WWE has already started hyping up the next edition of Smackdown as several announcements were made for the show. Next week’s show will feature a championship match where Big E will be seen defending his WWE Intercontinental Title against Apollo Crews.
It was last week when Big E retained his title over Crews in his very first title defense. The rematch was announced after Crews defeated Sami Zayn during last night’s show which was referred to as a potential number-one contender’s match by the commentator, Michael Cole. To hype up the match, Big E and Crews had friendly fighting words at ringside on Smackdown.
Next week, Bayley will also go up against Bianca Belair in a contest which is dubbed as the ‘Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course.’ This week’s SmackDown featured the premiere of Bayley’s new “Ding Dong, Hello!” talk-show segment, with Belair being the first guest of the show.
The interview eventually turned out to be a heated argument. It ended with Bayley challenging Belair to an obstacle course challenge. Belair accepted it, right there, after which WWE confirmed the same through their social media handle.
Sasha Banks vs Reginald to take place on Smackdown?
It also seems that the Smackdown Women’s Champion will be featuring in an interesting match, next week. This match could help Carmella to get her WWE SmackDown Women’s Title shot from Sasha Banks, soon.
This week, Banks featured a segment where she tried to attack Carmella, backstage. But the sommelier, Reginald, got in the way to make the save. Banks then volunteered to give Carmella a title shot, but only if she can have a match with Reginald, first. This is due to the fact of how much trouble Reginald has become for the champion.
WWE has neither announced Banks vs. Reginald nor Carmella vs. Banks for the title, as of this writing. But Carmella hinted on Smackdown that she could agree to the terms. There’s no word either on when the matches might take place, but they could go down within the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 31.
Carmella vs Banks ended via DQ, with the title on the line, back on the December 11 episode of SmackDown after which Banks retained over Carmella by submission at WWE TLC 2020 pay-per-view.