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WWE SmackDown Live results (Oct. 25, 2016): AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose, Becky Lynch returns

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 25, 2016) from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin featuring all the latest build to the upcoming dual brand Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Advertised for tonight: Dean Ambrose takes on AJ Styles for the right to challenge him for his championship later, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a No Disqualification match, the return of Becky Lynch, 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.)



Angel of death, a faceless evil spirit that haunts, searching for the soul that he must take-- but me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show, folks.

Show opens with a recap of AJ Styles' title defense against James Ellsworth last week.

Cut to Dean Ambrose backstage arguing with a man when James Ellsworth rolls up. He's here to personally thank Dean Ambrose for all he did for him recently, and he wants to return the favor by being in his corner tonight for his match against AJ Styles. Dean thanks him and says he appreciates the offer but he's not sure it's a great idea. He's got two hands of his own, but Ellsworth can feel free to hang out in the locker room and they'll catch up later.

(Wyatt noise)

Bray Wyatt makes his entrance while commentary recaps his whole feud with Randy Orton.

Bray Wyatt vs. Kane (No Disqualification Match)

Slugging it out punch-for-punch early, Kane whips Wyatt and bowls him over before hitting a low dropkick. Wyatt fights out with strikes from the corner and drops Kane with a lariat. Wyatt forces him in the corner before dropping him again, but he jumps into a right hand and Kane comes back. Stinger splash, side slam, Kane goes up top himself but Bray bails.

Boot and headbutts on the outside, Bray gets a chair but Kane punches him hard and throws him into the steel steps. Kane gets the announce table set up for a chokeslam but (Wyatt noise) the lights go out. When they come back on, Luke Harper's standing on the table. A boot and a discus lariat lay Kane out on the outside and we go to commercial.

Back from break and Bray has a reverse chinlock in to ground Kane. Kane fights to his feet and out wth a jawbreaker but Wyatt clobbers him with another lariat and goes back to the chinlock. Kane fights out with body blows but Wyatt gets him with a throat thrust and a corner avalanche to keep the advantage. Bray charges in and Kane levels him with a big boot and the running DDT in quick succession before going up top again. Wyatt eats the diving clothesline this time and Kane signals for the chokeslam but Harper's there to help his mentor out of the ring.

Kane slides outside to drop both Wyatts and rolls Bray back inside but Harper gets up on the apron behind him and distracts him enough for Wyatt to hit the big Rock Bottom. Bray goes upside down in the corner, looking for Sister Abigail, Kane counters with the goozle and Wyatt breaks for a running chop. Randy Orton runs down and faces off with Harper. Luke leaves the ring and Orton and Kane share a look, setting up their finishers for Bray... but Orton RKOs Kane!

Bray Wyatt wins by pinfall with a lateral press.

Wyatt and Harper share a moment over the fallen Kane and we cut backstage to an AJ Styles interview.

He says he can't get the image of Ellsworth out of his head, that he looks like a melted action figure, and that he isn't fit to lace his boots. Ambrose must think it's real funny making AJ look like a fool, but he won't after AJ gets done rearranging his face. Styles promises that Dean will have to be carried out, and that Ellsworth will be missing more than his chin if he sees him again.

David Otunga promises Becky Lynch up next and we go to break with an ad for Hell in a Cell.


Back from commercial and Renee Young introduces Becky.

Becky says it's good to be back but gets cut off by Alexa Bliss's entrance before she can say anything else. She says Becky looks fantastic for a woman who just had back surgery. Becky denies this, but Bliss says she'll fill everyone in and tells Renee to leave because she's got it from here. "Becky!" chants go up, to Alexa's immense displeasure. Alexa says that when she became #1 contender, Becky grew a yellow streak down her spine because she knew the minute she got in the ring with her, she was gonna lose the title.

Becky calls her Dumbo for making Disney references and then says she takes the title more seriously than anything and the doctors wouldn't clear her to compete. Alexa says she's a world-class con artist, because she fooled all these people, but she can't fool her. So what's the excuse gonna be in two weeks? Food poisoning, or maybe her boyfriend will dump her because she's an orange troll or maybe she'll realize her life means nothing. That seems harsh, Alexa.

Bliss suggests Becky save herself the embarrassment and just hand the title over. Becky rejects this idea out of hand, saying she'll be in Glasgow and will rip Alexa's arm out of her socket and beat her over the head with it. Alexa tells her to hold that thought and hold the title closely, because in two weeks, the title is hers. But in the meantime... she goes for the cheap shot but Becky blocks it and pounds her head in! They brawl to the outisde and Alexa shoots her back-first into the ringpost and then the barricade.

Back in the ring, Bliss snaps off a DDT and steps over Becky's prone body before going and getting a can of yellow spraypaint. Yep, she's spraying that yellow streak on!

JBL puts Styles/Ambrose over for later in the night and we go to break with a video package for the More Than Pink campaign.


Back from commercial and the Ascension are in the ring. They get a picture-in-picture promo where they talk about survival of the fittest and how they're the biggest, baddest team on the roster and will rise at Survivor Series. Hype Bros also get a promo, where Mojo says he's used to playing the big game and they swear to stay hyped.

Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder) vs. the Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) (Survivor Series Qualifying Match)

Ryder and Viktor to start, collar and elbow, Viktor grabs a side headlock, Zack shoots him off, shoulder block, whip, drop-down, shoulder block, whip, Ryder gets the knees up, dropkick to Konnor on the apron, Viktor clotheslines him over the ropes. Tag to Konnor, he bundles Zack up in the apron and boots him in the head. Quick tag in the ring as they beat on Zack some more, Viktor locking a reverse chinlock in as Mojo paces the apron. Zack to his feet but Viktor whips him away from the tag and Konnor comes back in.

Konnor and Mojo jaw, giving Ryder enough room to hit a jawbreaker but he can't get the tag and Konnor plans him with a spinebuster before going to the second rope for a diving corkscrew uppercut that comes up empty. Tags made, Mojo in like fire, shoulder block, shoulder block, duck the axe-handle, POUNCE! Stinger Splash, again, fireman's carry drop, Konnor breaks up the pin. Mojo whips Konnor into the post, Viktor attacks but Zack distracts him...

Hype Bros win by pinfall with a Hype Ryder on Viktor, qualifying for Smackdown's team in the ten-team Survivor Series elimination match.

Commentary puts over Styles/Ambrose again and we go to break on an ad for next week's Halloween edition of Raw.


Back from commercial with a discussion of local sportsball achievements and we're going to hear from Randy Orton.

He's asked if he cares to explain his actions earlier and he stares at the camera for a moment, changing expressions as he goes, before saying if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Daniel Bryan is on the phone with Shane backstage, saying he wants to give their teams the best chance at Survivor Series and they need strong captains for that. Natalya rolls up, saying she's very concerned about Raw's triple main event at Hell in a Cell. She doesn't want them to steal SmackDown's thunder, but she has an idea to keep the attention on SD-- make her team captain at Survivor Series. Bryan says she can wrestle Nikki Bella for the right to be captain of the team, and the loser will not be on a Survivor Series team at all. He says he's sure she'll do great and she walks off.

Nikki makes her entrance in the arena and we head back to commercial.


Back from break and Nikki's stretching in the ring, waiting for Nattie to come out.

Natalya vs. Nikki Bella

Collar-and-elbow, Nattie grabs a wristlock, Nikki reverses to a pin and they break. Back to the tie-up, Nattie with a waistlock, Nikki fights out and grabs a crucifix pin. Shoulder block, Natalya bails and Bella hits a low dropkick to the outside. Nattie drops her with a discus lariat in return and rolls her back in the ring for one. Nattie tries the cover again and coming up empty, tries for the Sharpshooter but Nikki kicks her off.

Clothesline lays Nikki out for two, Nattie grabs the hair and throws a forearm to the back before locking an abdominal stretch in. She picks the leg to really stretch Nikki but Nikki fights out, so Nattie bowls her over and steps on her. Kneeling surfboard as Natalya mockingly cheers Nikki on. Bella to her feet and out, Lou Thesz press, Nattie with another clothesline for two and into a sleeper.

Nikki fights to her feet again and Nattie slams her to the mat before putting boots in and grabbing the Sharpshooter. Bella crawls to the rope and gets the break, so Natalya snaps off a suplex and a leg drop but Nikki rolls out of the way. Cravate facebreaker, corner lariat, springboard roundhouse for two! Nikki looking for the TKO but Nattie slips out and hits a Michinoku Driver for two.

Natalya locking a Romero Special in now but Nikki fights out and rolls through, STF... no, stepover toehold sleeper!

Nikki Bella wins by submission with an STS, earning the right to captain the SmackDown women's Survivor Series team and ensuring Natalya will not be on the team at all.

Carmella immediately runs out to beat the crap out of Nikki, dropping her with the sitout facebuster. Carmella celebrates up the ramp, blowing a kiss.

Cut to Dean Ambrose backstage, being interviewed about AJ's comments. He admits that the last couple weeks of messing with Styles have been fun for him, but tonight isn't about fun and games, it's about getting the title that AJ Styles stole from him back. Karma's another word for a female dog, and we haven't seen anything compared to what the old girl has in store for AJ tonight.

Miz and Maryse are walking backstage, they run into the Spirit Squad and add them to their entourage as we go to break.


Back from commercial and the four are making their way to the ring. Spirit Squad do their deal, cheering Miz as the greatest Intercontinental Champion in history by way of an intro.

Miz says these are dark times, sixteen days living in a world where Miz is no longer Intercontinental Champion. Instead, Dolph is champion, and he feels sorry for the legends that paved the way, who made the IC title so prestigious, but now they're watching in horror as Dolph kills it slowly. He imagines Pat Patterson sitting under a dark cloud, crying, and Dolph Ziggler comes out.

Dolph says he feels sorry for everybody who had to deal with Miz's crap for six months and if he wants a rematch, he can have it right now. Miz eggs the crowd on but says a fighting champion like himself doesn't get goaded into accepting terms, and he'll have his rematch when he's good and ready. But if he wants a fight, he can be accommodated, and Spirit Squad advance.

Enter Beauty and the Man-Beast. They and Dolph hit the ring and square off. Dolph tags Slater in with a "Tell 'em, Heath!", and Heath asks what Miz's problem is, putting his wife out in front as a human shield. Miz calls him a human joke and says him and Rhyno as tag champs is even more embarrassing than Dolph's title reign. Heath says a champion doesn't run from a challenge and Miz makes fun of him for being pinned by Kenny next week. Miz angles for a tag title match for Spirit Squad.

Slater says he knows what they're doing, he sees the tricks and shenanigans, but he just bought "five stocks" down in Puerto Rico. Miz says he's afraid of a couple of male cheerleaders and Rhyno accepts the challenge. It's on, but first, a commercial break.


Back from commercial and the match is in progress!

Beauty and the Man-Beast (Heath Slater & Rhyno) (c) vs. Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)

Slater and Mikey starting off, Mikey rams Slater into the corner. Tag to Kenny, he clobbers Slater with a lariat and catapults him into the ropes for two. Tag to Mikey, assisted standing moonsault, elbow drop, front facelock, tag back to Kenny. He comes off the second with a punch and sets up a powerbomb but Slater fights out.

Kenny picks the leg to block the tag and tags Mikey in himself, who stomps Heath's face in and locks a rear chinlock on. Heath to his feet and out with body blows, Mikey whips him but Slater comes back with a jumping knee and kicks Mikey away long enough for a tag! Rhyno clobbers Kenny and Kenny feigns an injury so Mikey can attack the man-beast.

Tag back to Mikey, big spinebuster from Rhyno as Miz and Dolph start fighting in front of the commentary desk. Slater knocks Kenny off into them and ducks a lariat from Mikey...

Beauty and the Man-Beast win by pinfall with a Gore on Mikey, retaining the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

Styles/Ambrose is up next!


Back from break and the pre-show panel cuts in to hype up Hell in a Cell and the WWE Network.

Dean Ambrose is walking backstage and he runs into James Ellsworth, who has a sad look on his face. Dean tells him to stop sulking and keep his chin up. James begs him to let him pay his help back by letting him be in his corner tonight and Dean accepts.

AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (If Dean wins, he's #1 contender to the WWE World Championship)

AJ throws his shirt at Ellsworth as the bell rings and Dean immediately stomps a proverbial mudhole. Whip, back elbow, lateral press doesn't even get one. Shoulder thrust, mounted punches in the corner, referee Mike Chioda warns Dean off. Whip, kick to the face, Ambrose clotheslines Styles to the outside. AJ clobbers Ellsworth and Dean goes and checks on him as Styles rolls back in. Springboard forearm drops Ambrose on the outside and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Dean's fighting to his feet and out with body blows but AJ cuts him off with a huge dropkick. Suicide dive from Dean Ambrose! Running forearms back in the ring, AJ reverses a whip but gets dropped with a lariat. Dean follows up with a bridging fisherman suplex but it's no good! Charge in the corner, AJ rolls through for the Calf Killer but Dean blocks and looks for a cloverleaf that AJ blocks and reverses to a backslide but Dean kicks out and grabs a Fujiwara armbar and then into the cloverleaf!

Styles gets the ropes and Dean breaks late. Dean looking to suplex AJ in but Styles suplexes him to the apron and THEN TO THE MAT! We go to commercial with both men stunned on the outside.

Back from break and Dean is covering up in the corner. AJ sets him up top and heads up himself, looking for a superplex. Dean fires hands, AJ comes back with headbutts, but Ambrose drops him with the avalanche gourdbuster. Diving elbow from Ambrose as Ellsworth wills him to stand from ringside. Back to their feet, they trade right hands, Dean gets thebetter of the striking and tries to follow with a suplex but AJ dodges. Styles Rush is countered at the backfist with a swinging neckbreaker for two!

Dean sets AJ up top himself now, and he's thinking superplex as well but Styles slips out and nails him with the springboard moonsault inverted DDT! Calling for the Styles Clash but Ambrose lifts him up to block. A second attempt is countered with a jackknife pin, AJ throws hands and Dean lands the pendulum lariat in return! Ambrose with the superplex! Standing ten-count follows, both men get up, AJ locks the Calf Killer in! Dean slams AJ to the mat again and again to try and break it but Styles keeps on him.

Ambrose crawls towards the mat, he's running low on gas but he makes it and forces the break. Dean tries to stand but the knee won't hold his weight. AJ hits a VICIOUS running dropkick to the outside on Ellsworth to set up the Phenomenal Forearm but Dean is ready with a boot. Dirty Deeds attempt blocked, pendulum lariat blocked, Ushigoroshi blocked, Pele Kick! Styles Clash leads to Dean back body dropping AJ to the outside right in front of Ellsworth.

Ellsworth fires himself up and drops AJ with a superkick! Mike Chioda has no choice but to disqualify Dean!

AJ Styles wins by disqualification.

Dean fumes in the ring as Ellsworth falls over himself apologizing and Styles celebrates up the ramp. That's the show, folks.

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