SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Jan. 22, 2015

Is Daniel Bryan ready to play The Game?

Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Kane, Seth Rollins & Big Show: SmackDown, January 15, 2015

Daniel Bryan teams with former Shield members Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose in a Six-Man Tag Team Match against Kane, Seth Rollins & Big Show in the main event of SmackDown.

Last week, at the conclusion of SmackDown’s first episode back on Thursday nights, WWE COO Triple H announced that Daniel Bryan’s Royal Rumble Match spot would be on the line in a match tonight against Kane. Now, has learned that The Beard will battle his former Team Hell No Partner in a No Disqualification Match!

Last week's highlights |  Royal Rumble Match preview

After a hellacious Raw contest against Bray Wyatt, can The “Yes!” Man bounce back on shorter than usual rest in his Thursday night clash with WWE’s Director of Operations? Plus, will The Authority continue to make life hell for the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion as he attempts to return to the main event at WrestleMania? Find out tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy.

You’re rehired!

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show & Kane - 3-on-1 Handicap Match: Raw, January 19, 2015

John Cena fights unbelievable odds to win Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan their jobs back.

Much to the dismay of WWE COO Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, John Cena overcame Seth Rollins, Big Show & Kane in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match on Raw to win back the jobs of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan. Oh, and in case you missed it, the vigilante Sting appeared for the first time since his historic Survivor Series arrival, to once again ruin The Authority’s plans.

Watch: Cena comments on Sting 

With three of WWE’s most popular Superstars back in action just in time for the Royal Rumble, what will we see from the talented trio of competitors on SmackDown? And what kind of welcome back can The Showoff, The Big Guy and Rowan expect from The Authority tonight at 8/7 CT, when SmackDown airs on its new night on Syfy?

Readying for The Road to WrestleMania 31

30 Superstars collide in the Royal Rumble Match this Sunday on WWE Network

Don't miss the Royal Rumble this Sunday on WWE Network.

Make no mistake, the Royal Rumble Match is an epic event in its own right, but you can’t talk about WWE’s annual over-the-top rope extravaganza without also mentioning WrestleMania. That’s because Royal Rumble — airing live on WWE Network this Sunday (8 ET/5 PT) — marks the beginning of The Road to WrestleMania 31.

Royal Rumble Match runners-up |  Royal Rumble Match close calls

With a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match opportunity up for grabs this Sunday in the Royal Rumble Match, what will happen when Superstars such as Roman Reigns, Big Show, Rusev, Bad News Barrett and others have one final opportunity to jockey for position ahead of this potentially career-defining event?

Wrath of The Authority

Triple H sounds off about Sting

In a heated interview with Michael Cole, WWE COO Triple H sends a message to the vigilante Sting and gives his honest assessment of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar going into the Royal Rumble event.

The conclusion of this past Monday night’s Raw was perhaps one of the most dramatic and chaotic in recent memory. With the vigilante Sting appearing to help John Cena overcome The Authority and Brock Lesnar tearing into the self-proclaimed “Future of WWE” Seth Rollins, Triple H was left understandably peeved.

Dream bout: Sting vs. Triple H

Will there be repercussions for Monday night’s very un-authoritative Raw ending? And, if so, who will feel the wrath of The Authority tonight on SmackDown?

Divas duke it out

Natalya & Paige vs. Alicia Fox & Summer Rae: Raw, January 19, 2015

New allies Natalya & Paige battle the calculating tandem of Alicia Fox & Summer Rae.

“Total Divas” drama is at an all-time high, and WWE’s Divas division is as competitive as ever as The Bella Twins get ready to face off against Natalya & Paige this Sunday at Royal Rumble.

"Total Divas" coverage |  Natayla & Paige vs. The Bella Twins preview

Will The Queen of Harts and Diva of Tomorrow make their presence felt tonight, when Brie Bella takes on the talented Naomi in singles action? Don’t miss any of the red-hot Divas action tonight on SmackDown! 

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