Raw may be bringing out the Dead Man and the Heartbreak Kid (and a potential WrestleMania 34 announcement) next Monday in New Orleans. SmackDown is responding by announcing three big matches a week in advance of their Jan. 10 episode.
Chief among them will be the New Wyatt Family’s rematch for the tag titles. What many of of us thought would be a long, dominant run by Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper ended abruptly when American Alpha walked out of the “Wild Card Finals” with the straps. Can Bray keep Luke & Randy on the same page long enough to reclaim their prize?
As part of his crusade to become World champ - a plan that includes being Team Blue’s first entrant in the Royal Rumble - Baron Corbin will try to pin a loss on John Cena heading into his attempt at becoming a 16 time WWE titleist when he faces AJ Styles at the next pay-per-view (PPV). And Cena’s girlfriend, Nikki Bella, will be looking to shut up Natalya in a marquee women’s match.
With the ratings war becoming a plot point on the WWE main roster - Stephanie McMahon mentioned it on this week’s Raw, and discussion of it opened Talking Smack with Daniel Bryan & Renee Young - there’s a new wrinkle to analyze in the promotion of both shows. Some aren’t excited about this new ‘reality’ element to Monday and Tuesday nights.
But as long as it leads to more stacked SmackDown cards, does it really matter?