John Cena comes out after the match and confronts AJ Styles. The two lay down the gauntlet ahead of their title match at the Royal Rumble.
Corbin sends Ziggler shoulder-first into the ring-post before hitting an End Of Days. Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm to Corbin as he turns around. Styles then covers Dolph Ziggler for the pinfall.
AJ Styles def. Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler
What a match to finish 2016. Amazing. AJ deservedly ends 2016 as WWE World Champion.
Corbin hits a Deep Six to Ziggler but Styles breaks up the count. Corbin then hits an End Of Days to Styles as Ziggler hits a Zig-Zag to Corbin, Corbin somehow kicks out of the ensuing cover, What a match.
AJ goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Ziggler hits a Superkick to his foot as Styles crashes and burns into the mat. Ziggler then covers Styles who has to kick out at the last second because Corbin didn't make it back in time to break the cover.
Styles and Ziggler go at it in the ring as Corbin lays wasted at ringside. Ziggler hits a massive jumping DDT for the nearfall. Dolph then goes for the Zig-Zag but Styles blocks it and hits an Ushi Goroshi.
Styles then attempts a Styles Clash but Ziggler manages to break out of it.
We come back from commercial to Corbin dominating Styles and Ziggler. Ziggler and Styles finally work together, throwing punches at Corbin to overpower him before clothesliing him out of the ring.
Styles and Ziggler meet Corbin on the outside but Corbin sends Styles crashing into the barricade and Ziggler back-first into the mat. Corbin then takes off the cover of the announcer's table. Corbin then misses a shoulder charge into the barricade as Styles moves away. Ziggler then catches Cobin with a Superkick.
The two men then place Corbin on the announcer's table before sending him through it.
Corbin works on Ziggler in the corner as he screams insults to his face, He then Irish Whips him chest-first into the corner before launching him face-first into the mat.
Corbin then looks for the End of Days on Ziggler but Styles blocks it on Zigglers behalf. Corbin squashes Styles against the corner before hitting a lariat to Ziggler and a modified STO to Styles as we head to one last commercial break. Stick around.
We come back from commercial to see Corbin driving Ziggler back-first into the apron. He then moves onto Styles, sending Styles back-first into the apron before rolling him into the ring and going for the cover, Following the 2-count, Corbin hits a knee to Styles' mid-section.
Styles hits back with chops and forearms before a dropkick from Ziggler helps Styles attempt a pin on Corbin. Ziggler breaks up the pin before a double clothesline from the 'Lone Wolf' wipes out both Ziggler and Styles.
We begin with fast-paced action as Styles flies off the blocks quickly. He attacks Ziggler with a corner splash before working on Corbin's leg with multiple kicks. Corbin then launches Styles out of the ring before attacking Ziggler. Ziggler hits a guillotine on Corbin as we head to commercial.
AJ Styles (C) vs Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin (for the WWE World Championship)
Corbin and Ziggler make their way out first before being followed out by the champion - AJ Styles.
Bliss then hits the double knees before heading to the top rope. She attempts the Twisted Bliss but Becky meets her with the knees and locks in the Dis-Arm-Her. Bliss reaches the ropes, forcing Becky to break the hold.
Alexa then distracts the referee as La Luchadora sends Becky face-first into the ring post. Alexa follows it up with a DDT to pin Becky for the win.
Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch
Who was the woman dressed up as La Luchadora?
Becky then heads to the top rope and hits a dropkick on Alexa who kicks out at 2. Strange music hits as a woman dressed up as La Luchadora comes running out,
Becky survives the distraction roll-up but can''t pin Bliss with the following back slide pins.
We come back from commercial to see Alexa Bliss all over Becky Lynch. Alexa attempts a jumping knee drop but Becky avoids it this time. Becky then hits back with European Uppercuts and follows it up with a leg lariat.
Becky then attempts a flying forearm to the corner but misses. She follows it up with a springboard kick. Becky then snaps Alexa's arm, almost straight out of the socket as she looks to make a statement. That looked devastating.
Becky hits back with a sweet armdrag which causes Alexa Bliss to roll out of the ring. Becky attempts a baseball slide but Alexa grabs her and drags her out of the ring and sends her face-first into the mat. She then sends Becky face-first into the ring post as we head to commercial.
Becky tries to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her but Bliss reverses it into a jack-kife cover for the 2-count. Bliss stands on top of a downed Becky, driving her into the mat. She follows it up with clubbing forearms before smashing Becky's face into the mat.
The bell rings as Bliss and Lynch lock up. Becky locks Alexa into a modified leg triangle before Bliss reaches the ropes.
Bliss stamps on Becky's toe before locking in an armlock. Becky just stamps back and employed a headlock of her own before attempting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb which Bliss reverses into a pinning combo. Both women use pinning combinations but neither can get the 3-count.
Alexa Bliss (C) vs Becky Lynch (for the SmackDown Women's Championship)
Alexa makes her way down to the ring first. She's followed out by Becky Lynch who gets a massive pop from the fans in Chicago.
Jordan comes in and cleans house with multiple Alphaplexes to both men. This is followed by an apron Cannonball by Chad Gable. Orton then hits his patented DDT to Jason Jordan before he gets hit with a missile dropkick by Chad Gable. Jordan follows it up with a corner spear. American Alpha then hit the Grand Amplitude on Randy Orton before Chad Gable pins him for the win.
WE HAVE NEW TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONS!
Randy Orton and Luke Harper are eliminated.
American Alpha are the new SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions.
Chants of "We want Jordan" break out as Harper continues to punish Chad Gable. Harper goes for a Powerbomb but Gable reverses it into a Hurracanrana and sends Gable face first into the turnbuckle before both men make tags.
We come back from commercial to see Luke Harper employing a side headlock on Chad Gable. Harper then deposits Gable to the outside and tags Orton in.Randy Orton drops Gable back-first on the barricade. Orton then rolls Gable into the ring and Gable kicks out of tje ensuing cover.
Orton tags Harper back in. The big man hits a sweet Michinoku Driver before locking in another head lock.
Orton is all over a beaten-up Jason Jordan. He drops him abdomen first into the top rope before hitting a Powerslam. Both men then make simultaneous tags. Gable launches him at Harper, wiping him out. However, Harper gets back into gear quickly and uses his size to overpower Gable as we head to commercial.
The Usos don't take getting eliminated well and the attack American Alpha at ringside. They then roll Jason Jordan back into the ring as Randy Orton takes advantage.
We come back from commercial to see Jey Uso working on Jason Jordan. Jordan reverses a back bodydrop and makes the tag as Chad Gable comes in and hits the Alphaplex. He goes for the cover butJimmy Uso breaks it up.
The Usos simultaenously head to the top rope but Gable an Jordan catch then and hit stereo German Suplexes. Gable follows it up with a Jack-knife cover on Jey Uso to pin him.
The Usos are eliminated
Rhyno tags in Heath Slater. Slater works on Jimmy Uso before taking him out. He then gets on the apron and knees and incoming Jey Uso in the face, wiping him out. Slater then heads to the top rope and and nearly falls off in a clear botch. Jimmy Uso tries his best to cover the botch and Irish Whips Slater into the ropes before hitting a Superkick.
He follows it up with a Jack-knife cover for the pinfall.
Heath Slater and Rhyno are eliminated
Chad Gable and Rhyno start us off. Gable hits an impressive Suplex before Jimmy Uso tagged himself in and looked to make the quick cover. Rhyno kicked out as the Usos rotate tags and punish Rhyno. A good start by the Usos as they corner Rhyno and work on him..
Randy Orton and Luke Harper (C) vs Heath Slater and Rhyno vs American Alpha vs The Usos (for the SmackDown Tag-Team
Championships)Randy and Harper make their way down to the ring accompanied by Wyatt. I'll admit that I'm a huge fan of the new Wyatt Family so this might be my bias speaking, but as of right now they look like top stars.
The crowd follows up the "CM Punk" chants with Undertaker chants which seems to make Cena happy. Cena adds that 2016 wasn't the best year for him. He added that some are saying that he's a part timer with one foot out of the door but he reiterated that he's not done and he was sick of the New Era, it was the 'My time is now' Era.
A very heelish promo by John Cena.
He then added that he'd challenge whoever won to a championship match at the Royal Rumble just because he was John Cena.
A heel turn on the cards for John Cena?
John Cena calls Chicago the city of champions before announcing that WWE has a number of championship matches lined up tonight. He then asks the crowd who will end 2016 as WWE World Champion. The crowd boo Ziggler and Corbin but go nuts as Cena mentions AJ Styles.
Cena takes the boos like a man as he tells the fans, "Let it rain" which leads to "CM Punk" chants. Cena follows it by pandering to the fans which leads to louder "CM Punk" chants.
Cena makes his way down to the ring as he is greeted by a loud reaction with the boos slightly outweighing the cheers.
Welcome to Sportskeeda's coverage of the last SmackDown of 2016 and we kick off with John Cena returning!
What to expect from tonight's show?
AJ Styles defends his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat Match!
Following the controversial conclusion to their match on the Dec. 20 episode of SmackDown LIVE, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan declared that both Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin would receive an opportunity at “The Champ that Runs the Camp” in a WWE Championship Match on the SmackDown LIVE Wild Card Finals.
How will Styles adapt to the free-for-all that will completely erase any type of championship advantage? And will Ziggler or Corbin be able to make the most of their opportunity and close out 2016 as the new WWE Champion?
The Wyatt Family will defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a Four Corners Elimination Match
In the wake of Zack Ryder’s unfortunate injury following the No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Battle Royal win, it has been announced that The Wyatt Family will now defend the titles against three other units as part of the SmackDown LIVE’s Wild Card Finals special event.
The Wyatts will put the Blue Brand’s Tag Team Championship on the line against The Usos, American Alpha and former champions Heath Slater & Rhyno in a Four Corners Elimination Tag Team Championship Match!
Which tandem will walk out as champions?
The return of John Cena to SmackDown LIVE
Fresh off his appearance hosting “Saturday Night Live,” John Cena is set to return to SmackDown LIVE after a two-month absence. The 15-Time World Champion will surely make his presence felt as Team Blue says goodbye to 2016 and ushers in 2017 as the Road to WrestleMania gets under way!
What will Cena have to say to the WWE Universe? Will he have his eyes squarely on the WWE Championship? Or has someone else drawn the ire of the Cenation?
Alexa Bliss puts her SmackDown Women’s Championship on the line against Becky Lynch
One of SmackDown LIVE’s fastest growing rivalries will write another chapter on SmackDown LIVE's Wild Card Finals when Alexa Bliss defends the Women’s Championship against former titleholder Becky Lynch.
Will the Wicked Witch of WWE successfully retain the title against The Irish Lass Kicker? Or will Lynch go “Straight Fire” on Bliss and become the first two-time SmackDown Live Women’s Champion?
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