The following is the offcial WWE.Com preview for tonight’s episode of WWE Smackdown:
On the final SmackDown LIVE before Backlash, who will advance to the finals of the SmackDown Tag Team Title tournament finals? Plus, will the growing conflict between WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his No. 1 contender AJ Styles bring SmackDown to a state of bedlam?
Who will battle for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at Backlash?
Tonight, the semifinals to crown the first SmackDown Tag Team Champion promises to light up SmackDown LIVE as American Alpha will go head to head with The Usos, and Rhyno & Heath Slater will battle The Hype Bros. Woo Woo Woo, you know it!
Chad Gable and Jason Jordan have attracted the ire of many a tag team since making their main roster debut on SmackDown LIVE, promising to establish themselves as the premier combination on Team Blue. Will they be able to back it up, though, when they collide with the two-time WWE Tag Team Champions?
Meanwhile, after The Hype Bros proved themselves to be dynamic contenders for the gold in their own right when they advanced against The Vaudevillains last week, they now must stop a raging Rhyno and a desperate One Man Band. And speaking of Heath Slater, will the WWE Universe ever recover after stepping inside the trailer of the SmackDown LIVE hopeful last week?
Will Ambrose and Styles bring the chaos en route to their WWE World Title showdown?
In case you’re one of the last people who he hasn’t personally informed, AJ Styles has anointed himself the new “Face That Runs the Place.” However, in spite of his impressive victory over a very game Apollo Crews last week, by the end of the show, it was WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose who left The Phenomenal One facing a very painful situation.
As these two fierce competitors prepare to go head to head for WWE’s most prestigious title at Backlash, what are the odds that things will turn volatile between them tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network? Well … let’s just say greater than The Slaters’ chance of winning family of the year.
Who will seize momentum heading into the Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Title?
Last week, Carmella once again took out Nikki Bella, the competitor perceived by many to be the favorite heading into the Six-Pack Challenge at Backlash to crown the first SmackDown Women’s Champion this Sunday.
However, that conflict is quite frankly just the tip of the iceberg, as the entire Women’s division – from seasoned battlers to hungry up-and-comers – are all clamoring to prove that they have what it takes to rule over Team Blue. Who will make their mark on the final show before the first SmackDown LIVE pay-per-view?
Talking Smack breeds Intercontinental Title opportunity
Last week, in the wake of the highly-publicized Talking Smack confrontation between SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan and Intercontinental Champion The Miz, The A-Lister found himself at odds with Dolph Ziggler. While The Showoff became the second person in a week to call the titleholder a “coward,” Miz ultimately backed away from a fight with the bleached-blond Superstar.
This prompted Bryan to establish a title match between The Miz and Ziggler this Sunday at Backlash. After complaining that he was not being given the respect and attention he deserved, how will The A-Lister react to that huge announcement?
In recent weeks, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt have been circling each other as the tension between them constantly threatens to boil over into all-out mayhem. The only problem is that every time it looks like The Viper might strike, The New Face of Fear always seems to be one step ahead of him.
As the two Superstars prepare to clash at Backlash, the mind games are sure to continue tonight. But, will Orton manage to get his hands on his dark adversary five days ahead of schedule? Or, could Wyatt launch a treacherous sneak attack on his own?
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