Tonight’s SmackDown was taped last week at the Performance Center. The road to the Backlash pay-per-view will continue tonight.
Last week’s show featured Universal Champion Braun Strowman and Mr. Money In The Bank Otis teaming up to defeat The Miz and John Morrison in the main event. NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair stirred the pot between SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and her best friend Sasha Banks. In addition, the Intercontinental Championship tournament kicked off.
Tonight’s show is set to feature two more matches in the Intercontinental Championship tournament, with AJ Styles taking on Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus facing off against Jeff Hardy. Otis and Mandy Rose will face off against Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville in a Mixed Tag Team match, while Charlotte Flair will take on Bayley in a Champion vs. Champion match.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 things that might happen on SmackDown tonight.
5. AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy Qualify For The Semi-Finals Of The Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Last week on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan defeated Drew Gulak and Elias defeated King Corbin to qualify for the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Championship tournament.
Tonight, AJ Styles from RAW will take on Shinsuke Nakamura, while Sheamus and Jeff Hardy will continue their rivalry in the tournament.
In the Styles vs. Nakamura bout, expect The Phenomenal One to take the win, as he desperately needs it right now to redeem himself. In addition, WWE won’t be willing to give The Artist another run with the Intercontinental Championship.
In the second match, expect the returning Jeff Hardy to defeat The Celtic Warrior. Hardy is being pushed right now, so he’ll probably win the match, unless Sheamus pulls some dirty tricks.
However, the most likely outcome will be Hardy winning, with Sheamus possibly costing him the semi-final match in the coming weeks to continue their rivalry.
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