After taking a moment to officially declare himself as a participant in the Royal Rumble Match, Dean Ambrose welcomed the Superstar he defeated for the Intercontinental Title last week to “The Ambrose Asylum.”
The Miz wasted no time claiming that he, too, has declared himself as a participant in the Royal Rumble Match. He then went on to suggest that Ambrose should hand over the Intercontinental Championship after the controversial ending of their title contest last week. The Lunatic Fringe did not bite on that bait, but offered an olive branch of sorts by re-gifting “The Miz Participation Award” back to the A-Lister.
From there, Miz and Ambrose got into it, with Ambrose ultimately getting the upper hand after he ducked a Maryse slap that wound up connecting with Miz square in the jaw. He then handed Maryse the award as a parting gift.
With American Alpha seizing their first SmackDown Tag Team Championship on the final SmackDown LIVE of 2016, Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton came to Baton Rouge looking to get it back.
However, in the height of the subsequent contest, some accidental miscommunication by Luke Harper allowed Jason Jordan & Chad Gable to retain when Gable rolled up Orton after Harper inadvertently distracted The Viper.
After the bell, things quickly turned tense between Orton and Harper, causing Wyatt to accidentally get knocked to the ground when Harper kicked The Eater of Worlds when aiming for Orton. Bray arose and stared down both of his followers before promptly exiting.
In SmackDown LIVE’s main event, the leader of the Cenation went to war with The Lone Wolf for the first time, with WWE Champion AJ Styles lurking in the wings. In the height of the knockdown, drag-out match that followed, John Cena ultimately triumphed with an Attitude Adjustment.
With Baron Corbin momentarily tamed, Cena and Styles ended SmackDown LIVE staring each other down, poised to battle for the WWE Title at Royal Rumble on Jan. 29.
In other action ... Nikki Bella vs. Natalya ended in a No Contest ... Kalisto def. Dolph Ziggler ... Daniel Bryan announced first SmackDown Women’s Championship Steel Cage Match ... and Carmella def. CJ Lunde.