SmackDown Recap: August 9
S2016 episode 883 Aired on August 9, 2016

Following the conclusion of SmackDown Live last week that saw Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan putting a major beat down on SummerSlam opponents Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler, The New Face of Fear and his faithful follower kicked off SmackDown Live by proclaiming that the war was not over. Good thing, because Ambrose was ready to fight.

It did not take long for both Ambrose and his SummerSlam No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler to interrupt and charge the dark and twisted Superstars. Just as it appeared that the temporary allies might eliminate their dark adversaries, The Showoff (accidentally?) struck the WWE World Champion with a superkick, paving the way for Wyatt to hit him with Sister Abigail, further complicating the ever-evolving conflict between the SummerSlam opponents.

With word breaking on Twitter earlier in the day that these two former World Champions would clash and the two exchanging words backstage earlier in the evening, the main question became: Would Randy Orton rebound after falling prey to Brock Lesnar’s F-5 last week? Well, the snake didn’t stay down in the grass for long.

Looking strong against impressive competition, Randy Orton had Alberto Del Rio bested in the match’s pivotal moments. But before things could be decided, a flustered Essence of Excellence got himself disqualified by striking The Apex Predator first with a steel chair to the shoulder and then ramming that same shoulder into the ring post multiple times.

However, just as quickly as Del Rio could roll a prone Orton into the ring to try and capitalize on his attack, he was met with an RKO outta nowhere.

“Good friends, better enemies?” How about, “Great partners, but still want to smack each other in the face.”

WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler teamed up in SmackDown Live’s main event to gain a measure of retribution on Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan’s savage attack last week while they simultaneously attempted to block out the superkick that Ziggler accidentally (we think) landed on Ambrose earlier in the evening.

The results? Success … well, mostly.

Ziggler and Ambrose triumphed over The New Face of Fear and his faithful follower after Ziggler pinned Rowan. However, the feels between the two did not last for long as Ambrose struck Ziggler with Dirty Deeds as a measure of payback for the superkick.

Advantage Ambrose.

In other action... American Alpha def. local competitors... Becky Lynch vs. Eva Marie resulted in a No Contest; Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch... Rhyno def. Heath Slater to deny The One Man Band a SmackDown Live contract... Carmella def. Natalya... and Baron Corbin attacked Kalisto backstage.