Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Big Gauntlet Match on next Week's SmackDown, Roman Reigns Pulled From Monday's RAW?, Braun Strowman - SNL Update

Kofi Kingston
- Tonight's WWE SmackDown saw Kofi Kingston move one step closer to challenging WWE Champion Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35.

As announced by Vince McMahon, Kofi must win a Gauntlet Match on next Tuesday's SmackDown episode from Indianapolis. He will go up against Randy Orton, WWE United States Champion Samoa Joe, The Bar's Cesaro and Sheamus, and Rowan.

If Kofi can conquer the Gauntlet next Tuesday, he will be named the new #1 contender to the WWE Title for the match against Bryan at the biggest show of the year.

- Local TV advertisements in Chicago during tonight's WWE SmackDown listed The Shield for next Monday's RAW from the Allstate Arena. While these new local ads had The Shield listed for next Monday's dark main event, it's worth noting that Roman Reigns is no longer being advertised for RAW on the WWE website or the arena website, after initially being advertised. The arena website lists Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin as the dark main event, along with Finn Balor vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley.

- We've noted how it appears Braun Strowman is headed for a WrestleMania 35 mini-feud with comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost of Saturday Night Live. Braun indicated on this week's RAW that he will be appearing on an upcoming SNL episode to confront the two comedians, who will be serving as WrestleMania 35 special correspondents at the big event. Braun destroyed a car that they sent to him as a gift this week, following their altercation last week, and the storyline is that Braun is headed to SNL to deliver "these hands" to the Weekend Update co-stars.

In an update on the feud, Jost, who Strowman jacked up against the wall last week, has changed his Twitter bio to anger The Monster Among Men. Jost's Twitter bio now reads like this: "SNL, WWE, mentor figure to Braun Strowman"

Jost also tweeted Strowman and wrote, "Hey @BraunStrowman not to make a big fuss, but that was a rental and I didn't pay for insurance. Maybe I can send you my Venmo info and you can reimburse me? PS are you watching The Bachelor? Crazy! See you soon amigo! #GetTheseFriends"

You can see Jost's tweet to Strowman below, along with a tweet he made in response to Stephanie McMahon:





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