WWE heads to the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, KY for tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live. Below are the focus points for the show.
Shane McMahon will crown new SmackDown Tag Team Champions
SmackDown LIVE was thrown for a loop last week when, due to Jeff Hardy sustaining a knee injury at the hands of Lars Sullivan, The Hardy Boyz had to relinquish the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
With the state of both the blue brand’s tag team division and the titles in question, Shane McMahon will arrive on SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday to crown new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
What will Shane-O-Mac decree?
Kevin Owens to respond to Kofi Kingston’s attack from last week
Kevin Owens got a taste of his own medicine last week when WWE Champion Kofi Kingston launched a massive retaliatory attack on KO to close out SmackDown LIVE.
The fired-up Kingston, who was still fuming after Owens’ ambushes on both him and Xavier Woods in recent weeks, had Owens reeling to such a degree that KO ultimately bailed. However, Owens will now respond to The Dreadlocked Dynamo’s attack tonight
Massive Six-Woman Tag Team Match to go down on the blue brand
Everyone has their eyes on prizes right now in the SmackDown LIVE Women’s division.
Tonight, Bayley, Carmella and Ember Moon (all three of which will be in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match) will take on Charlotte Flair (who is facing off against Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Title at WWE Money in the Bank), Mandy Rose (also in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match) and Sonya Deville (who graciously told Mandy to take the spot in the Ladder Match).
With less than two weeks until the Money in the Bank pay-per-view event, all six Superstars will absolutely be out to make a major impression. Which side will get the upper hand? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
Ali and Andrade to square off tonight
Two of SmackDown LIVE’s four Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match representatives will face off tonight when Ali and Andrade clash with less than two weeks before the Money in the Bank pay-per-view event streams live on WWE Network.
Both Superstars are trying to gain pivotal momentum as the ever-important Ladder Match approaches, and Andrade will be looking for a measure of retribution after both he and Randy Orton were on the losing end of a tag team match against Ali and Finn Bálor last week.
Who will prevail in this contest of rising Superstars?
Which Raw Superstars will take advantage of the “Wild Card Rule?”
Last night on Raw, Mr. McMahon dropped a bombshell by announcing the Wild Card Rule, which will allow no more than four Superstars from SmackDown LIVE to appear on Raw each week and four Raw Superstars on SmackDown LIVE, without facing any punishment.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan and Lars Sullivan took advantage of the new precedent, with Bryan and Kingston squaring off for the WWE Title in the main event, Reigns clashing with Drew McIntyre in a WrestleMania rematch and Lars Sullivan demolishing No Way Jose and his conga line, then storming into Mr. McMahon’s office, prompting the expansion of the Wild Card Rule from three Superstars to four.
Will any of the red brand’s stars take advantage of the new rule? Who could they mix it up with on the blue brand? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Check back here at 8PM ET for our live play-by-play coverage of the show.