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– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown opens up up with The Miz, Maryse and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan backstage. This results in a No DQ Lumberjack Match the WWE Intercontinental Title against Dean Ambrose being made for later.
– We’re live from Toledo, Ohio with Mauro Ranallo, JBL, David Otunga and Tom Phillips. They discuss Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper.
Luke Harper vs. Randy Orton
We go right to the ring and our comes The Wyatt Family.
Bray Wyatt heads to ringside to view the match once we get formal band introductions from Greg Hamilton. The bell rings and followers begin chanting for the RKO. Orton and Harper have words before securing up and going to the ropes.
Each goes at it and Harper takes control. Orton arrives of a corner with clotheslines. Harper misses a big shot and Orton misses the powerslam. Wyatt watches from his rocking chair as Orton strikes the draping DDT. Orton keeps control and takes the battle back into a floor. Orton slams Harper on barrier and then the announce table. They both go-down after a Harper big boot. Wyatt comes over and rolls all of them both in to the ring. We visit commercial.
Back from break and Harper has Orton grounded. Orton slices Harper off into the corner and climbs up for a superplex. Orton hits it but Harper kicks aside at 2. More to and fro. Orton catches Harper in a big powerslam for another 2 count. Harper captures Orton in a Michinoku Driver for 2. Harper dodges a RKO and rolls Orton up for just two. More forward and backward and pin attempts as Wyatt laughs. Harper appears to finish Orton and explains at Wyatt. Orton counters with a roll up for 2. Harper is true of the major clothesline but Orton counters and nails the RKO the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
– After the match, The Wyatt Family songs strikes as Bray comes into the band. He grabs Harper and kisses him in the head before dropping him with Sister Abigail. Wyatt and Orton leave together as Harper appears on from the ring.
– Back from a break and WWE Champion AJ Styles will call on John Cena later.
Mickie has been doing a version of the crazy chick once more. There’s some tension in the beginning as she avoids a concern. Mickie says she never ever ended WWE. She knocks the women’s revolution and states they very nearly got away with ignoring the woman contributions if it weren’t for starters person – SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. Mickie claims Bliss was fighting the self-righteousness associated with transformation since day one. Mickie goes on and says she’s got lots of respect for Alexa. If it were not for Alexa, she wouldn’t be standing right here today. Renee requires about assisting Bliss cheat to conquer Becky Lynch last week. Mickie claims it is not concerning the transformation, it is about the return of Mickie James.
Becky’s music hits and out she comes. They brawl inside ring until Mickie retreats and leaps across buffer. Bliss appears and falls Becky as she comes throughout the buffer. Mickie and Bliss bring Becky to the ring for double team now. Mickie claims Becky must have learned this from Alexa some time back – be one-step forward. Mickie’s songs strikes as she appears tall with Bliss.
– However in the future, a Lumberjack Match main occasion.
– right back through the break additionally the announcers plug Royal Rumble week-end regarding the WWE Network.
– We see footage from the other day’s shopping travel with Carmella and James Ellsworth. Carmella isn’t thrilled with any of Ellsworth’s choices so she picks an outfit for him. Ellsworth comes out of the dressing room looking like a Jersey Shore reject. She calls him fabulous in which he’s pleased.
Battle Royal: Heath Slater, Rhyno, Simon Gotch, Aiden English, Curt Hawkins, Konnor, Viktor, Mojo Rawley, Tyler Breeze, Fandango
Straight back from break and we have actually an over-the-top battle royal with all the champion earning a Royal Rumble spot. The bell rings and Rhyno attempts to toss Slater. This results in all of them eliminating The Vaudevillains.
Slater and Viktor go at it today. Hawkins beats Mojo Rawley down but wastes time. Mojo removes Hawkins.
Mojo and Konnor go at it now. Tyler Breeze works on Rhyno. Slater removes Viktor but Konnor gets rid of Slater with an assist from Viktor.
Rhyno and Konnor brawl now. Breeze and Fandango attempt to interrupt them. Mojo dumps Konnor and Rhyno. Mojo unloads on Breezango now while they you will need to double team him. Breeze inadvertently gets rid of Fandango with a superkick. Mojo dumps Breeze for the win additionally the Rumble area.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
– following the match, Mojo honors once we go to replays.
– we come across video from early in the day today of Nikki Bella and Natalya brawling after Nikki appeared into arena.
– Still ahead, Styles calls Cena away.
– straight back through the break and out comes WWE Champion AJ Styles into the band. AJ points out just how Cena is front & center on the Royal Rumble poster but he’s means within the straight back. AJ calls Cena into the ring and out he comes wearing their new gear.