SmackDown Five-Point Preview: January 21, 2016

One against The League

Roman Reigns vs. Rusev - Special Guest Referee Chris Jericho: Raw, January 18, 2016

Y2J takes it upon himself to officiate an impromptu bout pitting The Big Dog against The Super Athlete.

This Sunday at the Royal Rumble on WWE Network, Roman Reigns will truly be in a “One vs. All” scenario when he defends his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against 29 other Superstars in the Royal Rumble Match. And to top it off, The Big Dog will be the No. 1 entrant in the 30-Superstar melee.

Exclusve interview: Roman Reigns gets real about the Royal Rumble

Perhaps no Superstar ever has faced as much coinciding conflict as Reigns, who is currently battling with WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon and The Authority, Brock Lesnar, The League of Nations, The Wyatt Family and every single competitor who hopes to take his title at WWE’s annual over-the-top-rope melee. Who will show up to try and slow down the black-clad Superstar just days before a historic Royal Rumble Match? Well, we know for sure The League of Nations will be at SmackDown as Reigns will be tasked with taking on the entire foreign faction! Find out if the WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be able to make it through the last stop before the Royal Rumble in one piece. 

Can Uso Crazy show up The New Day?

Jey Uso vs. Big E: Raw, January 18, 2016

Jey Uso faces Big E in this exciting Raw matchup.

On paper The Usos & Dolph Ziggler may seem like a peculiar pairing, but the trio has actually been working as a successful unit recently during WWE’s tour of India. The Showoff, Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso will put their newfound camaraderie to test tonight when they face WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day in a huge 6-Man Tag Team Match.

See Ziggler's Uso Crazy face paint

With help from Ziggler, the Samoan Superstars will attempt to gain momentum on SmackDown before they challenge The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship this Sunday at the Royal Rumble. But will their success continue on Thursday’s hottest show? Or will the titleholders use the power of positivity to ground their opponents?

Who will be left standing on “Miz TV”?

Dean Ambrose & Kalisto vs. Sheamus & Alberto Del Rio: Raw, January 18, 2016

The Lunatic Fringe teams with the gravity-defying Kalisto to square off with two members of The League of Nations.

We’ve seen enough episodes of “Miz TV” to know how this is going to end. Take The Miz’s overbearing personality and add two Superstars who want to tear each other apart and we have a recipe for chaos.

Just days before Dean Ambrose defends his Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing Match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, both bitter rivals will meet face-to-face on WWE’s most must-see talk show. The only question is: Will anyone be able to walk away from “Miz TV”?

SmackDown is Jericho!

Tensions rise as Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar appear on "The Highlight Reel": Raw, January 18, 2016

Chris Jericho invites longtime rivals Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to "The Highlight Reel," which quickly becomes a chaotic preview of what to expect in the 2016 Royal Rumble Match.

Since making his return, Chris Jericho has positioned himself smack dab in the middle of a frenzied road to the Royal Rumble. Y2J has boastfully claimed to be WWE’s savior while simultaneously involving himself in verbal warfare with everyone from The New Day to The League of Nations. Oh, and he’s entered himself into the Royal Rumble Match this Sunday on WWE Network.

Monday night, The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla showed why “Raw is Jericho.” He not only was the special guest referee for Roman Reigns’ match against Rusev, but also hosted an explosive edition of the  “Highlight Reel” that saw The Wyatt Family take out both The Big Dog and Brock Lesnar. What does Thursday’s hottest show have in store for the Royal Rumble Match entrant? See what mayhem Jericho finds himself in when he kicks off SmackDown on USA Network. 

Will The Eater of Worlds devour The Big Guy?

Ryback & The Dudley Boyz vs. The Wyatt Family: Raw, January 18, 2016

The Big Guy teams with Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley to take on three members of The Wyatt Family.

Just two weeks ago, The Wyatt Family made a Royal Rumble statement by taking out Ryback and Big Show during their match on Raw. Since then, The Big Guy has been hungry for redemption. Thursday night on SmackDown, The Human Wrecking Ball will get an opportunity for just that when he goes head-to-head with The New Face of Fear.

Full Royal Rumble coverage

However, after witnessing The Wyatts’ frightening display of dominance on Raw where they took out both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, could Ryback be biting off more than he can chew? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.  

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