As noted, WWE runs the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire this evening for the Extreme Rules "go-home" television tapings for the blue brand.
In addition to SmackDown Live, WWE will tape this week's episode of 205 Live this evening.
WWE.com released the following preview for tonight's show:
WWE 205 Live preview, July 9, 2018: Hideo Itami and Cedric Alexander battle for respect and the Cruiserweight Championship
Tonight on WWE 205 Live, Cedric Alexander will defend his coveted WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Hideo Itami.
Hideo Itami challenges WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander
Tonight on WWE 205 Live, Hideo Itami has an opportunity to earn the respect he desires when he challenges Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
After interrupting a match between Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy last month, Hideo Itami made his championship intentions clear while continuing his obsessive quest for respect. Although WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick was less than impressed with Itami’s attack, the Japanese Superstar defeated Ali and Murphy in a Triple Threat Match, making a very strong claim for a WWE Cruiserweight Championship opportunity.
Cedric Alexander was eager for the challenge and implored Maverick to make the match. After some deliberation, Maverick scheduled the title bout for tonight! After the battle was set, the champion and challenger displayed their animosity – and eagerness to compete – during an interview after WWE 205 Live. The tension continued to rise all week with both Superstars determined to claim victory.
Don’t miss WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander put his title on the line against Hideo Itami tonight at 10/9 C on the award-winning WWE Network!