WWE Smackdown results: MITB 6-Man Tag Match, AJ Styles vs. Xavier Woods
– Air Date: June 16, 2016
– Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
– The Big News:
Dean Ambrose stood tall to end Smackdown after pinning Kevin Owens.
– Show Recap:
Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel
Smackdown actually opened with fireworks this week. Jericho started by telling people to be quiet, which they didn’t. He showed off the new Highlight Reel set, which included a new Jeritron 6500 and a $25,000 carpet (and nothing else).
Jericho said he was worth a lot of equity, just like the MITB briefcase, which he would win. He then welcomed his guest – someone he hates more than anyone in the world – Dean Ambrose. They showed a Raw replay of Reigns taking out Rollins and Ambrose taking out Reigns.
Ambrose came out with an open coffee cup and asked where he got the carpet. Jericho said it was made of yak’s hair. Ambrose teased spilling the coffee, which made Jericho very nervous. Jericho asked why he even brought coffee to the ring, and Ambrose said he was just drinking it in like the Gift of Jericho.
Jericho was upset, so he had them raise the Jeritron 6500 because we lost the privilege to look at it. Jericho said he hasn’t forgotten about what Ambrose has done to him. He claimed Ambrose has a hole in his soul because he’s never been world champion – unlike him. Jericho again said he would win the contract when Kevin Owens interrupted.
Owens (and his haircut) said he would win and called the Mississippi crowd idiots. Alberto Del Rio came out next, called them perros, and was quickly interrupted by Cesaro. Before he could speak, Sami Zayn interrupted. Zayn reminded everyone they have a 6-man tag match tonight. Cesaro wasn’t happy at Zayn for interrupting. Jericho called them stupid idiots, so both Cesaro and Zayn jumped in the ring.
Jericho was rambling so Ambrose spilled his coffee on the new carpet. Jericho freaked out and Ambrose attacked him, leading to a brawl between the two teams until they were separated by officials.
Fatal 4-Way: Kofi Kingston (w/New Day) beat Aiden English (w/Simon Gotch), Big Cass (w/Enzo Amore) and Luke Gallows (w/Karl Anderson) via pinfall
If we didn’t get enough interruptions in the previous segment, Big E and New Day interrupted Enzo’s promo. Enzo and Woods joined commentary. Kingston won in about 8-minutes after taking out Cass and Gallows with a dive to the outside, followed by Trouble in Paradise on English for the pin.
As New Day celebrated, Enzo was great on commentary, reminding us that they have never been pinned in WWE and would be holding up gold on Sunday, not the bronze that Woods was blowing on.
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Becky Lynch and Natalya. Of course, they were interrupted by Charlotte and Dana Brooke, who happened to be close by. Brooke let us know she and Charlotte were on the same page.
Baron Corbin beat Zack Ryder via pinfall
Dolph Ziggler was on commentary. Ranallo said Ziggler was a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, so Corbin must remind him of Golden State’s Draymond Green and his propensity for low-blows. Ziggler was annoying. He said he understood Corbin doing whatever it takes to win, and he would do the same. Moments later, he complained about the way Corbin uses cheap shots.
Corbin won in a couple of minutes with End of Days. After the match, Corbin faced off with Ziggler, who challenged him to a fight right now, but Corbin left.
Rusev vs. Kalisto
The match never happened. Kalisto made his entrance, but as he jumped into the ring, Rusev caught him and suplexed him. Rusev followed with a jumping kick to the back of the head and an Accolade. Sin Cara ran out (he didn’t come out with Kalisto in the first place for some reason), but he was quickly cut off and put in the Accolade as well.
Titus O’Neil made the save, tossing Rusev into the barricade a couple of times. There was one really clumsy spot by O’Neil which they could’ve easily edited, but didn’t, and Rusev was able to escape.
AJ Styles backstage interview
They aired a video package for John Cena vs. AJ Styles. Renee interviewed the Club. Styles said Cena can’t beat him and he would show the universe that he was phenomenal. They were, surprise surprise, interrupted by New Day.
They said Styles complaining fits his teenage emo haircut. Kingston wondered why he’s called AJ Styles when he has no style. Styles mockingly laughed at them and called out Woods for being all talk. Styles challenged him to a match with no Club by his side and no “idiots” with Woods. Kingston said no, but Woods liked the idea and accepted.
AJ Styles beat Xavier Woods via submission
AJ had control, but after a break, Woods made a comeback with a crossbody, forearms, dropkick, inverted vertical suplex, discus elbow, flip dive and flying elbow drop for a close near fall. Woods tried for a superplex, but Styles tripped him and hit the Phenomenal forearm. Instead of going for the pin, Styles applied the Calf Crusher and Woods tapped. Styles claimed he would do that to Cena.
Afterwards, Styles grabbed the mic, kicked Woods out of the ring, and said this was just a taste of what he would do to John Cena. He said dreams would come true, Christmas was coming early, Cena’s time is up and his time is now.
A new segment with Darren Young and Bob Backlund aired. Backlund told Young not to take advice from anyone. Young was confused, since he was getting advice from Backlund. Backlund said he doesn’t give advice, he gives orders. He made Young do 100 high knees.
Charlotte (w/Dana Brooke) beat Natalya (w/Becky Lynch) via submission
Natalya controlled the match early, using a Mexican surfboard, Russian legsweep, German suplex (notice anything?) and discus clothesline for two. She followed with a sitout powerbomb for a near fall. Brooke tried to distract Natalya, so Lynch went after her. They brawled into the ring, which distracted the referee.
Charlotte threw the title belt at Natalya’s feet and Natalya picked it up for some reason. The referee saw this and accused her of cheating, so he’s an idiot. He grabbed the title to put it away, distracting Natalya long enough for Charlotte to use a chop block and Figure Eight for the submission win.
This was the only women’s match on the show, it was 5 minutes and the finish sucked. Natalya looked good at least. Ranallo said Charlotte took a page out of Eddie Guerrero’s book. Of course, Eddie did it way better to say the very least.
They aired a good video package for Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.
6-Man Tag Team Match: Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn & Cesaro beat Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens via pinfall
Both teams got into a brawl to start, which got no reaction. Perhaps because we saw it earlier. And one hundred other times. Cesaro shined early, hitting uppercuts around the ring to all three heels. Cesaro gave Del Rio the big swing, but Owens jumped in, so Cesaro swung him, followed by Jericho too.
Cesaro made Jericho tap to the sharpshooter, but Del Rio was the legal man, and he jumped in to superkick Cesaro. They worked over Cesaro after a break, but he dropkicked Del Rio off the top and made the hot tag to Zayn, who ran wild on Jericho. Owens hit a cheap shot, though, and they got the heat on Zayn briefly until he hit Jericho with the Blue Thunder Bomb.
Ambrose made the hot tag and made his comeback on Del Rio. He also gave Owens a slingshot pescado and Del Rio a suicide dive. Del Rio dodged an elbow drop and hit a backcracker for two. Ambrose hit a rebound clothesline, which led to a brawl breaking out in the ring again. Cesaro caught Ambrose with an uppercut by mistake. Zayn hit a flip dive, but he caught Cesaro by mistake.
Del Rio tagged Owens, who wasn’t expecting a tag. Owens superkicked both Del Rio and Jericho off the apron, but Ambrose caught him with Dirty Deeds for the win.
– Final Thoughts:
This felt like a lame duck show heading into Money in the Bank, and they tried to squeeze as much as they could out of the MITB participants. The PPV should be great.