WWE Smackdown Preview (13/03/20): John Cena, Paige, Jeff Hardy Returns
Following the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, the blue brand of WWE returns with a brand new episode in the middle of Coronavirus outbreak which raised questions with tonight’s show cancellation. However, it is still happening without live attendance to continue the SmackDown storylines heading into WrestleMania 36 consisting of multiple returns.
Friday Night SmackDown Proceeds With No Live Audience
Friday Night SmackDown on March 13 will air live as regularly scheduled and emanate from WWE’s training facility in Orlando, FL, with only essential personnel in attendance. The event was originally scheduled in Detroit, MI. pic.twitter.com/o9mR2SNhAj
— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2020
Former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy will be back on TV after almost a year’s hiatus. Former Divas Champion Paige returns to confront SmackDown Women’s Champion with a big announcement. Fallouts will be there from the Chamber PPV to set up new matches at WrestleMania. Plus, none other than John Cena will be in the house when SmackDown airs from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
The headliner of this week’s SmackDown will have a 16-time World Champion coming back home to promote his match against The Fiend Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36. He was willing to step aside from the extravaganza until Fiend decided to call him out in a match.
— WWE (@WWE) March 11, 2020
Then, last week, we have seen Wyatt redecorating his interior in a new way where Cena’s photo was hanging on the wall. Now the Cenation Leader is coming back to reply back to what Wyatt has said during last week’s Firefly Funhouse segment. The Fiend would be watching him closely for a sneak attack, perhaps.
Another former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy is coming back after a missing out WWE TV for almost a year. The younger Hardy has dealt with injuries and personal issues that forced him to attend rehab sessions. After going through such a tumultuous phase in his life, it’ll be interesting to hear what could be waiting next in his career. Probably, WWE will find an angle to let him get ready in a WrestleMania match.
The third return of SmackDown happens in the form of Paige about which IWC can’t stop talking. WWE has never confirmed the exact reason for her appearance as rumors are flying high on a potential in-ring return announcement from her.
If this happens then it would a historic occasion that could change the entire complexion of the women’s division. As for the official statements, WWE.com stated that she will confront SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley in a ‘pivotal moment’,
“Bayley has shared plenty of opinions as the self-proclaimed model for the Women’s Division. After Lacey Evans & Naomi’s recent resistance fell unsuccessful, Paige will now step up to try and set the SmackDown Women’s Champion straight.
Will the former Women’s Champion has more success bringing her influence to SmackDown, or will the brash Bayley simply scoff at Paige’s advice? Tune in to SmackDown at 8/7 C on FOX for what promises to be a pivotal moment in the future of the blue brand’s Women’s Division.”
We have crowned a new Intercontinental Champion at Elimination Chamber in the form of Sami Zayn which was completely unexpected before WrestleMania 36. This makes the road to the biggest event pretty interesting as we can expect a fresh matchup at WrestleMania over the mid-card title. Other than that, Braun Strowman will be in a punishing mode after Zayn and his buddies worked together to take the title away from him.
Also, the storyline angle Otis Dojovic and Mandy Rose will continue where the latter one blamed Otis for Valentine’s Day date debacle. This is now creating a new relationship between Mandy and Dolph which is unbearable to the Heavy Machinery guy. It will eventually lead to a much-anticipated match between Otis and Ziggler as the program officially begins on tonight’s SmackDown.
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