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WWE SmackDown preview (April 28, 2016): Riddle us this

Tonight's episode of SmackDown was filmed on Tuesday night in Manchester, New Hampshire. We've got a spoiler report for you here. If you just want to get ready for the show without knowing who wins and loses, read on!

The Headliner

Well, couldn't really find pre-announced match, but since this is the last show before Payback in Chicagoland this Sunday, it should be safe to assume a full dose of the main event angle. Let's hope so, anyway, since the start of it has it looking like one of the better programs we've seen in a while.

Despite his public entreaties, #1 contender AJ Styles sure does have a lot of meetings with his boys from New Japan, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows. That duo wasn't satisfied with beating WWE World Heavyweight champion Roman Reigns' cousins, the Usos, in their in-ring debut.  Nor were they done when the continued the attack on Jimmy & Jey after their win.

The former Bullet Club mates went after Roman in the last segment of Raw, and had to be stopped from doing more by AJ.  Whether the Big Dog didn't see what Styles did on his behalf, or just didn't care... we don't know. We do know that the Phenomenal One ate a Superman Punch for his trouble. But that's okay, cause he bounced back up and delivered a Forearm to the man he'll face on pay-per-view (PPV) on Sunday.

Now, we'll be looking for any and every sign of who's on who's side come Payback. Including listening for mentions of the word "club", or a certain former NXT champ...

The Title Scene

For all of movie star looks and skill, Intercontinental champ The Miz looks like he'll have his hands full with Cesaro this weekend. Perhaps his gorgeous wife Maryse will have to save him, they way she kept him from a Giant Swing on Raw.

The finale of the #1 contender tag tournament (sponsored by BootyOs) will determine New Day's next challengers for the Tag titles. On Sunday, the Vaudevillains will get a chance to correct Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady's spelling & grammar and beat them for a championship opportunity.

Last Thursday, Ryback earned another shot at Kalisto's United States championship with a win in a non-title match.

Natalya keeps stacking wins on her way to a battle for Charlotte's Women's championship. Sadly, the biggest question about this feud might be if the champ's father will be available to corner her while Bret Hart stands for her rival. A lot of fans have wanted Ric Flair out of the division, but not like this.

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

- We've got a power struggle happening! Stephanie McMahon returned on Raw to tell her brother Shane that Papa Vince is coming to the PPV to tell us all who's running Raw going forward.

- They'll face each other at Payback, but so far, Baron Corbin's feud with Dolph Ziggler has involved a lot matches which never start, like when the Show-Off attacked the Lone Wolf before Damien Sandow could have his first Raw match in ages on Monday.

- While their fight is never over, Kevin Owens got the last laugh on Monday when he laid Sami Zayn out after the Likeable One eeked out a win over Rusev.

- Apollo Crews wins a lot of matches.

- His new career as a talk show host is going pretty well, but after Chris Jericho demanded an apology from him and then put him in the dreaded announce table submission, expect the Dean Ambrose to have more than questions for Y2J.

(Note: I know some folks have come looking for a more definitive match listing - that will be posted behind spoiler text in the comments. If releases more information on anything that's officially going to take place on tonight's show, that'll be updated here)

See you tonight for SmackDown!

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