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WWE SmackDown preview (June 9, 2016): Quite a climb

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Tonight's episode of SmackDown was filmed on Tuesday night in Wichita, Kansas. 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

They must be saving all those "fresh match-ups" for after the brand split, when SmackDown goes live on July 19.

Because even though they're both part of the Money in the Bank ladder match at the next pay-per-view (PPV), and all the iterations of singles, tag, and trios matches which comes with that, Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho isn't a terribly original pairing.

Still, brinksmanship in the battle for a guaranteed WWE title shot is better than a pretend talk show, or potted plant, right? The Lunatic Fringe will be trying to keep the momentum he has from two straight PPV wins over Y2J and a victory over Kevin Owens from Monday, while Jericho will be trying to rebound from a loss to Cesaro.

Meanwhile, the other four men set for the ladder match on June 19 will form teams and wrestle - the Swiss Superman & Sami Zayn against KO & Alberto Del Rio.

The Title Scene

After playing chicken last week, WWE World Heavyweight champ Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins got video packages on Raw. They were very nice. You may see them again tonight.

Tag Team titleists The New Day found out that not only will they have to deal with The Club right now, but at Money in the Bank, they'll be at a champions' disadvantage when they face AJ Styles' friends, Enzo Amore & Big Cass and The Vaudevillains. John Cena's new buddy aren't hyped in's preview, but the Realest Guys are set to battle Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows.

After tricking them into an awkward beating on Raw, Dana Brooke will have an official match against Natalya's friend Becky Lynch tonight. No word on what Brooke's buddy, Women's champ Charlotte, will be up to.

Whether he likes it or not, Rusev will be putting his United States belt on the line against Titus O'Neil at Money in the Bank.

Ever the heel, Miz failed to provide us with the Facebook video update he promised us from the set of The Marine 5, so we probably shouldn't plan to see the Intercontinental title he's holding until that WWE Studios joint wraps.

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

- We haven't seen Kalisto in a while, but they're rolling him out to feed him to the Lone Wolf tonight, and surely this will somehow play into the never-ending feud between Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler.

- Teddy Long tried to re-start Breez-ango vs. Golden Truth, but (apparently as part of her scheme to General Manage a show she's probably not even gonna show up for tonight) Stephanie McMahon overruled him. Provided R-Trizzle remembers the lyrics and Tyler and Fan's backs are shaved, we could get a do-over.

- Big Show doesn't have a problem with the New Era, and while he likes Apollo Crews, he'd like him more if he stood up to Sheamus.

- Hopefully, Darren Young will have arrived in Kansas in time for the show... unless Life Coach Bob Backlund gives him something else to do.

(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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