SmackDown Live needs to make some news after Monday Night Raw finally put on a solid show in Memphis last night. Raw general manager Mick Foley booked a steel cage match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens as the main event, which was exactly what the show needed following a string of disappointing shows since the WWE brand split.
Roman Reigns would go on to win the match as his feet touched the floor seconds before Kevin Owens, who attempted to escape through the door. Following the match, Rusev came out and attacked Reigns ahead of their match for the WWE United States Championship at Clash of Champions. The Bulgarian Brute tossed Roman into the steel cage and locked the door with a chain.
Rusev and Kevin Owens then staged a two-on-one attack against Reigns until Seth Rollins came out to help his former teammate from The Shield. Upon realizing that the cage was locked, Rollins climbed the 15-foot fence and nailed Owens and Rusev with a cross body splash as Raw went off the air. It was the best ending to a Raw show since the WWE Draft.
With something to finally live up to, SmackDown Live has booked a co-main event for Tuesday night’s show in Birmingham, Alabama. Dean Ambrose will take on John Cena ahead of their triple-threat match at WWE No Mercy for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with champion A.J. Styles.
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For Styles, he couldn’t ask for anything better than to watch Cena and Ambrose beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. Any damage those guys do to each other over the next couple weeks entering No Mercy will only be to the benefit of the WWE Champion.
On the September 13 edition of SmackDown Live, Cena and Ambrose teamed up to take on Styles and the WWE Intercontinental Champion, The Miz, in a tag-team match to close out the show. Cena and Ambrose would emerge victorious after Cena hit The Miz with the Attitude Adjustment.
Even though they were teammates during the match, Dean Ambrose made it clear to John Cena that he has a bigger goal in mind as he hit Cena with Dirty Deeds following the win. Ambrose wants that WWE World Heavyweight Championship back around his waist, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
The other main event for Tuesday night’s show in Birmingham will be for the Intercontinental Championship as The Miz will take on Dolph Ziggler in a continuation of their feud. Ziggler is still infuriated after The Miz’s wife, Maryse Ouellet, cost him his match at WWE Backlash by spraying an unknown substance into his eyes.
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Last week, Dolph came out to confront The Miz and demand a rematch, but Maryse chimed in to tell Ziggler that her husband had already fulfilled his contractual obligations and that there would be no rematch. Unfortunately for The Miz and Maryse, Daniel Bryan had a different opinion.
The SmackDown Live general manager agreed that Dolph Ziggler deserved a rematch, but The Miz was having none of it. The WWE Intercontinental Champion told Bryan that he wouldn’t be defending his title until his contract was renegotiated.
According to WWE.com, The Miz’s contract has been renegotiated, and he will be defending the title on tonight’s edition of SmackDown Live. It should be a packed show with two great main events as WWE SmackDown Live attempts to outshine Monday Night Raw once again.
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