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Top Moments from Smackdown Live 8/23/16

Updated on August 26, 2016

Introduction of New Titles

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon made good on their promise with the introduction of two new titles.

In the opening segment of Smackdown Live, the tag team titles along with the Women's championship. The title showcased the famous blue color, which fits with the brand.

With the addition of the new championships, things are going to be heating up in the tag team and women's division.


Tag Team Tournament

With the introduction of the tag team championship, came the news that there would be a tournament to determine, who would face off for the titles at the Backlash PPV.

Longtime favorites, The Usos scored their spot when they defeated The Ascension. Later in the night, American Alpha fight against Breezango to also secure their spot.

With The Usos and American Alpha facing off, plus another tournament match to go with two teams, the tournament is off to a great start.


Nikki Bella Returns

After making her triumphant return to SummerSlam following neck surgery, many were wondering which show Nikki would appear on.

Nikki choose Team Blue and made her debut on Smackdown Live when she was supposed to fight Carmella. However, before the match got started Carmella attacked Nikki from behind.

The attack on Nikki cemented Carmella's heel turn, which is a good thing for her since fans weren't keen on her babyface role. A feud between the newcomer and WWE's longest reigning Divas champions is sure to fire up the Smackdown division.


Battle for the Women's Championship

Each week, Smackdown's women's division just keeps getting better. All the women are featured in some form, whether it's competing in a match or on commentary.

With a Six Pack Challenge for the championship on the line at Backlash, the women are stepping up their game, proving why they should be champion.

Of course all eyes are on Nikki as the favorite to win the championship. But don't count out the rest of the women.

Becky has been on fire with all her matches and is a crowd favorite to become Smackdown's first women's champion. Plus, you've got former champ Natalya looking to recapture the gold. Naomi is hoping to score her first reign as champion. And let's not forget, NXT drafts Alexa Bliss and Carmella, who could very well sneak away with the belt.


AJ Styles vs Dolph Ziggler

AJ Styles may call himself the face of Smackdown, but the heel role perfectly suits him.

In the opening scene of Smackdown, Styles taunted Ziggler about losing the WWE championship match at SummerSlam. This led to a brawl between the two men, which concluded with a match later in the evening to determine the #1 contender for the championship at Backlash.

If Dolph won the match, then it would be a triple threat with him, Style, and Ambrose. But if AJ won, it would be a one on one match with him and Ambrose.

Style and Ziggler gave it their all in this awesome match, which had many near miss pinfalls. But in the end, Styles came up on top.


AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose

This is a match that will have the WWE Universe on it's feet.

You've got two of the best wrestlers in the WWE entering into one of the biggest feuds on Smackdown.

With Backlash only two weeks away, these two men are bound to deliver in their promos and match. All eyes will be on Styles and Ambrose as this feud is just getting started.


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