Another episode of SmackDown is in the books, and it was quite an eventful one indeed.
SmackDown saw the formation of the Survivor Series teams for the respective matches, another solid Styles-Ambrose showdown and the eventual Ambrose win.
Rest of the show constituted of notable moments such as the Miz TV segment with Daniel Bryan, Ziggler's open challenge to RAW superstars, the forgettable in-ring debut of Curt Hawkins, promising hype for next week's SmackDown Women's Championship match between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch, and of course, James freaking Ellsworth.
So that's all for this week peeps! Thank you for joining us and don't forget to tune into next week's RAW live coverage. Adios!
Breaking news: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan drop a huge bombshell on Talking Smack. Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight title at Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) on 4th December is now official!
We're back from the break and Ambrose is on top of Styles. Topa Suicida from Ambrose on the outside and the onslaught continues as he rams his head on the barricade and announcer's table.
Ambrose rolls him back into the ring and unleashes a flurry of chops. Styles and Ambrose exchange a series of unsuccessful roll-ups. Ambrose then takes Styles down and turns him into the Cloverleaf. Styles reaches for the ropes and breaks up the hold. He takes Styles to the top and delivers the Avalanche Butterfly Suplex. 1...2...kickout!
Styles gets back up and surprises Ambrose with a transitioned calf crusher. Ambrose breaks it up and the action spills to the outside again as the Lunatic Fringe rams Styles's head into the steel steps. Ambrose has deployed a frantic pace here and looks to get things done quickly.
Ambrose gets Style back into the ring and goes for the blockbuster from the second rope, but Styles moves out of the way. Ambrose lands on his knee and looks to be in visible discomfort as we go into a break.
We're back from the break and Styles is seen wearing down Ambrose with a host of strikes. Styles goes for the Phenomenal forearm but falls outside due to an Ambrose dropkick. Ambrose goes up top and lands the elbow on Ambrose to the outside.
Styles gets back in the ring and Ambrose goes for the Dirty Deeds, but Styles counters with an attempted Calf crusher. Ambrose fights out of it and goes for the suplex, but AJ blocks and in turn, suplexes Ambrose into the turnbuckle.
Ambrose plants Syles with a facebuster. Pinfall, 1...2...kickout! Both men jockey for position and the sequence ends up in both men down with the double clothesline.
Wait a minute...guess who's here! James Ellsworth appears through the crowd to pump Ambrose up. Ambrose, though tells him to go and Style smells blood and rolls up Styles. 1...2.... Ambrose powers out at two-and-a-half. The security intervenes and Ellsworth runs into the crowd while the match continues.
The two men cancel each other out in an epic sequence as both men looked to go for an inverted DDT which eventually ended in a Calf Crusher. Will Ambrose tap? Nope! he reaches for the ropes and breaks it up. The crowd is going buts at this moment!
Meanwhile, Ellsworth is seen running around the ring and Styles looks distracted. Styles shoulder tackles Ellsworth sending him into crashing across the announce table. Styles gets up the apron and looks to finish things off with the Phenomenal forearm, but Ambrose moves out, kicks him in the guts and delivers the Dirty Deeds. Pinfall, 1-2-3!
Ambrose is the new no.1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight title. A satisfied Ellsworth is heckled by the security personnel on the ramp and Ambrose shows his gratitude towards Ellsworth. The man with no chin has redeemed himself!
Result: Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles via pinfall to become the no.1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Stay tuned as Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles is on the other side of the break
Before the main event between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles is asked about his thoughts backstage. Styles looks pissed over the stupid questions he came across while he makes his way to the ring.
On the other side, Ambrose escorts Ellsworth out of the building to bar him from coming by ringside and tells him that any man with two hands can call an Uber and get a ride back home.
A backstage vingnette featuring Randy OPrton and Bray Wyatt airs. Orton syas he's stopped making deals with the devil and it seems he has completely given into the Buzzard way of life by the looks of it.
The Usos vs The Headbangers (Qualifying match for a spot in the Survivor Series elimination match)
Former Tag team champions The Headbangers return to basically out over Usos as the fourth team in the tag team match for Survivor Series. The Usos attack the Headbangers even before the bell rings and get a headstart on the veterans.
The short and relatively uneventful match ends with a roll-up win for the Usos. The heels pick up the win and join The American Alpha, Heath Slater and Rhyno and The Hype Bros in SmackDown's team for the Survivor Series tag team elimination match.
Result: The Usos def. The Headbangers