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Second Night Of #NewEra: Smackdown Edition

Last night’s Smackdown Live show opened in similar fashion to the previous night’s Raw. General Managers Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan stood center ring while the roster gathered around.

Shane-O announced first that on September 11th, there will be a Smackdown-exclusive pay-per-view and would be dusting off the formerly defunct “Backlash” name. Then a Six Pack Challenge Match was announced for the main event to determine a contender for Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship. The first five¬†combatants chosen¬†were John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles.

The sixth man was to be determined in the opening Smackdown Live match of the new era: a Battle Royal involving the remainder of the roster.

Watch these announcements here:

The Battle Royal was a perfunctory affair and in the end Apollo Crews was the last man in the ring, eliminating Kane for the victory. Watch highlights of that six-pack qualifier here:

So, the stage was set for the main event. In what ended up being blatant foreshadowing, a Dolph Ziggler in black and white promo came across the screen. Ziggler looked veritably forlorn as he recounted the past couple years. He hadn’t been himself, he said. Oh woe, how lost poor Dolph had apparently been in this cruel world. He came just short of saying he’d “lost his smile” and would be “forever alone”.

But he promptly firmed up his countenance and resounded the currently ubiquitous sentiment that this “New Era” had ingited a newfound hope in all the dreary hopelessness. There¬†were rumors his entrance music was being changed to this:

But these were just rumors.

Main event time. While a lot of superstar’s time was spent¬†relaxing¬†on the outside, with only two or three men engaging in action at any given time, towards the end things heated up. After a some solid spots and near-falls, Ziggler hit a superkick on AJ Styles who came out of his skin to sell it.¬†Ziggler got the pin and the ref counted to 3. Ambrose would then enter for a staredown with Ziggler and that, as they say, was that. For now.

Watch those highlights here:

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  • Bite Me You Loser

    “Broken” Dolph Ziggler will #DELETE Brother Nero….I mean Dean Ambrose ho ho!

    • The “Cleaner” Kenny omega #???

      delete! DELETE! DELETE!

    • NO1SC Hawk HENRY #NewNation ??

      Delete Brother Deano!!!

      • Bite Me You Loser

        Ho ho ho!

  • Mikey Shango #Retired

    Damn Dengis back at it again with the Good Article bow down to LORD DENGIS ?

  • Omega’d

    Would have preferred Styles but hey-ho… one day!

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