WWE Smackdown Live results and observations (11/15/16): 900 episodes and counting
It was a historic evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night, as WWE celebrated the 900th episode of Smackdown Live.
To commemorate the occasion, WWE brought back a pair of legends and presented a championship match.
And in an effort to provide some final hype for this Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view, the show even featured an invasion from Smackdown Live's rival brand, Raw.
Before I go into details on my thought from the show, here are the full match results:
- WWE Intercontinental championship – The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler
- Kalisto def. Oney Lorcan
- Nikki Bella vs. Carmella ended in a no contest
- American Alpha, The Usos, The Hype Bros & Breezango def. The Vaudevillains, The Headbangers, The Spirit Squad & The Ascension
The Undertaker is taking souls and digging holes
We knew for more than a week that The Undertaker was returning to WWE for the 900th episode of Smackdown Live.
What fans did not know was what exactly The Undertaker was going to do once he got there.
We finally found out during the Cutting Edge with WWE Hall of Famer Edge and the brand's men's Survivor Series squad.
The Undertaker walked to the ring in grand fashion and stressed to the team, including James Ellsworth, about the importance of representing Smackdown Live at Survivor Series and leaving the event with a victory. If they didn't get the job done, they would have to answer to him.
The Undertaker's "Win one for the Gipper" speech was inspiring and all, but it wasn't the most intriguing part of his time in the ring.
What was even more intriguing was The Undertaker saying that he was back to "taking souls and digging holes" and that WrestleMania no longer defines him.
When The Undertaker said he is back, what exactly does that mean? Was he only referencing his appearance Tuesday night or was he talking about being around more often?
When The Undertaker said that WrestleMania no longer defines him, what exactly does he mean by that? WrestleMania isn't what totally defines The Undertaker's career, but his winning streak at the event was a big part of it and vise versa.
I wish there was more interaction between The Undertaker and the men representing Smackdown Live, I can't complain too much after seeing The Undertaker. The appearances from him are rare, which what makes them special and this was no different.
Raw women invade Smackdown Live
Like the men from Smackdown Live did the night before, the women of Raw invaded Smackdown Live during the Bella-Carmella match.
Raw Women's champion Charlotte Flair was the first to appear, as she purchased a ticket to the event and sat in the front row purely as a fan. We all knew she wouldn't remain a fan for long, as Bella dragged her over the barricade and began fighting with her.
Moments later, the rest of Raw's women's team jumped into the ring and began beating down Bella. Carmella seemed hesitant about helping Smackdown Live's team captain, but eventually decided to do so, as did the rest of the blue brand's team.
Smackdown Live eventually defended home turf by thwarting Raw's attempt to gain an early upper hand.
From a big picture standpoint, I liked this segment. You rarely get to see the women involved in big brawls like this so for it to happen was quite refreshing. There was a lot of action, including Nia Jax hurling herself through the barricade, Naomi diving on top of Team Raw and Bella apparently losing part of one of her teeth.
However, I did have one problem and that was Bayley being one of the attacking members of Team Raw.
I understand everyone having brand loyalty, but participating in a 5-on-1 attack goes against everything the Bayley character seemingly represents. She is the ultimate babyface.
Everyone else on the team I can see doing that. Charlotte, Dana Brooke and Jax are all heels. Sasha Banks has an edge to her character. Alicia Fox was once a crazy heel.
But for Bayley to do it looked rather strange. That's a character that should never be in the position of being booed and she was put in that position Tuesday night.
The Miz is champion once again
For the sixth time in his career, The Miz is the WWE Intercontinental champion after defeating Ziggler in the opening match of Smackdown Live.
As usual, The Miz's win came with controversy after his wife Maryse lent a helping hand to allow The Miz to gain a pin fall over Ziggler.
I know some fans are disappointed because they felt that The Miz's victory cut Ziggler's title reign too short. On top of that, it means the potential classic between Ziggler and Sami Zayn won't happen as of this writing.
With that said, Zayn going up against The Miz sounds very entertaining to me as well.
The biggest reason why I'm looking forward to Zayn versus The Miz is because it gives the Intercontinental title match at Survivor Series the traditional babyface/heel dynamic that would have been missing from Zayn versus Ziggler.
Sure, Zayn and Ziggler are capable of putting on a technical masterpiece together, but Zayn and The Miz will tell a much better story together, which is just as important — and in a lot of cases more important — than the athleticism and technique.
There is a small part of me that believes Ziggler could be added to this match to make it a triple threat since he is owed an automatic rematch.
If that happens, than we all win.