Here are your quick and dirty, editorial-free WWE Smackdown Live results for August 23, 2016. The show featured the unveiling of two new titles, the beginning of a tournament, and bad blood between AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler. Be back here tomorrow for the full Best and Worst of Smackdown column.
WWE Smackdown Live Results:
— The cold open for the show had Baron Corbin, Erick Rowan, Apollo Crews and Rhyno talking in the locker room while Dolph Ziggler sulked on a chair. AJ Styles entered and bragged about beating up John Cena, then mocked Ziggler. Ziggler head-butted them and they had a pull-apart brawl.
— The women’s and tag team divisions were in the ring. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan entered to introduce the new Smackdown Women’s and Tag Team Championships. They will both be awarded at Backlash, and a tournament for the tag titles will begin tonight. Heath Slater showed up and promised to find a partner and win the tag titles. McMahon and Bryan agreed that if he can win the entire tournament, he will win a spot on the roster. AJ Styles attempted to interrupt, but was jumped from behind by Ziggler.
1. Becky Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss. Natalya and Naomi sat in on commentary for this match. Lynch won via submission with the Disarmer.
2. Tag Team Title Tournament: The Usos defeated The Ascension. The Usos won a fast-paced match with the Samoan Splash for the pinfall.
— AJ Styles came to the ring, proclaimed himself the new face that runs this place and said he should be the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Championship. Ziggler attempted to storm the ring. Daniel Bryan came out and said they both deserve to be the No. 1 contender, but it’s clear they want to fight. Bryan announced Ziggler vs. Styles in the main event. If Styles wins, he faces Ambrose at Backlash for the world title. If Ziggler wins, the match becomes a triple threat.
— Carmella and Nikki Bella made their entrances for a match against each other. Renee Young interviewed Nikki Bella about coming back from injury before the match, but mid-interview, Carmella jumped her from behind. Carmella hit a new Flatliner finisher and Nikki’s own faceplant finisher and the match was unable to take place. Carmella mocked Nikki from the top of the ramp.
— Randy Orton came to the ring and talked about being in the fight of his life against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. He was interrupted by Bray Wyatt. Wyatt threatened him, then disappeared.
— Backstage, Shane McMahon said his issue with Brock Lesnar was far from over.
— After getting turned down by The Miz and Arn Anderson, Rhyno agreed to become Heath Slater’s tag team partner.
3. Tag Team Tournament: American Alpha defeated Breezango. American Alpha won their first round matchup with the Grand Amplitude.
4. AJ Styles defeated Dolph Ziggler. Dean Ambrose sat in on commentary for this match. Styles won with the Styles Clash, so he will face Ambrose one-on-one for the world title at Backlash. He got in Ambrose’s face after the match.