The WWE SmackDown results for the Tuesday, November 21, 2016 episode arrived from Ottawa, Canada just a few nights after the 2016 Survivor Series pay-per-view. The latest show not only featured follow up from the big pay-per-view, but a championship match, No. 1 contender’s match, and several set ups for future matches at the 2016 WWE TLC pay-per-view in December. Here’s a look at the quick match-by-match SmackDown results and highlights for the latest show.
Shane McMahon kicked things off to talk about Team SmackDown’s win and how he felt like he was in a car crash. He congratulated Team Raw for their efforts and gave a shout to Roman Reigns for the spear that took him out. Dean Ambrose came out to interrupt and then called out the MVP for Team SmackDown James Ellsworth. Shane officially announced Ellsworth would be receiving a WWE contract for his efforts. Shane sent Ambrose away, saying his actions at Survivor Series cost AJ Styles the elimination and potentially the match for Team SmackDown. Ambrose left, but AJ Styles’ music hit and he passed him on the ramp.
AJ Styles came to the ring suggesting Ellsworth doesn’t deserve a contract. He said Ellsworth needs to earn it, and suggested a match for the contract. Ellsworth said that he’s already defeated AJ twice so he’ll go against him a third time tonight. He said if he wins he wants his contract but also a future title shot too. Shane booked it.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan spoke to The Miz who was with Maryse. He talked about how he got the win at Survivor Series thanks to Maryse’s help. Bryan told Miz that because Kalisto was robbed of a title opportunity at Survivor Series he would get one tonight against Miz for the IC title.
The Miz defeated Kalisto via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental title. Late in the match, Kalisto jumped onto the ropes and then landed on his feet. Baron Corbin hopped on the apron to distract him. Miz took advantage by hitting a Skullcrushing Finale for the win. Post-match, Corbin attacked Kalisto and hit End of Days. As Miz was celebrating up on the ramp with Maryse, he turned around and Dolph Ziggler was there to connect on a Super Kick. Ziggler taunted a bit before heading backstage.
American Alpha won tag team turmoil, with a final pinfall win over The Usos to become new No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles. Other teams included The Hype Bros, The Ascension, Breezango, and The Vaudevillains. The Hype Bros got the first pinfall to take out Ascension. Breezango came next and defeated Hype Bros. American Alpha came out and went on a tear, defeating Breezango and Vaudevillians by pinfall. The Usos came down last. The two teams fought it out in a battle, but eventually Alpha hit Grand Amplitude and made a pinfall on Jey for the win. Post-match, the Wyatt sound effect hit and they came on the big screen. Bray, Randy and Luke were all there. Bray said American Alpha hasn’t gone through all of SmackDown’s tag teams. He said next week he and Randy were coming for them, Run.
Becky Lynch defeated Natalya via submission in a non-title match. Becky got Nattie into the Disarm-her and made her tap. Alexa Bliss was on guest commentary and got into the ring to attack Becky post match, leaving her laid out on the mat. It was announced during the show that Lynch gets a title shot again at the WWE TLC pay-per-view.
There was a backstage segment with Nikki Bella confronting Carmella for attacking her before the women’s Survivor Series match. Carmella downplayed that it was her saying Nikki has plenty of enemies. Nikki told her that she talked to Daniel Bryan and they’ll have a No DQ match at TLC next month.
Backstage, The Miz complained to Daniel Bryan about Dolph Ziggler showing up and Superkicking him for no reason. Bryan shrugged it off, then told Miz that Ziggler will get a shot at his title at the TLC pay-per-view in a ladder match.
Baron Corbin defeated Kane via disqualification. At one point, Kane was able to overcome Corbin’s attack in the corner. Corbin fled to the outside and Kane went after him. Back in the ring, Corbin was able to take control again, when Kane got onto the apron. Moments later, Kalisto appeared to attack Corbin in the ring. The ref called for the bell for a DQ. Once Corbin was down, the ref tried to tell Kalisto to leave but he scared off the ref. Kalisto went out of the ring and got a steel chair, and then went in after Corbin who rolled out of the ring. Kalisto kept taunting him and Corbin rolled into the ring. Kalisto tossed the chair at him. Corbin caught it and Kalisto kicked the chair into his face. Corbin rolled back outside to leave the scene.
James Ellsworth won the ladder match against AJ Styles for his WWE contract and a future World Heavyweight title shot. AJ took advantage early of a vulnerable Ellsworth who had on a neck brace and bandaged up back. Styles kicked away on his injuries and put the set up ladder on top of him. He started to make a climb for the contract, but stopped short when Dean Ambrose appeared dressed in an Ottawa Senators hockey jersey. Ambrose started to beat up on Styles and took him out of the ring. From there, Ambrose tried to get Ellsworth to get up and make a climb. Styles got back onto the ring apron and then hit a Phenomenal Forearm off the ropes to take out Ambrose.
Styles started to make another climb, but this time Ellsworth got up and shoved the ladder over, causing Styles to fall out of the ring. Ellsworth tried to muster some energy after resetting the ladder up. Styles got back in to go after him, but Ellsworth connected on No Chin Music. Styles’ leg and foot were tangled in the ropes. James made the climb up the ladder and eventually grabbed the contract, then fell to the mat for the win.
Post-match, Dean Ambrose helped Ellsworth celebrate by carrying him outside the ring and setting him up on the commentators’ table. Ellsworth clutched the contract in hand as SmackDown ended.