press Dolph’s buttons until Dolph rightfully snapped. This continued throughout the show until Daniel Bryan found a resolution to the problem: Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles would take place as the main event that night. If AJ won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE World Championship and if Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to the Championship match which would make it a Triple Threat Match.
Dean Ambrose accompanied JBL, Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga on commentary to watch AJ Styles take on Dolph Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler did a lot of technical wrestling in this match which took AJ down -and by surprise – each time. Styles interrupted Ziggler’s hot streak by throwing him face first – and hard – into the top turnbuckle followed by a Pendulum Backbreaker. AJ tried to pin Dolph but he kicked out at two. Shortly after, Dolph resumes his advantage in the match and moments later, hits AJ Styles with his signature Famouser maneuver twice but unfortunately for Dolph, AJ kicked both times. After taking a knee to the back followed by a Body Slam, Dolph hits AJ with an incredible Satellite DDT and pins AJ who kicks out at two. As AJ Styles tries to connect his Styles Classic maneuver on Ziggler, Ziggler counters into his own maneuver, the Zig Zag and tries to pin Styles again but again, kicks out at two. It was until AJ hit Dolph with the Styles Clash that we saw a pin successfully make it to the three count.
Winner: AJ Styles
Ugh, my poor Dolph. He fought so hard to advance in this Championship match, just like he did at SummerSlam with unfortunately the same result. There is a plan for Dolph, I just know it, but what it is I’m not sure. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be pushing The Show Off this hard if they didn’t see something special and something Championship-worthy in him. As much as I would have loved to have seen a Triple Threat Match at Backlash, this singles competition between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship is going to be awesome!
Now that the Championship belts have debuted, it’s time to determine who will be the first ever Smackdown Live Women’s Champion and Tag Team Champions! These Championship matches will occur at Smackdown Live’s first pay-per-view, Backlash.
The women will compete in a Six Pack Challenge to determine our first Women’s Champion. These women consist of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Carmella, and the newly returned Nikki Bella. Whoever successfully pins an opponent first will be declared our first Smackdown Live Women’s Champion.
In order to declare Smackdown Live’s first Tag Team Champions, a Tag Team Tournament will occur leading up to Backlash. Smackdown Live held their first round qualifying matches last night where The Usos defeated The Ascension and American Alphas defeated Breezango in order to advance to the Championship match.
Dean Ambrose will also have a Championship match at Backlash as he will put his title on the line against AJ Styles. After pushing Dolph Ziggler’s buttons to the point where Dolph continuously lashed out, Daniel Bryan scheduled a #1 Contender match between the two. If AJ Styles won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE Championship. If Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to that match and it would become a Triple Threat Match. Sadly for Dolph, he was unsuccessful in obtaining the win leaving him behind as AJ Styles moves on. It was one hell of a match and such a shame Dolph couldn’t advance as well. It would have been an incredible Triple Threat Match!
Stay tuned for more upcoming matches for Backlash, airing on The WWE Network September 11th!
Rumors have been circulating around the WWE Universe that Smackdown Live would be adding Tag Team Championships and a Women’s Championship to their brand which General Manager Daniel Bryan confirmed last night. Daniel Bryan was joined by Commissioner Shane McMahon, the Smackdown Live Women’s Division and Tag Team Division to unveil the new Championship belts. The belts are identical to those of Monday Night Raw with the exception of replacing the red with their signature blue color. Photos of Smackdown Live’s new Championship belts are provided below.
Who will be the first woman and tag team crowned as Smackdown Live’s first Champions? Find out on Sunday, September 11th on Smackdown Live’s first pay-per-view, Backlash!
Smackdown Live followed suit with Monday Night Raw by adding another match to SummerSlam’s stacked card. This being a Six Women Tag Team Match!
Eva Marie, Natalya and Alexa Bliss vs Naomi, Carmella and Becky Lynch
Eva Marie has yet to make her highly anticipated debut on Smackdown Live due to various situations that occur prior to her match. First she sustained an injury, then a wardrobe malfunction, and last night, she was stuck in traffic. I mean, she can’t help that these things happen! Most importantly, she made it to Smackdown Live. Better late than never, right? This didn’t stop Naomi though from chasing her around the ring; attempting to get her hands on Eva like she was scheduled to earlier in the evening. Whether numerous interruptions from Eva Marie resulted in this match at SummerSlam, or Shane and Daniel want Eva to finally make her debut, I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, I have a strong feeling she’ll make sure nothing comes in between this momentous moment in her career. Joining Eva Marie will be Natalya, who has had beef with Becky Lynch the last few months as well as newcomer Carmella, and the third women on their team is Alexa Bliss. The opposing team consists of Naomi, Becky Lynch and Carmella.
Tune into SummerSlam this Sunday to see if Eva Marie will grace the WWE Universe with her in-ring presence along with checking out Smackdown Live’s Womens Division!
Last night on Smackdown Live!, The WWE Universe witnessed a Triple Threat Match to determine the Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Kalisto, Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews fought for the chance at Intercontinental gold, and I am happy to say it was Apollo Crews who picked up the victory! Apollo Crews will now face The Miz at SummerSlam for the Intercontinental Championship!
Will Crews win his first Championship in WWE? Or will The Miz continue his title reign as Intercontinental Champion? Tune into SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21st at 7pm ET to find out!