WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 15, 2016) from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, featuring the go home show to the upcoming dual brand Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Advertised for tonight: Undertaker returns!
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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 15
Travelling through the time, moving slowly in the sand. Knowledge is the weapon against the hunger in the land, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show, folks.
Show opens with a recap video celebrating SmackDown's history and the 899 episodes that came before this one before shifting into a recap of recent events with a focus on last night's brawl between the two men's singles Survivor Series teams and advertising the return of the Undertaker.
In the arena, Shane McMahon makes his entrance, followed closely by Daniel Bryan. Shane welcomes us to the show and Bryan talks about how historic tonight will be, putting over tonight's Cutting Edge and the Undertaker appearance. Shane says he can't think of a better way to kick off than with the Intercontinental Championship, so away we go!
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. the Miz (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Collar-and-elbow to start, Miz gets a hammerlock, Dolph reverses to a waistlock, Miz with a wristlock, Dolph picks the leg into a pin for one. Strikes ducked, Dolph with another rollup, Miz gets the inverted facelock backbreaker but Dolph fakes him out before the neckbreaker. Miz with a figure four attempt, Dolph fights out, same for the Skull Crushing Finale and then we go to break.
Back from commercial and Miz charges in but Ziggler back drops him to the apron. Miz up top for a dive and Dolph cuts him off with a missile dropkick. They sell as we get a replay of Miz throwing Dolph into the barricade during the commercial. Dolph to his feet first, he cuts Miz off with a back elbow but gets caught by the whole backbreaker / neckbreaker combo this time for two.
The A-lister looking for the Romero Special, he hooks Dolph's nose and stomps his knees rather than locking it on all the way. Knee drops to the knee before kneeling on it and wrenching the calf before Dolph frees himself with a kick to the head. Whip across but Ziggler dodges the corner clothesline and follows up with leaping lariats of his own into a Stinger Splash and a neckbreaker but Miz blocks into the backbreaker, Dolph blocks the followup and hits a swinging neckbreaker of his own into an elbow drop.
Ziggler with the bodyscissors sleeper hold on and Miz gets to the ropes to break it. Back elbow from Miz, Dolph with a sunset flip for two, he runs into a boot and Miz puts his feet up on the ropes to try and steal a pin. Fameasser connects for a tight nearfall and we go back to break.
Back from commercial and Dolph gets a nearfall. They trade punches, Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Miz has the ropes and blocks him. Miz with the YES! Fingers into the chest kicks, Dolph ducks the big roundhouse and rolls him up, but Miz hits the Busaiku Knee! Skull Crushing Finale! DOLPH KICKED OUT!
Miz goes back to the leg but Dolph kicks him away and goes for the big DDT, settling for a sunset flip. Dolph kicks his leg out of his leg, ZIG ZAG! Miz has his foot on the ropes! Dolph tuning up the band and the Spirit Squad run down, so he wipes them out, but it's enough to let Miz lock the figure four on in the middle of the ring. Dolph is flailing, in pain beyond belief, but he gets it together enough to claw towards the ropes and make the break.
Miz goes for it again, Dolph rolls him up with a small package but Maryse shoves the ball of men over...
Miz wins by pinfall with a small package, becoming your NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion!
Miz, Maryse, and the Spirit Squad celebrate up the ramp while Dolph stares on in disbelief.
Commentary recaps the show-ending brawl from last night before putting over the rest of tonight's festivities again and throwing to commercial break on a recap of the August 27, 2000 SmackDown with Steve Austin wrecking the DX Express.
Back from break with a video package about Randy Orton's experience filming Shooter.
Alexa Bliss is backstage with Bryan making her case for getting screwed in her title match last week. Bryan says now is not the time and he's seen it every time she showed him, and sorry, but the referee's decision is final. He promises her her rematch but says he needs her to put all her energy into Survivor Series for right now. She asks when and Natalya rolls up, tooting her whistle.
Nattie says this is a teachable moment and quotes Chumbawumba at her to try and be inspirational. Alexa walks off baffled and Nattie asks what a Chumbawumba is.
Kalisto vs. Oney Lorcan
Oney right in with an uppercut and stomps right as the bell rings! Whip across, uppercut to the back of the head, HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Only good for two and Lorcan gets fired up only to run into a reverse roundhouse. Kalisto slips on a springboard and Oney covers him for two before going back to the uppercuts. Whip, Kalisto catches him on the rebound...
Kalisto wins by pinfall with the Salida Del Sol.
Commentary puts over Nikki Bella vs. Carmella for later in the night and we cut to smoky footage of the Undertaker's hat backstage. His gloved hand picks it up and we go to break on a recap of the main event of the very first SmackDown.
Back from commercial with a video package for Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar and commentary talking about how the Rock has been celebrating SmackDown's 900th episode on social media.
Backstage American Alpha, the Usos, and the Hype Bros are making lots of noise when Beauty and the Man-Beast roll up saying they made a match for these guys and brought in a motivational speaker.
It's King Booker! He was summoned at the behest of their captain to elaborate on the significance of the Survivor Series games and says it's 1987 when the fashion police roll up. Breezango give everybody tickets and claim they brought better uniforms for the team, even for "Booger". He does the "tell me you didn't just say that" gimmick and says if you wanna win, you gotta dress like a champion, not some reject from the Pirates of the Caribbean. He runs them off with a "Can you dig that, sucka?" as the tag teams hail him.
Back in the arena, Nikki Bella makes her entrance, so that's her match next, after the break.
Back from commercial with a recap of John Cena's debut on the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown.
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
Collar-and-elbow, they struggle into the corner and out of it until Carmella grabs a handful of hair and gets forced to break by referee Jason Ayers. Carmella does John Cena's "you can't see me" and slaps Nikki before bailing and leading her on a chase. Back in the ring she goes after Nikki's neck but ends up eating the facebreaker onto the knee into a straight suplex. Whip into a dropkick from Bella, Carmella heads outside, Nikki tries a baseball slide, Carmella catches her and spins her around... Neckbreaker off the apron!
Carmella continues punishing her, slamming her head into the floor. A lateral press in the ring gets two and she hangs Nikki up in the ropes, choking her with a bodyscissors sleeper. She poses for the crowd and Nikki grabs a schoolboy, but Carmella pops up and kicks her to the mat. Overhead elbows to the shoulder into another sleeper and Nikki's struggling.
Bella flagging but she doesn't want to give up and gets to her feet, ramming Carmella into the turnbuckles back-first to break the hold. Carmella shoves her into the corner and rains blows down before yanking her hair to wrench her neck-first over the bottom rope! More taunting and she goes back to the neck with a snapmare into the sleeper. Nikki to her feet again and to the ropes to force a break. Carmella throws her face-first into her foot and chokes her in the corner before putting the boots to her.
Nikki dodges a Bronco Buster and both women are laid out on the mat. Charlotte makes her way down the steps holding a ticket to the show, coming to ringside and taking her seat to send us to break.
Back from commercial and Carmella has the sleeper in again, Nikki standing up to ram her into the turnbuckle for the break. Alabama Slam gets Nikki some separation and she follows up with a corner clothesline into a springboard roundhouse kick. Carmella heads outside and Bella throws her into the barricade right in front of Charlotte before leveling Charlotte with the Bellahammer!
Charlotte attacks and Jason Ayers throws the match out.
Nikki Bella wins by disqualification, one assumes.
All of Raw's women's team is out now, beating on Nikki and Carmella, when Nattie and the other three members of Team SmackDown come down for the save! Nia Jax goes on a rampage, throwing Nattie and Becky Lynch around but when she tries to bowl Becky over she dodges and Jax goes THROUGH the timekeeper's barricade! Naomi dives from the top turnbuckle onto Team Raw's other four women!
The SmackDown women celebrate in the ring as the Raw women move their way back up the ramp, beaten.
Commentary puts over the Cutting Edge for later tonight and we cut backstage where the Undertaker is doing Undertaker things. Casting his shadow on the wall as his music plays, y'know, that sort of thing. And then off to break with an ad for TakeOver: Toronto.
Back from commercial and Tom Phillips tells us that SmackDown is the second longest running episodic telemotion show. Telemotion.
Cut to Renee Young sitting along at the Talking Smack desk and tossing to a video package for Goldberg/Lesnar. She then puts over the premier of Shooter on USA after SmackDown tonight and throws to a trailer for that.
In the arena a bunch of tag teams are in the ring for a SIXTEEN-MAN TAG and their counterparts come out before we go to break.
Back from commercial and the match is in progress!
American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan), Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze), Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder), & the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey), the Ascension (Konnor & Viktor), the Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher), and Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)
English and Jordan are in the ring, Jordan with a waistlock and Jimmy Uso tags in. Mikey in against him, the Uso throws hands and tags his brother. They pummel the cheerleader in the corner for a nearfall. Tag to Simon Gotch and Jey charges him back in the corner and tags Jimmy in. Chops and slaps, Mojo tags himself in, arm wringer, Gotch fights away with punches and tries a crossbody but Mojo catches him and slams him.
Earthquake Splash gets Rawley two and he tags Ryder in. Arm wringer, headbutt to the bicep, swinging neckbreaker gets two. Tag back to Rawley, right hand and a headbutt, Gotch with chops but Mojo's hyped up! Huge right cross levels the Vaudevillain but Gotch is right out of the cover. Tag to Ryder again, back suplex but Gotch rakes the eyes and tags Viktor in.
Chops and a faceful of turnbuckle for Ryder before Viktor chokes him over the bottom rope. Whip across, Ryder gets knees up in the charge and throws a missile dropkick and lariats Viktor outside. Slingshot dropkick on Konnor but Viktor bowls him over. All sixteen men converge outside as poor referee Rudy Charles tries to keep some kind of order and we head to commercial.
Back from break and Konnor is throwing Ryder into the turnbuckles. The man who used to be like a rat clobbers half of the other team off the apron but Ryder has a boot up when he charges in for a follow-up. Tag to Gable and Mosh, Gable's on fire but Mosh manages to body slam him and tag Thrasher. Gable with a back drop to Mosh and an avalanche belly-to-belly for Thrasher! Jason Jordan in, Spirit Squad get a double team spinebuster on him but Breezango take them out and Ascension take the models out in turn. Hype Bros clear Ascension and Cactus Clothesline Vaudevillains... STEREO SUICIDE DIVES FROM THE USOS! Alpha set Thrasher up...
American Alpha, Breezango, Hype Bros, & the Usos win by pinfall with Grand Amplitude on Thrasher.
Commentary shills the Network a while and then Metalingus hits! It's time for Edge! And Tony Chimel is here to introduce him! Off to break before the Cutting Edge proper, though.
Back from commercial and Edge says it feels good. He's excited to be here because it's the Cutting Edge on the 900th episode of SmackDown, and anybody who knows him knows that he bleeds blue. He helped make this show, so he has a vested interest in the elimination match at Survivor Series. He brings out Team SmackDown without any further ado.
They come out, of course including their mascot James Ellsworth. Edge says he's been watching SmackDown since the brand split and it's like a beacon of light, and one man personifies that and he wants to shake that man's hand. AJ Styles moves up to take it but Edge slips past him and shakes Ellsworth's hand. James says he's been a fan his whole life and says it'd be a true honor to do a five-second pose. Edge is about to go with it when AJ flips out.
He says it was stupid then and it's stupid now and tells Edge that he's the Face That Runs the Place. He says no one cares about Ellsworth or Edge, so do his job, and ask somebody that actually matters on the team. Edge agrees and turns to Randy Orton, his former partner in Rated-RKO and now a member of the Wyatt Family. He asks Randy if he's there or if Bray Wyatt needs to pull his string before he can talk.
Bray says the Randy Edge once knew is dead, but it's okay because on Sunday the world will see a far more dangerous Viper than ever before. Edge tells Shane he has his work cut out for him if he wants to hold this team together at Survivor Series. Shane says nobody has to get along or like each other, but for one night, they all have to be on the same page. He tells AJ he may be the Face That Runs the Place, but one thing's for sure, this is our team.
Shane continues, saying it's the money show, and since Styles loves his cliches, maybe from now on he'll be competing on Shane O'MacDown. AJ says that sounds stupid, probably because it does. But they're gonna stick together because he decided to be the bigger man and co-exist with that hot-head Dean Ambrose who started the brawl last night. Dean says AJ is lucky he decided to play nice because as soon as the match is over, he's coming for Styles, using every table, ladder, and chair in the arena to take his title back.
AJ says maybe he won't play so nice at Survivor Series when--
The Undertaker makes his way to the ring. He gets in Shane's face for a second before stepping back and getting on the mic. He says there could be no better man to be commissioner than the man who has no fear. What's Daredevil got to do with this? Taker says he's here tonight for two reasons-- one, WrestleMania no longer defines who he is, he's back taking souls and digging holes!
Survivor Series was where the Undertaker was born, he says, and SmackDown has always been his home. That brings him to the second reason he's out here. There's no reason to fear failure at Survivor Series, but if they fail they'll have reason to fear the Deadman. He concludes saying Team Raw better rest in peace.
That's the show, folks.