Preview: WWE SmackDown (5/12/23) – WWE SmackDown Card

Roman Reigns Returns to WWE SmackDown in time for this week's card

The post-WWE Backlash edition of Friday Night SmackDown is almost upon us and the card is shaping up to be interesting. Last week’s Backlash premium live event was heralded by fans for a combination of the card, the hot Puerto Rico crowd and the certified superstar that is Bad Bunny and his performance at the event. How will SmackDown follow on from last week? Can this week’s WWE SmackDown card keep the momentum going? Let’s dive into the preview and find out!

WWE SmackDown Card

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Continues

Promotion for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament taking place on WWE SmackDown card

Former WWE Champion, Seth Rollins, is the first superstar to advance to the finals of the tournament to crown the inaugural (is it inaugural? Or does the lineage continue on from “Big Gold”?) WWE World Heavyweight Champion. On this week’s SmackDown, the tournament continues – with two triple threat matches, as well as a semi-final match, set to take place. WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Rey Mysterio will be involved in a triple threat match with AJ Styles, with the winner of that particular match going on to face the winner of Sheamus, Austin Theory and Bobby Lashley. With five of the six being former world champions (sorry, Theory), this is a pretty star studded tournament and difficult to call. Can the young upstart cause an upset? We will find out on SmackDown.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Liv Morgan & Raquel Gonzalez (c) Vs. Damage Ctrl (Bayley & Dakota Kai)

Io Sky, Dakota Kai and Bayley of Damage Ctrl
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This week’s WWE SmackDown card will also feature women’s tag team action, as the holders of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, Liv Morgan & Raquel Gonzalez, unite once more to take on Bayley and Dakota Kai of Damage Ctrl. This match comes by result of the contenders last week securing a win over the champions in a non-title match. Liv & Raquel are a good team, as evidenced by their being two-time tag team champions, but Bayley and Kai have the clear experience advantage and can cause some problems. Can Damage Ctrl bring the champions’ reign to a premature end? Tune in to find out!

Cameron Grimes Vs. Baron Corbin

Broken Baron Corbin
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Cameron Grimes is looking to announce his arrival to the WWE main roster with a big win over Baron Corbin. Last week, Corbin mocked Grimes for being the very last pick in the WWE draft. Not one to back down from a bit of banter, Grimes retorted that it is better to be picked last than to not be picked at all – ouch, Baron. This week, Corbin will be looking to make Grimes eat those words.

Roman Reigns Returns to WWE SmackDown Card

Roman Reigns Returns to WWE SmackDown in time for this week's card

The WWE Universe can rejoice! The Tribal Chief is here! Roman Reigns has not been seen since the post-WrestleMania edition of Monday Night Raw – where a rematch with Cody Rhodes was scuppered by what can only be described as a hangry version of Brock Lesnar. Now, Roman is back. What lies in store for our Tribal Chief? Will he confront The Bloodline, who have so far failed to avenge their WrestleMania loss to Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn? Will he address Cody Rhodes? The Bloodline storyline has cooled off dramatically recently, so it should be interesting to see what results from this return. Tune into SmackDown this Friday at 8/7c on FOX!

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