WWE Smackdown Preview (30/04/19): Money In The Bank Participants, Becky Lynch-Bayley, Kofi Kington
Smackdown will continue the MITB announcement process started on last night’s Monday Night Raw. After the flagship show noted the eight participants’ names from their side for Money in the Bank, it is the turn for the blue brand. They will also reveal the men and women’s division performers for the 2019 edition of the ladder match that will hand over guaranteed title opportunity to the winners.
Apart from this, new rivalries will begin on Smackdown brand after an eventful episode from last week. Roman Reigns will be looking forward to seeking redemption against Elias. As for the championship rivalries, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair and Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens storylines will take us through Money in the Bank pay-per-view. All of these will be in-store as the show airs from at the Value City Arena (Schottenstein Center) in Columbus, Ohio.
Smackdown will declare the participants for this year’s Money in the Bank ladder match. We expect all the names from both men and women’s division to be confirmed by either direct announcement or via matches. As per the current local ads, three superstars are almost sure-shot for the upcoming ladder match. Aleister Black, Andrade, and Lars Sullivan are those names from the male locker room. We have to wait to learn the names from the women’s division until the show goes on air.
Elias has become the new favorite of the McMahon family ever since entering the Smackdown brand. He has now targeted the biggest acquisition of Superstar Shakeup, Roman Reigns to earn a name for himself. Last week, Elias and Shane McMahon delivered a combined beatdown to WWE’s poster boy and escaped the arena. We guess there’ll be hell to pay when they show up on tonight as the Big Dog will be waiting to pounce on them.
Kevin Owens turning on his own friends is not something new in WWE. The New Day trusted him and had to pay for this. Kofi Kingston received a hellacious beatdown as last week’s Smackdown went off the air. No wonder that this is just a setup for the upcoming title defense for the WWE Champion at Money in the Bank. We assume the McMahon Family will officially announce Kingston vs. Owens for the WWE title at the upcoming PPV as this rivalry begins.
Plus, Kofi Kingston will also address the WWE Universe regarding the attack of Owens from last week, (courtesy WWE.com)
“WWE Champion Kofi Kingston felt the brunt of Kevin Owens’ scorn when KO turned on both Kingston and Xavier Woods last Tuesday night. Owens’ brief tenure as honorary New Day member “Big O” ended unceremoniously when KO attacked both Kingston and Woods, making it clear that his intentions were to take Kingston’s WWE Title. What will Kingston have to say as he gives his first exclusive interview since Owens’ betrayal? Find out this Tuesday night on SmackDown LIVE.”
Becky Lynch will have to pull off double duties at Money in the Bank. Lacey Evans is her opponent for the Raw women’s title whereas Charlotte Flair is from Smackdown. As much as the fans did not want to see Flair in the contender’s spot, it did happen. Now, The Queen will continue gaining momentums for the title opportunity. She will be pretty aggressive to gain back the title since she never lost it. Meanwhile, The Champion will be in action against Bayley for the first time on the main roster.
We can expect more rivalries over championships on Smackdown as Andrade is targeting the IC title despite the loss from last week. The score is 1-1 at this point between these two superstars as Andrade wanted a title match at Money in the Bank. We guess this match will become official on tonight. Plus, Kairi Sane pinned Peyton Royce i.e. one-half of the women’s tag team champions. So the team of Asuka and Sane may receive their first title shot against the champions on May 19th.
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