SmackDown Recap: September 20
S2016 episode 889 Aired on September 20, 2016

If the Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss rivalry were to be given a film name, a strong contender might be “Beautiful Mind … Games.”

Lynch and Bliss shot barbs back and forth during in a Daniel Bryan-moderated contract signing for their SmackDown Women’s Championship Match at No Mercy. While both Superstars managed to sign on the dotted line, their verbal jousting was truly explosive as both Superstars attempted to gain the mental advantage. Alexa then literally turned the table and assaulted Becky by knocking her down and throwing a table on top of her. However, Becky with the red hair refused to stay down and ignited a furious brawl with her challenger on the ramp.

If this exchange is any indication, you better believe there will be No Mercy indeed.

After a turbulent several days of contract negotiations … and re-negotiations … and thinly-veiled Twitter insults, The Miz finally signed a new contract with SmackDown LIVE! However, much to his surprise, and thanks to the fine print, his first action as a re-signee was to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, and, if he didn’t, his new contract would be null-and-void.

The two went back and forth for a while until, much like their match at Backlash, Maryse attempted to spray an unidentified substance into Ziggler’s eyes. However, unlike the pay-per-view, Miz’s wife was caught and the referee promptly ejected Maryse from ringside. Yet, the commotion still proved to be too much for The Showoff to overcome, as The A-Lister defeated Ziggler by slyly spraying Ziggler himself with the substance behind the referee’s back to retain his championship.

As it often goes with The Eater of Worlds, the story is within the story and this proved no different. Case in point, though Randy Orton defeated Erick Rowan with the RKO after a hard fought contest, so much more was at play here between The Viper and Rowan’s leader Bray Wyatt.

After the match concluded, the lights flickered off and on and suddenly Rowan disappeared with a sheep mask in his place. Wyatt then appeared on the TitanTron claiming that the end was coming for Orton.

It was all ominous, it was creepy and it was clearly far from the last chapter of this ever-changing story.

After the harsh insults they exchanged and the Dirty Deeds that Dean Ambrose struck John Cena with last week, the two held nothing back in trying to push their ascent toward the WWE World Championship this week. The two went back and forth, sweeping the WWE Universe up and pushing themselves to their limits in the process until, finally, The Lunatic Fringe caught Cena sleeping with a rollup for a huge pinfall victory.

After the match, AJ Styles, seeing an opportunity, dashed to ringside and got shots in on both Cena and Ambrose before immediately beginning to celebrate his “accomplishment.”

His celebration would not last long though, as SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that Ambrose still was owed his promised one-on-one rematch for the WWE World Championship and he would get that next week on SmackDown LIVE!

Styles then got a taste of next week when he was met with a surprise Dirty Deeds from Ambrose, setting the stage for the colossal championship match.

In other action... The Usos def. American Alpha to become No. 1 Contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship... Nikki Bella & Naomi def. Natalya & Carmella via Disqualification... and Baron Corbin def. Apollo Crews.