SmackDown Recap: August 16
S2016 episode 884 Aired on August 16, 2016

In the immortal words of Lil Wayne and Christina Milian, “Let’s start a fire.”

After weeks of both verbal and physical jousting (and more than a little turbulence from the likes of Bray Wyatt), WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his SummerSlam challenger Dolph Ziggler’s conflict finally devolved from being rooted in some level of mutual respect into a full-on firestorm on “Miz TV.”

Ambrose continued his attempts to break Ziggler mentally in anticipation of their WWE World Championship clash Sunday, but The Showoff would have none of it, firing back with a passionate reply and then a scorching superkick square to the jaw of The Lunatic Fringe.

Is it Sunday yet?

Turns out there is more than one way to skin a snake.

Fresh off Heath Slater's display of bravery (and borderline insanity) against Brock Lesnar on Raw, it was clear that Randy Orton did not want to be seen as being outdone by his SummerSlam opponent. So, in an attempt of one-upmanship, The Viper suggested giving Slater an incredible opportunity on SmackDown Live.

Sports entertainment’s hottest free agent again did his best to fend off Orton’s serpentine attack, yet, as the match wore on, The Viper proved to be too much to handle for the courageous Slater. However, clearly with Beast on the brain, Orton could not contain himself, relentlessly beating Slater down and not adhering to the referee’s warnings to stop. This led to a disqualification, which led to a victory for The One Man Band. Slater, somehow, had done it.

Following the contest, though, Orton would not stop, subsequently brutalizing Slater after the bell, both in and out of the ring. The Apex Predator would mock Lesnar by hitting Slater with two German Suplexes, emulating The Anomaly’s signature hop and then finishing Slater off with an RKO.

The bottom line here? Orton can rest easy for the next five days — he knows he’s ready.

Things you need to know off the bat: AJ Styles was on commentary for this main event match and he seemed as interested as ever in beating up John Cena. Also, this match was pure dynamite.

Cena and Del Rio being no strangers to one another proved to be a successful equation for a highly competitive contest. Back and forth the two went until Cena was able to surge up and connect with a big time Attitude Adjustment for the victory.

His spoils for obtaining the win? A Flying Forearm from Styles as soon as he got up to celebrate.

Then, in a sign of possibly how much Styles has gotten under his skin over the months, Cena first smashed Styles into the steel steps and then hit him with another AA … only this time through the announce table.

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