SmackDown Sampler: What’s Next For “The Fiend”
Tonight, the fallout episode of Friday Night SmackDown from Royal Rumble is live from the Bok Center in Tulsa, OK and will feature two rematches (of sorts), a “high-stakes” tag team battle, and an Intercontinental championship match.
Here’s a preview of tonight’s show.
And here we all thought this was over-and-done with. After beating him in a Falls Count Anywhere match to open Royal Rumble this past Sunday, it looked Roman Reigns was finally ready to leave King Corbin and this feud behind and move on. But no, we carry on as Reigns joins forces with The Usos to take on Corbin and his “court,” Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in a six-man tag match. It’s hard to think of what else can be squeezed from this rivalry,
Braun Strowman will get a shot at finally earning his first WWE singles championship as he takes on Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. Strowman could certainly use a singles title run, as he’s sort of been treading water since his time in the Universal title picture in late-2017 and 2018, and this could get him back some good heat. In the same breath, it would be a shame to see Nakamura drop a title it feels like he’s hardly defended, and in doing so might bury him further down the mod-card. It’s been a funny run in WWE for “The King of Strong-style.” Even though he’s built quite the resume since coming over from NJPW in early 2016, beginning with a solid NXT run– he and Samoa Joe are the only two-time NXT Champions (although that might change at TakeOver: Portland should Tommaso Ciampa defeat Adam Cole)– two United States title reigns, winning the 2018 Royal Rumble match and having a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 34 against AJ Styles, and is currently in his second IC title reign. Despite all the success, it just feels like Nakamura hasn’t had the main event feel that he should, and while his current partnership with Sami Zayn is fun, perhaps they’ll both he better served pulling a Finn Balor and returning to NXT as WWE looks to further push the Black and Gold as an equal third brand.
Shorty G will try to get redemption for his pre-Royal Rumble Sunday Night Heat loss as he gets a rematch against Sheamus. There’s nothing else to say here; this will likely just be another partial-squash by Sheamus.
Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, The Miz & Morrison, and The Revival are being billed to be in a “high-stakes battle.” This is mostly likely a #1 Contenders’ Fatal Four-way of some kind for the The New Day’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship. I’m not really sure why this wouldn’t just be announced, but a little tease never hurt anyone. This does feel a little telegraphed, as The Miz & Morrison have been feuding with Kofi Kingston and Big E pretty much since John Morrison made his return to WWE, so a feud between the two teams is most likely on the horizon.
And though it hasn’t been announced, certainly there will light shed on what’s next for the main event scene. Now that “The Fiend” has successfully defended his WWE Championship twice against Daniel Bryan, do the two have a third match to wrestle, or do both go their separate ways?
It all goes down tonight, live at 8pm EST!