Smackdown Live is coming to us from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the cold of winter, the Viper set a fire to the Wyatt Family.

Personal Problems

Smackdown Live started with The Miz and his wife Maryse hosting MizTv with special guest John Cena. Last week, during the 10-Man Battle Royal, the Miz, who had been eliminated by Cena earlier, ran back into the ring and tossed Cena out of the ring, eliminating him. Also that night, Maryse had attacked Cena’s girlfriend Nikki Bella with a pipe, after Bella had been thrown into her by Natalya during their Fall Count Anywhere Match.

The Miz berated Cena for going back on his word. He stated he was doing more acting appearances, just like the Rock. The same Rock that Cena argued he did the same thing. Cena countered saying that the Miz is a real world star pretending to be a wrestler. The’s Miz’s wife Maryse slapped Cena, which cause his girlfriend Nikki Bella to storm the ring. Miz and Maryse fled the ring. Next week Cena and Bella will face James Ellsworth and Carmella. A Mania mixed tag team match is taking shape.

Best two out of three

Becky Lynch asked General Manger Daniel Bryan for a match against Mickie James. He did one better by making it a two out of three falls match. The first fall went to James after she connected with a DDT. Lynch would tie things up and take the second fall with a roll up. Then Alexa Bliss came out.

Bliss and James have been teaming up against Lynch in the past. Bliss distracted the referee on the apron. However, Lynch was able to use James to knock Bliss down and trap James in the Dis-Arm-Her. James tapped out and Lynch claimed the match.

Phenomenal Wrestlemania

The battle royal produced a draw last week. The final two men left in the match, AJ Styles and Luke Harper, faced off in a Number One Contenders Match. After a back and forth match, Styles connected with a Phenomenal Forearm and pinned Harper. However Harper’s foot was on the rope before the three count, but the official missed it. Commissioner Shane McMahon restarted the match, to Styles dismay.

When the action spilled outside the ring, Styles got in McMahon’s face. Harper tried to kick Styles but accidentally got McMahon. Styles got Harper back in the ring and connected with a Springboard 450 Splash and pinned Harper a second time. AJ Styles will face Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Championship.

Comedic Callout

Dean Ambrose was supposed to have a match with Curt Hawkins. Instead, once Ambrose got into the ring, he hit Hawkins with Dirty Deeds. After sharing a few lessons from the road, he called out Baron Corbin. Corbin attacked Ambrose in the Elimination Chamber after Ambrose had eliminated Corbin.

Corbin responded but said he would not come out and confront Ambrose. He stated that if he did it would be on his own terms. Ambrose continued making jokes, such as stating he only had 15 minutes left in the meter. Corbin and Ambrose have potential to make a good match. It might not be a bad idea to open Wrestlemania with a match between the two for Ambrose’s Intercontinental Championship.

Chairs, Chairs, and More Chairs

Dolph Ziggler and Apollo Crews were set to have a rarely used Chairs Match. Crews attacked Ziggler on his way to the ring. Both men got their share of chair shots in. Towards the end of the match, Crews took a nasty looking fall into a chair that saw his throat connect with the back of a steel chair. He never recovered from that and was dropped onto the same chair. Ziggler pinned Crews and hopefully will move on to something meaningful, while Crews has time to work on his character.

Luke was right

Luke Harper warned Bray Wyatt not to trust Randy Orton. He was right. Bray Wyatt came out to address his Wrestlemania opponent AJ Styles. Orton was noticeable absent. That’s because Orton was at the Wyatt Family Compound. As Orton spoke, Wyatt began to look more and more uncomfortable.

Orton then claimed that he was the master now and that Wyatt was the servant. He then began to pour gasoline all over the compound. Orton then set the entire building on fire and Wyatt look on in agony as “Sister Abigail” was “burned to death” in front of his very eyes. Orton claimed he is coming for Wyatt’s title. Perhaps there could be a triple threat match at Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Championship?

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