SmackDown Recap: September 27
S2016 episode 890 Aired on September 27, 2016

Randy Orton kicked off Tuesday night by calling out Bray Wyatt to finally face him. And he got him, well, sorta.

The New Face of Fear answered Orton’s beckoning by appearing on the TitanTron, informing The Viper that if he wanted to get his hands on him he would simply have to follow the “breadcrumbs.” However, to make matters even stranger, The Eater of Worlds then revealed an hourglass and flipped it over, insinuating that WWE’s Apex Predator only had so much time to get ahold of his ominous adversary.

Cleveland is the new city of champions — it is home to the 2016 NBA Champion Cavaliers and Team Blue’s own Intercontinental Champion, The Miz. It’s also home to where fellow Ohio native Dolph Ziggler may have just made the biggest, and last, mistake of his career.

Accompanied by Maryse, Miz first berated his fellow Clevelanders, disparaging all of them (with the exception of his own parents who were in attendance) and the city before turning his attention to Ziggler’s parents who were also in the audience. When The A-Lister looked as if he was about to belittle them and their son, The Showoff inevitably interrupted.

The Miz laid into Ziggler and then said he would only give Ziggler one last chance at the Intercontinental Championship, but only on one condition — The Showoff must put his career on the line. Ziggler made a passionate plea and then, finally, after clearly reaching his breaking point, accepted the merciless offer for No Mercy.

In an explosive SmackDown LIVE main event, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose battled it out with John Cena looking on from commentary.

Styles and Ambrose held nothing back in their attempts to obtain the most prestigious prize in all of WWE, bringing their absolute best to the Team Blue battlefield. The two went back and forth with several near falls. But when the action moved outside the ring in what would be the final moments of the match, The Phenomenal One opted to engage Cena, decking him on the outside. But, when the visibly frustrated leader of the Cenation climbed up on the ring apron, the referee became distracted. From there chaos reigned with Styles being able to ultimately seize the moment, grab The Lunatic Fringe’s tights and roll him up to retain the championship.

However, the action was far from over after the match, with Cena laying out both Ambrose and Styes out with Attitude Adjustments, clearly making a statement toward claiming his 16th World Championship at No Mercy.

In other action... The Usos & The Ascension def. Heath Slater & Rhyno & American Alpha... Carmella & Natalya def. Nikki Bella & Naomi... and Alexa Bliss ambushed Becky Lynch.