The 16-time champ is here! Cena made history in his match on Sunday against AJ Styles. He defeated the “Phenomenal” Styles and earned his 16th world title reign in the penultimate match at the Royal Rumble. Only the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has accumulated that many world title reigns.
Cena may be the champ for now, but in two-weeks-time, he’ll have to defend his newly won prize against five other men in the grueling Elimination Chamber match. Can Cena hold onto the gold long enough for WrestleMania? And if he manages to escape the chamber with his championship, he’ll have to contend with “The Viper” Randy Orton on the grandest stage of them all. But before all that, who are the five other competitors that Cena will be facing at the Elimination Chamber pay per view? AJ Styles is the only other name confirmed for the event. Who will join him in the chamber? You’ll just have to find out for yourself on tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live.
WWE SmackDown Live Viewing Details
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST/ 5:00 P.M. PST
TV Channel: USA
Location: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
Intro: Styles Is Upset; Elimination Chamber News
AJ Styles looks melancholy, watching the screen replaying clips of Cena’s historic victory at the Royal Rumble. Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan are very happy about the Royal Rumble. AJ doesn’t feel the same. The competitors for the Elimination Chamber is officially announced. John Cena will defend his WWE World Championship against AJ Styles, The Miz, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. Styles just wants a singles match against Cena, but he will have to make due for now.
WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 main event announced: WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Championship match: John Cena (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose
In-Ring Segment: The Champ Is Here!
John Cena is in the ring, he’s ecstatic over his record 16th world title victory. But he’s ready for the Elimination Chamber in two weeks. The Wyatt Family’s music hits. Bray & Orton cut a promo. Things get heated. The Family goes down to ringside to attack Cena. But then the lights go out. Luke Harper appears out-of-nowhere and stands side-by-side with Cena. Shane McMahon’s music hits and holla, holla, holla, we got ourselves a tag team match, playa.
John Cena & Luke Harper vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton)
Luke Harper is really kicking ass in this match, but he simply won’t fight Bray. He slams Orton onto the announcer’s table, totally laying The Viper out. But when it’s time to fight Bray, Luke backs away. Wyatt has a hypnotic presence; Harper is still under his control in a way. So, Luke isn’t the best tag team partner for John Cena. The Wyatts are dissecting Cena. Orton lays him out on the announcer’s table. Orton is wearing Cena out in the ring, but Big Match John fires back with a devastating clothesline.
Orton tags in Bray, who takes out Cena and taunts the defenseless Harper. Right when Wyatt is about to splash Cena, the champ moves out of the way and Wyatt yells out in pain. Bray tags in Orton once again. Randy scoop-slams Cena and knocks Luke off the apron.
Luke comes back in the ring. He tries to put the Sister Abigail on Bray, but can’t do it. He drills Orton with a sick kick instead, and turns around to a real Sister Abigail from Bray. Cena comes in and tries to send Bray flying with the Attitude Adjustment. But Orton knocks Bray off Cena’s shoulders and counters with an RKO outta nowhere.
The Wyatt Family (Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt) defeats John Cena & Luke Harper
Carmella vs. Delilah Dawson
Before the match, the chinless wonder James Ellsworth comes out to cut a promo. The crowd is starting to boo this guy. Out next comes “the trash-talking, moon-walking, princess of Staten Island” Carmella. Ellsworth’s girl wrestles Delilah Dawson (previously unknown jobber), who looks like she just came out of a rave. Dawson was trained by former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Funaki. Carmella makes quick work of the pale-skinned, blue haired new-comer. But Dawson still looked great in the ring. This probably won’t be the last time we see her. But for tonight, Carmella quieted the new blue diva. The Princess of State Island took her out with The Code of Silence.
Carmella defeats Delilah Dawson
Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kalisto is looking for some retribution against Ziggler. But Dolph strikes first and takes Kalisto out. Dolph dominates for much of the match, but Kalisto fires back with high-flying offense. And then just one superkick outta nowhere ended the match for the masked man.
Dolph Ziggler defeats Kalisto
Glow Fire (Naomi & Becky Lynch) vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
Mickie James still has it! She was rocking some ’70s-eque bell-bottom tights. She packs one hell of a kick. Becky Lynch was also kicking arse in this one. But hats off to Naomi in this match, who once again put away the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion. A split-legged moonsault is all Naomi needs to put away Alexa.
Glow Fire defeats Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
Backstage Interview: American Alpha
American Alpha are looking for challengers for their WWE SmackDown Tag Team titles. The champs appear both cocky and confident. They issue an open challenge for any tag team. The tag titles will be on the line. It’s coming up, next!
American Alpha Open Challenge
Every tag team on the SmackDown roster come out and start brawling! This is complete chaos! Referees try to break up the melee to no avail. The teams of Health Slater & Rhyno, and American Alpha are left standing tall after the fight. They have a stare-off as American Alpha’s music plays.
Backstage Segment: Inside Daniel Bryan’s Office with Nikki Bella & Natalya
Niki Bella and Natalya are bickering. They are arguing across an annoyed general manager. Daniel Bryan loses it and the crowd chants “YES!” He calms down and then announces another match for the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Nikki Bella will face off against Natalya in two weeks’ time. Bella looks very pleased by this news.
Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles
This match was high impact! Ambrose and Styles go back-and-forth with strikes and submissions. Baron Corbin came down to ringside during the middle of the fight; Corbin sat down at the commentary’s table to argue with The Miz. Ambrose was about to win the match, but the referee got distracted by Baron and Miz tangling it up at ringside. AJ closes the match with a picture perfect Styles Clash.
AJ Styles defeats Dean Ambrose
Post-match: The Miz takes out Ambrose with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz turns around to Corbin’s End of Days. Baron destroys Ambrose next. He looks down the ramp at AJ Styles. He points at the former WWE Champion, as a way to signify that he’s next for a beat-down courtesy of The Lone Wolf.
WWE SmackDown Live: Announced Matches
- The Wyatt Family vs. John Cena & Luke Harper
- Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Carmella vs. Delilah Dawson
- Naomi & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
- American Alpha Open Challenge
- Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles