SmackDown LIVE preview, Jan. 30, 2018: The Road to WrestleMania begins for Styles and Nakamura
The Road to WrestleMania kicked off this past Sunday at the Royal Rumble event with AJ Styles retaining his WWE Championship in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match and Shinsuke Nakamura winning the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble Match, then challenging The Phenomenal One to a match on The Grandest Stage of Them All. With these two Superstars set for a dream match in New Orleans, what will happen on SmackDown LIVE? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
WrestleMania 34 began to take shape during the Royal Rumble event this past Sunday with AJ Stylesretaining his WWE Championship after defeating Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. The Phenomenal One would not have to wait long to find out what awaits him in New Orleans on Sunday, April 8, as Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated Roman Reigns to win the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble Match and wasted no time declaring that he was coming for Styles’ WWE Title on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Social media exploded with fans desperate for this dream match to get here as soon as possible. While they’ll have to wait 68 days, The Road to WrestleMania is sure to provide plenty of twists and turns for the WWE Champion and The King of Strong Style. What will happen as the path to New Orleans picks up speed on SmackDown LIVE?
Who will be next in line for a United States Championship opportunity?
Bobby Roode proved he was willing to be a fighting United States Champion during the Royal Rumble Kickoff on Sunday, issuing an open challenge and defeating Mojo Rawley to hang onto his star-spangled title.
The Glorious One will not have to wait long to find out who will be next to step up and take a crack at him. Four of Team Blue’s brightest Superstars will compete for a U.S. Title opportunity. Who will earn the next chance: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Rusev or Jinder Mahal?
What’s next for The Usos?
Jimmy & Jey Uso showed why they are the top tag team on SmackDown LIVE at the Royal Rumble event, pulling off a clean sweep victory over Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain their SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
With the mat-wrestling mavens in their rearview mirrors, what is next for The Usos? Will another team step up to enter the Uso Penitentiary?
How will Ronda Rousey’s arrival affect the women of Team Blue?
Ronda Rousey stunned the WWE Universe when she made her jaw-dropping arrival at Royal Rumble, confronting SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Women’s Royal Rumble Winner Asuka. Rousey made it clear that she is headed to WrestleMania, pointing at the sign and leaving many to wonder just what the future holds for “Rowdy” Ronda in WWE.
Just how will Rousey’s emergence affect the women of Team Blue? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!