“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Daniel Bryan is backstage getting ready to bite into an apple when The Miz and Maryse walk in complaining about not having a private locker room for themselves. He told the “supporting characters” in the locker room to clear out, but they refused. Miz talks about how his star power pays their salaries. Miz asks what Bryan is going to do to make this right. Bryan says he could block off a stall in the public restroom. Miz and Maryse fake laugh. Bryan, thinking they’re actually laughing, joins in until he realizes they’ve stopped laughing. Bryan says he’s going to give Miz a rematch for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose. Miz wants to do one better and make it a No DQ match. Bryan says he only wants that so Maryse can interfere, so he declines. Bryan then mentions since Miz pays for the salaries of all the superstars, they’ll be ringside to make it a Lumberjack Match. Miz is not pleased and leaves with his wife while Bryan takes a bite of his apple.
A video is shown from October 2016 when Randy Orton joined The Wyatt Family. We then see clips of the problems Orton has had with Luke Harper, including footage of Bray Wyatt accidentally being hit in the crossfire. Last week, Wyatt struck Harper.
Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper
The Wyatt Family made their entrance together. Bray Wyatt will be at ringside for this match.
The bell rings, and they stare at each other. A loud “RKO” chant fires up. They lock up and tussle into the ropes. Harper gives a clean break and lets out a roar. They lock up again, and Orton gives the clean break this time. They trade punches before Orton takes him down with a back elbow. Harper quickly gets out of the ring to recover. Harper goes near Wyatt, but Wyatt doesn’t even acknowledge his presence. They fight in front of him, but he doesn’t look. Harper gets Orton in the ring and punches him before pushing him to the corner. Harper whips him to the corner, but Orton pops out and connects with two clotheslines. Orton goes for a powerslam, but Harper hangs onto the ropes. Orton quickly sidesteps him and sends him out of the ring. Harper gets on the apron, so Orton hits him with the draping DDT. Orton gets the crowd going and sets up for an RKO, but Harper gets out of the ring. Orton follows him out and punches him before giving him a back suplex onto the barricade. Orton bounces him off the commentary table before giving him a back suplex onto it. Harper stumbles around before rebounding with a desperation big boot. Wyatt gets up from his chair and surveys the damage. Wyatt then throws Orton into the ring. Wyatt looks down at Harper and throws him back into the ring to prevent the double count-out.
We come back from the break to see Orton trapped in a chin lock. Orton tries to fight up, but Harper keeps him grounded. Orton finally gets to his feet, but Harper scoop slams him down. Harper goes to the top rope, but Orton gets up and cuts him off. Orton punches away at him before climbing the ropes. Orton then takes him out with a superplex for a two count. Orton punches him into the ropes. Harper responds with a right hand before hitting the ropes, but Orton soon drops him with a powerslam for another two count. Harper counters a whip into a back elbow and connects with a Michinoku Driver for a two count. JBL just called Wyatt, “Bray Harper.” Harper sets up in the corner and counters an RKO attempt into a roll-up for a two count. Harper counters out of another RKO and superkicks him down for a near fall. JBL now just called Orton, “Randy Harper.” Wyatt is seen smiling at ringside. Harper punches the mat in frustration before circling the ring. Harper sets up for a powerbomb and points at Wyatt. Orton slides off and rolls him up for a two count. Harper goes for a Discus Clothesline, but Orton counters with an RKO for the win. Wyatt sits back in his rocking chair and stares stoically at him.
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt gets into the ring and shakes hands with Randy Orton. Wyatt then offers his hand to Luke Harper to help him up. Harper accepts and gets to his feet. Wyatt then gives Harper the Sister Abigail! Wyatt and Orton then walk off together.
A video recaps the Steel Cage Match between Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss from last week. Bliss retained the Smackdown Women’s Championship after Mickie James interfered on her behalf.
Mickie James is seen walking backstage. We’ll hear from her, next.
Later tonight, AJ Styles will call out John Cena.
Mickie James addresses her actions from last week
Renee Young is in the ring, and she introduces the newest member of the Smackdown Live roster, Mickie James. Mickie James makes her entrance to a nice reception. Renee mentions that it’s been almost seven years since she’s been in a WWE ring. Everyone was surprised that she was La Luchadora. Why did she do that? Mickie asks if Renee knew that she won her first WWE Women’s Championship when she beat WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus, at WrestleMania. She is a five-time WWE Women’s Champion and former Diva’s Champion. Renee says she has one of the most impressive resumes in WWE history, but she didn’t answer her question. Mickie says she did. Renee mentions that she just ran down her resume. Mickie says the fact that she had to do that answers the question. She might not have been around for a bit, but she never stopped watching WWE. Becky Lynch and the women of “the revolution” want to pretend like they were the first real female athletes of WWE as if everything she accomplished and sacrificed meant nothing. They would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for one person: Alexa Bliss.
Renee asks her to elaborate on her relationship with Bliss and wonders if she’s part of the revolution. Mickie says Bliss has been fighting the self-righteous of the revolution from day one. Bliss remembers everything about Mickie James. She has a lot of respect for Bliss. If it wasn’t for her, she wouldn’t be standing here right now. Renee asks if she had a problem to help Bliss cheat to beat Becky Lynch. Mickie says Becky Lynch likes to claim she was the first female draft pick of Smackdown Live and was at the very center of the revolution. Mickie says to forget about the revolution. This is about the reinvention of Mickie James. Mickie James matters…
Becky Lynch’s music interrupts her. Lynch charges down to the ring and takes James down before unloading on her with punches. James escapes and runs through the crowd. Lynch goes to follow her, but Alexa Bliss blindsides her from the crowd. Bliss gets her in the ring. James follows and wipes her out with a Mick Kick. Bliss goes to the top rope and connects with Twisted Bliss. James grabs the microphone and says she should have learned this lesson a long time ago from Alexa: always be one step ahead. They stand over the fallen Lynch.
Later tonight, we’ll see The Miz take on Dean Ambrose for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Lumberjack Match.
The commentators run down all the events for this weekend’s Royal Rumble.
Footage is shown from last week. Carmella took James Ellsworth out shopping. Carmella wants to make him “g’ed up from the feet up.” Ellsworth is concerned about the prices before wondering if he should get a fur coat. She says they should start with pants. It’s revealed that Ellsworth is shopping in his wrestling gear. Ellsworth wants to pick out his own clothes. Ellsworth asks for the finest pajama bottoms. Moments later, Ellsworth comes out in bleached jeans. They keep showing Ellsworth in increasingly ridiculous outfits including Elvis Presley and The Godfather. Carmella gets fed up and says she’s going to dress him herself. Finally, Ellsworth comes out in a shiny gold shirt with a gold chain and a hat. The fashion designer there doesn’t like it, but Carmella loves it.
Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring. There will be an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal. The winner will be in the Royal Rumble.
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