SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Jan. 22, 2015
Is Daniel Bryan ready to play The Game?
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, WWE.com has learned that The Beard will battle his former Team Hell No Partner in a No Disqualification Match!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
“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.
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!