Jordan Huie of the Overtimer here to give you a quick preview of tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown. After the turmoil of last week, normalcy returns. Much of what was supposed to happen seven days ago is now set to go down here. Whether we’ll see NXT folks again is up for debate…
Either way, plenty on tap, so let’s get to it.
Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
After sustaining an injury at Hell In A Cell, Sasha has been playing the role of silent backup for Bayley in recent weeks. For the first time in nearly a month, she’s stepping into the ring to face off with Nikki Cross, who challenged Bayley for the WWE SmackDown Women’s title last week. As that was sort of a last-minute panic match, I’m not certain that program is done. Nikki could well defeat Bayley’s buddy – her only one left after tearing apart all the others – en route to getting another shot.
Tyson Fury makes his return to SmackDown.
After a controversial count-out win and subsequent powerslamming, many wondered if Tyson Fury was one-and-done in WWE. But it seems he’s sticking around for now as he’ll be back on SmackDown tonight. Very, very likely that we’ll see Braun show up too, needless to say. Will a rematch be set for the two of them at Survivor Series?
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Titles on the line as The Revival defends against the New Day
Originally set to go down last week, the New Day will be challenging the Revival tonight. Always a good match-up between two dedicated, talented tag teams. Now I haven’t read the spoilers (Raw and SmackDown were taped this week as we’re in the UK for them) but odds seem decent to me that we might actually be in store for a title switch here… honestly that’s mostly just because I always kinda doubt the Revival will be holding onto their gold, considering that pretty much nobody expects them to still be here by the summer of 2020. Of course they like to keep them champs to keep them happy but will they still be featuring them like that going into Mania season?
The winner of this match of course will also go on to be a part of the triple threat tag match involving all of WWE’s main tag titles at Survivor Series, currently slated to see The Viking Raiders vs. The Revival vs. The Undisputed Era. That’s kind of another thing, much as I love the Viking Raiders, that match is lacking in regards to over babyfaces. Granted, I don’t know what kind of crowd they’ll get, they may actually end up being furiously in support of the Undisputed Era like most NXT crowds are. But WWE never really thinks in that way, so I could easily see them slotting New Day in there to ensure there’s somebody to cheer for in that match.
Roman Reigns faces King Corbin
Seems like the feuds that developed between members of Team Hogan and Team Flair are still going on. Roman and Corbin are another pair that were meant to square off last week but had to wait due to Saudi Arabia travel woes.
I uh, don’t have a lot to say about this one. It’s Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin! It’ll be a match.
Should be noted that Raw was taped earlier today, meaning that when WWE SmackDown goes on the air this crowd will be going into it’s fourth hour. That’ll be a test for the usually spirited UK audience, no doubt… and I will be giving the play-by-play as it happens!