SmackDown Recap: October 18, 2016
S2016 episode 896 Aired on October 18, 2016

After Kane seemingly vanished last week, Randy Orton kicked off SmackDown LIVE by reaffirming that he was coming straight for Bray Wyatt.

The Eater of Worlds soon appeared on the TitanTron lying in a casket, accompanied by an army of followers draped in sheep masks. Wyatt retorted Orton’s claims, saying he was also coming for him, prior to Luke Harper entering the arena to take on Orton in one-on-one competition.

In the matchup that followed, Harper and The Apex Predator took each other to the limit. During the match, Wyatt and his sheep-masked followers made their way to ringside, carrying the supernatural Superstar in the casket.

The match carried on until Wyatt inevitably got involved, leading to Harper’s disqualification. But as The Wyatts attempted to throw a war-torn Orton to his doom, they opened the casket and found Kane waiting for them! The shocking arrival of The Big Red Machine led to him and The Viper clearing house before the lights went out and The Wyatts mysteriously vanished.

You just can’t stop these male cheerleaders.

After the SmackDown Tag Team Champions came to Dolph Ziggler’s aid against The Miz and his band of cheerful men last week, the two sides squared off in a Six-Man Tag Team Match on SmackDown LIVE.

The action was spirited (pun definitely intended), as all six Superstars looked to clinch victory for their respective squadron. In the end, it was ultimately Miz who decked Slater from the outside of the ring leading to the legal man Kenny rolling him up for the victory.

Before this mega-rematch between WWE World Champion AJ Styles and the man that had defeated him (albeit controversially) last week, James Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan made it clear that Dean Ambrose, who officiated the contest last week, could not referee this go round, but would be slotted in as … literally everything but guest referee.

After Ambrose’s rather biased intros as guest ring announcer, Styles and Ellsworth began their championship match … but then Ambrose just would not stop interrupting. Nor the match or either Superstar could not get into any type of rhythm without The Lunatic Fringe piping in on the microphone from ringside, at one point prompting a commercial break while Styles was firmly in control.

All of Ambrose’s barbs from the outside ultimately led to a close call of Ellsworth hitting Styles with a Superkick (No Chin Music, anyone?) for an extremely close call. However, Ellsworth’s heart and Ambrose’s digs ultimately drove Styles mad, leading to The Phenomenal One exploding on Ellsworth, beating on the underdog mercilessly until the referee called for him to be disqualified.

Albeit a result of his own actions, the result of the contest caused Styles to go ballistic, leading him to charge at Ambrose, which was swiftly met with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose then proceeded to pick up Ellsworth (who was now officially 2-0 against Styles) and celebrate with him.

A win, and chin, for the ages.

In other action... Alexa Bliss def. Naomi... Curt Hawkins (almost) debuted against Apollo Crews... Carmella puts Nikki Bella on blast... and Baron Corbin def. Jack Swagger.