Welcome to SmackDown Live, a mere 5 days away from the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view!
Shinsuke Nakamura is set to kick-off SmackDown Live tonight, less than a week from his second WWE Championship match against Jinder Mahal. To say this rivalry has been flat and uninteresting is like saying Braun Strowman is big – a fair understatement. The novelty of Mahal’s title run seems to have worn off and his promo’s have killed any momentum he may have had. It doesn’t help, then, that Shinsuke Nakamura can’t speak fluent English. So I believe fans are clamouring for this feud to end, and perhaps even the Jinder Mahal experiment. Nakamura has the chance to do just that on Sunday night but what will the artist have to say tonight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
SmackDown’s other top rivalry has done anything but disappoint and that’s the feud between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. Shane and Owens are set to meet in the ring tonight, one last time ahead of their huge Hell In A Cell match this Sunday. Inevitably the two will come to blows and I imagine tonight Owens will get the better of Shane for the first time. I’m curious who can come out on top on Sunday night; KO seems like the obvious choice, however Shane has yet to win a match since returning and I wouldn’t mind seeing him pick up a victory. Where does that leaves Owens though? Well, rumours have him moving to Raw soon, so that makes sense. That being said, I’d be sad to see KO move back to the brand that has no opportunity for World Title runs, the scene is to be dominated by Lesnar all the way to WrestleMania, meaning the likes of Strowman, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and even The Miz have to make do with other feuds. It’s unfair and I don’t see how adding Owens to that mix makes any sense. Let me know if you disagree!
Elsewhere on tonight’s SmackDown Live, The Uso’s are set to read The New Day their rights, ahead of their huge Hell In A Cell match, Baron Corbin continues to be a nuisance to AJ Styles, and we see the return of The Fashion Files! Remember to join in the conversation on the Ringside Talk app and enjoy the show!