Show: WWE SmackDown
Location: Rosemont, IL at the Allstate Arena
Date: December 27th, 2016
Airing on the USA Network
Welcome to SmackDown Live. John Cena walks down to the ring to open the show. As usual, there was a mixed reaction. Cena said that there is nothing like the excitement of the WWE fans and then praised the Allstate Arena. CM Punk chants started. Cena stated that Chicago is the city of champions and then hyped all of the title matches that will take place on the show. He asked the fans who would win in tonight’s main event – Ziggler, Corbin or Styles. Cena said that Styles has been telling people they do want action, but we will see what happens tonight. He asked why he is here. The fans chanted for The Undertaker. Cena said that 2016 has not been the super year for him and speculated about his future with the company. He has heard that he is part-time and on his way to Hollywood. Cena said he is here to set the record straight. He said that the new era is BS and that he is here to say. He said that it’s the my time era. Cena said that whoever wins tonight then he will challenge them for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble. Cena said he could do that because he is John Cena and people better recognize that.
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match: Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt vs. American Alpha, Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Usos.
Rhyno and Cable start things off. Rhyno with an arm drag then a shoulder block. Cable with a series of right hands and then a suplex. Jey tagged himself in and beatdown Rhyno. Jimmy was tagged in and worked over Rhyno in the corner. Slater got the hot tag and hit a series of right hands to Jimmy. Slater followed up with a neck breaker for 2. Slater with a kick to both The Usos then went to the top rope, botched a dive and Jimmy with a super kick for the elimination.
It’s now down to The Usos, Wyatts, and Alpha.
We’re back with Harper sending Gable throat first into the ropes. Harper sent him to the floor. Orton was tagged in and sent Gable into the barricade several times. Back in the ring, Orton hit a series of suplexes. Harper was tagged in and hit a power slam then the gator roll. Moments later, Jordan got the hot tag and hit a belly-to-belly suplex to Orton. Harper got into the ring and brawled with Jordan to the floor. Gable took him out with a dive. Jordan took out Wyatt with a dive. Orton hit a DDT to Jordan off the middle rope. Gable hit Orton with a drop kick and got the hot tag. American Alpha hit their finisher on Orton for the win!
Winners: American Alpha – new champions.
Post-match, American Alpha celebrated on the stage while Orton and Harper argued in the ring.
Dolph Ziggler cuts a backstage promo about challenging for the WWE Title. He said that he is the wild card in the match.
James Ellsworth was interviewed backstage. He said that he knows he looks different and poked fun at himself. This led to Carmella walking up. She said that she thinks Ellsworth is attractive.
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss © vs. Becky Lynch.
Lynch tripped her and locked in a knee lock, but Bliss got to the bottom rope. Lynch with a headlock and then a shoulder block. Lynch went for a roll up but only got 2. They exchanged roll ups. Lynch with a back kick and then the Disarmer but Lynch got out of it. Bliss with an STO. They brawl to the outside of the ring. Bliss sent her face first into the ring post.
We’re back with Lynch landing a series of elbows and a heel kick. Lynch with a springboard kick then hit an arm trap. Lynch sent her into the ring post then went to the top rope, but Bliss knocked her down. Lynch hit a drop kick off the top rope for 2. La Luchadora ran down to the ring and distracted Lynch allowing Bliss to roll her up for 2. Bliss with a forearm strike then a knee strike. Bliss went to the top rope and missed a dive. Lynch rolled her up for 2. Lynch went for the Disarmer, but Bliss got to the bottom rope. La Luchadora attacked Lynch and Bliss hit a DDT for the win.
Post-match, Bliss was interviewed and was asked who La Luchadora was. Bliss thought it might be Nia Jax or Sasha Banks.
Renee Young interviewed The Miz backstage. She asked him about his plans for 2017. He said that it would be the year of The Miz. Dean Ambrose appeared from behind and attacked him.
Nikki Bella was interviewed backstage. She said that was the longest reigning Divas Champion and came back from neck surgery. She said that she is love with John Cena. She said that she would tell Natalya what she thought to her face.
Corbin was interviewed. Corbin said that he should have been as seen as a top star a long time ago and vowed to become WWE Champion.
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: AJ Styles © vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler.
Styles attacked both men to begin the match. Styles hit a series of kicks to Corbin. Ziggler hit a splash to Styles in the corner. Corbin sent Styles to the floor.
We’re back with all three men brawling at ringside. Corbin sent Styles into the barricade and slammed Ziggler on the floor. Styles with a forearm shot and Ziggler with a super kick. Ziggler and Styles got on the barricade and hit a dive to Corbin on the announce table. Back in the ring, Ziggler hit a DDT for 2. Styles hit a neck breaker and went for the Styles Clash, but Ziggler blocked it. Styles rolled him up for 2. Ziggler with a super kick for 2. Ziggler hit a series of strikes to Corbin then an elbow drop for 2. Styles and Corbin exchange right hands. Ziggler hit a Zig Zag to Corbin while Corbin hit End of Days to Styles. Ziggler covered Corbin for a two count. Styles hit a springboard forearm strike for the win.
Post-match, Cena, and Styles had a staredown. Cena wanted a handshake and Styles shook his hand to close the show.