SmackDown emanates tonight at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom and WWE are set to put out all the stops in an exciting night.
Tyson Fury will return to WWE TV two weeks after his impressive knockout victory over Braun Strowman on his wrestling debut at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Vince McMahon’s promotion teased the possibility of Fury and Strowman crossing paths once more in the lineal heavyweight boxing champion’s hometown before he joins Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast.
Strowman didn’t take his loss to The Gypsy King well as he hit him with the Running Powerslam immediately after the bell in Riyadh hinting that their feud is not over yet.
The former WBA, WBO and IBF World Heavyweight Champion, though, insisted in a post-match interview backstage that he is now concentrated on his highly-anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder, which takes place on February 22 in Las Vegas.
Fury’s appearance won’t be the only exciting attraction of the night as NXT are expected to continue their WWE invasion.
The exciting brand wrecked havoc on SmackDown and RAW with the likes of The Undisputed ERA, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and former UFC star Matt Riddle attacking some of the biggest stars in wrestling.
That is already setting up some exciting dream matches ahead of Survivor Series, which takes place on November 24 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Roman Reigns is also set to collide with King Corbin shortly after both heavyweights represented WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair respectively at Crown Jewel.
Team Hogan stood tall but Corbin doesn’t seem to be taking that loss well as he blindsided Reigns during his interview at WWE Backstage on FS1.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder of The Revival will defend their titles against Kofi Kingston and Big E of The New Day.
The challengers earned the right to face the title-holders after besting them in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match two weeks ago.
Scottish superstar Nikki Cross will share the ring with Sasha Banks, who is a close friend of SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley.
Cross came close to dethroning Bayley last week but was denied by Banks’ interference – thus the Glaswegian will be looking for revenge.
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King Corbin lashes out at Roman Reigns
King Corbin kicked off the show with a rather bland promo on Roman Reigns ahead of their fight tonight.
Corbin blames the NXT invasion on Reigns as he claims he failed to rise up to the occassion as the locker room leader and fight off Triple H’s roster.
The Lone Wolf then presented a sketch of The Big Dog barking like a chihuahua in an attempt to belittle him.
The New Day def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival
The New Day have become seven-time tag team champions after beating The Revival in Manchester.
Kofi Kingston picked up the win with Trouble in Paradise, which means him and Big E will go on to Survivor Series to represent SmackDown on the interpromotional Triple Threat Match.
The longest-reigning tag team champions of all time will square off with RAW Tag Team Champions Erik and Ivar of The Viking Raiders as well as NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish of The Undisputed ERA.
Sami Zayn confronts Daniel Bryan
Sami Zayn tried to convince Daniel Bryan to join him and Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura once more.
Zayn insists that Bryan would have beaten NXT Champion Adam Cole for the gold last week if he had agreed to his proposition.
The YES Man is now expected to be at ringside when Nakamura teams up with Cesaro to take on Shorty G and Ali in a Tag Team Match.
Heavy Machinery attacked by Imperium
Otis and Tucker came out for a match on SmackDown but were attacked by NXT UK stars Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner, Alexander Wolfe and NXT UK Champion Walter.
Shorty G and Ali came out to save the former NXT duo from the assault.
It seems like NXT UK has joined the invasion.