SmackDown Five-Point Preview: January 28, 2016
Will there be brotherly love on the “Highlight Reel”?
Just days after finding out that their Road to WrestleMania 32 will be thrust into high gear when they compete for the opportunity to main event The Showcase of Immortals against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, both Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns will be put on the hot-seat by Chris Jericho on the “Highlight Reel.”
Thus far, both The Lunatic Fringe and The Big Dog have remained best friends against all obstacles, but will that bond be broken when faced with one another, Brock Lesnar, in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Fastlane? See what the brothers-in-arms have to say about their epic Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match with The Beast Incarnate at WWE Fastlane during a must-see “Highlight Reel” on Thursday’s hottest show.
The United States Championship rises to new heights
Kalisto not only showed the strength of the lucha spirit when he defeated Alberto Del Rio at the Royal Rumble to win back the United States Championship, but he also overcameThe Miz the next night on Raw.
Proving already to be a fighting champion, the masked Superstar will put his championship on the line tonight against a competitor whose aerial awareness rivals his own: Neville. As The Essence of Excellence waits for the right moment to invoke his rematch clause, will he look to get involved in tonight's title fight? Get ready to witness a high-flying affair when Kalisto honors the fighting spirit of lucha against The Man That Gravity Forgot in a United States Championship Match on SmackDown.
How will The New Day respond to The Rock?
The New Day may be regretting their decision to interrupt The Rock’s epic homecoming Monday night. Sure, the spirited trio got in their own entertaining verbal jabs, but they soon learned why The People’s Champion is called The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment.
After having the smackdown laid upon them by The Great One and The Usos on Raw, Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods will kick off SmackDown tonight, and you can bet they will have plenty to say. Will the spirited trio call out The Brahma Bull? Don’t miss Thursday’s hottest show at 8/7 C on USA Network to find out.
A phenomenal SmackDown debut
AJ Styles made his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble Sunday night and The Phenomenal One has more than lived up to his moniker. After his impressive Royal Rumble Match performance and a huge victory over Chris Jericho on Raw, what does he have in store for his SmackDown debut?
The two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion will be in action on Thursday’s hottest show when he battles the man he threw out of the Royal Rumble Match on Sunday, The Social Outcasts’ Curtis Axel, in a head-to-head clash. Will the former Intercontinental Champion — with his band of misfits by his side — be able to slow down Styles’ rapid rise? Or will WWE’s newest sensation continue to take the WWE Universe by storm?
Who is the real Queen of WWE’s Divas division?
Divas Champion Charlotte is certainly finding it lonely at the top. The self-proclaimed “genetically superior Diva” has made enemies out of her former Team PCB teammates Paige and Becky Lynch, and most recently, drawn the ire of “The Boss” Sasha Banks. You can chalk some of that up to being the one with the butterfly-emblazoned title, but her and her father Ric Flair’s dirty tactics are certainly to blame as well.
Either way, the Diva from the Queen City will find herself with another foe tonight on SmackDown when she battles one of WWE’s most talented in-ring competitors, Natalya. Will the Divas Champion continue to show a flair for winning or will The Queen of Harts prove to be the real royalty of the Divas division? Plus, will we see any of Charlotte’s other adversaries make an appearance?