WWE SmackDown Preview – Two Title Matches + Owens & Zayn Return
Here’s what WWE has announced for tonight’s SmackDown Live:
– SmackDown Women’s Championship: Natalya (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
– United States Championship: Baron Corbin (c) vs. Sin Cara
– The New Day vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
– “Daniel Bryan returns to SmackDown Live”
Charlotte Flair to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya
Charlotte Flair will get another opportunity at the SmackDown Women’s Championship tonight on SmackDown LIVE when she challenges Natalya in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
In their last encounter for the title at WWE Hell in a Cell, The Queen had the champion on the ropes and looked to be on the verge of taking her first SmackDown Women’s Championship. However, a desperate Natalya grabbed a steel chair and used it to batter Charlotte’s knee in a jaw-dropping attack.
In the meantime, the champion has been focused on her impending Champion vs. Champion battle with Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series, while The Queen qualified for Team SmackDown in the Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Match. However, this match has the potential to change Survivor Series, as a Charlotte victory over Natalya would result in The Queen facing Bliss in Houston. The Raw Women’s Champion stated last night that she’ll be keeping a close eye on the match, and may even make her way up to Charlotte to see her Survivor Series opponent in person.
Sin Cara challenges Baron Corbin for the United States Title
Sin Cara exacted a measure of retribution on Baron Corbin when he pummeled The Lone Wolf two weeks ago on SmackDown LIVE. Tonight, the masked man will get the chance to take Corbin’s United States Championship.
The rivalry between these two Superstars has been simmering in recent weeks. First, Sin Cara flustered The Lone Wolf with a series of scintillating dives that led to a count-out victory. One week later in a rematch, Corbin unleashed his rage on the masked man, got himself disqualified and planted his nemesis into the arena floor with End of Days. In another rematch on the Oct. 31 edition of SmackDown LIVE, the United States Champion sought to get under the skin of Sin Cara, trying to remove his rival’s sacred mask. For his troubles, Corbin caught a beating from Sin Cara that left him scurrying into the WWE Universe.
Now, they’ll collide with Corbin’s coveted United States Title on the line, as well as a spot in a Champion vs. Champion Match against Intercontinental Champion The Miz at Survivor Series. Who will walk out of SmackDown LIVE as champion? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
The New Day face Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
A huge tag team battle has been set for tonight’s SmackDown LIVE, as The New Day will take on Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.
The fast-escalating rivalry between the two factions started in the United Kingdom when Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods were basking in their successful raid of Monday Night Raw with SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, only for Owens & Zayn to hit the scene and ruin the fun. To settle the score, McMahon made a singles match between Kingston and Zayn, which The Dreadlocked Dynamo won. After the bell, KO pounced on Kingston and pummeled him until Woods and Big E ran him off.
Daniel Bryan returns to SmackDown LIVE
Two weeks ago, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan ventured into enemy territory on his own. Bryan went to Raw attempting extend the olive branch to Team Red and General Manager Kurt Angle, making it clear that he did not agree with SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon’s decision to place Raw under siege.
Angle, who did not react well to Bryan’s offered apology, provided The “Yes!” Man a measure of protection, keeping Team Blue’s GM in his office rather than have him walk through an arena filled with Raw Superstars eager for retribution. But Angle’s office turned out to be anything but a safe haven for Bryan, as Kane viciously attacked him.
Bryan returns to SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday. What will he have to say as the tension between Raw and SmackDown escalates just days from what is sure to be an unforgettable Survivor Series?