2/11 WWE Smackdown Recap (AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho)
WWE Smackdown Results
February 11, 2016
Report by: Alex Kahrs of Wrestleview.com
“WWE: Then. Now. Forever.”
The intro video brings us to a packed arena in Portland for another exciting edition of Smackdown! Chris Jericho’s music hits, bringing out the Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla for the big rematch between him and AJ Styles! We go back to Monday night, when Jericho hijacked MizTV to ask the burning question: does AJ have what it takes to beat him twice? AJ comes out, and he and Y2J beat up Miz for good measure before coming to blows themselves. Back at ringside, Jericho is just looking at the crowd as they chant “Y2J!” and welcomes them to “Thursday Night Jericho!” He’s pumped for tonight, because after two and a half weeks he gets his rematch against AJ Styles right here, right now! I’m so ready for this because as you saw, after AJ punched me in the face on RAW, I respect AJ Styles but I don’t like AJ Styles. Is he good? Yeah, is he great? I don’t know, is he phenomenal? Not compared to me. Who comes into the WWE on their first night and call themselves phenomenal? AJ hasn’t earned that right, I’ve earned it time and time again. I earned it here in Portland in 2008 when I had one of the best matches of my career against Shawn Michaels, a ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship right here in this arena. That was good, I am good. Am I great? Some would say, but I am the best in the world at what I do. AJ, get in this ring because phenomenal ain’t good enough for Y2J! AJ’s music hits, bringing out the Phenomenal One as we get ready for the big rematch…when suddenly, the Social Outcasts make their way out to the stage! Heath speaks up first, saying the Social Outcasts are about to take Smackdown viral! He says AJ Styles calls himself the Phenomenal One, but you’re looking at the Phenomenal Four! Well, tonight you’re looking at the Phenomenal Three as Bo Dallas is still in the studio working on that album that is gonna KILL the rap charts! Look what we have here, live and in color tonight! Mr. Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla, and Adam Rose calls for a round of applause, but tonight’s headlining act will be the Crimson Werewolf Heath Slater, and the Social Housecats! Curtis Axel says they talked about this, they’re called Axel Rose, but Rose say’s that’s stupid because Guns & Roses is back on the road, so they’re the Social Housecats (and making growling noises as he says it). Heath Slater tells Jericho and AJ, “Welcome to the jungle, baby!” Jericho tells them to shut up, and says these three idiots picked the wrong night to talk all this crap. They’re getting on his nerves! Heath says you don’t call us idiots, that’s one thing you don’t call the Social Outcasts! Jericho responds by slamming his mic on Slater, and a brawl breaks out between the Outcasts and Y2J and AJ! Jericho says he and AJ are still going to fight each other tonight, but right now we’re going to fight you!
Back from commercial, this tag match is already underway!
Chris Jericho & AJ Styles vs. The Social Outcasts (Curtis Axel & Adam Rose)
Axel with a shoulderblock on Jericho, but Y2J responds with a dropkick before tagging in AJ, who sends Axel down with a dropkick of his own before tagging in Jericho, who responds with a spinal tap on Axel. The one-upmanship continues as AJ is tagged in, hitting a spinal tap and a bodyslam before tagging Jericho back in. Jericho with a delayed vertical suplex on Axel, talking some smack to AJ before tagging him in. AJ hits a snap suplex on Axel, glancing back at Jericho before laying into Axel with a chop and a tag to Jericho, who hits a chop on Axel and tags in AJ. They double team Axel with a double chop before staring each other down, talking smack before Rose hits a hard knee on AJ and tells Jericho to get out. Rose sending AJ into the Outcasts corner, distracting the ref as Slater hits AJ with a right hand. Rose still on top of AJ with a hard clothesline, thrice over in the corner, hitting a snapmare before tagging in Axel who goes to work on the Phenomenal One with a sleeper hold. Styles building to a vertical base, but Axel talks some more smack before AJ hits a Pele Kick to drop the third generation Superstar! Axel gets the tag to Rose, who stops AJ getting a tag before AJ hits a flurry of offense, and Jericho gets the blind tag and gets to the top turnbuckle for a double axe handle on Rose and a shot to Axel on the apron! He drops Slater with a springboard dropkick and a Lionsault on Rose before AJ gets a blind tag in, hitting a springboard elbow on Rose for the win!
Winners via pinfall: Chris Jericho & AJ Styles
The ref raises both men’s hands as they stare each other down, and Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Styles! Jericho talks to AJ, saying “top that” before walking back up the ramp as AJ is checking for dental damage. Commentary hypes up the big rematch between the two men later tonight, before talking about the crazy week we’ve had starting Monday with the big announcement of Daniel Bryan’s retirement. We see the tweet from Bryan and responses from Brie Bella, Kevin Owens, and other Superstars as #ThankYouDanielBryan continues to trend and later tonight, Daniel Bryan will say thank you to the WWE Universe! But up next, we’ll see what happened during the contract signing for Fast Lane’s main event between Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar!
Back from commercial, we thank Will Roush for the official song of Fast Lane, “Watch This”! Commentary takes us back to Monday Night RAW, where we see highlights from the contract signing for the main event at Fast Lane. Things quickly went downhill as Brock made his presence felt at the expense of Reigns and Ambrose. Later that night, Ambrose calls out Lesnar only for Lesnar to beat him from pillar to post! Ambrose, the Lunatic Fringe that he is, continues to look for a fight as Lesnar responds with an F5. As Lesnar makes his way up the ramp, Ambrose appears to be begging for even more. Lesnar enters the ring, and Reigns makes his way down the ramp…leading to Ambrose hitting a low blow on the Beast Incarnate! Lesnar is feeling it in the ring as Ambrose leaves, staring down reigns and saying something before showing the pain that Lesnar inflicted. With that, commentary hypes up a rare appearance by Brock Lesnar on Smackdown next week! We see a table in the ring and tables at ringside as the Dudley Boyz make their way to the ring. Up next we’ll find out what’s going on with them, and why they did what they did on Monday night to The Usos!
Back from commercial, we go back to Monday night when the Dudley Boyz attacked The Usos after the eight man tag match, putting both Jimmy and Jey through tables! Back at ringside, Bubba Ray speaks up saying that the Dudley Boyz made a statement on Monday night! But, it seems the only thing these people wanna talk about is Daniel Bryan. We are sick and tired about hearing about Daniel Bryan. We’re actually sick and tired about a lot of things, aren’t we? Devon says ever since we came back to the WWE, people have looked at us as some sort of nostalgia act. Did you forget that we are the baddest tag team on the planet? The Usos did. Bubba says we came here to add to our legacy! He then addresses “all these tables that you people love so much”…take a good, hard look at them because it’s the last time you’re gonna see these tables again! Gimme the crew, gimme the stagehands, get these tables out of here! Production crew come out to fold up the tables and take them to the back as Bubba says these tables didn’t win nine WWE Tag Team Championships, we did! All you people wanna do is chant “We want tables,” but what you should be chanting is “Let’s go Devon” and “Let’s go Bubba”! What about us? What about the Dudley Boyz? Bubba addresses the table, saying this is the last time they’re gonna hear it. “Devon! Get the–” Bubba and Devon both drop their mics, folding up the table and leaving the ring with it as commentary hypes up the main event of AJ Styles versus Chris Jericho later tonight! Becky Lynch makes her way out to the ring now to join commentary as Sasha Banks is set to take on Naomi, up next!
Back from commercial, we look at last Monday when Tamina took on Becky Lynch. Tamina shouts at Sasha, leading to a sneak attack on Banks by Naomi as Becky goes to help, only to eat a superkick by Tamina! Back at ringside, Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring for this match followed by Naomi, notably using the Team BAD music as she comes to the ring. Commentary hypes up Becky Lynch teaming with Sasha Banks to take on Naomi and Tamina at Fast Lane as the bell rings!
Sasha Banks vs. Naomi
Naomi starts things off with a kick to the gut of Banks, who responses with a Lou Thesz press! Banks throws Naomi into the corner, and another one driving her boot into the face of Naomi. Banks with a snapmare and a big slap for the nearfall. Banks stomps the hand of Naomi, clearly in control until Naomi reverses and hits some hard right hands in the corner. She gets set up in the corner for a double knee stomp by Banks for a nearfall, until Tamina gets involved getting Naomi out the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Naomi misses a kick as Banks hits a jackknife cover, but Naomi lifts her up looking for a backslide and getting a nearfall. Banks with a small package now, getting a nearfall as both women exchange nearfalls now. Naomi with a kick to the gut and a dropkick on Banks, who throws Naomi out of the ring! Tamina takes a kick by Banks, who gets dropped onto the apron by Naomi! Naomi continues the attack on Sasha’s back, driving her into the apron and throwing some hard right hands before taking her back into the ring for a nearfall. Naomi talking some trash as she lifts Sasha by her hair, hitting a hard back suplex and grinding er boot into the hand of Banks now. Naomi with a clothesline on Banks, who powers out of it only to take some hard kicks by Naomi who ends it with a roundhouse kick to the face of Sasha Banks! Naomi now working the back of Sasha, keeping tight on a chinlock before driving a knee into Banks. Sasha reverses a tilt-a-whirl into a headscissors, taking down Naomi as the ref begins the count. Sasha to her feet first, giving some forearms to Naomi before hitting a series of clotheslines! Banks with another headscissors takedown on Naomi, before hitting a couple running knees on her for a nearfall. Naomi stops Banks, but Sasha hits a kick on Naomi before Tamina drops her down from ringside. Naomi with a headscissors driver for a nearfall, as she talks smack to Becky at ringside and the Lass Kicker gets up, only to get into a fight with Tamina who drops her with a right hand as Naomi goes for a moonsault in the corner, but Sasha rolls out of the way and gets out of the ring to drop Tamina with a kick! She goes back in the ring and Naomi rolls her up, but Banks reverses it into a Bank Statement! Naomi has no choice but to tap out, giving the Boss a big win!
Winner via submission: Sasha Banks
After the match we get replays, including the finish! Back in the ring, the ref raises Sasha’s hand as Becky Lynch applauds from ringside. Backstage, JoJo is with the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles. JoJo asks about the attack Jericho did after their tag match earlier. AJ says that last week on RAW he was called a “redneck rookie.” Redneck? Sure, and proud of it. Rookie? No. Jericho’s one of the best in the world, but he sees that Jericho is trying to get him angry so he makes a mistake but that ain’t gonna happen. Tonight, Jericho and everyone else is gonna see why they call me the Phenomenal One. AJ walks off as we cut to the Wyatts, where we see Harper and Strowman and Rowan. Bray walks in, saying “Smackdown…we’re here!” He blows out the lantern, and we cut to black before going to commercial.
Back from commercial, WWE promotes its social media dominance on Monday night before we go back to ringside, where the Wyatt Family makes its way out to the ring as we get a video package on the destruction caused by the bearded brawlers of the backwoods. Back in the ring, Bray has a mic in hand saying they send forth men to battle, but no such men return. Home to claim their welcome, came ashes in an urn. An ancient Greek mythology, the war of the Titans was a battle between the old guard and the new for control of the universe. In the end, the Titans were conquered by Zeus, king of the gods. Right here, right now, their mythology becomes our reality. For I am now the king of the gods, and this (pointing to his Family) is my army! You have seen what we did to Kane, what we did to the Big Show, and what we did to Ryback. We have our sights set on ridding the entire WWE of all of its Titans, because we are overdue for each and every one of you to worship a new generation of gods! He hands the mic to Harper, who says that in the presence of the Wyatt Family, even the largest titans turn to mere mortals. Rowan says there’s no point in resisting…bow your heads and accept your fate.! Strowman speaks now, saying the earth will shake, oceans will boil, and darkness will consume all! Bray says the Apocalypse is all around you! The gods of today are ready to take their rightful place, and our wings are covered in scars but we are ready to fly. Because I am the angel of the dirt, the Eater of Worlds, I am Bray Wyatt! And this war against your gods has only just begun. He drops the mic, getting to his knees and yelling “Follow the buzzards!” After this, commentary hypes up a six man tag as Neville teams with the Lucha Dragons to take on Stardust and The Ascension, coming up next!
Back from commercial, WWE celebrates Black History Month looking at great African-American wrestlers in the business before we head back to ringside, where Stardust makes his way out to the ring followed closely by The Ascension. Out next is Neville, who waits onstage for The Lucha Dragons! Kalisto springs into the, followed by Sin Cara and Neville. They pose for the crowd until the Cosmic Wasteland run into the ring and attack them from behind!
The Cosmic Wasteland (Stardust & The Ascension) vs. Neville & The Lucha Dragons
Things start off with Stardust and Neville, as Stardust is quick on the attack with a reverse DDT for a nearfall. Neville in the corner as Konnor tags in, beating him up before Viktor tags in. Viktor with a hard boot to the face for a nearfall. Viktor with a sleeper hold on Neville now, but Neville powers out by dropping Viktor on his jaw and getting a small package for a nearfall. Viktor drops the Dragons to block a tag, but takes an enziguri to the face by Neville! Neville tags in Kalisto, Konnor is tagged in, and Kalisto hits him with a kick to the face and a corkscrew! Flying headscissors on Viktor now, and the Dragons assist in taking down Stardust to the outside! Kalisto with a kick to the gut by Konnor, Sin Cara tags in and hits a kick to the face of Konnor. Kalisto hits Salida Del Sol on Konnor, Sin Cara tagged by Neville as Cara hits a swanton bomb, and Neville with a Red Arrow for the win!
Winners via pinfall: Neville & The Lucha Dragons
They celebrate in the ring as we get replays from the match. Commentary hypes up Styles vs Jericho for later tonight and talk about Daniel Bryan’s retirement on Monday night. We’ll take a special look at that next!
Back from commercial, we see more tweets of support from Superstars and Legends for Daniel Bryan upon his retirement on Monday night. We look at a video package talking about the media coverage for Daniel Bryan’s retirement, and clips from his retirement speech on Monday night along with the ovation he got. Clips from his career in WWE and even his early days are shown, including the big Wrestlemania moments. We end on Daniel Bryan simply saying he is…grateful. Back at ringside, the crowd in Portland is giving an ovation for everything Daniel Bryan did. Commentary brings up the definitive Daniel Bryan collection and Byron mentions his favorite tag team of all time, Team Hell No, before Chris Jericho’s music hits and Y2J makes his way down to the ring for tonight’s main event. We go back to earlier tonight, with highlights from the tag match as AJ and Jericho teamed up against the Social Outcasts for a big win. Back at ringside, AJ Styles makes his way out to the ring as we see what happened after that tag match with Jericho hitting the Codebreaker on AJ! Styles and Jericho stare each other down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, the match gets underway!
Main Event: The Rematch
Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
Both men lock up, and AJ’s in the corner as things quickly devolve to a shoving contest. AJ looking for a shoulderblock, but Jericho takes him down with a headlock. Dueling chants of “AJ Styles” and “Y2J” as Styles hits a big dropkick on Jericho. AJ with a forearm taking Jericho to the corner, continuing the attack in another corner. Jericho catches AJ with a waistlock, but AJ with a standing switch and a takedown on Jericho. Jericho hits a chop on Styles to turns things around, hitting a vertical suplex for good measure. Kick to the back now and Jericho lays into Styles with some hard chops before whipping him in the corner. AJ stops him with a boot to the face, but Jericho hits a springboard dropkick that sends Styles off the apron as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, AJ is powering out of a sleeper hold by Jericho, who hits an elbow on Styles. Jericho looking for the bulldog, but AJ sends him crashing into the corner! AJ with a chop now, followed by elbows and more chops before hitting a hard forearm for the nearfall. He hits some hard right hands, but misses a fist drop and takes a basement dropkick by Jericho for a nearfall. Jericho with a hard clothesline in the corner now, climbing to the middle rope but AJ catches him with a Pele Kick! AJ with the cover and a nearfall. Jericho dodges AJ, hitting a butterfly suplex into a backbreaker for a nearfall of his own! Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but AJ gets out quick and they exchange blows until Jericho hits an enziguri for a nearfall. Jericho going up to the top rope now, but takes a dropkick to the face by Styles! Both men down for a moment, now up and exchanging forearms until Jericho hits a Lionsault on Styles for a close nearfall! Jericho with some hard right hands and a kick, but AJ catches him with a fireman carry into a reverse neckbreaker for a nearfall. Styles sets Jericho up for the Styles Clash, but Jericho reverses it into the Walls of Jericho! AJ in the middle of the ring, doing all he can to get to the ropes…but Jericho brings him back to the middle of the ring. AJ now reversing the move with some right hands, and now locking in the Calf Crusher on Jericho! Jericho now looking for the ropes, reaching for the rope and finally grabs it! AJ sends Jericho to the outside with a sliding dropkick, and launches himself over the top rope onto Jericho with a forearm! AJ brings Jericho back in the ring, but Jericho catches AJ on the ropes! Jericho with the cover, but AJ’s under the bottom rope. AJ into the corner and Jericho hits him with a Codebreaker for the win!
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho
We get replays from the match, including the finish. We see AJ still in the ring and Jericho at ringside feeling the pain from this main event as commentary hypes up Brock Lesnar’s appearance on Smackdown next week! Jericho raises his arms high as the show comes to a close.