This week’s episode (#900) of WWE SmackDown aired live from Wilkes-Barre, PA, and was the final episode before Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.
– Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan come out first to welcome everyone to the 900th episode of WWE SmackDown. They hype that The Undertaker and Edge are returning tonight, then introduce The Miz for his match up next.
– New Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler: Ziggler’s Intercontinental Title is on the line in this one. We get some competitive back-and-forth action between the Champion and challenger in the opening minutes. The action goes outside and both men are selling being exhausted after some brawling around ringside. Back in the ring, The Miz hits a knee to the head and a neckbreaker, then starts working on the left knee of Ziggler. Ziggler comes bck with a series of flying clotheslines, a splash in the corner, and a swinging neckbreaker. Ziggler gets Miz in the sleper hold, but Miz grabs the ropes to break the hold. The Miz comes back with a big boot then pins with his feet on the ropes for leverage. The ref catches Miz and stops counting, and The Miz starts arguing with the ref. The Miz turns around right into a Fameasser from Ziggler for a two-count. The Miz comes back with his version of Daniel Bryan’s ‘Yes kicks’, then hits a knee to the face and a Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. After a series of back-and-forth reversals, Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag on The Miz for another two count. Ziggler gets ready for the Sweet Chin Music, but The Spirit Squad runs in and Ziggler knocks them off the apron. The Miz takes advantage of the distraction and drops Ziggler, then locks him in the Figure Four. Ziggler gets out and rolls up The Miz in a small package, but Maryse pushes them over from ringside so The Miz is on top, and The Miz steals the win. The Miz celebrates at ringside with his new Intercontinental Title belt as Ziggler looks on in shock.
– Kalisto def. Oney Lorcan: Lorcan starts off in control of the match and hits a half nelson overhead suplex on Kalisto for a two count early on. Kalisto comes back with a series of kicks then the Salida Del Sol out of nowhere for the win after a short match.
– We see The Undertaker’s hat on a table backstage, then his hand reaches down and picks it up.
– Rhyno and Slater, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, and The Usos are backstage. Slater says he has someone to give them a pep talk for Survivor Series, and then King Booker T walks in. Booker cuts a promo about the importance of Survivor Series, but quickly gets interrupted by Fandango and Tyler Breeze, who are dressed as police. They say they’re the fashion police, and try to give Booker a makeover. Booker says “tell me they did not just say that,” and tells them they need to dress like champions if they want to win. “Now can you dig that, SUCKA.”
– Carmella vs. Nikki Bella – No Contest: Carmella controls the opening moments of the match, and hits a neckbreaker off the ring apron onto the floor at ringside. Carmella hits a superkick then starts working on Nikki’s neck. Carmella misses a bronco buster in the corner, then we see Charlotte walking in the crowd with a ticket in her hand. Back in the ring, Nikki comes back with a flying cothesline and a springboard kick. The action goes to ringside where Nikki grabs Charlotte and pulls her over the fan barricade. The rest of the women from RAW jump come from nowhere and start beating down Nikki. The SmackDown women hit the ring next and the two teams brawl all over ringside. Team SmackDown gets the upper hand and Team RAW retreats up the ramp.
– Heath Slater, Rhyno, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, American Alpha, The Usos def. The Ascension, The Spirit Squad, The Vaudevillains and The Headbangers: This 16-man tag match devolves into a big brawl between all of the competitors early on, but order is quickly restored. The Headbangers take turns working on Gable, but Gable fights out of a Stage Dive and hits a top rope Alpha Plex on Mosh for a two count. The Usos hit double suicide dives onto about six people at ringside, then backin the ring American Alpha hits the Grand Amplitude on Mosh for the win.
– Edge comes out next to a big pop from the crowd. He says he’s here to host a special edition of The Cutting Edge, and that he “bleeds blue” so he wants to see Team SmackDown win at Survivor Series on Sunday. With that, The members of Team SmackDown come out to the ring to join Edge. Edge says someone on the team is like a beacon of hope and he wants to shake his hand. Edge walks over towards AJ Styles, but instead shakes James Ellsworth’s hand. Ellsworth steps forward and tells Edge he wants to do a five second pose with him, but AJ Styles interrupts. Edge turns his attention to Randy Orton next, and questions his decision to join the Wyatt Family. Edge calls Orton a puppet for Wyatt, and Wyatt tells Edge that on Sunday we’ll see the most dangerous Orton we’ve ever seen. AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose start arguing with each other next, and Ambrose says he’s going to beat AJ for the World Title at the TLC pay-per-view. Shane McMahon steps in between AJ and Ambrose, and with that, the Undertaker’s bell tolls and The Deadman makes his way out to the ring. ‘Taker slowly gets in the ring, then gets in Shane McMahon’s face. The Deadman backs off and grabs a mic. He says Shane McMahon has no fear, and adds that he has two points to make. The first point: WrestleMania will “no longer define who I am,” and Undertaker says he’s back to takin’ souls and diggin’ holes. He says Survivor Series is where The Undertaker was born, and SmackDown is his home. The second thing he has to say is that there’s no reason to fear failure at Survivor Series, but if they do fail, they’ll have reason to fear the Deadman. ‘Taker instructs Team SmackDown that Team RAW better “rest in peace” on Sunday.
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