Welcome to this week’s version of issues WWE subtly advised us on SmackDown earlier than Hell in a Cell 2022. It hardly felt like a go-home present as a result of total, Hell in a Cell is basically a RAW unique premium stay particular.
There is just one match from SmackDown on the present, however we’ll get to that in a bit. It was a blended episode with good and unhealthy and an excellent ending. So what went down on the blue model this week? What was subtly hinted at concerning the street forward? Learn extra to seek out out:
#5. The destiny of Roman Reigns’ title run and two main spoilers
Roman Reigns hasn’t appeared a lot within the build-up to Hell in a Cell. Objectively talking, he deserves a break, and it makes little sense for WWE to make the most of him when he does not have a title protection at Hell in a Cell. Nevertheless, July to September shall be busy for him.
July will function Cash within the Financial institution, August is SummerSlam, and September is the highly-anticipated Conflict on the Fortress occasion. This week on SmackDown, Drew McIntyre challenged Roman Reigns to a Common title match at Conflict within the Fortress – three months away.
This leads us to the primary main spoiler – that Roman Reigns is not shedding the championship this summer time no matter who he faces. The second is his upcoming opponent – which appears to be like like it is going to be former RAW Tag Group Champion Riddle.
Riddle’s feud with Reigns was teased within the remaining moments of the evening, and we’ll get again to that later.
#4. Ricochet’s Intercontinental Title reign to come back to a screeching halt on SmackDown subsequent week?
Ricochet hasn’t had the strongest reign because the Intercontinental Champion, however he may have a defining title protection subsequent week in opposition to record-breaking celebrity Gunther.
The 2 superstars lower a promo, with Gunther lastly uttering a couple of phrases. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see the way it all performs out, however from the best way issues have been dealt with, the highest heel Gunther is prone to win his first championship subsequent week.
#3. A filler feud for SmackDown Ladies’s Champion Ronda Rousey?
We had been admittedly stunned when the six-pack problem on SmackDown ended with Natalya of all superstars turning into the primary contender. The Shotzi-Aliyah feud had some continuity as the previous locked the latter within the locker room earlier than the match, getting a measure of revenge from final week.
Aliyah obtained out simply in time to hitch the match. Raquel Rodriguez profitable would have been uninteresting, in order that they wanted to go together with another person. Shayna Baszler would have been the most suitable choice contemplating their historical past, however Ronda Rousey and Natalya have carried out battle earlier than across the finish of 2018.
The best way it was offered hinted at the truth that this may merely be a filler feud for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
#2. The rise of Madcap Moss
Madcap Moss returned in an ambulance. One among our writers identified how unrealistic this was, as ambulances aren’t used to dropping anybody again. Both approach, it made for a dramatic entrance as Madcap Moss returned with a brand new look and hinted at an enormous character change.
Whereas he might have misplaced to Completely satisfied Corbin on DQ, it was all carried out to arrange the No Holds Barred match at Hell in a Cell, the place Moss is prone to ditch the Madcap identify and character altogether in favor of an edgier persona. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how he progresses, as he has already exceeded the expectations set for him.
#1. Riddle’s subsequent hurdle
The primary occasion of SmackDown noticed Riddle and Shinsuke Nakamura face The Usos for the Undisputed Tag Group titles. It was an attention-grabbing bout that noticed Nakamura get taken out, leaving Riddle and not using a tag workforce associate but once more.
This was essential within the storytelling of SmackDown’s principal occasion. Riddle might have hit the Tremendous RKO, however Roman Reigns’ music hit, distracting him and permitting The Usos to win.
It was all a ploy by Sami Zayn to get into the nice books of the Bloodline. Riddle vs Zayn would be the first match, and Riddle can also be being teased as Reigns’ subsequent Common title opponent.
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