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Team Hell No kick off SmackDown LIVE on “Miz TV”
Just days before they challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WWE Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan & Kane will be joining The Miz for what looks to be a must-see edition of “Miz TV” that will kick off SmackDown LIVE tonight at 8/7 C. There’s no love lost between Bryan and The Awesome One, as the leader of The “Yes!” Movement looks to get his hands on The A-Lister, especially after Harper & Rowan’s attacks led to The Miz eliminating Bryan from the Gauntlet Match for a WWE Championship opportunity. Will Bryan be able to keep his hands off The Awesome One and focus on The Bludgeon Brothers, or will The Miz eat a punch to the face from his longtime rival?
AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura to battle on SmackDown LIVE tonight
The legendary rivalry between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura featured memorable battles taking place WWE Money in the Bank, the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia, and The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. Now, Styles and Nakamura will collide once again on SmackDown LIVE tonight. Both Superstars have huge matches scheduled for this Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules; Styles is defending his WWE Championship against Rusev, and Nakamura is challenging Jeff Hardy for the United States Title. Before they get to Pittsburgh this Sunday, however, they’ll have to write the latest chapter in their intense conflict. Who will emerge victorious from this pay-per-view caliber showdown – The Phenomenal One or The King of Strong Style?
Asuka and James Ellsworth square off in a Lumberjack Match
Last Tuesday, Asuka and James Ellsworth competed in a battle of the sexes that ended in dubious fashion after Ellsworth led Asuka on a wild goose chase, culminating in a double count-out and The Empress of Tomorrow getting blindsided by Carmella. SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige sought to give the WWE Universe a decisive end to the match, so she immediately scheduled a rematch for tonight. This time, there will be nowhere for Ellsworth to run, as the SmackDown Women’s division will be surrounding the ring for a Lumberjack Match. Ellsworth is oozing confidence ahead of this battle, looking past The Empress of Tomorrow and challenging other famous female sports icons, including tennis star Serena Williams, auto racing's Danica Patrick and the WNBA's Diana Taurasi.
Can Tye Dillinger defeat Samoa Joe?
Last Tuesday, in a WWE.com Exclusive video, R-Truth asked Tye Dillinger to form a tag team. While Dillinger declined, saying he wanted to focus on being a singles competitor, Truth ended up helping (or possibly hindering) The Perfect 10 by calling out Samoa Joe on Dillinger’s behalf. While The Perfect 10 seemed reluctant to step up at first, he got a little more confident when Joe got in his face, saying there was only one way to find out who the better man is. What will happen when these two Superstars square off?
Sin Cara looks for payback on Andrade “Cien” Almas
Several weeks ago, Andrade “Cien” Almas blindsided Sin Cara with a vicious attack that left the masked man unable to compete. Sin Cara has been cleared for competition and is ready to get retribution on his former friend tonight on SmackDown LIVE. What will happen when Sin Cara and El Idolo finally meet inside the squared circle?