WWE SmackDown Report – 1/31/17

Jan 31, 2017 - by Staff

– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown opens up with a look back at the Royal Rumble.

– AJ Styles is backstage with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. He’s going to get his rematch but he doesn’t want it in the Elimination Chamber, he wants a one-on-one match. They reveal that new WWE Champion John Cena, Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose will be in the Chamber. Ambrose walks up and has words with Styles. Ambrose says he and Styles have unfinished business to settle tonight.

– We’re live as Mauro Ranallo welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL, David Otunga and Tom Phillips.

– We go right to the ring and out comes new WWE Champion John Cena.

Cena gets hype and gives props to AJ Styles before hyping the Elimination Chamber. Cena goes on until the music hits and out comes Bray Wyatt with Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton. Wyatt goes on about how he will win the WWE Title from Cena in the Chamber and about how this is his destiny. Wyatt introduces Orton. Orton says if Cena does make it out of the Chamber alive, he will be waiting for him at WrestleMania, but one way or the other, The Wyatts are going to end this cycle and set the title free.

Wyatt and Orton hit the ring and surround Cena. The lights hit and when they come on, Luke Harper is in the ring behind Cena. He turns to face Orton and stands with Cena. Bray and Orton leave the ring. Shane McMahon’s music hits and out he comes. He makes a tag team match to start right now. Shane’s music hits as we go to commercial.

Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper and John Cena

Back from the break and the match is underway as Harper takes control of Orton. Harper ends up slamming Orton on top of the announce table and staring Wyatt down right after. Harper gets riled up and brings it back in the ring. Wyatt tags in and meets Harper in the middle of the ring. They stare each other down. Harper backs up and tags in Cena.

Back from the break and The Wyatts are in control. Orton works Cena over and hits the second-rope draping DDT. Cena finally tries to make a comeback but can’t get the tag as Wyatt cuts him off. Wyatt taunts Harper on the apron. Wyatt drops Cena and stares back at Harper. Wyatt with a 2 count.

Wyatt misses a senton. Orton comes in with a powerslam on Cena for a 2 count. Cena comes back and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Orton catches him in a backbreaker. Wyatt comes back in as Harper and Orton stare each other down. Wyatt tries to keep the peace but Harper decks Orton. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Harper counters and goes for Sister Abigail. Orton comes back in, allowing Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail on Harper. Orton takes advantage and hits the RKO on Cena for the win.

Winners: The Wyatt Family

– After the match, Orton and Wyatt stand tall as we go to replays.

– Still to come, Naomi and Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. Also, Styles vs. Ambrose. Back to commercial.

Carmella vs. Delilah Dawson

Back from the break and out comes James Ellsworth to the stage. Ellsworth asks fans to be nice before introducing his boo… Carmella. The music hits and out she comes. They skip to the ring in matching attire. Her opponent Delilah Dawson waits in the ring. The enhancement talent was trained by Funaki.

Carmella ends up getting an easy win after an assist from Ellsworth.

Winner: Carmella

– After the match, Carmella and Ellsworth celebrate.

Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler

We go to the ring and out comes Kalisto. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes Dolph Ziggler. The bell rings and Ziggler drops Kalisto and takes control.

Ziggler ends up getting the easy win with a superkick.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

– After the match, Apollo Crews runs out but Ziggler retreats into the crowd.

– Dasha Fuentes is backstage with Naomi and Becky Lynch for words on their tag match.

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James vs. Naomi and Becky Lynch

Mickie looks to start off with Becky but she tags in Bliss instead.

Back and forth to start. Naomi eventually gets a hot tag and runs wild. Mickie and Bliss try to double team Naomi while the referee is distracted. Becky tackles Mickie out of the ring. Naomi ends up hitting the split-legged moonsault on Bliss for the pin.

Winners: Naomi and Becky Lynch

– After the match, Becky and Naomi celebrate as we go to replays.

– SmackDown Tag Team Champions American Alpha are backstage with Dasha. They’re headed to the ring to issue an open challenge.

– Back from a break and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are out to the ring for their open challenge. The Usos are out to answer. The Ascension are out next. The Vaudevillains, Breezango and Heath Slater & Rhyno also come out. A big brawl breaks out in the ring and spills to the floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and the brawl settles down. Only American Alpha and Slater & Rhyno are left in the ring. Alpha’s music hits and that’s it for the segment.

– We see video from last week of Nikki Bella and Natalya brawling outside of the arena, then backstage later that night. We go backstage to Bryan and Natalya. She has security and says she doesn’t feel safe anymore. Nikki appears and Natalya puts one of her guards in front. Nikki can’t believe she has security. Bryan brought them here to make an announcement but they won’t start arguing. Bryan makes Nikki vs. Natalya at Elimination Chamber. Natalya storms off.

Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose for this non-title match. AJ Styles is out next as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and The Miz is out with Maryse for commentary. Cena vs. Orton is announced for next week. Styles vs. Ambrose starts off as they go back and forth. Ambrose with arm drags and a scoop slam. Ambrose takes AJ down and keeps him grounded.

Ambrose keeps control of AJ on the mat with submissions. They also aired a promo with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville to hype tonight’s 205 Live episode. They end up on the floor as AJ suckers Ambrose in and kicks him. AJ brings it back into the ring and works Ambrose over while he’s on his knees. AJ with a forearm for a 2 count. Ambrose turns it back around but gets sent into the ring post. AJ with a 2 count.

Ambrose comes back again and unloads with right hands. Ambrose sends AJ to the floor and goes to the top but Baron Corbin’s music interrupts and out he comes. Ambrose watches him march to the ring. AJ recovers on the floor and also looks on. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Corbin has joined commentary. AJ works over Ambrose in the ring and hits a backbreaker. Corbin and Miz argue on commentary as AJ keeps control.

Ambrose finally counters but has Dirty Deeds blocked. AJ unloads with strikes and hits a swinging neckbreaker. Ambrose comes back with clotheslines. Ambrose goes for a superplex but AJ slides out and drops Ambrose into the turnbuckle face first. More back and forth. Ambrose rolls Styles up for a 2 count. AJ with a kick.. Ambrose dumps AJ to the apron. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Ambrose knocks him to the floor. Ambrose runs the ropes for a dive but AJ nails a forearm. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Ambrose catches him coming in. They block signature moves but Ambrose slams AJ on his back for a close 2 count.

AJ comes off the second rope but Ambrose catches him in mid-air. AJ turns that into a 2 count. AJ drops Ambrose over his knee and covers for another 2 count. AJ ends up going for the Styles Clash but it’s blocked. They trade pin attempts. AJ connects with the pele kick but Ambrose comes back with the Lunatic Lariat and they both go down. AJ ends up on the floor again. Ambrose goes to the top and nails the top rope elbow to the floor. Miz tries to come in but Corbin stops him. This distracts the referee while Ambrose is covering for the pin. Ambrose comes over and takes out both Corbin and Miz. Ambrose goes back to AJ but Styles catches him in the Styles Clash for the non-title win.

Winner: AJ Styles

– After the match, AJ quickly has his hand raised before leaving the ring. Miz enters the ring and picks Ambrose up for a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz drops Ambrose on his face and stands tall. Corbin grabs Miz from behind and hits End of Days. Corbin drops Ambrose with End of Days next. Corbin’s music hits as he stands tall over Ambrose. SmackDown goes off the air with Corbin staring Styles down.

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