As WWE Battleground rapidly approaches this coming Sunday, tonight’s edition of SmackDown Live comes to us from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. WWE.com has provided a preview for tonight’s show which airs live at 8PM EST on the USA Network:
The Punjabi Prison Makes Its SmackDown Live Debut
“WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has taken great exception with Randy Orton’s vow to make his life a living hell. After his victory over Tye Dillinger last Tuesday, The Modern-Day Maharaja promised to show Orton what hell awaits them both at WWE Battleground, as he promised to bring the Punjabi Prison to SmackDown LIVE.
While the frightening structure is on its way to Team Blue, the WWE Universe is wondering exactly why Mahal is bringing it and what it means for The Viper days before he steps inside at WWE Battleground. What does the WWE Champion have in store?”
Battleground Opponents Team Up
“As WWE Battleground approaches, participants in two of this Sunday’s most anticipated matches will join forces for a huge tag team battle on SmackDown LIVE, as United States Champion AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura face Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin.
For Owens, the image of Styles taking his title at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago is probably still clear in his mind, and The Prizefighter isn’t likely to forget the defeat he suffered in tag team action last week against The Phenomenal One and John Cena. Corbin, on the other hand, will be looking to take control of his rivalry with Nakamura after last week’s ringside brawl between the two.
With two huge singles matches on the horizon at WWE Battleground, will these competitors be able to function in tandem action on SmackDown LIVE?”
An Exclusive Interview With John Cena
“Five days before he defends the honor of America in a Flag Match against Rusev at WWE Battleground, John Cena will address the impending battle in an exclusive interview on SmackDown LIVE.
Though Cena and AJ Styles were victorious over The Bulgarian Brute in tag team action last Tuesday, Rusev sent a message to the 16-time World Champion earlier in the night, locking Cena in the Accolade. What will Cena have to say before he stands up for his country in Philadelphia this Sunday?”
Can Sami Zayn Handle The Power Of Love?
“After weeks of preaching about the “power of love” to the WWE Universe, Mike Kanellis will finally get to show exactly how far that power can propel him in singles competition, as he makes his in-ring debut against Sami Zayn on SmackDown LIVE.
Over the past few weeks, Zayn has run into Maria & Mike Kanellis on multiple occasions, interrupting their declarations of love. Last Tuesday, Maria demanded an apology from Zayn, who responded by saying he’s tired of apologizing. That led Maria to slap Zayn across the face and Mike to smash a glass vase of flowers across Zayn’s back, warning him that sometimes, love hurts.
Will Mike’s in-ring debut be a success, or will Zayn get a measure of payback?”
Breezango’s Investigation Continues
“Last Tuesday in Texas, Breezango tracked down The Hype Bros, the latest suspects in their ongoing investigation of SmackDown LIVE’s tag team division. While the “sexy fashion rangers” didn’t get any closer to cracking the case, Tyler Breeze & Fandango may have found a new lead after the disappearance of Fandango’s horse, Tully.
Their first suspects in this case? Ghost aliens. The truth is out there. Will The Fashion Police be able to find it?”