In the latest episode of WWE SmackDown, the ongoing storylines took intriguing turns as Damage CTRL faced Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez, while Roman Reigns confronted The Usos. The matches and backstage segments showcased the building tensions within both stables.

Damage CTRL has been experiencing internal issues for weeks despite their previous unity. Their match against Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez ended in defeat, with the cracks in the stable becoming more evident.

During a backstage segment, Bayley addressed her interference in Iyo Sky’s match against Bianca Belair, leading to visible discontent on Sky’s face. This suggests that Sky may be growing frustrated with Bayley’s meddling, setting the stage for a potential rift within Damage CTRL.

Meanwhile, Roman Reigns returned to SmackDown and expressed his dissatisfaction with The Usos dedicating a match to him without a valid reason. The confrontation between Roman and Jimmy was on the brink of turning into a heated exchange before Jey Uso intervened and offered an apology. This incident highlighted the simmering tensions within Reigns’ stable, indicating potential discord among The Bloodline.


In an unexpected twist, Roman Reigns announced his decision to pursue the WWE Tag Team Championships alongside Solo Sikoa, taking on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Night of Champions. By focusing on the tag team titles, Roman aims to solidify his stable’s dominance and further establish his reign as The Tribal Chief. However, this choice also means that Roman will not be defending his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the upcoming event, deviating from the usual Night of Champions tradition where all titles are defended.

As Damage CTRL grapples with internal conflicts and the potential fallout between Bayley and Iyo Sky, Roman Reigns’ stable faces its own set of challenges. The Night of Champions event promises to be a thrilling showcase of these evolving storylines, with fans eagerly anticipating how the tensions within both factions will unfold.

The WWE Universe will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming matches, as well as the backstage dynamics between the superstars involved. With tensions rising and the stakes getting higher, the stage is set for a captivating and unpredictable future on WWE SmackDown.

What are your thoughts on the developing storylines in WWE SmackDown, particularly the internal conflicts within Damage CTRL and The Bloodline? Do you believe the tensions within these stables will lead to significant changes or potential breakups? Leave a comment below.

Steve Carrier

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