This week’s SmackDown Live opened with a WWE Battleground rematch between Bray Wyatt and Kane. After only a few short minutes, Kane’s mouth was bleeding, and Randy Orton appeared on the TitanTron. The unexpected video message was such a distraction for Wyatt that he left his match with Kane to go after The Viper. Kane won the match by count out, and Wyatt’s pursuit of Orton was under way. On this week’s SmackDown, Bray had one last chance to gain the momentum and upper hand headed into No Mercy on Sunday.
John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and WWE World Champion A.J. Styles all had something to prove on the last episode of SmackDown Live before Sunday’s title match at WWE No Mercy 2016. While Cena hopes to begin a historic sixteenth world title reign, Ambrose hopes to prove that he’s as legitimate a threat as any other former member of The Shield. All the while, Styles is out to prove that he has what it takes to be the “face who runs the place” as the champion. On SmackDown, these three competitors came face-to-face-to-face one final time before their Triple Threat Match on Sunday.
Alexa Bliss has been playing mind games of her own with SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Last week, Lynch barely made it on to the entrance ramp before she was taken down from behind by Bliss. As they prepare to battle for the blue brand’s female title, women like Nikki Bella, Carmella, Naomi, and Natalya won’t be sitting back quietly. And with No Mercy less than a week away, there were further altercations on this week’s SmackDown Live surrounding the SmackDown Tag Team Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, both of which will be defended at Sunday’s PPV.
WWE SmackDown Live Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from SmackDown Live on October 4. This episode of SmackDown aired live from San Diego, California. Although they came close last week, SmackDown Live hasn’t won the ratings war with Monday Night Raw since the week the blue brand hosted the WWE Draft. With this week’s episode of SmackDown serving as the go-home show for No Mercy, will this be the first time Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan’s show defeats WWE Raw?
SmackDown Pre-Show On The WWE Network
The regular team of four was back for the half-hour warm-up to SmackDown Live, airing exclusively on the WWE Network. Scott Stanford was joined by three WWE Hall of Famers: Lita, Booker T, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Two announcements were made for this week’s SmackDown on the pre-show, including the matches featuring Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss and Bray Wyatt vs. Kane. Charly Caruso also gave a live update from backstage in San Diego.
Kane defeated Bray Wyatt by count out
Just when it looked like Bray Wyatt had Kane right where he wanted him, his No Mercy opponent turned up the head games by appearing on the TitanTron in the middle of the match. As Orton distracted Wyatt, he lost the advantage he had over Kane and simply walked away from the match.
Alexa Bliss and Carmella defeated Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella
Carmella was providing guest commentary for the scheduled match between Nikki Bella and Alexa Bliss when she decided to start talking trash to her current rival. After using Alexa as a tool to take out the Princess of Staten Island, it wasn’t long before Carmella jumped in the ring to attack her. The two-on-one beating that Bliss and Carmella were giving to Nikki prompted SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch to make her way to the ring. After a commercial break, the four women competed in a tag team match. When the fight between Carmella and Nikki Bella took both competitors back to the locker rooms, Lynch was left on her own in the ring with her opponent for No Mercy on Sunday. After connecting with the Twisted Bliss top-rope finisher, Alexa got the pinfall victory for her team.
Daniel Bryan honored breast cancer survivors
Much like they did on WWE Monday Night Raw, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan hosted an in-ring segment with several breast cancer survivors. The women were awarded honorary SmackDown Women’s Championship belts.
The Hype Bros defeated The Vaudevillains
Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley continued to “stay hyped” as they earned a pinfall victory after connecting with their Hype Ryder finisher. The Ascension watched the match from the top of the entrance ramp. This could be setting up a tag team match featuring The Hype Bros vs. The Ascension on the No Mercy Kick-Off on Sunday, or simply the beginning of a new angle for Konnor and Viktor.
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After Dolph Ziggler mockumentary, the Spirit Squad showed up on MizTV
As one would expect, when The Miz and Maryse aired their video package highlighting Dolph Ziggler’s WWE career, it was simply a collection of his most embarrassing moments and gimmicks. When the video was finished, two former members of the Spirit Squad joined Ziggler and the WWE Intercontinental Champion in the ring. While The Miz had Ziggler’s former stablemates attack The Showoff, Ziggler managed to take both of the male cheerleaders out on his own. On Sunday, Ziggler puts his career on the line for one more shot at the IC title.
New matches announced for No Mercy
Although it comes as no surprise, Nikki Bella vs. Carmella was officially announced for this Sunday’s No Mercy event. Additionally, another Curt Hawkins promo let the WWE Universe know that Hawkins will make his in-ring debut as part of the SmackDown roster on Sunday.
Jason Jordan defeated Jey Uso
With Jimmy Uso and Chad Gable watching at ringside, Jason Jordan earned a clean singles victory over Jey Uso. However, as soon as the match was over, Jimmy Uso took it upon himself to take out Chad Gable, leaving both Usos to work on Jordan back in the ring. Heath Slater and Rhyno made the save, however. On Sunday, they defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Usos at No Mercy.
Jack Swagger defeated Baron Corbin
In Jack Swagger’s debut as a part of the SmackDown roster, he was awarded a victory by submission. However, it appeared as though Corbin wasn’t tapping, but rather reaching for the ropes to attempt to break the hold. The feud could very likely continue at No Mercy on Sunday.
Randy Orton lost Bray Wyatt
After Randy Orton lured Bray Wyatt in and locked him up early in the show, footage was shown later of Wyatt sitting in his rocking chair, talking to an invisible (or non-existent) Sister Abigail. When Orton decided to let Wyatt out, he was nowhere to be found. After The Viper tried to play head games with the Eater of Worlds, could Bray have the psychological advantage over Randy in their match-up on Sunday at No Mercy?
Styles laid out Cena — Ambrose laid out Styles
In the final segment on this week’s SmackDown Live, the three competitors for Sunday night’s main event all had the opportunity to cut one final promo before No Mercy. As expected, things eventually got physical. With Styles momentarily out of the picture, John Cena hit Dean Ambrose with the Attitude Adjustment. Moments later, A.J. Styles reappeared to take out Cena. But as Styles made his way to the back with his title, he was attacked by The Lunatic Fringe. As SmackDown went off the air, Dean Ambrose was the last man standing headed into WWE No Mercy 2016.
Talking Smack On The WWE Network
The first guest on Talking Smack was Dolph Ziggler, who talked about the “Dolphumentary” that aired on MizTV and his match with The Miz on Sunday. He also discussed possible projects he could work on if he does lose on Sunday, which provided a segue for Daniel Bryan to talk about Total Bellas. Before Talking Smack was over, Renee Young and Daniel Bryan were also joined by A.J. Styles, who was obviously there to talk about his Triple Threat Match at No Mercy against John Cena and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship.
The above SmackDown Live results will be corroborated by WWE’s official SmackDown Live page.
Updated WWE No Mercy 2016 Card
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena — WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss — SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
- Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos — SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
- The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler — WWE Intercontinental Championship ‘Title vs. Career’ Match
- Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
- Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
- Curt Hawkins vs. TBD
- Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger (unconfirmed)
- The Hype Bros vs. The Ascension (unconfirmed)
Unless otherwise noted, the matches above were confirmed on WWE’s official No Mercy preview page. WWE No Mercy 2016 will air live from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Where To Watch
WWE SmackDown Live airs Tuesdays on the USA Network at 8/7c. Replays of WWE SmackDown aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a replay of SmackDown Live is available to stream on-demand Wednesdays with a Hulu subscription.
On October 9, No Mercy will air exclusively on the WWE Network at 8/7c. The No Mercy Kick-Off Show will begin at 7/6c.
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