As the wrestling world prepares for brand supremacy at this month’s Survivor Series, there are a lot of other big storylines happening on SmackDown LIVE. Over the past couple of weeks, Dean Ambrose has had a lot of issues with WWE World Champion AJ Styles, and it has included a lot of interference from one James Ellsworth. Last night, there was one more chance, and it was quite possibly the last time Ambrose would have a shot at the title.
Oh yeah, it was a great match last night, and it also helped set up the main event for next month’s TLC pay-per-view (PPV).
Last week, James Ellsworth was at ringside for Dean Ambrose’s final shot at the WWE World Title held by AJ Styles. As recapped by the official website of WWE, Ellsworth ended up superkicking Styles in retaliation for a dropkick he received earlier in the match, and it led to Ambrose being disqualified and losing his last shot.
Last night on SmackDown LIVE, James Ellsworth came out to the ring to apologize to Dean Ambrose for what happened last week, and that brought out AJ Styles. During this whole thing, Daniel Bryan announced Ambrose would get one more shot at becoming the number one contender for the WWE World Championship, but there would be one stipulation.
For the new match, James Ellsworth would be banned from ringside as recapped by the official website of WWE.
Even with being banned from ringside by Daniel Bryan, Ellsworth ended up heading out into the arena anyway. His presence was enough to cause a distraction for Styles, and it led to Ambrose hitting Dirty Deeds, picking up the victory, and becoming the number one contender for the title belt.
— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2016
Yes, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan were not overly concerned with James Ellsworth heading out to the ring during the match as he didn’t intentionally get involved.
As reported by Cageside Seats, that announcement was made official after SmackDown LIVE went off the air. Yes, AJ Styles would defend his WWE World Championship against number one contender Dean Ambrose in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match at TLC on Dec. 4, 2016.
This SmackDown LIVE-exclusive PPV is exactly two weeks after the Survivor Series event which will feature both brands. No other matches have been announced for TLC as of yet, and it’s going to be interesting to see how WWE handles the buildup for it.
With the Survivor Series swing in full force, WWE will have to keep building toward it while also building up TLC at the same time. The first PPV is now just two weeks away, and it will require enemies to work together, and it just so happens that Ambrose and Styles are on the same team representing SmackDown LIVE.
After that, there will be just two weeks to set up TLC and come up with more matches, most with themed stipulations, for the SmackDown brand. It is likely that the Tag Titles, Women’s Title, and Intercontinental Title will be on the line but no word as to who they will be defended against yet.
So, James Ellsworth has been a huge player in the WWE World Title feud between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose, but it truly comes down to the two main players. Ellsworth was only trying to help, but he ended up causing more harm than good at times. Still, it ended up alright for him and Ambrose as there will be a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match at next month’s TLC event for the World Title, and it will be a brawl.
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