WWE SmackDown Live Preview: November 22, 2016
As Survivor Series has now concluded, SmackDown Live will look to TLC in just a few weeks. Post-Survivor Series fallout ahead.
Survivor Series certainly did not fail to deliver some surprises on Sunday night. Perhaps, none more baffling than the quick work Goldberg had made of Brock Lesnar. After delivering two spears and a jackhammer to the beast, Goldberg finished Lesnar off with no offense from him. Now, we move on to SmackDown Live on Tuesday nights. Team Blue had gone just 1-2 in the three traditional Survivor Series elimination matches. SmackDown lost both the women’s and tag team elimination matches, but was able to pull out the victory for the men’s side towards the end of the show.
Bayley pinned SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch to secure the victory for Raw on the women’s side. Meanwhile, later in the show, Raw too, was able to defeat SmackDown in the tag team division. It was Cesaro and Sheamus who defeated the Uso’s, as both teams were the soul survivors for their respective sides. Finally, it was SmackDown Live prevailing for the men’s team, in the end, proving they have the superior brand overall. It was The Wyatt Family who took home the victory for Team Blue Sunday night. They took down Roman Reigns in the end to secure the victory.
Drama certainly unfolded on this night as the former members of the Shield used their finisher to take out the WWE World Champion, AJ Styles. Dean Ambrose’s animosity towards Styles and turning on his team was the main point to take from Survivor Series. As we head into tonight, what can we expect from the SmackDown Live roster? Two rematches will be in order as we head into the TLC pay-per-view less than two weeks away. Both Dolph Ziggler and Alexa Bliss will seek rematches for both the Intercontinental and SmackDown Women’s Championships, respectively. What will be in store for this Tuesday night?
Ziggler Demands Rematch for IC Title
At Survivor Series this past Sunday, The Miz was able to retain his Intercontinental Championship by defeating the Underdog from the Underground, Sami Zayn. The win, of course, was not left without controversy, as most of Miz’s victories this past year have. Maryse had rung the bell and Zayn had thought he had defeated the A-Lister. To his surprise, Miz did not tap out and rolled up Zayn to score the victory. Nonetheless, the Intercontinental Championship remains where it belongs on SmackDown Live.
The Miz, of course, defeated the former champion, Dolph Ziggler last week on SmackDown Live to open the show. This time, the Miz had used the Spirit Squad as a distraction in which to secure the victory. Ziggler will likely look to invoke his rematch clause tonight on SmackDown. The Miz, however, will delay it until the TLC pay-per-view, which is less than two weeks away. It would be interesting to a ladder match be the method the IC title is decided at the TLC pay-per-view.
AJ Styles – Dean Ambrose Set Up Match for TLC
Too many surprises on Sunday night, Dean Ambrose was not only the first to be eliminated from Team Blue, but was also a direct result of the demise of AJ Styles in the process. Ambrose came back to ringside after his elimination, and helped his former Shield members, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns perform the triple powerbomb on AJ Styles through the announce table. Ambrose and Styles could not keep their hands off of one another during the match either, to which Shane McMahon had to break them up and restore order.
How will SmackDown use these two superstars on the show this Tuesday night? Will they meet face to face in the ring for perhaps a contract signing? Will one interfere in the other’s match? Will they compete on opposite sides of a tag team match? I think a possibility could be that AJ Styles opens the show calling out Ambrose and blaming him for his elimination. The Wyatt Family will then come out and commend themselves on their victory at Survivor Series. GM, Daniel Bryan may have Styles and Ambrose face off against the Wyatt’s, which of course, will not end well.
Tag Team No. 1 Contenders Match
One facet of SmackDown Live that has seemingly gone by the wayside these past few weeks leading up to Survivor Series has been the tag team division. After No Mercy in early October, nothing has been announced as to who will face the team of Rhyno and Heath Slater for the SmackDown tag team gold. The Uso’s were the last team to face the champions. They were also the sole surviving team in the elimination match for Team Blue.
SmackDown should elect to have a four-team tournament between the four contending teams that had participated in the match on Sunday night at Survivor Series. The other option could be to have their own four-way elimination match to decide who will be the next number one contender at the TLC pay-per-view. This is the most entertaining way to get fans on their feet. Four-way elimination tag matches are always enjoyable to watch, with eight men running in and out of the ring simultaneously. The four teams being American Alpha, The Usos, The Hype Bros and Breezango. It appears to be the time that American Alpha makes their way to the top.
Survivor Series Fallout
There were a lot of surprises at Survivor Series and one that directly affected SmackDown Live, was their lost opportunity at gaining the cruiserweight championship as well as the entire division. Baron Corbin was the direct result of that on Sunday night when he interfered in the match-up between champion, Brian Kendrick and Kalisto. Corbin and Kalisto have a history stemming back to the summer when The Lone Wolf claimed Kalisto cost him his opportunity at the Intercontinental Championship. Now, Corbin was the one costing Kalisto his opportunity at the cruiserweight title.
Will Raw grant SmackDown another opportunity at both the cruiserweight title and the division? It was thought that Kalisto would be the victor this weekend with 205 Live set to begin airing on the WWE Network after SmackDown in a few weeks. What will be the consequences for Corbin looking forward? Will we finally see a match between Kalisto and Corbin? The match-up will likely take place at TLC in two weeks time.
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