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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Sept. 13, 2016): Backlash fallout

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 13, 2016) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring the fallout show from the Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just this past Sunday night in Richmond, Virginia.

Advertised for tonight: We've got a new champion!

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.)



Today the warning came in the flood; architects and fools never cared for poor men's blood. Cursed to repeat the past, they are. The river dragon swims upstream, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a wrestling show, folks.

Show opens with a Backlash recap video. AJ Styles is WWE World Champion, my god, it feels so right.

SmackDown intro video follows.

AJ Styles out to open the show properly. The champ is here, he says. He hates to say he told us so quietly, so he's gonna yell it. Everything he said he was gonna do, he did. He told us he was gonna beat John Cena and at SummerSlam, he beat John Cena and became The Face That Runs the Place. And then he told us that he was gonna beat Dean Ambrose, and at Backlash, he beat Dean Ambrose and became the new WWE World Champion. If he told us he could beat Dean Ambrose and John Cena with one arm tied behind his back, you better believe that's the gospel truth. If he gives you lottery numbers, go out and buy a ticket. If he says the sky is green, don't bother looking, 'cause it's green. His lips don't like, and that title belt is proof. He's the Champ That Runs the Camp!

He tells Philly this a few more times and then the world, at which point John Cena comes out. "John Cena sucks!" singalong in full effect here. Cena pauses a minute to collect his thoughts in this strange new world. AJ can hear the people, they know what he knows. AJ has something that belongs to him and he has decided he would like it back. AJ offers the armband back, because he doesn't need that anymore with the title. John says he still has something belongs to him, and the bad news is that he's decided he'd like to take it back. It's the World Championship, of course. To be the man, you got to beat the man, and if he can hold the gold just one more time, then-- Wooo!-- he's in the conversation with the man. And Cena can't think of a better person to make history off of than AJ Styles, because he is the Face That Runs the Place.

Cena says he's got precisely one goal left, and that's to announce that the 16-time champ is here.

Dean Ambrose out now, he's mad. Blows past Cena, gets right in AJ's face. AJ holds the title up and Dean says he made the greatest mistake of his life on Sunday when he kicked him square in the jewels and stole from him. Dean's his enemy now, and your life changes when Dean is your enemy. From this moment forward, Dean's gonna make his life miserable, take his title back with interest, and bury him in the ground.

Cena whips Dean around and tells him that he's gonna hang a man on his Jesus Zipper and then complain about a low blow? Stone Cold was right when he gave him a hard time on the podcast and besides, the low blow probably didn't hurt because Dean has no balls, brah. You must be mistaking Dean for somebody who gives a damn what Cena has to say or think, in fact, he has no patience for Cena whatsoever. Cena is a lazy part-timer to him, and he'd be better off doing his TV shows and movies because he can't keep up anymore. WWE uses him as a corporate puppet because he looks great on a cereal box, but everybody knows that John can't get it done in the ring anymore. Couldn't beat AJ, what makes him think he can beat Ambrose? Dean'll never back down from some lazy Hollywood part-timer...

Shane McMahon out to law down the law. With all this talent in the ring and emotions running high, he couldn't help himself, he had to come down. AJ and John tore the house down at SummerSlam, and beating Cena clean in the middle of the ring 1-2-3 is an enormous accomplishment. He's not down with the Face That Runs the Place stuff, but Styles has certainly earned it. And at Backlash, he and Dean also tore the house down, right up until AJ took the easy way out, and that's not how he would like to see a WWE Champion crowned, but no argument, AJ is the WWE Champion.

He tells Dean that he's owed his rematch, and he will get it, but not at the moment. Because at No Mercy, AJ Styles will defend the title against John Cena and Dean in a triple threat match! That's then, though. Tonight, the emotions have Philly all pumped up, so tonight it's gonna be Dean Ambrose & John Cena in tag team action against AJ Styles and a partner of his choosing, if he can find one. And if not, Daniel Bryan will appoint one for him. He wishes them luck, his music plays and we're done with this one.

Commentary promises Randy Orton addressing the Bray Wyatt situation and the 5-way #1 contender's match for the SmackDown Women's Championship and sends us to break.


Back from commercial with a Connor's Cure video package and the Hype Bros are coming out for their rematch against the Usos.

Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

Zack and Jey to start. Zack backed in the corner, fights out with fists and a boot, goes for a dive but lands back on his foot and Jey chop blocks him before going for the tag. Jimmy stomps the hell out of the knee before wrenching and following back and makes a quick tag. Jey in with a stepover ankle lock, shifts to a grapevine, Ryder fights out with kicks.

Tags made, Mojo runs Jimmy over with football tackles. Stinger Splash, Jey tries to cut Mojo off so he stacks them up and lands a second. Jey got out though and picks Zack off the apron. Jimmy with a superkick to Mojo, makes the tag, Jey up top...

The Usos win by pinfall following a diving splash from Jey Uso to Mojo Rawley.

Commentary puts the Heath Slater contract signing over and we cut to footage of Miz and Maryse walking backstage. They're up next!


Back from commercial with Curt Hawkins delivering some Hawkins Facts in person and telling SmackDown that it's time to face the facts.

Miz out now. Commentary recaps his title defense against Dolph Ziggler from Backlash. Miz says that for weeks Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, and most of the WWE Universe have been calling him a coward. You can call him a coward all he wants, because he left Backlash with his beautiful wife by his side and the Intercontinental Championship still on his shoulder. It's day 162 of his title reign and he's now held the title for more days than 130-some previous championship reigns and made it more prestigious than it's ever been.

Dolph interrupts. He says Miz is trying to prove that he's champion to himself and everybody out here, but he knows deep down inside that no matter what he does that he knows why folks in the back laugh at him, he knows that the WWE Universe will never see him as a top guy, as a main eventer, and the WWE Universe will always see through him. Miz says anytime he's on this show or any show, he's the main event, and if he lived and died by the respect of the WWE Universe, he might as well be buried like Dolph's career.

Dolph agrees that he's in a slump, but Miz is crushing it even though he'll always have that asterisk next to his name. What do you say, he asks, you wanna earn some respect, prove it? One more time, no gimmicks, no valets, no girlfriends, no wifes, no stunt doubles, no excuses. Just Dolph and Miz. Maryse interjects, asking if he's saying (and she has to pause due to the boos of the crowd here) that he wants his rematch? Miz yells at the crowd and they intensify.

Daniel Bryan out now. He couldn't keep his mouth shut when Maryse opened hers. She's the only reason Miz is still champion, and Dolph is getting his rematch. No no no, Miz says, Dolph didn't earn the shot in the first place, no rematch. Miz wanted his contract renegotiated, and Bryan isn't getting what he wants until Miz gets what he wants. He will not defend the title until he gets what he wants, and there's nothing Bryan can do about it. Bryan gets in the ring and Miz and Maryse bail through the crowd.

AJ Styles walking backstage. He meets up with Baron Corbin, who asks what he wants. AJ knows he's got a rematch with Apollo Crews tonight, but he's got something better and offers him the tag match. Corbin says he'd rather be his opponent, though, and he wants the title, and we go to commercial.


Back from break and Corbin's out, so that match is happening right now!

Corbin blindsides Crews as he goes to pose on the turnbuckles! Slams Apollo into the barricade and hits End of Days! The match hasn't even began!

Jack Swagger's coming out?! He's signed with SmackDown after his Raw contract ran out, apparently! He gets in the ring and Corbin heads for the hills.

Swagger on the mic, saying it's Jumpin' Jack Flash because as of 12:01 this morning, SmackDown is his new home. He's a former world champion and his wife is very attractive. You might think you know him, but you don't know Jack. Forget everything you knew, he's gonna be a big problem. A big problem. Actually, check that, we're gonna be a big problem. He does the We the People gimmick and we're done here.

Becky Lynch walking backstage, we're promised that she's gonna address her title victory up next and we go to commercial.


Back from break and Baron Corbin is promised for Talking Smack tonight.

Becky Lynch out. Charly Caruso asks her about becoming the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion. Becky starts answering as "You deserve it!" chants go up. It seems only fitting that the first place Becky Balboa shows off her brand new title is Philadelphia, she says. On Sunday she was in the fight of her life, and every time she got beaten down she had to drag herself back up. But 5 became 4 became 3 became 2 and so on and she did it. There's a saying that the journey is greater than the destination, but whoever said that never went on her journey.

Come one, come all, she's a fighting women, so come at her, bros. (I'm in for Matt Riddle vs. Becky Lynch!) Naomi comes out in response and I guess we're right into the #1 contendership match.

Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Bella (SmackDown Women's Championship #1 Contender's Match)

Bell rings and Nikki goes right after Carmella as Nattie and Alexa beat on Naomi. Carmella tossed outside and Nattie switches, whipping Nikki into Naomi and Bliss. Discus lariat on Carmella when she comes back in, then Nattie follows up with snap suplexes on Nikki and Alexa and a Michinoku Driver on Naomi but Nikki breaks up the pin. Nikki with a facebreaker on Nattie but Carmella breaks up the pin and they square off again.

Carmella takes a breather but Nikki slips out and lands a diving lariat off the steps! Naomi with a roundhouse and a sunset flip on Nattie but Nikki breaks it up. Whip into the corner, Naomi counters with a kick and locks a headscissors on from the top. Nikki walks her out for an electric chair drop but she can't quit capitalize. Alexa tries to steal a win and fails. Nattie lays a knee in and whips Alexa into the corner for shoulder thrusts. Naomi lands an enzugiri and a full nelson bomb on Alexa but Nattie breaks the pin up with a dropkick.

Bella Buster on Natalya gets two. Rear View on Nikki gets two. Baseball slide attempt on Nattie but she slams Naomi's head into the steps. Nikki tosses her into the barricade and comes back in the ring against Alexa. Sets her up top but Bliss fires back with fists and feet. Nikki with the fireman's carry but Carmella knocks her off with a superkick...

Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall on Nikki Bella after tossing Carmella out of the ring, earning a SmackDown Women's Championship title shot against Becky Lynch.

AJ Styles backstage, now he's asking Kane if he'd like to team tonight. Check it out, the Phenomenal One and the Devil's Favorite Demon, has a nice ring right? Kane laughs at him and walks off. A shame, Kane and AJ would probably be pretty great, shades of Team Hell No and all.

Commentary puts over Slater's contract signing next and sends us to break with a house ad for Clash of Champions.


Back from commercial and Shane McMahon's in the ring with the requisite table to sign the contract on. No chairs, though.

SmackDown is all about opportunity, he says, and he's gonna single out one individual who has seized that opportunity and became one-half of the first-ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater.

Heath and Rhyno out. Shane congratulates them and invites Heath to sign his contract. Heath holds it up high and signs it. He's officially SmackDown talent!

Heath thanks Shane and Bryan for making it happen, he thanks Beulah and tells her to get the refrigerator box and pack up all their stuff for the move into the double-wide. He thanks Rhyno and says there was a lot of talk that he could do it on his own, but he had Rhyno, his friend, his partner, and they're the champions. They'll take on anyone, any place, anywhere. Finally he's gonna thank all of his kids-- Roscoe, Betty Lou, Roslyn Snow, Remedy Munroe, Justin and Josh...

The Ascension interrupt. Sure. They want a title shot here and now. Heath points out the table and the carpet and the lack of a referee as reasons not to do it, but Shane says let's do it and the ring crew start clearing the signing set out. Off to break, it's up next!


Back from commercial and the match is in progress.

Beauty and the Man-Beast (Heath Slater & Rhyno) (c) vs. the Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)

Slater and Viktor in, Viktor denies Slater a tag but gets one on Konnor himself. They clobber Slater, Rhyno runs in and gets chucked outside. A double team move goes badly wrong and Rhyno breaks it up. Konnor into the ringpost and Rhyno goes back to wait for the hot tag.

Viktor holding his boot tries to stop it but Rhyno comes in and clobbers him. Off the ropes, lariat, shoulder thrusts in the corner, short-arm spinebuster but Konnor breaks up the pin. Slater with a sleeper hold on Konnor, Konnor dumps him to the outside but Rhyno rams him into the corner in return...

Beauty and the Man-Beast retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship by pinfall with a Gore on Viktor.

Daniel Bryan meets AJ Styles backstage asking him if he's had trouble finding a partner. AJ says he doesn't need a partner, but Bryan says they've appointed one. It's James Ellsworth, of Braun Strowman squash fame! AJ walks off in a huff and Bryan tells Ellsworth he's gonna do great.

Commentary says Orton's up next and we're off to commercial.


Back from break and commentary hypes the Cruiserweight Classic finals on Wednesday.

Orton makes his way down and we get a Devour video and a recap of his Sunday night.

Randy puts the mic down and poses on the turnbuckle a second. He says Bray likes to talk, that he's the New Face of Fear, and Randy agrees, because Bray is afraid. Afraid of Randy Orton and that's why he attacked from behind and tried to end his career. He wasn't the first, he won't be the last, but he's here right now, by himself, and if Bray has the balls he'll face his fear right now.

Bray's in the smoke-filled room, however. He says a wise man knows when to stay out. The world is cruel and unfair, he knows this. He gave Randy a gift, a way out, and all he has to do is take it, but he didn't. Instead, he chose to embarass him, and he didn't like that. But it's okay, man, because now he knows what he must do. He can't stop now, 'til death do us part. Not fire, not daggers, not bullets can end this now. Don't sleep, he continues, and he's done.

Now Bray's outside the ring, lying in wait against the announce table. Orton tells him to get in the ring right now, to end it right here. Bray takes off his hat and ring jacket and his graphic plays again and Erick Rowan's in the ring behind Orton, ambushing him and laying boots and fists in. He draws Orton to his feet and eats an RKO for his trouble.

Commentary says the main event is next and throws us to break with a short recap of the Owens/Rollins feud by way of a house ad for Clash of Champions.


Back from break and commentary promises Alexa Bliss on Talking Smack in addition to Baron Corbin.

The Miz attacks Ellsworth from behind as he makes his way down the entry way! He holds him in the camera and tells Daniel Bryan that he's the main event before hitting Skull Crushing Finale and chucking him away like yesterday's garbage.

AJ is super stoked to be teaming with Miz, thanking God aloud.

Cena and Ambrose make their entrances and we go commercial.

Back from commercial and the match is in progress.

AJ Styles & the Miz vs. Dean Ambrose & John Cena

Miz and Cena in the ring, Miz is beating John down. Flashback to events during the commercial, where AJ hit Cena with an Ushigoroshi to turn the tide. Back in the present, Miz with the basement DDT for two. Miz choking Cena in the corner, he gets admonished but tells referee Mike Chioda that he has until five! Corner clothesline, Miz calling for the Skull Crushing Finale, charges in again but Cena dodges.

Ambrose and Styles in, Ambrose with a lariat, AJ dives and Dean catches him into a backbreaker. Elbow off the top gets two and Dean rams AJ in the corner and goes to town with kicks and right hands. Miz on the apron, Dean knocks him off and rams him into the barricade. Back in the ring, AJ ducks a lariat and lands the Pele kick! And then to commercial.

Back from our last commercial now, Dean apparently just leveled Miz with a pendulum lariat. Cena wants the tag but Dean won't give him the pleasure. Looking for a butterfly superplex, Miz fights out with punches and a double axehandle off the top. Grabs a leglock and tags AJ in, who immediately knocks Cena off the apron. Chioda gets in Cena's face as he tries to interfere, and Miz chokes Ambrose while his back is turned.

Dean reverses AJ into the corner and lays a bunch of chops in but AJ fires back with right hands. Big kick to the ribs knocks Dean to the mat and AJ grabs a rear chinlock. Dean fires up and fights out of it, right hands, Styles Rush but Ambrose counters the backfist with a swinging neckbreaker. Tag to Cena and Miz, shoulder block, shoulder block, back suplex spinning powerbomb, Five Knuckle Shuffle, up for the AA but AJ runs in and Dean comes after him. Suicide dive from Dean...

Dean Ambrose & John Cena win by pinfall following an Attitude Adjustment on the Miz.

Cena celebrates while Dean stews. John turns around and walks into a kick to the gut and Dirty Deeds. The crowd rains boos down as Dean jaws at him.

Ambrose stares daggers at AJ, who's posing in the entrance with his WWE World Championship, and that's the show.

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