WWE Smackdown: AJ Styles batters James Ellsworth ahead of TLC
Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss to contest Tables Match on Sunday
By David Ruse
Last Updated: 30/11/16 12:15pm
AJ Styles finally got the better of James Ellsworth as he launched a vicious assault on the fan favourite just five days before his WWE World Title defence against Dean Ambrose at TLC.
Styles has lost three matches to Ellsworth, with pinfall and disqualification reverses followed by a Ladder Match defeat last week as Ellsworth secured a Smackdown contract and future world title shot.
However, The Phenomenal One exacted a modicum of revenge on Tuesday night as he gate-crashed The Ambrose Asylum to hit Ellsworth with a ladder and Styles Clash off of the steel steps.
Ellsworth was soon tended to by paramedics but Styles' night was not over, with the reigning world champion jumped by his TLC opponent, Dean Ambrose, backstage.
Smackdown Women's Champion Becky Lynch, meanwhile, was ambushed by her weekend challenger Alexa Bliss as the pair's TLC contract signing turned sour.
The Lass Kicker and The Wicked Witch of WWE traded insults - Lynch comparing her enemy to a child - before Bliss shoved the Dubliner through a table from the second rope.
Bliss will become Women's Champion if she does that again on Sunday, with it later revealed that her clash with Lynch in Dallas will be a Tables Match.
Heath Slater and Rhyno's Smackdown Tag Team Title defence at TLC will come against Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt, who downed American Alpha in a No 1 contender's match on Tuesday night.
Luke Harper's appearance at ringside distracted American Alpha, but the end came when Randy Orton nailed Chad Gable with an RKO and Wyatt beat Jason Jordan with Sister Abigail.
Harper had earlier lost to Kane courtesy of a chokeslam, while Nikki Bella and Carmella - who will meet in a No Disqualification Match on Sunday - also came to blows.
Plus, Kalisto and Dolph Ziggler's bout against Baron Corbin and The Miz ended in disqualification after Corbin clobbered Kalisto with a steel chair.
The Lone Wolf will look to do the same on Sunday when he battles Kalisto in a Chairs Match, on the same night Ziggler challenges Intercontinental Champion Miz in a Ladder Match.
Watch WWE TLC, live on Sky Sports Box Office from 1am on Sunday night (Monday morning) or follow our live blog on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app.
WWE TLC booking details
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 491) and Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 492) from 1am on Sunday, December 4 (Monday morning).
The pay-per-view will cost £14.95 for viewers in the United Kingdom and €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
WWE TLC will repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 491) BUT NOT Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 492) between 10am on Monday, December 5 and 10pm on Tuesday, December 6.
You can order the show online by visiting this link: https://my.sky.com/orderboxoffice/?DCMP=WWETLC
You can also book the event over the phone: UK viewers should call 03442 410 888, while customers in the Republic of Ireland should call 0818 220 225. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
You are also able to order the show via your Sky remote:
Sky+: Press the box office button on your remote, then click the sports tab followed by WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
Sky Q: Press Home on your Sky Q remote, select TV guide, then Box Office and then WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. Enter your TV Pin if prompted. (Only bookings via Sky TV remote are recordable using Sky Plus).
Sky TV residential customers only. Commercial customers contact Sky for price and to order. Sky Box Office terms apply. Cable customers should contact their local cable operator.