– The 2016 WWE No Mercy Kickoff pre-show opens with fans making their way into the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. We’re live with Renee Young, Lita, Booker T and Jerry Lawler as they hype tonight’s show. Renee says for the first time in WWE history, the main event will open the show. We go backstage to Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge. He will be joined by The Usos later. We go back to Renee and she leads us to a video package for Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt.

– We get discussion on Orton vs. Wyatt and come back from a break. Renee leads us to a video package on tonight’s Career vs. Title match. More discussion from the panel until Curt Hawkins makes his way out. He did what he said he would do, step foot in the ring at No Mercy. Hawkins goes on and has an announcement… he will have his return match on Tuesday’s SmackDown episode. Renee leads us to another break. We come back to Alexa Bliss with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan backstage. Shane says SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch has a non-physical medical issue and she can’t compete tonight. Bliss signed a contract for a title shot and wants one tonight. Bryan says she will get her title shot on November 8th in Glasgow, Scotland but it sounds like she will be in action tonight. We get more discussion from the panel and comments from The Usos in the Social Media Lounge. More discussion from Renee and the panel before another break.

– Back from the break and Nikki Bella has joined the panel.

American Alpha and The Hype Bros vs. The Vaudevillains and The Ascension

We go to the ring and Mauro Ranallo is with JBL and David Otunga. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are out first followed by their partners Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley. Simon Gotch and Aiden English are out next followed by partners Konnor and Viktor.

Gable starts off with English and takes him down. Back and forth until Jordan and Gotch get involved. American Alpha with dropkicks. Jordan with a 2 count on English. Ryder comes in but English decks him and tags in Viktor. He takes control until Ryder catches Viktor in a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Mojo comes in and he’s hyped. Mojo ducks a boot and nails a running clothesline for a 2 count. Konnor tags in and works Mojo in. Ryder ends up coming in. American Alpha takes out The Vaudevillains. The babyface teams clear the ring as we go to a break.

Back from the break and Konnor works over Ryder. Viktor tags in for some double teaming and a 2 count. Konnor with another tag before English tags back in. English with a 2 count. He keeps Ryder grounded now. Ryder with a jawbreaker. English stops Ryder from tagging and in comes Gotch, then Konnor. Konnor runs into boots but still stops Ryder from tagging. They go to the floor and into the barrier. Ryder makes it back in first and tosses Viktor to the floor, then Gotch. Viktor knocks Gable off the apron and stops the tag. Ryder side steps and Konnor runs into the ring post. Jordan tags in as does English. Jordan unloads and everyone gets involved. The finish sees American Alpha hit the double team on English for the pin by Jordan.

Winners: American Alpha and The Hype Bro

After the match, we go to replays. The heels retreat as the face teams stand tall in the ring.

– It is time to talk about the WWE Title Match. We have a video package. Renee mentions this match will take place in a few minutes.

Jerry says that he used to say he was on the main event that happened first when he was in the opening match. He says the other matches will have a hard time to top this. Jerry picks Cena. Renee asks about the pressure on Cena. Jerry says that Cena is worried about Flair’s legacy. She asks Lita who has the momentum. Lita says the upper hand changes every night. AJ is the champ but it is anyone’s game. She talks about the Face that Runs the Place and the Champ that runs the Camp. Lita says it was not just one PPV that made Cena who he is. Ambrose and Styles are in the running, but it does not change after tonight.

Booker says he has known AJ for a long time. Booker says he talked to AJ five years ago and that you need to make some sacrifices to be the best. You have to think about yourself. AJ has beaten the number one guy in the business, John Cena. A lot have thought they could take the baton from John, but they failed. AJ has done it.

Renee asks if AJ should have let Dean and AJ take care of each other. Lita says a triple threat match can be an advantage and a detriment. Lita picks Dean Ambrose, Jerry picks John Cena, and Booker picks AJ Styles. That’s all for the pre-show.

WWE No Mercy Opener:

The show opens with a video package highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight’s show. A good bit of time is spent on Styles vs. Cena vs. Ambrose, as well as Ziggler vs. Miz. Wyatt vs. Orton and Becky vs. Alexa also get a bit of the spotlight, further showcasing Smackdown’s ability to make almost every match have meaning.

The pyro hits and Mauro welcomes us to the show. We go straight in for the action as the main event is kicking off the show.

WWE World Championship – Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose

John Cena is the first man to make his way out, and he comes out to a very mixed reaction, with a ton of fans singing ‘John Cena sucks’ along with his theme song.

Dean Ambrose is out next, and the Lunatic Fringe gets a less vocal, but overall more positive reaction out of the fans than Cena.

AJ Styles is the last man out to the ring, and the face that runs the place is given a very warm welcome on his way down the aisle.

While the three are already in the ring, we get the formal, too long, useless video package highlighting the recent events between these three men, including Styles’ WWE Championship win at Backlash, and Cena’s quest to gain his 16th World Championship and tie Ric Flair’s record of title reigns.

After formal ring introductions, we’re finally ready to kick off the match.

The bell rings and everyone talks a bit of smack before Ambrose shoves Cena, gets a shot in on AJ, then almost ends up eating a Styles Clash and an AA before fighting out and catching Cena in the middle of a weird triple clothesline spot with Styles. Ambrose beats on Cena in the corner, fights off Styles, then sends Cena across the ring, continuing the assault. Ambrose fights Styles back and dropkicks him out of the ring, following and tossing him into the barricade repeatedly. Ambrose catches Cena with a Russian leg sweet into the barricade when he tries to get involved, and then he slams Styles face first into the announcers table. Ambrose sends Styles back into the ring and leaps from the apron out toward Cena. Cena catches Ambrose and drives him into the ring post. Styles heads to the ropes and takes out Cena with a slingshot pescado to the floor. Styles brings Cena back into the ring and poses for the crowd, getting a good bit of love before turning around and getting hung up on the top rope by Ambrose. Ambrose tries to suplex Styles to the outside, but Styles fights it off. Ambrose avoids a suplex into the ring and lands on his feet. Styles grabs Ambrose from behind and Cena grabs Styles, hitting a German suplex that sends both Styles and Ambrose flying across the ring.

Ambrose goes to the apron and Styles hits him with a vicious elbow to the face. Cena pulls AJ’s legs out from under him and catapults him into the corner before tossing Styles up and over his shoulder, flap-jacking him to the mat. Cena shoulders Styles, but Styles counters the AA landing on his feet and hits the Pele kick.

Styles tries for the Styles Clash on Cena, but Ambrose is in and rolls up Styles for two. Styles springboard moonsaults into a reverse DDT on Ambrose, catching Cena with a boot to the gut and hitting him with a standard DDT at the same time. All three are slow to get up. Ambrose beats Styles into the corner, but ends up backdropped out to the floor, connecting with the ring steps on the way down. Cena picks up Styles and hits him with a front suplex, then connects with a code red for two.

Cena stalks AJ in the corner, shouldering him and climbing up to the second rope. Styles counters out of it and pulls Cena down in an Argentine backbreaker, spinning Cena out into a powerbomb for two. Cena blocks a big right hand from Styles and fights back with a series of rights. Styles catches Cena coming off the ropes and traps him in a sleeper hold. Cena fights it off and catches Styles with a sleeper of his own. Styles pushes Cena off right into a sleeper from Ambrose. Cena backs into the corner, squashing both AJ and Dean in an attempt to break Ambrose’s sleeper. Cena hits the ropes and hits a couple of shoulder tackles on Ambrose before connecting with the belly to back suplex. Styles breaks up a five knuckle shuffle with a German suplex, and planting Cena on his face, but he can’t keep him down for three. Ambrose is able to sneak attack Styles from behind, but also can’t keep his opponent down for a three count.

Cena hits Styles with a couple of shoulder tackles and a belly to back suplex, but he turns around into a top rope elbow drop from Ambrose for another two count. Styles springboards off the top rope with a sloppy forearm that knocks Cena to the outside. Stykes fights off Dirty Deeds and backs Ambrose into the corner. Styles seats Ambrose on the top turnbuckle then heads up and takes him off with a Frankensteiner. Ambrose is able to roll through into a roll up for two. Styles rolls up Ambrose for two, then both men take each other out with simultaneous clotheslines.

Cena makes his way back into the ring to a ton of heat. Cena hits the ropes and hits a five knuckle shuffle on both Styles and Ambrose. Cena connects with the AA on Styles, but Styles rolls right out of the ring. Ambrose tries for the Dirty Deeds, but Cena counters into the AA and he pins Ambrose for two.

Cena traps Ambrose in the STF, but Ambrose refuses to quit. Styles comes in out of nowhere with a splash on top of both men to break the hold. Cena rolls out to the apron and shoulders Styles. Styles fights out and suplexes Cena on the apron hard, sending him crashing out to the floor. Styles connects with a springboard 450 back into the ring on Ambrose, but Ambrose still will not stay down for a three count. Styles heads out to the apron and kicks Cena away. Styles tries for the phenomenal forearm but Ambrose counters with a kick to the gut. Styles hits the Styles clash on Ambrose, but Cena comes right in and pulls Styles away, trapping him in the STF immediately. Ambrose grabs Styles’ hand and refuses to let him tap, knocking Cena away to break the hold instead.

Ambrose hits Cena, then Styles with running forearms in the corner. Cena stuns Ambrose, then shoulders both of him opponents at the same time. AJ fights out. Cena drops Ambrose, then shoulders AJ, knocking Ambrose away. Styles fights out of the AA and sends Cena over with an enzugiri, standing up into a huge lariat from Ambrose right away. Ambrose takes Styles into the corner and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Ambrose teases Dirty Deeds from the top, but Cena pulls him down with a huge powerbomb for two. Styles leaps off the top rope with a crossbody, but Cena catches him and rolls through, standing up to his feet and flipping Styles up to his shoulders. Styles counters into the calf crusher in the middle of the ring.

Ambrose drops an elbow on Styles to break up the hold. Styles stomps toward Ambrose in the corner, and Ambrose catches Styles with the calf crusher. Cena clamps on the STF at the same time, and Styles is forced to tap out. The bell rings, but the ref calls it off, saying there were two guys with holds on, and there can only be one winner.

Ambrose attacks Cena right away, but Cena fights him off, sends him into the ropes, and hits Ambrose with a giant clothesline. Cena shoulders Ambrose, but Ambrose fights out of it and hits Dirty Deeds. Styles breaks the pin by pulling the ref out of the ring. Ambrose hits a tope suicida to wipe out Styles on the floor before he sends him flying over the German announcer’s table. Ambrose climbs to the top, but he’s stopped by Cena. Cena steps up to the middle rope and shoulders Ambrose, hitting an AA from the middle rope. Styles is in with a chair to Cena’s gut, sending him to the mat. Styles pins Cena and gets the three count.

Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: AJ Styles

After the match, AJ stands tall with the title as Ambrose recovers on the floor. Cena is down in the ring. We go to replays and come back to AJ celebrating as Cena looks on from the ramp. Ambrose is still looking up from ringside.

– A promo for WWE Hell in a Cell on October 30 airs.

– The announcers turn their attention right to Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (it’s so quick AJ Styles’ music is still playing in the arena when they throw it to the video). We get a video package that shows some of the recent history between these two men, including Orton trying to play some of Wyatt’s mind games to get into his head.

Nikki Bella vs. Carmella

Even though we just had the video package, back in the arena, Nikki Bella’s music hits, and she makes her way down to the ring for the next match.

Carmella is out next, and Mauro recaps the announcement from earlier tonight that Becky Lynch will not be able to defend her title tonight, but that Alexa Bliss will still be in action.

The bell rings and Nikki goes right after Carmella, but Carmella heads into the ropes, then smacks Nikki across the face. Nikki tosses Carmella across the ring by her hair before slapping her in turn. Carmella tries to run but Nikki pulls her back into the ring, then sends her across the ring again. Carmella heads out to the floor, and Nikki hits a baseball slide to send her crashing into the barricade. Carmella comes back with a right to the face before whipping Nikki into the LED screen on the ring apron. Carmella heads back into the ring and gloats, but Nikki is able to make it back into the ring at 7. Carmella responds by slamming her chest into the ring apron, then wrapping Nikki around the ring post and pulling back by her hair. Carmella goes for the pin, but is only able to get two. Carmella drops a couple of elbows on Nikki’s shoulder, then traps her in a rear chin lock.

Nikki tries to fight up, but Carmella pulls her down by her hair. Carmella hits a bronco buster in the corner, but it’s still not enough for three. Nikki tries to fight up to her feet while Carmella screams at her and the fans the whole time. Nikki breaks the hold, but Carmella brings her into the corner and slams Nikki’s face into the turnbuckle before ripping at her hair. Carmella does a moonwalk, then charges right into an explosive spear from Nikki.

Nikki ducks a clothesline, then hits a couple of dropkicks and a corner clothesline. Nikki hits a beautiful disaster kick out of the corner, but it’s only enough for two. Nikki shoulders Carmella, but Carmella is able to grab the ropes and fights out. Nikki hits the Bella buster, but Carmella is still able to kick out at two. Carmella kicks Nikki away in the corner, connects with a headscissors, and a superkick, to take down Nikki for a two count.

Nikki traps Carmella with a small package, then stands up into a flatliner from Carmella. Carmella locks in her submission, wrapping her legs around Nikki’s neck, but Nikki breaks out and Nikki stuns her with a massive forearm. Carmella is able to lock in the code of silence once more, but Nikki is able to struggle to the ropes to break the hold.

Carmella is furious, beating Nikki down. Nikki shoulders Carmella and hits the Rack Attack 2.0, pinning Carmella for a three count.

Winner: Nikki Bella

After the match, Nikki stands tall and has her arm raised as we go to replays.


Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are shown watching the show backstage. Miz and Maryse walk in. Miz says you know what’ll make this show really stand out? When he retires the perennial loser Dolph Ziggler. And what makes Miz happy is that Daniel Bryan is also responsible for this. Bryan had to give Dolph opportunity after opportunity to fail, much like Bryan’s in-ring career. But after tonight, they’ll both be retired. And after Miz retains, he wants to renegotiate his contract. He knows they’ll have som funds after Ziggler leaves the roster. He tells Maryse to say adieu, and they’re both off.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. The Uso’s

Back in the arena, the Uso’s make their way out to the ring to a bit of heat from the crowd. Heath Slater and Rhyno are out next, and the champs get a warm welcome from the fans in attendance.

It looks like Rhyno and Jimmy will kick things off. Rhyno goes right for a headlock, Jimmy pushes him off but eats a quick shoulder block. Slater tags in and they send Jimmy into the ropes for a double back elbow. Slater sends Jimmy across the ring, but runs right into a bit right hand. Jey tags in and chops Slater hard before slamming him to the mat. Jey picks up Slater for another slam, the stalks him around the ring, taunting him before picking him up for a belly to back suplex. Jey tags out and holds Slater in place for Jimmy to hit a forearm in the corner. Jimmy traps Slater in a rear chin lock, but Slater fights up to his feet. Slater ducks a clothesline and tags out to Rhyno who comes in with a couple of back elbows to Jimmy. Jimmy sends Rhyno into the corner, but Rhyno pops out with a clothesline. Rhyno connects with a belly to belly suplex, taking Jimmy over. Rhyno blocks an attack from Jey, but the distraction allows Jimmy to catch a cheap shot, and tag out. Jimmy comes in with a hip check to a seated Rhyno in the corner. Jey hits the ropes and a splash on Rhyno for another two.

Jimmy clamps on a rear chin lock, but Rhyno fights up to his feet. Jimmy pulls him down to the mat by his hair, and goes right for a knee bar, holding Rhyno in place. Jey tags in a hits a low kick to Rhyno. Rhyno tries to fight back, but Jey will not let him gain any ground. Jey blasts Rhyno with a couple of rights to the face. Jimmy tags in and catches Rhyno with a big right hand. Jimmy charges Rhyno in the corner, right into a rear elbow. Rhyno grabs Jimmy and hits a big spinebuster. Slater pumps up the crowd, then tags in, hitting Jey with a series of punches. Heath hits Jimmy with a leg lariat before connecting with a neckbreaker on Jey. Heath picks up Jey and rolls him up for two. Jey responds with a pop-up Samoan drop, but it’s only enough for two.

Jimmy tags back in and the Uso’s look for some double team action. It’s broken up by Rhyno, but the distraction allows Jimmy to stun Heath with a right hand. Jimmy heads to the top, and Slater pops up to take Jimmy over with a huge powerslam from the middle rope for two. Jimmy responds with a superkick that stuns Slater. Jey tags in and they hit the superkick on Heath’s leg. Rhyno hits Jimmy with a gore on the floor, and breaks up Jey’s submission in the ring. Slater pulls himself to the corner and tags in Rhyno. Rhyno hits the gore on Jey and gets the three count.

Winners and STILL Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Heath Slater and Rhyno

After the match, we get replays as The Usos leave and the champions stand tall in the ring.

– After a brief commercial, Bray Wyatt is shown in his rocking chair backstage. Wyatt spouts some nonsense before rocking back and forth and humming ‘the whole world in his hands’ to himself.

– We get a recap of Jack Swagger’s debut match on Smackdown where he tapped out Baron Corbin controversially. It’s time for the rematch as Swagger’s music hits in the arena and the All American makes his way down to the ring. Baron Corbin is out next to an apathetic reaction from the crowd.

Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger

Corbin attacks right away, sending Swagger out of the ring. Swagger is quick to respond with an attack of his own, sending Corbin to the outside with a clothesline over the top rope. Swagger follows out after Corbin and slams his head into the ring announcer’s table. Swagger stalks Corbin but ends up having his knee kicked out from under him. Corbin kicks the ring steps into Swagger’s hand and fingers before taking him out with a clothesline. Corbin takes things back into the ring and wraps Swagger’s arm around the top rope, wrenching away before dropping him to the mat and simply standing on his hand and fingers. Corbin stands Swagger up and backs him away with a series of forearms. Corbin hits a running shoulder tackle, sending Swagger crashing into the corner.

Corbin rips and tears at Swagger’s fingers, but Swagger avoids a splash in the corner and Corbin crashes into the turnbuckles. Swagger is able to avoid another splash and he hits a corner clothesline, follows it up with a second, then plants Corbin with a belly to back suplex. Swagger runs into the corner for the Swagger bomb, but it’s only enough for a two count. Swagger attempts the patriot lock, but Corbin kicks him away. Corbin connects with the deep six, but it’s not enough for three. Corbin hits the ropes and lays into Swagger with a big right hand. Swagger ducks a clothesline, then rips into Corbin with a clothesline of his own that’s good for a near fall.

Swagger is able to clamp on the patriot lock in the middle of the ring. Corbin drags himself to the apron and breaks the plane of the ropes, forcing the ref to break the hold. Corbin thumbs Swagger in the eye, then hits the End of Days for the three count.

Winner: Baron Corbin

After the match, Corbin heads to the back as we get replays. Swagger is selling the eye poke as Corbin looks on.

– A video package airs hyping The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Career vs. Title Match
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Miz is the first competitor to make his way to the ring, and of course he’s got his wife Maryse by his side on his way down the aisle. I feel like it’s also worth mentioning that Miz’s new red carpet entrance utilizing the LED entrance ramp is pretty awesome.

Dolph Ziggler is out next, and the show-off gets a very warm welcome in what may end up being his last WWE match ever.

The bell rings and both men feel each other out for a bit before Dolph goes for the leg and Miz backs into the ropes. Miz avoids a superkick, but is rolled up for two. Dolph hits a leaping lariat, but is slingshotted to the outside by Miz. Dolph heads back into the ring, hits a big dropkick, then a lariat that sends both men crashing over the top rope and out to the floor. Dolph slams Miz’s head into the ring apron. On the way back into the ring, Miz kicks the middle rope into Dolph’s crotch as he makes his way back into the ring. The distraction allows for a momentum shift as Miz takes ziggler into the corner hard, then pins him for a two count. Miz hits a couple of right hands to a prone Ziggler. Ziggler fights his way up to his knees, and Miz catches him with a running leg lariat to the back of the head. Miz goes to work on Dolph’s arms, wrenching them back hard in a submission.

Dolph fights out of the submission, but eats and immediate clothesline from Miz that’s followed by a big boot to the face. Miz is frustrated that he’s still not able to keep Ziggler down for three as he goes toward Ziggler and stomps his chest repeatedly on the ring apron. Miz slingshots Ziggler throat first into the bottom rope before pulling him to the middle of the ring. Miz stands on the back of Zigglers’ knees, taunting Daniel Bryan before jumping up and driving Ziggler’s knees into the canvas. Miz traps Dolph’s arms again, but Dolph fights to his feet and out of the hold. Miz is able to hit a reverse DDT/neckbreaker combo that puts Ziggler down for a two count.

Miz gloats for the crowd before hitting three running corner dropkicks in a row. Miz goes for another, but Ziggler responds with a dropkick of his own. Both men are slow to get to their feet, but when they do, Ziggler ducks a clothesline and scores with a couple of his own before hitting a splash in the corner, swinging neckbreaker, and a splash for another near fall. Ziggler stands and tries for a hurricanrana, Miz counters, getting him in position for a powerbomb. Ziggler counters with a rollup. Miz rolls up Ziggler for two, but the ref notices Miz’s feet on the ropes. Both men continue to trade roll ups until Miz superkicks Dolph’s knee and hits a DDT to a kneeling Dolph for another two count.

Miz stands and drops his knee into the back of Dolph’s thigh. Dolph kicks Miz away, but Miz is quick to attack, sending Dolph into the corner and wrapping his leg up in the ropes, making it an easy target for a dropkick. Ziggler wraps up Miz in a small package for two. Miz connects with the corner dropkick after breaking the pin, then he heads to the top rope. Ziggler hits the ropes and crotches the Miz on the top turnbuckle. Ziggler heads up after Miz and tries for a superplex, but Miz sandbags Ziggler and won’t go over. Miz fights Ziggler off and tries for a sunset bomb, but Ziggler holds on. Miz gets Ziggler in powerbomb position, but slams him into the ropes, allowing Ziggler to pop back up and counter into a roll up for two. Miz pops right up and locks in the figure four, causing Ziggler to scream in pain. Ziggler almost goes down to the mat for a three count while the hold is locked in, but he refuses to quit and makes it to the ropes to break the hold.

Maryse is up on the apron distracting the ref, and the Miz takes off the top turnbuckle pad in the corner. Ziggler hits a leaping leg lariat, pretty much the Rough Ryder, and puts Miz down for another two count. Ziggler is grabbing his knee as he stands. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Miz fights it off. Miz sends Ziggler into the exposed turnbuckle, then connects with a slingshot powerbomb, sending Ziggler off the ropes first before slamming him to the mat, but it’s still not enough to put Ziggler away.

Miz kicks Ziggler’s chest repeatedly, mimicking Daniel Bryan. Dolph ducks the last kick and connects with the Zig Zag, but Miz is still able to kick out at two, causing Maryse to clutch her heart. Dolph pulls himself up by the ropes and goes for the superkick but Miz counters into the SCF, Ziggler counters out into a roll up, but Miz kicks out. Ziggler clamps on the sleeper hold, wrapping his legs around Miz. Miz is able to make it to the bottom rope to force Ziggler to break the hold.

Maryse sprays Ziggler in the face again with perfume, and Miz connects with the SCF, but Ziggler is able to put his foot on the ropes to end the pin. Miz is furious, attacking Ziggler right away and driving his knee into Ziggler’s knee, wrenching away. Miz rips off Ziggler’s boot and Ziggler connects with a superkick. Ziggler crawls over and Maryse calls down for help. Kenny and Mikey from the Spirit Squad come running down from the back and distract Ziggler. Ziggler sends Mikey from the apron with a superkick, but Miz comes right back with an SCF, sending Ziggler face first into the canvas. Miz goes for the pin, but Ziggler kicks out at two!

Kenny tries to interfere, but it’s caught by the ref. The ref sends Kenny, Mikey and Maryse to the back. Miz turns around into a superkick from Dolph Ziggler, and Ziggler pins Miz for the three count.

Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

After the match, Ziggler grabs the title and limps over behind the announcer’s table, celebrating with the fans in the crowd. Dolph continues to celebrate with the fans in attendance while the Miz looks on sadly while Ziggler parades around with the title.

– Randy Orton is shown backstage looking in the mirror. The mirror starts to warp while Orton’s looking into it.

– We check in with the pre-show panel including Booker T, Jerry Lawler, and Lita. Booker talks about being glad AJ retained, and Lita talks about being correct about the result of Miz/Ziggler. We get a recap of Curt Hawkins’ debut on the pre-show, saying that this Tuesday night on Smackdown Live, he’ll be having his very first match. Renee asks the panelists how they feel, but doesn’t get an answer, instead recapping the opening match where the Hype Bros and American Alpha defeated The Vaudvillains and the Ascension.

Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi

Alexa Bliss makes her way out for the next match, getting a bit of heat on her way down the aisle. She’s got a mic when she gets into the ring. She says that Bryan and McMahon are protecting their pathetic Becky Lynch champion. They said she’s not able to compete because of a non-wrestling related medical condition. AKA a hangnail, or her orange hair fell out. The real reason is that Becky was afraid to lose her title to Bliss. And there’s not a single woman in the arena that’s on the same level.

She’s interrupted by Naomi’s music, as the glowing superstar makes her way down the aisle to a bit of love from the crowd.

The bell rings and Alexa locks in a headlock right away. Alexa takes Naomi to the mat, then slaps her across the face before standing on her back and stomping her face into the mat repeatedly. Alexa picks Naomi up, but eats a couple of kicks to her sides. Naomi hits a split legged moonsault for two. Alexa is able to connect with a quick forearm to the face. Naomi comes back with a double sole-butt. Naomi tries for a move on the apron, but Alexa counters and sends Naomi crashing down to the apron before wrapping her arm around the bottom rope. Alexa continues to work over Naomi’s arm, slamming Naomi down to the mat shoulder first. Alexa wrenches back on Naomi’s arm, turning her over and stomping down on her shoulder before working right back over into a submission.

Naomi begins to fight out of the hold until she’s slammed into the corner by Bliss. Naomi avoids Alexa in the corner and sends her crashing in. Naomi connects with a facebuster out of nowhere. Naomi ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Naomi connects with the rearview, but when she goes for the pin she only gets two. Bliss goes right for the cross armbreaker, but Naomi rolls up Alexa for a three count.

Winner: Naomi

After the bell, Naomi makes her exit as Bliss throws a fit in the middle of the ring.

– After a commercial for Hell in a Cell, we get another video package for Orton/Wyatt. Even though this wasn’t the most likely match to end the show tonight, the way it’s been built throughout the night has been commendable.

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and of course there are quite a few fireflies in attendance tonight. Randy Orton is next.

The bell rings and both men stare each other down for a bit before locking up. Bray ends up backed into the corner, and Orton tries for the RKO right away, but Bray pushes it off and bails to the outside.

Wyatt comes back into the ring and beats on Randy in the corner, fighting off the Viper. Wyatt sends Orton into the ropes, but Orton slams Wyatt down to the mat by the hair and stomps away methodically. Orton mounts Wyatt in the corner and hits a series of punches. Wyatt pushes Orton away, but runs right into a back elbow. Orton hits the ropes and Wyatt tries for Sister Abagail, but Orton fights it off. Orton tries for the suspension DDT, but Wyatt fights it off and brings things to the outside where he sends Orton into the barricade and the announcer’s table. Orton tries for an RKO, but Wyatt pushes him off and over the announcer’s table.

Wyatt takes apart the ring steps and sets them next to the table. Orton pops up and attacks with a forearm, and a big clothesline. Orton connects with a second clothesline before bringing things back into the ring. Orton heads to the apron, and is knocked off by Wyatt, sending him crashing into the barricade. Wyatt mocks Orton’s pose in the corner to a ton of heat from the crowd. Orton is able to make it back into the ring and Wyatt stomps away repeatedly before hitting a short-arm clothesline and running senton. Orton will not stay down for a three count, so Wyatt hits him with a head butt to the side of the head. Wyatt takes Orton into the corner, but Orton blocks a right hand and comes back with a couple of his own. Wyatt hits a running splash in the corner and he pins Orton for a two count.

Wyatt clamps on a rear chin lock, but Orton is quick to fight out of it. Wyatt comes up with a right hand that floors Orton and sends him out to the apron. Wyatt heads out after him. Orton blocks a right hand and connects with a couple of his own. Bray kicks Orton’s knee and hits a DDT on the apron, but when he brings things back into the ring for a near fall, it’s not enough for three. Bray sends Orton into the ropes and hits a big clothesline. Wyatt locks in another rear chin lock.

Orton fights up but Wyatt kicks the leg and slams Orton back down to the mat. Wyatt heads up to the middle rope and leaps off with a senton, but Orton rolls out of the way.

Orton blasts Wyatt with a right hand. Orton and Wyatt trade shots with each other before Wyatt sends Orton into the corner, and Orton responds with a couple of lariats. Wyatt avoids a powerslam and tries for Sister Abagail, but Orton blocks it and sends Wyatt into the ropes, hitting the snap powerslam for two. Orton sends Wyatt into the ropes, but Wyatt launches his body into Orton’s, knocking him to the mat.

Wyatt tries for the uruange, but Orton counters, trying for the RKO, Wyatt counters, Orton counters, then Wyatt connects with the urunage. Wyatt sends Orton to the outside and he follows. Wyatt lays Orton out across the ring steps. Wyatt tries for the running senton, but Orton moves, and Wyatt crashes spine first into the ring steps. Orton breaks the count and he slams Bray face first into the announcer’s table. Orton slams Bray into the barricade before picking him up with a belly to back suplex, dropping Bray spine first across the barricade. Orton brings things back into the ring with a suspension DDT.

Orton drops down to the mat, but the lights go out and when they come back, Luke Harper is standing in the middle of the ring. Orton is stunned, and turns around into Sister Abagail from Bray Wyatt, and Wyatt pins Orton for three.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Harper helps Orton to his feet and the two leave the ring together while Orton recovers on the mat. The show ends with Wyatt kneeling in front of Harper and screaming at the crowd to follow the buzzards.

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