We've had Monday Night Rawrecaps for the past couple of weeks, but what about the other WWE brand/TV show, SmackDown Live? We've got our first post-brand split recap coming up here, as we look at what went down on this Tuesday night's episode.

Ex-NXT women Alexa Bliss and Carmella win their first SmackDown Live matches

As recently confirmed by SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan, the brand will soon be having its own women’s title. Not surprisingly, Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live focused on building up two of the newer women in the brand. Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch after Eva Marie begged off from yet another match, while her fellow ex-NXT mainstay Carmella had her own upset victory, beating Natalya via submission.

The former match helped make Bliss look credible upon her debut, while furthering the feud between Lynch and Eva Marie, as it was the latter’s distraction that led to the former’s surprise defeat.

As for the latter match, it only showed why WWE may have made a mistake by separating Carmella from her former NXT stablemates, Enzo Amore and Big Cass; her match was met with apathy from an audience largely unfamiliar with her NXT work.

Four-way tag team rivalry heats up, but does anyone care?

Speaking of former NXT stars, American Alpha had their second main roster match on Tuesday, squashing a pair of “local competitors” in a minute. But with a lack of buildup leading to their debut the week prior, the fans again had reacted in a lukewarm fashion to the hyper-talented former NXT tag team champs, even more so this week as they were facing off against non-roster jobbers.

As such, the four-way brawl involving American Alpha, The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley), The Ascension, and The Vaudevillains didn’t get people too excited about what could be a four-way fight for SmackDown Live’s own tag team belts.

Ambrose vs. Ziggler and Ambrose/Ziggler vs. Wyatt/Rowan feuds remain SmackDown’s main draw

With the other matches (Randy Orton d. Alberto Del Rio, Rhyno d. Heath Slater) coming across as solid but unspectacular, SmackDown Live again centered on two similar feuds, as the revived Dolph Ziggler prepares to challenge Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship, while Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan continue to antagonize both of those men.

A back-and-forth promo between Wyatt and Ambrose started things out on SmackDown, and while Ziggler accidentally superkicked Ambrose when he ran in to save “The Lunatic Fringe” against Wyatt and Rowan, that set up the night’s main event – a tag team match featuring all four men.

Despite the earlier miscommunication, Ambrose and Ziggler won the tag team match over Wyatt and Rowan, with Ziggler superkicking Rowan to wrap up an intense, even battle between both sides. As there’s no love lost between the two babyfaces, Ambrose celebrated his team’s win by hitting his Dirty Deeds finisher on Ziggler, wrapping up what was a mostly middling show on a high note.

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