The show opened with James Ellsworth coming to the ring and saying he’s here to say goodbye. Dean Ambrose came out and said it was water under the bridge, and Ellsworth apologized. AJ Styles then came out and tried to turn Ellsworth against Ambrose. Styles shoved Ellsworth into Ambrose and dumped him, then hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Ambrose.
1. No Disqualification Match: Randy Orton defeated Kane. The Wyatt Family teleported in and helped Orton win by pinfall after an RKO. After the match, Harper hit Kane with a lariat, then Orton shoved Kane into a Sister Abigail. Harper and Wyatt posed over Kane while Orton posed on the turnbuckles.
2. Alexa Bliss and Carmella defeated Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella. Bliss got the pinfall on Lynch after hitting her with a DDT.
— Backstage, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon welcome Naomi as the final member of the Smackdown women’s Survivor Series team. Natalya enters and said she’d like to be able to be the official coach of the team. Bryan and Shane agree to her request.
3. American Alpha defeated The Spirit Squad. This was for a spot on the Smackdown team in the Survivor Series tag match. American Alpha won in short order with the Grand Amplitude on Mikey.
— Daniel Bryan was The Miz’s guest on MizTV. Bryan announced the competitors for the men’s Smackdown Survivor Series team: Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles. Miz took offense to not being chosen, and Bryan said they considered him, but they need Superstars who aren’t afraid to fight. Miz accused Daniel of being the one who is scared to fight. Bryan said what Miz is best as isn’t wrestling, so he can sit behind the commentary table and run his mouth and watch while Dolph Ziggler defends his Intercontinental Championship in an open challenge.
4. Intercontinental Championship match: Dolph Ziggler (c) defeated Curt Hawkins. Hawkins finally made his debut. The bell rang and he turned around into a superkick and got pinned.
— After the match, Ziggler made an open challenge to any Superstar from Raw to try to take his title at Survivor Series. Miz was livid about that announcement.
5. The Usos defeated the Headbangers. This was a qualifying match for a spot on the Smackdown team in the Survivor Series tag match. Jey Uso sucker-punched Mosh while the ref’s back was turned and Jimmy rolled him up for the pin.
6. Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles. For the second straight week, if Ambrose defeated Styles, he would become the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship. Ambrose forbade Ellsworth from being at ringside this week, but Ellsworth still made his way down to ringside to cheer him on. Security came out to take Ellsworth away, and Styles took the time to body-check Ellsworth over the announce table, which allowed Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds for the pin and the victory.