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WWE SmackDown results 12/20/16, live updates

Updated: 21 December 2016 08:35 IST - Published: 21 December 2016 00:11 IST
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Number 1 Contender's match for the WWE Championship: Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance first as a clip showing his confrontation with Baron Corbin earlier in the evening is shown. Baron Corbin comes out next.

After the two men get into the ring, AJ Styles also makes his entrance. He joins the announcers at ringside on commentary as we cut to commercials.

Back from the commercials, Ziggler quickly starts things off by punching Corbin repeatedly. Corbin grabs him in mid-air but Ziggler powers out of it and dropkicks Corbin, Corbin leaves the ring to recover.

Corbin then comes back to the ring and Ziggler immediately goes for the takedown by clutching Corbin's leg. Corbin throws Ziggler off, however, and hits his head with a knee. Corbin then bounces Ziggler's throat off the ropes before driving his boot to Ziggler's head.

The two leave the ring as Corbin continues to beat Ziggler down. He then stares AJ Styles down before pushing Ziggler back into the ring. Corbin pins Ziggler but Ziggler kicks out.

Ziggler then begins an assault on Ziggler and starts beating him down. Corbin reverses an Irish whip attempt and sends Ziggler face first into the corner turnbuckles, as Ziggler's head bounces off.

Corbin continues to wear Ziggler down and punches him in the chest, sending Ziggler down. He then Irish whips Ziggler onto the other corner with full force which connects. Ziggler reverses the momentum by hitting Corbin with a dropkick but Corbin wastes no time getting back into the match, picking Ziggler up and dropping him on top of the ropes.

Corbin tries to go for a big clothesline but Ziggler counters with an elbow. Ziggler counters another clothesline attempt by moving out of the way but Corbin slides out of the ring and immediately returns, punching Ziggler in the back. He then viciously throws Ziggler into the steel ringpost and beats him down. We cut to commercials.

Back from the commercials, Ziggler punches Corbin down and then proceeds to drive a running Corbin into the ringpost by moving out of the way. Ziggler then hits Corbin with a Famouser and covers him for a pin. Corbin kicks out.

Corbin then picks Ziggler up for a powerbomb attempt but Ziggler gets out of it. Corbin ends up hitting Ziggler with an STO and pins him but Ziggler kicks out this time.

After taunting AJ Styles and telling him to pay attention to the match, Corbin goes back to beating down Ziggler and punches him. Ziggler attempts to hold on to Corbin to get up to his feet but Corbin bounces off the ropes, trying to land a big move. Ziggler reverses into a pin attempt by rolling Corbin up.

Corbin kicks out and immediately hits Ziggler with a huge clothesline. Corbin pins Ziggler but Ziggler kicks out. After a moment of recovery, Ziggler gets to the apron and bounces Corbin's head off of it. He beats Corbin down some more and hits him with the Zig-Zag.

Ziggler covers Corbin for the pinfall but Corbin kicks out. Ziggler then proceeds to punch Corbin down and places him on top of corner the turnbuckles. The two continue to fight with each other as both get on the middle rope. Corbin ends up striking Ziggler with multiple elbows and connects with a Deep Six.

Corbin pins Ziggler but Ziggler kicks out once again.

Corbin throws Ziggler out of the ring and follows him outside. He then throws Ziggler shoulder-first into the barricading. He then goes back into the ring but comes back out and picks Ziggler up, driving him to the other barriacde.

Corbin picks Ziggler up and ends up throwing him onto AJ Styles who was sitting near the announcers' table. The match ends at this point with a countout for both the wrestlers.

Result: No-contest/draw with both Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin getting counted out

AJ Styles retaliates by taking a chair and beating both Ziggler and Corbin up with it with multiple chair shots.

Daniel Bryan comes out and announces that AJ Styles, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler would be taking on each other in a WWE Championship match next week. 

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Segment: James Ellsworth interviewed backstage

James Ellsworth is asked by the interviewer about what hurt the most and about his comments on the match with AJ Styles. He is also asked about his friendship with Dean Ambrose. A heavily bandaged James Ellsworth can only answer with groans.

Carmella enters the scene and takes Ellsworth away, telling him that she would take care of him. 

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Match: Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins

Following a backstage confrontation, Mojo Rawley makes his entrance as Curt Hawkins is already in the ring. Rawley chases Hawkins around the ring and Hawkins gets the upper hand. Rawley, bounces off the ropes, however, and pushes Hawkins who slides out of the ring.

Back in the ring, Hawkins takes out Rawley with a big clothesline. He then tries to slam Rawley down but Rawley sandbags him and connects with a back-body drop on Curt Hawkins instead. Rawley then hits Hawkins with a couple of shoulder blocks, following them up with Stinger Splashes to the corner. Rawley eventually connects with a big punch on Hawkins in the corner.

Mojo Rawley then proceeds to pin Curt Hawkins in the ring and picks up the win.

Result: Mojo Rawley defeats Curt Hawkins via Pinfall

After the match, Mojo Rawley asks Ryan Phillippe, the guest of Smackdown and star of the "Shooter" TV series (featuring Randy Orton) to come to the ring. The two celebrate Rawley's win together.

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Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Luchadora

Alexa Bliss faces a mystery masked opponent who the commentators refer to as "Miss Mascaras" Luchadora. The stipulation put by Daniel Bryan for this match was that Alexa had to face the opponent or forfeit her title.

Luchadora rolls around the ring and avoids Alexa Bliss' offence. She then takes Bliss down with a kick and pins her, Bliss kicks out. She then pins Alexa again after another barrage of moves, Bliss kicks out again. The crowd breaks out in "Si" chants for the mystery opponent who the commentators have been referring to as a Luchador.

She then proceeds to break Bliss down further with a hold. Bliss gets her own back in the match and beats her down.

Luchadora reverses the momentum, however, and dives off the top rope to connect with a dis-arm-her on Alexa Bliss. Alexa taps out and Luchadora picks up the victory.

Result: Luchadora defeats Alexa Bliss via Submission

After the match, Luchadora runs around the ring, celebrating her victory. She then gets into the ring and takes off her mask, revealing that she was indeed, Becky Lynch. A disgruntled Alexa Bliss walks off as the two stare each other down. 

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Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper

Dean Ambrose makes his entrance first, The Wyatt family come out next.

The match starts off with some back and forth action which results in Luke Harper getting the upper hand and beating Ambrose down. Ambrose rolls out of the ring as we cut to commercials.

During the commercials, Luke Harper had thrown Dean Ambrose on the steel steps and had catapulted his head off the ropes.

Back from the commercials, Ambrose and Luke Harper are on the middle rope with Luke Harper holding Ambrose's hands. A setup for the aerial move fails as Luke Harper takes him down. Harper then puts him in a chokehold and connects with a backbreaker.

Harper picks Ambrose up in an Argentine backbreaker but Ambrose powers out of it and beats him down. Harper picks Ambrose up and throws him into the corner turnbuckle head first, he then superkicks Ambrose who slides out of the ring.

Ambrose then bounces Harper's head off the ropes and attempts to dive on to him at ringside from the top rope but he ends up taking out Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton instead as Luke Harper escapes back to the ring.

in the ring, Harper hits Ambrose with a kick and Powerslams him to the mat. He then pins Ambrose but Ambrose kicks out. Ambrose then rolls Harper up in a cradle pin and gets the victory.

Result: Dean Ambrose defeats Luke Harper via Pinfall

After the match ends, The Wyatt family immediately storm the ring and beat Dean Ambrose down with a vicious assault. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton hit Dean Ambrose with a Sister Abigail-RKO combination, do their posedown over a downed Ambrose. The lights go out and The Wyatt family disappear.

After the lights come back on, The Miz makes his entrance and takes Ambrose out with a skull crushing finale. He then kisses Maryse, who raises his hand in jubilation. 

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Segment: Daniel Bryan and Alexa Bliss backstage

Daniel Bryan asks Alexa Bliss how her leg was. She asks for Becky Lynch to be punished. Daniel Bryan says that she would be facing Becky Lynch next week for the Smackdown Women's championship and claps. Alexa says that he couldn't be putting her in the match since she was injured.

Daniel Bryan says that she was medically cleared to compete and would therefore be doing so. Alexa storms off.

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Segment: Natalya in the ring

Natalya makes her entrance and takes a mic as we cut to commercials. 

Back from the commercials, Natalya asks Nikki to come out to talk to her as she was 'tired of all the rumours', Nikki Bella makes her entrance. 

Carmella makes her entrance as well, she then says that she was only there to see how Natalya could weasel her way out of it. Nikki asks Carmella whether she was the one who assaulted her. 

Carmella says that if she had assaulted Nikki, she would have been bragging about it. She continues to call Natalya a liar. She then asks Nikki if some of the silicone had leaked into her brain. Natalya tells Carmella to not speak that way to Nikki. 

Carmella confronts Natalya about her comments on the Bella twins. Natalya says that she made those comments in private. Nikki asks Natalya if she was the one who attacked her, Natalya looks at Carmella and says "You caused this", before chasing her up the ramp. 

Natalya then throws Carmella on to the ramp-side Christmas tree, Carmella kicks her back and runs backstage. Natalya takes the mic and accepts that she was the one behind the assault, calling Nikki Bella a "bitch" in the process. 

Natalya then calls herself "Natalya Neidhart" and wrestling royalty. She derides Nikki Bella for getting everything handed on a platter to her and says that Nikki was a "nothing", she then says that John Cena will never marry Nikki. As the segment comes to an end.

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Intercontinental title match: The Miz (c) with Maryse vs. Apollo Crews

A flashback to the Tribute to the troops match between Apollo Crews and The Miz is shown where Gabriel Iglesias ended up interfering and costing Miz the match. The match starts with Apollo Crews immediately going for the crucifix pin, which Miz kicks out of.

Crews quickly rolls him up into a cradle afterwards for another pin but Miz breaks out again and takes to the ropes to break Crews' momentum.

Miz gets a little bit of offence in as Crews ducks and hits Miz with a double dropkick. He attempts to pin Miz but Miz kicks out again. Crews puts Miz in a headlock but Miz gets away from it. After an Irish whip, Crews catches Miz in a pin attempt again but Miz breaks it and exits the ring. Crews follows him to the ringside and hits him with a standing moonsault off the apron. He then throws Miz back in the ring.

Crews then goes to the top rope and hits a downed Miz with a cross-body. He attempts to pin the Miz again but Miz rolls out of the ring, Maryse tends to him as we cut to commercials.

During the commercials, The Miz was clotheslined by The Miz.

Back from the commercials, Crews hits the Miz with an uppercut and a flying forearm. He then connects with an Enziguri kick, before attempting another pinfall that the Miz kicks out of.

The Miz tries to go for his finisher, the skull crushing finale, but Apollo Crews breaks out of it and slams Miz down for yet another pin attempt. The momentum is on Crews' side but Miz kicks out of it yet again.

Crews runs into the ringpost after Miz moves out of the way. Maryse tries to interfere but the referee banishes her from ringside. Apollo Crews rolls Miz up for another pin but Miz kicks out. Crews then hits Miz with a German Suplex and pins him again but Miz kicks out.

Crews tries to go for his finisher but Miz reverses it, almost hitting the referee, he then hits Crews with the skull crushing finale and pins Crews for the win and retains his title.

Result: The Miz defeats Apollo Crews via Pinfall

After the match, The Miz gets interviewed by Renee Young. He accuses her of being obsessed with Dean Ambrose and says that she was the one sleeping with him. Young slaps Miz and leaves the ring but Miz laughs it off. 

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Segment: Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler backstage

Daniel Bryan says that Baron Corbin was only trying to rile Ziggler up. Ziggler says that he wanted a match against Baron Corbin tonight. Bryan warns him that he would lose his title shot against AJ Styles to Baron Corbin if he lost the match, Ziggler says that he wasn't going to go down without a fight and exits the scene. 

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