SmackDown Airing tonight (January 20th) with a live show from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This is the eight SmackDown Episode over nine weeks building approx Royal Rumblewhich will take place on January 28.
Kevin Owens needs help against the Bloodline
A contract is scheduled to be signed for tonight’s episode of SmackDown. Kevin Owens W WWE Universal Championship Roman Reigns will put pen to paper and make his title match Royal Rumble official.
The Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, and Sami Zayn will likely be flanking Chieftain during this segment. This is in strong contrast to Owens, who has no one watching his back right now. If Owens can’t find two friends (or the Banger Bros.) to stand by him, he’ll likely be fired, since WWE contract signings rarely remain peaceful and they’re completely outnumbered. In fact, we saw last week that Sami Zayn on his own is about an equal match for Owens.
Speaking of Sami, it looks like a potential win by KO was taken away from The Bloodline because they’d rather hurt Owens than win a wrestling match. Zayn was unaware of the plan and was surprised by what happened. It’s the first time Sammy has ever wondered if The Bloodline is using him for their own gain.
Zayn has become a more confident wrestler in recent weeks. It looks like he got a KO that could be interpreted as a threat to the chief, since Roman doesn’t seem very confident that he can handle Owens in a fair fight.
If WWE plans to book a championship match between Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn four weeks from now in Montreal on Judicial DepartmentThen business should pick up soon regarding Zayn’s departure from The Bloodline. Signing the contract does not seem like an ideal angle to speed up this process. But if Kevin Owens can’t find anyone in the locker room to watch his back, his best bet for escaping from One Piece tonight would be to use his mic skills to expand the tension and paranoia between Sami Zayn and everyone else in The Bloodline.
The rest of the title scene
Usos will stand up for SmackDown Team titles tag against the winner of the tournament that begins tonight with a first round match from The Banger Bros. against the Viking Raiders. Sheamus and Drew McIntyre want to crush Eric and Ivar after an unprovoked attack two weeks ago.
SmackDown Women’s champion Charlotte Flair was attacked backstage by Sonya Deville last week. Flair had already defeated Sonya in a title match earlier this month, so this tease is how Deville plans to get another shot at the gold.
Intercontinental hero Gunther is on top of the world after retaining his belt against Braun Strowman last week. With his biggest challenge yet in the rearview mirror, GUNTHER is looking forward to winning the Royal Rumble match.
Bailey W WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions IYO Sky and Dakota Kai are busy raw With Becky Lynch, Mia Yim, and Candice Larry. It’s worth noting that Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler haven’t done anything on WWE TV yet in 2023, so they’ll probably set their sights on the tag team titles whenever they come back.
Other things to watch
– Bray Wyatt looks even more serious and confident as we head into Mountain Dew Pitch Black’s match with LA Knight at LA Knight Royal Rumble. Will Nate set a trap for Wyatt tonight and try to turn off the lights a week ago?
– Karrion Cross questioned Rey Mysterio’s parenting skills last week, which led to a skirmish that ended with Rey being choked in a crossjacket. Mysterio vows to win the Royal Rumble match again, but will have to find a way to take Kross down in order to achieve this feat.
– Tegan Nox got a measure of revenge on Xia Li last week when she beat her in a singles match. Is this the end of their little feud?
Lacey Evans will be returning to WWE TV soon. At least that’s what they keep telling us.
– Liv Morgan slapped Raquel Rodriguez in the face last week. She paid the price for her reckless behavior when Rodriguez decisively beat her in a match and announced her place at the Royal Rumble. Will Morgan try to prick the bear again tonight?
WWE still needs to reveal a full bracket for the number one contender’s championship SmackDown Tags titles. Some potential bands in this field include Imperium, Legado del Fantasma, Hit Row, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, and New Day.
– Speaking of tag teams, how do Ridge Holland and Butch feel about Villa choosing Sheamus to join the tournament with his Banger Bros instead of their brutal brawl?
Shotzi was injured about six weeks ago, and WWE said she will be out for six weeks. If the math is correct, that means she could make a comeback on Tonight’s Show.
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