It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for our WWE SmackDown Live preview! When we last left our heroes, hell was taking place (some of which within cells), some titles were changing hands, and El Generico was hugging Kevin Steen. If you missed my Hell in a Cell recap, make sure you check it out here.
What does the Blue Brand have in store for us tonight in Grand Rapids? Let’s have a look…
1. Evil Sami Zayn
Sunday night at Hell in a Cell, Kevin Owens beat Shane McMahon when McMahon attempted to jump off of the top of the cell on to Owens, only for Sami Zayn to show up and pull his old friend out of the way. It was insane.
— WWE (@WWE) October 9, 2017
There’s a million different ways to go with this from here, and I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous in situations like this. Sami helping Owens could be the beginning of a spectacular angle (or series of angles), and there’s probably a few different ways they could pull it off, which is exciting. When I feel myself getting excited about the prospects of an angle and how great it could be, something in me takes over and I start to wonder how they’ll screw it up. Whatever happens next is crucial, not only for us as fans who want to see cool shit, but for Sami Zayn, who’s entering into a program that could potentially take him to another level. Fingers crossed.
2. Tag Team Hot Potato
The New Day and the Usos continued their trend of passing the tag titles back and forth, with the latter becoming five-time champions after their win at Hell in a Cell. The cell match would have been a logical end point for the feud, but with The New Day now owed a rematch, it seems these guys may not be done yet.
It’ll still possible they have a SmackDown rematch where the Usos go over again and move on, but it depends on whether or not WWE thinks one of the other tag teams on the roster is ready to step up. Are Gable and Benjamin ready? Does Breezango get back into the mix? Either way, we shouldn’t have to wait long to get our answer.
3. The Corbin Comeback
Baron Corbin hit a real low point back in August. He failed to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank contract against Jinder Mahal, then shortly after, ran into Super Cena at Summerslam and got son’d into oblivion. Then on Sunday night at Hell in a Cell, he captured the United States Title in a Triple Threat match against A.J. Styles and Tye Dillinger.
Just like the Tag Team Titles, it’s safe to assume the former champion will be entitled to a rematch. With Styles presumably graduating back to the world title picture sooner rather than later, will they get the rematch out of the way early, or are we looking at a prolonged feud between the two? I could see it going either way, but the important thing is that Baron Corbin is important again, and that’s a good thing for SmackDown.
4. The Titles That Stayed Home
In two underwhelming matches at Hell in a Cell, Jinder Mahal and Natalya both walked out with their belts in hand.
Some other things these two matchups have in common is that they both possessed disappointing builds leading up to Sunday night, and they’re both expected to continue on until at least Survivor Series. The Mahal-Nakamura match wasn’t terrible (contrary to popular belief), but the promos that were cut prior to it turned a lot of people off, and I don’t think too many of us are looking forward to another four weeks of that.
The Natalya-Charlotte face off was a bad match with bad psychology and a bad finish. Once again, nothing leading up to Sunday was a treat either. With Natalya lacking mic skills and Charlotte working as a face never really feeling right, this is another one that’s tough to get excited about going forward.
Is there anything they can do at this point to turn things around and get people invested in either of these angles, or are we too far gone? They’ll have another opportunity to right the ship tonight.
5. Pulp Fashion
Last Tuesday, we were promised the return of ‘Fashion Files,’ and we were deceived. Our fashion friends didn’t make their triumphant return until Hell in a Cell, and they’re teasing a ‘Pulp Fiction’-themed plot this time around.
I can deal with shabby promos. I can deal with mediocre matches. What I refuse to deal with is the promise of ‘Fashion Files’ and a failure to deliver.
‘Pulp Fashion’ tonight or we fucking riot.
WWE SmackDown Live airs on The USA Network at 8:00 pm EST. Make sure to check back after the show for my full recap!