Though the match didn't last long, James Ellsworth finally got his WWE Championship shot against AJ Styles on last night's SmackDown. Styles will once again defend his title next week on the final SmackDown of 2016 as he faces Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a triple threat match.
Ziggler put his title shot on the line against Corbin in the main event of last night's show, and Daniel Bryan made the triple threat for next Tuesday after the two went to a double countout.
Elsewhere on the show, The Miz defended the Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews, Becky Lynch got a match against Alexa Bliss while disguised under a mask, Natalya admitted to attacking Nikki Bella at Survivor Series, and more matches were announced for the year-end edition of SmackDown in Chicago, Illinois.
More coverage from last night --
- WWE 205 Live results: Rich Swann & TJP vs. Neville & Brian Kendrick
- Two more title matches set for the final SmackDown of 2016
- WWE SmackDown live results: Two title matches scheduled
WWE SmackDown video highlights --
AJ Styles defends the WWE Championship against James Ellsworth
Baron Corbin wants a title shot
The Miz puts the Intercontinental Championship on the line against Apollo Crews
John Cena returns next week
Natalya confesses to attacking Nikki Bella at Survivor Series
Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
Alexa Bliss vs. "La Luchadora"
Ryan Phillippe makes an appearance
Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins
Carmella stands up for James Ellsworth
Dolph Ziggler faces Baron Corbin with the winner getting a WWE title shot next week
SmackDown fallout: Renee Young explains why she slapped The Miz
SmackDown fallout: Apollo Crews receives a Miz Participation Award
Talking Smack: Baron Corbin says the WWE title picture is where he belongs