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WWE Smackdown Live Event
Fairfax, Virginia at Eaglebank Arena
Report by Dot Net reader Nicholas Cannella
This is the second Smackdown Live house show on a Monday during this new draft Era. The original lineup card that was advertised leading into the show tonight was a triple main event of John Cena vs. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Title, and Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt with card never being updated as it was changed throughout the night as the show went on. It was changed to a double main event of Styles vs. Ambrose for the WWE Title, Cena and Orton vs. Wyatt and Eric Rowan, and included Ziggler vs. The Miz. I knew that when AJ beat Ambrose for the belt at Backlash the card was going to be different. I also thought Randy Orton wasn’t going to appear because he hasn’t wrestled any events the last month due to being injured at Summer Slam via Brock Lesnar.
1. Dolph Ziggler defeated Intercontinental Champion The Miz (w/Maryse) in a non-title match. Ziggler won with the Zigzag in a non-title match. Very good action packed opener that was similar to their match last night at Backlash only with Dolph picking up the win stealing the show this time.
2. Nikki Bella defeated Carmella. Bella won with the Argentina Backbreaker.
3. Baron Corbin defeated Apollo Crews. Corbin won with End of Days.
Kane was supposed to take on Fandango in a singles match, but Breezango came out and challenged The Demon to a dance off. Kane eventually hit them both with a double chokeslam.
4. The Hype Bros and Jason Jordan defeated The Vaudevillains and Konnor in a six-man tag. Mojo Rawley pinned Aiden English. Mojo was in his hometown of Fairfax and had family/friends in attendance.
Bray Wyatt and Erik Rowan came out to the ring for a Tag Match and surprisingly Randy Orton’s music hit and came out to a huge pop, followed by John Cena, who was also very over as Orton’s tag team partner.
5. John Cena and Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt and Erik Rowan. Orton pinned Wyatt after the RKO. It was cool to see Cena and Orton team up tonight as they had a long history of feuding and teaming up in the past. The match mainly consisted of Cena going at it with Wyatt and Rowan. Randy didn’t take any bumps at all and got involved more towards the end. It looks like WWE will Slowly work him back in. Both Orton and Cena celebrated after the match.
6. SmackDown Woman’s Champion Becky Lynch and Naomi defeated Natalya and Alexa Bliss. Lynch applied the Disarm-Her submission on Natty for the win.
7. Rhyno and Heath Slater defeated The Usos to retain the Smackdown Tag Titles. Rhyno pinned Jey after hitting the Gore. This was a rematch from last night with Slater and Rhyno’s first title defense and they were pretty over with crowd.
8. AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose to retain the WWE Championship. Styles won with a low blow kick and Styles Clash for the finish. This was a great back and fourth match with lots of action and near falls. The end result was the same as Backlash but after the match Styles went for a springboard punch but Ambrose countered it with a kick and Dirty Deeds to send the crowd home happy as Ambrose celebrated.
Overall, a great show with lots of action and entertainment. The Eaglebank Arena didn’t have huge attendance tonight with only the lower deck full. I guess people are not used to the Monday night house shows again yet because of Raw and Monday Night Football. Hopefully they will