WWE Smackdown Preview (22/05/20): Champion vs Champion; IC Title Tournament
WWE SmackDown will be coming with yet another packed card as the buildup for Backlash pay-per-view has begun. Apart from that, the Intercontinental Championship tournament continues to crown a new title-holder for the vacant belt. A WrestleMania rematch will take place between AJ Styles and Nakamura that should steal the show.
In the other match of the tournament, a new feud begins when Jeff Hardy and Sheamus battles in the first match on SmackDown. A cross-brand main event match will be there as the NXT Women’s Champion battles the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Also the personal feud between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville continues as these two lock horns in a mixed tag team match. These and more should be waiting when SmackDown airs from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Charlotte Flair came back to SmackDown last week via the brand invitation that started last week onwards. She sent a message to Bayley and more importantly to Bayley’s good friend Sasha Banks who might have become an afterthought.
Before The Boss could have said anything, SmackDown Women’s Champion spoke up and set up a Champion vs. Champion Match against the NXT Women’s Champion. With that being said, both the women would be desperate to prove their dominance on tonight’s main event.
Another cross-brand affair will go down as AJ Styles from WWE Raw will also be seen in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. None other than former Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura will be his opponent to reproduce a WrestleMania 34 rematch. While Styles will be determined to make a statement on the SmackDown brand he helped built, Nakamura will try to pay homage to Sami Zayn who was forced to vacate the title.
A fresh feud was kicked off on SmackDown a couple of weeks ago which would continue when the two rivals, Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will battle in the first round of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament on Friday Night SmackDown. Hardy has been entertaining the WWE fans for years now but it failed to impress the Celtic Warrior. Hardy previously announced his presence in a big way with a Swanton Bomb on Sheamus who’d be looking for retribution, tonight.
Money In The Bank winner Otis is having quite the good times on SmackDown after winning the heart of Mandy Rose. But this week, he will have to help his love interest battling against her nemesis Sonya Deville in a mixed tag team match.
Otis and Mandy team up against Dolph Ziggler and Deville in a much-anticipated mixed tag match. Deville has already earned a singles win against her former best friend who’s now focused on ruining Mandy’s life. Could The Golden Goddess fire back with the help of Otis? We’ll find out when SmackDown airs tonight from the PC.
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