SmackDown Recap: October 11, 2016
S2016 episode 895 Aired on October 11, 2016

Dolph Ziggler may have triumphed over The Miz to win the Intercontinental Championship with his career on the line at No Mercy, but that doesn’t mean he can get The A-Lister out of his bleach blonde hair.

Miz and Maryse interrupted The Showoff as he attempted to savor his huge victory and proceeded to ridicule the new titleholder. In response, Ziggler produced a post-match No Mercy clip of Miz crying, which drove the former champion to once again bring out The Spirit Squad.

However, despite the numbers advantage for Kenny and Mikey in a subsequent 2-on-1 Handicap Match, Ziggler was able to overcome the squadron of spirit, defeating Kenny with a Superkick. When Miz and The Spirit Squad attacked Ziggler after the bell, SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno rushed down to even the score, inciting Miz and the squad to head for the hills.

To the victor goes the spoils … and a match with James Ellsworth?

WWE World Champion AJ Styles came out to focus on his major (albeit controversial) victory at No Mercy on Sunday in the Triple Threat Match against John Cena and Dean Ambrose. In spite of the subsequent arrival of The Lunatic Fringe, “The Champ that Runs the Camp” announced that his next opponent (in a non-title match) would be SmackDown LIVE’s resident underdog, James Ellsworth! A big fan of Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan emerged to approve the matchup, before adding that Ambrose would be the special guest referee and if Styles put his hands on Ambrose, he would be fined or suspended.

Ambrose made Styles’ life a little bit difficult as the match went on, seemingly trying to bait Styles during the contest, including taking phone calls while Styles had Ellsworth tapping to the Calf Crusher and posing for pictures with fans at ringside.

Ambrose then turned it up a notch when he struck Styles with two Dirty Deeds and placed Ellsworth on top of Styles for a fast three-count to secure Ellsworth, quite possibly, the biggest upset in SmackDown LIVE history.

Following his shocking return at No Mercy, Bray Wyatt’s faithful follower Luke Harper teamed up with his leader to take on Randy Orton & Kane.

The match was as aggressive as one would expect with both sides not relenting in their pursuit of victory. In the bout’s later stages, it seemed as though Orton and Kane were on the offensive and closing in on victory. However, following an unbelievable scene that saw the lights go out and then come back on, Kane disappeared on the apron and was replaced by Harper. This mystical happening allowed Wyatt to take advantage of a prone Orton, finishing him off with Sister Abigail for the win.

Next week, SmackDown LIVE will feature an extremely unusual WWE World Championship Match.

As first announced on Talking Smack by General Manager Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles must defend his illustrious title against … James Ellsworth? Yes, you heard right. With a little help from special guest referee Dean Ambrose and … like … two Dirty Deeds, the virtually unknown competitor suddenly finds himself the No. 1 contender to “The Champ that Runs the Camp.”

Styles has promised to take matters in his own hands and, if Ellsworth were smart, he might start running to parts unknown as fast as humanly possible. Then again, perhaps The Lunatic Fringe is unhinged enough to help make Ellsworth the next WWE World Champion.

In addition, the No. 1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss, will go one-on-one with Naomi. The glowing competitor already beat Alexa at No Mercy. If she can do it again, will Miss Bliss find her No. 1 contender position to Becky Lynch’s title in jeopardy? 

Plus, Baron Corbin will take on Jack Swagger in a No Mercy rematch!

Find out what goes down Tuesday night at 8/7 C on the USA Network.

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