The weeks sure do fly by currently. It is yet another episode of SmackDown! Of course, as has been the case for what feels like forever now, it is behind closed doors. What does WWE‘s blue brand have in-store for you this week? Well, a certain women’s champion will be making a return; a Money in the Bank winner will be celebrating (get the ham!) his victory and a new tournament kicks off. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the preview.
Charlotte Returns To SD
Since winning the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania XXXVI, Charlotte has been exclusive to NXT. Appearing on Wednesday nights, Charlotte has been having some killer matches. Wrestling the likes of Bianca BeLair, Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai has clearly rejuvenated her character. With Ripley announcing her intention for a rematch at the recently announced NXT TakeOver: In Your House, what is The Queen doing on the blue brand? Tune in tonight to find out!
Otis Celebrates Money In The Bank Win On Miz TV
Otis shocked the world by winning the men’s Money in the Bank match last week. A night of pure hilarity and ludicrousness meant Otis – a hilarious and ludicrous man – was able to capitalize. An underdog going into the match, Otis is still seen by many as being too much of a “jokey” character to hold the briefcase. Well, people said the same about The Miz when he won the RAW Money in the Bank way back in 2010. Will Miz (and John Morrison) be in the mood for celebrations? We will have to wait and see. However, it is unlikely. Otis better be ready for a fight tonight on SmackDown!
Intercontinental Championship Tournament Kicks Off
With (now former) Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, having to vacate his championship, a new tournament has been announced. We do know that Zayn’s sixty-five day reign has come to an end. What we don’t know is who is going to succeed him. Sami Zayn was a good fit for the championship, so it is unfortunate such a promising run has come to an abrupt end. Who takes the championship next? Shinsuke Nakamura? Sheamus? Jeff Hardy? Cesaro? Maybe this would be an opportune time to debut an NXT talent and have them secure an early championship victory. In an ever-thinning roster, some NXT freshness might just help rejuvenate what has been a struggling brand for a while now. Don’t forget to tune-in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX tonight!
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