SmackDown LIVE Preview, July 24, 2018: Styles’ Next Challenger
Posted On July 19, 2020
On this week’s SmackDown LIVE, Paige will announce who will challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles, Becky Lynch will battle for a possible SmackDown Women’s Title Match at The Biggest Event of the Summer, and a tournament will begin to determine who will face SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam.
Who Will Challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles at SummerSlam?
After WWE Champion AJ Styles defeated Rusev at WWE Extreme Rules to retain his title, SmackDown General Manager Paige revealed that she will name The Phenomenal’ One’s SummerSlam opponent on SmackDown LIVE tonight.
Which blue brand Superstar will step into the spotlight to challenge arguably the greatest competitor working today at The Biggest Event of the Summer?
Will Becky Lynch Earn A SmackDown Women’s Title Match at SummerSlam?
After Becky Lynch continued her winning streak with another impressive victory last week on SmackDown LIVE against Mandy Rose, The Irish Lass Kicker made an impassioned post-show warning that Straight Fire is coming after the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
General Manager Paige was definitely listening, as she declared that Lynch will square off against The Princess of Staten Island this week. If Becky losses, Paige will throw the titleholder the Mellabration of all Mellabrations. But if Becky emerges victorious, she will earn a SmackDown Women’s Title opportunity at SummerSlam!
Paige Reveals Tonight’s First Round SmackDown Tag Team Title Tournament Match: The New Day vs. SAnitY:
SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige took to Twitter on Saturday evening to announce that over the next three weeks, four of the blue brand’s best tag teams will battle it out in a tournament to see who will earn the opportunity to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam.
Finished dog mom responsibilities and got an idea for the tag team division of #SDLive. That’s right, I’m always working for you! pic.twitter.com/4OejvimYkJ
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 21, 2018
On Sunday, Paige announced the teams that will compete in the tournament, announcing The New Day, SAnitY, The Usos and The Bar will battle it out to determine who will face off against The Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at SummerSlam.
Your fave GM here.. Such a beautiful Sunday and you are all so inquisitive… you want the teams for this #SDLive Tag team tournament, well here they are! And I’ll cheers to that. pic.twitter.com/YmiFMzfIHP
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 22, 2018
Then, from the airport, en route to SmackDown LIVE, Paige revealed that tonight’s First Round tournament match will pit The New Day against SAnitY!
Keep with WWE.com and WWE’s social channels for all the latest on this exciting development. And don’t miss SmackDown LIVE, tonight!
Why is The Viper Targeting Hardy?
Last week, Randy Orton emerged out of nowhere to cost Jeff Hardy his opportunity to reclaim the United States Title from Shinsuke Nakamura before brutally assaulting The Charismatic Enigma, even ruthlessly tugging at Hardy’s pierced ear.
Will we finally find out why WWE’s Apex Predator has been targeting Hardy? And will his plans be turned update down by a Twist of Fate?
Are Daniel Bryan & The Miz Destined To Collide?
Long before Daniel Bryan was cleared to compete again in a WWE ring, a war of words between him and longtime adversary The Miz left the WWE Universe craving a showdown between the two Superstars.
And after WWE’s “Yes!” Man crashed The A-Lister’s mock funeral for Team Hell No last week, the highly-anticipated conflict could be closer than we think. Don’t miss SmackDown LIVE tonight!