Spoilers follow for Smackdown Live!
WWE has teased a few last minute confrontations on the last Tuesday airing Smackdown Live before this Sunday’s SummerSlam 2016 PPV!
I’m hoping for a final Brock Lesnar appearance on the blue show, some Eva Marie action, the conclusion to A.J. Styles vs John Cena allowing Styles to take on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose next month as I don’t see Dean dropping the strap to Dolph Ziggler. Although, a heel turn for Ziggler may make him more compelling and could stretch out his program with Ambrose.
What say you?
Teaser, spoilers, preview below.
SmackDown Live preview, Aug. 16, 2016: The Lunatic Fringe and The Showoff journey to “Miz TV”
As they prepare to go to war at The Biggest Party of the Summer, WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his No. 1 Contender Dolph Ziggler will stand face-to-face with the A-Lister egging them on. What could possibly go wrong?
What will happen when Ambrose and Ziggler come face-to-face on ‘Miz TV’?
The Miz will welcome WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler onto the set of “Miz TV” tonight for a no-holds-barred interview. Tensions between the SummerSlam opponents have risen like mercury in a thermometer on a hot August afternoon since their title match was set. Don’t be surprised if it all boils over when the A-Lister starts turning up the heat.
Moreover, it will be interesting to see if Bray Wyatt continues to be an ominous thorn in the side of the WWE World Title picture. Follow the buzzards and refuse to miss SmackDown Live, tonight at 8/7 C on USA.
Dolph Ziggler superkicks Dean Ambrose during Bray Wyatt altercation: SmackDown Live, Aug. 9, 2016
Can ‘The Face that Runs the Place’ rise above Excellence itself?
The last SmackDown Live before SummerSlam is going to be a scorcher.
WWE.com has learned that John Cena will be in action tonight, squaring off against longtime adversary Alberto Del Rio. In case you don’t remember, Del Rio just so happens to be the guy who ended Cena’s historic reign as United States Champion at WWE Hell in a Cell in October 2015.
To say there’s some bad blood would be an understatement, and if Cena’s not careful he could be walking into his SummerSlam bout against AJ Styles with a broken arm. Then again, will The Phenomenal One choose to wait for Sunday’s showdown with the leader of the Cenation? After all, Styles is one Superstar who enjoys taking any advantage he can get. Don’t miss this classic confrontation tonight on USA Network.
The Tag Team and Women’s divisions continue to heat up
OK, in spite of a few enticing comments from General Manager Daniel Bryan on “Talking Smack,” so far there is no Tag Team or Women’s Title on SmackDown Live. But, to watch the members of those respective divisions in recent weeks, you definitely wouldn’t know it.
Instead, the action has been, in a word, incredible. Last week, the WWE Universe saw a slew of tag teams descend on the ring to form an all-out melee, perhaps resulting from comments made by the confident American Alpha about the fire they intend to light under their competitors. The question now is: which tandem will look to make a statement next?
The Women’s division has been just as fierce. Last week, two of SmackDown Live’s up-and-coming female warriors made their debuts: Alexa Bliss overcame Becky Lynch with the help of Eva Marie and her controversial wardrobe malfunction and Carmella upset an irate Natalya. Will these emerging competitors face retribution at the hands of their more entrenched adversaries? Will Eva Marie finally have her spectacular debut?
In short, there may not be any title to fight for as of yet, but that’s not stopping these SmackDown Live competitors from kicking it up a notch to prove they’re the best Team Blue has to offer. And we can’t wait to see what they do next.
Will Heath Slater be back for another try at SmackDown Live?
Folks, it just doesn’t pay to be Heath Slater these days at all. Last week, The One Man Band attempted to finally secure a SmackDown Live contract, only to be decimated by Rhyno.
Interestingly enough, SmackDown Live GM Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon were prepared to give him a contract anyway, before he made the mistake of telling them off and storming out. Then, yesterday on Raw, Slater actually stepped up to Brock Lesnar for a possible Raw contract and … let’s just say that didn’t go well either.
Assuming there is anything left of Slater following his clash with The Beast Incarnate, will he dare try to join Team Blue once again? And just how many kids does Slater have anyway?
Where will The Viper strike next heading into SummerSlam?
With word breaking on Twitter earlier in the day that these two former World Champions would clash and the two exchanging words backstage earlier in the evening, the main question became: Would Randy Orton rebound after falling prey to Brock Lesnar’s F-5 last week? Well, the snake didn’t stay down in the grass for long.
Looking strong against impressive competition, Randy Orton had Alberto Del Rio bested in the match’s pivotal moments. But before things could be decided, a flustered Essence of Excellence got himself disqualified by striking The Apex Predator first with a steel chair to the shoulder and then ramming that same shoulder into the ring post multiple times.
However, just as quickly as Del Rio could roll a prone Orton into the ring to try and capitalize on his attack, he was met with an RKO outta nowhere.
Does this preview have you anticipating Smackdown Live and Summerslam 2016?
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