SmackDown LIVE preview, June 19, 2018: Who will challenge AJ Styles at WWE Extreme Rules?
On Sunday at WWE Money in the Bank, WWE Champion AJ Styles ended one of the most grueling chapters in his reign, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura decisively in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the title. However, there is no rest for the champion, as he must prepare for his next defense on Sunday, July 15, at WWE Extreme Rules. His challenger will be determined in a Gauntlet Match. Who from Team Blue will step up and earn this huge opportunity? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Gauntlet Match to determine who will challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles at WWE Extreme Rules
WWE Champion AJ Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing Match at WWE Money in the Bank on Sunday, putting an end to one of his most grueling rivalries.
There won’t be any downtime for the champion, though, as he’ll have to be ready for his next challenger at WWE Extreme Rules. His opponent will be decided in a Gauntlet Match tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
Daniel Bryan, Big E, Samoa Joe, The Miz and Rusev will take part in what is sure to be an action-packed battle. Who will emerge as the next challenger for The Phenomenal One?
SAnitY debut against The Usos
For weeks, the impending arrival of SAnitY has been hanging over SmackDown LIVE. No one knew what the chaotic crew of Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and the monstrous Killian Dain had in store for Team Blue after joining during the Superstar Shake-up, but the wait is over, as they will be making their debut tonight.
SAnitY isn’t wasting any time, either, as they’ll be taking on The Usos in their first match on SmackDown LIVE. Will The Usos put the newcomers in their place, or will chaos reign in SAnitY’s arrival?
Becky Lynch takes on Billie Kay
Becky Lynch was inches away from becoming Ms. Money in the Bank on Sunday until Alexa Bliss dashed her dreams and claimed the contract for herself. Despite the setback, The Irish Lass Kicker has been on a roll in recent weeks on SmackDown LIVE, which she’ll look to continue in one-on-one competition against Billie Kay of The IIconics.
Can Lynch bounce back, or will Kay ensure The Irish Lass Kicker continues to have a bad week?
Is another Mellabration in the works?
Carmella pulled off what many in the WWE Universe thought was impossible at WWE Money in the Bank, defeating Asuka to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The Princess of Staten Island had a shocking assist from the returning James Ellsworth, who helped her pick up the victory.
How will the champion follow up her big win? Is another Mellabration in the cards? Will Carmella have to deal with Asuka, who will surely be out for retribution? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!