SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Feb. 4, 2016
Can The Big Dog take a bite out of The Bulgarian Brute?
On Monday, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were laid out in a vicious post-match assault, compliments of their fellow WWE World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contender Triple Threat Match combatant, Brock Lesnar, and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. End result: Reigns is not in a good mood.
Tonight on SmackDown, The Big Dog prepares to battle Rusev, one of the Superstars instrumental in costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Title in the Royal Rumble Match. That alone will make for an explosive contest.
Look for The League of Nation to try to bring their full weight to bear on tonight’s outcome, as well. Reigns does have The Lunatic Fringe to help even the odds. But considering that his brother-in-arms is also his opponent at WWE Fastlane, it will be interesting to see if Reigns will be able to count on that support. Can Reigns and Ambrose actually trust each other? Find out tonight on USA Network.
The Phenomenal One battles The Awesome One
Since stepping into the WWE spotlight, AJ Styles has quickly asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with. His momentum hasn’t been limited to official matches, either. After The Miz refused to let Styles speak on Raw’s edition of “Miz TV,” The Phenomenal One reacted with an all-out onslaught.
As a result, the two Superstars will settle their differences tonight on SmackDown on USA Network at 8/7 C. Yet, is Styles really as good as he appears to be? Could The Hollywood A-Lister prove to be a major roadblock on Styles’ path to WWE glory?
Will Owens ground Kalisto?
On Monday, United States Champion Kalisto pulled off another huge victory over Rusev. But with his WWE Fastlane title rematch against another League of Nations adversary, Alberto Del Rio, drawing near, one has to wonder how the Lucha Dragon will fare against the always-dangerous Kevin Owens.
Overcoming Owens will be no small feat, to be sure. The Prizefighter was also in action on Monday’s Raw, falling short against a very game Dolph Ziggler. The brash Superstar will be looking to get back on track by any means necessary — especially against the current U.S. Champion!
Will The Wyatts target Ryback?
In recent weeks, The Wyatt Family has unleashed a new level of dark torment on the likes of Big Show and Kane. Tonight, Ryback takes on Wyatt disciple Erick Rowan. As no titan of the squared circle is safe from The Wyatt Family, will The Big Guy suffer the same fate as The World’s Largest Athlete and The Devil’s Favorite Demon?
Divas division: Who can predict the unpredictable?
Yes, you truly never know what to expect in the Divas division. On Monday, Brie Bella scored a huge non-title win against Divas Champion Charlotte. On the same night, Sasha Banks — in her hunt of the butterfly-emblazoned title — pushed for her independence from Team B.A.D. Fortunately for Sasha, Becky Lynch gave her some surprise help repelling Naomi and Tamina when they decided to attack The Boss.
Tonight on USA, Alicia Fox will battle Charlotte. Will she hand the champion her second loss of the week? Or will the titleholder get things back on track, with the help of her father, Ric Flair? And what, if anything, will we hear from Becky or Sasha?