SmackDown Recap: October 4, 2016
The mind games between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton began a new chapter during The New Face of Fear’s WWE Backlash rematch against Kane.
SmackDown Recap: September 27
John Cena took more than a front row seat as his No Mercy opponents AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose collided for the WWE World Title in a monumental SmackDown LIVE main event.
SmackDown Recap: September 20
Intercontinental Champion The Miz put his title on the line against Dolph Ziggler, The Usos and American Alpha battled to become the SmackDown Tag Team Championship No. 1 contenders and matters only got stranger between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt.
SmackDown Recap: September 13
John Cena returned to SmackDown LIVE and immediately changed the game for Team Blue. Meanwhile, The Miz continued to struggle for respect, a new No. 1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Title was crowned and Heath Slater finally signed his SmackDown LIVE contract.
SmackDown Recap: September 6
With Backlash imminent, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose both aimed to gain the mental (and physical) advantage ahead of their WWE World Championship showdown, the final two teams for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament were decided and the six women vying for the first SmackDown Women’s Championship all looked to make a statement.
SmackDown Recap: August 30
With Backlash on the horizon, Dean Ambrose squared off against Baron Corbin - with his No. 1 Contender AJ Styles lurking in the shadows.
SmackDown Recap: August 23
In the wake of SummerSlam, the SmackDown Women’s and Tag Team Championships were introduced as Bryan and Shane McMahon plotted towards crowning the first-ever champions at Backlash. Plus, Nikki Bell made her SmackDown Live debut and AJ Styles became the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Title while denying Ziggler that same chance.
SmackDown Recap: August 16
John Cena looked to adjust AJ Styles’ attitude while Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler both looked for the tactical edge with SummerSlam only five days away.
SmackDown Recap: August 9
With only two weeks before their SummerSlam clash for the WWE World Championship, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler attempted to put their differences aside to take down Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan on SmackDown Live.
SmackDown Recap: August 2
Dolph Ziggler fights to keep his SummerSlam spot intact while looking down Bray Wyatt in the main event of SmackDown Live.
SmackDown Recap: July 26
SmackDown Live began the New Era with a Six-Pack Challenge, a high stakes Battle Royal and a serpentine showdown against the reigning Intercontinental Champion.
SmackDown Recap: July 19
WWE's New Era got off to a spectacular start on SmackDown Live's premiere, highlighted by a WWE Draft that was packed with eye-opening picks and a five-star WWE Championship Rematch between Dean Ambrose (representing SmackDown Live) and Seth Rollins (representing Raw).
SmackDown Recap: July 14
As Superstars looked to raise their stock en route to Tuesday’s WWE Draft on the premiere of SmackDown Live, the final Thursday night edition of the blue brand proved to be a hotbed for all-out types of chaos.
SmackDown Recap: July 7
With WWE Battleground 10 days away and Superstars looking to improve their stock heading into the WWE Draft when SmackDown Live premieres on July 19, the second-longest weekly episodic television show in history went absolutely off the rails.
SmackDown Recap: June 30
With SmackDown Live less than three weeks away, the second-longest-running weekly episodic television show in history showcased a Fatal 4-Way United States Title No. 1 Contender’s Match, a United States Championship Match and a Champion vs. Champion Match.
SmackDown Recap: June 23
On a fiery edition of SmackDown, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn battled in an action-packed main event showdown, Sasha Banks showed the WWE Women’s Champion what happens when you attack The Boss, and The Club showed there’s strength in numbers.
SmackDown Recap: June 16
On the final SmackDown before what could be the greatest Money in the Bank pay-per-view ever, Thursday night’s best show spun out of control with a Fatal 4-Way Match.
SmackDown Recap: June 9
SmackDown featured a pair of outrageous tag team matches, a highly personal Women’s division contest, and a main event showdown pitting The Lunatic Fringe against “The Best in the World at What He Does.”
SmackDown Recap: June 2
SmackDown was chockfull of chaos as The Club made an emphatic statement at the expense of The New Day, “Money” competitors squared off in a tag team showdown and Natalya helped Becky Lynch even the odds against WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke.
SmackDown Recap: May 26
In the wake the groundbreaking announcement that SmackDown will move to Tuesday nights beginning July 19 — airing live every week with its own distinct roster — big blue featured two explosive championship matches, a huge return and a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match.
SmackDown Recap: May 19
On the final stop before WWE’s craziest event of the year, Roman Reigns battled Luke Gallows in a huge main event showdown, the Intercontinental Title Fatal 4-Way combatants fought to land the final blow before Extreme Rules and The Lunatic Fringe gave The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla a preview of his Asylum.
SmackDown Recap: May 12
As WWE hurls toward Extreme Rules, SmackDown featured a vicious assault of insane proportions by Chris Jericho, chair-welding mayhem by Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, an eye-catching debut by Dana Brooke and a tag team showdown where no one could be trusted.
SmackDown Recap: May 5
A New Era of WWE came to Thursday night in chaotic fashion, as a tag team main event quickly descended into a fast-and-furious Six-Man Tag Team showdown.
SmackDown Recap: April 29
The A-lister, who was still seething over his encounter with Styles and his buddies last week on SmackDown, took the moment to pat himself on the back for being the first to publically declare collusion between the No. 1 contender and his friends. Of course, The Awesome One also managed to insult WWE’s top titleholder, who promptly punched him in the mouth before tossing him from the ring.
SmackDown Recap: April 7
In the wake of WrestleMania, SmackDown featured WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, the return of Dean Ambrose from his Show of Shows clash against Brock Lesnar, the debut of The Vaudevillians, an Intercontinental Title rematch and a turbulent tag team main event.
SmackDown Recap: March 24
Just 10 days before WrestleMania, Brock Leaser, Dean Ambrose and The Wyatt Family went to war, the combatants of the WrestleMania Intercontinental Title Ladder Match fought for momentum and Roman Reigns continued to unleash his own vicious brand of authority.
SmackDown Recap: March 17
On a SmackDown filled with big-fight feel, Roman Reigns predicted the destruction of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania 32, Dean Ambrose called out Brock Lesnar to let him know where he can find him next Thursday and Chris Jericho burned AJ Styles in his main event clash against Kevin Owens.
SmackDown Recap: March 10
On the final stop before WWE Roadblock, Dean Ambrose joined forces with Dolph Ziggler & The Usos in a huge 8-Man Tag Team Match against The Wyatts. Plus, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens’ friendship fell further into the rearview as their rivalry grew and Chris Jericho burned down AJ Styles’ WWE career in a symbolic fire.
SmackDown Recap: January 14
SmackDown on USA Network’s huge triple main event lived up to the hype as The Dudley Boyz and Wyatt Family destroyed some tables, a championship changed hands and Dean Ambrose — alongside The Man That Gravity Forgot — turned the Cajundome into the Ambrose Asylum.
SmackDown Recap: January 7
SmackDown’s move to USA Network was highlighted by a shocking upset, a controversial Divas Championship Match finish and an Intercontinental Championship battle that intensified into an uncontrollable fight.