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WWE SmackDown Live results (Jan. 17, 2017): Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss

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WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 17, 2017) from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee featuring all the latest build to the upcoming dual brand Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in San Antonio, Texas.

Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the Women’s title in a steel cage, the return of Jerry “The King” Lawler, a Sophia Grace music video featuring Nikki Bella and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


You'd poison a blind man's dog and steal his cane. You'd gift wrap a leper and mail him to your Aunt Jane. You'd even force-feed a diabetic a candy cane! But me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show, folks.

Show opens with a hype video for our steel cage SmackDown Women’s Championship match.

In the arena, Shane McMahon makes his entrance. He asks Memphis what’s up and they chant for him. In two weeks, Texas hosts the Royal Rumble, and he runs down a few of the headliners in the Royal Rumble match, the winner of which main events WrestleMania. But the WWE Champion will have a bit of a detour on the way, he says, because he’ll have to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber at the pay-per-view of the same name.

Enter AJ Styles. He doesn’t like the idea of beating up John Cena only to have to defend his title again inside of the Chamber, and Shane points out that it may not be him defending, which really gets AJ’s ire up. He says that’s a hotheaded decision and Shane should consult the champ before making any stupid decisions like that. Shane points out that he’s in charge and the only guy he has to consult with is general manager Daniel Bryan.

Shane tells AJ that he is, in his view, one of the best and he takes his hat off for AJ’s accomplishments. He’s truly phenomenal, and the only thing that isn’t is his attitude. AJ threatens to take the WWE Championship back to Japan and never come back. He’s never been in a barbaric structure like the Elimination Chamber and he has to put his title on the line inside of it?!

Enter John Cena. He takes in a dueling chant of “Let’s go Cena!” / “AJ Styles!” for a moment and Styles cuts him off, telling him he doesn’t get to say anything and to shut up. You don’t get to say anything when your brother-in-law gifts you a title match, and he calls Shane stupid for booking him in a Chamber match once again before telling the crowd they don’t really care about AJ Styles.

AJ wonders why SmackDown has such a problem with him and asks who’s going to come down and steal his spotlight next.

Enter the Miz, Maryse alongside him. He tells AJ to consider his spotlight stolen before telling Shane that an Elimination Chamber match is a perfect story beat for his 2017. See, he’s going to beat Dean Ambrose and, whether he wins the Royal Rumble or walks out of the Chamber with the title, he’ll be where he belongs, the main event of WrestleMania. And with his beautiful wife by his side, he’ll walk out as a dual champion, doing more for either title than anyone before.

Styles calls Miz delusion and tells him he does a great job of looking nice and hiding behind his wife, but the best thing he can do is stay away from him and the Elimination Chamber match. He tells AJ to mind his own business because he talks about beating up John Cena, well, he beat John Cena at WrestleMania. He’s the one that made the Intercontinental Championship important again, and when people talk about SmackDown, they’re talking about him, not AJ.

Cena stirs things up saying it sounds to him like Miz is saying he’s way better than AJ Styles. AJ says the last time they were in Memphis he knocked his teeth out and he’s surprised he doesn’t perform with a lisp... or does he, Maryse? Cena again stirs it up, asking if Miz is gonna take that. Shane sees an opportunity and makes a match between Miz and AJ... right now!

Commentary puts over Jerry “the King” Lawler holding the King’s Court with Dolph Ziggler and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Shane runs into Dean Ambrose backstage. Dean says he needs to talk, and Shane says if it’s about the Chamber, he’s in. Dean appreciates it but he really wants a new title belt because the current one stinks of the Miz. Shane says no dice, so Dean reminds him about the Wyatts did a while back. Shane offers him a match against Bray Wyatt, but Dean really wants to cut the Viper’s head off.

Shane, naturally, makes the match.

AJ Styles vs. the Miz

Miz with a wristlock, AJ reverses, wrenching it in and to the mat, shifting to a top wristlock and then a hammerlock but Miz gets the ropes and forces a break. Miz bails outside for a minute before coming back in for a test of strength. He gets the leverage and forces AJ to bridge to the mat but Styles forces himself back up and returns the favor before breaking the bridge with a seated senton.

Knucklelock still applied they end up in the corner, Miz breaks and grabs a side headlock, AJ shoots him off, leapfrog, drop down, dropkick! Styles taunts Cena and forces Miz in the corner for forearm strikes before hitting a running backbreaker for two. Irish whip, reversed, Miz with a big knee lift, big lefty punches, whip, goes for a hip toss but AJ reverses, looking for the Calf Killer but Miz gets the ropes.

Roll through, sunset flip, AJ counters with a leaping forearm strike! Whip to the corner, AJ gets a boot up, looking for the Phenomenal Forearm but Maryse distracts him and Miz nails the Phenomenal One with a kick as we go to break.

Back from commercial and Miz has a sort of grounded surfboard locked on as AJ gets to his feet and backs him in the corner with punches. Whip to the corner, Miz charges in with the Daniel Bryan corner dropkicks, Yes! fingers, Awesome Clothesline! Up top, beckoning Styles to his feet but he dives into a kick and looks for the Styles Clash. Miz trying to escape, Styles rolls through and goes again but Miz weasels out.

Thumb to the eye, kick to the knee, basement DDT! AJ with a victory roll pin, Miz out,looking for the figure four, Styles throws him off, Pele kick against the ropes sends Miz outside, AJ hits a stiff running knee to the face of the A-Lister and throws him into Cena at the commentary desk!

Referee Charles Robinson declares the match a no-contest, presumably, since no finish was announced and John Cena didn’t hit either guy himself.

Cena heads in to fight AJ, Miz attacks him from behind, Cena dispatches Miz, Styles looking for the forearm, John ducks... ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!

Cena poses with the title before walking off.

Nikki Bella is walking backstage and we’ll be hearing from her after the break.

Back from commercial with an ad for the small woman from a few months ago’s new music video.

Nikki Bella then makes her entrance. She says tonight they’re going to finish what they started and demands Natalya get out here right now. No response, so she says of course Nattie isn’t woman enough to face her, because she’s the best there is, was, and ever will be at stabbing people in the back.

Nattie gets on the mic from way up in the crowd, at the top of the steps leading to the concourse. She has something to show Nikki, so watch the tron. It shows Nattie going back to the merch tables and asking where the Nikki Bella merch is. It’s right next to Cena’s stuff, and she yanks it down.

Her ex-uncle, Bret Hart, has a shirt, and this upsets her. She says Nikki and Bret have a lot in common, they’re both going to die alone. Nattie takes an armload of merch and says if she doesn’t get merch, Nikki’s not having any. Bella comes charging through the door and we have us a new spin on a good old-fashioned Memphis concessions brawl, folks!

Through a table, to the floor, security separates them but Nattie gets away and charges again before they separate them for good.

Commentary puts Ambrose/Orton over and we head to break.

Back from commercial and Alexa Bliss is backstage being interviewed. She’s not afraid of the cage. If the cage will prove to that “human Chucky doll” that she can’t beat Alexa, bring on the cage!

Commentary then throws to the Kurt Angle Hall of Fame package.

In the arena, Dean Ambrose makes his entrance. The match proper, however, is after the break.

Back from commercial and Randy Orton makes his entrance. The Eater of Worlds gives Randy a bit of last minute instruction and we’re good to go.

Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton

Ambrose goes after Harper and Orton grabs a pin on him to remind him who he’s actually wrestling. Circling, Dean watching his back, he fends off Wyatt and throws chops until Randy kicks him, off the ropes, duck a lariat, he takes Orton down for mounted punches! The Viper heads outside to regroup with the Family before heading back in.

Circling again, test of strength, Ambrose gets a wristlock, maneuvers Orton around and to the mat, gets a hammerlock, transitions to a side headlock takeover, Orton reverses and grabs one of his own to ground the Lunatic Fringe. To his feet, shoots Orton off, eats a shoulder block, the Viper poses, off the ropes, Dean with a drop toehold into a cross-leg STF!

Orton out, suplexes Ambrose to hang on the ropes before dragging him in the middle of the ring for the Garvin stomp for a quick cover. Stomp to the head, reverse chinlock applied, Dean to his feet and out, Randy whips him across, eats a back elbow on the charge, a boot on the second. Ambrose up top for the diving elbow drop for two, kick to the gut, looking for Dirty Deeds and Orton bails.

Dean heads around after him and runs into a kick, the Viper tries to throw him back in but he uses his momentum to spin and clobber Randy with a lariat. Orton throws him into the steps and then the announce table before back suplexing him on the desk to send us to break.

Back from commercial and Orton has a reverse chinlock in but Ambrose fights out with body blows and whips him to the corner before clobbering him with a lariat. Both men out on the mat, they slowly get to their feet, Dean ducks a lariat, hits a pair of running forearms and a sliding lariat, swinging neckbreaker, not enough to put Orton away.

Randy with a back elbow, then they trade punches, Dean wins the exchange, off the ropes, Orton catches him, shoves him back, pendulum lariat... countered into a snap powerslam! The Viper pops Dean up top, looking for a superplex but Ambrose knocks him down with elbows and leaps over a charge. Looking for Dirty Deeds, escaped, looking for an RKO, blocked, Ambrose hits the pendulum lariat... NO GOOD!

Off the turnbuckles for the charging forearm, Orton goes for the rope-hung DDT but Dean back body drops him outside. Suicide dive, Harper eats it and Randy heads back in to lie in wait and connects with the rope-hung DDT! The Viper’s going to that special place and Harper gets in the ring. Bray and Randy back him off, but Ambrose pops up...

Dean Ambrose wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.

Orton stews in the ring as Bray gives a look to his disciple and orders him to the ring. Harper takes his vest off and confronts Orton. Bray tries to break it up but they start throwing punches! He breaks them up and tells Luke to quit playing because they’re headed for the Royal Rumble. Harper tries a sneak attack... BRAY CLOBBERS HIM!

Harper says Orton did this and Wyatt turns to him, ready to strike... but doesn’t. Luke walks off, repeating his mantra of “he did this”, and Bray and Randy are left in the ring to consider how to move forward.

Backstage, Becky Lynch is interviewed. She says she’ll never forget the look on Alexa’s face when she tapped out. She never runs from a fight, so you know who she is, and tonight we’ll find out exactly who Alexa Bliss is, but it ain’t gonna be champion.

Commentary puts the King’s Court over and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Jerry “the King” Lawler is in the ring to hold court.

Usually he says it’s good to be the King, but tonight it’s good to be back. It’s great to have the first King’s Court on a live SmackDown and even better to have it in Memphis Tennessee. He then introduces Dolph Ziggler.

He welcomes Dolph to the King’s Court, but Ziggler remains stone-faced. Lawler says he wanted Dolph to be his guest tonight because he’s known him for a long time and he’s a good person, but lately the goodness has faded like the bleach in his hair.

Dolph remains stone-faced, but Jerry thinks he knows what’s going on. He’s frustrated, so he’ll change his attitude, and he thinks that’ll win some matches. Dolph takes a deep breath and thinks a moment, but doesn’t answer. The King says he brought some footage to show him what will happen if he heads down the wrong path.

He lost to Kalisto last week, and the footage is of that. Lawler asks him about it, and again Ziggler takes a breath, sets his jaw, and refuses to respond. Dolph leaves and Lawler bids him back, saying he could have interviewed an oil painting, but he asked Ziggler, so please, talk. Dolph says he knew he’d try to make Dolph look bad in front of all his friends and family. And how does he know? He brought some footage himself...

It’s of Ziggler’s repeated elbows that gave Jerry Lawler his heart attack! Dolph knows he blames him, and he should have. It’s been a long hard road and it took him years to face Dolph man-to-man, but if he doesn’t stop with these questions, he’ll finish what he started four years ago.

That’s too bad, Lawler says, because he’s got one more question— how does it feel knowing that no matter how many times he changes his attitude, he’ll always be a loser? Dolph shakes his head and turns around to walk off... SUPERKICK TO THE HEART! JBL heads to the ring to help the King out and Lawler, clutching his heart, yells at Dolph that if he has any guts he’ll get back in the ring.

Dolph just walks to the back.

Commentary then throws us to break.

Back from commercial and we cut to the smokey room where Bray Wyatt speaks.

He says the Family is in the Royal Rumble, but that’s no the important thing. The important part is that next week, Randy and Luke will have a match. One shall stand, one shall fall, but the Wyatts will come out of it stronger, he says.

In the arena, the cage is lowered for our main event and our competitors make their entrances before we head to break.

Back from commercial and the bell rings.

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Steel Cage Match)

Alexa immediately runs for the door and Becky yanks her back. Bliss tries to ram Lynch into the cage but gets it turned around on her. Whip into the ropes, Alexa with a shoot kick and right back to the door. Becky slams her into the turnbuckles, corner to corner, whip across, charge, Alexa with a back elbow, a boot, climbing but Becky yanks her down. Alexa with the Nodowa Otoshi and a catapult, Becky climbs the cage!

Bliss has a boot, Lynch shakes her off and heads back down for arm drags an a single-leg dropkick. Alexa ducks a charge and throws Lynch into the turnbuckles. She goes to climb, Becky yanks her down and grabs a small package for two. Boot, hoist her up for a powerbomb but Bliss grabs the cage and climbs.

Becky meets her on the top rope and Alexa fights her to the corner before shoving her into the cage a few times. Lynch blocks the last and turns it into a one-handed bulldog right into the top turnbuckle as we head to break.

Back from commercial and Alexa is choking Becky against the bottom rope before throwing a pair of baseball slides that get a nearfall. She throws Lynch through the ropes and continues to punish her but Becky ducks a charge and heads for the door. Alexa cuts her off and takes her to the turnbuckles, where Lynch climbs and throws a missile dropkick for two of her own.

Lynch climbing to the top but Bliss meets her moments before she can drop down and drags her back in by the hair. Forearms, Becky blocks a smash into the cage and throws a kick that sets Alexa in the turnbuckles... EXPLODER SUPERPLEX! NO GOOD! Becky just raining mounted punches to the back of Alexa’s head now, she throws a kick and tries to escape but Bliss crawls over and hugs her leg for dear life.

La Luchadora is here! She’s standing in the doorway and gives Alexa an opportunity. Becky manages to turn it around and get Dis-Arm-Her on but Luchadora breaks it up...

Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall with a DDT, retaining the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Bliss celebrates with La Luchadora for a moment and then they put boots to Lynch. Becky fights out, lariat to Alexa, and she rips Luchadora’s mask off... IT’S MICKIE JAMES!

The shock allows Alexa to take Becky out again and Mickie throws a kick as punctuation.

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James stand tall with the title. That’s the show, folks.