WWE Smackdown: American Alpha become Tag Team Champions
AJ Styles and Alexa Bliss retain belts on final Smackdown of 2016
By David Ruse
Last Updated: 29/12/16 5:40pm
American Alpha prised the Smackdown Tag Team Titles from The Wyatt Family on an action-packed final blue-brand show of the year.
Chad Gable and Jason Jordan nailed Randy Orton with Grand Amplitude after The Viper has accidentally collided with his partner Luke Harper to scoop their first belts on the main WWE roster.
American Alpha, who enjoyed a 68-day reign with the NXT Tag Team Titles earlier this year, were congratulated by Triple H on Twitter, with The Game writing: "This journey has been one to watch... ...excited to see it continue. Congratulations @WWEGable @JasonJordanJJ #WeAreNXT #SDLive."
Bray Wyatt, meanwhile, had to diffuse the simmering tensions between Orton and Harper post-match after his stable's stint with Smackdown's twin belts, which began at TLC on December 4, was ended at 23 days.
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Heath Slater and Rhyno and The Usos also competed in the Four Corners Elimination Match but were ousted first and second respectively - Slater cracked with a superkick by Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso rolled up by Gable.
The Usos then attacked American Alpha but Gable and Jordan recovered to become the third Smackdown Tag Team Champions, after The Wyatt Family and inaugural titlists Slater and Rhyno.
Elsewhere, AJ Styles retained the WWE Title to set up a Royal Rumble showdown with the returning John Cena, who will be targeting a record-equalling 16th world championship on January 29.
Styles edged Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a triple threat main event on Smackdown, the 39-year-old clocking Corbin with End of Days after The Lone Wolf had cracked Ziggler with End of Days.
The champion, who joined forces with Ziggler to drop Corbin through the announce desk during the match, then begrudgingly shook Cena's hand moments before the show rolled off air.
Becky Lynch's quest to regain the Smackdown Women's Title ended in failure after interference from La Luchadora allowed Alexa Bliss to hit the Dubliner with a match-sealing DDT.
La Luchadora, the character Lynch dressed up as last week while recording a non-title triumph over Bliss, threw the Irishwoman's head into the turnbuckle, with Bliss swiftly pouncing to win via pinfall.
Plus, Dean Ambrose earned retribution on The Miz for badmouthing his girlfriend, Renee Young, by jumping the Intercontinental Champion backstage while disguised as a security guard.
Ambrose will now challenge The Miz for his title on the first Smackdown of 2017, which you will be able to watch live on Sky Sports at 1am on January 4.